Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for July, 2009

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Crosby, Stills, and Nash will perform on August 9. Photo from boston.com.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash will perform on August 9. Photo from boston.com.

One of Pennsylvania’s largest summer music festivals opens its doors to tons of waiting fans today, offering three special performances by The Commodores, Martin Sexton, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Musikfest has been happening in downtown Bethlehem for the past twenty five years now. It has brought many large acts from all across the country to the smallish town in Pennsylvania.

This year, the festival will feature 300 performers, including 10 nightly headlining shows. The concerts will take place on fourteen different stages, eleven of which are free. (Free is good.)

Here’s a quick run through of some of the headliners. You can find information on the rest of the bands performing on the lineup website. I would love to list them all for you, but then this post would never end.

  • The Commodores
  • Chris Isaak/The Wallflowers
  • Yes with special guest Asia
  • David Cook with Green River Ordinance
  • Third Eye Blind with Matt Nathanson
  • The B-52s/Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Puddle of Mudd with special guest Stasis
  • Pat Benetar & Blondie with The Donnas
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers with Jonny Lang
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash

You can see that the festival offers something for everyone. The musical tastes being provided are certainly eclectic to say the least. Each headliner (or two) will be performing one of the nine nights the festival runs.

It should be noted that the headliners cost some money. You can find tickets for each show here. But if you don’t feel like spending the money, there are still tons of free performers spread out all over Bethlehem. It might be quite nice to just walk around and take in the sights and sounds. There are also craft, art, and food vendors all over the place, too.

The whole town pretty much turns into one big music celebration. I recommend you join in the fun!

Get the low down at Musikfest.org.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

The announcement of two of the most creative minds in entertainment coming together has been made. It has just been released that director Wes Anderson has created a full length feature movie out of Roald Dahl’s book, Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of Roald Dahl's great tales. Photo from theplayerstheatre.org.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of Roald Dahl's great tales. Photo from theplayerstheatre.org.

It should first be said that Roald Dahl is by far one of the greatest children’s fiction writers of our time. His books include titles such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Danny the Champion of the World, and my personal favorite, The BFG. (That’s Big Friendly Giant.)

Never have I ever stumbled across a children’s book that has made me laugh out loud so much as his. His characters are memorable, quirky, and always a little different. They most usually are somewhat grotesque, too.

Now, let’s have a look at Wes Anderson. He is the mastermind behind such movies as The Royal Tenebaums, The Life Aquatic, Rushmore, and The Darjeeling Limited. Like Roald Dahl, his movies have a similar strange quality to them. So, the fact that he has decided to recreate one of Dahl’s books certainly makes sense.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a stop motion animation spectacular. The story is a tale of common environmental affairs. Mr. Fox is desperate to try to feed his family when a group of human farmers comes in and raids their territory. With the help of other animals living in their area, they try to ward off their human predators.

The film features well-known celebrities as the voices of the characters, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Wes Anderson movie regulars Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzmann, and Owen Wilson.

The movie will be the opening premiere at the London Film Festival on October 14. You can watch a trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Mr. Fox at Yahoo! Movies.

Share

Read Full Post »

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I would like to pause for a brief second today to mention Dale Chihuly, a glass blowing artist who has won tons of awards for his projects.

It seems as of late that I have been noticing his art more often. I have seen it in world famous casinos, in photos on the news, and even in the strangest of places — a desert botanical garden.

Although Chihuly’s work takes on very much of the same type of shape and form, all of it is unique in its own way. Take, for example, this statue I came across in Arizona:

Chihuly's main sculpture in the Desert Botanical Garden. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Chihuly's main sculpture in the Desert Botanical Garden. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Each individual piece must have taken quite some time to create. The sculpture stands about eight feet tall. But here’s my question — how does Chihuly get everything to stay together as one sculpture? Does he use some sort of strong adhesive or is all the glass blown like that from the beginning?

Either way, the colors in this statue are amazing. The yellows and oranges make for a fun, happy feeling. And the fact that it is placed right in the front of Phoenix, Arizona’s Desert Botanical Garden makes it really stand out. (The desert could use a little color anyway!)

Dale Chihuly doesn’t just stick to glass blowing, however. He also indulges in drawings, installations, and videos. Some of the most interesting videos on his website are of him creating his works. You can view them all here.

All in all, I’m thinking that we will be seeing more of this artist in the future. Already his work has gained international status. He has had work displayed in many countries, including Italy and Russia.

Also, people have been going gaga over his stuff. At a recent exhibition of his work, I took a stroll over to the “for sale” items. Looking at the price tags on some of the smallest sculptures was worthy of injury. But for the monetarily endowed art lovers out there, I suppose it’s a small price to pay for good art.

I will leave you of a closeup of a similar Chihuly scuplture that was put on display at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut last year. The details in each piece of glass are incredible. But, hey…see for yourself.

This is what one of Chihuly's sculptures looks like up close. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

This is what one of Chihuly's sculptures looks like up close. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Share

Read Full Post »

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

After endless amounts of talk and speculation, the jam band Phish has finally decided on a location for their fall three day music festival, called Festival 8. It will happen during Halloween, on October 30 through November 1, and will surely give Phish fans something to talk about.

Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

The location, you ask? The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The venue is beautiful, judging from the photos on its website. Fans will be surrounded in a tropical, lush paradise overlooking the gorgeous Santa Rosa mountains.

It was not easy to decipher exactly where the band would choose to play their festival.  Leading up to the big announcement, fans checked their site daily. They dragged fans on a mysterious adventure through their website to find out. On a map of the United States, they took away a different state each day until, finally, California was the last man standing.

