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Where to Celebrate a Centennial (or 3) in 2018

Advertisement It’s a big year for civic tricentennials, artistic anniversaries, wilderness salutes and one baseball birthday party where the fans will get the presents. In 1718, the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville found a bit of high ground 100 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River and founded New Orleans where today Jackson Square sits. The city — our No. 1 pick for 52 Places to Go this year — will celebrate its 300th anniversary throughout 2018 in signature colorful style with parties, fireworks and concerts. The tricentennial has kicked off several major infrastructure improvements, including a remodeling of popular Bourbon Street, which hasn’t been done since 1928, and a new airport terminal that is due in 2019. San Antonio, too, will be blowing out 300 candles on its virtual birthday cake. A year’s worth of programming includes concerts, historic tours, museum exhibits and more with a concentration of events, including public art unveilings, form..

Artistic bounty

The Norse god Ullr may be withholding the fluffy white stuff from our fair climes, but the endless sunny weather has apparently inspired Greek deity Apollo, god of the arts. First Thursday Art Walk Over the next several days, there are at least a dozen artistic events across this region worth your time; more, if you add in all the first First Thursday Art Walk exhibits on display in downtown Telluride tonight, from 5-8 p.m. Among the highlights are “Body of Work,” the Ah Haa School’s annual juried regional exhibit which celebrates the human form. Four cash prizes will be awarded to local artists whose work is on display at the depot; Baerbel Hacke, Julie McNair and David Holbrooke will be the judges. Nor are humans the only ones whose forms will be celebrated: equines get their turn as well, in two exhibits from Telluride Arts. Nancy B. Frank depicts horses in her figurative paintings at Gallery 81435, and Lara Branca evokes them abstractly, against a backdrop of sprawling landscapes..

Events: 18 things to do in the North-east in 2018

From food and drink events to top music and visual art, the North-east is set for a busy 2018. Tamsin Ross looks at some of the spectacular shows and fun-filled events in store. 1. Spectra festival of light Aberdeen’s award winning light festival returns to the city centre for four nights from February 8-11. This year’s theme is Play the Night and will combine music and lights for a family-friendly display. 2. Gin: NEThis North-east gin festival takes place at Inverurie Town Hall on February 9-10. Alongside local and national gins, there will be a cocktail circus, a gin question-and-answer session and other shows. 3. Aberdeen Jazz FestivalFeaturing every style of jazz, this year’s Jazz Festival will have something for everyone. On from March 14-18, it’ll bring swing, vintage and fusion tunes to venues across the North-east. 4. University Boat Race Taking to the water on March 17, the teams from Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen go head-to-head once again. Both tea..

Art and music events in central Illinois: Jan. 7, 2018

Items for the Arts Plus calendar need to be submitted 10 days prior to publication. Send information to Sally McKee at smckee@pjstar.com or by mail to the Journal Star, 1 News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643. Exhibits "Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois," Peoria Riverfront Museum's International Feature Gallery. Through Jan. 13. Free with general museum admission. Mixed Media Exhibit, Kevin Myers, through Jan. 14, Performing Arts Center Gallery, ICC East Peoria Campus. Free. Call 694-5113. 22VA Art Exhibit, through Jan. 26, Peoria Public Library Main Gallery, 107 NE Monroe. Free. "Artistic Abilities," exhibit featuring art from the Community Workshop and Training Center, Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge and Tazewell County Resource Center, through Feb. 11, Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts, First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave. Call 673-3641. Paintings by Ken Kaminski, Jan. 8 to Feb. 16, Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley University. Call 677-2989. CAC ex..

North Korea at Olympics: Notable moments of Hermit Kingdom's appearances at the Games

North Korea committed Tuesday to send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea next month and although it remains unclear how many athletes the North will send, they face long odds of making an appearance on the podium. The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks as North Korea agreed to attend the PyeongChang Games, hold talks on lowering tension along their border and reopen a military hotline. The meeting, the first of its kind in about two years, was held at the Peace House on the South side of the Panmunjom truce village which lies between the North and the South. “We came to this meeting with the thought of giving our brethren, who have high hopes for this dialogue, invaluable results as the first present of the year,” Ri Son Gwon, North Korea’s chief negotiator said. WATCH: North Korea opens hotline to South over Pyeongchang games The International Olympic Committee (IOC) welcomed the news of the North’s planned participation ..

