An editor asked me about any local connections to Aretha Franklin, the inimitable R&B/pop/gospel singer who died Thursday and left generations with memories, or any Waco concerts she might have performed.
I stumbled across this column I wrote nine Halloweens ago, one with an Election Day on its heels and when we still had a trick-or-treating daughter, and found it all too relevant. Normally, I stick to entertainment and pop culture issues in this blog. If you find that missing, just consider …
The Waco Civic Theatre's production of "The Wizard Of Oz," which begins its final weekend Thursday night, is a familiar and enjoyable one, if a bit stuffed.
Area filmmakers and their creations go on the big screen at the Waco Hippodrome Tuesday night (July 24) with an "It Came From The 254" screening sponsored by the Deep In The Heart Film Festival.
Never underestimate the rewards of patience. For Melvin Schuetz, assistant to the curators at Baylor University's Armstrong Browning Library, a boyhood fascination with the artist Chesley Bonestell planted a seed that grew into a book and a movie that gets a screening at the world-famous Com…
Baylor history lecturer and arts commentator David A. Smith had an interesting suggestion in one of his recent spots on Waco public radio station KWBU-FM, advocating for a statue honoring Waco singer Jules Bledsoe.
The Waco Community Choir goes on the road this weekend, traveling to Dallas on Saturday as part of the Home Grown Honors 2018 gospel music awards program hosted by Dallas-Fort Worth radio station KHVN-AM (970, Heaven 97).
Close readers of the Waco Hippodrome movie listings who've noticed three movies listed for daily screenings rather than the usual two may have suspected why: the Hippodrome's three new screening rooms are now open for business.
For those who've found the last few weeks an emotional wringer with the controversy over border child separations, a partial balm may come in two documentaries opening Friday in Waco.
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, a Bryan Republican whose district includes Waco, swore in McLennan County Republican Chair Jon R. Ker on Monday outside the courthouse.
It's been a busy week so apologies for a post that should have come several days earlier. This year's Bowen MusicFest marked its 20th year by moving to a new location, Touchdown Alley, and with yet another solid music lineup headed by veteran rock band REO Speedwagon.
The college reunion party scheduled for this Friday night outside Armstrong Browning Library on the Baylor University campus isn't a real reunion, but a scene from the latest film by Baylor University Chris Hansen and Brian Elliott.
Nothing like having to keep quiet on an anniversary and a 20th anniversary at that: Texas singer-songwriter Wade Bowen is on vocal rest for the next few weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday on his vocal chords.
Crews have gotten to work on the former Martha Jane’s Liquor Store at North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue, bent on removing a collapsing roof and a section of the 1920s-vintage structure Mission Waco bought for $150,000 almost a year ago.
WacoWork held its grand opening Friday, unveiling a 5,000-square-foot space at Sixth Street and Columbus Avenue for members who pay monthly fees. They will have 24-hour access to private offices, shared or dedicated desks, coffee service, beer on tap, office equipment and high-speed internet…
For Waco country music and “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Smallville" fans, a celebrity sighting (and, for radio, sounding): Actor and singer John Schneider was in town Friday to promote his new single, “Fish.”
Diamond Athletics, owned by Nick and Kelli Santos, is building a new facility at 4400 N. State Highway 6 (just across the Twin Bridges, near Speegleville Park) that will triple available space for competitive dance and cheer, tumbling classes, select baseball and softball, as well as private…
Houston-based Los Cucos Mexican Cafe has opened for business in the former Heitmiller Steakhouse building in Legends Crossing, Interstate 35 and West Loop 340.
Richland Mall manager Kandace Menning is a big fan of her new tenant, all 45,000 square feet of wall-to-wall kayaks, golf clubs, fishing rods, bicycles and footballs, attractively displayed and much of it discounted, for now.
Interior demolition has started on the longtime sports bar at Eighth Street and Franklin Avenue, where developer Shane Turner visualizes a culinary haven called “Union Hall,” an 18,000-square-foot space welcoming visitors to sample an array of food and beverage offerings under one roof.
Sometimes it takes a touch of grounding in the real world — flesh-and-blood people, shared real experiences — to remind me of the personal qualities that make a difference in this world and not the ones that drive people to the top of politics or the celebrity world.
The professional recognition of your peers always helps, so for many of the winners at last week's Music Association of Central Texas annual awards ceremony, thanks and gratitude came with their Groovy Awards.
When Texas country singer-songwriter (and Waco native) Wade Bowen announced names and a new location for this year's 20th anniversary edition back in March, he mentioned more would be coming as contracts got approved and finalized.
The Funny Farm Family, one of the Art Center of Waco's more eclectic and iconic sculptures, turns 50 years old this year and the artist who made it, Austin's Bob Wade, plans to throw a party for it Saturday.
With the summer movie season starting in May, Hollywood studios often use April to clear out films sitting on their shelves or which might not fare well against summer competition.
The Deep in the Heart Film Festival continues its second year run Friday with two sets of screenings, one in the Waco Hippodrome and the second in nearby Cultivate 7twelve.
Waco-area filmmaker Stuart Miller is looking for extras of all ages and genders to fill church pews in a Saturday shoot for his new film, "Blind Date."
