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An Open Faith In Burma

While attending a nat pwe – a festival devoted to the folk spirits, or nats, of Burmese tradition – Will Boast finds another side to the celebration: I’d been told by locals that nat pwes were also “gay” festivals and to expect to see “many ladyboys.” The junta’s attempts to subdue nat worship had an […]

First Round of Major Artists Announced: National Folk Festival!

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Following a tasty little Six-­Pack Teaser the National Folk Festival is pleased to announce its first major round of artists for the 2015 Festival. They are: From Canada comes an artist who’s built a name for himself as one of the country’s most revered folk poets and singers -­ David Francey. The Scottish-­born Canadian carpenter-­turned-­songwriter [...]

Gilmore Girls Reunion: It's Happening!!!

It really is happening, folks. The organizers of the ATX Television Festival have confirmed that, among their many scheduled events in June, the stars and the creator of Gilmore Girls will come together for a panel discussion with fans. FOR REAL! Gilmore Girls Cast: Then and Now 1. Show More Summary

New Loch Ness Monster Evidence: Head Of Possible Sea Creature Seen In New Photo

New evidence that the Loch Ness monster is more than just a folk tale or an elaborate hoax went on display at the first-ever Scottish Paranormal Festival in Stirling, Scotland this week. But is the dramatic photo that appears to be the...Show More Summary

Gay & Lesbian - Fair Day - Mardi Gras 2015

Sun 22 Feb 2015 This is it, folks – the official kick-off to the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival. Each year, Fair Day draws thousands of LGBTQI attendees...

Patti Smith Visits Chicago

In advance of Patti Smith’s visit to Chicago as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, which includes a pair of performances at the Old Town School of Folk Music, she spoke with the Reader’s Aimee Levitt about moving to New York in the 1960s, her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, her poetry and music, and much [...]

In Anavila

Elena Kazan, a German-Russian actor who has made Mumbai her home, recently appeared in a Filipino movie that was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Considering a festival circuit normally sees folks go for the most eye-catching outfit, Elena surprised (in a good way) by opting for simple Anavila looks. Show More Summary

Music - Alela Diane - Sydney Festival 2015

Thu 08 Jan 2015 A trio of up-and-coming female folk singers from the US and UK will share their music at this special show as part of Sydney Festival 2015. Olivia Chaney...

Music - Variations on Béla Bartók - Sydney Festival 2015

Tue 20 Jan 2015 Czech violinists Iva Bittová and Hana Kotková dig into the peasant origins of Béla Bartók’s Folk Duos.

Prime Minister Poses With 'Blacked Up' Morris Dancers

At the weekend the Prime Minister risked the wrath of the politically correct left by posing with some traditional Morris Dancers who had 'blacked up' for the Banbury Folk Festival near his constituency. However, anyone criticising David...Show More Summary

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2014

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL September 28-29, 2014The good folks at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival have a problem. Now in it's eight edition, the two day affair has attracted throngs of intelligent jazz listeners and too many 'must see' jazz acts. This year's festival held September 28-29 featur...

Will a bunch of terrible craft beer ruin the booming craft beer industry?

In April, Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza issued a warning to the thousands of industry folks gathered at the annual Brewers Conference in Denver. Recalling a recent beer festival where he'd sampled offerings from about 10 new breweries, Gatza said seven or eight clearly needed improvement. Show More Summary

TVD Live: The Shindig Festival at Carroll Park, Baltimore, 9/27

Once again the great folks at 24/7 Entertainment set up camp in Baltimore’s Carroll Park for the second annual Shindig Music Festival. This time music legends Jane’s Addiction held the reins as headlining act and captivated Baltimore music fans with an ample dose of their brand of eccentric west coast Rock and Roll. Show More Summary

Dispatch from the 2014 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival

Autumn wasn’t technically with us in late August, but that didn’t stop the folks at Northstar Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, from putting on a grandiose wine and food festival. Now in its 29th year, the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food … Continue reading ?

Newswire: Mark Kozelek is having a hilarious fight with The War On Drugs

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek is currently in an indie-rock war of words with The War On Drugs. It all began earlier this fall, when Kozelek told audiences at the Ottawa Folk Festival—where sound from the Drugs’ set had spilled over onto...Show More Summary

Photos of Beer, Beards, and Broken Heroes at Oktoberfest

Boasting over 6,900,000 liters of beer, 75,000 pork shanks, and who knows how many bierleichen (German for ‘beer corpses’ AKA pass-out drunks), annual "folk festival" Oktoberfest has a reputation for excessive drinking and boozy debauchery. Show More Summary

Recipes for National Coffee Day, 2014

Monday, September 29th is National Coffee Day; a holiday which all folks in love with the caffeinated bean can most certainly get behind and celebrate. We’ve received a few recipes to celebrate this festive occasion, although we suggest maybe not … Continue reading ?

The First 68: 30 days until Midnight Madness

We're almost there, folks. We are almost there. We have exactly 30 days until the first helping of Midnight Madness festivities, which means you can almost hear the sounds of squeaking sneakers, bouncing balls and third-tier West Coast announcers calling games at 1 a.m. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: September 19, 2014

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In today's Urban Planner: folk music on Bloor West, absurdist modern dance, and paintings of Alex Colville. Music: The third annual Bloor Ossington Folk Festival kicks off on the Friday night with acts such as The Woodshed OrchestraShow More Summary

Kings Place Festival: Classical Works, Folk Roots

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Matthew Barley - © Nick White Schumann, Tsintsadze, Janacek, Bartok; Matthew Barley, Vanessa Benelli Mosel; Kings Place Festival Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 13 2014 Star rating: 4.5 Survey of folk-influenced works for cello andShow More Summary

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