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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

The Baylor Symphony Orchestra did its version of a 21-gun send-off in its April 26 concert, only it was a section of 37 oboes that provided the musical firepower.

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.

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.

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.

—"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.

The second shoe of the 25-year retrospectives of the Branch Davidian raid. siege and fire drops Thursday night with ABC's two-hour "Truth and Lies" episode at 8 p.m.