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Halloween Rotten Bananas: Top 5 Halloween Movies

Everyone has their favorite spooky scary movie to take in when the weather gets frightful and the temperature is not so delightful. Here’s your resident film critic’s top 5 favorite movies to watch around Halloween time. Note: not all of these will be horror, but they all do relate to …

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SEK Symphony performs with alumnus Robert Dean Smith

The SEK Symphony is known for performing with guest artists, but Robert Dean Smith is hardly a guest; he merely returned to home.  The Southeast Kansas (SEK) Symphony at Pittsburg State University held their opening night concert on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Linda and Lee Scott …

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Otis Murphy plays for 2nd SCMS concert

The Solo and Chamber Music Series made way for its second performer: Otis Murphy, playing wild repertoire for the alto saxophone.  The PSU department of music hosted the 2nd Solo and Chamber Music Series (SCMS) concert featuring saxophonist Otis Murphy in concert with his wife Haruko at the piano. The …

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PSU music alumnus William Vance gives 75th birthday recital

PSU music alumnus William “Bill” Vance has been performing for 71 years and he celebrated his long life the only way he knows how: with music.  First United Methodist Church hosted Vance’s 75th Birthday Recital on Oct. 6, 2019 at 3 p.m. Vance performed a variety of repertoire, accompanied at …

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Air Force Falconaires host jazz concert

Military concert bands and jazz ensembles come through the Bicknell Center routinely and the Air Force Academy Falconaires were the next in line.  The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts hosted the Air Force Academy Falconaires, the Air Force’s top jazz ensemble, on Oct. 9. The ensemble performed jazz standards such as “Mood …

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Condoleezza Rice gives lecture at Pitt State

The Bicknell Center is known for incredible performers and interesting speakers, and for speakers in the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series, Condoleezza Rice happens to fit both categories.  The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts hosted the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series lecture given by former Secretary of State Condoleezza …

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‘Joker’ goes crazy at the box office

“Joker” is a film that deals with society’s most sinister issue: the erasure of people with mental illnesses.  The film, directed by Todd Phillips, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime himself known initially by his birth name of Arthur Fleck. Fleck is a party clown and an …

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Midwest Trumpet Festival hosts world class trumpet players

The Midwest Trumpet Festival happens every year in October and brings together some of the world’s best and brightest in the world of brass.  The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts hosted the 11th Annual Midwest Trumpet Festival on Sunday, Oct. 6 and Monday, Oct. 7. The festival featured educational workshops as …

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Halloween Throwback: ‘Cujo’

For the month of October, otherwise known as “spooky season,” Rotten Bananas will be taking a turn for the scary and reexamining the great terrifying visual treatises of the past, beginning with the Stephen King classic, “Cujo.”  The film, directed by Lewis Teague and released in 1983, two years after …

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PSU Wind Ensemble hosts opening concert

Wind band music has been everything from orchestral transcriptions to brand new modern works, and the PSU Wind Ensemble demonstrated just that.  The PSU Wind Ensemble gave their “Epic Espressivo” concert on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Linda and Lee Scott Performance Hall at the Bicknell Family …

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