Great Ways to Keep Your Kids Interested in Reading ...

I had the pleasure of chatting with authors Preston Rice and TK Bethea (separately) recently. You can hear the interviews here: Preston, and his brother Brock, have written these adventure stories to help promote good behavior and outdoor play for young children. The latest is "Little Forces and the Haunted House," just in time for Halloween. TK Bethea has written about a single dad and his son who adopt a dog, Doc Holliday, who overhears a conversation that makes him think the father and son don't want him, so he sets off to find his birth parents. You can also go to for lots of very cool surprises.

Shakespeare's 'Othello' at St. Bonaventure

The St. Bonaventure University Department of Visual and Performing Arts will host the National Players production of Shakespeare’s “Othello” on Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The production is part of the department’s Martine Performing Arts Series, designed to bring a broader variety of music, theater and dance to the university community and selected by the faculty-artists of SBU’s music and theater programs. “Othello” is the story of a celebrated black general returning home from war and the hatred he encounters because of his race. His most trusted aide, Iago, devises a plot to ruin him. Soon, Othello and his loving wife, Desdemona, are caught in a terrifying trap of lies and murder. In the National Players’ production, directed by the company’s artistic director Jason King Jones, “Othello” is given a contemporary design. Shakespeare’s brilliant words combine with the resonance of identity and racial tension to transform “Othello” i…

Indie Film Series Starts Sept. 18

The Main Street Movie House has announced its fall Independent Film Series, and something new is being added to it this year. The Movie House is partnering with restaurants Beefeater's and A Slice of the 80s for a couple of special promotions. After each film Beefeater's will offer wine tastings, and A Slice of the 80s will offer half price whole pizzas Films will be shown every Monday evening at 5:30. Tickets are on sale for $7 each or a Season Pass can be purchased for $63 and includes a free medium popcorn for each show.

Kids Summer Art Series

Yes, this is over. But I loved this idea so much -- and the kids, too -- I wanted to keep it here for posterity. Kids getting turned on by the arts -- any art -- is one of my favorite things. Pictured, teacher Michelle Chapman points out elements of the mural in Old City Hall painted by former University of Pittsburgh at Bradford art professor Kong Ho. Listen to the kids (& Michelle) on LiveLine here.

Net Neutrality's Impact on the Arts

Artists who sell their art on line, and/or teach. People who watch musical performances online. Authors who offer sample chapters. These people, and so many more, would feel the impact. Listen to a Penn State professor talk about net neutrality here.

We're Getting There (with Linda Fairstein & Ace Atkins

FINALLY: The interviews are finally uploaded! You can listen here. UPDATE: Spoke too soon on that. No one is more frustrated than I am. Believe me. (See what I did there?) We've been having problems with our website all summer and I have been able to upload interviews sporadically at best. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. I was able to upload the show featuring Linda Fairstein and Ace Atkins, but the page it's on -- -- won't load. Baby steps, I suppose. Baby steps. Other interviews coming up include T. Jefferson Parker, Katherine Nouri Hughes, Augustus Rose. Stay tuned!

Flickerwood Wins Medals in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – The second annual “Drink Outside the Grape” competition took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 9, resulting in 95 medals for fruit wines, meads, ciders & fruit brandies. Drink Outside the Grape is a truly International Competition, with entries from the U.S., Canada, Estonia, & India. “Beverages in these categories are often misunderstood or not given the same respect as is given to traditional table wines,” explains Richard Leahy, Competition Chair & Conference Manager of the Eastern Winery Exposition. “This competition gives fruit wine, mead, cider, & fruit brandies a place where they can be judged fairly without being compared to traditional graped-based table wines. The growth in this competition shows that producers of these beverages want to get the word out about the good products they are making.” FLICKERWOOD WINE CELLARS of Kane, PA won medals with all 6 of their entries: The Competition was judged by industry professiona…

Music Legend Glen Campbell Has Died

(From CNN) Glen Campbell, the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades, has died following a battle with Alzheimer's disease, his family announced on Facebook. He was 81. Campbell is best remembered for a string of country-inflected hits that ran from the mid-'60s to the late '80s: "Gentle on My Mind," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Southern Nights" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" among them. They fit in neatly on both pop and country radio, with two of them -- "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights" -- hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was also famous for "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," a TV variety show that ran from 1969 to 1972. In 2011, he announced he had Alzheimer's. Despite the diagnosis, he…