Lake City Arts And Culture – Lake City Journal Fri, 20 May 2022 10:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lake City Arts And Culture – Lake City Journal 32 32 “Love Me Before The Town Goes Away” from The Bay Podcast Fri, 20 May 2022 10:00:26 +0000

Nijla Mu’min’s poetry preserves her homeland by painting portraits with words.

She shares childhood memories of the black Muslim community in East Oakland. She romanticizes hanging out at Lake Merritt. And she wonders what became of the East Bay neighborhoods where she socialized as a young person.

All of her memories are woven together to show her appreciation for the culture that raised her.

I first became friends with Nijla years ago while running around the Bay Area in the same creative circles, and I’ve watched her craft thrive ever since. From her film Jinn, which won the SXSW Special Jury Recognition Award for Writing, to writing for acclaimed shows, queen sugar, that blind spotting series, Wu-Tang: An American Sagaand Unsure.

But long before all that, Nijla attended UC Berkeley, where her experiences in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program left an indelible mark. She still writes poetry to this day.

In late April, to celebrate National Poetry Month, Nijla shared some of her work with Bay Podcast’s Maria Esquinca.

This week we share this episode with you.

Nijla Mu’min stands in front of a mural painted by the Trust Your Struggle Collective that reads ‘Oakland Dreams’. (Pendarvis Harshaw)

Read the episode transcript from The Bay.

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Minnesota • Thumbwind Tue, 17 May 2022 18:26:17 +0000

Minnesota is called the Ten Thousand Lakes State. And it’s true! And if you dig deeper into the statistics, you will find that there are not even ten thousand lakes, but twelve thousand. Based on these and other parameters, the federal state is the state with the best quality of life and the healthiest according to national expertise. But it’s not just the beauty of the lakes that makes Minnesota famous. Must-visit Minnesota attractions include great fishing and hunting, canoeing and rafting, top-rated US biking trails, and skiing—these are just a few reasons travelers from around the world flock to Minnesota.

When you’re on the go, you’ll probably need to resort to public WiFi from time to time. If you want to make your trip convenient and safe, you should also install a VPN on your phone. That way, you don’t have to worry about data leaks when connecting to public WiFi, and you always have access to blocked content in Minnesota. So not only do you need to provide an exciting ride for you and your family, you also need to provide cyber security for your data.


Spoonbridge and Cherry – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Of all the attractions in Minnesota, Minneapolis is a theater-goer’s paradise: the city is second only to New York City in terms of the number of theater seats. Unsurprisingly, the main festival is theatre-related. Every year the state hosts the fringe theater festival. The Minnesota Fringe Festival has expanded from 52 shows in 1994 to 720 performances from over 142 shows prior to the onset of the pandemic in 2019. So, if you’re lucky enough to arrive in Minnesota during the first two weeks of August, you can catch one or more young children’s drama, dance, musical, and puppet shows.

Although St. Paul is the capital, Minneapolis is the most famous city in Minnesota. Are you interested in art? Visit exhibitions in art institute, see works by Picasso and Henry Moore at the Walker Art Center or visit the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art Culture. Minneapolis cityscapes are high-rises reaching for the sky and wide avenues broken by a network of skywalks.

The student atmosphere in Dinkeytown

Black and brown train near the building during the night
Light rail near Dinkey Town, Minneapolis – Photo by Josh Hild

The capital of Minnesota is St. Paul. The great capital resembles a European settlement: the same streets and the same late Victorian buildings. Much of the city is dominated by the University of Minnesota where you will find the student center and neighborhood Dinkeytown irresistible.

Dinkytown meanders through the University of Minnesota Campus, directly across the river from downtown Minneapolis. As well as serving as a bustling hub of student life, Dinkytown has a rich history that has left the neighborhood with old historic buildings, quirky shops and even a thriving live music scene that still exists today. Dinkytown is a Minneapolis gem not to be missed for its reasonably priced cuisine and eccentric bars/social spots.

Mall of America

Are you a real shopaholic? Then we know how to convince you. The Mall of America is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. It’s not far from Minnesota’s capital, near Bloomington. This is where you will find over forty million people passing through every year. And every fourth of them is a traveller. So go to the mall with family, friends or alone – there is something for everyone. In addition to five hundred shops, the Mall of America has no fewer than twenty restaurants, an amusement park with around four hundred trees and an oceanarium with sharks.

Voyageurs National Park

Early morning canoeing at Voyageurs National Park Photo by Tim Umphreys

The northern part of the state is home to the Voyageurs National Park. This national park was established in 1971. Water areas occupy a third of the vast territory of the park. You are truly mesmerized by the views of shallow lakes dotted with rocky islands! Camp or stay at a Rainy Lakehouse, rent a mini-boat, or explore the expanse in a speedboat, canoe, or seaplane. You can see eagles, loons, deer and moose. Also, find out about a tour of the famous Kettle Falls. You can even go there with the kids.

North Shore of Lake Superior

Today, one of the largest waterfalls in the country lies on the north shore of Lake Superior. Drive north from Duluth along Route 61 along the coast. The area is home to unique natural attractions. The main attraction of these places are the numerous state parks along Lake Superior. According to some research, it is a preserved part of a once colossal sea. It is the largest and deepest in the Great Lakes system, and Lake Superior is also the largest freshwater lake in the world.

