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July 30, 2014

Entertainment

Artists in Action: A touch o’ Irish music

The Emerald Isle beckoned a northeast Alabama couple to explore its heritage last month. Now, on occasion, these musicians plan to perform some Irish music.

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Saturday 07/19/2014
For local bands, metal is much more than crushing guitars
Posted: July 19, 2014

Anniston isn’t a heavy metal town.

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Randy Awards honor this year’s best
Posted: July 19, 2014

Randy Hall would be proud.

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Sunday 07/13/2014
Devoted community flocks to bluegrass event
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

Saturday's show started off as just a anniversary event for the Alexandria band, but blossomed into a festival when word got out about the Calhoun County concert.

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Saturday 07/12/2014
Anniston library to host fire-breathing performance
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:41 am

Jimmy Pyro will eat, breath and dance with fire in a family-friendly spectacle Thursday at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County.

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A new mosaic, and a like-new church organ
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:40 am

As summer plans for the arts continue, business as usual is better than usual.

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Monday 07/07/2014
HOT BLAST: Baseball team celebrates 'Seinfeld' (Not that there's anything wrong with that)
Posted: July 07, 2014

This is an entertainment story.

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Sunday 07/06/2014
There’s a bluegrass resurgence going on, and it’s coming to Alexandria
Posted: July 06, 2014

On Saturday, local bluegrass band Valley Road is kicking off the first Valley Road Community Bluegrass Festival in Alexandria.

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Saturday 07/05/2014
3 entertaining reasons to summer in Calhoun County
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 11:47 am

No time to take a summer vacation? Then, take a “staycation” right here in Calhoun County — at least for July — and look forward to three events.

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Sunday 06/22/2014
Second annual Heritage Festival brings music, unity to Zinn Park
Updated: June 24, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Admission to the second annual Heritage Music Festival Saturday at Zinn Park is free, but if someone asks you for a code word, remember this simple phrase: Word up.

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‘Poor man’s jazz’: Steel City Jug Slammers returning to Cheaha Brewing
Posted: June 22, 2014

Put the five members of the Steel City Jug Slammers together for breakfast on a Saturday morning at Al’s Diner and Grill in Birmingham, and conversation flows like the music they play onstage at venues all over the Southeast. The boys were worn out from a long night of performing at Local Color in Birmingham.

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Old becomes new at Anniston events
Updated: June 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

Well-made objects never go out of style. This is evident in two ways this summer — an artist’s repurposed old farm tools, leather and frames are on display downtown at Fourth Friday, and a bazaar in July offers china, crystal and other elegant treasures to be passed on to new owners. In both cases, the old finds new life for those with an eye for the truly unique.

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Saturday 06/14/2014
‘A fresh approach’: Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs lets the old influence the new
Posted: June 14, 2014

Skaggs, who is coming to the Oxford Performing Arts Center June 21 with his band, Kentucky Thunder, spoke with The Star about his team-up with Bruce Hornsby, the versatility of bluegrass music and his role as a guide for new musicians.

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Saturday 06/07/2014
June brings new beginnings for art lovers, musicians
Posted: June 07, 2014

There’s a new artist in town with an exhibit at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County and an interest in preserving Anniston’s historic buildings on canvas, while in Oxford plans are underway for a new community chorus.

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Friday 06/06/2014
Who do you want to see perform in Anniston?
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:12 pm

With the announcement that Cameo and Whodini are performing at Zinn Park June 28 for the city’s annual Heritage Festival, we got thinking — who is the next performer we want to see in Anniston? 

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Sunday 06/01/2014
In passing, Angelou leaves monumental legacy
Posted: June 01, 2014

One of the country’s most accomplished writers passed away Wednesday, as acclaimed author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was found dead at the age of 86 in her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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House party: Benef it concert set to ‘Rock Against Homelessness’
Updated: June 01, 2014 - 7:49 am

Rock Against Homelessness, an all-day benefit music festival sponsored by The Right Place, will feature 15 local bands, with all proceeds going to The Right Place, a new nonprofit that combats homelessness in Anniston and surrounding areas.

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Saturday 05/24/2014
Music from student, soldiers fill the summer air
Updated: May 31, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Members of the Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd heard a little music from a big instrument recently when tuba musician Ryan McKinney performed special music for the worship service. And in June, The Berman Museum’s commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day will include patriotic singing and bagpipes.

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Friday 05/23/2014
Clay County residents featured on ‘American Pickers’
Updated: May 31, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Watts, 61, has collected antiques for more than 50 years after first beginning with pocket watches and small knives. On June 4 at 7 p.m., his collection will be brought to a national audience with the airing of this particular episode, but for those who don’t want to wait, they can view it on the History Channel website.

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Sunday 05/18/2014
Characters try to move on in Moore’s collection on loss
Updated: May 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

It’s something from the final story in “Bark,” Lorrie Moore’s new collection of short stories, it’s something that infuses all eight of these remarkable stories about loss and how tentatively we process it.

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Lilly Ledbetter film slowly progressing
Updated: May 21, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Landing on this year’s list is “The Good Years,” which tells the story of Ledbetter, who served as the inspiration for the 2009 Fair Pay Act. 

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