Alumni connects links

Sun, Feb 21, 2016 - 5:56pm

As I sit writing at my desk, local singer-songwriter Joel Cross’ “Can’t See” is playing softly through my computer speakers, perfect background music for today’s topic.

Ah, now Madi Davis is crooning her tune “Sleeves.” I’m tuned in to the all-new

Now, while J.R. Byrd sings “Planted,” let me take you back in time five years ago to the birth of It’s the story of a music lover’s dream that stumbled into a crossroads at exactly the right moment, colliding with a destination’s quest to find an outlet for its voice.

It was the spring of 2011. Jake Laughlin was fresh out of the...

Alumni design app for UNT students

Sun, Feb 14, 2016 - 3:56pm

By Christian Boschult

A free app created by two University of North Texas alumni is helping students at six universities across the U.S. navigate most every aspect of life on campus.

Mochila: Campus in Your Pocket, maps campus buildings and includes listings organized by dining, colleges and computer labs. The app, created by alumni Trey Tartt and Adam Selby, also has a university events calendar, campus news and bus schedules.

Mochila, which means backpack in Spanish, launched Jan. 25 at UNT, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California,...

Grammy Awards love North Texas

By Preston Jones

Don’t look now, but the National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences is feeling a little sweet on Texas this year.

The California-based organization saw fit to nominate several North Texas artists for the awards it doles out on an annual basis: the Grammys.

From first-time contenders to veteran collectors of golden gramophones, this year’s crop of Grammy nominees showcases the diversity of the Lone Star State’s sound — everything from Top 40 pop to R&B to gospel and classical has been recognized — demonstrating that Texas can do much, much more than serve up good ol’ country music (...

Meet the 2016 Dallas Observer Masterminds

By Lauren Smart

Nowhere is the spirit of Dallas more alive than in its artists. Their cultural brain power and unstoppable ambition bring us new events and festivals, revitalize neighborhoods, reflect on our blunders and offer us things to take pride in. Our artists challenge the status quo of theater, film, visual art and dance, and by doing so, chart the city’s destiny. Every year, the Dallas Observer pauses to salute the voyagers exploring strange new artistic worlds. With the annual Mastermind Awards, we offer a $2,000 check to aid these artists, organizations and art collectives. Many were deserving of the honor, and...

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Berks Sinfonietta taking 'Transatlantic Journey'

Thu, Jan 7, 2016 - 12:01am

Berks Sinfonietta, the chamber orchestra that recently collaborated with the choral ensemble Vox Philia for "Magnificat," a Christmas concert held at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Shillington, will present "A Transatlantic Journey" on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, West Reading.

According to the orchestra's vice president, James Gilmer, the four pieces on the program represent four distinct cultures, three European and one South American.

"We want to incorporate more Latin music into our repertoire," he said, "because there's a significant Latin American population here. We're...