There is another theory about the origin of the unique lake, which most modern scientists follow. It could have formed in a basin left by a huge glacier. The latter, in turn, completely melted during the eruption. The beautiful lake has many unique features that point to its unusual origins. The water in the lake is always ice cold. Even in midsummer it doesn’t get warmer than 4 degrees Celsius. In winter, however, Lake Superior never freezes, so storms are constant. Despite these peculiarities, the lake is rich in fish and is home to rare species of sturgeon and trout.

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park on Lake Superior’s north shore is a great place to visit on a trip to Minnesota. The park is worth a visit any time of the year, as it offers a great cross-country ski trail system in winter, beautiful colors in fall, and many hiking trails in summer. But perhaps spring is when Gooseberry Falls State Park is at its most beautiful, as that’s when its falls are at their fullest and most powerful. The park is located near Duluth and not far from Highway 61.

Itasca State Park

Minnesota’s oldest state park, Itasca State Park is undoubtedly one of the best in the state. The historic Douglas cabin or lodges offer the opportunity to sleep under the stars, with the 2,000-acre nature reserve, one of seven national natural landmarks in Minnesota and one of the many attractions worth visiting in the park. In addition, Itasca State Park offers people the opportunity to hike along the Mississippi River at the beginning of its extended, winding journey across America – a truly unique, unforgettable and unforgettable experience.

Silver Bay on the North Shore of Superior

Silver Bay is one of the most scenic spots in Minnesota, with its Shovel Point offering truly spectacular views. Scenic North Shore cruises are among the most popular activities on a trip to the city, and snowshoeing at George Crosby Manitou State Park should also be on the list of experiences to try while visiting. The Baptism River is perhaps the prettiest spot in Silver Bay, although it rivals hikes on the stunning Tetegush Trail.


Duluth, the second largest city on Lake Superior, is worth a visit for anyone traveling to Minnesota for the first time. The port city is home to America’s only freshwater aquarium, and Duluth is also home to the world’s longest freshwater bar. The Aerial Lift Bridge is a surprisingly attractive attraction when visiting Duluth, while the city makes a great jumping off point for a trip up Minnesota’s North Shore. The town itself is also home to popular attractions such as the Lake Superior and Glensche Seaside Visitor Center, the Historic Congdon Estate and the Leif Erickson Rose Park and Garden.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, the national shrine of the Apostle Paul, commonly known as St. Paul’s Cathedral, is one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire state. The cathedral’s distinctive copper dome makes it one of the most recognizable cathedrals in the United States. The building, one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture, is comparable to the great cathedrals of Europe. The cathedral is normally open seven days a week – the cathedral is listed as a monument on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Favorite Minnesota food

Minnesota’s crowning dishes are hotdish casserole and a fish delicacy called lutefisk. To make lutefisk, dried fish is soaked in an alkaline soda solution for three days and then kept in water. The consistency of the fish becomes like jelly. Next, lutefisk is fried, boiled and heated in a microwave oven. Finally, serve the fish with mushy peas, boiled potatoes and bacon.

If you don’t want to try the gourmet lutefisk, consider another unique dish only found in Minnesota — Juicy Lucy, a specialty cheeseburger made from two patties with sizzling melted cheese sandwiched between them. And for the true conservatives, you can always find a spot of well-known cuisine in the state: Mexican restaurants, Vietnamese, Chinese and other Middle Eastern cuisines, burger joints, bakeries and, of course, coffee shops. Coffee is in high demand here: it is easy to find a place for a coffee break.

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Removed iconic “Love” mural from 24th and Lake Fri, 13 May 2022 23:26:00 +0000 It was what many at 24th and Lake saw as a symbol of hope, but now the “Love” mural atop the former Preston Love Music Center is gone. It is the very mural that Aaryon Bird Williams created as an artist. “Now that you’ve done this project, you can go out and market yourself. So I started from there,” Williams said. Getting him to become a nationally recognized muralist, he said as he looked away, cut deep. “It was like losing a family member or a child or, you know, it was something that I always referred to no matter where I was around the world, I pull up this picture, I showed this work to people, I was very proud of it,” Williams said. A piece that visual artist Cey Adams created in 2015 with the help of local talent. “It took a whole community of people to put their energy into it, and that energy was still there. And it was a positive energy,” he said. Painting a word on the former Preston Love Jazz and Arts Center, capturing the hope for the future for North Omaha while also paying homage to the past. “This community, the arts, is truly their greatest piece, that you know from Preston’s love up until now, the art is what North Omaha is, North Omaha, that’s what Omaha is,” Williams said. Beyond the red and yellow color, Williams said it’s about making a legacy to preserve. “As a muralist, what you leave behind your murals is one thing and a part of your existence,” he said. In a statement, Deputy Director of Urban Planning William Lukash said, “The iconic ‘Love’ mural had to be removed.” Lukash said, “The building had water damage.” He further said, “The water has attacked the mortar between the bricks where the mural was painted.” If it hadn’t been treated, “it could have compromised the integrity of the wall itself,” Lukash said. Originally built in 1910, it is now the future location of the North Omaha Music and Arts Academy. “Many buildings on our 24th Street are not here for the same reasons the elements could have compromised this building,” said Executive Director Dana Murray. He said Noma doesn’t own the building yet so it’s not their fault, but ultimately the building must be saved. “This is a city property. I think some people think NOMA is already in the building. We’re not really in the building,” Murray said. He admits he could have communicated better why the mural was removed, but said it’s now a blank canvas for the future. “I think it can be fun to open it up to the community to say what ideas you have. And we choose something that best represents the community and the organization,” Murray said. Preparing for the next generation of artists: “Music, art, dance culture. It’s at the core of what most black people are about, just culturally, we grow up with it,” Murray said.

