CHICAGO – What does a musician father do when his seven children also share the gift of music? Form a family mariachi band, of course. And that’s exactly what dad Juan Lucero did with his talented kids aged 8-19. When they get together – whether it’s spending time with family or playing music – it’s …

A troupe of young actors from northern Kentucky raised $ 2,500 for the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home (DCCH) through five sold-out performances of an Edward Albee play. Four members of the locally based Mitchell Squared produced and performed History of the zoo, a one-act play written in 1958 by the famous playwright. The main character …

Fahima Band Ali, a student at Webster University, knows how difficult it can be for immigrants to settle in a new country. Originally from Afghanistan, she shares her struggles and personal experiences in the United States with newcomers to her country. | photo of Ursula Ruhl Despite heavy media coverage, many Americans are far from …

“Just in case you didn’t know, this is her first gig with a band.” Guitarist Charlie Sexton introduced Calder Allen, a young singer-songwriter making his ACL Fest debut in Tito’s tent on Sunday afternoon, to a crowd that probably didn’t know Allen. They might have known everyone on stage: in addition to Sexton, whose daily …

Culture 4 A logo cause. Advertising TORRINGTON (press release) – The John Brown Project, a community arts initiative of Culture 4 A Cause, received generous funding from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts (which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency) through two separate …

Joanne Naish / Tips Robin Judkins, seen here blowing the starting horn for Coast to Coast in 2021, has written a new musical. When Covid-19 enveloped New Zealand last year, Robin Judkins spotted an opportunity. The founder of Coast to Coast had spent five years jotting down lyrics, poems and dialogue in a journal. As …

Dust off the old lederhosen and head to The Z Hall this Sunday, October 3 for Oktoberfeast. The event, which is both a buffet of European cuisines and honors the Michigan Polka Hall of Fame, is a celebration of culture and tradition, according to David Skjaerlund, owner of The Z Hall. “(Michigan Polka Hall of …

Tea time after school caused a stir when K-On! debuted in 2010. The band’s songs hit the Oricon charts several times, with the band itself quickly becoming a household name in the early 2010s. The success of the anime only bolstered its popularity. ‘After School Tea Time, creating a major cultural shift in the anime …

Liam Gallagher performs with his band Beady Eye at the Glastonbury Music Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset on June 28, 2013. Image: Reuters / Olivia Harris LONDON – Twenty-five years after British rock band Oasis performed two historic concerts for 250,000 people in Knebworth Park, former singer Liam Gallagher said on Friday he would …

When I was first invited to see HONK! THE UGLY DUCKLING MUSICAL, I didn’t know it was a full-fledged MTI production. I thought this show was going to be strictly for little kids – it would be fun and the cast would be your typical middle school / high school cast, but I was so …