Author: Shelbi Polk

Movie Review: Home Again

“Home Again,” writer and director Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s newest film, follows the struggles of Alice Kinney, played by Reese Witherspoon, and her two daughters, as they move to L.A. Alice is happy to be home (again), where she grew up with a famous director for a father. She’s also sad to be home again, because she left her husband in New York… for some reason. Alice’s issues are interrupted, or exacerbated, by a night of partying, which somehow leads us all through some almost romance and into three twenty-seven year old starving artist types moving into her guest house. The...

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Movie Review: Ingrid Goes West

We’re going to start with a disclaimer here. “Ingrid Goes West” is not a movie for the whole family. That said, this movie isn’t rated R for excessive nudity, drugs or violence. There is a bit of each of those things, but the movie is more of a psychological thriller than anything else. “Ingrid Goes West” stars Aubrey Plaza as Ingrid Thorburn, who is euphemistically a very troubled young woman. Thorburn is obsessed with social media, and specifically with Instagram, because it provides a world that is dramatically different from her reality. She is isolated, and she leaves her...

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Whitney Rose at Cavalry Court

Whitney Rose developed a passion for country music on an island in Canada, but she certainly doesn’t sound like an import. Much has been made of the fact that Rose isn’t from the South, but that can probably be attributed to the fact that she sounds like such a local. Rose’s music has a sultry, soulful twang to it that perfectly fits the smoky atmosphere of a honky tonk One of Rose’s most recent EPs, “South Texas Suites,” was recorded in Austin, Texas, which Rose has decided to call home. Rose’s dedication to the culture surrounding country music is...

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Album Review: Josh Abbott Band – Until My Voice Goes Out

Josh Abbott Band’s latest album, “Until My Voice Goes Out,” starts off more gently than any of the band’s previous offerings. The opening song, “Prelude,” is almost entirely composed of a kind of string music not usually associated with a country band’s fiddle, and the whole album defies the expectations listeners might be tempted to bring to it. The album was recorded during a time of intense grief for Josh Abbott. His father, David, had a stroke two weeks into recording, and he asked to be taken off of life support only three weeks later. This grief is especially...

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Architecture that Speaks: the work of S. C. P. Vosper at Texas A&M University

Newcomers to the Bryan-College Station area might be surprised to learn that the Memorial Student Center holds a few of the most well curated art galleries in the Brazos Valley. The J. Wayne Stark, Forsythe and Reynolds galleries bring in collections from all over the world, giving Bryan-College Station the chance to experience a multitude of cultures without ever leaving campus. The galleries’ focus, however, is on Texas art, and they do a great job of highlighting under-appreciated local art whenever possible. The current exhibit in the Reynolds Gallery is a tribute to one of the men who built...

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