It was what many at 24th and Lake saw as a symbol of hope, but now the “Love” mural atop the former Preston Love Music Center is gone.

It is the very mural that Aaryon Bird Williams created as an artist.

“Now that you’ve done this project, you can go out and market yourself. So I started from there,” Williams said.

Getting him to become a nationally recognized muralist, he said as he looked away, cut deep.

“It was like losing a family member or a child or, you know, it was something that I always referred to no matter where I was around the world, I pull up this picture, I showed this work to people, I was very proud of it,” Williams said.

A piece created in 2015 by visual artist Cey Adams with the help of local talent.

“It took a whole community of people to put their energy into it, and that energy was still there. And it was a positive energy,” he said.

Painting a word on the former Preston Love Jazz and Arts Center, capturing the future hope for North Omaha while paying homage to the past.

“This community, the art, is really the greatest piece you’ve ever known of Preston’s love to date, the art is what North Omaha is, North Omaha, it’s what Omaha is,” Williams said.

Beyond the red and yellow color, Williams said it’s about preserving a legacy.

“As a muralist, what you leave behind your murals is one thing and a part of your existence,” he said.

In a statement, Deputy Director of Urban Planning William Lukash said: “The iconic ‘Love’ mural had to be removed.”

Lukash said, “The building had water damage.” He went on to say, “The water attacked the mortar between the bricks where the mural was painted.”

If it hadn’t been treated, “it could have compromised the integrity of the wall itself,” Lukash said.

Originally built in 1910, it is now the future location of the North Omaha Music and Arts Academy.

“Many buildings on our 24th Street are not here for the same reasons the elements could have compromised this building,” said Executive Director Dana Murray.

He said Noma doesn’t own the building yet so it’s not their fault, but ultimately the building must be saved.

“This is a city property. I think some people think NOMA is already in the building. We’re not really in the building,” Murray said.

He admits he could have communicated better why the mural was removed, but said it’s now a blank canvas for the future.

“I think it can be fun to open it up to the community to say what ideas you have. And we choose something that best represents the community and the organization,” Murray said.

Preparing for the next generation of artists: “Music, art, dance culture. It’s at the core of what most black people are about, just culturally, we grow up with it,” Murray said.

Win tix for Built to Spill’s Brooklyn Bowl shows! Wed, 11 May 2022 15:36:20 +0000

Built to spill are touring this spring ahead of the release of their anticipated new album When the wind forgets your name, her first for Sub Pop. They came to NYC for shows at the Brooklyn Bowl on May 17th and 18th, with the support of wet face and blood lemon. You can now get tickets for both shows, and we are gives away a pair of tickets each! Enter below for a chance to win.

Built to spill Brooklyn Bowl

Two winners will be chosen at random and contacted with further details. Much luck!

Spill’s touring lineup for this outing includes Doug Martsch, along with bassist Melanie Radford and drummer Teresa Esguerra. See all of their upcoming dates below, including a sold out NJ show at White Eagle Hall on May 13th.

05/11/2022 Union transfer Philadelphia, PA
05/12/2022 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/13/2022 White Eagle Hall Jersey City, NJ
05/14/2022 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
05/15/2022 The Met – RI Providence, RI
05/17/2022 Brooklyn Bowl New York, NY
05/18/2022 Brooklyn Bowl New York, NY
05/19/2022 Mr. Smalls Theater Millvale, PA
05/20/2022 HI-FI (The Appendix) Indianapolis, IN
05/21/2022 Saint Andrew’s Hall Detroit, MI
5/22/2022 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Kalamazoo, MI
05/24/2022 Ballroom Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
05/25/2022 Codfish Hollow Barnstormers Maquoketa, IA
05/26/2022 The Waiting Room Lounge Omaha, NE
05/27/2022 Aggie Theater Fort Collins, CO
05/28/2022 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
05/29/2022 Mesa Theater Grand Junction, CO
06/03/2022 The ruins Hood River, OR
07/23/2022 Wood! Outdoor Music Festival Carnation, WA
7/30/2022 Meeting in Sawtooth Valley 2022 Stanley, ID
08/11/2022 Lucky You Spokane, WA
08/12/2022 the Elm Bozeman, MT
08/13/2022 Pub Station Billings, MT
08/15/2022 The Hall @ Fargo Brewing Co. Fargo, ND
08/16/2022 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
08/17/2022 Majestic Theater Madison, WI
08/18/2022 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
08/19/2022 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
08/20/2022 Headlining Music Hall Louisville, KY
08/22/2022 Woodward Theater Cincinnati, OH
08/23/2022 Grocery Store Cleveland, OH
08/24/2022 Danforth Toronto, ON
08/25/2022 Corona Theater Montreal, QC
08/26/2022 State Theater Portland, ME
08/27/2022 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
08/29/2022 Higher ground South Burlington, VT
08/30/2022 Gateway City Arts Holyoke, MA
09/04/2022 Music Festival Cafe Bethlehem, PA
09/06/2022 Athenaeum Theater Columbus, OH
9/7/2022 The Mill and Mine Knoxville, TN
09/08/2022 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Wilmington, NC
9/9/2022 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
09/10/2022 Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL
09/11/2022 Cultural Space Fort Lauderdale, FL
09/13/2022 The Social Orlando, FL
09/14/2022 Jackrabbits Jacksonville, FL
09/15/2022 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
09/16/2022 Saturn Birmingham, AL
09/17/2022 Growler Memphis, TN
09/18/2022 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
9/19/2022 Red Flag St. Louis, MO
09/20/2022 Blue Note Colombia, MO
09/21/2022 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
09/23/2022 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
09/24/2022 Metro Music Hall Salt Lake City, UT

