Local historian Michelle Setlik will present “The History of the Grand Island Independent” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Burlington Station, Sixth and Plum streets.

The program is part of the “Voices from the Past” series hosted by the Hall County Historical Society.

The longest continually published newspaper in Hall County did not actually get its start here. However, Grand Island businesses were supporting the paper from the very first issue.

As the Grand Island Independent prepares to celebrate 150 years of providing readers with the latest news from Central Nebraska and around the world, Setlik will take those attending on a trip back through time as she recalls some of the most memorable moments, and most interesting characters, who found their way into the newsroom and onto the pages of the paper that has been read by countless members of the community over the past 150 years.

Admission for non-members is $5; refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Annette Davis at (308) 226-2465.

National Geographic photographer to give talk at Hastings College

HASTINGS — Jim Richardson, a National Geographic photographer who has been featured on CBS News’ “Sunday Morning” and ABC News’ “Nightline,” will be presenting a talk, “Islands of Belonging: Highland Islands, Scotland, and Cuba, Kansas,” at 7 tonight (Thursday) in Perkins Auditorium in the Fuhr Hall of Music at Hastings College.

In his lecture, Richardson will address viewpoints of how societies and cultures depend on belonging in both Neolithic and modern areas, while providing insights into how rural areas develop and survive across the globe. He will also discuss what it’s like working as a National Geographic photographer.

Richardson is also known for his documentary photography of small towns and rural issues. CBS News’ “Sunday Morning” twice profiled his 35-year-long journal of Cuba, Kan ABC News’ “Nightline” chronicled Richardson’s coverage of the Columbia river and the process of assembling the resulting National Geographic Magazine story. Martha Stewart Living and myriad books and magazines have profiled his work.

The talk is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Hastings College Lecture Series.

Pianist to present ‘Pianos that Helped Win the War’

HASTINGS — The Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival returns to Hastings College, bringing a teacher-performer to campus for a day of informative and inspiring activities.

This year’s clinician is Gary Pedersen, who will give a lecture-recital on “World War II Music: The Pianos that Helped Win the War,” at 9 a.m. Saturday in Fuhr Hall, 723 E. Ninth St. The lecture includes time for audience members to ask questions, and is free and open to the public.

Pedersen’s lecture is part of the “Victory Vertical Project,” which uses descriptive vignettes accompanied by piano music in many styles — classical, popular, boogie-woogie, jazz and movie soundtracks — to bring to life a remarkable account of courage, solidarity and the power of music.

Pedersen, a Steinway Artist, performs music by Samuel Barber, Richard Addinsell, Roy Harris, Duke Ellington and others to provide a moving glimpses into the war that united people with a common purpose.

Currently a professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University, Pedersen has taught undergraduate and graduate students from many U.S. states and 13 other countries, producing prize winners in national, international and state competitions.

Writers to read published work at Plainsongs Celebration

HASTINGS — Nine local and visiting writers will read from their latest work at The Lark in downtown Hastings on Saturday as part of the 2019 Plainsongs Celebration of Poetry and Prose.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. A variety of books will be for sale after the readings, courtesy of the Hastings College chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary.

Readers include Matt Mason, who was recently named the Nebraska state poet, and Eleanor Reeds, an assistant professor of English at Hastings College. Also reading will be Ulrick Casimir, Michelle Troxclair, Emily Borgmann, Raylyn Clacher, Dwight Marsh, Becky Faber and Michael Catherwood. All have recently been published in Plainsongs magazine.

Plainsongs, now in its 39th year of continuous publication, features poetry and occasional short prose pieces submitted by writers from around the world.

Eric Tucker, a writing instructor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Hastings College, is editor of Plainsongs. Associate editors are Eleanor Reeds, Becky Faber, Michael Catherwood and Ali Beheler, an assistant professor of philosophy at Hastings College. The magazine is published by Hastings College Press, which is helmed by Patricia Oman, associate professor of English.

The Plainsongs Celebration of Poetry and Prose is sponsored by the Hastings College Arts & Humanities Division, the Hastings College Department of Languages & Literatures, Hastings College Press and Sigma Tau Delta.

Get ready for the ‘Geezers’

HASTINGS — The Geezers are coming! “Geezers,” the final production of Hastings Community Theatre’s current season, takes the stage April 26 through May 3.

“Geezers” introduces the audience to some “beautiful and wonderful old people who are enjoying their golden years in a retirement home.”

Jack, a pathologically shy, 27-year-old man, begins a job there helping the seniors with their daily needs. But it’s the “geezers” who wind up helping Jack with his needs. On his road to an epiphany, Jack learns from the old folks that he must break out of his comfort zone to achieve anything in life. Jack learns to crawl, then walk, then fly with a wise group of mentors guiding him along. A funny, heartwarming drama about growth and wisdom, learning and loving, life and death, the play contains strong thematic elements and is recommended for those age 16 and older.

Cast members include Jesse Nielsen, Cheryl O’Curran, Stuart Kenny, Amy Threewitt. Sue Medsker-Nedderman, Don Threewitt, Jane Marsh, Janice Gentert, Jake Elting and Ed Jarmer. The production is directed by Roger Doerr and Jessee Nielsen is the producer.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors age 60 and older. Reserve by calling the box office at (402) 463-1500, email to tickets@hctheatre.com or online at hctheatre.com.

Hastings Community Theatre is located at 515 S. Fourth Ave., inside Good Samaritan Village.

Merryman PAC hosts musical events

KEARNEY — The Merryman Performing Arts Center will host a variety of musical events over the next few weeks starting with a special performance on Palm Sunday.

The Axtell Area Oratorio Society will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. The program will feature four soloists, a chamber orchestra and a 60-member chorus. Tickets are $20 at the door.

“An Evening with George Winston,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday April 19.

Celebrated American pianist George Winston has inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. Winston will be releasing a new album, “Restless Wind,” in May. Tickets start at $35.

Billy McGuigan’s “Rock Twist” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. Always a favorite, McGuigan brings classic rock tunes with a big band influence. A full horn section and incredible musicians will perform favorites from Sinatra, Buddy Holly, the Beatles and more. Tickets start at $30.

To purchase tickets for Winston or McGuigan, check online at www.pickmytickets.com

The Merryman is located at 225 W. 22nd St. For more information, call (308) 698-8297.

Gaming group to host Scrabble night

Scrabble Game Night is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Primrose Assisted Living, Capital Avenue and North Road.

The group usually meets the third Monday of each month. All Scrabble players are welcome; bring a board if you have one. There is no registration required and there is no fee to play.

For more information, call La Vonne at (308) 382-2663.

This weekend at the Grand ...

“They Shall Not Grow Old” is showing this weekend at the Grand Theatre 316 W. Third St. Showtimes are 7:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter Jackson allows the story of World War I to be told by the men who were there. Life on the front is explored through the voices of the soldiers, who discuss their feelings about the conflict, the food they ate, the friends they made and their dreams of the future. Rated R.

Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call (308) 381-2667 or visit grandmovietheatre.com.

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