Area Life

Whittaker wants to be role model to all

NEW YORK — Jodie Whittaker calls being cast as the first woman to portray Doctor Who “a step in the right direction” when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood, but doesn’t feel that she’s broken a glass ceiling because there’s more work to be done. Moments before the latest ...

Royalty, fans turn out for Caballe funeral

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Royalty, political leaders and fans attended the funeral in Barcelona on Monday of Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe. The 85-year-old Caballe died Saturday at a hospital in the Catalan capital where she had been since September. Spain’s Emeritus Queen Sofia ...

Filmmaker Boyle to gather Britons on beaches to mark end of WWI

LONDON (AP) — Filmmaker Danny Boyle is urging thousands of people to gather on British beaches and make silhouettes in the sand on Nov. 11 to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. Sand artists will also create giant portraits of people killed in the war, which will be washed away by ...

Washington reflects on crucial advice

NEW YORK — Denzel Washington joined the Boys & Girls Club of America when he was 5. He’s never really left. The 63-year old Oscar-winning actor says the lessons he learned from the youth organization became the foundation of his success. One valuable lesson came after a track and ...

Why Byrne started covering a Monae song

NEW YORK — After he burns down the house during his current concert tour, singer David Byrne ends each show on a serious note with a song that calls attention to minority victims of violence. The Janelle Monae cover, “Hell You Talmbout,” is a rhythmic chant that recalls people like ...

Not your typical musical

In Will Jones’ “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Ichabod Crane, played by Tony Demi, is a virile, 20-something competing with local town aristocrat Brom Bones, played by Ian Brumbaugh, for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, portrayed by Ellie Irwin. But it’s the 17 musical numbers that ...

‘Creating a life that counts’

The routine of daily life can sometimes make people lose sight of their purpose or what fulfills them. Amy Carroll, a speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries, will help women evaluate their pursuits and see the potential in their lives when she speaks on “Creating a Life That Counts” at 7 ...

Ball Brothers concert geared to all ages

Not a typical gospel quartet, the Ball Brothers balance the old with the new in their singing. Their projects include a musical balance between young and old, and they will be presenting their mix of musical styles of four-part harmony in a concert next week in Altoona. The gospel ...

Spiritual notes

Citizens Concerned for Human Life will form a Life Chain from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, along 17th Street. Parking will be available at the Station Medical Center parking lot. The group will stand with thousands of pro-lifers throughout the United States in memory of over 60 million ...

On this date

10 YEARS AGO: Oct. 5, 2008 The Altoona Area High School Alumni Association, Tom Bradley executive director, held its first ever all-class reunion at the Jaffa Shrine Center with almost 800 graduates attending from across the country. 25 YEARS AGO: Oct. 5, 1993 An unknown person ...

Church plans fundraisers for breast cancer research

Geeseytown-Newry Evangelical Lutheran Parish is attempting to raise $10,000 for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Three fundraisers are planned. They are: - A free community ice cream social with a silent auction will be held from ...

A time to ask and a time to listen

Sometimes life is so difficult that we can barely keep it together. All of us have faced serious trials and for those who are Christians, we have appreciated the comfort and peace of God’s presence. As wonderful as this is, we are still often left with unanswered questions and painful ...

ASO performs Saturday: Mishler to host pianist Dichter, composer Cohn

By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com Two special guests join the Altoona Symphony Orchestra Saturday at the Mishler Theatre — pianist Misha Dichter and composer James Cohn. “The season opening will be filled with festive and lively music that celebrates symphonic music at its best,” ...

Supporting friends put life in perspective

There are moments when the sun seems brighter than anything you can imagine. It illuminates everything around you, allowing you to see clearly. Then there are nights when the darkness is like a new best friend, who you never asked to come visit. You wonder what wrong turn you took, or what ...

Willis Clan rebuilding their career

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Willis Clan, a musical family that starred in their own reality TV show and competed on “America’s Got Talent,” are now ready to sing again and tell their stories through a new album called “Speak My Mind” a year after their father was sent to prison for child ...

Vintage lunchbox collection on sale

CINCINNATI — Look, up on the shelf! It’s Superman. There’s the king of the wild frontier himself, Davy Crockett. And over in that case is Davy Crockett again, except this time he’s Daniel Boone (we’ll explain later). And aaaaay! It’s The Fonz and the whole “Happy Days” ...

Murray defends Hoffman over harassment allegations

NEW YORK — Appearing on the same stage where months earlier Dustin Hoffman faced repeated questions about alleged sexual harassment, Bill Murray praised the actor as a “really decent person.” “Dustin Hoffman is a great man,” Murray said recently at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y. ...

For boys and ghouls of all ages

Zombies. Their corpses and half-dead selves have been portrayed in books, films and movies for years. Their pale, bloodied faces and dispirited bodies are void of rational thought. These apathetic creatures will converge on Altoona during the two-day ZombieTown, to entertain all ages and to ...

Cresson Lake Playhouse presents ‘Always … Patsy Cline’

An icon of country music comes to life at Cresson Lake Playhouse Oct. 4 through 13 with “Always ... Patsy Cline.” Inspired by real life fan Louise Seger (Lucy Nickerson of Cresson) when she meets her idol Cline (Kelly Devett of Johnstown) in 1961 Houston. Louise recreates her ...