🌱 Race City Festival + Bubbly Paws + Job Opportunities in Mooresville Mon, 09 May 2022 22:46:55 +0000

Happy Tuesday folks from Mooresville! Here’s everything you need to know to start your day off right.

First today’s weather:

Sunny and pleasant. High: 76 Low: 49.

Here are the top 3 stories today in Mooresville:

  1. The Race City Festival takes place this Saturday 14th May! Join the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce as they present their annual celebration of the city’s arts and culture. There will be fun for all the family, including food trucks, music and dance performances, and arts and crafts vendors. Children’s activities include a bouncy castle and a train ride. (Facebook)
  2. A new dog washing and grooming salon, Bubbling pawshas announced plans to open a franchise location in Charlotte, about 30 minutes from Mooresville. Not only does the salon provide quality dog ​​grooming, but the company as a whole supports outreach opportunities in the Charlotte area. Bubbly Paws allows pet owners to bathe their pets in a professional environment that still feels like home. (WCCB Charlotte)
  3. Need a side hustle this summer? Check out the latest Mooresville vacancies! Whether you need a career change or just want to make some extra money this summer, check out these deals – most of them are right in town. (Mooresville patch)

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  • Mooresville non-profit Feed NC was recognized for winning the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award at the 2022 Lake Norman Chamber Annual Awards and Gala. Her outstanding service and dedication to helping the community does not go unnoticed. (Facebook)
  • The Mooresville Chamber of Commerce held its business luncheon last Tuesday. Speaker Matt Doherty left attendees inspired and the event was a success thanks to their sponsors and everyone who came out. (Facebook)

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About me: Dan Casarella is a writer, podcast producer and small business development specialist who used to work in late night television. He has produced many talking points, including with President Joe Biden, Kobe Bryant, and Chadwick Boseman. Dan studied media studies and production at Temple University. He also enjoys running, painting, and the ups and downs of Philadelphia’s sports teams.

Free Comic Day is celebrated in St. Cloud [PHOTOS] Sat, 07 May 2022 18:53:43 +0000

ST. CLOUD – Comic book enthusiasts and collectors celebrated the art form and showed their support for independent stores this weekend.

Granite City Comics and the St. Cloud Public Library teamed up for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday. In the library, children and adults could try out some interactive stations and set off with a free comic book.

Meanwhile, at the comic book store itself, visitors could buy back issues and graphic novels at a discount, in addition to their free comic books.

Each year, publishers create a variety of special titles just for Free Comic Book Day. Started in 2002, the event is usually held on the first Saturday in May.

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Many of the included cities catch the eye of the casual observer as popular summer rental spots – Branson in the Ozarks, Missouri or Lake Havasu in Arizona – you might be surprised to delve deeper into some quality of life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You’ll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-in theaters in the Midwest; a Florida city that began as a retirement home for Civil War veterans; an island with some of the best public schools in the country and wealth in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town that packs a lot more than Johnny Cash’s prison blues.

Top 15 Houston Theater & Arts Performances in May 2022 Fri, 29 Apr 2022 14:00:00 +0000

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” closes at the Alley Theater | in early May Courtesy of Alley Theatre

Catch virtual and live performances all month long with our roundup of theater and performing arts productions happening in May 2022.

The month of May brings to a close several major productions – including conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s Houston Symphony career – as a world premiere takes the stage at the Alley Theatre, a 4th Wall production returns from its pandemic hiatus, a genre-bending violin performance arrives to downtown and more.

