Area Life

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 ...

Photo of Van Gogh actually his brother

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — One of only two known photos of painter Vincent van Gogh turns out to most likely be an image of his brother, Theo, the Van Gogh Museum announced last week. Forensic testing by experts at Amsterdam University “confirmed the high likelihood of the boy in the ...

Instagram adding new feature

NEW YORK — Keep your friends close ... and your close friends closer? Instagram is adding a feature to make it easier to share photos and videos with fewer folks. Called Close Friends, the new feature lets users share Stories — photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours — with ...

Forget the chocolate: Advent calendars go for booze, cheese

NEW YORK — Advent calendars are hitting the bottle. The cardboard calendars, typically filled with chocolates, are now being stuffed with cans of beer and bottles of wine. Others have chunks of cheese behind each door. They’re meant to appeal to nostalgic adults who want to count the days ...

Marvel ‘Avengers’ director says Evans’ Cap days may not be over

LOS ANGELES — Chris Evans suggested his run as Captain America is done. The filmmakers currently controlling the Avengers’ fates say he shouldn’t shelve the shield just yet. Evans tweeted last month that he had wrapped his shooting on the fourth “Avengers” movie, calling it an ...

‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’

Ornament, an 11-piece rock orchestra returns to Altoona Dec. 8 for a third sold-out performance at the Mishler Theatre and brings its interpretation of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Presented by Altitude Entertainment, the current sellout is ...

‘The miracle … is our perseverance’

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, a name that has significance every year, but perhaps is especially meaningful in 2018. Rabbi Audrey Korotkin of Temple Beth Israel said that the Jewish community is coming out of a dark time that occurred on October 27 when 11 Jewish worshippers ...

Retired pastor pens book

A retired pastor may not have to deliver sermons about Christmas during the holiday season, but that does not stop him from thinking about it. The Rev. Dr. Claude B. Hall, 88, has been giving a lot of thought to the significance of the birth of Christ, and has written a book called ...

Jesus is our power source

Remember that cell phone commercial where the guy kept asking, “Can you hear me now?” The basic premise was the importance of a good connection. Let’s face it, without one folks are pretty much dead in the water, communication-wise. Our family experienced this the other day. It all ...

Perspectives course registration open

“Perspectives on the World Christian Movement,” a course diving into God’s passion for the world and how Christians fit into His story regardless of where they are, returns to the Blair/Bedford county area for the seventh year this spring. Featuring 15 different speakers over 15 weeks, ...

Spiritual notes

Christmas music available Christmas music is available at the Sacred Music Library in the First Presbyterian Church, corner of Walnut and Clark streets, Hollidaysburg. The library will be open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Monday; and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8. The library ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 30, 1968 Youth Enterprises of the Junior Achievement Association of Blair County, which planned fund-raising and social events for all the Blair J.A. companies, elected Don Hennaman president, Betsy Helsel vice-president, Gary Zangrilli chairman of the contact committee and ...

ASO’s holiday concert features vocal group

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra joins the Fantazia vocal ensemble of Hollidaysburg Area High School Dec. 1 with its holiday concert, “Home for the Holidays.” The ASO annually performs a holiday-themed show with a school group each year and this year features Fantazia under the direction of ...

Word of the year is ‘misinformation’

NEW YORK — Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen this week as Dictionary.com’s word of the year on the tattered coattails of “toxic,” picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times. Jane Solomon, a linguist-in-residence ...

Alex Dunlap Chestnut Ridge School District Student of the Month

Age: 17 Grade: Senior Accomplishments: High Honors Awards, Academic Letter Awards, National Honor Society Future goals: Attend college to dual major in Special Education and Pre K through 4 teaching, marry and live a life according to God’s plan. Family: Terry and Beth ...

Food takes on new heights

Looking to visit a locally owned, family-friendly restaurant with flavorful twists on classic favorites? Then visit the Duncansville’s Aviation Inn, known especially for its New York hot wings, godfather burger and Italian Stromboli. Owner Allen Butterbaugh, 42, of Altoona, purchased the ...

Band digs up Nashville’s past

From a public hanging on Nashville’s Music Row to the days when a young and still unknown guitar player named Jimi Hendrix walked the city’s streets, a band is documenting Nashville’s forgotten history in songs and videos. Granville Automatic, which got its start in Atlanta and is now ...

Baldwin’s lawyer: Video will clear him in parking clash

NEW YORK — Video will vindicate Alec Baldwin after he was accused of slugging a man in the face in over a parking space, the actor’s lawyer said Monday. Baldwin himself said nothing as he was arraigned on a misdemeanor attempted assault charge and a charge of harassment, a violation, in ...