Art and Culture

Art and culture

The otherwise unknown Capitol City Star Singers channel the O'Jays on the uptempo gospel song, "What He's Done for Me."

Hear the whole track here!


Hosting this week is Kennedy Sam.  Kennedy talks with Eric Shephard of the Waco Civic Theater on their upcoming programming. Also on the program, Kennedy speaks with Fiona Bond about the local art scene and the events coming up in Waco.  Lastly, we'll hear from David Smith with another installment of David and Art.


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

Kent Haruf died a few years ago, and I only learned of him when I came across his last novel, Our Souls at Night.  This tender dance between a widow and a widower who—in an effort to ward off loneliness--joined together struck me to the bone.  I immediately sought out the other five.  Where You Once Belonged leaves me with only one more.  And that makes me sad, because this collection of short novels is nothing more than magnificent.  All six of these stories deserve 10 stars as a group.

David and Art - "Federal Architecture"

Feb 24, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

In what way could the architecture of government buildings say anything about the government itself?

Last week, I mentioned former President Theodore Roosevelt’s harsh disapproval of some contemporary art in a 1913 New York exhibit.  He was critical of paintings that he felt didn’t meet his standard of what art ought to look like, and was particularly dismissive of European Modernists.  You will have noticed perhaps that the current President is likewise outspoken in his cultural opinions. (read more)

David and Art - Federal Architecture

Feb 24, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

In what way could the architecture of government buildings say anything about the government itself?


David and Art - Federal Architecture

Feb 24, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

In what way could the architecture of government buildings say anything about the government itself?


Smooth-voiced baritone Robert Anderson was one of the very few gospel singers who could croon with the best.

Hear the full track here.

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

A recent reminder that I had neglected the works of Colm Tóibín drew me to one of only a couple of his works I had not read.  The South is the story of Katherine Proctor who abandons her family in a move to Barcelona.  There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War.  This is a thrilling story of art and exile and a search for love.  Note there are several brief adult scenes.  


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

An art show from over one hundred years ago broadened American tastes like none before or since. Here's this weeks edition of David and Art with David Smiith.


"I've Been Born Again" is hard gospel from the golden age of the Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring Clarence Fountain. 


"Death by Chocloate" to health and fitness, hear about a number of valentine themed and other community events happening in and around Waco this week.  

If you have waited until now to make plans for your Valentine’s Date – Well – I guess it’s kind of romantic to live life on the edge…lucky for you there is a long list of terrific local restaurants who are offering Valentine’s specials tonight, so hopefully someone will squeeze you in.  That list includes (read more)

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

Dame Jean Iris Murdoch is—to my way of reading—one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century.  She passed away February 8, 1999.  She was a British novelist and philosopher.  She has written 26 spectacular novels, along with a short story, plays, philosophy, and poetry.  I have so many stories about her and her works, I could fill several episodes of Likely Stories.


Throwing everything called "art" into a big pile and letting people sort it out isn't the best way of knowing what's worth our time and attention. Fortunately there's help. 

Harry Belafonte's "Oh Freedom" is an early recording of what would become one of the most popular Freedom Songs. 

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

After a few intense stories, I turned my eyes to an interesting novel with some romance and some danger all wrapped up in a nifty story of two women who share a bizarre tale.  Sarah Jio’s ninth novel, All the Flowers in Paris will give you moments of pleasure while keeping you on edge. 


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