Art and Culture

Art and culture

Courtesy of Deep in the Heart Film Festival

Next month, Waco will become a hub for all things cinema as the Deep in the Heart Film Festival is set to kick off. The festival is in its first year and will be full of young filmmakers hoping to get their big-break and movie-lovers looking to catch a weekend full of film. 

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Billy Preston

Jan 22, 2017

Billy Preston's "Gospel in My Soul" -- a song filled with a sanctified beat and a screaming Hammond organ -- has all the makings of a gospel classic. (And close listeners would recognize it as the theme song for Shout!). In this episode, Robert Darden looks at the life and times of Billy Preston.

Events: January 20 - 26

Jan 20, 2017

This Friday, you can kick off your weekend with the Brazos Theatre Group's latest murder mystery or head down to Common Grounds to catch Ryan Thomas perform. But here's plenty more to do this week and in the week ahead -- hear about it on this week's Act Locally Waco. 

A story of two women, close friends, but only one of whom survives an accident.

The title of gospel's first super-group belongs to the Roberta Martin Singers. In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden tells us at one point in the late 1940s and 50s, every major gospel artist came through the group.

A series of fun stories from several pages down to even a few short lines.

Not all gospel songs are strictly religious, some addressed civil rights and current affairs. One event that saw gospel tributes was the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In this episode we listen to the Dixie Hummingbirds' tribute "My Prayer for Peace".

Events: January 6 - 12

Jan 6, 2017

On this week's Act Locally Waco, Ashley Bean Thornton breaks down all the happenings in the New Year. From First Friday in Downtown Waco to Bare Arms Brewing's Chili Cook Off, there's plenty to keep you busy, just bundle up! 

A wonderful story of two children who grow to love each other, only to drift apart.

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden looks at the life and times of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a masterful guitarist and gospel's first true star in the 1930s and 40s. 

An important reminder of the horrors of nuclear conflagration. 

"Sweet Little Jesus Boy" is often considered a spiritual, but this Christmastime song isn't actually a spiritual at all. In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden tells us about the song, and we hear The Harmonizing Four's rendition of it. 

Engrossing and thought provoking novel of a cognitive scientist examining his life.

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Black Nativity

Dec 19, 2016

Some of the most well-known spirituals revolve around Christmas. These songs - like "Mary, Whatcha Gonna Call That Pretty Little Baby" -- were featured in the 1961 off-broadway premiere of Black Nativity. 

Events: December 16 - 22

Dec 16, 2016

This week there's plenty chances to catch Santa around town, so don't miss out. But there's also plenty of other holiday events to keep you busy, from the Waco children's Theater's produciton of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to seasonal concerts. Find out about those events and more on this week's Act Locally Waco.