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United Way of Abilene presents second Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival

The second Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival, which benefits the United Way of Abilene, took place April 29 – May 1 at the Nelson Park Festival Gardens. The three-day event featured live acts on Friday and Saturday evening with a Gospel brunch to follow Sunday at the TownePlace Suites/Courtyard Marriott hotel. Bethany Ashlock, United Way’s […]

Brave new worlds: FilmFest 2016

Far away from the lights and cameras of tinsel town, film making seems like a concept that is as far removed from Abilene as the Hollywood sign is from the GATA fountain. But, for a few students, film making is their passion- a passion that will be celebrated at the 12th annual FilmFest. FilmFest will […]

Art students place surprise pieces around campus

Several students placed different pieces and types of art around campus as part of a new art project. The art presents itself in new forms and requires some thought as well as creativity from the art students themselves. Unlike other projects, the students were required to create a piece that would cause the audience member […]

The Netflix Fix: Dope

R, 1 HR., 43 MINS. Malcolm, played by Shameik Moore, is a classic high school geek; he goes to class, gets good grades and has zero experience with the ladies. Despite this, he has two ride or die friends in the just-as-geeky Job and Diggy. The trio bond over their shared love for 90s hip-hop […]

The Netflix Fix: World of Tomorrow

NR, 17 MINS. The World of Tomorrow is an existential crisis delivered at a break-neck speed that will have you laughing every time you jump into a new dimension, and in this short film that’s practically every minute. This colorful and abstract short is creator Don Hertzfeldt’s first digitally animated film and his first effort […]

Art students win at Intercollegiate Student Art Competition

Art students swept at The Center for Contemporary Arts’ Intercollegiate Student Art Competition Feb. 11. Out of the 24 competitors who placed or received honorable mentions, 15 of them were ACU students. This is the seventh year the Center for Contemporary Arts has hosted the competition for students of ACU, Cisco College, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University […]

Keep Abilene Interesting: The Micah Bynum Story

Abilene is anything but boring for Micah Bynum. He used to live in the paradise of Hawaii, but today he’s pursuing his passion for music here in West Texas. “Once you start it’s really easy to keep going, especially here in Abilene,” Bynum said. Although he’s not studying music, Bynum is finding ways to play professionally […]

The Netflix Fix: Side Effects

R, 1 HR., 46 MINS. In this crime-thriller drama, Rooney Mara stars as Emily Taylor, a woman struggling with severe depression. After her husband Martin, played by Channing Tatum, is released from prison for insider trading, Emily’s symptoms worsen and she makes an attempt on her life by driving her car into a concrete wall. […]

The Netflix Fix: Making a Murderer

TV-14, 1 season, 10 episodes Making a Murderer is a documentary following the real-life story of Steven Avery, a man who served 18 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted. In 1985, Avery was convicted in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, for the attempted sexual assault and murder of a townswoman. Avery claimed his innocence for 18 […]

Theatre prepares for spring 24 Hour Musical

The Department of Theater has wrapped up auditions for their charity event, the 24 Hour Musical. Auditions for the musical took place Sunday in the Williams Performing Arts Center, and all students were welcome to try out. Also, students unable to sing were able to audition with a 60-second monologue in place of prepared music. […]

Video: 17th 24fps Film Festival

The 17th annual 24fps International Short Film Festival premiered Nov. 6-7 at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

Video: Students prepare for Ethnos showcase

Ethnos is an annual showcase put on by the International Student’s Association with the hopes of showing students the cultures of their fellow classmates. The JMC Network caught up with some of the groups as they prepare for the show. Video/editing by John Puckett