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Area Life

PSU professor publishes book

Brian Black, Head of the Division of Arts and Humanities and Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Penn State Altoona, recently published the book “Gettysburg Contested: 150 Years of Preserving America’s Most Cherished Landscape.” Beginning with the role that the landscape ...

Nittany writers meeting Sept. 10

The Nittany Valley Writers Network will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, in the Schlow Library Community Room in State College. Author and singer-songwriter Ken Baxter will share his process for writing prose and lyrics from his upcoming memoir, “The Philosophy of Arson” and its companion album, ...

Looney to read from his work Nov. 12

Poet and fiction writer George Looney will read from his work at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Looney’s reading will kick off the fall Hard Freight Cafe, an open mic event presented by Penn State Altoona's student literary ...

Atwood among 2019 fiction honorees

NEW YORK — Literary agent Lynn Nesbit and Margaret Atwood and some of the forces behind the Hulu adaptation of her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be this year’s honorees at the Center for Fiction’s benefit and awards dinner. The Center announced Tuesday that Nesbit would receive ...

Altoona native sets book signing events

Altoona native, Grace Topping, who still has family in the area, will be coming to Altoona Sept. 5 through 7 to promote her recently published book, “Staging is Murder.” She will be at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 and she will be doing a book signing at ...

Diverse offerings

It’s a narrative found in TV shows like “Cheers,” but Rich McGarvey, bartender turned owner, has carved a niche for his eponymous Juniata bar and grill by bringing in local, regional and national live performers in music and comedy. McGarvey and his wife Kelly Markel purchased the venue ...

Season of Creation – Observance honors Earth

People worldwide will be part of a 34-day observance that begins next week to honor their home — the one that contains all the resources for life. It is the home called Earth. Known as A Season of Creation, the observance was initiated on Sept. 1, 1989, to celebrate the planet as well as ...

Spiritual Notes

The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve a free community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7. The meal is free and open to the public at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. This month’s menu includes Salisbury steak, parsley potatoes, mixed ...

Patience often takes practice

Standing in line has never been one of my favorite activities. It’s not so much the fact that I’m impatient — although, admittedly, I can be — but mainly, it’s the fact that I inevitably get stuck behind incredibly slow people. Take couponers, for example. Now, before I raise the ...

The places it’ll go: Dr. Seuss exhibition hitting the road

BOSTON — Dr. Seuss is hitting the road this fall with a large interactive exhibit that will immerse visitors in some of the most iconic books by the beloved children’s writer. The exhibit is centered on a maze based on “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” the Dr. Seuss book that urges ...

Country’s Maren Morris leads CMA nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Maren Morris has a chance to win up to eight trophies including album of the year at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards thanks to her work as an artist, songwriter and producer. With the success of her album “GIRL,” which Morris co-produced, the Grammy ...

New Disney Park attractions will have Poppins, Wakanda

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mary Poppins. Wakanda. Rapunzel. A hodge-podge of beloved characters and settings would hardly fit in the same sentence if not for the fact they’re all coming to Disney parks or cruise ships within the next few years. Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek announced the new ...

Kentridge explores Africa’s history

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Evocative videos, graphic tapestries, charcoal drawings, woodcut prints, sculptures and immersive sound installations combine in the largest-ever show by South African artist William Kentridge to explore compelling themes including South Africa’s apartheid history ...

SAMA-Altoona collaborating with UPMC

ALTOONA — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona is pleased to announce its recent collaboration with UPMC. The Museum installed 18 paintings by the late Sue Severson at the beginning of August in the UPMC Altoona hospital. These paintings were hung in order to make hospital ...

Elliott, Swift set to perform at MTV Video Music Awards

NEWARK, N.J. — 2019 is the year of Missy Elliott: The rap icon became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year and she will also earn the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Elliott, who has released ...

US government issues Utah monument plan

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. government’s final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn’t include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards ...

Rolling Stones get name on little Martian rock that rolled

PASADENA, Calif. — There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction. NASA named a little stone for the legendary rockers after its InSight robotic lander captured it rolling across the surface of Mars last year, and the ...

Terracotta is making a color comeback

There was a time not that long ago when designers were tearing out anything terracotta-colored, whether it was tile, painted walls or upholstered furniture. A darling hue of the ’80s, the brownish orange — evocative of terracotta earthenware — was considered dowdy and done. But like so ...

Bridging the gap

Tanya Tucker’s latest album “While I’m Livin’” dropped today, and the original female country outlaw visits The State Theatre Sept. 18. At the age of 13, Tucker, now 60, was the youngest female to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, dubbed as the female Elvis and landed 15 ...

Called to serve — McCaulley embarks on new path

When he was a boy, Don McCaulley would sit in church and listen to the preacher, hoping someday to be in the pulpit himself. Through the years, he has done that by being bivocational. Now, in retirement from his medical career, McCaulley is able to continue his lifelong commitment to serve God ...