Keyword: John Akal
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Train museum gets (steam engine) back on track

After several months of trying to work through events that were either canceled or on shaky ground, this week we finally have something happening that puts Avenue Flashes back on its normal track and … more

Finding different things to flash about

I hope 2020 goes down in history as one of the most bizarre years ever, but to tell you the truth I’m not sure that this madness we are going through right now is going to come to a conclusion by … more

Places are opening up, but it’s far from normal

It’s been a really strange weekend for me. As everyone knows, things have started to open up around town and people are finally getting out of the house and happy to have a few things returning … more

The reopening rollercoaster continues

I have to tell you, this is one heck of a roller coaster ride we’re all on. One minute things are opening up again, then the next they’re shutting down again, but it’s only certain things that … more

A careful reopening means not a lot of gigs

Ring the bells, sound the alarm, alert the media …Things are starting to open up again around here. Oh, wait. I am the media. Never mind that part, I guess I’m alerting you. Just be happy we can … more

Some summer good news, bad news

It looks like we are hitting the good news/bad news stage as far as events in the area go. More things are opening up, but others have made the final decision to pull the plug for this summer and … more

Fun to be had around town during this slow repoening

As we all have seen, things are starting to open up a little bit more around here. People seem to be getting used to the ideas of social distancing and using masks and other protective measures when … more

Some tips on starting off summer in spite of COVID-19

At this point, saying that we live in strange times kind of goes without saying, doesn’t it? There is nothing to compare with what the world is going through and I know that so many people, … more

The Rose is open and nature can be terrifying

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned, in this column, that I was spending some of this COVID shutdown working on refinishing a drum set, since every venue bands can play at is shut down right now. Well, … more

As this stretches on, howl it out

Well, here we are in week three, or four or … I don’t know, I’ve lost track of time completely lately. All I know is that it’s been quite a while since everything shut down for the Covid-19 … more

How to still have a howling good time

I have to tell you, I’ve learned a lot since this COVID-19 isolation started. At first I was educated about everything I didn’t know about what constitutes a virus, how it develops and spreads … more

An update from my end of the avenue

As an older guy, keeping track of time is a challenge in itself, but now that we are all supposed to stay home and most of my work is on hold, all of the little weekly markers I usually rely on to … more

Many online avenues to entertainment

Well, another week of closures and self quarantining has passed and I wish I could say that it looks like things are improving out there and getting better, but the truth is, it’s not. The latest … more

Prepping to party with Patrick

It’s been over 1,500 years since Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. He also had a walking stick that grew into a living tree, spoke with his ancient Irish ancestors and used a … more

Great time to “swing” by the Buffalo Rose

As a jazz musician myself, I hear a lot of people talk about the “jazz era”. But truthfully, jazz reined as the predominant popular music in America for most of the first half of the 20th Century … more

Come catch up with Frankie and Johnny

“Frankie and Johnny were sweethearts”…That was the opening line of a hit song called, you guessed it, Frankie and Johnny. It’s a really old song that was composed way back in about 1906. It … more
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