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Josh Abbott Hurricane Harry’s @

Fans of Josh Abbott Band had been waiting two years for the group to release another record after 2010’s She’s Like Texas, an album which propelled the band into the limelight and hit #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The band’s latest album, Small Town Family Dream, also peaked at #5 on the US Country chart and at #2 on the Indie chart (they’re “indie” because the group continues to manage all of their recordings on their own label, Pretty Damn Tough). The single release of “Touch” from Small Town became an immediate hit with fans, and the band’s video for the single also became extremely popular, a video bandleader Abbott says is more like a short movie set to music. “I just wanted to come up with something different than your normal, cute, little love video,” Abbott said. “I’m tired of seeing those all the time. I wanted something that captivated the audience from a story-line perspective.”

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by Chris Zebo

The Josh Abbott Band will be performing two concerts in Aggieland this week, following up a concert on Wednesday, August 29 at Harry’s with a rare encore performance Friday, August 31 at 7pm. So, if you miss them Wednesday (or more likely, you can’t get in), don’t fret; the boys will be back Friday night. After spending the summer zigzagging across the state and playing shows around the country, the band comes to town just in time for the beginning of the semester. Advance tickets can be purchased on Hurricane Harry’s website at

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Southern Backtones @ The Beer Joint


by Sarah Dean


And even though they’re big for an indie in Houston, the band is more even popular in Canada and the Northeast. Winners of “Best Local Band” and “Best Local Vocalist” (houstoncitysear. com) as well as “Best Traditional Rock” in 2006 and 2007 and nominees for “Best Songwriter” in 2008 (Houston Press), the Southern Backtones perform at the Beer Joint at 9pm September 5th. Wanna give them a listen first? Visit

Having entertained at numerous events in the Houston area, Carr is making his way to the charming Benjamin Knox Wine Depot for a night of solo jazz.—7:00pm— Benjamin Knox Gallery and Wine Depot—715 University Drive East, College Station—Free

Joey McGee @ Village Café

Joey McGee is an artist living in Bryan who quit his day job to play the music he loves. He refers to his music as “folk rock groove.” Join him for a great night of music and drinks at the Village.—8:00pm—The Village Café—210 West 26th Street, Bryan—Free

Don’t be fooled by the name; The Southern Backtones may evoke images of cowboy hats and pressed jeans, but their sound isn’t “a little bit country.” Rather, the Houston-based band has a darker rock edge and a vampy tinge of early Bowie. Influenced by Portishead, John Evans, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, David Bowie, and Pale, the Southern Backtones delve into many genres and forge their own. The group’s most recent record, La Vie en Noir, released in October of 2011, has a completely different vibe than their first, Los Tormentos de Amor. The band prides itself on their constant reinvention. The latest album is a cauldron full of the best bits from the Southern Backtones’ prior albums; full of voodoo-rock and psychedelic power.

Jack Carr @ Benjamin Knox Gallery

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Josh Abbott @ Hurricane Harry’s

Playing round two (he played Wednesday night, too) Josh Abbott Band returns for a reprisal of favorites such as “Touch” and “Oh, Tonight.” Gonna be a singalong and a lot of dancing. Brian Burke to open.—9:00pm—Hurricane Harry’s—313 College Ave, College Station—$12.

The Sideshow Tragedy @ Revolution

The Sideshow Tragedy (Austin, TX) has a blues infused garage rock and roll sound influenced by Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, and Keith Richards. For a two-piece, they sure set the stage on fire visually and aurally—9:00pm—Revolution Café & Bar—211B S Main St, Bryan—Donation at the door.

Raspa @ Zapatos

Channeling the music of Bob Marley, Sublime, and Bob Schneider, Raspa fuses roots reggae with jam rock into upbeat melodies and dance favorites. The band is playing an outdoor show at Zapatos, where heavy dancing and shot taking will make you feel like it’s spring break in August.—10:00pm—Zapato’s Cantina—211 University Drive, College Station—Free.

Matt Fracht @ Church Street BBQ

Local musician Matt Fracht will be playing a free set at Church Street. Enjoy these final days of summer on the back porch of one of Northgate’s coolest bars—11:00pm—Church Street BBQ—100 Church Street, College Station—Free.

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MSC Grand Opening Presents:

Dr. Jorge Cham 9.1 - SATURDAY

Hawthorne/Rector @ MSC

Mayer Hawthorne is a “retro soul” artist with a vintage sound that still resonates today. If big artists, such as Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and John Mayer, have vocally endorsed Hawthorne, he’s probably pretty good (even having done a duet with Snoop). Ben Rector is an upcoming artist with an album that debuted at #4 on Itunes last September. His music has been featured on several TV shows, such as One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, ESPN SportsCenter, and Teen Mom.—7:00pm— Rudder Auditorium—Texas A&M University, College Station—Free with valid TAMU Student I.D.

9.2 - SUNDAY

Mic Check Poetry @ Revolution

9.3 - MONDAY

Dr. Jorge Cham @ MSC


Mic Check is a non-profit organization that believes poetry should be free to the community. The purpose of the organization is to connect with readers and writers of all backgrounds. Every second Sunday of the month, there is a poetry slam.—8:30pm—Revolution Café & Bar—211B S Main St, Bryan—Free Dr. Jorge Cham, author of the “PhD. Piled Higher and Deeper” comic strips will have a reading and presentation in the MSC Gates Room (230). Following the reading, the Graduate Teaching Academy will have a presentation to highlight graduate teaching and learning at Texas A&M University.—6:30pm—MSC—275 Joe Routt Boulevard, College Station—Free

Rise of the Rest @ MSC

While we are still considered one of the most powerful nations in the world, the United States has been under scrutiny concerning its rank as a superpower. A response to the global and local discussion of the status of America, Rise of the Rest will expound upon the development of emerging nations, delving into their influence as vital components in world economics and their growth within international politics.—7:00pm—MSC—275 Joe Routt Boulevard , College Station—Free

