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SEK Symphony prepares for new orchestral season

The SEK Symphony is revving up for a brand new season of music with a new name.  The Southeast Kansas Symphony at Pittsburg State, formerly the SEK Symphony, will present a series of concerts featuring guest artists, special celebrations, and world premieres of new music. On Oct. 17, the Symphony will invite back …

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PSU professors perform as part of new chamber ensemble

Professors of music Raul Munguia and Denissa Rivas have been performing together for around 25 years, but now, they’ve begun a new musical adventure.  Duo Capriccioso, made up of Raul Munguia on violin, Denissa Rivas on flute, and Robert Endsor on piano, gave a concert on Friday, August 9 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The …

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‘Crawl’ swims in for the kill at the box office

“Crawl” is a look into the natural world: man’s scariest enemy out there.  The film, directed by Alexandre Aja, stars English actress Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper as a daughter-father duo in Southern Florida who become trapped in their first home during a Category five hurricane and soon after, become terrorized by …

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Piano competition winners grace the Bicknell stage

Pittsburg State is certainly accustomed to hearing live music, but none with the caliber of three young artists playing the Bicknell’s very own Steinway.  The Third Annual Piano Festival continued on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m with a concert presented by the Treble Clef Club of Pittsburg. The concert featured both the winners of …

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‘Midsommar’s’ Ari Aster delivers boring box office bomb

“Midsommar” is a spiritual successor to Ari Aster’s last film, “Hereditary” in almost every way: it’s weird, it’s not scary, and it doesn’t pull punches with graphic content.  The film, directed by Ari Aster, is a psychological thriller/horror film set primarily in a small Swedish commune. It stars Florence Pugh as Dani …

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‘Ma’ serves up a box office flop

“Ma” is much like a car accident: grotesquely horrible but for some reason, you are absolutely unable to look away.  The film, directed by Tate Taylor and produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, features Octavia Spencer in the titular role of Sue Ann Ellington, soon known to the town’s teenagers as Ma. The …

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ crowns a box office king

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is an epic monster fight going back to the dawn of time.  The film, directed by Michael Doughtery, stars the titular ancient titan alongside three major classic kaiju, referred to in the film as “Titans.” The other three giant monsters are Mothra, Godzilla’s recurring insectoid sidekick, Rodan, the …

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Melinda Roelfs takes over as interim registrar

After a long career, registrar Debbie Greve steps away to retirement, but her position will not be filled by an empty suit.  During her 31 years at Pittsburg State University, Greve served in the office of admissions and then worked as the assistant registrar, and eventually the registrar in 2007.  “She’s (Greve) had a great career,” …

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