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Townsend finds her way back home after loss

By Todd E Jones | July 19, 2018

What does it take to find your way back home from tragedy? For one Conway singer and songwriter, the answer came, of course, in the form of a song. For Townsend, music has been a part of her life for a long time. “So, I’ve been playing music for as long as I can remember. Throughout Junior high and High School, I was the drummer for a punk rock band,” she told me by email. “Once I got to college, some friends heard me play guitar and really pushed me to start playing for people. I’ve had some really top-notch supporters …

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12th Season of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre Starts in June

By News | April 29, 2018

CONWAY — Tickets for the 12th season of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre went on sale April 16. The lineup for the June 8-July 8 season, which explores the theme of transformation, includes Shakespeare classics The Winter’s Tale; Henry IV, Part One; and a family adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, as well as Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Tickets to the Reynolds Performance Hall productions of Henry IV, Part One and My Fair Lady are $32 per person ($25 for seniors/active military/students); tickets for Much Ado About Nothing are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Two-play packages for Henry IV, …

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UCA Film Festival Set for May 3

By News | April 28, 2018

By Jordan Ballentine and Jennifer Cranford, College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas film students will present their short films at the 14th annual UCA Film Festival on May 3 starting at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Audience members can expect diversity among the filmmakers, genres and stories told. “There is a lot of talented people here with really strong visions and personal stories,” senior Film Club Supervisor Donavon Thompson said. “They’re going to tell those stories, and it’s good for us as …

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The Missing Voice in The Shape of Water

By Wells Thompson | March 2, 2018

Editor’s Note- The Academy Awards is March 4, 2018. We have asked our resident Movie Reviewer, Wells Thompson, to review several of the movies up for Academy Awards leading up to the Oscars. It’s not often that we remember which films were nominated in any given year. After the awards are over and the winners are chosen, films aren’t usually described as being nominated for best picture anymore, unless it’s a memorable snub or a really unexpected entry. I bring this up because no matter who wins Best Picture this upcoming Sunday (probably The Post), it’s definitely noteworthy that The Shape of …

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Why Perspective Makes a Difference: A Review of Lady Bird

By Wells Thompson | February 23, 2018

Editor’s Note- The Academy Awards is March 4, 2018. We have asked our resident Movie Reviewer, Wells Thompson, to review several of the movies up for Academy Awards leading up to the Oscars. I think everyone knows what I’m talking about when I use the term “Oscar Bait.” Those movies that come out late in the year that don’t really do anything new or special, but hit all the right notes and get showered with praise at the Academy Awards just for existing. Generally, they’re pretty easy to spot: look for a period piece drama that takes itself entirely too seriously and …

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How to Make a Classic: The Importance of the Basics in Get Out

By Wells Thompson | February 16, 2018

Editor’s Note- The Academy Awards is March 4, 2018. We have asked our resident Movie Reviewer, Wells Thompson, to review several of the movies up for Academy Awards leading up to the Oscars. Horror as a genre is probably the most marginalized storytelling method in any media. In literature, few horror writers are ever recognized in the literary canon outside of Edgar Allan Poe, and in film, horror is often dismissed as a medium for cheap jump scares and bloody gross-outs. To date, only one horror movie, The Silence of the Lambs, has ever won Best Picture, and only a …

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Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Review: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

By Wells Thompson | February 9, 2018

Editor’s Note- The Academy Awards is March 4, 2018. We have asked our resident Movie Reviewer, Wells Thompson, to review several of the movies up for Academy Awards leading up to the Oscars.  The first review is for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s always a surprise when your expectations are subverted, especially when you’re expecting the worst and wind up with the best case scenario. Every Oscar season, I expect to see a list of overblown dramas being recognized with a few great films sprinkled in that have no real chance of winning. Nearly every year, the winners are almost …

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