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Area Life

Dr. Dre, Iovine unveil high-tech new building at USC

LOS ANGELES — Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine want a new high-tech building bearing their names at the University of Southern California to become a place where young creatives can understand marrying the concepts of art, technology and business. The music business partners along ...

Fear ‘N’ Beer set for Oct. 12 at PNG Field

From Mirror News reports The third annual Fear ‘N’ Beer event features 40-plus brews to sample during a Halloween-themed extravaganza at Peoples Natural Gas Field Oct. 12. “It’s a spooky and thrilling tasting event,” said Madalyn McCaulley, event specialist with the Altoona Mirror, ...

Watching a friend chase his dream is inspirational

There are times when we question what we’re doing with our lives — or how we’re spending our time. We might look at someone else’s skills or talents and say, “Wow, they’re good!” Watching that person do what they do can be fascinating and even exhilarating. We may not know ...

Celebration of sound: Eclectic mix of local artists to perform on stage

A group of local musical talents will perform in “A Celebration of Song and Sound” at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Church in the Middle of the Block, 217 Fifth Ave., Altoona. Charlotte Ames Eichelberger is a familiar local journalist, but a big headline in her personal life right now is her role ...

ZombieTown USA Saturday at Heritage Plaza

From Mirror reports The fourth annual Zombie Town USA takes place this Saturday at Heritage Plaza and throughout downtown Altoona and features live entertainment, a Halloween parade and a Zombie-themed wedding. The event attracts Zombie lovers from throughout Pennsylvania, New York and ...

Low attendance doesn’t diminish heart of event

Having been part of the first Earth Day as a thirteen year-old eighth-grader in 1970, I knew what sort of impact such a day could have. Photos of the morning bicycle parade through downtown and a story about the environmental teach-in at Logan Junior High that evening made the front page of ...

Happy now? Everyone is talking about ‘Joker’

LOS ANGELES — There may be no such thing as bad publicity, but the spotlight on “Joker” is testing the limits of that old cliche. The origin story about the classic Batman villain has inspired pieces both in defense of and against the movie. It’s been hailed as the thing that’s ...

Air gondolas join Disney World’s transit system

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Walt Disney World recently introduced its newest way to get around the Florida resort: an aerial cable car system that whisks visitors from hotels to theme parks three stories above the ground while going 11 mph. The Disney Skyliner cable cars opened to visitors ...

Growing fresh figs across the country

Seems like just about everyone likes the idea of growing figs. Perhaps it’s some primal attraction for this ancient fruit. The rich, sweet flavor of the tree-ripened fruits is definitely part of the reason. Figs can, in fact, be grown over much of the country. Although the plant is ...

Spider-Man gets another swing with Marvel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spider-Man won’t be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon. After a public fallout last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios have found a way to work together. The studios said Friday that they would be teaming up once more to ...

Putting a timely focus on nature

Think of botanical illustrators, and you might envision a world of medieval herbalists, tulip or orchid collectors, or affluent young women of the 17th and 18th centuries making detailed drawings and watercolors of garden plants. But there’s nothing old-fashioned about botanical ...

Right at home: Cool stationery elevates the handwritten note

We’re all emailing, texting and DM’ing as fast as our thumbs can type these days, but there’s also some Old School pushback. For many style-savvy communicators, handwritten notes are the thing. Whether it’s a follow-up thank you or a stand-alone communique conveying anything from ...

Literary classic

Cresson Lake Playhouse brings John Steinbeck’s classic “Of Mice and Men” to the barn theater Oct. 3 to 6. Artistic director Paul Seymour discribed the stage adaptation as “very similar” to the book that is often required and popular reading for area high school students. “It’s ...

‘Shooting Heroin’ premiers Oct. 17 at the Rowland Theatre

A movie titled “Shooting Heroin” filmed in Clearfield and Centre County in the fall of 2018 is set to have several showings with a red carpet premiere held at the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at heroinfilm.com. The film ...

Altoona Symphony Orchestra kicks off season with cello sensation Sophie Shao

The Altoona Sym-phony Orchestra launches its 91st season Oct. 5 with “The Gathering Storm,” under the direction of Maestra Teresa Cheung as the symphony commemorates three historic anniversaries. The 2019-20 season recognizes the confluence of three major world events: the centennial of ...

Zellweger on her empathy, adoration for Garland

TORONTO — For Renee Zellweger, the task of becoming Judy Garland was too daunting to contemplate all at once. Such a character needed to be assembled piecemeal: a bit-by-bit metamorphosis starting with the voice, followed by workshopping the songs and then building in the mannerisms, the ...

One of King’s ‘Lucille’ guitars sold for $280K

JACKSON, Miss. — A guitar given to B.B. King for his 80th birthday has sold for $280,000 at an auction of items from the blues legend’s estate. Julien’s Auctions says King often used the black Gibson ES-345 prototype that was one of several guitars he called “Lucille.” A spokeswoman ...

Wolf making history with ‘Law & Order: SVU’

NEW YORK — That familiar “cha-CHUNG” sound effect from the opening credits of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” this Thursday will signal the debut of a new season and something else — TV history. The show’s 21st season launch makes it the longest running prime-time ...

Hanks to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

LOS ANGELES — Tom Hanks became one of Hollywood’s beloved actors through an array of likable roles, from “Big” to “Forrest Gump,” and now his decorated career has earned him one of the highest honors at the Golden Globes next year. Hanks will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at ...

Diversity, equal pay rule Emmys

Emmy night is always a chaotic mix of the humorous, the emotional and the inspirational, mixed with some major sequins and glitter. And on this Emmy night, all those elements came together in one glorious moment: Billy Porter’s win as best actor in a drama for “Pose,” the first openly gay ...