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Marilyn Horne Museum Reaches Milestone

Less than twelve weeks after opening to the public, the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center has reached its first 1,000 visitors. While the majority of museum patrons are from the local region, visitors have come from as far away as British Columbia. The museum has been tracking attendance and collecting visitor data since mid-May. A dedicated website, was launched in June to help promote the museum and its programming. Those searching online for things to do in the region are finding the museum and coming to Bradford’s historic downtown district to visit. “We are thrilled with the interest in the museum,” said Matthew Hileman, the museum’s manager. “The museum is already fulfilling its mission by providing a quality educational experience to those living in the region while bringing much-needed tourism and interest to Bradford.” In addition to attendance, the museum is building its presence online with followers on social media outlets such as Twitter and Fa…

Actor John Heard Has Died

John Heard, the actor who portrayed Kevin McCallister's father in a pair of Home Alone films, has died at the age of 72. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Heard's death, Variety reports. TMZ adds that the actor was found dead in his Palo Alto, California hotel room, just days after Heard underwent minor back surgery, his rep said. Read the full story here: 72-w493618

Deep Thoughts From Melanie Benjamin

Now that you've got Melanie on your mind, did you know her new book "The Girls is the Picture" comes out in January? Check it out on Goodreads. The Girls in the Picture
by Melanie Benjamin (Goodreads Author)
4.04 · Rating Details · 24 Ratings · 13 Reviews An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female superstars: Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife. Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself both on and off the screen with her golden curls and lively spirit. Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm. Read more at Goodreads.

Additions to This Weekend's Music Calendar

Mashmellow Overcoat will be performing tonight (Friday) at The Corner Bar & Restaurant in Bradford. Mick Marshall's band Marshall Law has been added to the lineup for the Kids & Cancer Benefit Block Party Saturday on Mechanic Street. Their special guests will be members of Smokin' Section from Pittsburgh. Also at the block party, Jim Ronan will be joining the No Name Trio. The No Name Trio is performing from 3 to 7 p.m.; Marshall Law from 7 to 11 p.m. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Vapor will be performing at The Downbeat for its grand re-opening.

Sean Kirst: As film opens, new lessons in bond between Dunkirk, N.Y., and Dunkerque, France

by Sean Kirst, Buffalo News The plaque, a replica of a gift to the people of Dunkerque, France, hangs in the second floor corridor of Dunkirk City Hall, a couple of blocks from Lake Erie. It has been there for decades, a gesture to emphasize a bond of deep affection, and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas sees it as a daily reminder of civic purpose. "We need to remember," he said, "great things can happen here." The movie blockbuster of the summer, "Dunkirk," opens this weekend. It portrays the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from the French city, under dire threat from Nazi forces, in the early days of World War II. The film also resonates in the Chautauqua County city of Dunkirk, where an economically wounded Great Lakes community recalls how a collective effort to aid its staggered sister city, more than 70 years ago, gave it a moment of brilliant international attention. Read the full story here:…

Salvador Dalí’s Remains Exhumed for Paternity Test

by RACHEL ELBAUM In a case as eccentric as the man at the heart of it, the remains of the famed surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dalí were exhumed on Thursday night following a paternity claim by a tarot card reader. Dalí, who died in 1989 at the age of 84, is buried under the crystal dome of the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres in the north of Spain, around 90 miles outside of Barcelona. His tomb lies where the theater's stage used stand. Read the full story here:

NY Times Book Review:
A New Biography Looks at Sarah Vaughan, the Singer Known as Sassy

The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan
By Elaine M. Hayes
Illustrated. 419 pp. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99. For Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singing was a way to wallow in joy; Billie Holiday used it to confront her grief. And to Sarah Vaughan, it was a nirvana where everything was possible and nothing went wrong. Read the entire review here: York Times photo

Music & Theater This Weekend

Friday Pack your camp chair and bring your friends to Red House Beach for an evening of FREE live music. This is a family friendly event. For more information please call 716-354-9101 ext 236 Bradford Little Theatre's Kids Camp culminates with performances of "We Are Monsters" at Togi's Playhouse. Saturday The 20th annual Kids & Cancer Benefit Motorcycle Run ends with a block party on Mechanic Street featuring music from the No Name Trio. "We Are Monsters" at Togi's Playhouse Sunday Solid Rock Festival at the Bradford Township Community Club on Irving Lane from 1 to 9 p.m. featuring several Christian rock bands.

