Area Life

Garden Notes: Spade’s predecessor had long tradition in Ireland

Do you dig with your left foot? Are you a Catholic? There was a time in Ireland when people didn’t have to ask the second question. They could tell someone’s background by watching them work. If the new guy dug with his left foot, he was a Catholic. In the early 1700s, the Plantation ...

When you’re struggling to find the good, hold on to hope

It’s a big world we live in. Sometimes it can be easy to forget how big it really is because it’s easier to forget that bad things happen, or because some part of us feels powerless in trying to help sew society. It’s even easier to forget the good that’s being done in the midst of ...

Experiences: Worldwide travel influences renowed artist Chuck Olson

Artist Chuck Olson insists that his work isn’t abstract, even as some of his painted objects cannot readily be identified. But who’s to argue with the internationally renowned painter who has exhibited in Japan, France, Italy, Germany and New York City. A professor of art for 40 years and ...

The Wallers to play ‘A Night for the Mishler’ : Honoring a local gem

Since its doors opened in 1906, the historic Mishler Theatre has been home to local and international performers. Inside the walls of the building, countless children and adults have swayed and tapped their heels to musical performances, shed tears during bittersweet productions and laughed ...

Glassblowing’s gotten easier for amateurs

BOSTON — On a chilly winter morning here, two furnaces inside the Massachusetts College of Art and Design burn at upwards of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat is palpable, but it doesn’t seem to bother a group of students working nearby. They’re here learning the ancient art of ...

Artist emerges after spending week inside a rock

PARIS (AP) — A French artist has spent a week in a hard place: a rock. Abraham Poincheval emerged Wednesday from a 12-ton limestone boulder at a Paris art gallery where he has been entombed since Feb. 22. A body-shaped hole large enough to sit in was hollowed out inside the rock, and air ...

Spanish trio win acclaimed US architecture prize

The Associated Press LISBON, Portugal — A team of three Spanish architects has won the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize, with the jury praising their work for blending buildings into landscapes and connecting time and place. The award for Catalonia-based architects Rafael Aranda, Carme ...

Grapevine: Latest celebrity and entertainment gossip

Winfrey thinks about politics NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey says President Donald Trump’s victory has her rethinking whether she could be elected to the White House. Winfrey, a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke with financier David Rubenstein in December for an interview for his Bloomberg ...

Professor has taken a selfie every day for the past 30 years

BOSTON — Long before they were called selfies, Karl Baden snapped a simple black and white photo of himself. Then he repeated it every day for the next three decades. Baden’s “Every Day” project officially turns 30 on Thursday and he says he has no intention of stopping. The stark ...

Take two at the Oscars “Moonlight” wins best picture after mix-up

LOS ANGELES — “Moonlight” won the best picture trophy at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset that followed Warren Beatty at first reading the wrong winner. Shock and chaos spread through the Dolby Theatre when producers of “La La Land” were stopped in the middle of their ...

Kimmel talks Trump, other pre-Oscars concerns

LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Kimmel says he never really wanted to host the Academy Awards, which airs at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. “If anything, what I wanted is for people to publicly say that I should be the host and that it’s an outrage that I am not the host, but then to not actually have to host ...

Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan’s hopes for wooing tourism

TOKYO — Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism. The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said last week that it’s starting a Ninja Acade-my to train people in the art of ...

Princess Diana’s life in fashion on view

LONDON — The dresses tell the story of a life cut short: first the frilly debutante frocks Princess Diana wore before she married Prince Charles, then the elaborate gowns that stunned the world, and finally the power suits she favored shortly before her death. It’s been 20 years since ...

Travel briefs

Italy Duomo encourages digital graffiti VATICAN CITY — Florence’s famed Duomo is cleaning up its act, removing centuries of graffiti from the cathedral dome interior and letting new visitors leave their mark digitally instead. The cathedral launched a pilot project last year in its ...

Earth Matters: Slower speeds increase fuel efficiency and save lives

Challenging problems seldom have simple solutions. So when the first energy crunches came to the United States in the ’70s, we came to realize that the problem had to be confronted on multiple fronts. We were shocked into action by oil embargoes in 1973 and again in 1979. For the first ...

Review: ‘American Idiot’ marks the ‘time of your life’

Combining stagecraft and a rock concert is hardly a new idea. But “American Idiot” gives the concept fresh life, not to mention a fresh audience. Penn State Centre Stage’s rendition of this rock musical, under the direction of Erin Farrell Speer, brings together the elements one might ...

SAMA plans trip to Philly

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona is planning a bus trip to the 2017 PHS Phila­delphia Flower Show on March 14. The cost is $110 per person, with a $50 non-refundable deposit due with reservations, which are due Wednesday. Departure is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. from Lowe’s ...

Abbie Adams Blair County Christian School Student of the month

Name: Abbie Adams Age: 16 Grade: Junior Family: Parents: Kim and Jeff Adams, siblings: Hannah, Caroline, Josiah and Luke Future goals: Attend college for music, perform my music, travel the world and bring glory to God. Achievements: I’ve been accepted into all-state choir three times, ...

Uncork the Alleghenies: Savor samples and help a cause

Patrons at this year’s Uncork the Alleghenies Wine Festival on March 18 can choose from among nearly two dozen wineries, two distilleries and 50 vendors of food, jewelry, cigars and other products, say organizers. The seventh annual event at the Blair County Convention Center offers a free ...