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The Grand Opera House opens after major renovations

The Grand Opera House opens after major renovations

Elliot James, Lead Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theater

After months of anticipation the Grand Opera House has finally reopened presenting its new renovations. The new carpet feels comfortable as the foam bends and molds to each step of the foot. It is red and unworn. There are no signs of treadmarks anywhere. Gram Slaton, executive director of the Grand...

Battle of the Bands 2017 brings out the bears

Battle of the Bands 2017 brings out the bears

Marianna Bacallao, Photo Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Showcase

A crowd of people gathered around the stage in front of Stetson, bundled up in layers but still shivering from the cold. Bands took to the stage, one by one, each more different than the last, all performing for the chance to win QuadWorks’ Battle of the Bands. “I think it was definitely different from ...

Series Review: Stranger Things 2

Series Review: Stranger Things 2

Connor Cable, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

When “Stranger Things” hit the scene last year, it took the world by storm. It was Netflix’s first big hit since “House of Cards”, and the world could not get enough of the kids from Hawkins, Indiana and their strange misadventures. Not long after the initial praise for the first season, Netflix ...

Mercer Artist: Sarah Kate Sellers

Mercer Artist: Sarah Kate Sellers

Catherine Gumarin, Contributing Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Mercer Artist, Music, Showcase

Mercer got a taste of a home-grown talent this October at Phi Mu’s Bonnamu event. Sarah Kate Sellers, a Macon native and freshman at Mercer, wowed the crowd with a mix of songs that showcased her southern roots and powerful voice. “Macon’s the home of southern rock. You got the Allman ...

Ty Dolla $ign continues to impress with “Beach House 3”

Ty Dolla $ign continues to impress with “Beach House 3”

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

November 12, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews

There are a few artists that I vividly remember the first time I formally recognized their music. Freshman year, in my Sherwood Hall dorm, I was introduced to the artistry of Ty Dolla $ign. The first song my friend introduced me to was “Solid” off his debut album “Free TC.” What drew me ...

Series Review: More American than Horror story

Series Review: More American than Horror story

Marianna Bacallao, Photo Editor

November 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

If there’s such a thing as too topical, “American Horror Story: Cult” is it. Every season, “American Horror Story” (AHS) has different themes, plots and characters using the same pool of actors. This season follows a cult leader who uses the fear and division of Donald Trump’s presidential...

Organization Spotlight: Mercer K-pop Team

Organization Spotlight: Mercer K-pop Team

Blossom Onunekwu, Staff Writer

November 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Want to know what inclusion and open-mindedness look like? Check out the Mercer K-pop Team: a talented group of Bears that hear Korean, dance Korean and sometimes speak Korean too. The Mercer K-pop dance team, MKT, was founded two years ago by sophomore Jessica Lee, who is of Vietnamese descent. ...

Texas Songwriters Hall of Famer Robert Earl Keen comes to Macon for Christmas concert

Texas Songwriters Hall of Famer Robert Earl Keen comes to Macon for Christmas concert

Elliot James, Lead Writer

November 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews, Showcase

Robert Earl Keen debuted his country music career in 1984 with “No Kinda Dancer.” The singer-songwriter has produced 18 full-length albums since then and was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. He has not always been the festive type. “I was always a little skeptical of ...

Mercer Jazz Ensemble plays Latin favorites

Mercer Jazz Ensemble plays Latin favorites

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

November 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

To all lovers of live music, the Mercer Jazz Ensemble is having a Latin Jazz concert on Friday, Nov. 10 in Fickling Hall at 7:30 p.m. They will be performing styles such as Bossa Nova, a brazilian style which means “new trend” and is a fusion of samba and jazz, as well as Afro Cuban, an early jaz...

Movie Review: ‘Kingsman 2’ fights ‘sequel slump’

Movie Review: ‘Kingsman 2’ fights ‘sequel slump’

Connor Cable, Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Sequels are more or less guaranteed in today’s cinema landscape. The advent of the superhero movie has brought with it an endless stream of twos, threes, fours and so on, all to milk the cash cow that is Hollywood. While this is not necessarily a bad thing (films like “Spider Man 2” and “Capta...

The Dulcimer: How it has changed and where you can find it

The Dulcimer: How it has changed and where you can find it

Elliot James, Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Mercer University’s award-winning literary magazine has been around since the 60’s, but it has not always looked the way it does now. The Dulcimer began as a way for creative writers on campus to publish their poetry. “It wasn’t always a gem on Mercer’s campus,” said Yael Tessler, the magazin...

Townsend to host annual homecoming Kaleidoscope Concert

Blossom Onunekwu, Staff Writer

November 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Previews

Saturday is homecoming game night, but do you really need to wait until the game to be entertained? The Townsend School of Music begs to differ. The annual Kaleidoscope concert is on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Fickling Hall. “We will conclude in plenty of time for tailgating,” said Stan...

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