B Entertainment adjusts downtown Gainesville venue plans; Arts Council says not enough

The 1.7-acre property, which currently holds Engine 209 Park and a parking lot, is off Jesse Jewell Parkway, West Academy Street, Broad Street and Maple Street and was rezoned from general business to central business with a special use for an event center.

The development will still hold a 15,000-square-foot concert and special event venue and share the site with a 9,000-square-foot Bourbon Brothers restaurant, with a 1,500-square-foot rooftop bar and an outdoor patio area, according to city planning documents. B Entertainment plans to hold 100 to 120 ticketed shows and an additional 100 events such as weddings, conventions, sporting

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Aug. 6 Central, East Contra Costa arts, entertainment On Tap


Gallery staff invite public to weekend events Aug. 7-8

To celebrate its full-time return to normality, the Moraga Art Gallery invites art fans of all ages to a free and festive reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

Its current show, “Midsummer Synergies,” which ends Sept. 19, features Donna Arganbright’s ceramics and Danguole Rita Kuolas’ etchings as well as paintings, photos, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, woodworking, sculpture and other media by more than 25 members and guest artists. Also, flutist Nike Rejto, whose work is touted by NPR to “enthrall, caress and go straight to the soul,” will be

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Stage fight: Why Arts Council is concerned about entertainment venue across street from its own

The conditions included dedicating 40 Bourbon Brothers parking spaces for Arts Council use 12 times per year, similar to the 2018 agreement. Conditions also called for moving the outdoor patio space to face Jesse Jewell Parkway instead of Broad Street, planting trees between the two venues on the Bourbon Brothers side of Broad Street, no entrance to the restaurant or concert venue on Broad Street and requiring no amplified outdoor sound on Friday or Saturday evenings, except for 26 days per year. 

The board voted to recommend approval of the project at the meeting without including the conditions presented by

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Sail away with man’s best friend | Arts Entertainment

There are quite a few very positive things that have emerged out of the past couple of years of crazy world activity. One, folks are going outdoors for adventure, and on varying adventures, more than ever. The good Earth is providing mental and physical stability. This is very good news. Another positive outcome is that folks have been adopting pets from shelters in record numbers. Out furry friends have also provided much needed peace and understanding.

Once we have a pet, we like to take that creature along with us on adventures whenever possible. Many people found their way into

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Arts festival brings live entertainment back to West Hartford | News

WEST HARTFORD — Countless theaters and concert venues went dark for more than a year as the pandemic forced live entertainment to either go virtual, or cancel shows completely.

West Hartford Summer Arts Festival was no exception.

But the festival and town are making up for lost time, and entertainment, with the launch of Welcome Back West Hartford, building on the usual summer musical and offering even more programs and other performances for free.

“Coming into 2021, we were really missing live theater and shows,” said Tyler Lauretti, the festival manager.

He said they knew many others in town shared

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Acansa Arts Festival announces schedule

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Acansa Festival

The Acansa Arts Festival of the South returns in September after a year off because of the pandemic, with performances by more than a dozen music, dance and theater groups and solo artists over three weekends in multiple venues across Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Tickets are $30-$40; a $100 Festival Flex Pass covers four ticketed events. Festival Gold Passes, $250, include access to all ticketed events. And a 2021-22 Season Pass, $400, also includes a Dec. 6 performance of “A Carpenter’s Christmas,” the March 2022 Charlotte Gadberry Award Presentation

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Art Beat: Talent to me | Arts & Entertainment

Hi, my name is Jacob Mann. I cover the Art Beat for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

There’s a lot said about talent, whether it’s talking about something innate, something you’re born with, or something you have to work at. Is talent purely laying in wait within or is it something you can only achieve through tireless hours of training? Perhaps it’s somewhere in between, like a diamond in the rough.

Here’s 12 quotes illuminating on the subject:

“Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will

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