Southern Backtones @ The Beer Joint

The Southern Backtones are a vampy, rich-sounding, rock group from Houston. The band has released 3 albums prior to La Vie En Nior, there most recent endeavor. They won “Best Traditional Rock” group in 2006 & 2007 and were nominated for “Best Songwriter” in 2008 by the Houston Press.—9:00pm—The Beer Joint—12550 State Hwy 30, College Station—Free

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Author, Scientist, Creator of “Ph.D. Comics”


by Eszter Trufan

Have you ever experienced the power of procrastination, that demotivating drag that’s self-inflicted on your brain every time you’re supposed to be working? If you haven’t (you overachiever!) and you’re a grad student(or thinking of becoming one in the future), visit the “PhD. Piled Higher and Deeper” comic strip website created by Dr. Jorge Cham. In only a few short reads, your ability to procrastinate will improve tremendously. You’ll also laugh at Cham’s witty insights and caricatures of grad life in the 21st century. For graduate students and others who are contemplating their f u t u r e s after graduation, Dr. Jorge Cham’s lecture on “The Power of Procrastination” on Monday, September 3 from 6:307:30pm (at the MSC in the Gates Room) could be extremely enlightening. Dr. Cham has plenty of experience in education. He received his bachelors from Georgia Tech in 1997 and earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford. After completing his graduate studies, he worked as an instructor and researcher on neural prosthetics at Caltech. With such a strong educational background, one might wonder, “How is it that he’s best known for a comic strip?” There are two possible answers for that: 1) He’s had his sense of humor for longer than his research acumen; 2) There are more stressed-out graduate students who enjoy a few moments of comic relief than people interested in neural prosthetics. Cham’s first comic was published on October 27, 1997 and it quickly gained popularity across grad student networks. In 2005, Dr. Cham took his “Power of Procrastination” talk on a tour of over 80 major universities. In the lecture, he talks about his experiences and examines some sources of anxiety for grad students. As a scientist, he backs up his words with scientific evidence: “A recent survey by U.C. Berkeley found that 95% of all graduate students feel overwhelmed, and over 67% have felt seriously depressed at some point in their careers.” He also explores the guilt and the myths associated with procrastination and argues that, in many cases, it’s actually a good thing. After the reading and presentation, the Graduate Teaching Academy will present a vignette series highlighting aspects of graduate teaching and learning at TAMU.


Mayer Hawthorne and Ben Rector are coming to town to help the MSC open grandly. Not only is it awesome that two high caliber musicians are visiting TAMU, but the best part is that it’s absolutely free. Each valid student ID can get two tickets at the MSC Box Office (located on the first floor of Rudder Tower) beginning at 10am on Monday, August 27. The concert, presented by MSC Town Hall, will take place in Rudder Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 1.

Hawthorne’s sound has been described as “retro soul,” inspired by pre80s-era soul and sounds that reach back to the vinyl your parents’ parents listened to. His music is vintage and yet familiar; but there’s nothing old about it. His first album “How Do You Do” peaked at #4 on Filter Magazine’s list of Top 10 Albums of 2011. He’s also been endorsed by standout artists like Snoop Dogg (who is even featured on his album), Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, and John Mayer. Ben Rector’s diligence is proving to be very rewarding for him as he grows in fame. He’s not quite a household name yet, but without doing any real advertising, his most recent album “Something Like This” climbed to #4 on the iTumes album chart—higher than Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (and we all know how high Lil Wayne can get). Rector’s been influenced by The Beatles, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Billy Joel, and Spoon. His classic pop sound compliments Hawthorne’s well, as they both have pop influences and strong, resonating voices. You can find more information at ourmsc.

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Free Concert @ Rudder Auditorium by Ike Ntube

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Exclusive Interview: The Sideshow Tragedy


by Chris Zebo

The Sideshow Tragedy is a band out of Austin considered local favorites in Bryan/College Station. At least they’re treated like a part of the music community every time they make it to town. If you’re unfamiliar with the duo (Nathan Singleton-vocals and guitar; Jeremy Harrelldrums), we caught up with Nathan to formally introduce you. You can also introduce your eardrums to the band Friday, August 31 at Revolution Cafe or preview their music first at MW: Your sound takes forays into many genres, but it’s rooted in vintage, gritty garage rock peppered in Southern blues. Tell people who’ve never heard you what your influences are and how you’d classify your sound. Nathan: I grew up on pre-war Delta blues, like Son House and Bukka White, and early Chicago stuff, early Muddy Waters, that kind of thing. That, and the Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top. We’re also into avant garde stuff, like Beefheart, Marc Ribot, and Latin Playboys. Lyrically, I’m probably more influenced by art and literary stuff than rock and roll, anything from Sartre to Frank O’Hara to Picasso to Henry Miller. I’d say we sound like Led Zeppelin would sound if they were The Velvet Underground. We’re pretty noisy.

