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Festival of the Arts hosts concerts, art gallery, movie screenings

The yearly tradition of the Pittsburg Festival of the Arts has come once again, featuring a variety of performances and artistic presentations ranging from the traditional classical music concert to screenings of classic films in the Linda and Lee Scott Performance Hall.  Starting on Sunday, Jun. 13 and ending on Saturday, Jun. 19, the Pittsburg State University …

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Smooth Bananas: Support Your Local Bands

I would be willing to bet that the majority of your Spotify playlists are filled with artists that are known not just in Pittsburg and its surrounding area but throughout the world or at least the United States. I would be willing to wager a large sum of money that …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’

At the beginning of 2020, actor and comedian Bo Burnham decided to return to performing live after a long absence away. And then, the COVID-19 pandemic changed his plans.   “Inside,” written, produced, directed, and performed by Burnham, is a comedy special recorded entirely by Burnham over eight months in 2020 in his …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘Sour’

Olivia Rodrigo’s first solo album release, “Sour,” is the apex of the rolling ramp since her first solo hit, “Driver’s License.”  The album, produced by Dan Nigro and released under label Geffen, is Rodrigo’s first solo album. Rodrigo got her start in music by landing a role on the Disney+ …

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‘Cruella’ goes crazy at the movies

“Cruella” is a wild tale of everyone’s favorite Dalmatian-hating, split haired villain from Disney.  The film, directed by Craig Gillespie, stars Emma Stone as the titular Cruella de Vil at an earlier time in her life before her escapades with Dalmatians. The film is a prequel and features younger versions of characters from the …

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Kansas State Treasurer Rogers presents check to PSU

State level politicians normally make their way to small town America to campaign, not to present unclaimed property checks.  On Tuesday, April 13, Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers presented an unclaimed property check to Pittsburg State University during a ceremony at Russ Hall. The check amounted to $1,480 and represented small …

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Social constructs are everywhere and it’s time we realize that

There are few immutable facets of our modern life. Most things we think of as objective and set in stone are completely constructed entirely from collective experience as members of society.  Firstly, let’s start by stating what a social construct is. A social construct is any concept that is defined by a …

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Rotten Bananas: The Pandemic Movie Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on nearly every facet of life from our education to our healthcare. One area of life that has been hit in a particularly special way is the TV and film industry.  The most obvious on-the-ground way that the film industry has been hit has …

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