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Get outside: Whether tent or RV, camping can be a great getaway for the family

May 27, 2016 Marc Ansley sells RVs for a living, but the Duncansville man insists he and his family don’t camp as much as they’d like. more »»

'Just makes you really happy': Western Swing Authority bringing its interesting sound to Altoona

May 27, 2016 Take a little bit of country and western, mix in some jazz and finish with the feeling of a 1940s swing band, and you’ve got what’s called a western swing band. more »»

'Beautiful story about redemption': Cresson Lake Playhouse staging 'The Spitfire Grill'

May 20, 2016 Redemption and second chances are at the heart of Cresson Lake Playhouse’s upcoming production of “The Spitfire Gril. more »»

Some new, some old fun: Performing, visual arts to highlight 49th Blair County Arts Festival

May 13, 2016 This year’s version of the Blair County Arts Festival promises new entertainment and art, along with a lot of regular events, and a new activity, a scavenger hunt, has been added to the 49th editio. more »»

Cinematic combat: This summer, blockbusters will vie for box office dominance

May 6, 2016 NEW YORK — Hollywood’s summer, which kicks off with the fittingly combative “Captain America: Civil War,” opening today, will be a season of struggle: for box office, for originality and for... more »»

From the console to the big screen: Hollywood pushing reset button on video game adaptations

April 29, 2016 LOS ANGELES — At long last, it seems Hollywood has pushed the reset button on its approach to video game adaptations. From the reviled 1993 live-action rendition of “Super Mario Bro. more »»

Ogres, talking donkeys, dragons and more fairy tales: Altoona Community Theatre staging ‘Shrek: The Musical’ at Mishler Theatre

April 22, 2016 Bringing an animated film to the stage has its challenges, including having to hoist the dragon’s head through a second-story opening because it’s too big to go through the front doo. more »»

Coming home: Singer-songwriter Mike Reid 'fell back in love' with his hometown of Altoona

April 15, 2016 When Altoona’s own Grammy-winning songwriter wrote the words to his song “Heaven Has a Human Touch,’’ he might have had one of the volunteers of CONTACT Altoona in mind. more »»

Fame, fortune, crime and murder: Broadway musical 'Chicago' coming to University Park

April 8, 2016 Dylis Croman said the origins of the musical “Chicago” — the two main character were based on real women charged with murder in the 1920s — plays a part in how she tackles the role of Roxie Hart. more »»

Walkney rocks: Pop funk band comes home for concert at Jaffa Shrine

April 1, 2016 With a doctor and a teacher for parents, Derek Mrdjenovich was sure to go to college. But that all changed when he first picked up a guitar and started playin. more »»

Bruuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccce!: Springsteen and the E Street Band bringing anniversary tour to Bryce Jordan Center

March 25, 2016 At 66, Bruce Springsteen still draws so many fans, “not just because they love his sound, but because his lyrics touch a lot of souls,” said Penn State professor Jerry Zolten. more »»

Tip-toe through the ukulele: Allegheny Ukulele Kollective renews interest in tiny instrument

March 18, 2016 A published writer and exhibited painter, Penn State Altoona associate professor of English Steve Sherrill just wanted to add music to his resume of otherwise solitary artistic endeavor. more »»

Vocal virtuosity: Gaither Vocal Band bringing swet gospel tones to IUP

March 11, 2016 Some nights on stage, Wes Hampton may not even know which song he’s singing next. more »»

Colorful and creative: Artist weaves Jewish faith into her works

March 4, 2016 Artist Julie Wohl will tell you that her influences include Picasso, Van Gogh and Chagall. more »»

Tribute act becomes real deal: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot concert to benefit Mishler Theatre

February 26, 2016 The stars and planets lined up for Mike DelGuidice and his Billy Joel tribute band to actually start touring with the “Piano Man’s” band. “It’s a rare occurence,” said DelGuidice. more »»

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 »»

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Memorial Weekend Music!

May 27, 2016 The unofficial start to summer season arrives this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday, and lots of live music will take place throughout the weekend. more »

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