Area Life

Pepper Jack Crackers go with salads, dips

What's better than cheese and crackers? Cheese in your crackers!And you can make yummy cheese crackers right in your home kitchen. In fact, homemade crackers are even easier than most cookies.The simplest cracker is just flour and water (think water crackers), but I love my crackers rich, ...

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'Hamilton' Chicago-boundNEW YORK - The mega-hit Broadway show "Hamilton" is on the move - a production will open in Chicago next September.Producers said Tuesday that performances will begin Sept. 27 at the newly named The PrivateBank Theatre.Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical tells the ...

Pumpkin bread baked twice makes biscotti

Editor's note: This is the second of the 12 cookies of Christmas recipes.Pumpkin bread isn't a classic Italian dessert, but that didn't stop us from turning it into delicious biscotti fit for dunking in your holiday lattes and cocoa.The method is simple. You bake up a pretty traditional pumpkin ...

Editor’s note: This is the second of the 12 cookies of Christmas recipes. By Alison Ladman The Associated Press Pumpkin bread isn’t a classic Italian dessert, but that didn’t stop us from turning it into delicious biscotti fit for dunking in your holiday

As part of its Family Theatre at the Mishler Program, the Blair County Arts Foundation is bringing in a magic show out of Chicago Tuesday at 7 p.m."It's a magical time of the year, and we decided to have a magic show," said BCAF Executive Director Kate Shaffer. She said it has been at least 10 ...

How to cope with death in kids’ films

LOS ANGELES - In the latest Pixar release, "The Good Dinosaur," little Arlo's dad is dramatically washed away by a raging river.And Arlo isn't the only animated hero to lose a family member in the film's first act.The protagonist in last year's "Big Hero 6" loses his brother in an explosion. ...

Across the area

Hollidaysburg Christmas tour setHOLLIDAYSBURG?- Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. will hold its 27th Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13.Cost for the self-guided tour and refreshments at the US Hotel is $10.The tour features nine properties, an historic home with a new gift ...

Civil War re-enactors plan meeting

STATE COLLEGE - The 148th PA Volunteer Infantry, Company C, Civil War Re-enactment Group will meet at Hoss's Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 1450 N. Atherton St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.The group will conduct elections of officers for 2016 and discuss the annual United States Volunteers Brigade ...

Make the cold fun! Winter destinations

Don't have time to go to Florida this winter? There are several great getaway destinations in central Pennsylvania, two hours or less away, even if you're not sunning under a palm tree next to the shore."It's no fun staying cooped up indoors all winter," said Katie Buchan, communications ...

Earth Matters: Problems need complete understanding, not sound bites

I was again reminded (from several unrelated sources) in recent weeks that many environmental issues are complex. In a world where the "dumbed-down" version of everything seems to be the standard, public awareness and understanding of complicated issues is hard to come by.It's difficult to ...

Springsteen to open new tour in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will launch The River Tour, a nine-week U.S. trek, on Jan. 16 at the CONSOL?Energy Center in Pittsburgh.Tickets to The River Tour go on sale Dec. 11.The announcement of the tour coincides with the release of "The Ties That Bind: The River ...

Orchestra to kick off holidays at ‘home’

If you're lucky enough to have tickets to this year's Altoona Symphony Orchestra's holiday program, you're in for two new treats and a lot of old ones, said Maestra Teresa Cheung.One is the world premiere of "Symphonic Variations on Deck the Halls" composed by Penn State Altoona lecturer Tim ...

Easy, needle-felted critters make cute gifts, ornaments

For holiday decorating and gift-making, fast and easy always win. Adorable doesn't hurt, either.Needle felting hits all three targets."It's got one of the least bumpy learning curves of anything I've ever seen," says Wynne Reynolds, a mixed-media artist who teaches needle felting at Fancy Tiger ...

Focusing on the positive side of life

In "Forest Gump," Tom Hanks delivered two of the most memorable lines in cinematic history when he said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get!"His character uttered those words to a complete stranger while sitting on a park bench - not knowing he would wind ...

Lil Wayne coming to Bryce Jordan Center

Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling hip-hop music superstar, Lil Wayne, has officially announced The Dedication Tour, which he says is a personal thank you to all of his fans in cities he has rarely visited on his past tours.The tour, produced by Live Nation in association with Al ...

Saint Francis University to host ‘Batman’ film festival

Saint Francis University invites the public to a "Batman" movie festival from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the JFK Lounge on the university's campus. This event will feature short films produced by Saint Francis students as their final requirement for their Dark Knight: Decoded class, a senior-level ...

‘Carol,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ lead Independent Spirit nods

LOS ANGELES - The 1950s-set romance "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara collected the most nominations last week for the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards.The Todd Haynes-directed film picked up six nods in categories including best feature, director and lead actress for both Mara ...

Boston bombing survivors brace for movies on attack

BOSTON - Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly mixed feelings among some of those most touched by the tragedy.News that Boston native Mark ...

Groovy gabbing: SAMA curator to discuss psychedelic poster art

The 1960s counterculture, centered around San Francisco, produced some amazing art in the form of psychedelic posters that remain popular with collectors today and are part of the permanent collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto.About 20 of those posters will be the ...

Garden Notes: Bayberries part of tradition around the holiday season

Between Black Friday ads, chestnuts roasting on open fires and the smell of bayberry candles, I'm on sensory overload, and it's not even December!Northern bayberry, myrica pensylvanica, is a native shrub. (The spelling of pensylvanica is correct. I looked it up!) Northern bayberry does well in ...