Check out our highlights for the city‘s performing arts this month:

Top 15 Houston Performing Arts: May 2022

  • Houston Symphony presents Mahlers resurrection Symphony at Jones Hall | Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May | virtual option – In his final appearances as Music Director of the Houston Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts this magnificent symphony unrivaled in all music. Celebrate the end of an era in Houston’s arts scene with a performance that showcases the orchestra at its best. $29 and up (live stream is $20). Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.
  • Presenting Broadway Across America violinist on the roof in the hobby center | Ongoing | End Sunday May 1st – There’s a reason this show is a Broadway classic. The story of milkman Tevye, his wife and five daughters includes instantly recognizable songs like “If I Were A Rich Man”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition”. Directed by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, it’s an uplifting look at life, love and family. $30 and up. Game times vary.
  • Classical Theater Company presents The War of the Worlds in the DeLuxe Theater | Ongoing | End Sunday May 1st – first published in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the story of invaders from Mars. Transformed into a radio play, the play amazed and terrified listeners in the 1930s. Throughout its 120-year existence, it has been immortalized in comics, films, and more. Now, CTC offers this world premiere of the enduring story that offers a glimpse of what it means to be human. $25 and up. Wednesday to Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.
  • Apollo Chamber Players presents American Legends at several venues | Sunday May 1st and Saturday May 7th – The string quartet closes its season with the live world premiere of In the shadow of the mountain by Jennifer Higdon, the world’s most performed living composer. $55 and up at the Hobby Center (Sunday, May 1); $25 at the University of Houston–Clear Lake Bayou Theater (Saturday, May 7). Times vary.
Stunning Production of “Turandot” at Houston Grand Opera Ends This Month | Courtesy Houston Grand Opera
  • Single black woman in the Ensemble Theater | Ongoing | End Sunday May 8th – This regional premiere of the hilarious two-woman show explores the lives of 30-something African American women searching for love, the perfect outfit and a sense of dignity in a world that refuses to acknowledge them. $37 and up. Game times vary.
  • Dead man’s cell phone at the Alley Theater | Ongoing | End Sunday May 8th – A woman in a cafe. A phone that won’t stop ringing and a man who won’t answer. a death. An impulsive act that leads to a lie. This imaginative comedy explores mortality and the need for connection. $43 and up. Game times vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presented Turandot at the Wortham Theater Center | Ongoing | End Sunday May 8th – Puccini’s masterpiece is the story of a princess who is unwilling to marry and thwarts the efforts of her suitors by challenging them to solve complex puzzles or have themselves beheaded. But what happens when she finds someone who can finally answer? $25 and up. Thursday to Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
  • stages presented You are cordially invited to sit down in Gordy | Ongoing | End Sunday May 22nd – This world premiere explores the lives of four black college students from Houston’s segregated Third Ward as they join the fight for civil rights. Set to music from the 1960s and ’70s, this Houston tale is inspired by the true story of the first sit-in in Bayou City. $15 and up. Game times vary.
  • AD Players presented Apollo 8 at the George Theater | Wednesday May 4th to Sunday June 5th – The America of 1968 is racially and culturally divided and faces the possibility of losing the space race to Russia. When NASA decides to move up its planned orbit of the moon and has 16 weeks to make it happen, the country gets caught up in history. This play blends real events with fictional stories to create a play that fuses themes of the divine and the human. $30 and up. Game times vary.
  • Born with teeth at the Alley Theater | Friday May 6th to Sunday June 5th – This world premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ play shows what happens when two of the greatest writers of all time – Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare – meet in the back room of a pub to write a play. Expect intrigue, danger and egos alike. $47 and up. Game times vary.
  • 4th Wall Theater Company presents Between Riverside and Crazy at Spring Street Studios | Thursday May 12th to Saturday June 4th – This Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a retired New York City police officer and a group of larger-than-life characters who struggle to stay together in a dark, changing world. One of 4th Wall’s final shows before the pandemic’s closed theaters, the show brings back the original cast. $32 and up (pay-what-you-can on Monday, May 30th). Game times vary.
  • Performing Arts Houston Presents Black Violin: Impossible Tour at Jones Hall | Tuesday May 17th – See how classical music and hip-hop merge into one unforgettable performance. Classically trained string players Wil B. and Kev Marcus join forces with DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes for a show that breaks with the clichés of what classical music can be. $39 and up. 19:30 o’clock.
Will B. and Kev Marcus lead Black Violin in a cross-genre performance at Jones Hall | Courtesy of Black Violin
  • Mildred’s Umbrella presents The Mother Project: A collaboration to honor black mothers and their children in the DeLuxe Theater | Thursday 19 May to Saturday 28 May – A collaboration with Esurient Arts, this show is based on interviews with Black American mothers and doulas, exploring the joy and heartbreak of being a Black mother in America through themes of equality and love. Pay what you can. Game times vary.
  • Ars Lyrica presented Dido and Aeneas in the hobby center | Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd – This new production of Henry Purcell’s opera is the dramatic tale of a queen who falls in love with a prince and the sorceress who plots to separate them. $25 and up. Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.
  • funky good time at the Miller Outdoor Theater | Thursday 26 May to Saturday 28 May | FREE | virtual option – This funk-filled celebration promises the sound of soul and an epic good time. Some of Houston’s favorite entertainers will take the stage for an evening fun for music lovers of all ages. The performance on Saturday, May 28th will also be streamed live. 8:30 p.m.

