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Best and Worst of ACL 2019

(10/23/19 3:25am)

Along with at least half of Rice’s student body, the Thresher made yet another road trip to Austin City Limits Music Festival Weekend Two over midterm break. Despite the inflated food prices and suffocating crowds, I can honestly say that this year was by far the best I have experienced in three consecutive years of attending my hometown’s festival. While I certainly didn’t have time to go to every single performance, I saw a lot of incredible performances during my three-day venture to Zilker Park. Here are a few highs and lows of my ACL 2019 experience: 



Houston Celebrates First Annual Viet Cultural Festival

(10/02/19 4:03am)

Last Saturday, NRG Center came alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of Vietnam during Houston’s first annual Viet Cultural Festival. Hosted by local community group Vietnamese Culture and Science Association, Viet Cultural Festival marked the first festival in Houston dedicated solely to Vietnamese culture as a whole since the Hope Initiative’s 2012 Vietnamese Festival at Discovery Green. 


Unconventional Rhythms

(10/02/19 3:56am)

Surprise! The first weekend of Austin City Limits is already upon us. At this point, we’ve all heard the big names headlining this year’s festival, including breakout alt-pop star Billie Eilish, returning favorites Childish Gambino and Tame Impala and legendary rock band Guns & Roses, whose performance this weekend will mark their first Austin performance since 1993. But if you’re planning on attending ACL, don’t plan your schedule with only these well-established artists in mind. Be sure to check out the following genre-bending artists who have each earned their own spotlight with their unique sound.


Rice Cinema celebrates 50th birthday with new screening series

(09/18/19 3:06am)

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Rice Cinema has begun its new year-long screening series, “Low-Fi: Analog Deep Cuts from the Archive.” Every Thursday night at 7 p.m., film enthusiasts from across Houston can gather in the Rice Media Center to experience obscure independent films housed in the Rice Cinema film and video archive as well as analog films contributed by local cinema art institutions. 





Lana Del Rey’s ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’: Album Review

(09/04/19 2:42am)

“Hot girl summer” has been eclipsed by sad girl autumn thanks to “Norman Fucking Rockwell,” the sixth studio album by singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. With this project, the New York native composes an ode to the West Coast by not only alluding to locales like Venice and Malibu beaches, but also by adopting elements of surf and folk genres to capture a nostalgic Californian psych-rock sound. At an hour and seven minutes runtime, “Norman Fucking Rockwell” paints a rose-colored portrait of contemporary Americana with especially poignant reflections on love, loneliness and youth. Come all you foolish lovers and carefree beach bums, muses and artists alike —Lana Del Rey welcomes you home.  


It takes a village: Rice Village revamps its restaurant scene with latest updates

(08/28/19 2:50am)

Rice Village has long attracted a diverse clientele: The fusion of college students with residential populations creates a complex crowd of consumers that all want different things from their stroll down Rice Boulevard. The popular shopping strip has been around since the 1930s and has gotten several facelifts over the years to address the demands of its vibrant and ever-evolving consumer audience. With a major change in property ownership earlier this year, the Village is now experiencing its first flux of major real estate developments intended to reinvigorate the historic strip’s dining scene. If you’ve grown tired of routinely jumping between Torchy’s Tacos and Hopdoddy Burger Bar for your off-campus cravings, prepare for some new and upcoming food destinations in the Village that are sure to surprise and satisfy. 





Reflections and Revelations: Cherry Reading Series welcomes poets Jennifer Chang and Michael Collier

(04/10/19 3:18am)

Poets Jennifer Chang and Michael Collier created an atmosphere of vulnerability and introspection with readings of their most recent work during a new installment of the Cherry Reading Series on Thursday. Both Chang and Collier painted vivid landscapes with their poetry that felt harrowingly intimate and eerily familiar to their listeners. 


Rondelet on a budget

(04/03/19 3:24am)

Rondelet is this weekend and since you’re already coughing up 20 bucks for each ticket, here are some ways to spare your wallet from further damage in the name of your totally cute outfit. I am perpetually broke so trust in this list, because I only included shops that I would personally visit in order to not break the bank: