Area Life

Don’t ask where Vogel is; ask where she isn’t

NEW YORK — You can find new work by Paula Vogel on Broadway at the Cort Theatre, where her play “Indecent” opened Tuesday. But if you look a little harder, you can find Vogel’s work pretty much everywhere. A few blocks away, former student Lynn Nottage has opened “Sweat.” A ...

Richard Simmons addresses fans in statement to People

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After an absence from the spotlight, Richard Simmons is speaking out directly to his fans, saying, “Hope to see you again soon!” Simmons issued a statement to People magazine Wednesday, and his spokesman, Tom Estey, confirmed its authenticity. The statement marks ...

Prince’s estate sues sound engineer over unpublished music

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince’s estate is claiming a sound engineer who worked with the musician on five tracks in 2006 is threatening to release the unpublished material and has no right to do so. The estate and Paisley Park Enterprises have sued George Ian Boxill, alleging he’s trying to ...

Tasty Words: Trial and error leads to an easy enchilada recipe

Like most working moms, I rotate through the same dinner meals from month to month. Quick, easy and healthy is my dinner mantra. Sometimes, I like to explore outside my comfort zone and try out a new dish. I started experimenting with enchiladas about two years ago, and the journey has been ...

‘Guerrilla’: drama of love, revolution in ’70s London

LOS ANGELES — John Ridley’s projects always have something to say, and it’s always worth considering. The writer, director and producer works a big canvas and does it thoughtfully, whether in his Oscar-winning screenplay for “12 Years a Slave,” his ABC anthology series “American ...

Garden Notes: Storied red beets thrive in mild spring temperatures

Red beets look like radishes on steroids. They’re a necessity when Easter preparations are in full swing. Beets create the vibrant scarlet hue that pickled eggs sport, as do some Easter basket eggs dyed pink, red or purple. Unless the Easter basket eggs are plastic — that's another story. ...

Spreading the light

There’s a moment at the Roman Catholic Easter Vigil Mass that seems to almost transcend time, a scene that could be of present day or long ago. It’s when the only light at first glows from the tall Paschal candle. Then it spreads as the priest lights his taper and turns to another to ...

New church to make ‘impact’

While Center City Church could be considered a non-denominational church, Pastor Jim Kilmartin said a more appropriate way to define the church would be to say it’s a “life-giving” church that aims to see the Kingdom of God demonstrated on Earth as it is in Heaven. That new ...

Collection shares God’s love through books

Every Wednesday during April, the Grace Bible Church in Hollidaysburg is collecting used Bibles and other Christian books as a mission project to India. “A lot of people have old Bibles and don’t know what to do with them,” church member and Bedford resident Karen Diehl said. Diehl said ...

Temporary annoyances

After careful rumination, I think it’s time the Smith family got rid of its land line. Granted, I’ve sort of wanted to hold on to it, just for old time’s sake, but some of the phone calls we’ve been getting are really starting to bug me. First, there are all the estate planning ...

Easter services

The following churches will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ with Easter services on April 16 including sunrise services: Baptist Logan’s Valley Baptist Church, 335 Main St., Bellwood — 8 a.m. sunrise service, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school and 10:45 a.m. worship with Pastor ...

Spiritual notes

Red Mass In celebration of Law Day on April 21, Saint Francis University will hold its annual Red Mass for all faiths. The public is invited to attend the Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in ...

Holy Saturday

Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square — 8:30 p.m. Vigil with Bishop Mark Bartchak as celebrant and homilist. Our Lady of Lourdes, 2716 Broad Ave. — 8:30 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 806 11th St. — 8:30 p.m. Sacred Heart, 511 20th St. — 8:30 p.m. St. ...

‘Mentalists’ promise interactive fun at Mishler

Two mind readers promise interactive fun when they perform at the Mishler Theatre, at 7 p.m. on April 21. “A Night of Magic and Mystery” features Antonina and David, The Mentalists, from Boston, and is being sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women, with a portion ...

Review: Penn State Centre Stage’s ‘Piazza’ delivers musical love

It must be said that “The Light in the Piazza” is a musical all its own. Together, Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) took a new look at a past time, with fresh musical lines, clever juxtapositions and more than a dash of the unexpected. Add committed characters and ...

Review: Cheung, ASO wrap up season in big way

Teresa Cheung wrapped up her ninth year as the conductor of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra with a concert featuring the titanic Seventh Symphony of Anton Bruckner at the Mishler Theatre on Saturday night. Before the music began, we were treated to a preview of next year’s programming, ...

Lifetime of blazing trails: Judge Kopriva recognized as retirement looms

She didn’t let them see her cry. One month after passing the bar exam, Jolene Grubb Kopriva was humiliated by another attorney who was seated with three other lawyers when she tried to deliver official documents to him in a coffee shop. “He just looked at me and said, ‘If I wanted to ...

Women lifting up women

They empower other women, but they go about it a little differently, from founding an edgy theater company to a highly successful investment firm; from rescuing a struggling but popular parochial school to serving poor children with after-school and summer programs. WISE Women of Blair ...