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Holly Beretto writes about food and wine, art and interesting people for various local and regional publications. In addition to 365 things to do in Houstonher work has appeared in the Arizona State University Alumni Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, Magazine of the City of Bayou, Downtown, Galveston monthly and Houston woman. She is also a regular contributor to the Houston-based website. She earned her BA in Mass Communications with a minor in Professional Writing from Franklin Pierce College (now Franklin Pierce University) and her MA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from St. Louis University. She has worked in television news production, public relations and marketing in Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Texas. She is from Rhode Island and has lived in Texas since 1997. She is the author of Christ as the Foundation Stone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Churchpublished by Bright Sky Press.

Loveland HeART unveiled at Mountain View High – Loveland Reporter-Herald Sat, 23 Apr 2022 03:22:23 +0000

Loveland has its latest HeART sculpture, an installation at Mountain View High School created by the school’s art teachers, which was unveiled Friday afternoon. The hearts found throughout the city including Lake Loveland, downtown and even other schools in the area like Bill Reed Middle School are part of the City with HeART program.

The hearts, each measuring 5 feet tall and 4 1/2 feet wide and made of fiberglass, are painted and then finished with an automotive clear coat. Josten’s, a manufacturer of school keepsakes such as class rings, paid for the heart.

Anne McManus, a Mountain View art teacher who helped design and craft the heart, said she and her team strived to incorporate every aspect of the school’s culture and range of activities into the sculpture, from music and sports to Academics to the culinary arts.

A painting of the iconic mountain lion sculpture that greets high school visitors winds across the center of the piece, and the interior features four faces representing the school’s diversity. Of particular note is the Special Olympics logo, something else important to the school, she said.

“It’s all about Loveland and Mountain View,” McManus said. “We just tried to include everyone.”

The base of the sculpture features a word on each of its four sides, “Leaders, Innovators, Scholars and Artists,” representing the school’s values.

School art teachers McManus, Kim Knowles, Ian Yurk and Dave Thiessen began work on the sculpture in January, McManus said, and worked on it every day after school for weeks, an effort they estimate took about 100 hours in total took.

McManus also said she hopes the heart conveys another value of Mountain View in that students can relate to more than one activity depicted on the piece.

“I’ve been in Mountain View for 21 years now and I think what we’re trying really hard to show is that it’s okay to be a scholar and it’s okay to be an artist. It’s okay to be an athlete and a scientist,” McManus said.

Immediately following the inauguration, a student art exhibition was held, featuring art by each student enrolled in an art class at the school.

“It’s a celebration of Mountain View as an art school,” said Barbara Kruse, president of the Thompson School Board, who attended Friday’s unveiling. “Painted by and conceived by the art teachers. So this is their celebration of Mountain View.”

Seattle is holding a “Day of Service,” seeking volunteers to help clean up trash and graffiti Mon, 18 Apr 2022 23:08:42 +0000

Seattle will host a citywide “Day of Service” next month with thousands of volunteer opportunities in dozens of locations, in an event that Mayor Bruce Harrell hopes will be a symbol of how his administration plans to clean up graffiti and beautify the city.

Rather than a budget increase or a renewed dedication to city resources, Harrell is appealing to citizens’ goodwill to help some of the smaller but most visible ills plaguing the city: trash, weeds, debris and graffiti.

On Service Day, May 21, more than 80 city-organized clean-up and volunteer events will take place across the city, from Lake City south to Rainier Beach; from Alki east to Lake Washington.

There are events to pick up trash in Ballard, clear trails in Jackson Park, work on community gardens in the Chinatown International District, sort donations at downtown shelters, remove invasive plants from Discovery Park, and tiny homes near the Build estuary of the Duwamish river.

Volunteer offers are also an incentive. Three volunteer hours can be applied to up to $50 in fines owed to Seattle City Court.

People can register as volunteers at

Harrell, who has emphasized graffiti removal throughout his campaign last year, briefly took a roller to help cover a spray-painted wall in Little Saigon on Monday morning as he announced the day of the service.

“This will be symbolic of how we’re going to do things in our city,” Harrell said. “People want to help. Employers want to help, employees want to help.”

Anyone who volunteers for the day of service, Harrell said, will get two things: a sense of self-actualization that they did something about an issue rather than just complaining, and a t-shirt.

The city spends about $3.7 million annually on graffiti removal and employs about 15 full-time employees spread across several city departments dedicated to the problem. The city’s Find It, Fix It app received more than 31,000 graffiti cleaning requests over a nearly two-year period, covering 2020 and 2021.

Seattle Public Utilities also runs a program where the city supplies to anyone who wants to remove graffiti from private property.

“I’ll buy the paint and the brush and you can help us,” Harrell said.

He was asked what would prevent cleaned and painted walls and buildings from simply being re-written and re-sprayed.

“We paint, they mark, we paint…” Harrell said.

Harrell said he’s not sure yet if the city needs to spend more money on graffiti removal. He said he wanted to better understand the issue and graffiti culture by talking to people in the art community.

“It’s just not healthy,” Harrell said. “They deface someone’s building and where they work and where they live and where they play.”

