Stay Tuned column: A reimagined ‘Black Beauty’ makes its streaming debut – Entertainment – Austin American-Statesman

Thanksgiving week means a lighter TV schedule, except for many, many hours of holiday programming. In non-holiday choices, a famous horse story gets reimagined and a popular romance drama returns for season two.

Dispatches: Weekly TV news
Fox ordered the new series, “Game of Talents.” The unscripted variety show focuses on contestants guessing performers’ hidden talents, based only on their first impressions and clues. Wayne Brady (“Let’s Make a Deal,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) hosts and executive produces the show, which will premiere in 2021.

Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter that HBO Max ordered a docuseries about her. She promised that the six-episode show will be a “raw, unfiltered” look at her life.

Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
Here are a few holiday specials airing on Nov. 27: “Frosty the Snowman” (CBS, 8 p.m. ET), “Frosty Returns” (CBS, 8:30 p.m. ET), “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (ABC, 8 p.m. ET), “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), “Minions Holiday Special” (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET), and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” (The CW, 8 p.m. ET).

Anna Sewell’s classic novel, “Black Beauty” (Nov. 27, Disney+) gets reimagined with Kate Winslet as the voice of Black Beauty and Mackenzie Foy as Jo Green, the spirited teenage girl who forges an unbreakable bond with the wild mustang. This version follows Black Beauty, who is captured and forced to leave the freedom of the American West for life at Birtwick Stables. As Beauty is sold to different owners, Jo is determined to reunite with her.

Season two of “Virgin River” premieres (Nov. 27, Netflix). The romance drama, based on the book series by Robyn Carr, will continue its focus on small-town love stories and give more backstory for Marines, Jack (Martin Henderson) and Preacher (Colin Lawrence).

Comic and ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham, premieres his first special for Comedy Central in six years called, “Jeff Dunham’s Completely Unrehearsed Last Minute Pandemic Holiday Special” (Nov. 27, 8 p.m. ET).

The “2020 Soul Train Awards” are hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold (Nov. 29, BET, VH1, BET Her and MTV2, 9 p.m. ET).

“The Disney Holiday Singalong” returns for a third installment (Nov. 30, ABC, 8 p.m. ET) with performances and appearances by Andrea Bocelli, BTS, Michael Buble, Ciara, Katy Perry and many others. The special also includes performances from members of the Broadway casts of “The Lion King,” and “Aladdin,” and North American Touring companies of “Frozen.”

In non-holiday themed programming, “Atlas of Cursed Places” (Dec. 1, National Geographic, 9 p.m. ET) follows author and adventurer Sam Sheridan around the globe as he searches for the most cursed places on the planet.

Also on National Geographic is “Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller” (Dec. 2, 9 p.m. ET). The eight-part series follows van Zeller as she explores smuggling networks, offering viewers a behind-the-scenes look at these criminal underworlds.

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The Mom Stop column: One woman’s victory for all women – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

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My generation of women, those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, had it a lot better than our mothers and grandmothers. It was a time when women were urged to “do it all” and we as girls were told, growing up, that we could be anything we wanted to be.

And for the most part, that was true.

My mother, who was born in the mid-1950s and came of age in the early 1970s, said that during her time, women could be teachers or nurses, secretaries or flight attendants, or a handful of other positions deemed acceptable by society for “working girls.”

Unlike her brothers, my mom had to stay in town and live at home while she went to college. But she did graduate, after getting married and moving to California to finish school. My mother became an occupational therapist. She specialized in hand therapy, a field she worked in until she retired last year. For her daughters, it was normal having a mother who worked full time, who seemed to know everyone in town because either they had been her patient at some point or they had a family member who had.

But when it came to choosing our careers, we were never told we couldn’t do something. While I went into journalism – something I knew I wanted to do since sixth grade – my sister has had a very successful career in sales. We are both working moms, like our mother was, with six young children between the two of us. I am thankful that, unlike my mother or grandmothers, there was no limit imposed upon us. At least, not one that I could see.

But there are still glass ceilings to be broken and women to the lead the way.

After Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were announced as the president-elect and vice-president-elect on Nov. 7, I sat on the sofa in our family room with my husband, my mother and my 11-year-old daughter that evening, watching their post-election acceptance speeches. We represented three generations of women, who will ultimately likely have very different experiences growing up in the United States. But it was not lost on any of us that we were watching a historic moment, as Harris will be the first female vice president in the history of the U.S.

