Sound & Sight

Carl Hoover

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor Carl Hoover riffs on movies, theater, media and, well, other stuff.

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Judging from merchandise in Waco stores, the Christmas season started in earnest the day after Halloween. Christmas has been on the mind of Texas country singer-songwriter Wade Bowen for months before that.

Too much to cover and too little space and time in last Thursday's Access Waco, which meant no advance story for InSite Shakespeare's second installment of Shakespeare dialogues and monologues, "Music, Magic  . . . and Murder," which opens a three-night run tonight, Oct. 15, at Brotherwell B…

Sickness caused basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from speaking today at McLennan Community College, an obvious disappointment for the hundreds who had snatched up free tickets to attend his talk.

The Emmy Awards on Sunday night Sept. 22 held national attention, but many Texas country music fans were focused on another awards show that night, the Texas Association of Country Music one, and Holly Tucker fans were among those cheering the results.

The fall movie season is underway with a shift from late August/early September's weekly dump of four to five films in late August — your pick: studio housecleaning or barrel-scraping — to two to three new movies each week.

Count the Waco History podcast as the latest Waco creation winning attention outside the county line. The podcast, created by hosts Stephen Sloan and Randy Lane, made Texas Highways' "5 Texas Podcasts To Listen To Now."

Waco's Billy Joe Shaver, one of country music's talented and enduring performing songwriters, turns 80 years old today, Aug. 16, a fact that may surprise him, but not his longtime fans, who've seen him weather surgeries, a heart attack, alcohol, grief, loss and the grind of the road with onl…

Working on Sunday's story about marketing Waco, and downtown Waco in particular made me think about two developments in Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia empire that would come online in the next couple of years: the $10 million expansion of the Silo District and the Gaines' new cable network…

A lot of us knew the surface story last spring about Wade Bowen's vocal problems and how they put his career on hold, but a 17-minute YouTube video "Inconsistent Chaos" released this week by the Bowen camp shows more of the emotional dimension of that career crisis, one compounded by the sui…

We're firmly in the superhero/action/family film run of summer movies, but for those looking for the brief bits that don't fit, there are two such films opening this week, plus a free Monday night indie film series at the Waco Hippodrome.

The song's a disappointing one for those looking forward to the June 21 appearance of country star Tim McGraw and author Jon Meacham at Magnolia Market at the Silos, but that event's been cancelled.

Author and historian Douglas Brinkley was only eight years old at the time, but he remembers when American astronaut Neil Armstrong took his small step, but giant leap for mankind on the moon nearly 50 years ago, watching it on television in the family living room in their Zanesville, Ohio, house.

In contrast to the Ferrell Center where cheers for the Lady Bears in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, quiet was the rule of the day Friday and Saturday at Armstrong Browning Library.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick will join country acts Whiskey Myers, Tracy Byrd, Shane Smith and the Saints and Josh Weathers as featured full bands in this year's Bowen MusicFest slated for June 2 at McLane Stadium's Touchdown Alley.

An anniversary shout-out to the Music Association of Central Texas, which marks its 20th year with an open acoustic jam 7 p.m. Monday at the Waco Hippodrome.

I'm usually in two minds about Black History Month. I'm uncomfortable with calendar segregation — history is history all the year round — but the month sometimes prove a handy reason for events that might pass unnoticed (or even unproduced).

Radio station staffers are usually adept at watching the clock — in commercial broadcasting, minutes mean money — and Thursday morning, Feb. 21, will find Waco public radio employees and fans with their eyes on the clock from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Oscars are less than two weeks away and nominated pictures are still trickling in to Waco (thankfully). The latest is "If Beale Street Could Talk," which opens Friday at the Waco Hippodrome.

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When the newsroom discussed 2018's top local news stories several weeks ago, the ones involving the arts in my mind didn't quite make the bar for the Top 10, though definitely they were notable for the arts organizations or groups involved.

Two popular art shows in Waco end their run this week, giving area art buffs one final weekend to get in a last look.

More than two dozen creative and talented women will take the stage at the Whistle Stop in Crawford, 6432 N. Lone Star Parkway, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Witchy Woman's Whistle Fair, which will fill more than nine hours with music, poetry, speech and maybe a little dance.

Waco country singer-songwriter Holly Tucker will have to find a little more room on her awards shelf: Monday night she won the Texas Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year award.

Today was the last day for longtime Waco Trib newsroom jack-of-all-trades Freida Jackson, who leaves us after — sigh — 34 years.

Those away from Waco in July may have missed the news that the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, led by Baylor Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Heyde, won its fourth consecutive American Prize in Orchestral Performance, college/university orchestra division.

Director Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” is in its final showings in Waco — two Wednesday night, one Thursday afternoon — after a four-week run in Waco, longer than I thought it’d do in Waco.

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 …

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.

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