Coltrane Day to Fill Heckscher Park With Sounds of Music

From Huntington Now: The fifth annual Coltrane Day on July 20 will celebrate music ranging from jazz to rap to electronic music and beyond.

A salute to the late jazz legend John Coltrane, the free family-oriented 10-hour festival is packed with workshops, performances, artistic and environmental exhibits, food and raffles.

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City celebrates 65th anniversary of famed A.G. Gaston Motel

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin along with family members of A.G. Gaston, unveil an street designation in his honor. Erica Wright Photos, The Birmingham Times

From the Birmingham Times: Rochelle Malone remembers the times she went fishing with her great-grandfather, Birmingham business mogul, Dr. Arthur George Gaston.

“He would always send me to the other end of the lake because I was a little chatterbox and I didn’t understand that fishing was a quiet sport, but he always let me know that he appreciated all of my encouragement and advice but he told me, ‘just go down there and watch those fish for me — quietly.’”

Malone was one of several Gaston relatives on hand Monday along with Mayor Randall Woodfin; Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and other city officials in the courtyard at the A.G. Gaston Motel in downtown Birmingham to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the hotel’s opening.

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New York’s historic Paris Theatre under threat after more than 70 years in business

Tom Bernard: ‘He owns the building, he’s owned it forever and for whatever reason, no one can find out the reason why, he’s closing it.’ Photograph: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

From The Guardian: Future of city’s last single screen cinema, opened by Marlene Dietrich and frequented by David Bowie, hangs in the balance.

The Paris Theatre has become one of New York’s cultural landmarks since it was officially opened by the actor Marlene Dietrich as a cinema for showing French films in 1948.

Down the road from Central Park and across the street from the Plaza hotel, it attracted queues around the block as the go-to place to watch arthouse and foreign language films and was known for showing the same movie for months on end.

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After 71 Years, Waterford’s ‘Sunset Drive-In Theater’ Is Still Going Strong

From Erie News NOW: (ERIE. P.A. – WICU/WSEE/CW) – At the Sunset Drive-In Theater in Waterford, the popcorn is always popping, and the line of cars waiting to get in can stretch for what seems like miles, down Route 97.

But people don’t seem to mind.

“It’s a lot of fun.” said Saegertown native, Deborah McBryar.

McBryar, and her daughter, Amanda Nearhoof, have been coming to the theater for over a decade. McBryar first took Nearhoof when she was 20.

They say, everything from the snack bar, to the movie experience itself, is tradition. And its something they’ve passed down to grandkids, as Nearhoof always brings her three children.

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Historic Outlaw Inn has been a landmark for travelers in Wyoming for 54 years

The front entry to the Outlaw Inn is pictured shortly following its opening in 1966. The historic Rock Springs business is celebrating 54 years of serving travelers in Wyoming.

From ROCK SPRINGS — Don Anselmi had a dream. But sometimes dreams were hard to come by in 1965 in the historic railroad town of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

He dreamed about a big hotel in a little town of 6,000 people. Reason for his dream was the audacious news that the largest highway project in United States history was poised to put a major east-west link through Sweetwater County. Anselmi thought his hotel project could be a success.

While others might ask why? He asked why not?

With his brother, attorney John Anselmi, bar owner Mike Vase, and petroleum distributor Vern Delgado, they borrowed $1.5 million, which was a fortune back in those days.

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