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ARTS & CULTURE


The age of disappointing acting and movies

The Age of Adaline was more of a stylistic film of fashion and promise of history than it was a film for the purpose of telling an interesting story. Somewhere, somehow a cross between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Time Traveler’s Wife, and About Time came out of Hollywood with a gorgeous cast, but […]

Woman in Gold deserves five gold stars

Woman in Gold is a marvelous and perfectly artistic approach at depicting a famous art restitution case from the Nazi invasion in Austria. The film is not without inherent faults of bias and the occasional cringe-worthy line, but as a whole, the movie flows like an ornately crafted chronological court case with just the right […]

Social media connects alumni to students in art department

Six students have won first place in various sessions of the semester-long ACU A&D Instagram Competition facilitated by the Department of Art and Design. The competition serves as a way to connect current art students with alumni. Every two weeks, a department alumnus judges the miniature competitions. Six winners have been named so far: Anne-Marie Coffee, senior […]

Local craft fair focuses on artists of all kinds

A local Abilene promotion company will host the annual Spring Craft Fair to promote and celebrate local artists and businesses. Head of the event, Jen Harmel, is an ACU graduate who previously participated in student-led craft fairs and established JamFest. “When you graduate college here in Abilene, there’s not a lot of opportunities where that […]

Local boutique utilizes students for trend fashion show

The third annual Betty & June trend show and late night shopping event is Saturday at the downtown event center, The Majestic. The trend show is the biggest event of the year for the local boutique. This year, the event will incorporate local businesses and students to display new clothing. Owner of Betty & June […]

Student places third in Intercollegiate Student Art Competition

Last month, one ACU student placed in the Intercollegiate Student Art Competition facilitated by the Center for Contemporary Arts. This is the seventh year the ISAC has taken place. In 2008, Russell Ellison, a long-time signature artist member at the Center for Contemporary Arts, initiated the idea for the competition. “I had wanted to do […]

ACU Opera performs The Magic Flute

The Department of Music delivered an adapted performance of a famous German opera, The Magic Flute, in Cullen Auditorium March 26 and 28 as one of the ACU Opera Workshop’s two annual shows. Also known as Die Zauberflote, the opera was composed by Wolfgang Mozart over 150 years ago and tells the love story of […]

Abilene City Limits benefits Wishing Well International

Gardner Hall lobby will conduct an event called Abilene City Limits April 16 from 7-9 p.m. to raise donations for the non-profit organization Wishing Well International. There will be free homemade food provided by ACU students and music from local Abilene performers. Wishing Well International has provided clean water to more than 30,000 people worldwide. Previously, […]

Video: Sarah Cortez presents ‘Cold Blue Steel’ poetry

Sarah Cortez, former police officer turned poet, speaks to ACU students at Hart Auditorium. Cortez read several selections from “Cold Blue Steel” a collection of poetry centered on her experiences as a police officer, as well as an excerpt from “Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston, Cortez’s spiritual memoir. Video/editing by Jessica Clark

Spotlight: Art Student Chera Chaney

Arts reporter Catherine Blakemore interviews ACU art student Chera Chaney about her upcoming internship at Fossil, and her life as an artist and a graphic design Major. Video/Editing by Joshua Cook

Video: Students’ filmmaking talents on display in annual FilmFest

The 11th annual FilmFest event featured 10 films that showcased the range of talent and experience for aspiring filmmakers at ACU. Produced by Savanah Silva Video by Aaron Pokluda

‘The DUFF': A modern take on high school romance

Witty, modern and cliché, The DUFF, short for designated ugly fat friend, is your average high-school flick with a contemporary facelift. The book-turned-movie describes what happens to high-school senior Bianca, played by Mae Whitman, when her best friend crushes her confident self-image. The story follows her struggle to regain self-confidence as she is bullied and […]