MW: For just two guys on stage, you accomplish a lot of sound and intensity in your live performances. And after releasing the Gasoline EP, you both decided it was time to “trim the fat” and produce a leaner sound. What effort has gone into producing a full sound within the parameters of just two guys on stage? Nathan: Good question. It’s really important to us to occupy the bass frequencies. I feel like a lot of 2-piece bands don’t do that. After the White Stripes got so popular, everybody was like, “We don’t need a bass player.” But bass players are important—and if you don’t have one, you better pick up the slack. For our part, Jeremy puts an emphasis on huge bottom-endy grooves with lots of floor tom, and I play National resonator guitars, which I tune to super low open tunings(like down to low A) with super heavy gauge strings. I also do my best to keep a drone going the whole time—I hybrid pick, I almost never strum chords. My approach to playing guitar is somewhere between playing bass and playing banjo. MW: You’ve said that “Most people feel like music is a disposable commodity that should be free, and maybe they’re right. At the same time, we feel like what we’re doing isn’t disposable.” As an independent artist self-releasing your own music, do you still have a desire to produce physical albums for purchase? Where do you


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guys fall into the debate about being digital rather than physical? Nathan: I’m old school—if I don’t have something to hold in my hands, then it’s not an album. I don’t have an iTunes account; I don’t know how it works. People totally still buy records in the indie music world. Aside from having a tangible souvenir, in my experience, people just want to support us in any way they can, so they buy our albums. Of course we’re on iTunes and Spotify and all that, but I think the drop in tangible media sales since digital got so popular is mostly of concern to big stars, like Lady Gaga and all that.

the record compare to Gasoline? Nathan: Gasoline is basically a prequel to Persona—a couple of the tracks from Gasoline are on the new record. It was like an advance single that came out a year before the record it was advancing. Same studio, same creative team, same musicians, same gear. So they fit together pretty neatly. MW: Persona is being released on vinyl. Can it be purchased online, too? Nathan: Oh yeah. All the major retailers will have it, iTunes, etc.

MW: You’re getting ready to release a new record, Persona, on September 7th. How does

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MSC Grand Opening Main Event:

Rise of the Rest


Additional educational experiences are taxing to full-time students(who wants to learn MORE when they’re not in class or studying at home?), but the MSC Grand Opening is really pulling out all the stops for their program “Rise of the Rest: Embracing a Newer World Order.” Two renowned speakers, Steve Forbes and Robert Reich, will present at the event that focuses on upcoming economies around the world and how they can impact United States policy. Have you ever heard of Forbes Magazine? Well, Steve Forbes, the Editor-in-Chief of that very publication. is going to be speaking. Forbes is a successful man—and with Forbes Magazine being the nation’s leading business magazine, he must know a thing or two about success. Forbes is representing the Republican point of view in the program, and he is very qualified to do so. He served as Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB) under both Presidents Reagan and Bush. Additionally, Forbes has sought the Republican nomination for Presidency under the platform of a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits, and a strong national defense.

by Ike Ntube

Robert Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkley and served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, while also serving in the Ford and Carter administrations. Time magazine named him one of the 10 best cabinet members of the century. He has written thirteen books, of which he has had best sellers for Aftershock and The Work of Nations. He is founding editor of the American Prospect Magazine and Chairman of the Common Cause. Reich certainly has all the qualifications of an able and experienced Democrat for the program. He has been a political commentator for several television programs and has taken to social media to continue his discourse. Regardless of what side you’re on, this is a great educational opportunity, and even more so for the opportunity to hear two speakers who are as accomplished as Forbes and Reich. Admission is free at the door with a current Texas A&M student ID. But if you want guaranteed admission, advance tickets are available for $15 at the MSC Box Office located on the first floor of Rudder Tower


Deryl Dodd “Love Around Here” Maybe I’m just getting older, but I love DD singing about playing with his kids in the yard.

Roger Creager “Crazy Again” Speaking of getting older, every so often, I do feel the urge to get CRAZY again like I did in my younger days. Luke Bryan “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” Not 100% sure if I like this song a whole lot or if I just like it that much better than some of his recent songs. Still, gotta respect a song about breakup sex! Listen weekdays 3-7pm

Eric Church “Creepin” Just doesn’t resonate with me. Weird vocal effect, constant repeat of the title. He’s had much better. (see “Springsteen”)

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Gourmet meals featuring exotic flavor combinations and the freshest ingredients have escaped the confines of high-end restaurants and taken to the streets. Now, people who don’t have a hundred bucks to blow on dinner can enjoy a fine dining meal for about the same price as fast food at Chef Tai’s Mobile Gourmet Bistro. If you haven’t heard of Chef Tai Lee and his famous food truck, you have either been subterranean for the past couple of years or you just moved to Aggieland. The truck started as an offshoot of Lee’s popular upscale restaurant, Veritas Wine & Bistro; but it quickly built up its own base of loyal customers and ravings fans. With the help of those devoted fans and the Aggie Network, Lee’s truck was voted the #1 Food Truck in America on the Food Network’s Great American Food Truck race. Being voted the top food truck in America is quite an honor, but it also sets expectations very high for the mobile eatery. Fortunately, Lee and his team of mobile chefs rise to the occasion, delivering what you may quite possibly come to believe is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in a parking lot, or maybe anywhere for that matter. A most recent Chef Tai experience did not disappoint, as usual. The first thing I tasted was a few bites of the Sea Bass Cake Sandwich ($8) that my friend ordered. The cake was bigger than we expected and topped with a flavorful combination of corn salad, chipotle mayo, herb

aioli and bacon cabbage slaw on a garlic butter ciabatta roll. After my friend pried his fish sandwich back out of my hands, I gave my Korean BBQ Short Rib Tacos ($8) a taste. The beef short rib taco meat, prepared Korean style and cut into fajita sized strips, was very tender and moist with just a hint of sweetness from the fruit juices used in the marinade. The tacos came wrapped in 2 corn tortillas and topped with kimchee slaw and chipotle mayo. The artfully made tacos looked and tasted like a dish composed in a high-end restaurant. The overall flavor combination was spectacular.

When you see one of Chef Tai’s trucks set up on campus and around town, grab a bite. There’s always something on the menu worth pulling a u-turn for. Check out for menus and schedules.

Painting with a Twist is the answer! The “twist” is that you can bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage** to enjoy during the class. At the end of the evening, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation and a newfound talent you might want to explore. This is not your average art class; this is art entertainment. $35. Painting with a Twist - 1643 Texas Avenue South, College Station.

