We are sure you’ve had the same experience: you have guests for the weekend, and they ask what was happening that was worth watching, or participating in, or simply checking out. Chances are you wouldn’t know how to answer that as quickly and as detailed as you would like.
In similar circumstances in the past, you called moviehouses – using the black bulky phones you dialed with your second finger — and checked what they were showing and their screening times. Or you suggested you and your guests watch the latest stage production LCC or La Salle was offering, which you knew months ahead, because in those times, it was most likely one or two of your family or friends are also involved. In fact, those were the times when it was still possible for event organizers to discuss among themselves so that their events do not happen at the same time, and divide their potential audience.
Dining out was even more uncomplicated. There were, what, simply two or three places available and it wasn’t so difficult to choose from them. It was that simple.
In those days, when celebrity performers came, it seemed like the entire town would come out for them, these events became were community celebrations by themselves.
These days, events are happening all at once, you are most likely to even miss out knowing some of them. How many times in the past year have you discovered this star or that act have come and already gone? Quick, answer: which restaurants just opened in the last two weeks?
While we know the latest squabbles at the provincial capitol down to the latest alignment and realignment, we hardly know now what’s happening in our neighborhood, especially if the event was bloodless and “only” involved such an esoteric subject as art.
News about art, food, art and culture and the like would have to rely on word-of-mouth to spread. While nobody is going to die if these did not move as quickly as say the latest murder or hold-up, wouldn’t it be a lot better if they did? Wouldn’t it make the food, entertainment, art and culture sectors more exciting, and in the excitement , help in our economic development as well?
We believe so, which is why we came up with the newsmagazine you are reading now. As its pages will show you, it is devoted to the things you hardly read about, or listen to, or watch in the mainstream media as we know them now. It is a humble attempt to fill the gap, and we hope you’ll be with us in this, month after month from hereon.*