During Harris’ speech, she mentioned her late mother and how she was thinking of her and all “the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women – who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight – women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.”

She went on to acknowledge “all the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century.”

“Tonight,” Harris said, “I reflect on their struggle, their determination, and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened

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Your Funds: The ultimate 2020 holiday gift: Stock, on sale now | Column

The idea was to teach them about investing, buying businesses, the value of compounding, the time value of money and much more.

As they grew, I spent a little more on the typical gifts kids wish for and socked less away in their portfolios. Still, it was a couple of hundred dollars, and then reinvested dividends put to work on their behalf.

By the time they were 10, my kids could talk stocks with me in a rudimentary way. They discussed reasons to buy a stock — Whitney suggested UnderArmour because their products were what all of her lacrosse-playing friends wanted for holiday gifts — and got involved in decisions of whether we added to an existing holding or put something new in the portfolio.

The girls also knew that the money in the brokerage account was theirs, to use on whatever they wanted as an adult; my promise was to make contributions until they turned 21 and took over account management for themselves.

Both children took control of a portfolio worth well over $21,000 on their 21st birthday.

That’s pretty good for just a few hundred dollars set aside each year.

Those portfolios — which have backstopped their ability to take important chances on career decisions — continue to be managed conservatively; the girls have scarcely touched the money. The girls have said the entire investment experience — from having the accounts to talking about how to manage them — has made them the envy of friends and schoolmates.

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Column: Logan Heights art center gives women a free space to create

When artist and filmmaker Omar Lopex started his job as the manager of the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights in September, there wasn’t a lot for him to do. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the center wasn’t holding in-person classes or events, and the gallery was open by appointment only. So Lopex did what artists do. He took the materials at hand, and he created something special.

The result of his creative brainstorming and artistic strategizing is the Womxn’s Open Art Studio, a new community outreach program offering use of the Athenaeum Art Center’s space, basic art supplies, guidance and other resources to the women of Logan Heights — for free.

And by “Open Studio,” the Athenaeum really means an open studio. The program welcomes Logan Heights women of all ages and artistic interests to use the space and the resources however they see fit. And Lopex can’t wait to see what they come up with.

“When you are starting out, you need time and space. It’s that whole idea of a room of one’s own. That’s what you need,” Lopex said.

“If we can be the thing that an artist of the future uses early on to help them start their career, that’s great. And if it’s just a quiet space where somebody’s aunt or grandma can come and just sew or something, or have two hours to sit in a quiet room and just think, that’s great. This is open to all mediums and all levels.”

The Athenaeum Art Center is located in Bread & Salt, a 45,000-square-foot experimental arts space whose tenants include architecture firms, galleries and artists. It is the satellite location of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, which was founded in 1899 as part of a nationwide network of nonprofit membership libraries that pre-dates the free public library system.

There are 16 of these libraries left in the U.S., and like its fellow survivors, the Athenaeum has expanded its reach to include such public offerings as art classes, concerts and exhibitions. The Athenaeum opened its original satellite School of the Arts in downtown San Diego in 1996. After a stint at the Naval Training Center, it ended up in University Heights. When that building was sold, Athenaeum Executive Director Erika Torri convinced the board to relocate to the renovated Weber’s bakery that became Bread & Salt.

When it moved, the School of the Arts was rechristened the Athenaeum Art Center to better reflect its neighborhood-centric location, the expanded space that would have room for exhibitions and community events beyond classes, and the spirit the Athenaeum hoped to create there.

“I always loved Logan Heights,” said Torri, who has been with the Athenaeum for 33 years. “It is very community-oriented, and the location reflects us very well because we have always been open to all kinds of nationalities. We have free concerts and free exhibitions that are open to everyone, and we like it that way.

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Tracy Beckerman column: Putting the horse before the shopping cart – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

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There are two kinds of shopping carts in the world: Ones with normal wheels and ones with wonky wheels.

The normal carts glide along through the supermarket aisles quite easily. The ones with a wonky wheel pull off to the side like a drunk sailor, causing you to constantly have to pull the cart back into the aisle lest you smack into the cereal shelves and send dozens of boxes of Cap’n Crunch crashing down upon your poor, cursed, wonky cart-driving head.