$5 Domestic Pitchers @ Daisy Dukes

Enjoy $5 Domestic Pitchers all night long at Daisy Dukes! Daisy Dukes - 217 University Drive, College Station.

Shrimp Boil @ The Tap

8.31 - FRIDAY

The Tap is hosting their mighty Shrimp Boil: Peel and Eat Shrimp every Friday! The Tap - 815 Harvey Road, College Station.

Sunset Tour @ Messina Hof

We shared an order of Truffle Parmesan Fries ($4), which are potatoes fried in truffle oil. They were hot, perfectly crispy, and oh so delicious with just the right amount of Parmesan cheese and seasoning sprinkled on top. While some favorites stay on the menu every day, the truck rotates new menu items on a frequent basis, so there’s always something new for adventurous eaters. Tai also recently acquired a second food truck featuring lower priced menu items that still meet Chef Tai’s high standards for quality and culinary innovation.

Wine and Paint @ Painting with a Twist

Toast the sunset with a glass of Messina Hof sparkling wine! Stroll around the Bryan-estate with spectacular views of the lake and vineyards. After the tour, delight in a flight of Messina Hof wines paired with delectable tapas at the Wine Bar. $10. Messina Hof - 4545 Old Reliance Road, Bryan.

Celebrating Brewology @ Fox & Hound

The entire month of August, Fox and Hound is Celebrating Brewology: The Science of Beer! Only one more weekend left! Fox & Hound - 505 University Dr, College Station.

9.3 - MONDAY

Margarita Monday’s @ Ozona’s


Happy Hour @ The Dixie Chicken


Whiskey Wednesdays @ The Corner

Dollar margaritas all day at Ozona’s every Monday! $1. Ozona’s - 520 Harvey Road, College Station. The 4-hour happy hour at The Dixie Chicken is every Tuesday night! They should call it the happy hours. Every Wednesday is Whiskey Wednesday at The Corner with special whiskey drinks served all night long. The Corner - 401 University Drive, College Station.

Ladies Night @ Daisy Dukes

Daisy Dukes is hosting Ladies Night with 50-cent drinks all night! Also, one lucky lady wins $50 every hour! Daisy Dukes - 217 University Drive, College Station.

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Discover Your Next Passion @ MSC Open House


Are you a student new to campus trying to find your niche? Then the Memorial Student Center (MSC) Open House might be a way to discover a new hobby or social network. The MSC Open House happens every year; but although it’s an annual occurrence, it stands to be different for any students in attendance this year. The Open House will actually be held physically in the building that has been under construction for the past four years. With the new building up and running, this stands to be an Open House different than any of the previous ones, including those in the building before renovations. “It goes without saying that this is the single best opportunity for students to discover avenues of involvement at Texas A&M,” MSC President Tyler Stewart said.

by Ike Ntube

With over 400 organizations in attendance along with two demonstration stages for more performance-based organizations to perform, you’ll certainly find something that piques your interest. The true advantage of having this event housed in its original location is the space and layout. After previously being held in places like the Recreation Center and Read Arena, there is a true advantage to the amount of space in the MSC. “Because Open House will be in the MSC,” Stewart said, “students will be able to learn more about the tradition and history of the building while searching for that perfect organization. The layout will hopefully improve traffic flow and also make it easier for students to find that certain category of organization

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they are looking for. It will be easier than ever for students to find their perfect fit!” A variety of organizations will be in attendance, ranging from leadership organizations, sporting organizations and clubs, performance-based organizations, arts organizations, TAMU organizations, social organizations, etc. Texas A&M University takes great pride in not only providing a formal education but also in providing a secondary education through involvement and networking. For more information about what’s at this year’s MSC Open House, visit ourmsc. or scan the code below.

For more information on MSC Open House scan this code and Insite Magazine Launch New Project by Eszter Trufan


Wine and Paint @ Painting with a Twist

The “twist” is that you can bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage to enjoy during the class. Come alone or invite your friends. Paint, canvas, and brushes are provided. At the end of the evening, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation and a newfound talent you might want to pursue. 7:00pm— Painting with a Twist—1643 Texas Avenue South, College Station-$35.

Karaoke @ Schotzi’s


Mixing alcohol with an open microphone always promises a good time, so swing by Schotzi’s for the classic “karaoke night”.—8:00pm—Schotzi’s—205 University Dr., College Station—Free.

For centuries, artists were considered the beating hearts of communities because they were able to raise awareness about economic, political, social and ethical issues in a non-confrontational way, often leading to unexpected progress. Supporting the arts was considered the most distinguished form of patronage, and sponsorship from patrons allowed artists a relative autonomy in which to stay “true” to their talent.

was to have an art gallery inside of it featuring local artists that changed every month with a companion magazine that would feature those local artists as well in a different medium. The cafe part of the Village took more time than initially expected, and the magazine never got off the ground. Angelique Gammon, owner of Insite Magazine, approached me about an art issue and I told her my initial idea about Art979 magazine.

That is rarely the case anymore. Today’s artists are often struggling to have their names known and to have their art appreciated. Most are working for the “Man” in advertising mediums, in a world where today’s patron is less likely to be a wealthy individual, a church, or a community but rather Pepsi or T-Mobile.

With her publishing experience and my involvement with the arts, it seemed like a natural pairing to make the first Art979 Magazine a reality. Once we decided to launch the magazine, it seemed natural to launch a website in conjunction with the magazine that would provide a more exhaustive resource for artists and their events in the area. Through the website, we’ll be able to keep current events listed as well as allow artists to have an outlet to feature their current works.

