Hat tip to the keen-eyed Cynthia SoRelle for this, but Waco's Stevie Walker-Webb is one of three directors winning Obie Awards this year for their off-Broadway work.
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.
Clue: Waco viewers of the television gameshow "Jeopardy!" this Friday afternoon, May 24, will recognize this location before any of the contestants.
It’s pretty clear after watching the new live-action “Aladdin” that doubts about Will Smith’s casting as the Genie are overblown. It’s the guy behind the camera who should be doubted. And stuffed into a small lamp forever.
The insanely winning “Booksmart” boasts too many breakthroughs to count. There are the two leads, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, both of whom we’ve seen before but not like this. There is the director, Olivia Wilde, whose debut behind the camera is remarkably assured. And then there is …
In “Be the Astronaut,” the traveling exhibit opening Saturday at the Mayborn Museum, participants can guide rockets, fly lunar landers and drive Martian rovers with one big advantage over reality: A mistake won’t kill them.
Jacob Green and his wife Katie Selman moved to Waco from Brooklyn, New York, two years ago and fell in love with the city’s comfortable scale, friendly people and natural beauty.
Actor Leslie Jordan said “Exposed,” the one-man show he presents May 31 at the Waco Hippodrome, isn’t stand-up comedy as much as the Southern storytelling with which he grew up.
“Brightburn” is a one-idea movie. What if a baby from another planet crash lands on earth and is adopted and raised by a nice childless couple living on a farm? This kid doesn’t get hurt, never bleeds and, right around puberty starts to discover that he has superhuman strength too. At this point you’re probably thinking that you’ve heard this one before, right? Sure, everyone knows about Superman. But “Brightburn” twists that hero origin story and wonders what would happen if this alien child was not a good person. This is a kind of bad seed with superhero powers and it doesn’t bode well for all those around him.
Art in its varied roles — creative expression, pastime, therapy, entertainment — goes on public display this weekend at a location normally not known for art: the Salvation Army’s Community Kitchen and Shelter at 300 Webster Ave.
Movies can be blessedly simple. As the first “John Wick” showed, all you really need is a car, a gun, a dead dog and Keanu Reeves. Who needs “kiss kiss” when you’ve got plenty of “bang bang”?
“A Dog’s Journey” tries to prove that it’s possible to make an uplifting movie in which a dog dies — repeatedly. That’s not a spoiler; it’s literally the plot of the film.
Based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling 2012 novel, “The Chaperone” fictionalizes an episode in the life of silent movie star Louise Brooks. Yet the intermittently effective drama that unfolds is as much about the contrast between the 1920s and 2019 as it is about the relationship between Brooks and her minder.
Tayla Lynn knows her show Thursday night at the Waco Hippodrome carries the Memaw seal of approval.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary year of the Music Association of Central Texas, the organization plans to throw a street party Sunday with members providing the music.
After years of performing with dozens of Waco musicians, jazz pianist Dave Wild brings in a collaborator close to home Monday night: his bass-playing brother Ken.
Saturday’s Pints in the Park at Brazos Park East features Texas barbecue, Texas craft beer and — Texas bluegrass?
Heart of Texas Dog House
By virtue of its marketing campaign (and, um, its name), the film ‘Tolkien” suggests that it is a portrait of the formative years of J.R.R. Tolkien, the English author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.” And while it certainly is a literary coming-of-age story — Nicholas Hoult plays the young J.R.R., or Ronald, as a young man, with Harry Gilby covering his teenage years — it is also very much a movie about three other young men, or at least Tolkien’s relationship to them.
There’s something irreconcilable about “Poms ,” a movie about women in a retirement community who start a cheerleading club. The film wants us to laugh at the idea of older women trying to be cheerleaders, but also be inspired and empowered by their determination. There may have been a way to let it be both, but “Poms” evidently wasn’t interested in digging that deep.
Spring flowers add fresh color to Waco gardens and landscapes in May, but the month also sees it indoors with several new art exhibits at Waco galleries and venues.
Concert lineups and their locations often provide a rough approximation of a performer’s success or status: Opening act, middle act or headliner? Small club or arena?
Country singer Gene Watson released his second gospel album, “My Gospel Roots,” last year in part as a tribute to the parents who brought him up in the music-rich environment of a hymn-singing church. He didn’t realize it would provide renewed attention to his long-running career.
Singer-songwriter Bart Crow and his band return to town for a Fight For Five benefit this Friday at Karem Shrine, but the Austin musician doesn’t plan on anything different than giving his best.
LOS ANGELES — Pass the popcorn, the summer movie season is here and all the spectacle and air-conditioned respite it offers audiences. Summer at the movies has long been synonymous with blockbusters and franchises that are easy to spend a few hours with. For the most part, 2019 is no different.