For some reason, the wonky carts don’t usually reveal themselves when you first pull them out of the cart caddy. It’s not until you are well into the store and committed to that cart that you suddenly realize you have the cart from hell. This is kind of like discovering you have a leaky boat after you’ve already left port. It’s usually too late to turn back and regardless of how much maneuvering you do, you know you’re kinda sunk.

Since there are so many carts that seem to suffer from this malady, I assume this is some kind of manufacturer’s defect and have to wonder why there hasn’t been a widespread shopping cart recall to address this problem. Certainly if the shopping carts exploded on impact, they would do something about it. But until someone meets a tragic end in the frozen food aisle as the result of a wonky shopping cart wheel, I guess the shopping cart powers-that-be are going to do nothing.

Bad as it is to get an empty cart with a wonky wheel, it is downright torturous once your cart is loaded with groceries. For some reason, weight + wonky = more wonky, and it can become so hard to straighten out the cart that you feel like you are trying to turn around an elephant.

Additionally, the added weight of the groceries will often cause a cart with a wonky wheel to drift off down the aisle on its own while you have your back turned trying to get the healthy cereal off the top shelf where they put it because no one really wants to eat all that fiber. The next thing you know, your wonky cart is picking up speed and careening off to the opposite side where you catch it out of the corner of your eye just as it is about to hit some old lady with a walker and an oxygen tank. As you fling yourself off the cereal shelves to catch the wayward wonky cart, you catch your sleeve on the shelf and cause the whole top shelf of fiber cereal to pour down on your head, which is only slightly less painful than getting hit with a dozen boxes of Cap’n Crunch. Fortunately because of the trajectory of the wonky wheel, it will miss the old lady, but smack into the opposite aisle instead causing more things to fly off the shelves.

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Bride and groom drenched as plane drops huge column of water on them in wedding photo shoot

Meet the newly-WETS! Bride and groom are drenched as plane drops a huge column of water on them in extraordinary wedding photo shoot

  • Photographer Wellinton Barbosa took photos of the couple in Sorriso, Brazil 
  • Yellow aircraft flies low behind the newlywed couple and soaks them with water
  • The couple, called  Priscila Serraglio and Alisson Picinin, get engulfed by column

This is the incredible moment a plane drops water on a couple during a wedding photoshoot.

Photographer Wellinton Barbosa took the pictures of the couple, called Priscila Serraglio and Alisson Picinin, for a pre wedding photo shoot.  

Footage shows a plane flying over the couple dressed in white during their rehearsal photoshoot in Sorriso, Brazil.    

Priscila Serraglio and Alisson Picinin got drenched by a column of water

Photographer Wellington Barbosa took the pictures of the couple for a pre wedding photo shoot

Photographer Wellinton Barbosa took the pictures of the couple, called Priscila Serraglio and Alisson Picinin, for a pre wedding photo shoot as they got drenched by a column of water 

The yellow aircraft flies low behind them as they embrace and hold their pose for the camera on a dirt road between two fields of flowers. 

The pair are soon engulfed in water and are no longer visible as a rainbow appears briefly over the top of them.

After the plane has passed overhead, the soaked couple cheer in excitement at the experience. 

The yellow aircraft flew low and dropped the water on the couple

The couple, who are soaked, begin to cheer once the plane has passed

The yellow aircraft flies low behind them as they embrace and hold their pose for the camera. They begin to cheer once it is passed and they are soaked 

Pictures of the spectacular photography were uploaded to Instagram on July 18 and got over 21k likes. 

Users loved the idea behind the shoot, with one commenting: ‘Seriously the most epic idea ever.’ 

The second video shows a couple at a similar backdrop who appear to be doing a  photo shoot for a gender reveal. 

The aircraft flies behind a couple who are holding hands, and the woman has one hand placed under her baby bump.  

Footage was uploaded to the photographer’s Instagram earlier this week and showed the aircraft emitting a trail of blue smoke.  

Another couple pose for a gender reveal photo shoot

An aircraft emitting a streak of blue smoke flies between them

The second video shows a couple doing a photo shoot for a gender reveal as a plane flies behind them emitting a streak of blue smoke 

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