That is why the Art979 and Insite Magazine Launch Party at The Village in Downtown Bryan (Friday, August 31st from 6pm until midnight) is so vital. The event marks the launch of a new periodical that will focus on regional artists, giving them exposure and serving as a networking device, connecting them to other artists and collectors. True to its mission, the event will feature the artists that will grace the pages of both the magazine and the website. There will be live music from Greg Tivis and many others, as well as poetry, dance, art demonstrations and interactive photo booths and video displays. We talked briefly with Kristy Petty, owner of The Village Cafe and mastermind of, about Art979 and how it came about. MW: How did the collaboration between Insite Magazine and Art979 happen? Kristy Petty: My original plan for The Village

8.31 - FRIDAY

Salsa Friday’s @ Velocity


Come and Skate it @ Hysmith Skate Park

MW: How can somebody get a copy of Insite? Kristy Petty: Insite is available through direct subscription, or it can be purchased at local stores, such as Village Foods. The arts edition will be available for pickup at The Village.

Are you ready to put your skateboarding skills to the test? The inaugural Come & Skate It skateboarding competition will be Saturday, Sept. 1 at G. Hysmith Skate Park. The competition is set for 11am-5pm and will feature 15-andunder and 16-and-over age divisions. Prizes will be awarded in each category, and participates will receive a shirt, goodie bag and wristband. Competitors are required to wear helmets.—11:00am—G. Hysmith Skate Park—1520 Rock Prairie Rd., College Station—$10 for main events, $5 for side events.

Salsa Saturday’s @ Village Café

Voted Best Night of Dancing (2011 & 2012), Salsa Saturdays starts with a fun, “30-Minute Crash Course Salsa Lesson” followed by a hot night of dancing. Come prepared to sweat and to meet new people at this Aggie hot spot! Visit for more details. —10:00pm— Village Café—210 W 26th St, Bryan—$5.

MW: Who is your target audience and what kind of impact do you wish to make? Kristy Petty: Our target audience is any art lover who lives in or visits the Bryan/College Station area. I feel that there are so many artists whose work goes unnoticed because there is no one advocating for them. Through the magazine and the website, we hope to show everyone what Bryan/College Station has to offer to the arts scene and why art truly lives here.

Get your Latin groove on every Friday night at Velocity Video Dance Bar. Complimentary salsa lessons are offered from 8:30 to 9:30 followed by social dancing. $1 drinks till midnight.—8:30pm—Velocity—913 Harvey Rd, College Station—Free

9.2 - SUNDAY

Karaoke @ La Bodega

It’s the only venue in town that holds karaoke on a Saturday night. La Bodega offers you a night of delicious food and drinks with amateur entertainment(sometimes in key) to go with din din.—12:00am—La Bodega—102 Church Ave, College Station—Free

MSC Open House @ MSC

It’s the only venue in town that holds karaoke on a Saturday night. La Bodega offers you a night of delicious food and drinks with amateur entertainment(sometimes in key) to go with din din.—12:00am—La Bodega—102 Church Ave, College Station—Free.

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Open Mic @ Schotzi’s

Visit Schotzi’s for an opportunity to bare it all on stage. Whether you consider yourself a songbird or the next Galifianakis of comedy; showcase your talents and enjoy a few minutes of fame or infamy.—8:00pm—Schotzi’s—205 University Dr., College Station—Free.

Second Corinthians Five: Seventeen

9.3 - MONDAY

Pub Quiz @ Revolutuion

Do you know an inordinate amount of information? Then put it to good use at Revolutions Cafe and Bar’s Pub Quiz every Monday night. Bring a five person team and enjoy free shots, happy hour prices, a $25 bar tab to the winning team, or a $15 bar tab to the second place team, with extra points given for all the new people you bring!—9:00pm— Revolution Café & Bar—211B S Main St, Bryan—Free.



Wine and Paint @ Painting with a Twist

The “twist” is that you can bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage to enjoy during the class. Come alone or invite your friends. Paint, canvas, and brushes are provided. At the end of the evening, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind creation and a newfound talent you might want to pursue. 7:00pm—Painting with a Twist—1643 Texas Avenue South, College Station-$35

Comedy Night @ Schotzi’s

Do you have what it takes to be the next Jerry Seinfeld? Stop by Schotzi’s for Comedy Night and channel your inner Chris Rock on an open stage.—8:00pm—Schotzi’s—205 University Dr., College Station—Free

Salsa Wednesdays @ Village Café

Salsa Wednesdays at the Village Cafe offer an hour and a half professional dance lesson(8pm) followed by a night of dancing from 9:30-12am. A great night to learn new moves or to just let loose on the dance floor! Visit for more details. —9:30pm— Village Café—210 W 26th St, Bryan—$8 lesson and dancing/$5 just dancing.


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Want to prove your skateboarding skills? If you think you’ve got what it takes, then the Come & Skate It competition is right up your ollie! Open to skaters of all skill levels, the competition is split into two age divisions; 15-and-under/16-and- over. If the mere thought of attempting to even keep your balance on a skateboard frightens you, have no fear; you can still spend the day admiring the talent of the skaters. Thanks to the help of sponsors (PepsiCo, C-Ment Skate Shop, 101.9 The Beat, Rock 103.9, HEB, and Clockwork Games & Events) all attendees will have the option to play video games, shop around vendor booths, and snack on treats. Because safety is a top priority, all participants are required to wear helmets during each event. The park is home to a pro-style flow bowl, a pool bowl complete with tile and pool coping, as well as a street course with yards and yards of terrain and trick spots. Prizes are awarded to skaters who best ride the concrete waves; however, all participants will receive a t-shirt, wristband, and a goodie bag. Those participating in what’s called the Lord

of the Lines competition will have to complete three tricks during their run. The five-judge panel will choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner based on the quality of the skater’s best line. There will also be 4-Stair and 8-Stair/Rail/Bank Selections and both are one-trick competitions; participants will be judged on their best trick. It’s $10 to compete in these sections of the event. The Side Events competition segments are $5 and include Doubles – Big Bowl (a joint competition with one first place winner selected by the crowd, based on the skaters’ creativity, tricks, and togetherness), Jam Session – Pool (champions will be determined by all the tricks they have completed, their variability and continuance of their line), and Highest Ollie (think the opposite of limbo: skaters will continue to jump the height of an object until it can no longer be cleared). Come & Skate It will take place on Saturday, September 1 at G. Hysmith Skate Park (1520 Rock Prairie Rd.) from 11:00pm–5:00pm. For more information, visit

