MUSIC FOR THE ACR – FUNDRAISER FOR ALGOMA PASSENGER TRAIN

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) has announced a major fundraising event toward re-starting passenger rail service on the Algoma Central Railway. On April 6th, celebrated Canadian folksinger Ian Tamblyn will perform at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Money raised will support efforts by Missanabie Cree First Nation…

THE LEGEND OF BUTCH & SUNDANCE – THE TV MOVIE

The Legend of Butch & Sundance (2006) is a curious movie. Filmed in 2003 and intended for a 2004 release as a TV movie on NBC, it did not air until two years after that. Conceived as a TV pilot for a series that did not materialize, this 89-minute family-friendly Western features some interesting performances,…

WESTERN VIDEO GAME FLASHBACK – OUTLAWS (1997)

In the year of the coming Red Dead Redemption 2, it is worth flashing back to a major touchstone in the Western video game genre, one marking its 20th anniversary, LucasArts’ Outlaws (1997). Released for PC (personal computer) platform, Outlaws is a “first-person shooter” in which players experience the game thru the eyes of the…

BUTCH CASSIDY FAMILY CABIN TO BE RESTORED

The state of Utah is set to restore a cabin that historians believe once housed a youthful Butch Cassidy. Located south of Circleville, Utah, the wooden structure will receive $138,000 in funding to disassemble and rebuild it from its currently-tilted condition. Born in Utah as Robert Leroy Parker in 1866, the son of two English…

NEO-WESTERN HELL OR HIGH WATER GARNERS HIGH PRAISE

Reviews for Hell or High Water (2016), a “neo-Western” starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster, are emerging as very positive. Neo-Western is a form of the genre in which a film set in the contemporary West echoes behaviors and ideas typically associated with Westerns taking place in the Old West (1865-1890) era. Set in the…