Arts Notebook
11:43 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Five quirky memoirs about food

Credit Zeetz Jones / via Flickr

Food culture is both a booming industry and a booming hobby. From the seemingly boundless well of programming available on the Food Network to the endless world of food blogs, food is an adventure, a destination and an obsession.

Whether you long for the meals from your family table or consider yourself a hardcore foodie, out for the unusual and adventurous, there is a memoir involving food to suit your tastes. This happens to be one of my favorite memoir sub-genres, so some of these recommendations are newly published while others are long-time favorites.


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8:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Reading recommendations thanks to book bloggers

Book bloggers are convenient sources of reading recommendations.
Credit By Cortega9 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

There's a secret society hiding in plain sight all around us. I'm not spreading Illuminati rumors, I'm talking about book bloggers. While you go about your work day, grocery shop or catch some rays at the pool, there is a faction of prolific readers reviewing books, writing literary essays, running contests, organizing reading-related events and sharing their literary lives. Book bloggers are millions-strong and as diverse as the books they read. 


If you are not a blogger yourself what can this community of bloggers do for you?

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9:57 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Confronting fiction or books that challenge

Confronting books challenge our comfort level.
Credit Jamelah E.

Fiction does a number of jobs. While there will always be a demographic of people who feel fiction is purely escapist, devoted readers of fiction would argue otherwise. One thing is for certain: some fiction is comforting—fit to delight and charm— while other authors prefer to confront our ideologies and push us outside of our comfort zones. These confronting books come in all genres, whether it is the latest literary fiction darling or a young adult novel that enchants teens while parents squirm.

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Outdoors with Luke Clayton
11:22 am
Fri May 23, 2014

BBQ: There's a right way to use rub

Obie-cue Rub -
Luke Clayton

Champion BBQ cook Obie Obermark of joins Luke this week to talk outdoor cooking.

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Texas Arts and Entertainment
10:56 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Dallas Comic Con: Heroes happy in a new HQ

Kevin Jefferies

(click the photo above to see more pictures)

The Dallas Comic Con is all grown up.   

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11:40 am
Mon March 24, 2014

University musicians to perform new Syler composition at Meyerson

The Eugene McDermott Concert Hall at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
Meyerson Symphony Center

The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Commerce is excited to announce a new commission by composer James Syler. The new composition, a 20-25-minute long work for Wind Ensemble and Chorus titled The Temptation of St. Anthony, will receive its world premiere at the Meyerson Symphony Center on March 25, 2014, conducted by Phillip Clements (Randall Hooper-Director of Chorus).

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Dallas Comic-Con
3:10 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Heroes (and villians) on display

Kevin Jefferies

The organizers of the Dallas Comic-Con hold several events each year.  The latest event was the Sci-Fi Expo this past weekend, Feb. 8th and 9th.  Numerous comic creators and celebrities were on hand to welcome fans.  Never a let down, the fans truly make the events special, dressing as their favorite characters and letting their creative sides run free.

We have some pictures from the event, highlighting all the great Cosplay adventures of this year's Sci-Fi Expo.

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11:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

U.S. Navy Band chooses Commerce as tour stop

Seal of the Navy Office of Community Outreach

Each year, the U.S. Navy Band tours throughout specified regions of the country, reaching audiences that do not generally get to see these musical ensembles perform on a regular basis. On February 19th, Commerce, Texas, will be host to the band, one of 22 cities chosen as part of this year's outreach.

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4:43 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Believe it again: Bryan’s art to feature at the MAC

(still image, captured from video)
Paul Bryan

Back in April 2013, KETR shared news about a collaborative performance art piece that showcased the talents of artist Paul Bryan and composer Chris Ramos, called Believe It Anyway!

This weekend, a film screening at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary marks Bryan’s first major solo exhibition in Dallas. The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 11th at 8:15 p.m. A reception is set for 6 p.m.

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Northeast Texas
3:11 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Ray Price entering hospice care in Mt. Pleasant

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones poses with Ray Price before the 2009 ceremony during which Price recieved an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the school.

Country music star Ray Price is entering hospice care at his home in Mount Pleasant. Price had been receiving treatment for cancer at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler and was discharged today.

In a statement, Janie Price said her husband of 45 years had decided "to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends."

Price, 87, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011. The cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, according to a hospital statement.

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