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MC3 Band will provide a multi-dimensional concert experience at “Cubed” on April 27

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

On April 27, 2017 the Maryville College community concert band, better known as MC3, will be presenting their spring concert entitled “Cubed.” Under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, the band will perform “Lights Out” by Alex Shapiro; “The Beethoven Machine” by Michael Colgrass; “Foundry” by John Mackey; “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl; “Sang!” by Dana Wilson; and “The Machine Awakes” by Steven Bryant. During the spring performance, the MC3 Band will be trying out a new musical identity. “The typical experience audience members receive from a band concert is one of lyrical music,” said member Allison Franklin. “This concert, however, will provide a more modern experience.” Visual stimulation is a key focus within “Cubed.” Audience members can expect LEDs, Rave Music, lighting effects, performers playing in the audience and so much more.  There will also be light tricks...

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Goodbye, Beauty and the Beast

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

My childhood was very shaped by Disney. During the ‘90s, Disney had an incredible boom in animated movies. “Beauty and the Beast” was released and became an instant classic. It seemed like I watched “Beauty and the Beast” over and over again. I loved Belle’s beauty and independence, her kind heart, brave nature and ability to love the Beast beyond his physical appearance. Despite later seeing some connections to subtle racism within the plot of the movie, my childhood innocence took the meaning of the movie to be inspired and lovely, affirming women’s intelligence and the possibility of true love. In my four-year-old mind and for many years after, it really did seem like the most beautiful love story every told. The animation was incredible, too! I loved the detail in Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Chip and Cogsworth. Perhaps it...

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Are we in the golden age of television?

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

Have you noticed in recent years that there is an overwhelming amount of good television on air? From cable to streaming services, producers have figured out the secret to good TV. This has resulted in a landslide of “Must See TV.” In the past each decade has had a defining show. Shows like “MASH,” “I Love Lucy,” “The Twilight Zone” and others have been remembered and recognized long after their series last aired. Those shows took chances, they were iconic for their writing, advanced political views or cinematography. The other shows from the eras they were made in can’t hold a candle to them and were forgotten with time. What will happen now that we seem to have the formula to making good television? Writers and producers know how to craft a story that is unique and draws in...

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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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