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Party like it's 1839: Canal Jam celebrates mountain music from 19th century

September 11, 2015 Penn State Altoona students who took music professor Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber’s class last spring had an unusual assignment: Learn at least one ballad that was popular along the Main Line Canal throug... more »»

Figuratively printing: Innovative printmaker’s works on display at SAMA-Altoona

August 28, 2015 As the international art scene became dominated in the post-World War II era by abstract expressionism — the first uniquely American art movement — New York stole the center of attention from Par. more »»

'High energy' healing

August 14, 2015 Ricky Lee knows plenty about the healing power of music. The Altoona native and country singer dedicates much of his time performing for and honoring veterans. more »»

'Reflections' reveal Kutz's diversity

August 7, 2015 Kevin Kutz has painted for most of his 60 years, and how his work evolved as he experimented with different media is reflected in a current exhibition of the popular Bedford County artist’s work. more »»

Big, bold and beautiful: 'Spectacular exhibit on display at SAMA Altoona

July 31, 2015 The sheer size of “The Gates of Paradise” — at about 7 feet tall — captures your eye, and then, the 16 frames pull you closer for an inspection of the characters and other details painted on the... more »»

'Reconnect with history': Event to focus on those who fought in World War II

April 10, 2015 Local history buffs will have the chance to brush up on their knowledge next month when the Blair County Historical Society hosts its fourth World War II weekend. more »»

Celebrating the new year: First Night State College will begin 2015 in family-friendly atmosphere

December 26, 2014 In Italy, they wear red underwear. Brazilians might go to the beach wearing white for luck in kicking off the summer seaso. more »»

Party time: ABC's 'The Nutcracker' helps usher in holiday season

December 4, 2014 For Cece Haines, the Allegheny Ballet Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” is all about the children, and that’s where the spotlight should shine. more »»

Advancing their art: SAMA Loretto exhibit's the region's best in its 'Biennial 2014' show

November 28, 2014 On top of tradition, Scott Dimond believes a juried art exhibit every two years is a great way to “chart how an artist develops. more »»

Magical journey: Trans-Siberian Orchestra to stage its rock opera, "The Christmas Attic"

November 21, 2014 The job of the arts is “to inspire people, give people escape when they need it, help them calm down when they need calming down, get them excited when they need to get excited,” Trans-Siberian... more »»

A beloved 'Christmas Story'

November 14, 2014 "You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” “I triple-dog-dare, ya!” “Naddafinga!” Likely, those lines and more are sure to have audiences quoting along as one of the most well-known Christmas movies comes to... more »»

Home Free found their place in music by exploring a genre that a cappella had ignored

November 7, 2014 When the members of the country a cappella group Home Free first stepped onto the set of NBC’s a cappella competition show “The Sing-Off” in 2013, they were quickly intimidated. more »»

Saint Francis event honors Caped Crusader by bringing in Maryland’s Real Life Batman

October 31, 2014 Saint Francis University is sending out the Bat signal and the Caped Crusader is on his way. BatFlash Week 2014 begins Tuesday in celebration of Batman’s 75th birthday. more »»

Saint Francis event honors Caped Crusader by bringing in Maryland’s Real Life Batman

October 31, 2014 Saint Francis University is sending out the Bat signal and the Caped Crusader is on his way. BatFlash Week 2014 begins Tuesday in celebration of Batman’s 75th birthday. more »»

Production weaves story of Marine, wife from real words of U.S. military

October 24, 2014 Seth Bockley believes there is a communication gap dividing America’s military and its civilians. He hopes “Basetrack Live” can help bridge that gap. more »»

Audience to play Bingo during comedy about friendship

October 17, 2014 A local musical production is bringing friendship, laughter, and the game of Bingo to the stage. The Tyrone Comm­unity Players will present “Bingo! The Winning Musical” Saturday and Sunday at St. more »»

CLP musical continues the strange, lovable tale of ‘Addams Family’

October 10, 2014 They’re creepy and they’re kooky, and they’re coming to Cress­on Lake Play­­house. The theater company will stage “The Addams Family” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Oct. more »»

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Dralion’ wraps up a 15-year run

October 3, 2014 Musician Stephen Poulin said it was love at first sight when he started with Cirque du Soleil in 1987, and today he is still feeling the love. more »»

P90X creator Tony Horton makes exercise programs for the masses

September 26, 2014 When Tony Horton created the groundbreaking workout program P90X, he didn’t want to leave his natural personality behind and became a stereotypical “drill instructor” in the instructional videos. more »»

Violinist Regina Carter digs deep into her roots for new album

September 19, 2014 During her long career — first as a music prodigy who began playing piano at two, then as a world class musician and band leader — violinist Regina Carter has taken on a lot of subjects. more »»

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Patched Together, Bye Week Blues and Thanksgiving Eve!

November 20, 2015 The Thanksgiving holiday is nearly here, and a busy weekend and Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday slate of live music is set to happen on area stage. more »

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