Area Life

State College to host Gluten Free Expo

The Central Pennsylvania Gluten Free Expo is set for 12:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at Penn Stater Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd., State College. An estimated 1 percent of the U.S. population has celiac disease, plus an additional, unknown number who deal with sensitivities to gluten. ...

Anywhere but Washington: Why DC stories rarely film in DC

WASHINGTON — It’s a hobby among District of Columbia locals: Picking apart glaring geographic and architectural inaccuracies in movies and television shows set in Washington. One of the most famous is the 1987 film “No Way Out,” where Kevin Costner escapes pursuers by taking a subway ...

Roberts, Wu celebrated at InStyle Awards

LOS ANGELES — Julia Roberts was brought to tears by “Notting Hill” writer Richard Curtis, Jeff Goldblum showed off his socks and celebrated his 66th birthday with a cupcake, and Constance Wu spoke the power of representation Monday night at a glitzy soiree in Los Angeles. Stylists, ...

Louis-Dreyfus gets comedy award

WASHINGTON — After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television characters to her name — Elaine Benes of “Seinfeld” and foul-mouthed Vice-President Selina Meyer — Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been honored with the Mark Twain Prize for lifetime achievement in comedy. On Sunday ...

Shahidi urges fight against ‘identity blind narrative’

LOS ANGELES — Yara Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN Respect Awards as she warned against an “identity blind narrative” in the struggle for acceptance of all. “We should all feel deserved and supported in expressing our right to being our whole selves, limited by ...

Rare Hemingway stories to be released

NEW YORK — Two Ernest Hemingway stories written in the mid-1950s and rarely seen since will be published next year. The director of Hemingway’s literary estate, Michael Katakis, told The Associated Press recently that “The Monument” and “Indian Country and the White Army” will be ...

Bryce Jordan Center sets attendance record

The Bryce Jordan Center welcomed 15,588 Metallica fans to lsst week’s sold-out concert setting a new single-concert attendance record for the 23-year-old center. “We are honored to host Metallica on their record-breaking performance at the Bryce Jordan Center,” General Manager Al ...

Palmer museum creates new position

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State announced Friday that Joyce Robinson has been named assistant director of the museum, a newly created position for the museum. Robinson will serve as a collaborative leader and passionate advocate for the museum at a time of expansion ...

Poland turns over ghetto museum

WARSAW, Poland — A museum dedicated to the Jews who suffered in the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland came closer to reality when a key to the buildings it is expected to inhabit changed hands. Plans call for the Warsaw Ghetto Museum to be housed in a former ...

Hill on toxic masculinity and skateboarding

LOS ANGELES — Jonah Hill has always wanted to direct. He worships filmmakers and has treated what he describes as an “accidental” but “wonderful” 15-year acting career as a partial film school, learning from people like Bennett Miller, who directed him in “Moneyball” and Martin ...

Spectacular puppetry

Penn State Altoona presents a visual spectacle featuring puppets, music, song and movement about nature and the consequences of deforestation, pollution and waste in the play “theLASTree” by Laurencio Carlos Ruiz November 7 through 10 in the Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center ...

Group thanks church members

The Little Juniata River Association has held river bank clean-ups every spring since 2005. Trash has been collected from 20 miles of river bank each year, with the help of more than 200 volunteer participants. On Monday, Bill Anderson, LJRA president, presented a framed limited edition ...

Spiritual Notes

A Festival of Praise will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The evening of prayer will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with praise and worship music. Deacon Mike Anna will provide a reflection from scripture. He is a full-time chaplain at ...

Training planned

The impact of domestic violence on children will be the subject of the Lunch & Learn program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren. Training certificates are available for those who take part in the program hosted by Family Services Inc. Those who ...

On this date

10 YEARS AGO: Oct. 19, 2008 Todd Palin, husband of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, was at the Penn State football game in State College on the “Pennsylvania Straight Talk Express” bus and gave an interview to the Altoona Mirror. Penn State beat Michigan 46-17. 25 ...

In need of spiritual awakening

When we consider the word revival, we think of evangelistic meetings where people are encouraged to renew their vows to God. As an act of being restored and renewed back to a former place, a personal revival is a positive experience that causes us to rearrange our priorities in order to give ...

Werewolfs and jack-o’-lanterns: Halloween folklore and legends

Michael Allison of Altoona is most well-known for his art and restoration works but his side gig is factually exploring cultural folklore, like why are pumpkins associated with Halloween. “I am a huge history buff; I just love history,” he said, as a lighted werewolf loomed over his ...

Sweet Adelines to perform Nov. 3

The Altoona Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present its annual show at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Altoona Area Junior High School Auditorium. Tickets are available from any member or at the door, $12 for adults and $10 for students under 17. The chorus was was chartered in March 1954, the first ...

Juniata Mock Trial Team to debut

HUNTINGDON — For the first time in Juniata College history it is sponsoring a mock trial team for intercollegiate competition, governed by the American Mock Trial Association. The team is coached by attorney and Juniata alumnus David P. Andrews of Altoona and senior Haley Walker, of ...