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Students Eye Current Events for Artistic Inspiration

Seventh grade student Pia Stewart points out art to mother Leigh and brother Toby, a fourth graderIPSWICH — It’s art, but always topical. Last year, the musical Hamilton dominated headlines and was the inspiration behind much of the artwork at the middle school’s winter art show. This year, #MeToo and women in the workplace fed into the class and discussions about why women are underrepresented in history, said art teacher Virginia Eaton. Because the class encourages cross-disciplinary work, students draw on history, current events, and Spanish (which they start in middle school). The end result is art that encourages critical thinking. This year, Eaton said some students picked a woman foremost in her field “who spoke to them.” Drawing on that pioneer’s work, the students set about making art. Stephanie Kwolek, for example, invented the bullet-proof vest and inspired an art vest in return. Ada Lovelace invented computer programming in the mid-1800s — long before computers as we know t..

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..

Where to Watch Sports in 2018

Advertisement 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..

Kastamonu, 2018 cultural capital of Turkic world

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..

Hyderabad Literary Festival from January 26

Even as arrangements are underway for the international kite and sweet festivals coinciding with Makara Sankranti, the city is set to host another major event, Hyderabad Literary Festival, representing the cultural and artistic ethos as well as the vibrant culture of Cyberabad. The three-day multidisciplinary and multilingual event, starting on January 26, will feature participation of about 150 speakers — writers, artistes, scholars, film makers, journalists and publishers — representing a wide range of fields and it is expected to attract over 12,000 audience from across the country. Being organised by the Hyderabad Literary Trust, a group of people from diverse fields, the eighth edition will have Spain as the guest nation and Kannada as the language in focus. Showcasing Hyderabad Jnanpeeth awardee Chandrasekhara Kambara, film director Girish Kasaravalli, Ranga Sankara founder Arundhati Nag and other prominent Kannada personalities would be participating in the discussions at the ev..

Metro East news and events for the week of Jan. 10

MLK celebration In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Espenschied Chapel, 317 N. County Road, in Mascoutah, will host Chris Vallillo’s "Oh Freedom!" at 2 p.m. Jan. 14. Vallillo is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a natural affinity for American roots music. A master of bottleneck slide guitar, he weaves songs and theatrical narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of history. This event includes multi-instrumental performances and narration of pivotal songs that inspired and sustained our nation’s Civil Rights Movement and resonate with audiences today. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at Bee Hollow Market, 217 E. Main, in Mascoutah, and online at Tickets are $25 at the door. Students can get free admission when accompanied by an adult with a ticket. For more information on the program, tickets or the chapel, visit, call 618-566-7425 or e-mail PSOP Travel program If you’ve ..

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 ..

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..

Concert, and more, for children

DUBAI: Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children (AJCCC) introduces its first children musical group comprising 11 children, aged between 7 and 15. The group is set to perform its own composed musical tracks, naming the concert “Mood”. ‘Mood Music Concert,’ held on Jan.13, is going to be the main event in the AJCCC’s Agenda of 2018, which was announced at a press conference held on Jan.7, at Al Jalila Centre on Al Wasl road, Dubai. Speaking at the press conference, Tala Totnjee, Head of Music Department at the centre, mentioned, “After two months of practice and exercise, the 11 talented kids have composed their own music track. Thus, ‘Mood Music Concert’ will be including 11 music tracks from various countries of the kids’ nationalities, including: Cuba, Korea, Turkey and other Arab countries of the MENA.” She added that the award-winning singer of ‘Arabs Got Talent’ Eman Al Beasha will be participating in the music concert along with the kids. The audience will undergo a mesmerising exp..

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 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..

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