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.
The Deep in the Heart Film Festival proceeds from second-year sequel to third-year series next weekend, returning to the Waco Hippodrome with a slate of seven feature films, more than 100 shorts and panel discussions aimed at would-be filmmakers.
This year’s Table Toppers fundraiser for the Art Center of Waco did not quite have the impact of last year’s, when the announcement of the center’s new downtown Waco location and building was made, but it had considerable news of its own.
Jordan Peele has tightened his grip in “Us,” a less satirical and more slaughterhouse horror parable than the writer-director’s astonishing debut, “Get Out,” that despite its deficiencies will leave all who enter its shadowy world convinced of Peele’s growing command as a singular conjurer o…
Consider this week the concert version of a tone cluster in music, where notes are tightly packed within a more standard interval. In this case, five nationally known musicians perform in Waco on three nights within one week.
It’s the sort of device William Shakespeare would love: a playwright stymied for inspiration falls for a fellow actor and finds in love a fresh jolt of creativity.
Saturday’s Waco Symphony Orchestra offers symphony players the opportunity to take the spotlight normally held by guest artists with a program highlighting the symphony’s major sections.
Eric Lindberg has heard the labels of Jewish bluegrass, even Jewgrass, tagged to what he and his wife Doni Zasloff perform as Nefesh Mountain and he shrugs them off.
After more than three decades of performing with a band in front of sold-out auditoriums and packed churches, Steven Curtis Chapman put himself in unfamiliar territory a few years ago: alone onstage with only his guitar and a deep catalog of songs.
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Editor's note: Due to illness, this concert has been canceled.
The Waco Jazz Orchestra plays tribute to the music of pops composer Henry Mancini in its “That Mancini Magic!” concert on Saturday, a show that’s as much about a musical serendipity as magic.
If there is one thing that’s true of most of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s that they have life and spirit to spare. It’s a kind of an intoxicating joy that dares even the most comic book-apathetic to get onboard and delight in the spectacle, and it usually comes down to the characters. You might not care about whatever Earth-threatening foe is at large this time, but you care about Captain America, Black Panther and Black Widow and enjoy spending a few hours with them.
One of filmmaking’s cheapest tricks is on-screen applause — where characters clap to cue the movie’s viewers that they should also be impressed. There’s a lot of that in “Apollo 11,” but it’s not cheap. In this documentary about the people who pulled off the spectacular feat of sending Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon in 1969, the ovations are genuine, spontaneous and well deserved.
Pluck and independence are threads running through country music, which is why veteran singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina has made country her career home.
When Waco’s Tea Aguilar gets onstage or in front of an audience, there’s no telling what comes next. It may be music from his guitar; environmental sounds looped into rock, blues or electronically altered music; a beat machine; beat boxing; or even live painting.
Fresh ideas fuse recycled materials into art — and, organizers hope, money — in the ReStore ReStART exhibit held Thursday at Cultivate 7twelve.
The new in new classical music isn’t limited to the sound of a piece or its instrumentation, but sometimes how it’s presented.
Imagine you’re a 20-something living in New York City and you spot a particularly nice and structured green leather handbag on the subway. Do you report it to the MTA? Ignore it and move on? Claim it and its contents for yourself? Return to the owner?
The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” sails to McLennan Community College’s Ball Performing Arts Center next week, returning to Waco thanks to a collaboration between McLennan Theatre and McLennan Opera.
For Waco artists Susan Sistrunk and Mark Kieran, there’s no place like home.
After taping, recording and producing musicians across the state for decades, Waco musician Chris Ermoian is finding its time for his own band.
Friday’s Common Grounds concert with Gungor, The Brilliance and solo artist Propaganda carries the tag “The End of the World Tour,” but it’s more the band Gungor bidding adieu rather than any earthly realm.
The last year or so has found Texas country singer-songwriter Casey Donahew with plenty to fill his time. He and his band play sold-out concerts across the state and nation. More than a half million fans follow him on his social media accounts and his music has logged some 70 million streams on Spotify and Apple.
Country star Wynonna Judd, who goes by her first name, brings her Big Noise Band to Waco on Saturday, part of a national tour that has her on the road through May.
For young women of an earlier age and higher status, appearing as a debutante was a rite of passage, a formal introduction to a family’s or community’s social circle as a woman ready to take a place in that circle and, often, available for marriage.
Texas country singer-songwriter Tracy Byrd brings his 25th anniversary tour to Waco with a Friday night performance at the Waco Hippodrome.
