Chicago Remembers Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer 

Chicago’s front yards, pool halls, bungalows and back alleys were the poetic landscapes in Gwendolyn Brooks’ words. She wrote about the people she passed on the streets or in grocery stores, colloquial experiences like the elderly couples eating beans off chipped dinnerware. Through her poetry, Brooks offered a precise and compassionate look into life in the city’s South Side.

Read story at:  Chicago Remembers Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer | America Magazine

Marvel’s new television series ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ will premiere Friday, Sept. 29, on ABC

Well, this should be fun!!!

The legendary comic book series will be brought to life in a way that has never been done before, as a version of the first two episodes will be shown globally in IMAX theaters for a two-week period, beginning Sept. 1. ABC will then air the entirety of the series throughout this fall on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.

Read article at:  Marvel’s new television series ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ will premiere Friday, Sept. 29, on ABC

Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury

While the clean-up crews descend upon what’s left of Worthy Farm, four of our Glastonbury correspondents have selected their highlights from the last day of the festival, from millennial nostalgia to security guards abandoning protocol to groove to Barry Gibb. Additionally, check out our highlights from Friday and Saturday at the festival.

Full article at: Disco-dancing security guards and Kano’s brass band: 10 highlights from Sunday at Glastonbury

Brooklyn Beckham holding art exhibition for Grenfell 

Brooklyn Beckham will donate all of the proceeds from his upcoming art exhibition to children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The son of David and Victoria Beckham, 18 – who released his debut photography book, What I See, last week – will launch a private viewing at Christie’s in London’s Mayfair on Tuesday, which will display 24 photographs from the book.

Full story at: Brooklyn Beckham holding art exhibition for Grenfell | Daily Mail Online

Twenty years on from the first book, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers

Though Hogwarts is clearly a fantastic and fictional setting, the characters experience real life trials and traumas – bereavement, loneliness, persecution, jealousy, unrequited love, guilt, and bullying, to name but a few.

There are also the “stock” characters common to everyone’s school days – the class bully and his goons, the “insufferable know-it-all”, the school jokers, and the sadistic teacher.

Part of the appeal and achievement of the series, though, is the way these characters develop in complexity as Rowling’s readers grow and mature. So that assumptions made about characters upon first reading are challenged and tested by the events and revelations of the later books.

Read full article here: Twenty years on from the first book, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers

Art used to improved patient experience at pediatrician 

Art teacher Amy Brauer brought a group of her students to paint murals and inside the waiting room and exam rooms of the pediatric office at Erlanger’s Dodson Community Health Center.

I absolutely love this!

For years I’ve said that art should be filling many of the stressful environments of life – schools, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.  And the fact that this was done by a teacher with her art class? – perfect!

We need a lot more of this type of public art in our communities.

Read full story at: Art used to improved patient experience at pediatrician | WTVC

Utah Uke Fest gets old, new players making music 

While the ukulele may not seem like the most common instrument, interest in it is growing as people of all ages pick them up and start strumming.

The Utah Uke Fest showcased the versatility of the instrument and highlighted the community that surrounds it at the sixth annual event in Highland on Saturday.

I had no idea there was a festival just for the ukulele!

Read story at: Utah Uke Fest gets old, new players making music | Highland News | heraldextra.com