Art and Culture

Art and culture

This 45 by The Howard University Gospel Choir titled "I Found God" features an early - but still scintillating - performance by the legendary Richard Smallwood. 


'Tis always the season to act locally Waco! This week there are quite a few holiday themed activities from the tree lighting, fireworks and the Wonderland Parade to Arts events and ways you can give back.


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

A few years ago, I came by three interesting books about libraries.  In the third, Matthew Battles wrote Library: An Unquiet History.  The depth, breath, and detail of this history appeals to most bibliophiles.

 

 

Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Creativity in one artistic medium can often enhance creativity in others. 


The 32nd Annual International Youth Congress of the Church of God in Christ produced a marvelous mass choir LP by the same name in 1967 Featuring the immortal gospel singer Kitty Parham. 


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This week on Conversations With Creative Waco, co-host Kennedy Sam interviews Eastside Market's Andreas Zaloumis, Deoryen Thornton and Eric Linares just in time for the holiday season. Sam also sits down with Mike Brock of White Elephant on the importance of shopping locally. 


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

As you can easily imagine I frequently browse used bookstores for hidden treasures.  I recently stumbled upon an enormous, clean, and well-organized shop.  To my surprise, the proprietor was selling most of his inventory for 4, 6, or 9 dollars.  Among that treasure trove was a slim novel, Malinche by Laura Esquivel, which recounts the genocide perpetrated on the indigenous Mexican Indians at the hands of Hernán Cortés and his Spanish soldiers.  

 


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Melinda Adams is a local southern rock musician who works at the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau. We talk about her time at Baylor, her influences, her trip abroad and the how music plays into the economics of the city and what could be on the horizon for the Central Texas music scene. 


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

When it comes to art, being in the room where it happens can be a unique experience. 


Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers released dozens of superb, irreplaceable gospel songs, including the sweet and sentimental "Wonderful." 


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This week on Conversations With Creative Waco, Rae Jefferson talks about creativity with show co-host Kennedy Sam of Creative Waco. Jefferson also sits down with the Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute's public programs manager, Stephanie Martinez, to talk about upcoming holiday events, special exhibits and the mission to inspire entrepreneurship in the museum's guests. 


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

I came across a nifty little film based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, The Bookshop.  This short novel was the first time I read a book about a bookstore.  This story is of a woman determined to open the first bookstore in a sleepy little English town.  Fitzgerald has had three novels shortlisted for the Booker prize.  In 1979, she captured the prize for Offshore.  This is my third reading of this splendid novel.

 

 


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Popular skepticism directed at knowledge can also damage our perception of the arts. 


In the mid-1960s, the homespun Angelic Choir was releasing some of the most innovative recordings in all of gospel music, including the irresistible "I've Got It." 


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

Ages ago, I got a copy of The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.  What followed was a storm of varied and interesting stories—mostly about women and how they are swept aside in deference to men.  A Single Thread, Tracy’s latest novel, is no exception.

 


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