Linh Thai, regional manager of a nonprofit that connects veterans with community service, helped paint over the graffiti-sprayed brick wall of Khang Hoa Duong, a herbalist and grocer in Little Saigon.

The wall illustrates the ongoing game of whack-a-mole that takes place between taggers and the city.

As recently as last year, the wall was a colorful mural of soaring parades carrying a red dragon. Then it was sprayed. Then the wall was whitewashed to cover up the graffiti. Then the whitewashed wall was inscribed again, in sprawling silver and black script.

Thai, who helped start a once-a-month neighborhood garbage pickup, and others covered the script in a generic taupe.

“You have mom and pop businesses like this just trying to survive,” Thai said. “Perceptions are real. We want to help the community deal with some of the persistent problems of crime and vandalism.”

From The Northman to Russian Doll: a complete guide to this week’s entertainment | Culture Sat, 16 Apr 2022 05:00:00 +0000
Figure: Lalalimola/The Guardian

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The Northman
Outside now
Robert Eggers’ latest work is a violent, awe-inspiring, epic Viking saga that takes a star cast – including Alexander Skarsgård, Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Björk and Willem Dafoe – and lets them absolutely romp in a wild tale leaves revenge and bloodlust in the icy north.

The Lost City
Outside now
Daniel Radcliffe flexes his villain muscles as a greedy mad billionaire (is there another?) who kidnaps Sandra Bullock’s reclusive romance novelist in an action-adventure comedy reminiscent of 1984’s Romancing the Stone. Channing Tatum rounds out the cast as a charming, empty-headed prat.

Outside now
You don’t go to a Paul Verhoeven (the man who brought us RoboCop, Basic Instinct and Showgirls) movie and expect tasteful slow-burn drama, and Benedetta doesn’t disappoint, as she’s the raunchy tale of a decidedly unchaste nun (or blessed) with psychic visions.

Operation Mincemeat
Outside now
Colin Firth leads a string of British loyalists in their efforts to outwit the Axis powers through a mixture of British bravery and ingenuity, in the manner of a solid World War II spy thriller that could have been made at basically any point in the last 60 years or so so. Catherine Bray


Lucy Dakus.
Lucy Dakus. Photo: Ebru Yildiz

Lucy Dakus
18-Apr 25il; Tour starts in London
On the finely crafted 2021 album Home Video, American singer-songwriter Dacus trimmed and tightened her pop-heavy rock songs, a move accented by February’s smash single Kissing Lessons. It’s Peak Dacus: nostalgic, emphatic and easy to get to. Expect it to become a live favorite on this brief UK tour.

Limitless life
roundhouse, london, April 16
Pop powerhouse Raye directs this once-in-a-lifetime show as part of the Limitless Live festival, which aims to inspire up-and-coming artists from underprivileged backgrounds. Joining Raye on the bill will be fiery South London rapper Ms Banks and Homerton Bs hitmaker and drill pioneer Unknown T. Michael Kragg

Roberto Fonseca
tape on the wall, manchester, April 21; the sage, Gateshead, April 22nd
Cuban Roberto Fonseca – former sideman of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club – is a sophisticated and versatile pianist, but also an exciting live entertainer, vividly fusing African, Latin American, American and European music. He and a fierce trio are presenting his genre-bending Yesun album across the UK this week and next. Robert Fordham

Royal Opera House, London, April 19th until May 14th
David Alden’s 2018 production of Lohengrin presents Wagner’s first unqualified masterpiece as a tale of power politics in an unnamed 20th-century European state. In its first revival, the title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich; Jakub Hrůša conducts. Andrew Clemens


Our place in space.
Our place in space. Photo: Anthony Lynn/Unwrapped

Our place in space
Derry/Londonderry from April 22nd to May 22nd
This ten-mile cosmic sculpture trail was designed by artist Oliver Jeffers and scientist Stephen Smartt. It’s a living version of those thought experiments where if the sun is an orange, the earth two miles away is a grape. Here you can run the kilometers or download the app.

Katie Paterson
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, until June 11the
Space and science fascinate this conceptual artist. Paterson’s latest work is a lament for the planet consisting of a glass cube, a burial urn and vials of dust, some of which are so old as to span the entire history of the solar system. Some of them are even older than the sun.

Rosemarie Castoro
Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, London, until 21 Can
This is the first solo show in the UK for a New York artist who began as an avant-garde dancer and later created objects that shape space like props for an unspecified performance. She was also a painter, and some of her works are giant brushstrokes that flow like rivers.

Soccer: Design the beautiful game
Design Museum, London, until August 29
Apparently they call it the beautiful game and this exhibition explores the aesthetic and technical side of football. It covers everything from stadium architecture to high-tech boots. These design elements are explored as part of a story of football and its heroes, including Pelé and Maradonna. Jonathan Jones


Jason Manford.
Jason Manford. Photo: ITV/Shutterstock

Easter comedy Eggstravaganza for Ukraine
O2 Apollo, Manchester, April 18th
Led by local lads John Thomson and Justin Moorhouse, this benefit gig aims to raise money for civilians with the help of a group of standup stars from big names up north (Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford (pictured), Dave Spikey). to gather those affected by the conflict. to racetrack favorites (Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tez Ilyas).