It’s got an adorable hero from an iconic media brand who is voiced by a proven box office master at snark. But, somehow, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” never really gets arresting.
Waco Civic Theatre director Eric Shephard knows there’s a storyline for the musical “Mamma Mia!” whose production closes the theater’s 2018-19 season.
Waco artist John Storm regularly fills sketchbooks with the flotsam and jetsam of daily life — images sparked by words, music and memory.
Organizers of last August’s Dream Con hoped their new convention for fans of gaming, anime, comic books and cosplay (costume play) would find a following in Waco. The answer — yes, after attendance topped 1,000 — leads to this weekend’s sequel, Dream Con 2019.
Community support has played a key role in the support of the Youth Chorus of Central Texas and the group’s spring concert on Sunday, “Be The Change You Want To Be,” will acknowledge those groups that work with the community.
Mariscos la Perla
ST. CHARLES, Mo. — John Smith was going through a rough patch in his life.
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis will perform next fall with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, but Waco jazz fans may hear a new side to him: his classical side.
It sounds like the setup for an improv comedy exercise or, perhaps, one in logic: One character never tells the truth and another always tells the truth, so what happens next?
When it comes to replicating a band’s music and vibe at a concert, it seems that Jimmy Buffett and his mellow, beach party vibe might prove a challenge away from the shore.
Rather than make Shakespeare more approachable by changing a play’s time period or setting, McLennan Theatre’s production of “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” aims to narrow the distance between play and audience by, well, narrowing the distance.
The Black Glasses Film Festival, Baylor University’s Film and Digital Media division’s annual recognition of student work, hits another festival milestone this Saturday with its 20th anniversary.
It’s telling that veteran hard rockers Jackyl list a chainsaw as one of the musical instruments that members play and equally telling that the band has a Guinness Book of World Records achievement for number of shows in 24 hours (21) listed as one of the band’s achievements.
Country star Tim McGraw will make a rare one-night appearance in Waco on June 21 when he and co-author Jon Meacham bring their seven-city national book tour to Magnolia Market at the Silos.
Of the many ways for a child to almost die, being submerged in frigid water is one of the more survivable. The body conserves heat for the vital organs, and the cold slows oxygen depletion in the brain.
Texas country singer-songwriter Josh Ward says he and his band won’t be doing anything different when they come back to the Melody Ranch on Saturday night even though its large dance floor draws a crowd more likely to move to the music.
For those who find life offers plenty to laugh at, Texas’ Steve Treviño is a comic more than willing to share his life for others’ laughs.
William Hoyt Bagel & Brew
Art, work and celebrity mingle for China Spring photographers Michael Larsen and Tracy Talbert, who will talk about their work as celebrity and lifestyle photographers in a Thursday talk sponsored by the Art Center of Waco.
Art on Elm, a celebration of local art and place, returns to central Elm Avenue on Saturday with its traditional mix of visual art, live music, food and drink and arts and crafts vendors, plus an expanded Elm Tea Fest and organizers’ fervent hope for good weather.
Under the right hands, the Hammond B-3 electric organ can be a potent, versatile musical instrument and rhythm-and-blues star Booker T. Jones made it his.
The Central Texas Choral Society adds another masterwork to its performance resume on Tuesday when its singers, with help from Midway High School student musicians, performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem.
Thursday’s season-closing Waco Symphony Orchestra concert features multiple guest talents in addition to the orchestra’s inherent instrumental skill.
If you’re going to name your band the Fabulous Superlatives, they’d better be good, and country veteran Marty Stuart has no problems with his backing musicians living up to that name. Nor does he have a problem if fans remember band leader and band all together.
When Dancing Bear Pub owner Paxton Dove organized his first Texas Craft Beer Festival 10 years ago, he was happy to offer eight craft beers for customers to sample.
Wood often finds itself used for fences, but not the one that exhibit organizer Victoria Howle hopes to tear down in the show “Engrained” opening Friday at downtown Waco’s Cultivate 7twelve.
“Gobsmacked” describes those moments when surprise or shock causes someone to stop speechless in his or her tracks.
Baylor University’s Beall Poetry Festival marks its 25th anniversary Wednesday through Friday with a diverse lineup of award-winning poets, nightly poetry readings, an afternoon lecture and a poets' panel discussion free and open to the public.
Harvest on 25th
The Quebe Sisters — Grace, Sophia and Hulda — have made a career out of distinctive sounds. Like two-part close country harmonies? They’ve got a three-part sisterly blend. Have a craving for Texas fiddling? They provide it in triple measure. Western swing and classic country in your mental jukebox? The Quebes (KWAY-bees) do all of that and more, creating what they brand “progressive western swing.”
The Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo will look to a combination of hearts and artists for a fundraiser aimed at boosting the fair’s scholarship fund.