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.
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).
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.
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.
Texas country singer-songwriter Tracy Byrd brings his 25th anniversary tour to Waco with a Friday night performance at the Waco Hippodrome.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bowing to a backlash that had threatened to engulf an already blunder-plagued Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year's Oscar broadcast.
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.
Even when done well, the romantic comedy is easy to pick on. They’re so earnest and full of clichés and unrealistic fairy tale standards. Intelligent women have been taught that there should be a healthy serving of self-hatred with whatever enjoyment you might glean from a well-done makeover montage. You don’t have to look much further than the phrase “rom-com” (like chick-lit) to know that. The dismissive term seems to have been thrown at the genre to take it and its fans down a few pegs, as if to say, no no, silly girl, that’s not cinema or literature or even art.
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.
“The LEGO Movie” is a hard act to follow. Its world was so fresh and vibrant and unexpected, it’s no wonder that it spawned a number of spinoffs of varying quality. But the big test was always going to be the sequel and whether or not it could recreate the magic of the first. And I’m pleased to report that “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part “ is pretty darn good, but also you can’t help shake the feeling that it’s just never going to live up to the exciting newness of the first.
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.
If you’ve ever watched TV’s hugely entertaining “Jane the Virgin,” you’ll know that its star, Gina Rodriguez, is one of the most engaging, charismatic and relatable actresses out there.
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.
Once both Baylor University and McLennan Community College get into their spring semesters, the concert scene starts to become busy with potential audiences now in town.
Connally Junior High theater arts teacher Kay Bell writes about a group of homeless people who find a home of sorts when they band together in “Born to Win,” but her play debut seems to have already found a home: a sellout Saturday night at the Waco Hippodrome.
The title of “Green Book” derives from a period when African-Americans often traveled at their own risk, especially in the Jim Crow South. Unwelcome in many restaurants, hotels and other public establishments, they even faced death in “sundown” towns, where they were warned to get out before evening, or else.
A 24-hour period early last month sums up a lot of why the Oak Ridge Boys have proven so popular over the decades.
Local classical music fans will have the chance to hear some rarely played works in the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s Jan. 17 concert, from a 19th century piano concerto by a female composer to the first of Gustav Mahler’s muscular, full-blooded symphonies.
Two veteran Texas country performers well-known to Waco audiences bring their distinctive styles and experiences to the Waco Hippodrome this weekend.
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Overwhelmed by all the TV you haven't seen? Get ready for even more.
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.
The first week of the new year has found some Central Texas television viewers looking for familiar channels in new locations.
The Mayborn Museum’s “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is sailing on to its next destination, with two days left in the blockbuster show that is leaving organizers with smiles.
Who knew the kid could take down the king?
January means a slow month for many live music venues as fans recover from Christmas season spending and New Year’s Eve partying, but it’s only a sign of a busy, star-studded year to come at the Waco Hippodrome.
Whose words these are I think I know.
If 2018 will be remembered for anything, it will be for well-executed blockbusters: From “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” to “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” and “Halloween,” audiences were treated to exceptionally smart, technically proficient, visually rich exercises in action, romance, horror and other genres whose mass appeal usually makes them immune to questions of sophistication and aesthetic taste.
As the final days of 2018 wheeze to the year’s conclusion, party planners are putting final touches on celebrating what’s behind in the past or what’s ahead.
Fort Worth-area promoter Sam Houston has fond memories of watching television’s “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Dean Martin Show” back in the 1950s and 1960s when variety shows were common fare.
“The Darkest Night of the Year” is the theme for Friday’s Analog Waco storytelling event, but it’s a safe bet that many of those participating won’t be talking about the winter solstice that night.