Art and Culture

Art and culture

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. 

Latest collection of Billy Collins offers a slight detour from his usual humor.

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Gospel Quartets

Dec 11, 2016

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden takes us to Birmingham, Alabama, where we hear the sounds of one of the area's greatest gospel quartets, Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes. 

Events: December 9 - 15

Dec 9, 2016

This week you can wrap yourself up in the holiday cheer with events and activities throughout Wacotown, from the Brazos Theatre's Christmas Carol radio show to Waco Wonderland. But there's plenty more to keep  you busy this week. Find out about all the happenings on Act Locally Waco. 

Evocative essays of a poet obsessed with nature and its effects on humanity

Most everybody admires Aretha Franklin, but who does the music icon look to for inspiration? In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden talks about The Davis Sisters, a group who specialized in "hard gospel".