Area Life

Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zom-bies will also be ushered in next ...

Spiritual notes

Free lunch - The Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., across from Tuckahoe Park, will serve a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is invited. - Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 ...

Greatest birthday of all

There’s something about birthdays that manage to evoke excitement and joy. At the risk of seeming blatantly un-materialistic, I’ll even go a step further and contend that the aforementioned excitement and joy are not related to parties, cake and presents. It’s more about a feeling. I ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Dec. 14, 1968 Dominick “Tiny” Uliano, a city highway department employee who had delivered Christmas gifts to residents of Valley View Home for the past 11 years, was unable to visit there this year due to flu epidemic restrictions but still collected 175 gifts for the ...

‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Shining’ added to Film Registry

LOS ANGELES — The National Film Registry is turning 30 and will bring in a new crop of films ranging from dinosaurs’ return from extinction, a cowboys-in-love drama and stories showcasing Native Americans. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films “Jurassic Park,” ...

‘A Star Is Born’ tops SAG Awards nominations, snubs abound

NEW YORK — “A Star Is Born” led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper’s romantic revival as this year’s Academy Awards front runner. In nominations announced in West Hollywood, ...

A wish list of books about the environment

As we all struggle to find that memorable or uplifting holiday gift, shopping with the environment in mind can make the task even more daunting. Planet sensitive shoppers try to avoid holiday gifts that seem shallow, environmentally wasteful or blatantly materialistic. Books in general, and ...

Ambitious plans to be greener

MILAN — If Italy’s fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray — not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings for which the city is celebrated, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution. But Milan now wants to shift its color palette toward ...

Tasks to keep parents safer online

All of us are vulnerable to fraud. But the ways some older people use technology can put them at higher risk. That’s where you come in. When you’re home for the holidays, or the next time you visit your folks, offer to help with a few tasks that can keep your parents safer online. Check ...

Comfort is on trend for decor in 2019

What trends will dominate home decorating in 2019? When we asked interior designers about the colors, fabrics and styles likely to be popular this year, one message came through loud and clear: People are seeking comfort at home. But rather than casual, farmhouse-style comfort, these ...

Rapper sues makers of video game ‘Fortnite’

LOS ANGELES — Rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the makers of “Fortnite,” saying they are illegally using a dance he created in their wildly popular video game. The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose real name is Terrence Ferguson, alleges that North Carolina-based ...

A soulful solstice

The day of the year with the least amount of light is Dec. 21. For centuries, cultures have commemorated this day, the winter solstice, with celebrations that mark the astronomical, religious and cultural significance of the day. In our area, Altitude Entertainment is marking it with the show ...

TV holiday joy means romance, ‘Wonderful Life,’ Reba and Santa

LOS ANGELES — In need of a jolt of holiday joy? Or a comforting spot of romance or silliness or spirituality? Television has you covered. There are classic old movies (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) and a sleigh full of new wannabes; Christmas carols galore; the majesty of the Mormon ...

The reality is no one has all the answers

There are moments when you wish time didn’t go so fast and you wish you had the answer to every question. Then reality hits. You slowly realize that you are not Father Time. You don’t have all the answers and you can’t fix everything that’s broken. You might have memories of a better ...

Moms start series of bilingual brand to fill the demand for Spanish books

NEW YORK — You might have heard of the three blind mice or the itsy-bitsy spider who went up the water spout. But have you ever heard of the little cold and hungry chicks? If you grew up speaking Spanish, the answer is probably yes. But Susie Jaramillo wants everyone to know “Los ...

Family goes to trial over Nazi art

LOS ANGELES — Seventy-nine years ago a Jewish woman named Lilly Cassirer surrendered her family’s priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. On Tuesday her great-grandson will walk into a U.S. courtroom for the ...

Museum of Moving Images honors Close with gala and award

NEW YORK — When it comes to making a statement about female empowerment, Glenn Close lets her roles do the talking. The actress has blazed trails throughout her nearly five-decade career without being overtly political. On Monday, the Museum of the Moving Image honored Close with a gala and ...

Hughes’ Hollywood no haven for women

Hollywood history for the #MeToo movement, Karina Longworth’s “Seduction” is an astute and entertaining takedown of the movie industry, the press and the multimillionaire turned wannabe filmmaker Howard Hughes. Hardly anyone emerges from the pages of “Seduction” unblemished by ...

Yuletide concert set for Dec. 15

The Blair Concert Chorale and The Blair Concert Chorale Children’s Choir will perform the annual holiday concert, “A Universal Yuletide,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Wolf Kuhn Theatre, Misciagna Family Performing Arts Center, Penn State Altoona. Artistic Director Ryan Beeken will ...