Shechter II: Contemporary Dance 2.0
Theater Royal Plymouth, 20-21 Aprilthen on tour
Shechter II is choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s second company, made up of top-notch young dancers (aged 18-25) handpicked from more than 1,000 international auditions. In Contemporary Dance 2.0, the choreographer takes an ironic look at his own art form with a soundtrack of club beats, hip-hop, folk, Bach and jazz.

Mary’s Seacole
Donmar Warehouse, London, until June 4th
The creative team behind the electric production of Jackie Sibblie’s Drury’s Fairview reunite to direct their latest work. It’s about a pioneering Jamaican nurse who pushed and broke boundaries to heal wounded soldiers in the Crimean War.

The taxidermist’s daughter
Chichester Festival Theatre, until April 30th
The theater’s 60th anniversary begins with Kate Mosse’s adaptation of her own gothic novel. Set in and around Chichester, this hugely popular tale is about a young woman haunted by her past and is filled with ghosts, bloody secrets, broken memories and madness.

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Figure: Lalalimola/The Guardian


Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov in Russian Doll.
Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov in Russian Doll. Photo: Netflix

Russian doll
netflix, 20th of April
Four years after being forced to relive her 36th birthday, Natasha Lyonnes Nadia (pictured above) discovers a mysterious portal in Manhattan that takes her back to her traumatic past. According to its creator and star, the second season of the extremely outlandish time-travel drama is “down and down off the wall.”

All 4/Channel 4, April 2122 O `clock
Steve Coogan is a Lothario producer and Sarah Solemani is a progressive indie director in this promising comedy-drama – also written by the pair – that explores gender politics from every angle on a post #MeToo movie set. Wanda Sykes, Sienna Miller, Aisling Bea and Lolly Adefope complete the all-star cast.

Inside #9
iPlayer/BBC2, 20th of April22 O `clock
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s horror comedy anthology series has been responsible for some of the scariest, most compelling, and beautiful TV drama of recent years. Now it’s back to extract more hair-raising twists from mundane scenarios, including a college reunion by the lake and a teacher who starts working at a village school.

life after life
iPlayer/BBC2, April 19th, 21 clock
It’s a great week for time warp drama lovers. This adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s beloved 2013 novel follows Ursula Todd (Last Night in Sohos Thomasin McKenzie), a woman who manages to avert terrible calamities – deadly diseases, rape, drowning, abuse and two world wars – by giving her Life relived many times. RA


Lake. Photo: Gamious

PS4/5, available now
You are a computer programmer in your forties named Meredith Weiss and you return to your hometown by a picturesque lake to deliver the mail for a few weeks. This sleepy slice of life game is now available on PlayStation

13 Guardians: Aegis Rim
Nintendo Switch, available now
This unusual and complex Japanese strategy game follows 13 high school students as they become drawn into a war between robots and kaiju monsters. Keza McDonald


anita Photo: PR

Anitta – versions of me
Outside now
Brazilian Anitta (her CV includes singer, songwriter, actress, dancer and TV presenter) returns with her fifth album of bilingual bangers. While the seductive Envolver revels in surging reggaeton, the brutal new single Boys Don’t Cry – co-created with Britney hitmaker Rami Yacoub – is a new wave head rush.

Swedish House Mafia – Another paradise
Outside now
The EDM overlords return after their short-lived retirement in 2013. As with any faceless dance giant, countless collaborators are involved, with Paradise Again featuring everyone from The Weeknd to Ty Dolla $ign to Sting. A collaboration with Ikea is also planned for September.

Kurt Vile – Watch my moves
Outside now
On Like Exploding Stones, the lead single from Philadelphia singer-songwriter Vile’s typically quirky ninth album, he explores his fear for seven minutes – “Pain bounces off my brain like exploding stones.” Luckily, a whimsical sense of humor underpins the pain and immerses the listener in the album’s frayed and tattered world.

Omar Apollo – Ivory
Outside now
While Indiana’s 24-year-old Apollo’s 2020 lockdown mixtape Apolonio hinted at superstar status, his actual debut seems to confirm it. Singing comfortably in both English and Spanish, he moves through genres with ease, whether it’s riding bass-heavy hip-hop beats courtesy of The Neptunes on recent single Tamagotchi or exploring lo-fi rock on the hypnotic invincible. Michael Kragg

brain food

The Lost Leonardo.
The Lost Leonardo. Photo: Elk Film Aps

The Lost Leonardo
sky art, April 19th
At $450 million, Salvator Mundi is the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. However, questions remain as to whether it is a work by Leonardo. This documentary plays like a thriller and tells of his rise in the art market.

Art & Ideas
bbc radio 3, April 21
The BBC’s 10 New Generation Thinkers for 2022 present their latest work on the long-running Radio 3 podcast. Among them are Dr. Eleanor Chan’s History of Musical Notation and Dr. Joan Passey’s Ocean Sounds.

Return to Palmyra
Los Angeles’ Getty Research Institute is expanding its extensive online collection with this new, in-depth exhibition examining the ancient trading site of Palmyra and featuring first-hand testimony from Waleed Khaled al-As’ad, a former resident of the Syrian city.