It’s hard not to go into “A Star Is Born “ without a lot of prejudgments. Even if you haven’t seen the other three versions, the mere fact that they exist, and with such formidable talent, is enough to make anyone scoff at the fact that Hollywood keeps dusting off this well-worn story about fame and love and addiction.

“Venom,” starring Tom Hardy as a TV investigative journalist whose body is invaded by an alien organism, is a destabilizing mix of intentional and unintentional comedy that for better and worse returns the superhero movie to its natural state: camp.

Waco Cultural Arts Fest organizers call the public/children’s art portion of the festival Arts For All, but the term could describe the festival and its component subfestivals held each year at Indian Spring Park and the Waco Convention Center.

What adds up to a Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo experience? Two parts carnival rides, one part live music, two parts corn dogs, funnel cakes and soft drink? One part rodeo, two parts livestock exhibits? One part of watching kids on sensory overload? Crowd-watching and ride barkers on a cool Texas night?

Malcolm D. Lee’s “Night School” brings together the potent combo of Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, but this tepid if amiable sitcom-stretched-into-a-movie elicits widely differing grades for its two comic powerhouses.

Celebrated 19th century artist and naturalist John James Audubon captured the look of wildlife in American forests and wetlands in his monumental “Birds of America” series and a new Martin Museum of Art exhibit opening Saturday explores another territory where Audubon blazed trails, the overlap between science, specifically ornithology, and art.

Rats frequently overstay their welcome, but there’s an exception being made for the beret-wearing “Haight Street Rat” presently on display at downtown Waco’s Cultivate 7twelve art space: The celebrated work by British street artist Banksy will stay in Waco for another month.

The {254} Dance-Fest returns to the Waco Cultural Arts Fest for its sixth year Oct. 5-7 with its usual mix of public performances, dance workshops and appearances by dance companies and dancers from across the state.

Nearly two decades after forming to nudge Christian college students into a more vibrant relationship with God, the trio Passion is still, well, passionate about its work, even as its audience has grown far beyond the college crowd of its initial years. 

Spookiness rattles the screen just enough to give kids a better-than-good shiver — and more than a few solid laughs — in “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” Since it takes place in 1955, neither laptop nor cellphone figures into this engaging, if less than wholly transformational, story.

On a muggy Fourth of July night just outside Austin, Rep. Beto O’Rourke walked on stage wearing a light blue button-down, with a Texas-size American flag in the background. But rather than one of his campaign rallies in his Senate bid against Republican Ted Cruz, the Democrat was in front of the thousands that came out for Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, an annual celebration of country music started by the legendary singer 45 years ago.

It’s easy to see why someone would want to make a movie about Ricky Wershe Jr. His life story, the inspiration for the new, fact-based crime drama “White Boy Rick,” has it all: drugs, sex and gunrunning, plus a main character whose neck-deep involvement in all those activities — while still a teenager — is both shocking and appealingly guileless.

Hispanic contributions to Waco history and culture get recognized this month as the Art Forum of Waco reopens to host the exhibit “Hispanic Heritage,” complete with an appearance by a descendent of Waco founder Jacob de Cordova at Friday’s artist reception.

Singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan explains the “Body + Ghost Tour” that brings him and two other bands to Waco’s Common Grounds on Friday night suggests the interplay between flesh and spirit that’s always intrigued him.

Noted Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail will share excepts from his sprawling, new release “The Five Quintets” in a public reading at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Baylor University’s Armstrong-Browning Library. A book signing will follow his reading.

“God Bless the Broken Road,” named for a song made famous by Rascal Flatts, is a well-meaning, competently made faith-based drama. But good intentions and a diverse cast aren’t enough to spread the gospel beyond moviegoers already invested in God (and country music and NASCAR). And it’s unfortunate that the tribute to veterans that is so much a part of the movie’s marketing turns out to be little more than a framing device that’s dispensed with for most of the plot.

Audiences attending the opening performances of Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “Newsies” this weekend may notice the wider toilet stalls in the bathrooms, the carpeting on the lobby floor and a new ramp connecting parking lot to sidewalk.

Newspapers, unions and strikes seem unlikely subjects for a Broadway musical, but the combination — with heavy doses of music and choreography — proved winning enough to make “Newsies” a stage hit when it debuted on Broadway in 2012.

More than two dozen artists use their imagination about a problematic future in the Second Annual Climate Change Art Show on display this month at downtown’s Waco Winery Tasting Room and Rooftop Patio.

Spin Connection, which specializes in selling vinyl audio albums both current and vintage, marks its second anniversary of hosting live bands with a rock-driven party Saturday complete with kids’ games, prize giveaways and cotton candy.

Participants and supporters of the “1,000 Hopes For Waco” mural at 315 S. University Parks Drive will meet Tuesday to celebrate the project and start a hope of their own: a push on social media with the mural as backdrop for 1,000 selfies.

Comic William Lee Martin still answers to Cowboy Bill, the nickname a grandfather gave to him, but the salty language that once peppered his routines no longer is something he hangs his hat on.

The Music Association of Central Texas recently installed its Hall of Recognition plaques into a hallway outside the Raleigh restaurant at the Waco Hippodrome.