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.
Hat tip to the keen-eyed Cynthia SoRelle for this, but Waco's Stevie Walker-Webb is one of three directors winning Obie Awards this year for their off-Broadway work.
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.
Clue: Waco viewers of the television gameshow "Jeopardy!" this Friday afternoon, May 24, will recognize this location before any of the contestants.
Waco public radio station KWBU-FM (103.3) opens its spring three-day pledge drive Thursday with an urgent message to its listeners: Become a member.
Late notice, I know, but film fans with a Monday night free may want to know about the free screening of the 1966 Russian film "Andrei Rublev" at the Waco Hippodrome.
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.
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.
For those wanting to maximize their viewing of Oscar-nominated performances, here's short notice of a chance to see Melissa McCarthy (Best Actress) and Richard E. Grant (Best Supporting Actor).
Those attending Friday's performance of "Steel Magnolias" at the Waco Civic Theatre got a bonus in the first announcement of next year's season.
Those who appreciate the behind-the-camera talent in film and television have a chance Friday afternoon, Jan. 25, to meet two of Baylor University's higher-profile alums in those fields.
Oscar nominations came out this week and, sure enough, some of the nominated movies start to arrive in Waco. The big one is "The Favourite," which opens Thursday night after debuting in many movie markets back in November.
In larger cities, January is often a case of post-holiday hangover where movie releases are concerned, a month where Hollywood studios try and clean the shelves of their not-so-good stuff.
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.
Those who find themselves in the State Capitol over the Christmas and New Year's holidays might look for a bit of Waco on the Christmas tree in the state House of Representatives chamber.
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.
It's taken several weeks to get here, but "The Old Man and the Gun," starring Robert Redford as an aging bank robber, opens in Waco on Friday.
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.
The heavy rain this weekend is a cinematic one with seven movies arriving in Waco theaters. That's not counting one-off special screenings, which, by my count, add another eight movies to what's been playing.
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.
The dog days of summer (movies) often bleed over into the first or second week of September, but there's a movie of notice opening Friday for fans of Waco football star LaDainian Tomlinson.
Space aficionados, well, more specifically fans of space as it's captured in print and film, have two films they may want to see when they come to Waco for a limited run.
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.
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