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Labor Day Classic Gulf Coast Paint Horse Show


As the classic phrase goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” While making your horse drink water isn’t included in the Labor Day Classic competition, participants have other ways of proving their horses are winners. Members of the American Paint Horse Association (the fastest developing and second biggest breed registry on earth) are invited to the Labor Day Classic Gulf Coast Paint Horse Show, held on September 1-3, to show off their well-trained equines and to compete for awards. The Labor Day Classic is sponsored by the South Texas Paint Horse Club and the Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club. Easily distinguishable from any other breed, the Paint Horse’s beauty will be celebrated at the Labor Day Classic. Held at the Brazos County Expo Complex (5827 Leonard Rd.), competitors will showcase the astounding beauty of their Paint Horses. Hi-Point and Reserve Awards are available for every division (Youth WalkTrot, 13 & Under, 14-18, Novice Youth, Novice Amateur, Classic & Master Amateur, Amateur Walk-Trot). In order for the horse/rider to be in the running for these awards, the duo must be shown in the respective halter class and three performance events. In order to win the All-Around for Open Division, the horse is required to be shown in open halter and 3 performance events in 3 categories.

by Sarah Dean

(GCPHC) was formed in 1965, officially making it the oldest Paint Horse Club in the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). Boasting over 175 families as members, the club hosts regular meetings in the Houston area as well as publishing a monthly newsletter (available online). The GCPHC also values its youth. Home to many of the highest-ranked youth in the nation, the GCPHC was delighted to begin a scholarship fund in 1990 for young men and women. With the scholarship, many have had the opportunity to further their education.

(8:00am–3:00pm). Participants must hold a valid APHA membership card to present to the show secretary. For more information on the Labor Day Classic (other competitions, membership application, additional Labor Day Classic pricing, etc.) and the Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club, visit

The Labor Day Classic will be held all day

Besides competitions, riders can pay $10 for their horses to have unlimited practice on the trail as well as $10 for unlimited over fence practice. Novice Youth and Novice Amateurs can b e entered into their respective classes and “ride up” for free. iTunes and Starbucks gift cards will be awarded to the top 5 Novice Youth and Novice Amateurs by the number of classes in which they “ride up.” The Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club


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Premium Rush

Premium Rush is the perfect movie for late summer. Inspired by Roadrunner cartoons, the movie is basically a series of chase scenes between Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s anti-authority, adrenaline-junkie bike messenger Wilee (get it?) and Michael Shannon’s rumpled thug Bobby through the streets of rushhour Manhattan. The generational difference is deliberate: It’s like Step Up with bike chases. Director David Koepp has written for Spielberg so long that the auteur is finally rubbing off on him. Branching out from horror puzzlers like Secret Window, Koepp is now applying his solid studio brain to other kinds of movies, like this modern-day Duel. The Looney Tunes influence is mostly decoration, but Chuck Jones does provide the basic characterizations. Thanks partly to Koepp’s lively script, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is more credible in his cocky flouting of authority than in The Dark Knight Rises. And Michael Shannon brings a characteristic, wide-eyed sense of menace to the movie that grounds the goofy premise.

by Brandon Nowalk

But whatever the marketing wants you to think, Premium Rush is no Roadrunner cartoon. Roadrunner’s on his own, but Wilee has a whole network of multiracial peers to help him out. In place of Chuck Jones’ stylized graphic design, humorous tone, and anarchic spirit, Premium Rush is more, um, modern. The early going finds some interest in the texture of the white stripes, the gray asphalt, and the yellow signals, but it feels accidental by the end. Premium Rush has a point-and-shoot look of amateur aesthetics because it’s not about the images; it’s about the energy. Hence Koepp’s traveling shots and an editing scheme that maintains a nice sense of geography and momentum. This isn’t one long, sustained bike chase but a series of little ones with varying characters and stakes. It’s a smart way to keep the energy up without wearing the audience out. That propulsion unifies the film—in the chase sequences, in the hero’s rush, in the thrill of rebellious youth. “Baba O’Riley” and “Salute Your Solution” commingle on a danceworthy

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soundtrack of young people asserting themselves, how ever doomed their stand. The most interesting design element in the flick is Koepp’s use of cellular technology. Wilee’s smartphone maps his routes across the city and as it zooms in, Koepp dissolves to the actual location with Wilee biking into frame. The smartphone also unites all the various plot strands via phone calls, and the screenplay shifts back and forth through time in perfectly apportioned vignettes until we finally understand all the goals and motivations of the characters. Premium Rush is a fun, modern, little tale of Generation Y values: creativity, diversity, and independence.

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1 The Expendables 2

14 Total Recall

All those muscles and manly man poses are clear: It takes a real man to stand still and squeeze a trigger on an automatic weapon. I wonder how much they paid the plastic surgeon.

Apparently, what the original Total Recall needed was less humor. Sans Mars, sans Kuato, the remake is still wacky. It just takes itself really seriously. It’s the online fanboy’s worst tendencies adapted into a movie.

2 The Bourne Legacy

15 Ice Age Continental Drift

You have to give them some credit: Instead of a Spiderman-style reboot with the same old origin story, Bourne spun off Jeremy Renner into a new franchise. It’s hectic absurdity, but it could be worse.

