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Acoustic Rising — again – Entertainment – Ocala.com

Beloved acoustic musicians Mark Johnson and Emory Lester return to the Ocala Civic Theatre for two shows. Dave Schlenker @DaveSchlenker In February, Dunnellon resident and banjo player Mark Johnson found himself at the Grand Ole Opry House. Backstage, he mingled with Vince Gill, the Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Anderson and a heap of other …

US stocks close modestly lower, but end higher for the week

U.S. stocks closed modestly lower Friday, ending just short of another milestone for Wall Street. The Nasdaq composite index narrowly missed its fourth record-high close this week, though all the major indexes still notched weekly gains. Phone companies, banks and materials stocks were among the big decliners. Technology stocks gained the most, while health care …

Arts & Craft: ‘Empire’ strikes back at Bard fest | Blogs and Columns

Amazing stories: Here’s some sweet midsummer’s news from the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.  The fest’s production of “Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline” — Chris Coleman’s circus-themed adaptation of the play with six actors playing all the roles – will be headlined by the married team of actress Nisi Sturgis and Jordan Coughtry. Art imitates life in the best …