Let There Be Art

The McKean County Arts Council is holding its first-ever official, sponsored event. The organization is sponsoring the "Let There Be Art" show opening reception at the Landmark Cafe in Bradford from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 3. Three local artists -- Rick Minard, Greg Souchick and Ashley Wilson-Rew -- will be displaying their work. You can meet them as well as members of the newly formed arts council. The event is free and open to the public.

Twitter Teams Up with Royal Opera House on World Emoji Day

World Emoji Day on Monday 17 July 2017 marks the first time that the Royal Opera House has teamed up with a digital platform like Twitter to tell the stories of some of the world’s best-loved operas and ballets, engaging new audiences at giant scale for the first time. Throughout World Emoji Day, the Royal Opera House will share a series of tweets via its Twitter handle @RoyalOperaHouse, each one telling the story of a famous opera or ballet using only emojis. Twitter will support the Royal Opera House’s content, encouraging the initiative to trend. The Royal Opera House will support with additional activity on Instagram and Facebook throughout the day. The public will have the chance to win a pair of tickets if they identify any one opera or ballet told as emojis in any one of the tweets. With a new tweet for a new ballet or opera every 30 minutes throughout the day, there will be many opportunities to enter. Jeremy Paul, Head of Marketing Communications, Audiences and…

Writing Workshop Retreat @ Olmsted Manor

Maureen Ryan Griffin will take you on an exploration of the benefits that writing can provide—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Our time together will be ideal for beginners as well as for seasoned writers as we explore the renewal and deepening of our relationship with God, self, others, and the world. 814-945-6512
17 East Main Street, Ludlow, PA 16333

A Walking Tour Through Bradford’s National Historic District

The Allegheny National Forest Visitor’s Bureau has designed an exciting 18- page brochure- A Walking Tour of Bradford's National Historic District. The brochure features architectural and historical highlights of 25 buildings within Bradford's National Historic District with a detailed, numbered map of building locations. The Bradford Walking Tour Brochure encourages visitors to “look up” to experience a sampling of Bradford's beautiful architecture and rich history. As the brochure's beginning text describes, "If you listen carefully, you might be able to hear the steady hammering of nails on a makeshift mercantile, an investor plunking down a gold bar at the Option House as he throws back a shot of whiskey, and oil producers passing out cigars to celebrate a successful deal." Each building featured includes a photo and a short history. One of the buildings highlighted on the walking tour is 9 Kennedy Street home of Graham’s Florist & Gifts. This b…

Professor Examines Impact of Illustrations on Colonial Literature

Dr. Megan Walsh’s newest book takes a look at literature in Colonial America — and the focus isn’t just on words. In “The Portrait and the Book: Illustration and Literary Culture in Early America” (University of Iowa Press), the St. Bonaventure University English professor argues that colonial-era author portraits shaped readers’ conceptions of American literature. In the 19th century, new image-making methods like steel engraving and lithography caused a surge in the publication of illustrated books in the United States. Yet even before the widespread use of these technologies, Walsh says early Americans had already established the illustrated book format as central to the nation’s literary culture. Through an examination of readers’ portrait-collecting habits, writers’ employment of ekphrasis (a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art), printers’ efforts to secure American-made illustrations for periodicals, and engravers’ reproductions of Brit…

Little Monsters Invading Bradford Little Theatre

Little monsters are invading Bradford Little Theatre (BLT) when the cast of 24 campers take the stage at the conclusion of the second annual kid’s camp later this month. Directors Mandi Droney and Hannah Leposa are thrilled to be working with the talented group of children and teens from the area. “Camp last summer was such an enriching experience. I am thrilled to be back for a second year. Seeing the camper numbers grow by almost ten just shows us that we are doing something not only educational, but enjoyable,” says returning camp director, Leposa. The campers are working each day to put together the one act musical, “We Are Monsters.” The show takes place deep in a cave where monster emcees, Targoyle and Fargoyle, are hosting a monster cabaret filled with werewolves, vampires, and an ooze monster. Targoyle and Fargoyle are played by Hayden Yanik, 11, and Lillian South, 8, respectively. Yanik is a first year camper while this is South’s second year. The ooze monster, Oozy …