'Beauty and the Beast' and more Longmont-area events for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse presents its production of "Beauty and the Beast." (Garland Photography Courtesy photo) Today Beauty and the Beast — Belle is forced to stay in the castle of a terrifying Beast to save her father's life in the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse production of "Beauty and the Beast." The Beast, in reality an arrogant prince transformed by the spell of an enchantress, must learn how to love, and be loved. But his time is running out; 6 p.m., Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. Game Night in Niwot — Join the Niwot Bootstrap Brewing for game night every Thursday for a chance to win a free pint; 6 p.m., Bootstrap Brewing Company, 6778 N. 79th St., Niwot; free; bootstrapbrewing.com/calendar. Open Bluegrass Jam — A weekly open bluegrass jam that's very welcoming to those playing acoustic instruments, as well as fans who want to listen, takes place at Open Door Brewing Co. in the Prospect neighborhood; 6:30 p.m., Open Door Brewing ..

Saturday events include Kalu James show, Sierra Nevada tap takeover

Polyrhythmics, Kalu & the Electric Joint at the Mohawk indoor. The sprawling jams of Seattle groove collective Polyrhythmics will make you move, but hometown opener Kalu & the Electric Joint, the new project from Nigerian expat Kalu James, is also a big draw. The group’s latest release, ‘Time Undone,” simmers a slow burning dish of love and longing into a murky stew of muscular psychedelics, gut-bucket blues riffs and rootsy soul. $12-$15. Doors at 9 p.m. Saturday. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith “Bella and the Beast.” This Austin Symphony Orchestra concert features Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova. Known for her passionate and powerful performances, Hristova makes her Austin debut with Igor Stravinsky’s beastly “Violin Concerto in D Major.” The evening will open with Rossini’s “Overture to Semiramide” and include other works, such as the “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” by J.S. Bach. 8 p.m. Saturday. $19-$75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-476,..

Jan. 4: Thursdays@Newhall 2018 Kick-Off

The city of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Galpin Subaru, continues in January with free artistic events in Old Town Newhall. Popular events 10 by 10, Note by Note, an artist reception at The MAIN and the return of the ARTree Speaker Series line the calendar on Thursday nights. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows and concerts on Thursdays in Old Town Newhall. The schedule begins Jan. 4 at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street, when 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each and share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music at the monthly 10 by 10 show from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performances this month include music by The New Mexican and Abel Gallardo; storytelling with Brandon Burkhart and Mary Margaret-Martinez; magic with Liam Johnson; comedy by Chris Cope, Rachel McDowell and Ernie Stone; dance by Adam Kerbel and a screening of the short film “Yoga Pant Brawl,” written and dir..

Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid looking to expand programming, attract small businesses in 2018

A once embattled activities center/school continues to secure its identity as an artistic cornerstone in Euclid. But the Shore Cultural Centre’s growing influence reaches far beyond Northeast Ohio, last year attracting artistically diverse performers, including the Alash Ensemble from Tuva (located in Central Asia) and “The Voice” contestant Emily Keener. As Shore’s “renaissance” in the region grows with new programs and classes, some of the center’s annual staples have become seasonal community traditions. “We held many wonderful and well-received events this past year, including the Euclid Holiday Celebration and Lake Erie Folk Fest,” said Chris Cipriani, Shore’s director of programming and marketing. Advertisement “Our auditorium was home to much music and theater this past year, including a very popular Motown concert, The Singing Angels, our August Wilson Readers Theater Series, directed by Artistic Associate Terrence Spivey, the Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival, and Bea Parker and..

Colombia's 2017 in numbers

Colombia’s 2017 in numbers: At the end of what has been a transcendent year for Colombia, we take a look at some of the key events.320 The number of people who died in the Mocoa landslide. The landslide, in the Putumayan village of Mocoa, took place between March 31 and April 1, killing over 300 and wounding many more. The number of hectares of coca crops in Colombia in 2016, according to the UNODC annual report. The figure marks a 52% rise year on year from 2015 and is the highest figure in about 20 years. Related: Big stories in 2017: Strikes, scandals and natural disasters The number of Venezuelans now residing in Colombia (legally and illegally) according to Migración Colombia in October 2017. The number is likely so high because of the ongoing political, economic and social crisis in the neighbouring country. 67,000 Venezuelans have received a PEP, a special permit allowing them to stay and work in Colombia for two years. The number of flights cancelled by Avianca in one month of ..

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