McLennan County is having to replace a floor-to-ceiling window pane in a county office after officials believe it was shot with a pellet gun, Maintenance Director T.J. Jackson said.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces this year's Oscar winners on Sunday night, March 4, which means this weekend may offer the best local - and possibly last - chance to see some of the Best Picture nominations.
Thursday morning is Power Morning for Waco public radio station KWBU and after five years, listeners know the drill: Anything pledged between 6 and 9 a.m. gets matched, resulting in more money for the station.
I wrote a story that ran Monday about former McLennan County Treasurer Danny Lee Volcik challenging incumbent Precinct 3 Constable David A. Maler in the Republican primary.
For all those concerned that all the 25th anniversary revisitings of the 1993 Branch Davidian crisis would once again blacken Waco's eye, here's a bit of ratings news that might ease the worry.
The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce has announced the lineup for this year's Texas Food Truck Showdown held March 17 at Heritage Square, so mouths can start watering.
The Waco Civic Theatre picked the musical "Hands On A Hardbody" a year ago, but its performance this and last weekend seems well-timed for the Trump years.
This year's Texas Educational Theater Association convention winds up Saturday in Galveston and three Waco-area theater teachers will be coming home with something new for their awards shelf or wall.
Oscar nominations came out this week — a lot of solid ones, I thought — and one of the critically acclaimed features of late 2018, "Phantom Thread" with Daniel Day-Lewis, is opening in Waco.
—"Dance, Dance, Dance!," Thursday's Waco Symphony Orchestra dance-themed concert, succeeded in getting listeners' toes tapping and heads nodding, with the visual accent of four dancers onstage a fitting punctuation.
Baylor University professors Allison and Joe Alford will be contestants on a Monday episode of the syndicated game show "Wheel of Fortune," shown at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 on KCEN-TV, Channel 6.
January is starting off true to form as a good movie month in Waco, when critically praised films that opened in larger cities trickle down to Waco-sized markets.
Several Central Texas choral groups bring their Christmas music to the small screen this week with televised specials by the Chisholm Trail Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and Baylor School of Music's choirs and orchestra.
Lots of movies scurrying about in the aftermath of last week's "The Last Jedi" release and with six movies opening this week — two today, four on Friday — some have to leave.
Coming in the formidable shadow of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" this Friday (well, Thursday night) is the highly rated "The Disaster Artist" with James Franco directing and playing Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric creator/producer of "The Room," considered by many one of the worst movies ever made.
Maybe this is a sign that movie theater chain AMC is giving smaller, acclaimed films a showing before the Godzilla of December movies, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," opens Dec. 15, but the critically praised movies "Lady Bird" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" arrive at Waco's AMC…
Opera singer Renee Fleming charmed a full Waco Hall with more than her voice at Tuesday's Waco Symphony Orchestra concert, complementing lovely singing with an engaging onstage manner that had audience members singing, even whistling along.
Kelley Perkins, director of marketing for Waco-based GENCO Federal Credit Union, was named Professional of the Year by the Cornerstone Credit Union League, an advocate for 550 member credit unions in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, according to a press release.
Waco's smaller screens will host three independent films — well, two films and a television special — Wednesday and Thursday that showcase subjects that normally don't get a lot of attention.
Lest attention should lag in its hugely popular series "Fixer Upper" with Waco's Chip and Joanna Gaines, HGTV dropped a sizable tease about the final season in David L. Haynes' HGTV blog.
For those fans of Al Gore's 2006 documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate Change will screen the 2017 follow-up "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power" for free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Waco Hippodrome.
The remaining performances of Baylor Theatre's "Crazy For You" are sold out and that's a good and bad thing - good in that sellouts are always good for a theater and bad in that this confection of an entertainment has an end.
Half of the characters in Arthur Miller's drama "All My Sons" fall near the age of the actors in its McLennan Theatre, the twentysomething children of the Keller and Deever families, but it's the actors playing the parents who provide the play's emotional gravity.
Several projects continue to take shape in downtown Waco, including renovation of the iconic Pioneer Savings & Loan building at North Ninth Street and Washington Avenue that has been vacant since 1991.
How desperate are the Bears for players? Which games can BU actually win? Can the Horned Frogs hold off the Mountaineers? And, most importantly, John Werner sings.
Some readers had asked last week why "Battle of the Sexes" didn't open in Waco where it had in other cities. I didn't know — because, Waco? — but suggested it might at a later date.
Two bands that played at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, where a gunman killed 56 people Sunday night, intend on coming to the HOT Fair and Rodeo.
In a brilliant performance of Brahms' Second Piano Concerto with the Waco Symphony Orchestra Thursday night, pianist Yekwon Sunwoo displayed the impressive musicality that results when both head and heart drive well-trained hands.
Benefits to help those in need almost comes as second nature to many musicians and so it's no surprise that musicians across Texas have been organizing to meet the enormous need in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that struck Houston and much of the Texas Gulf Coast.
A story in The Oklahoman has actor Hal Holbrook announcing that he's stepping down from performing as American author and humorist Mark Twain, a role he's filled for more than a half century.