The prehistoric mammals and rodents are back for another, completely new adventure in the world of sitcom jokes for little kids. No, really: This one has a musical number with pirates.

16 Ted

3 ParaNorman

A little boy sees dead people in this spectacular, spooky, over-stuffed gem, paving the way for more horror-comedy cartoons. Weird is the new normal, gray is the new black, and Laika is the new Pixar.

4 The Campaign

It’s like a scripted Christopher Guest mockumentary of a post-Citizens United political campaign that flies off the rails into schtick. Not even Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis can make that funny.

5 The Dark Knight Rises


Nolan’s not a director. He’s a tinker: Mascot characterizations, Rube Goldberg emotions, lifeless cityscapes, conveyor-belt music, bumper sticker politics, and guillotine editing welded into a steel hunk. I’ve never rooted harder for the bad guys.

6 The Odd Life of Timothy Green

It was only a matter of time before cinema invented the manic pixie dream kid. This one’s a wood nymph, but it’s still just Tuck Everlasting meets Marley and Me. It doesn’t deserve your tears.

You’re never gonna believe this, but the creator of Family Guy made a movie about a man-child and a talking animal. What’s really crazy: It’s actually not bad! Who knew vulgarity could smell so sweet?

7 Premium Rush


Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a Manhattan bike messenger with a hot item and a deadly pursuer in this late summer surprise. It’s like if Roadrunner had a smartphone and a bunch of cool, stunt-actor friends.

8 2016 Obama’s America

If we don’t act now, the president will transform America into a radical, unexceptional nation of socialist drones! If nothing else, pundit/ director Dinesh D’Souza gets points for creativity. And for balancing Michael Moore.

9 Hope Springs


Someone finally adapted the flashing scene from Something’s Gotta Give into a good movie! Leave it to Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell to turn schmaltz into truth.

10 Hit and Run


Punk’d discovery Dax Shepard writes, co-directs, and stars in this Tarantino wannabe about frank, poppy conversations between

car chases. Fun cast though: Kristen Bell, Tom Arnold, and Kristin Chenoweth deserve better.

11 Sparkle

Since it’s physically impossible to make a melodrama about a ‘60s Motown girl group without casting an American Idol, Jordin Sparks centers this conceptual revamp of Dreamgirls. Not even Whitney’s final performance distinguishes this parade of cliches.

12 The Apparition

Paranormal Activity has made horror safe for tedium! A seance summons a ghost that haunts a college group in this minimalist yawner. Poor Ashley Greene and Tom Felton, trying to flee the franchise. Get out!

13 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days


For the third year in a row—seriously, this kid is like a younger-skewing, really boring Harry Potter—The Wimpy Kid returns to battle the doldrums of childhood. Now with more gay panic!

17 Madagascar 3


Even Noah Baumbach can’t surmount the connect-the-dots formula of these movies, but the film’s visual imagination gives the safari four some fantastic flights of fancy as they cross Europe with Cirque du Soleil.

18 Brave


Another magical Pixar fable about a rebellious girl and her worried mother set in the mysterious Scottish highlands. I’d say to wake me when Pixar stumbles, but Cars 2 was just last year.

19 The Watch

Aliens invade a neighborhood protected by four nitwits and a Stand Your Ground law. If only it were satire. On the bright side, Richard Ayoade gets his biggest spotlight yet in the States.

20 Intouchables

When a rich white Frenchman becomes a quadriplegic, he hires a black boy from the projects to be his assistant. Like the world’s most cynical clockwork, feel-good buddy comedy ensues. Here’s looking at Oscar buzz!


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Blue Dogs and Hurricanes: George Rodrigue @ the MSC


by Chris Zebo

The MSC is welcoming back a selection of George Rodrigue’s work on loan from the New Orleans Museum of Art, his second exhibit on campus since 1989. The exhibit will feature 17 Blue Dog and Hurricane works in the James R. Reynolds Student Art Gallery, opening September 1 and on view to the public until November 3. Rodrigue is best known for his iconic Blue Dog series; however, for the first twenty-five years of his career, he painted scenes of Louisiana folklore and landscapes, depicting the ethos and history of the Cajun people. It was in the late 1960s, after studying art at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, that Rodrigue returned to Louisiana and developed his signature hard-edged, repetitive style. In the beginning of his career, his work consisted of hundreds of paintings of the Louisiana oak tree, which he cut off at the top so that the light shined from underneath the trees. Over time, he added figures to his paintings, and through much of the 70s and 80s, Rodrigue painted his Cajun heritage, including traditions such as gourmet societies, quilt-making, and duck decoys, as well as scenes associated with the music, food, and festivals of his home area. He gained a reputation as a portrait artist, which lead to paintings of five Louisiana Governors, including Huey Long and Earl Long, followed by commissions from the

Republican and Democratic National Parties for portraits of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. His oeuvre also included paintings of Cajun legends, such as Jolie Blonde and Evangeline. One such legend, the loup-garou, lead to his most famous series, The Blue Dog. The wolflike, scary creature lurked in cemeteries and sugar cane fields. Rodrigue’s earliest versions, beginning in the mid 1980s, showed the dog with red eyes in dark Louisiana landscapes. He painted the dog as the subject of the painting, like a person, and he chose a blue-grey color as a reflection of the dark night sky. Over time, the loup-garou became a friendlier image with yellow eyes, a more defined shape, and a bluer hue. It took on other meanings and became more “Blue Dog” than ghost story. Rodrigue took the Blue Dog through numerous phases of development, eventually using the image to comment on life today. He includes many of his earlier symbols as well, particularly the oak tree and Louisiana figures, but he also removes the dog from the bayou, incorporating strong abstract design and contemporary visual statements. Selections from Rodrigue’s Blue Dog series will also share space with paintings from his Hurricane series, an abstract series of colorfully swirled paintings suggestive of Louisiana’s sometimes devastating storms.


