LONDON (AP) — Vincent Van Gogh left behind just one painting of a British scene, but a new exhibition shows that London was a big influence on the Dutch artist.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento dead at 91
NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento, who wrote musical works inspired by the lives and literature of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Casanova, Elizabeth Barrett...
Today in History for February 7th
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Thursday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2019. There are 327 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba.
On this date:
In 1795, the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with states' sovereign immunity, was ratified.
In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England.
Child carolers spread holiday spirit throughout town
LUNENBURG, Mass. (AP) — When was the last time you ever saw a Christmas caroler?
The image of a huddled troop of singers going door-to-door to spread holiday cheer has become an everlasting hallmark of the holiday season, yet you hardly ever spot any of these mobile minstrels outside of Christmas cards or TV specials.
Such had been the case for the streets of Lunenburg until one determined 7-year-old decided caroling is a tradition well worth embracing.
Today in History for December 19th
Toni Braxton is in the holiday spirit with Lifetime movie
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Braxton has been nominated for Grammys again for her latest album, but these days the singer is also focusing on acting — and flexing her producing muscles.
"I find that I really love everything about film and film-making," the multiplatinum-singer said in a recent interview. "I just really love movies, whether TV or anything that's dealing with film."
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Publisher mixing recipes with classic novels
NEW YORK (AP) — Two beloved novels are coming this fall in special culinary editions, as curated by Martha Stewart, among others.
Dear Annie: The other day, I was working from a cafe close to my house. As I sat there for a few hours, I saw a number of men spitting on the sidewalk as they passed by. Men in dirty clothes, men in fancy suits, young men, old men -- it seems to be a trait shared by all types of men. Fond as I am of finding and cultivating common connections between humans, I find this habit disgusting. Why is it that men choose to spit in public so often? Am I the only one who notices this? And what should I do if I see another drooling delinquent? -- Wondering Woman
Today in History for February 7th
Stir up a Victorian Christmas Pudding, Pittsburgh style
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of the traditional highlights of an English Christmas is the plum pudding served at the end of the meal - dense, rich, and dripping with rum butter or other boozey glaze.
It used to be a standard in Pittsburgh as well, if the recipes in the old cookbooks in the Heinz History Center archives are any indication, and it merits a return.
"Soulful Sounds of Christmas"
Holiday story written by Chika Kaba Ma'atunde. Presented by Ensemble Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; $36-$50; 3535 Main; 713-520-0055, ensemblehouston.org.
The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com
Audible.com best-sellers for week ending December 22:
1. Artemis by Andy Weir, narrated by Rosario Dawson (Audible Studios)
2. Gather 'Round the Sound by Paulo Coelho,Yvonne Morison, and Charles Dickens, narrated by a full cast (Audible Studios)
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton (Random House Audio)
4. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, narrated by the author (Hachette Audio)
5. Origin by Dan Brown, narrated by Paul Michael (Random House Audio)
Who better to ask about Christmas than Scrooge?
1. "A Christmas Carol" at Meadow Brook Theatre
This holiday classic has been a local stage tradition for the past 36 years. The Charles Dickens story was adapted for stage by Charles Nolte. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $22 and up. 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester. (248) 377-3300.
It is only a slight exaggeration to say that Charles Dickens invented Christmas. Prior to his classic 1843 tale "A Christmas Carol," the holiday had been neglected and for the most part forgotten.
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Who among us is not fond of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol?” Mama. Because of the ghosts. Mama never liked the story. I enjoyed it because of the redemption of Scrooge.
"Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight"
Pop-music-influenced holiday musical. Presented by Theatre Under The Stars. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $30-$108; Hobby Center, 800 Bagby; 713-558-8887, tuts.com.
Jesters Dinner Theatre’s Scott Moore Performing ‘Scrooge’ Title Character for 30th Year
Scott Moore first performed as the title character in "Scrooge: Bah Humbug!" in 1987 at the Dickens Opera House in Longmont.
TV picks for Dec. 20: ‘America’s Badlands,’ ‘The Indian Detective,’ ‘Scrooged’
Start treating us good
Many Minnesotans have made the road trip to Americas Badlands, but even frequent visitors will learn a few things in this documentary that provides a 75-million-year history lesson, as well as some footage of wildlife you probably didnt catch from your car window.
Today in History for December 19th
SIOUX CITY | As a young girl, Adrienne Jansen memorized each line of Clement C. Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas," because she enjoyed the poem so much.
"It was something that my grandmother would read every year," she remembered. "I still think of my grandmother whenever I hear the poem."
