The Altoona Mirrorhttp://www.altoonamirror.comTop Headlinesen-usMon, 30 Mar 2015 10:16:22 EDTMon, 30 Mar 2015 10:16:22 EDT the new year: First Night State College will begin 2015 in family-friendly atmosphere Italy, they wear red underwear. Brazilians might go to the beach wearing white for luck in kicking off the summer season. Men in Ecuador parade down streets in drag representing the "widow" of the year that has passe.Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EDTParty time: ABC's 'The Nutcracker' helps usher in holiday season Cece Haines, the Allegheny Ballet Company's production of "The Nutcracker" is all about the children, and that's where the spotlight should shine.Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EDTAdvancing their art: SAMA Loretto exhibit's the region's best in its 'Biennial 2014' show top of tradition, Scott Dimond believes a juried art exhibit every two years is a great way to "chart how an artist develop.Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EDTMagical journey: Trans-Siberian Orchestra to stage its rock opera, "The Christmas Attic" job of the arts is "to inspire people, give people escape when they need it, help them calm down when they need calming down, get them excited when they need to get excited," Trans-Siberian Orchestra creator, lyricist and composer Paul O'Neill...Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EDTA beloved 'Christmas Story'"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" "I triple-dog-dare, ya!" "Naddafinga!" Likely, those lines and more are sure to have audiences quoting along as one of the most well-known Christmas movies comes to life on a local stage.Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EDT