Art and Culture

Art and culture

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This week on Conversations With Creative Waco, Kennedy Sam interviews Steve Veracruz, the co-founder of the Central Texas Artist Collective about the upcoming Ekphrasis show. Sam also speaks with Karla Bautista about the Dia De Los Muertos festival on November 2 - as well as Kay Reinke from the Professional Artists of Central Texas about the annual Brazos Fine Art Show. 


There's more than trick or treating to do for Halloween this year.  Hear about some of the Halloween themed events happening around town from haunted houses, Pumpkin Fest, Sitting up with the Dead, Fright Night at the Rite 3.0 to a celebration of Dia De Los Muertos.


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

In amongst all the exciting and suspenseful novels I have reviewed, I came upon a funny, interesting little book Ex Libris” Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman.  This slim volume of a mere 162 pages is full of humor and wisdom.  According to the cover, “Ex Libris recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language.”  Anne is the editor of The American Scholar.  She has won a National Book Critics Circle Award and has written for numerous magazines.  She now resides with her family in western Massachusetts.

 


David and Art - "Tradition"

Oct 21, 2019
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

A 20th Century Russian who understood the balance between tradition and Modernity can speak to us today, maybe more than ever before.

“How do we keep our balance?” the character of Tevye asks with a twinkle in his eye at the beginning of Fiddler on the Roof.  “That I can tell you in one word:  Tradition!”  That 1964 musical set in a Jewish village in European Russia at the dawn of the 20th century remains a perfect way in which to observe the difficult relationship between tradition and relentless change.

A few days ago my daughter came home and explained that in her art class she’d been given the choice of reproducing a Picasso painting or a Chagall painting, and I was delighted she chose Chagall.

The piano stylings and arrangements of Roberta Martin influenced everybody from the Rev. James Cleveland to Little Lucy Smith and are on full display in her hit, "God is Still on the Throne."


On this edition of Act Locally Waco, Ashley Thornton and Brodie Bashaw highlight community events from the Waco Habitat Restore half price sale,  a variety of arts events and plenty of happenings with a Halloween theme.


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

My encounter with Kristin Hannah’s work came from her exciting and suspense-filled novel, The Great Alone.  It tells the story of Ernt Albright, his wife Cora, and their 13-year-old-daughter, Leni.  Ernt was a captured POW in Vietnam.  When he finally returned home, he was thoroughly broken.  He suffered from a severe case of PTSD.  He has lost another job and verges on the edge of complete collapse.  When he receives a letter from the father of his best friend—who died in Vietnam--he learns his friend had requested Ernt take over the property, so he can find some peace.  The family was welcome by the local residents, and they offered much in the way of labor, supplies, and food in preparation for the coming winter.  Ernt refuses all such help.

 


Photo By Stain Garcia

In today’s episode of KWBU’s Fine Tuned Music Series – a conversation with local hip- hop artist Payton Bryce who is professionally known as Pirscription. He talks about his experiences as a hip-hop artist, his music, growing up in West, Texas and the changes he sees in Waco's music scene. 


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

National Arts and Humanities month is a way for us to remember the power of art in society. 

This is National Arts and Humanities Month, a designation intended to draw our attention to the role these elements play in our busy lives, both personal and public. The advocacy group Americans for the Arts launched the event in 1985 as National Arts Week, in part to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993 it shifted to a month-long celebration.

Robert Lynch, the CEO and President of Americans for the Arts, says the special designation of October is “an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the positive impact the arts bring to our communities.”

The songs of the beloved Wings Over Jordan Choir were among the first to be broadcast nationally on the radio in the United States. The choir specialized in loving arrangements of old spirituals, including this one - "Rock a My Soul."

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

According to the dust jacket, “Brock Clarke is an award-winning author of seven previous works of fiction, including the bestselling An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England.  He lives in Maine and he teaches at Bowdoin College.”  His latest novel, Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? is one peculiar book.  

 


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Once nearly lost in the shadow of a celebrated American artist, a woman from Brooklyn is increasingly seen as a leader in abstract expressionism. 


The combined choirs make The Banks Brothers and the Greater Harvest Back Home Choir of Newark, NJ a spectacular aural feast - two great choirs singing old time gospel before a massive and appreciative audience. 


This week on Act Locally Waco, KWBU's Kateleigh Mills and Brodie Bashaw bring you this week's upcoming events - like Waco Cultural Arts Fest, smooth jazz at An Evening With Ellington, Waco Walk to End Alzheimer's and Baylor Homecoming. 


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

Richard Russo is a talented and widely admired writer.  His latest novel Chances Are… is the story of “Three old friends [who] arrived on Cape Cod in reverse order, from farthest to nearest: Lincoln, a commercial real estate broker, traveled practically cross-country from Las Vegas, Teddy. A small press publisher, from Syracuse; Mickey, a musician and sound engineer.  All were sixty-six years old and had attended the same small liberal arts college in Connecticut where they’d slung hash at a campus sorority” (3).  The group is rounded out with “Jacy,” (6).  I am about the same age, and I attended a small liberal arts college in Philadelphia, I could not help missing a healthy measure of intrigue.

 


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