East coast Phish fans might be really bummed (I know I was) to find out that the band will play on the other side of the country. It’s not always easy for some people to travel that far to see good music. However, Phish played the least amount of shows on the west coast in their comeback tour. Perhaps this is their way of evening things out a little.

The band will play eight sets over the course of the three days. To purchase tickets and read up about the festival, visit the Festival 8 website.

Read Full Post »

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Today I would like to spend some time talking about one of my favorite authors — Bill Bryson. He is the king of hilarious, witty travel writing that always holds your attention, whether you want to go to his travel spot or not.

This book serves as a great little getaway to Australia without actually going!

This book serves as a great little getaway to Australia without actually going!

Recently, I have been reading In a Sunburned Country, an older novel (written in 2000) but still lovely to wrap your thoughts around. In this story, Bryson sets loose on the sunny, unbearably hot continent of Australia, tackling its dangerous animals, friendly people, and of course, its pubs.

The great thing about this book is that it is a mixture of facts and pleasurable storytelling. All of it is nonfiction, but the way in which Bryson writes it really makes it come alive. He puts himself in the action and then relates facts about which part of Australia he is in. And the factoid parts never get boring — he often throws in his own little witticisms on the subjects, which are most always very funny.

Perhaps some of my favorite parts in this book occur when the travel writer finds himself at odds with one of Australia’s deadly creatures. There are plenty of them! Right from the beginning of the book, he is swimming in Portuguese man-o-war infested waters. He also purchases various books with great subjects like crocodile encounters and killer creatures to read on his trip.

At the end of each day, you can usually count on Bryson retiring in some small pub, observing the Australians around him with great interest. Some of the people he meets during his travels are quite entertaining characters, to say the least.

The storytelling done here is most pleasant because Bryson does it with such ease. You really feel like you’re getting a good look (even though it’s only an overview) of the entire continent. The same can be said for his other books. There is definitely no one else out there quite like Bill Bryson.

Where will he take us next?

Read Full Post »

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Ernest Hemingway, one of the great classic writers of our time, was known for living in the Florida Keys. Many of his books take on a tropical sunshine setting as a kind of great homage to his home.

This past week, the wonderful sunny folks living in Key West had their turn to pay homage to the famous writer. They celebrated their 29th annual Hemingway Days festivities from July 21-26. Today was the last day of the activities.

Ernest Hemingway look-a-likes running of the bulls outside Sloppy Joe's Bar. Photo from Reuters.

Ernest Hemingway look-a-likes celebrate the running of the bulls outside Sloppy Joe's Bar. Photo from Reuters.

Hemingway Days included so many fun events, including the “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, a Key West Marlin Tournament, and a crazy “Running of the Bulls,” held by Sloppy Joe’s Bar. There were many more activites on top of all that — you can read a list of everything at the schedule of events website.

Watch a video of last year’s look-alike contest here.

Many of the events were held at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the most famous tribute restaurant and bar to Hemingway himself. In fact, their logo is a picture of the great American writer. They even had a Hemingway arm wrestling tournament today at noon. What fun!

Another interesting thing about Key West is that it has made Ernest Hemingway’s former home into a museum dedicated to his life and works. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum provides guided tours to vacationers to the area. Of course, the tours were a big part of the Hemingway Days activities, as well.

A cool little tidbit about the property is that it is now home to over sixty cats, half of which are polydactyl, which means they have extra toes. According to the museum website, Ernest Hemingway was given a six-toed cat by a ship’s captain and some of the cats who live on the museum grounds are descendants of that original cat.

Perhaps this event will spark your interest next July for the 30th annual Hemingway Days events and activities. Really, what other writers can you think of that inspire such festivities?

Read Full Post »

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Looking for something interesting to do this Labor day weekend? Are you an avid lover of jam bands and camping outdoors in a festival setting? Well, I’ve got your weekend planned out already. Moe.Down is coming to the Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, NY and will provide you with every festival desire you could ask for.

Here is a shot of the whole festival taken last year. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Here is a shot of the whole festival taken last year. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Moe.Down has been happening in the ski area for the past nine years now. It’s a great location for a fest — the ski slopes provide quite a large hill for fans to spread out on, giving everyone a great view of the stage, which is set up at the bottom of the slopes. This year will be the festival’s 10th year.

Music will happen from Friday through Sunday. (That’s September 4-6.) That gives fans three days of music to enjoy. And of course, three days of camping to enjoy, too. Camping is arguably one of the things that makes the whole experience come together. There’s nothing like dancing all day and then cozying up in your sleeping bag at night!

The Lineup:

  • moe.
  • Cake
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Method Man and Redman
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Matthew Sweet
  • Sam Bush
  • The New Mastersounds
  • Ominous Seapods
  • The Heavy Pets
  • Okemah
  • The Nate Wilson Group
  • Family Groove Company
  • Lynch
  • My Dear Disco
  • The London Souls

I am psyched for this festival. It might be one of the bigger festies for the reset of this summer. The only thing I question is — Method Man and Redman? What are these guys doing at a hippie fest? I suppose it could be interesting. (I’ll probably still go see them.)

If you’re wondering where the name of this festival came from, it’s moe.! The band founded the fest to help spread happy vibes and music. The cool thing about that is that they will be playing multiple sets all throughout the weekend.

If you want to purchase tickets for this event, visit the ticketing website.

Get ready to camp, enjoy music, and dance your ass off! Gimme some moe.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »