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Hansel and Gretel opera meets 21st century

Hansel and Gretel opera meets 21st century

Diana Furman

March 19, 2018

A traditional fairytale that has been around for hundreds of years is undergoing a modern twist by Texas State theater students. The Texas State Opera Theatre is going to present a contemporary adaptation of "Hansel and Gretel" March 22-25 at the Texas State University Performing Arts Center. The...

SXSW showcases up-and-coming artists

SXSW showcases up-and-coming artists

LeeAnn Cardwell

March 15, 2018

NPR Music hosted a music showcase March 14 at Stubbs in Austin, Texas to promote Slingshot, their spotlight channel for up-and-coming musicians. SXSW festival-goers crowded the indoor stage while onlookers observed from the balcony above as the venue reached maximum capacity before the first band...

Museum celebrates African-American history in San Marcos

Museum celebrates African-American history in San Marcos

Constunce Brantley

March 1, 2018

From jailhouse to dance hall to community center, the Calaboose African American Museum celebrates the contributions of African-Americans in San Marcos. The Calaboose African American Museum was originally a jailhouse in San Marcos, established in 1873, drawing its name "calaboose" from a common term...

Black Art Association celebrates black creativity

Black Art Association celebrates black creativity

Diana Furman

February 20, 2018

The history behind popular dance moves such as the 'whip' and hairstyles such as cornrows is often lost and disregarded. That is why the Black Art Association's goal is to bring people together through art to remind students of the origins of black creativity. Sammera Fadul, interior design senior,...

Capturing youth

Capturing youth

Sonia Garcia

February 18, 2018

Austin is not the only city with a booming art scene now that Texas State students and alumni are ensuring San Marcos has its own space for artists. Evan Ferguson, business senior, hosted his first pop-up art exhibit for with the support of SMTX Ripple Market Feb. 17, held at Splash Coworking. His...

Wittliff traces sun one beer can at a time

Wittliff traces sun one beer can at a time

LeeAnn Cardwell

February 13, 2018

A camera made from beer cans may not be the most conventional way to capture the course of the sun over several months in a single image, but one man has used it to reveal the abstract beauty of Texas landscapes. Bill Wittliff, co-founder of the Wittliff Collections, opened his new solargraphy exhibit...

The Irish spring into San Marcos

The Irish spring into San Marcos

Diana Furman

January 31, 2018

San Marcos welcomed in the promise of spring with a celebration of light and Celtic tradition. Sunday, Jan. 28, the San Marcos Activity Center burst to life with Celtic music, Irish dancing, art gallery exhibits and more. For the third year, O'Malarkey and the Walkers' Gallery hosted a Celtic Festival...

Broadway dancer steps out of spotlight to teach

Diana Furman

December 2, 2017

Tucked away in a studio with creaking wood floors, a group of students surrenders to the movement of their dancing bodies and the beat of the bass rattling the studio's mirrors. “Plié, relevé, press those knees wide,” Kiira Schmidt Carper, a ballet and jazz technique professor said. Her lively...

Exonerated member of the San Antonio Four shares her story at Lost River Film Festival

Exonerated member of the San Antonio Four shares her story at Lost River Film Festival

Katie Burrell

November 7, 2017

The Texas Court of Appeals declared the San Antonio Four innocent over a year ago, now the four women share their story through the film which helped to exonerate them. Anna Vasquez, a member of the San Antonio Four attended the last screening scheduled for the inaugural Lost River Film Festival on...

First film festival of San Marcos releases line-up for students

First film festival of San Marcos releases line-up for students

Katie Burrell

October 31, 2017

San Marcos is about to see its very own film convention, The Lost River Film Festival, just after the Austin Film Festival comes to an end. Producers and members of the San Marcos Cinema Club spent months and thousands of dollars to bring San Marcos its first and very own film festival that could...

Indie film set in Wonder World Park to premiere at Lost River Film Fest

Indie film set in Wonder World Park to premiere at Lost River Film Fest

LeeAnn Cardwell

October 27, 2017

Wonder World Park might sound like a tourist attraction from the '80s rather than a movie set, but for one indie film director it had the perfect charm. “When We Burn Out,” a psychedelic slacker comedy directed by Vanessa Pla, will be shown at the inaugural Lost River Film Fest hosted by the San Marco...

Students work behind the curtain for A Chorus Line

Students work behind the curtain for A Chorus Line

Erika Conover

October 9, 2017

Students and faculty worked for six weeks leading up to the moment the Texas State Theatre Department could debut "A Chorus Line," made perfect by the cast and the crew. The musical, "A Chorus Line" was written in 1975 and is about the backstories of several dancers auditioning to be in a chorus line....

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