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Bestselling Author Coming to Pitt-Bradford

Sarah Dessen, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels for teens, will speak April 11 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Dessen will share stories about writing and her books, read, and sign books at 7 p.m. in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel. The program is free and open to the public. The Pitt-Bradford hospitality management program will provide refreshments. A community forum will be held at 5 p.m. in the chapel to discuss how young adult novels can spark conversations about adolescent development and common concerns faced by teenagers. The interactive discussion, “Talking about the World of Teenagers Using Novels They Read,” will be led by Dr. Rebecca McHugh, assistant professor of psychology. Teens, parents, teachers and anyone else interested may attend. McHugh will be joined by Mary Anne Polucci-Sherman, a psychologist at Bradford Regional Medical Center, and Suzy Meyer-Page, a counselor at Deerfield Behavioral Health. Earlier this year,…

Seneca Building Renamed Marilyn Horne Hall

As a tribute to the renowned opera star and Bradford native, Marilyn Horne, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford changed the name of its six-story downtown property from the Seneca Building to Marilyn Horne Hall. The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees approved the name change Friday in Pittsburgh. In May Pitt-Bradford will open a 3,400 square-foot museum in the hall dedicated to Horne, who donated her archives to the University of Pittsburgh. “Ms. Horne is beside herself with joy and excitement that a building in the place of her birth is being named in her honor,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “She is truly humbled by the honor and looks forward to joining us on May 6 for the dedication and opening of the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center in Marilyn Horne Hall.” Horne, who is Bradford’s most famous native daughter, was born in 1934. Her father, Bentz Horne, encouraged her to pursue her musical dreams. She moved with her family to L…

Author to Sign Books Saturday in RC

Brian Toolan, Class of 1972, will be on campus Saturday to sign copies of his book “Snubbed,” the season-long chronicle of St. Bonaventure’s omission from the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Toolan will be signing copies of his book from 1 to 4 p.m. outside the SBU Bookstore. The Bonnies host Duquesne at 4 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena that day. Friday morning, Toolan will speak to the students who staff TAPinto Greater Olean as part of Anne and Richard Lee’s Journalists’ Workshop class. Friday. He also will be doing a podcast about his book with one of the Journalists’ Workshop students after the class. Toolan had a 43-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor, including as senior vice president and editor of the Hartford Courant when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. “Snubbed: A Basketball Season of Triumph, Crisis and Despair at St. Bonaventure University,” looks back at an Atlantic 10 championship year for the third-smallest college in NCAA Division I…

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Ceramics exhibit opens Feb. 3 at Pitt-Bradford

Ceramicist Chanda Zea will exhibit modern sculptural work at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Feb. 3 through March 3. An opening for the exhibit, “pause.repeat,” will be held at noon, Feb. 3 in the KOA Speer Electronics Gallery of Blaisdell Hall. The opening is free and open to the public. The exhibition will open with an introduction to the artwork by Zea, after which refreshments will be served. Zea takes inspiration from everyday objects for her artwork, assembling and re-assembling them into different forms, combining various pieces into series of objects that stand alone or interact with each other. Originally from Western New York, Zea is currently a visiting assistant professor of ceramics at Indiana University Southeast, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. For more information on Chanda Zea and her artwork, visit Hours of the KOA Art Gallery are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. …

Art in the Wilds Call for Artists

The Eleventh Annual Art in the Wilds is returning to Kane, PA this summer and fine artists and fine craftsmen are invited to submit an application to the show!  This outdoor, juried fine artsevent will be held on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 from 10 AM to 5 PM each day in beautifully wooded Evergreen Park right in the center of town! 
Kane is a small town in northwestern PA that is surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest.  It is part of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania and PA Route 6 Artisan Trails and is a beautiful drive from any direction.
The 2016 show was a great success, attracting over 6,000 visitors who purchased more than 1,300 separate original art pieces. We expect to attract over 6,500 visitors this year and plan to keep our number of artists below 40. 
Funding is received from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Kane Community Development Foundation, along with corporate and individual sponsorships such as the Kane Community Hospital, an Affiliat…