Sound & Sight

Carl Hoover

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

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For thousands of Americans, this will be their last Fourth of July. That happens every year, of course, and can be said of any day of the year. Coming after four months of a pandemic that has killed more than 130,000 Americans with no leveling in sight, it seems clear that COVID-19 will add …

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend Drive, for Vince Bryce, a well-respected, appreciated and loved Waco musician. Bryce, 45, died at his home June 16.

A long, quiet summer for Waco movie fans may start to murmur back to life next month as both AMC and Regal Cinemas plan to begin reopening their theaters next month after closings to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Back in pre-COVID days, Brazos Theatre's comedy improv usually landed in the first weekend of the month, a time that piggybacked off First Friday attention with its art show openings and live music in downtown clubs and restaurants (sigh).

Given what we've seen in the last few weeks, the news that organizers have cancelled this year's Bowen MusicFest in Waco comes as no surprise.

Film festivals usually dot this time of spring, but not in this year of coronavirus, which has shuttered movie theaters nationwide. That's not stopping the Dallas VideoFest which plans to put some of its entries up for online viewing, with the Waco-made "Seven Short Films About (Our) Marriag…

For those of you at home Saturday night, March 28, and online, Sendero Provisions Co. is sponsoring a livestream benefit "Together For Texas" that features performances by eight bands and proceeds going to 33 local businesses, restaurants and non-profits.

Waco public radio station KWBU-FM (103.3) will hold its Power Morning pledge drive from 6 to 9 a.m. Friday morning, Feb. 28, after phone problems led station officials to cancel Thursday's drive.

Beethoven fans can get an expresso shot of the composer Saturday night, Feb. 8, when the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, violinist Patricia Shih and two Baylor choirs perform an all-Beethoven program at Jones Concert Hall in the McCrary Music Building.

The Magnolia Effect apparently extends to television as well as increased Waco tourism: The "Say Yes To The Prom"  tour has Waco as one of five participating cities this spring for its ninth season.

The ripples are still moving in the social media pond of Waco musicians from last Friday's startling news of the death of bassist Tonee Calhoun. Calhoun, who only a week earlier had celebrated the release of his album "Black Knight" with a concert and art show at the Waco Convention Center.

With Thanksgiving holiday movie releases around the corner, it's time for some studios and film distributors to squeeze in films before the holiday schedule locks up screens. That's good news, at least this week, for Waco fans of the offbeat, international cinema and/or Aggie-themed movies.

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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