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San Marcos residents visit Superfly’s for musical variety, sound quality

Many San Martians know Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium as a one-stop shop for classic vinyl records, posters and literature.

Zach Jennings, owner, said the store opened about three years ago and features vintage music from a variety of genres.

Lance Garza, employee and Texas State alumnus, said he was hired after being a regular customer at the record shop.

Wild Child, The Deer, José Gonzáles and Americana bands are sold consistently at Superfly’s, Garza said. The sound of these artists appeals to Central Texans.

Garza said he wasn’t especially exposed to music growing up. However, he developed a love for the art, which eventually led him to work at Superfly’s.

The scoop on Rhea’s Ice Cream

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Summer is approaching, and few things provide more relief from the heat than ice cream.

Rhea Ortamond created Rhea’s Ice Cream in 2010.

Ortamond said she always enjoyed making ice cream, and the opportunity to turn it into a career began when she acquired extra space to live. She turned her small area into a shop in order to ease rent concerns.

She said her mother taught her to create unique flavors.

“I am always experimenting,” Ortamond said. “It’s cool to see people appreciate what you’re making.”

 She creates the majority of her own recipes, flavors and hand-made waffle cones.

Tom and Summer Hoff, visitors from Austin, said they were delighted by the strong variety of flavors.

New student organization connects electronic music lovers

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“Love, unity and respect” is the motto adopted by a new campus organization striving to promote the San Marcos electronic music scene.  

Abraham Trevino, criminal justice sophomore and president of the Electronic Music Association (EMA), said the group is dedicated to providing students who appreciate electronic music the opportunity to connect and network.

“We want to create a scene for those who might not fit in,” Trevino said.

The organization is still in the beginning stages, but representatives hope it will improve students’ careers by teaching them how to DJ or produce music.

Trevino, who is a DJ, hopes by creating EMA he can help others find themselves.

Student musician celebrates release of first album

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A Texas State student released his first extended play (EP) album this semester under the project name Native Prix.

AJ Gatley, Texas State marketing sophomore, 19, has been playing instruments and singing ever since he can remember. He recently began taking his music more seriously.

“When I was 14, I made my first demo, but this is like the first legit album I’ve made so far,” Gatley said.  

Gatley said the release date for his album, entitled Recreated Dreams, holds a special meaning.

“I decided to release my album on Jan. 31 in memory of my dad,” Gatley said. “He passed away on that day about 10 years ago, so it felt like a good day.”

Gatley wrote each song on the album in addition to playing drums, guitar, keyboard and bass.

Student group advances to nationals, hopes for fourth win

Members of the Texas State chapter of Enactus are preparing to appear in a national competition this April in St. Louis, Missouri.

Seth Bleiler, Enactus president and business graduate student, said the organization is a nonprofit group focused on helping members apply practical business techniques to everyday life.

Nicholas Jones, executive board member and president elect, said over 400 universities will appear in the Enactus National Competition April 13-16.

Pagan Fellowship provides safe place for interested students

People take part in a variety of underground religions, but some beliefs go largely unnoticed.

That is where the Pagan Society comes in. Jared Brown, vice president of the Pagan Student Fellowship at Texas State, said the group is composed of students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. Some group members are devoted Pagans. Others are people interested in learning more about Paganism.

Brown said the Pagan Student Fellowship was founded in 2006 by alumna Tamara Langstrumpf in an effort to create a discussion about various beliefs and practices. Hinduism, Buddhism, Druidism, Wicca and witchcraft are openly discussed, Brown said.

Independent filmmaker has breakout debut

An independent film powerhouse has made her way to the festival circuit.

Life in Color is a film written, produced, starring and edited by Katharine Emmer. The work is Emmer’s directorial debut, which premiered at her first South by Southwest Film festival. The dramedy follows Mary and Homer, two depressed 20-somethings floating their way through nanny gigs and various comedic jobs.

Comedy and drama are common tools used together in film, Emmer said during a question and answer session after the screening. She used these elements to keep the film honest.

Texas State alumna advocates anti-bullying in SXSW documentary

She was born under the oddest of circumstances.

Most of her childhood was spent in seclusion from other kids of the same age. All she wanted was to be understood, but her journey didn’t begin until she had to understand herself. 

Elizabeth “Lizzie" Velasquez, Texas State alumna, is the subject of A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.

‘He Never Died’ emotionally gripping thrill ride

 
Writing this review took five days because He Never Died irreparably messed up my psyche. 
 
The film He Never Died stretched the limits of my imagination to their brink. It was terrible.
 
I mean that in a positive manner, by the way.
 
The film follows Jack (Henry Rollins), who is mired in a deep, extended depression. Jack’s existence is limited to playing Bingo, eating in a diner, walking, watching television and napping. 
 
His isolation from humanity stems from his penchant for eating human flesh. 
 
Rollins played the role brilliantly. He said nothing. He did nothing. He was given a lot of rope to explore a character that had nothing to explore. 

Independent horror anything but scary

Horror is dead, and we have killed it.

We Are Still Here premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival as Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut. The film centers on the lives of Paul Sacchetti (Andrew Sensenig) and Anne Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton) after their son is killed in a car wreck. They then move to a seemingly “normal” home, and chaos ensues.

The theater was packed to capacity as audience members murmured about their excitement for the new thriller. However, if they and I shared the same sentiment, we were all promptly disappointed.

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