Area 51 celebrations ahead as towns prepare for UFOers; Brands capitalize

McMinnville McMenamins UFO fest
Marcher in the parade at McMinnville, Oregon’s, annual McMenamins UFO Festival. (Photo Carol M. Highsmith, 2018)

As the weekend approaches, September 20, 2019 could be the start of something bigger. Or not. No one knows how many people will head towards Area 51, the legendary US military complex in southern Nevada. A call for people to “storm Area 51” was, according to the college student who posted the original message on Facebook, “meant to be funny.” Continue reading “Area 51 celebrations ahead as towns prepare for UFOers; Brands capitalize”

‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise

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A student placed a message on Facebook creating an event, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, reportedly just for fun. Fallout ensued, along with warnings from the US Government guaranteeing the government would protect assets, and now the same student has nixed his calls to storm the facility long associated with extraterrestrial and UFO conspiracies.

Instead, Matty Roberts is now proposing a music festival, with a focus on electronic dance music (EDM). Roberts apparently had a come-to-Jesus moment regarding public safety. Continue reading “‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise”

Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza

Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)
Shown here at the 2018 West Texas Film Festival are (L to R) James Fite, Harlan Whatley, and Jared Rush on Education Day. (Photo used with permission)

There’s an old adage, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and it’s a fitting description for the West Texas Film Festival based in Odessa.

While local film festivals sometimes span only a day or two, the 2019 festival stretches across three days, beginning November 21 and ending November 23. The good news for producers is there’s still time to send in your submissions, and there’s even a small tip about something special the organizers hope to see. Continue reading “Festival submissions welcomed as West Texas gets ready for film extravaganza”

Midsummer doings in N. Florida: Chuck Nash, Mama Mia, and Darwin

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Florida Theatre image courtesy of The Crazy Daysies/Rebecca Day.

In North Florida there’s something for everyone to do when it comes to leisure time. You can opt to hear live music, go to a dinner theater, and inspect papers related to Charles Darwin’s theories. From the beaches to downtown, we’ve highlighted some events. Want to dance in the streets? Read on!
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Via Bradenton Blues Fest, meet Mojohand who makes blues pop in more ways than one

An ad for the Bradenton Blues Festival in Florida popped up on my Facebook feed, and I checked out the comments. Someone remarked the promo poster for the festival looked nice, and it happened that the artist who did the poster saw the comment too. The artist gave a link to his website, Mojohand, and I followed that. Talk about blues art. I was, as is sometimes said in the South, like a rabbit in a briar patch. Continue reading “Via Bradenton Blues Fest, meet Mojohand who makes blues pop in more ways than one”