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To the musical question — Do we really need another Christmas album? – Matt Wilbur has a ready answer.
“If the Christmas season stresses you out, you don’t need another Christmas album. But if you love Christmas, you can never have enough. There’s always one more Christmas decoration, one more Christmas album to have,” he said. More
The brightly flowered mural that Gillian Fazio recently painted on the side of Gaines Jewelers downtown is based on the “Tobacco Leaf” pattern hand-painted on expensive china. The owner of the company that manufactures the china is a fan of the mural and is flying from New York to see it.
Friday I’m in love with the music choices in Lakeland:
- Van Plating, backed by a full band, releases her eponymous album and fans get a sneak peak at the soon-to-open Yard on Mass food-truck park/ beer hall. Videos: WLKF | The Lakelander
- Beat boxer Tom Thum fronts the Imperial Symphony Orchestra at the Polk Theatre. (We included some info in our ISO season preview.) Videos: TedX Sydney
- The music of Burt Bacharach is celebrated at a LkldLive tribute by performers Nicole Celesete, Kristy Scott and Shane Lawlor.
- The Volume Art Collective & Lakeland Women’s Collective’s Medusa Moon Art Show at Art/ifact Studios showcases music by Proud Miranda, Lady Moonbeam Band, and Bucoda. Keep scrolling for our updated music calendar: More
Friends of Paul Hughes filled the Polk Theatre this afternoon for a celebration of his life as an actor, singer, teacher, director and mentor. Speakers and performers represented his different “stages of life,” including work with Pied Piper Players/Lakeland Community Theatre, Harrison School for the Arts and All Saints Academy. Hughes died in July at age 63.
LkldNow thanks Joe Havens and the staff at the Polk Theatre for their assistance setting up this livestream and especially for making sure we got a quality audio feed.
The life of Paul Hughes, a guiding force at Lakeland Community Theatre for many years and a teacher at Harrison School for the Arts and All Saints Academy, will be celebrated by friends and ex-students in a gathering at the Polk Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. He died in July at age 63.
WATCH IT: LkldNow plans to live-stream the ceremony on our Faceboook page starting at 2:30 Sunday.
There’s one concert where you’ll be sure to find me this weekend (other than the Elvis Costello show in St. Pete on Sunday): News Aid on Friday night at LkldLive.
News Aid kicks off NewsMatch, the year’s major fund-raiser for LkldNow, our non-profit operation that provides independent, community-driven news about Lakeland. During NewsMatch, which lasts until Dec. 31, donations to LkldNow will be matched 100% by a coalition of national foundations that want to see nonprofit news prosper.
Performers at News Aid include Fount, Munn Park Saints, Sumner Curtis, Emily Jones, Shane Lawlor, Keep Us Sane, and members of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. In addition, visual artist Bump Galletta will be on stage creating a large Lakeland-centric drawing that will be auctioned.
The people who put on Art Crawl in Munn Park ordered up good weather for Saturday, and it looks like they’re getting it. Their stage will host a variety of local music and dance performers from 9:30 to 4. Musicians include include Anisette Mayer, Space Panda, Shae Kripinsky and Oxford Noland. Also:
- The Gary Love Band revives “Nirvana Unplugged” at LkldLive Saturday night; openers include Shane Lawlor re-creating Oasis (video), a band he opened for in 2005, and Nancye Blair Black playing ’90s covers.
- Will Kimbrough, an Alabama-to-Nashville singer-songwriter known for his fancy fretwork, takes the stage at Swan Brewing Sunday afternoon.
And here’s the updated local live music calendar: More
Art Crawl, an outdoor festival in its seventh year, will showcase the work of 70 artists from 25 Central Florida cities at Munn Park on Saturday. More