Jonathan Hamilton

Visitors, residents 'go down the rabbit hole' to local gift shop

Visitors walking through Down the Rabbit Hole, a local gift shop, are exposed to a myriad of handmade artistries designed to fit any shopper’s taste.

Ross Hendry and Laurie Brown opened the store last May. Hendry said the shop was originally supposed to specialize in candles. The vision for the store changed after several of the couple’s friends asked if they could sell their handmade items in the shop, Brown said.

“It went from an idea of us just making candles to an idea of our friends that are artists selling things as well,” Brown said.

Brown said the pair originally worked together for a candle company in Wimberley. The transition to co-running a gift shop with her significant other was a smooth one because of the chemistry they share, Brown said.

First Jazz Saxophone Festival teaches, empowers students

The first Texas State University Jazz Saxophone Festival opened May 18, kicking off a four-day celebration of the genre at the Performing Arts Center recital hall.

The event featured instructional sessions and performances by world-renowned saxophonists Ralph Bowen, Luis Hernandez, Adam Schroeder and Dick Oatts.

Schroeder, a baritone saxophonist and Texas State alumnus, said he received his first record deal with Columbia Records while at the university.

Schroeder said he has since played alongside some of music’s greatest talents, including the legendary singer and songwriter Ray Charles.

Schroeder said he has developed a lifelong dedication to sharing his musical talent with other jazz lovers across the world.

KTSW hosts MR Fest for San Marcos

Music filled the streets of San Marcos April 24-25 as members of the community gathered to support local artists.

The eighth annual My Radio Festival (MR Fest) took place in downtown San Marcos.

The event was hosted by KTSW 89.9, Texas State’s student radio station, and brought a diverse group of musicians and listeners to the city.

Local businesses such as Taxi’s, Superfly’s Music Emporium, Texas Skate Shop, Triple Crown and The Hitch served as venues during the performances.

Texas State alumni produce local music festival

Thousands of eager partygoers showed up to Cool River Ranch in Martindale for #TXSpringFest on Saturday.

John Russell, co-CEO of Tha Fixx, an entertainment website, came together with business partners Brian Hobbs and Victor Jackson to make #TXSpringFest a reality. The event was hosted by Tha Fixx and promoted by Endless Entertainment.

The concert was supposed to featured hip-hop artists Juicy J and K Camp as well as EDM performers LooKas and Sikdope.

Community festival celebrates San Marcos talent, involvement

The San Marcos community came together to celebrate local businesses and artists at the Wine and Art Weekend.

The three-day arts and entertainment festival kicked off April 10 and concluded April 12 with a jazz brunch.

Mackenzie Falcon, recreational administration senior, said the main focus of the Wine and Art Weekend is promoting economic growth throughout the community.

“The objective of the Wine and Art Weekend is to enhance the businesses downtown, to bring foot traffic and really to boost the local business here,” Falcon said.

Award-winning author visits the Wittliff Collections

Jan Jarboe Russell, award-winning author and journalist, held a presentation and book signing for The Train To Crystal City at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Texas State’s Wittliff Collections.

Texas State students tuned in as Russell explained the secret Crystal City Internment Camp, a Texas prison that housed German and Japanese families during World War II.

At the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, officials began lodging families at Crystal City in 1942 and continued until 1948, three years after World War II ended. 

Somos Músicos provides classical musical experience

Student musicians had the chance to prove their talent and dedication by participating in the Somos Músicos recital.

The Texas State School of Music hosted Somos Músicos on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The performance included “Allegro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Trio in Bb Major” by Josef Triebensee and “Catching Shadows” by Ivan Trevino.

Paula Bird, senior violin lecturer and head organizer, said the event was exclusively a student performance. The event was a chance for the musicians to show off their hard work and dedication to their craft.

Somos Músicos means “We are Musicians.” The group was created by Thomas S. Clark, director of the School of Music, Bird said.

Strutters dance their way to success

Hundreds of people filled Evans Auditorium March 26-28 to watch The Texas State Strutters perform at their annual showcase.

Tammy Fife, director of the dance team, said the group spent months perfecting the series of advanced routines in the Strutters Spectacular.

Fife said the performance is a chance for the dancers to step out of the shadows of the football and basketball team and headline their own show.

San Marcos residents visit Superfly’s for musical variety, sound quality

Many San Martians know Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium as a one-stop shop for classic vinyl records, posters and literature.

Zach Jennings, owner, said the store opened about three years ago and features vintage music from a variety of genres.

Lance Garza, employee and Texas State alumnus, said he was hired after being a regular customer at the record shop.

Wild Child, The Deer, José Gonzáles and Americana bands are sold consistently at Superfly’s, Garza said. The sound of these artists appeals to Central Texans.

Garza said he wasn’t especially exposed to music growing up. However, he developed a love for the art, which eventually led him to work at Superfly’s.

Student group advances to nationals, hopes for fourth win

Members of the Texas State chapter of Enactus are preparing to appear in a national competition this April in St. Louis, Missouri.

Seth Bleiler, Enactus president and business graduate student, said the organization is a nonprofit group focused on helping members apply practical business techniques to everyday life.

Nicholas Jones, executive board member and president elect, said over 400 universities will appear in the Enactus National Competition April 13-16.

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