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Glassblowing is making a comeback

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Glassblowing is an ancient art form that is making its comeback in the modern age. There are very few crafts that have been continually practiced for so long and the hot-glass resurgence is well underway. It’s alchemy and chemistry and sculpture all rolled into a fine art that produces beautiful creations. Luckily, this form of art hasn’t been lost to the ages, as it is still practiced at a few universities around the country. Glassblowers are artists who gather liquid molten glass at the end of a pipe and then manipulate the blob of glass with a slew of very primitive hand tools. When working with the molten glass, the artists must continually reheat their piece as the glass gets cold and stiffens up easily. Sometime artists will blow a bubble of air into the glass to obtain the...

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MC Dance Ensemble to perform spring showcase

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Maryville’s Dance Ensemble will be hosting their spring showcase, “A Night of Hollywood and Broadway,” on Saturday, April 8 in the Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts. For Maryville students, staff and faculty, admission is free, but an ID is needed for entry. For others, the cost is $7 at the door. The Dance Ensemble is a student-led group at Maryville, so all the dances will be choreographed by students. This allows students the chance to create new and exciting interpretations of music through dance. “It gives the students the opportunity to do many different styles of dance and also get the chance to choreograph their own dances,” sophomore Jessica Rhea said. I’m looking forward to showing everyone the hard work we put in this semester.” The audience can look forward to songs they will recognize...

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I Dream in Pixels: Mario Kart is for lovers

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

“I will see you hanged!” I shouted in a fit of laughter as she ran me off the road. Let me set the scene for you. The weather is gorgeous—or at least what we can see of it from my dorm room. We are sitting close on a worn out couch, each clutching our controller of choice: hers a Wii remote fashioned into a faux steering wheel, mine a beloved Gamecube controller that has survived since my 13th birthday. We are staring intensely at the TV, hurling insults back and forth like a game of expletive hot potato. “Mario Kart” might be on the screen, but the real game is taking place between us, arising like a dust cloud as we fill the air with obscenities yet find ourselves moving closer. The tension increases with each shell thrown and banana...

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Has Hollywood’s idea bank run dry?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

While some really iconic movies have come out in the last 20 years, the past few years have gotten repetitive. You can almost predict what movies will be in the box office this summer: space movie with white leads that makes you fear the galaxy; part two of a young adult series with a strong, young girl in a love triangle; a remake of a Disney classic; and superhero movie after superhero movie. While remaking movies is an age-old Hollywood tradition, this practice seems to have increased recently. The age of remakes is upon us. Studios claim many reasons for remaking movies. For one, the technology of movie making keeps getting increasingly better. If you compare the CGI of today to 20 years ago, it is astounding how far we have come. Some filmmakers are interested in making their...

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Raising Hell: A Comic Series by Brandi Payne

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

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MC Student writes and directs autobiographical work for senior study

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

MC theatre major Trevor York is tackling a powerful subject with his Senior Study. “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” is a two-man staged reading that follows the journey of Wayne, a young man who is transitioning from high school to college while struggling with depression. The staged reading, which is presented by Alpha Psi Omega and the Maryville College Theatre Department, is written and directed by York and performed by theatre alumnus Matt Lyscas ’14 and post-baccalaureate alum and Austin East High School theatre teacher Doug James. Performances took place on March 11 and 12 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Haslam Family Flex Theatre. Due to the subject matter, the play is intended for mature audiences. “This work is autobiographical,” York said. “I have been dealing with depression since my senior year of high school.” York’s directions lead the cast members to...

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