Ballet Fantastique’s “An American Christmas Carol” once again will grace the Soreng Theater stage of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
RICK BROWN: Find the pardon for your Christmas past
For many, Christmas is a time when the past is conjured up again. It was for Charles Dickens. He was struggling in his writing career in 1843. His last couple of books had not sold well. His finances were tight. And his past revisited him.
Christmas in Ohio: Nutcrackers, Victorian village, Nativity
Six-foot-tall nutcrackers, a life-size Nativity display and a Dickens Victorian Village: These are some of the ways Ohio says "Merry Christmas!"
“A Christmas Carol” especially designed for children will be presented at the Westport Country Playhouse at two performances on Sunday, Dec. 17.
Great expectations justified for Dickens on film and TV
Family elements draws performers, audience members to ‘Traditions of Christmas’
Rick Taylor is no stranger to “Traditions of Christmas.”
In the past three seasons, he and his wife played Santa and Mrs. Claus, and he has performed during the “Stomp” segment and as a member of the adult chorus during the Charles Dickens scene.
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Adam Naylor, Boston University
FITCHBURG -- Hayrides, roasted chestnuts and Charles Dickens characters all sound like set pieces from a time gone by, but this weekend's downtown holiday event, "Memories of Main Street" is looking to the future, according to organizer Joel Kaddy.
He had just finished speaking to the members of the Manchester Athenaeum. He had witnessed the harsh conditions of the manufacturing workers in their city. They were experiencing a 15-20 percent unemployment rate. He had visited schools where children were illiterate, filthy and dressed in rags. 57 percent of children born to working class children in Manchester died before they reached the age of five.
Clocktower Theater Company Returns With ‘Christmas Carol,’ Sets 2018 Season
A nascent theatrical troupe brings Ebenezer Scrooge, his ghostly companions and a timeless Christmas message back to the Scranton stage this weekend.
Hale Centre Theatre’s ‘A Chrismas Carol’ is a beautiful tradition 33 years in the making
I recently celebrated the completion of my 29th trip around the sun with an evening at the Hale Centre Theatre’s 33rd annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”
MANISTEE — One of the world’s most beloved stories of Christmas hope, redemption and love will take center stage in Manistee this weekend.
Actor tours country playing every one of 43 characters in ‘A Christmas Carol’
CULPEPER, Va. - One man portrays every one of the characters – all 43 of them – in “A Christmas Carol,” which he has performed in venues nationwide about 70 times.
Rome High drama students are putting a twist on Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic by injecting a fairy-tale touch into each role, especially with the Big Bad Wolf playing as the formidable Ebenezer Scrooge.
Christmas might be "the most wonderful time of the year" for many but not for Bob Cratchit's Victorian family in a realistic version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" that plays through Dec. 17 at Clear Creek Community Theatre.
Want a night out with some fine actors, inspired dancers or enlightening music? This guide gets you there.
'The Man Who Invented Christmas' — New
Daily Journal movie reviewer Pam Powell says 4 out of 4 stars.
Need, generosity rise during holidays, Westmoreland County nonprofits report
Although Norman Rockwell's painting "Freedom from Want" shows a richly laden Thanksgiving table, the reality for many people is closer to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
Every year it feels like we go straight from Halloween to Christmas without even a thought for the glorious holiday we call Thanksgiving. I have often wondered if Thanksgiving would be more of a real holiday — instead of a dinner, parade and football game day — if we decorated and listened to music beforehand. So, in the spirit of turning Thanksgiving into a real holiday instead of a glorified reason for stretchy pants, here is a genuine, honest-to-goodness, awesome list of Thanksgiving “carols,” if you will.
Dickens comes alive in ‘Man Who Invented Christmas’
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is an expected part of the Christmas season, but did you ever wonder about why he wrote it? What was his inspiration and motivation? How did he come up with these characters?
Christopher Plummer has this to say about retirement _ never
NEW YORK (AP) — At 87, Christopher Plummer isn't just working — he's busy.
He has five movies scheduled for release, including "A Christmas Carol" origin story called "The Man Who Invented Christmas." And he plans to work until the very end, literally.
"I love my work. I love what I do. And I'm so sorry for a majority of people who do not like their jobs, and can't wait to retire, which of course, is death. I'll never retire. I hope to drop dead onstage. That's what I really want to do."
The latest animated Pixar release follows the adventures of Miguel, a singer who finds himself in the mysterious Land of the Dead. Opened Wednesday.
Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas,' which tells of 'A Christmas Carol's' creation