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‘Birdman’ DVD Soars High

‘Birdman’ DVD Soars High

Oscar winner release offers cool special features, insights “Birdman” is all about reputation and redemption. Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) was once an iconic superhero, hence the title. Thompson decides to revamp his acting career by writing, starring and directing his own adaption of Raymond Carver’s[Read More…]

February 26, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
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Birdman

‘Birdman’ to fly over ‘Boyhood’

87th Academy Awards favor indie appeal, more than box office blockbusters The film award season is almost complete. The 87th Academy Awards will wrap up another incredible year of films, Sunday. One of the most interesting things about the big nominees is that none of[Read More…]

February 19, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
Chloe Sullivan, Kountze junior, Chaz Romero, Orange junior and Sydney Haygood, Friendswood freshman, rehearse a scene for “The Glass Menagerie” in the Studio Theatre, Feb. 11. UP Photo Elizabeth Grimm

Family Fragile as ‘Glass’

Tennessee Williams’ drama to open Feb. 26 in Studio Theatre “The Glass Menagerie” is a play that only consists of four roles — Amanda, Tom, Laura and Jim — but this small cast explores big themes that ultimately reveals their inner turmoil and how they[Read More…]

February 19, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
UP illustration 
by Desmond Pickens

Spirit of Sacrifice

Feb. 18 sees start of Lent, 40-day period during which Catholics reflect on life’s meaning “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, take up his cross each day, and follow me.” With Lent approaching, Jesus’ words, from Luke 9:23 of the New International[Read More…]

February 12, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
In the 1980s, advertising agencies started taking advantage of the holiday to have mid-February sales, as depicted in this clip art from the period. This is when the term Presidents’ Day started to become the dominant name for “Washington’s Birthday.”

President’s Day: more than just another Monday

When people think of February, their minds tend to drift toward Valentine’s Day. In a month filled with love and candy, it’s easy to forget one of the least-celebrated holidays — Presidents’ Day. “Presidents’ Day does not have that direct influence on our daily lives[Read More…]

February 12, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
Perfect Valentine’s

Perfect Valentine’s

Classic dating traditions still most popular A synonym for Valentine’s Day might easily be, “Appreciate Your Partner Day.” However, beautiful red roses, stuffed animals, and nice romantic dinners tend to be a little cliché. Do we really know what our partner wants? What really makes[Read More…]

February 12, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
World View: Maria Elena Sandovici, Bucharest, Romania, Associate Professor Political Science

World View: Maria Elena Sandovici, Bucharest, Romania, Associate Professor Political Science

What is the most common misconception about your home country? People will talk about vampires. No, we don’t have vampires in Romania. That does not represent my country at all. Transylvania is a part of Romania and it is really beautiful. Transylvania is special to[Read More…]

February 12, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
Art work by Steffen Sangster, right, Everett Beaujon, left, and Chris Presley 
will be on display 7-10 p.m., Feb. 13, at the Victoria House.

High Street Gallery to host ‘Fever Dreams’

The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of mixed media artwork by three up-and-coming artists, Chris Presley, Steffen Sangster, and Everett Beaujon, 7-10 p.m., Feb. 13. The gallery is located in Victoria House, 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont. “Chris Presley is a founding member[Read More…]

February 5, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
Artwork  by Darrell Troppy

‘Heartist by Artists’ auction benefit set for Feb. 12

Darrell Troppy’s annual heart show, “Heartist by Artists,” a charity fundraiser for The American Heart Association for the Golden Triangle, will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 12, in his studio located at 1393 Broadway in Beaumont. Contributing artists include Inez Alvidrez, Adam[Read More…]

February 5, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features
Helene Czudek

World View: Helene Czudek, Strasbourg, France, Graduate Student

What is the most common misconception about your home country? It is funny, because when you enter my city it says, “Strasbourg: Capital of Europe,” and then you go to Brussels and it says, “Brussels, Capital of Europe.” We are kind of fighting over that[Read More…]

February 5, 2015 Comments are Disabled Features