Area Life

Altoona Brass to make Johnstown debut

JOHNSTOWN – The Altoona Brass Collective, a brass ensemble formed in 2017 by central Pennsylvania musicians, will make its first appearance in Johnstown at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Grand Halle on Broad Street, 306 Broad St., Johnstown. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Members of the Collective have ...

ASO’s 90th birthday concert provides intense music

The Altoona Symphony celebrated its 90th birthday with a concert led by Teresa Cheung at the Mishler Theatre Saturday night. Although there were balloons and an encore version of the birthday song, the mostly Romantic-era music was far more intense than festive. For the concert opener, we ...

Celebrity stylist Mandelkorn goes thrifting for a cause

NEW YORK — As a celebrity stylist, Ali Mandelkorn is usually surrounded by designer duds, so getting back to some of her favorite fashion vibes, vintage and thrift, was a treat. She went deep into the racks of a Goodwill store in Los Angeles for a collection released Friday on Thrilling ...

Recovered de Kooning painting back in the spotlight

PHOENIX — More than 30 years after it was brazenly stolen from an Arizona museum, a painting by Willem de Kooning reportedly worth $100 million is going on display back where it all began. The University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson is throwing a fundraiser and homecoming party of ...

Native American art finally arrives at Met

NEW YORK — For the first time, a major Native American art exhibit is being shown in the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, rather than in Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. “Some visitors were confused about why Native American Art wasn’t in the American Wing with ...

Smith, Burns among winners of National Book Critics prize

NEW YORK — Anna Burns’ “Milkman,” her Booker Prize-winning novel about an 18-year-old girl during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction. Zadie Smith, best known for such novels as “White Teeth” and “On ...

Yeast from 1886 shipwreck makes new brew

ALBANY, N.Y. — The most distinguishing feature of Jamie Adams’ new ale isn’t its hoppy bite but its compelling backstory — brewed from yeast in bottles of beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years. Some who lined up to sample a swig of ...

Two decades of music

he Winter Jam Tour Spectacular is once again making its way to the Bryce Jordan Center. The show is Christian music’s largest annual tour. Comprised of more than 10 Christian music bands and performers, Winter Jam has been taking place for more than two decades. The spiritual show was the ...

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The season of Lent is a time to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are sponsoring Communal Penance Services during this Lenten season. The following services are scheduled at Blair County ...

People were made for God

My husband, Bob, and I had an interesting exchange the other day involving cats and combs — not to be confused with catacombs, which are a different matter entirely. To provide a little background, I should probably note that my husband, daughter, Val, sister, Debi, and friends all think ...

Spiritual Notes

A Triduum in honor of St. Joseph will be held Sunday through Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Polish National Catholic Church, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly. Holy Mass and devotions to St. Joseph will be held at 6:30 each evening. Sunday’s homilist will be the Rev. Joseph Mazurkewicz with the ...

Holocaust on exhibit at Discovery Center

It probably was on a family trip to Washington, D.C., in the mid-1990s. I don’t clearly remember just when I visited the United States Holocaust Museum, except that it hadn’t been open for very long. But I certainly remember being there. Vividly. If that’s the word that should be ...

Showtime cancels ‘SMILF’ after reports of misconduct

LOS ANGELES — Showtime has canceled the comedy series “SMILF” after two seasons, and ABC studios, which produces the show, has suspended a development deal with its creator, star and executive producer Frankie Shaw. The dual announcements Friday came after a December story in The ...

More pastures needed for wild horses

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — If you ever wished to gaze at a stomping, snorting, neighing panorama of Western heritage from your living-room window, now could be your chance. A classic image of the American West — wild horses stampeding across the landscape — not only has endured through the years ...

Comics Vault commemorating Detective Comics anniversary

As part of DC’s year-long global celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary, DC is publishing a 1,000th issue of Detective Comics, the series that introduced the world’s most popular Super Hero, Batman, and the title from which the DC brand was born. Because Batman represents such an ...

Actresses seek truth at Tijuana migrant shelters

MEXICO CITY — Actress America Ferrera led a small group of artists on a migrant shelter tour in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, across from San Diego, over the weekend. They dressed in casual clothes, with little to no makeup. They talked with immigration lawyers and shelter managers. ...

Sarah Arpino, Steffan Langguth

Sarah Arpino and Steffan Langguth, both of Altoona, are engaged to be married. Miss Arpino is the daughter of Jeff Arpino and Denise Arpino, both of Altoona. She is a 2013 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a 2017 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a bachelorás degree in ...