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PSU jazz musicians enrich university, churches, and community

Pittsburg is home to local music of all varieties, from classical ensembles to funk bands, but the Half-Pitts are jazzing things up.  The Half-Pitts quartet is a band made up of all Southeast Kansas musicians and PSU music students. The band consists of Bryan Amor, senior in music performance, on …

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Campus Activities hosts Game Night for Gorillas

The U-Club in the basement of the Overman Student Center is normally host to music or other events, but bingo is a first.  The Campus Activities Center (CAC) hosted the “Nacho Average Game Night” on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in the University Club, colloquially known as the U-Club, …

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‘Lion King’ makes wild moves at the movies

“The Lion King” is a revitalization of the classic film by Disney and it has all the wonder and majesty presented by the original.   The film, directed by Jon Favreau, follows the famous lion Simba on his journey through life with all its joys and tragedies. “Lion King” features an …

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PSU professor Allison Blevins delivers new poetry

Poet Allison Blevins has written on many subjects such as divorce, motherhood, and working for her position as a PSU professor, and she shares these artistic works with the world.   On Aug. 1 at 7 p.m, PSU professor of women and gender studies Allison Blevins read from her most recent poetry …

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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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