After years of planning and construction, the Winter Olympics and the World Cup are generally regarded as the marquee sporting events of 2018. But there is an abundance of events throughout the year for sports enthusiasts around the globe, from the British-centric Commonwealth Games to the rough-and-tumble Rugby World Cup Sevens to the refined World Equestrian Games.
Super Bowl LII, or 52, will be played on Feb. 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city, which previously hosted the Super Bowl in 1992, will offer a range of fan-friendly events over the course of the 10 days leading to the game. The singer Justin Timberlake will headline the halftime show.
Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be the site of the Winter Games from Feb. 9 to 25. Spectators can take in skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding among the 102 events, a record number for a Winter Olympics. Curling, ice hockey, figure skating and speed-skating competitions will be held in the nearby city of Gangneun..
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..
Declared the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2018 by the International Organization of Turkic Culture, Kastamonu is one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia and presents historical, cultural and natural beautyPreparations for year-long events in Kastamonu province, which has been declared the 2018 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World by the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY), are ongoing.
After the declaration at the 35th Term Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY, which took place on Dec. 5, 2017, in Turkistan, it was decided that the city would host the next meeting.
Many cultural and artistic events will be organized in the city, which has prominent and historical value, all year round.
Having a 7,000-year history, Kastamonu is one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia. It was captured by Turkish Emir Karatekin Pasha in 1084 and added to the Ottoman lands in the period of Mehmed II, known as Mehmed the Conqueror. Afterward, the city acquired continued..
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..
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..
Items for the Arts Plus calendar need to be submitted 10 days prior to publication. Send information to Sally McKee at email@example.com or by mail to the Journal Star, 1 News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643.
"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.
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 ..
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse presents its production of "Beauty and the Beast." (Garland Photography Courtesy photo)
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 ..
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,..
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.
“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..
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