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MSC Forsyth Center Gallery by Chris Zebo

The MSC art galleries have been busy taking down and putting up new exhibits for the fall semester recently. On Monday, September 3 the Forsyth Center Gallery is excited to open a new exhibit featuring selected works from the Bill and Irma Runyon collection. We caught up with the Forsyth last week while they were delicately packing and unpacking artworks in anticipation for the new exhibit. MW: For students and visitors unfamiliar with Bill and Irma Runyon’s legacy at the Forsyth, explain the significance of their contributions to the arts at the MSC. Forsyth: The Forsyth Center Galleries is home to the Bill and Irma Runyon Art Collection, which contains a world-class collection of English Cameo glass as well as 19th and 20th century art glass and American paintings. The Forsyth Center Galleries refers to this core collection as an impulse for programming. The Runyon endowment and collection allow the Forsyth Center Galleries to provide Texas A&M and the greater community with a unique opportunity to experience fine and decorative arts. MW: About how often are selections from the collection changed for exhibition? Forsyth: To provide our guests the greatest access to the Runyon Collection, we rotate our display of Runyon Collection objects three times per year. Many patrons don’t realize that one of our primary objectives, as a museum, is to protect our collection. We have to monitor UV lighting exposure, humidity, temperature, etc., to make sure the artwork will be available to enjoy not just in our lifetime, but for many lifetimes to come. Our collections objects must “rest” between exhibitions, and the materials from which they are made determine the length of time between exhibition periods. Paintings, for example, need more rest than glass objects because of their sensitivity to light. MW: What curatorial decisions

go into a particular exhibition? Do you look at the holdings in the art vault and say, “These pieces all share a similar theme. Or these pieces are representative of a particular medium,” and then you assemble the exhibit? How does that work? Forsyth: You are exactly right! We also consider the aesthetics of the pieces from which we are choosing and try to make a visually pleasing grouping that stimulates our visitors. MW: In this particular exhibit, what are some of the highlights that visitors will see on display? Forsyth: Amanda Dyer, our Interim Director, and Trudy Six, our Program Director, are working together to exhibit “Highlights from the Runyon Collection,” which will include a wide variety of English Cameo Glass, pieces from Steuben Glass Works and the Mount Washington Glass Company, and American Impressionist and Western paintings. Most—if not all—of these will be delicate, fine art pieces. In our small gallery, we will be featuring Majolica from the Marion E. Byrd Collection. This is a recent Forsyth acquisition, donated in 2011. Known for its style based on use, Majolica was often designed to look like the food or object it was to hold, or featured plants, insects or animals as ornamentation. This Italian earthenware was popularized in the 19th century and valued both for its usefulness, its bright colors, tin-glaze, and for its whimsical appearance. MW: If you could identify one or two pieces that the staff collectively love, which ones would they be and why? Forsyth: The Forsyth is probably most famous for its English Cameo Glass—that’s what most of the patrons who come into the gallery ask about. Those pieces are simply stunning, and when one realizes the labor of love that is poured into each one of them, it just enhances their beauty. We also have some wonderful paintings in the Runyon collection, and each staff member has their favorite! For more information about the Forsyth Center Galleries, visit forsyth. New gallery hours will be Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm. All exhibitions are free to the public, and parking is available in the parking garage next to Koldus for a small fee.


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Few people realize that when they look at a baby and his or her parents, they are comparing genetic data. Also, when they express their opinion on genetically modified foods, they are actually evaluating the result of an experiment on genomes. With two such different ways of talking about the same thing, it’s no wonder that sometimes it feels like scientists are from a different planet. Bridging that gap in scientific awareness and knowledge is one of the main reasons why the “Genome: The Secret of How Life Works” exhibit is incredibly important. The traveling exhibit, designed for all ages and levels of awareness about genome research, opens on Saturday, August 25 in the Ansary Gallery of American History at the

Library. By creating visually-rich displays and interactives, the exhibit highlights the history of genome research (from Gregor Mendel’s rules of inheritance in the 19th century to the famous Watson and Crick DNA double helix in 1953) and its impact on medical care, food production, and even global politics and economics. Visiting this exhibit can benefit everyone: a child could discover an interest in science; a student could be inspired to learn more about this emerging field and ways to get involved; curious adults could be amazed by the magnitude of the impact that scientific research has on the world they live in; while scholars can get more familiar with research performed at TAMU and form new collaborations.

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Bush Library and Museum Director Warren Finch said the exhibit provides great partnerships

with local institutions and is a unique educational opportunity for the community. “This exhibit will allow us to highlight the work and accomplishments in the field of genomics by several leading organizations such as what we have here at Texas A&M,” says Finch, “showcasing the realization of the vision that began with President Bush.” That is why in conjunction with the “Genome” exhibit, rotating ancillary exhibits will display the achievements of the newly established Whole Systems Genomics Initiative at Texas A&M University. These exhibits will highlight past achievements such as the Copy Cat cloning project. The George Bush Presidential Library is a fitting place for this exhibit, because it was Bush who, in 1989, signed into law the appropriations for the Human Genome Project. Since then, many things that

were thought impossible became doable and exciting developments, like curing cancer and correcting disorders (ex. sickle cell anemia) in the womb—both are within reach. There is another milestone in genome research that is connected to the Bush family: the project of mapping the human genome was completed in 2003 during President George W. Bush’s administration, accomplishing its mission of identifying the more than 20,000 genes in human DNA and determining the complete sequence of the 3 billion DNA subunits (the basis of the human genome). The exhibit will remain open until Friday, July 5th 2013. For more information, visit by Eszter Trufan

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