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In 2017, writer-director Barry Jenkins won a best-picture Oscar for “Moonlight,” an equal parts wrenching and rapturous chronicle of a young man experiencing first love that melded expressionism and restraint with a delicate but firm sense of control.
Saturday’s Texas country concert at the Extraco Events Center carries the title WACO 100 Texas Music Blowout, but for its opening act, it’s more like a Waco homecoming.
For some artists, creating doesn’t stop with the work, but extends to communities that encourage, support or inspire.
In Reginald Rose’s famous television play “12 Angry Men,” the source for an even better known 1957 movie starring Henry Fonda, jurors debating the merits of a murder trial end up far from where they started as their individual perspectives and biases come into play.
Country star Travis Tritt, whose rock-edged country sound and soulful vocals made him one of country music’s hottest performers in the 1990s, comes back to Waco for a Saturday solo acoustic show at the Waco Hippodrome.
It is still largely the same old factors that shape who comes to town to perform: the cost of touring acts, fickle weather and Waco audiences.
In “What Men Want,” Taraji P. Henson gains the ability to hear men’s unspoken thoughts after she (1) accidentally drinks drug-laced tea; (2) dances to 2 Live Crew’s “Hoochie Mama” during a friend’s bachelorette party; (3) is knocked over by an inflatable penis; and (4) is slammed into a nightclub stage.
Creepy children are a mainstay of the horror genre. Going back to “The Bad Seed” and beyond, children have proved capable of unnerving audiences with a combination of precocious dialogue and psychopathic behavior.
Those impressed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 at last month’s WSO concert can get more of the same Friday night at the Baylor President’s Concert.
Christian music icon Bill Gaither chuckles at a question about continuing to write new songs in a career that stretches some five decades with songs that have become permanent additions to many Christians’ hymnody.
What better way to tell an imaginative story like “Peter Pan” than to use imagination? That’s the thinking behind “Peter and the Starcatcher,” whose Baylor Theatre production “Peter and the Starcatcher” opens a seven-performance run on Tuesday.
Two rock-flavored bands out to expand their fan bases play shows on consecutive nights this week at Common Grounds coffeehouse.
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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).
No, “Free Solo” isn’t the latest “Star Wars” installment. Upon reflection, however, fans of that franchise should make sure to see this riveting film, if only to experience action and derring-do at its most high-stakes, awe-inspiring and jaw-droppingly true.
Waco artists Rocio Ramirez Landoll and Diane Torres came up with an easy idea for an Art Forum of Waco exhibit running through February, then decided to add a little challenge for artists interested in submitting work.
Vocal harmonies and strong melodies may turn the Waco Hippodrome into a time-traveling country machine Friday night when veteran band Restless Heart returns.
The patrons of a small-town beauty salon share tears of heartache and laughter amid whiffs of hairspray in “Steel Magnolias” and that mix is what director Kelly MacGregor hopes to bring out in the Waco Civic Theatre production that opens on Friday.
Few things seem to escape D.L. Hughley’s sharp eye for comedy and commentary: celebrities and politicians, the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements and their oppositions, the challenges of living while black, an urban childhood where discipline was measured by objects used.
In “The Favourite,” a deliciously diabolical comedy of ill manners and outré palace intrigue, Olivia Colman plays Queen Anne, who in the 18th century ruled Great Britain while suffering through 17 ill-fated pregnancies, severe illness and not un-consequential wars with Spain and France.
Percussionist Robert Dillon admits he and his colleagues have to think carefully about the relationship between programming and packing for a concert tour. The former involves what pieces bring the effect they want, the latter about the instruments needed to achieve that. Marimba? Snare drums? Wooden blocks? Tuned bells?
Jazz pianist Beegie Adair remembers listening to all types of music on the radio while growing up in a small Kentucky town: pop, country, swing, western swing and more. Decades later, she’s finding that same musical openness in her younger audiences, some of whom are hearing with fresh ears the Great American Songbook standards that’s at the heart of her jazz.
The band makes its first appearance at the Waco Hippodrome on Thursday, a small bit of history for a band that hasn’t stopped writing it, even as members keep changing.
Sometimes art may tell more about the viewer than about the work being viewed.
Austin-area singer-songwriter Austin Meade doesn’t quite fit the stereotype of a Texas country performer with his long hair, half-arm of tattoos and an affinity for loud rock guitars, but that’s because stereotypes can mislead.