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PSU conducting grad conducts KC community symphony

Daniel McDill is used to conducting orchestras in performance halls, but not ones that perform for beer halls and record breakers.  McDill conducts the Social Symphony, a community organization in the Kansas City (KC) area dedicated to bringing local musicians together. Musicians include performers of all experience levels and feature all kinds of …

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Midwest Regional Ballet and SVP educate through dance

The Midwest Regional Ballet performed in a new venue with a program dedicated to education on violence.  Sponsored by Students for Violence Prevention (SVP), Midwest Regional Ballet (MRB) Company and School performed at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. The program called the …

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PSU strings present solo strings concert

The PSU High String and Low String studios combined for a concert entitled “No Strings Attached.”  Under the direction of Raul Munguia, professor of violin and viola, and Sunnat Ibrahim, professor of cello and double bass, students taking lessons in violin, viola, cello, and double bass and community members performed a concert …

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‘Happy Death Day 2U’ dies and should stay that way

“Happy Death Day 2U” is everything a sequel shouldn’t be: bland, uninteresting, and with no plot of its own.  The film, written and directed by Christopher Landon, stars Jessica Rothe reprising her role as Theresa Gelbman, a college student who unwittingly gets locked into a time loop that resets every time she is …

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Mr. Trump, you are the emergency the country needs to deal with

Last week, President Donald J. Trump announced that he would be declaring a national emergency in the name of border security. This announcement comes after the temporary agreement reached to end an almost month-long government shutdown that left hundreds of thousands of Americans without work. Now, Trump wants to defraud …

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‘Postmodern Jukebox’ jazzes up modern music

The Bicknell Center hosted “hot jazz” and other musical styles in a genre-bending performance by YouTube sensation “Postmodern Jukebox.”  The concert took place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Postmodern Jukebox, originally formed by pianist Scott Bradlee, is known for recording songs …

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‘The Prodigy’ falls flat as a failure for horror

“The Prodigy” is affront to the modern horror genre with absolutely no care to the great horror masterpieces that came before.  The film, directed by Nicholas McCarthy, stars Taylor Schilling, of “Orange is the New Black” fame, and Jackson Robert Scott, recognizable from his role as Georgie in 2017’s “It.” Schilling and …

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‘Carmen Sandiego’ finds her place on Netflix

“Carmen Sandiego” is an animated spy thriller with just a dash of political intrigue; and here’s a hint: it really works.  The show, produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is based on the popular video game series with the same name. The video game series spanned an expansive line of educational programs for children …

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Historical ensemble performs on campus

The Les Delices ensemble took the stage in McCray for the second concert of the Solo Chamber Music Series.  The ensemble performed on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall and is made up of professional musicians Debra Nagy on oboe, Julie Andrijeski and Tekla Cunningham on violin, …

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‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ kills

“Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ is an ultimately boring rehash of the original Ted Bundy fiasco.  The Netflix documentary, created, written, and directed by Joe Berlinger, details the intimate aspects of Ted Bundy’s criminal life, from his initial capture, through his multiple escape attempts and then to his …

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