Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Blacksmithing students forge new skills

By Kate Rhoads

Managing Editor

Photos by William De La Cruz | Adam Elliott uses a hammer and anvil to shape his flint striker.

All photos by William De La Cruz | Adam Elliott uses a hammer and anvil to shape his flint striker.

Sparks flew on a crisp 39-degree evening Feb. 2, as Brookhaven College blacksmithing instructor Kelly Kring fired up a propane forge and students got to work finishing their first project of the semester, flint strikers. The ska punk rock tunes of Sublime floated through the shop while the forge, glowing orange, roared and hissed as blue flames licked the openings on either side. Continue reading

Music Editor’s Must-See Shows

By Evan Henry

Music Editor

A preview of upcoming shows in the Dallas area, hand-picked by The Courier’s award-winning resident music guru

Feb. 19

Red Bull Sound Select: The Coathangers, Nothing, Cutter at Trees

Each month Red Bull invites stellar acts of all kinds to our lovely city, and this month it presents Atlanta all-girl scuzzy garage trio The Coathangers, along with the ever ear-shattering Nothing. Dallas’ own Cutter opens, and admission is $3 with RSVP on Facebook. Continue reading

BHC goes 3-D

By Carolyn Bossmann

Opinion Editor

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | The 3-D printer is able to create a multitude of shapes. The above letters were designed by advance sculpture student Mark Maxey and printed using the MakerBot Replicator 2 on campus.

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | The 3-D printer is able to create a multitude of shapes. The above letters were designed by advance sculpture student Mark Maxey and printed using the MakerBot Replicator 2 on campus.

At first glance, the 3-D printer in D Building looks like a simple open black box with a few wires and a platform inside. This deceivingly simple design does not show the printer’s ability to create any plastic model a creator might think of, within the size restrictions. “Maximum, it can print about the size of a football,” Mark Maxey, an advanced sculpture student, said. Continue reading

BHC exhibits ‘Napkin Art’

By Diamond Victoria

Arts & Culture Editor

Photos by Evan Henry | Top: Portraits of Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott hang among the “Tasty Treats” exhibit.

All photos by Evan Henry | Top: Portraits of Jeff Bridges and
Sam Elliott hang among the “Tasty Treats” exhibit.

Brightly colored screen-prints and acrylic pieces made of wood, canvas and aluminum decorated Brookhaven College’s Atrium Gallery earlier this month as part of local artist Jonathon Kimbrell’s “Tasty Treats” exhibit. Kimbrell, owner of Napkin Art Studios, recently visited Brookhaven to discuss his display. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day

Courier staffer offers tips for getting big fun out of little funds

By Jessica Ayers

Senior Staff Writer

STOP PLANNING

We have been programmed our entire lives to plan ahead. But in the case of Valentine’s Day, planning can backfire. Lovers create Pinterest boards filled with meals from 5-star restaurants, exuberant gifts and trips to Tahiti. All of these sound amazing, but would require being a billionaire to accomplish. Keeping plans as simple as possible will help alleviate some of the anxiety of the day. Continue reading

Spring into Valentine’s

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media & Fashion Editor

Finding something to wear on Valentine’s Day does not have to be a hassle. Instead of wearing the cliché color (i.e. red) or Valentine-themed attire, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get ahead of the crowd. Take advantage and impress your date or friends by wearing 2015 spring trends inspired by the runway. Continue reading

Freezing winter holiday debates

By Carolyn Bossmann

Staff Writer

’Tis the season to argue about the order of the holidays. With the end of November comes the age-old debate of which came first, the Christmas decorations or the turkey dinner. The decorations for Christmas are rolled out at the beginning of November, sparking the question: Is it acceptable to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving has even occurred? Continue reading

Sweater sales show spirit

By Erin Alexis Goldman

Photo illustration by Erin Alexis Goldman

Photo illustration by Erin Alexis Goldman

Arts & Entertainment Editor

If you have yet to be invited to an ugly Christmas sweater party, chances are it is only a matter of time. According to the “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On,” there was a noticeable rise in ugly sweater parties around 2001, and the tradition escalated from there. Continue reading

Dallas’ best local stores for holiday shopping

By Carmina Tiscareño

Media & Fashion Editor

The holiday season often means chaotic shoppers in large masses and crowded malls with echoing sounds of crying children and few parking spaces. Skip the long lines and the big crowds at the mall and shop locally this holiday season. Whether one is looking for holiday gifts or just new jeans, here are a few stores worth checking out. Continue reading

Top four merriest movies

By Joie’ Thornton

Culture & Events Editor

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Editor’s list of the top classic holiday films and cartoons that capture seasonal spirit

Miracle on 34th Street’

Director George Seaton’s “Miracle on 34th Street” was released in 1947. The classic film stars the jolly old man in the big red suit – Kris Kringle, played by Edmund Gwenn. Kringle temporarily fills in for an ousted, intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle wins over the guests with his gentle nature and magical mystique and is hired at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle tells customers and employees he is the real Santa Claus, his claims lead to Kringle proving his mental stability and more importantly, his authenticity, in court. Continue reading