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“A Lie of the Mind” provides deep drama and dark humor

Willa Goldberg

November 14, 2011

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Mary Moody Northern Theater gave a heart-wrenchingly beautiful performance of "A Lie of the Mind" in its second show of the season. "A Lie of the Mind" by Sam Shepard examines relationships and the true definition of love as it ...

Poet reads from latest book, gives writing advice to students

Willa Goldberg

November 14, 2011

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Naomi Shihab Nye, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets since 2010, gave a reading to such a packed house in Mabee Ballroom that organizers had to bring in extra chairs. During her reading, Nye discussed how she came to want to w...

Weekly ‘Flix Fix: Britney Spears and crop tops: film leaves no ’90s fad behind

Jenna Jaco

November 14, 2011

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Weekly ‘Flix Fix takes the legwork out of wading through thousands of film choices on Netflix, bringing you the most truly bizarre, quirky and outright amazing gems instant streaming has to offer.   Before Adrian Grenier eve...

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Tinariwen brings a different sound to Austin

Armand Ferreccio

November 8, 2011

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From making music with a bicycle wire strung to a tin can to playing western style blues guitar. From the deserts of Mali to Austin, Texas, Tinariwen or the "the desert boys" stood in full traditional garb in front of a crowd at ...

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Mayhem ensuses at Cannibal Corpse show

Sam Jackson

November 8, 2011

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George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, vocalist of renowned Florida death metal group Cannibal Corpse, sported a shirt during their Sunday night set that ironically stated: "Where is your God now?" A very good question, at least from ...

Weekly Flix Fix: Documentary gives fans that Harry Potter fix

Nikki Hill

November 8, 2011

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For all of you who have been going through Harry Potter withdrawals since this past summer, Josh Koury's "We Are Wizards" might help to bring back a bit of the magic you've been missing.   "We Are Wizards" is a 2008 document...

Topper Tats: Music acts as inspiration for student’s ink

Brooke Blanton

November 8, 2011

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For junior Briley Dockery, a long-loved album from the band He is Legend acted as inspiration for her most recent tattoo. On both her wrists, Dockery sports blue designs that she refers to as "curly smile."   Dockery works at a Gi...

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Defeater kicks off music fest

Holly Aker

November 7, 2011

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The Boston, Mass. post-hardcore band, Defeater, was one of the first bands to perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year. With the midday sun beating down on the Black Stage, punks and rocker kids dressed in black and ripped denim ...

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Band mixes punk and indie

Ryan Lester

November 7, 2011

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With their blend of punk energy and indie smarts, The Thermals ignited one of the Orange stage's few mosh pits on Friday with a tour through their excellent back catalog. Lead singer/guitarist Hutch Harris powered his way through ...

Individuality the key to this year’s fall fashions

Molly Williamson

November 7, 2011

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It's cold, finally, and in Texas that carries a special kind of excitement for lovers of fashion. Except for the inevitable random warm fronts that so love to grace us mid- December, we can once and for all throw our tribal p...

Wurstfest honors German culture with food, drink and music

Mitch Harris

November 7, 2011

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A mass of sausage, beer and leiderhosen flooded the city of New Braunfels this weekend to mark the 50th annual Wurstfest. The festival, started in 1961, began as a way to honor the town's most popular food. From the very beginnin...

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Odd Future disrespects fans

Sam Jackson

November 7, 2011

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They've fought critics, bloggers, accusations of homophobia, to name a few woes, while rising in the hip-hop world. But on Sunday night, L.A. rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All faced their toughest challenge yet...

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