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KTSW hosts MR Fest for San Marcos

Music filled the streets of San Marcos April 24-25 as members of the community gathered to support local artists.

The eighth annual My Radio Festival (MR Fest) took place in downtown San Marcos.

The event was hosted by KTSW 89.9, Texas State’s student radio station, and brought a diverse group of musicians and listeners to the city.

Local businesses such as Taxi’s, Superfly’s Music Emporium, Texas Skate Shop, Triple Crown and The Hitch served as venues during the performances.

School of Music presents Latin music on the Square

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The Square is typically home to club music, but the sounds of salsa took over on Friday night.  

The Stonewall Warehouse hosted the second Salsa on the Square presented by the Latin Music Department in the School of Music. Chris Rue, general manager of Stonewall Warehouse, said two musical groups within the community performed. 

“We have Texas State’s Salsa del Rio and Orquesta del Rio, and the San Marcos High School salsa band is also playing a couple of songs,” Rue said.

The event brings diverse music and supporters to the bar, Rue said.

‘Kiss Me Kate’ closes out Texas State Mainstage Theatre season

The Texas State Mainstage Theatre season concluded with a performance of Kiss Me Kate.

Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance put on Cole Porter’s comedic musical April 21-26. The musical was directed and choreographed by Cassie Abate, assistant professor, and was performed at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre.

The musical follows the story of divorced couple, Fred and Lilli, who are actors in a production of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The two perform the lead roles, Katherine and Petruchio, which causes chaos and comedy within the production.   

Mulaney proves talent, showmanship at Moontower

Stand-up comedian John Mulaney performed at the Paramount Theatre Saturday night as part of the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival held April 22-25.

The festival brought in other big names such as Patton Oswalt, Wanda Sykes and Ron White. The Paramount seats 320 people, but the theater had more empty seats, especially in the balcony section, than during headliner shows on previous nights.

“I sat at the top, and I was surprised to see empty seats for John Mulaney,” said Erica Johnson, audience member. “I was here last night for Patton Oswalt, and the house was so packed even badge holders were getting turned away.”

Wanda Sykes slays with hilarious set on race, family

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I have been waiting to see Wanda Sykes perform live my whole life, and last night proved good things come to those who wait. 

 

Studio art seniors exhibit thesis projects

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Students of the Texas State School of Art and Design had the opportunity to showcase their work Monday as part of the Spring BFA Thesis Exhibition at The University Galleries.

Mary Mikel Stump, gallery coordinator, said the exhibition is the result of hours of dedication put in by students in the last two semesters of their BFA programs.

“Every week for the next month, there will be a new exhibition,” Stump said. “We have 68 students participating in these thesis exhibitions in this semester alone.”

Stump said students have been progressing to the showcase since entering the program.

Take Back the Night promotes dialogue on domestic violence

Officials with the Texas State Student Health Center coordinated with the Student Involvement Fair to host the first Take Back the Night event April 13.

This rally was held as part of a nationwide promotion in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event opened with a march that began at Old Main and concluded at the LBJ Student Center amphitheater. Ebony Stewart, alumna and three-time Slam Champion, performed her spoken-word poetry at the finale of the event.

Arlene Cornejo, health promotion specialist at the Student Health Center and event coordinator, said Take Back the Night shows students university officials provide a secure environment. The event provides a safe space and allows victims to speak out and share their stories.

Earth Day celebration educates students

Campus and community organizations gathered in the Quad on Wednesday to celebrate Earth Day.

Emily Bippert, anthropology senior and coordinator with Student Volunteer Connection, said the event allowed representatives of environmental organizations to come together and educate the Texas State community.

“We are working with other organizations that promote the environment, like Bobcat Blend and Waste Management (and Recycling), in order to promote the fact that it is Earth Day,” Bippert said. “We want students to become more aware of protecting the environment year-round instead of just during this time.”

Community fundraiser benefits animal shelter

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Dogs and their owners gathered in the San Marcos Plaza Park on Saturday to participate in the 11th annual Mutt Strutt.

Trish Thompson, event coordinator, said the Mutt Strutt begins with a one-mile walk through the park and a wide range of festivities take place at the finish line.

“The walk usually takes about 30 minutes,” Thompson said. “Then everyone and their dogs meet back to listen to music and participate in the silent auction, raffle and pet contests.”

Thompson said the goal of the Mutt Strutt is to support the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter by raising awareness and promoting responsibility.

Concert series finale showcases faculty

Music buffs, students, faculty and staff gathered Tuesday to listen to the musical workings of Texas State jazz artists.

The performance by the Texas State Jazz Artists Septet was the final event of the International Concert Series presented by the School of Music. This event was held in the Performing Arts Center.

Washington García, associate professor of piano and assistant director of the School of Music, said he is the founder and artistic director of the International Concert Series. García said the series is intended to expose the community to new styles of music and support the school.

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