Page 1

9.12.12 Issue 222


w

L

I V E

Now offering $300 off 1st month and a chance to win a new iPad! The Tradition is Texas A&M’s most on-campus off-campus dorm, located across the street from the University. We combine the convenience of a dorm with an unbelievable range of amenities. • • • • • • • • • • •

Unbeatable location - right across the street from campus Your OWN Private Bedroom and sink/vanity area FREE high-speed Internet and utilities included Award winning Residence Life Program Fully furnished suites with mini-fridge and microwave Weekly housekeeping (yes, it’s included!) Full-service dining hall with meal plan options Academic Success Center with study rooms on most floors 24-Hour attached, covered parking garage Fitness center overlooking the pool and campus Lap and volleyball pool

LEASING NOW FOR FALL 2012!

www.livethetradition.com 979.268.9000 • 866.268.3676


5 18

9.12.12

START 22

12 PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Chris Shepperd

Maroon Weekly 216 W. 26th Street ste 29 Bryan, Texas 77803 ph: 979.574.3200 | @maroonweekly Š Copyright 2012 Campus Press LP 1st copy is FREE, additional copies are $0.50 each

MANAGING EDITOR Chris Zebo CREATIVE DIRECTOR Mike Carreon BUSINESS MANAGER Leisha Shepperd ACCOUNT MANAGER Tyler Stillwell

meet the team WRITERS

Brandon Nowalk Anthony Pannone Christina Vetter PHOTOGRAPHERS Eesha Farooqi Brittany Hicks CONTRIBUTORS Defacto Productions EatBCS.com KISS 103.1 KORA 98.3

INTERNS Sarah Dean Eesha Farooqi Becca St. Germain Brittany Hicks Luke Murray Ike Ntube Lauren Rohr Eszter Trufan DISTRIBUTION Caleb Holt Eugene Holub

Maroon Weekly is an independent, student-operated publication and is not affiliated with Texas A&M University. Maroon Weekly receives no student fees or university funding. Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the editor, publisher or the newspaper staff. Maroon Weekly is not liable for omissions, misprints to typographical errors. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express consent of the publisher.


Ziegfest

Makes Return to Lake Bryan

T

by Eszter Trufan

There are some age-old, tried-and-true pairings in life, like flowers and chocolate, meat and potatoes, marshmallows and fire; and then there's that one pairing that trumps all of the rest: beer and music. As the nights grow cooler, there are beer festivals happening on practically every continent: the most famous Oktoberfest in Munich, the All-Ireland Craft Beer Festival in September, and last month, the 14-day-long beer festival in Quingdao, China and Beervana in New Zealand. In Aggieland, we actually have two great beer festivals each year: the Annual Ballpark Beerfest in March and Ziegfest this weekend. Now, some of you are already thinking, “Chilifest is a beerfest, too,” and we won't argue with that, except to say it's named after chili. Ziegfest's one-day festival of beer and music is this Saturday, September 15. Unlike Munich, where it's German beer with bratwurts and yodeling, in Bryan/College Station, it's Ziegenbock and red dirt music...and maybe a little yodeling, too! This year the festival returns to its original venue at Lake Bryan, a place that will certainly enhance the experience. Imagine watching the sun set over the lake with a cold beer in hand, soundtracked by kick-ass live music in the company of friends. The gates open at 4:30pm and the first band, Parker Heights, takes the stage at 5pm. And then...it's a night full of country music and beer (or the other way around): Rosehill at 5:50pm; Brian Burke at 6:40pm; Shooter Jennings at 7:40pm; Charlie Robinson at 9pm; and the Turnpike Troubadours with a red dirt finale at 10:30pm. Two types of tickets are available for purchase: the Online Early Bird General Admission for $10.00 and the Cowboy Up Energy Drink VIP Ticket for $50.00. VIP tickets include some serious perks, including VIP entry, VIP parking, access to the Cowboy Up Energy Drink VIP tent, barbeque buffet, free water, and free energy drinks.

Schedule 9.15 - SATURDAY

Parker Heights @ 5:00 pm

Country, soul, and a little rock n’ roll congeal into the family band Parker Heights. We’re calling them a “family band” because four of the five members are siblings: Dustin, Colby, Corey, and Jessie Samford. Although they don’t share many similarities with the Partridge Family, the siblings all started playing music very early in life, in a family band that included their father.

Rosehill @ 5:50 pm

Sticking to their storytelling guns, Rosehill recently released a single, “When the Flame Goes Out”, from their upcoming album. A track with entrancing harmonies, rich lyricism, and Texas attitude, Rosehill has firmly grounded their sound and forged their identity as a fixture of the Texas music scene.

Brian Burke @ 6:40 pm

At the same time he was perfecting walking, Brian Burke’s parents recall him singing George Strait songs, word for word, when he was just two. (Imagine being a parent and your son’s first words are “Amarillo by Morning.”) Needless to say, Burke had a proclivity to country music.

Shooter Jennings @ 7:40 pm

All country fans have at least heard the names Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Well, Shooter Jennings is probably more familiar with them than most because he’s their only son. In his crib, Jennings spent time surrounded by legendary parents and their legendary friends.

Charlie Robison @ 9:00 pm

Too much creative control and pressure to change his sound drove Robison to quit his major label deal and lead him to sign to another label that wouldn’t force him to compromise his sound. He clearly made the right choice; his albums saw time in the Top 40 country music charts.

Turnpike Troubadours @ 10:30 pm Scan this code for ticket information

pg 4 | maroonweekly.com | 9.12.12

These days, it takes a thick-skinned group of musicians to win over a crowd. For Oklahoma-bred Turnpike Troubadors, the 5-piece channeled the grit and showmanship of red dirt Godfathers Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Bob Childers into new frontiers of country.


Turnpike Troubadours

T

These days, it takes a thick-skinned group of musicians to win over a crowd. For Oklahomabred Turnpike Troubadors, the 5-piece channeled the grit and showmanship of red dirt Godfathers Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Bob Childers into new frontiers of country. From humble beginnings in small clubs in the Sooner state to performing in prominent venues like Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, the Firehouse Saloon in Houston, and Antone’s in Austin, the Turnpike Troubadors—a quintet of 20-somethings—have re-invigorated yesterday’s outlaw music for a new generation of country fans. The group’s third full-length album, Goodbye Normal Street, mixes sounds simultaneously rough and easy and then stirs them into a 43-minute cocktail of edgy heartland country. Singer Evan Felker has a knack for sewing emotive threads into the music’s lyrics, citing that the group’s songs are all about the people they know, expressed in a universal familiarity all fans can identify with. From zesty tracks like “Before the Devil Knows We’re Dead”, a Charlie Daniels-esque song with a Celtic edge, to the sensual “Call a Spade a Spade,” the Troubadors also showcase thick harmonies and sprightly finger-picking flairs throughout the record.

by Ike Ntube

“When we first started playing, people couldn’t have cared less that we were there,” recalls Felker. “They were there to drink beer and raise hell, and they didn’t really care what music was playing while they did it. But as we went on and as we got better, they started to listen. I mean, they were still drinkin’ plenty of beer, but before too long, they were actually coming to hear us and asking us to play our songs, and not just covers of traditional favorites and all the other stuff we’d been doing.” The Troubadors take the Ziegfest stage this Saturday at Lake Bryan. For more info about the band and to listen to samples of their music, visit turnpiketroubadors.com.

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 5


Shooter Jennings @ Ziegfest by Ike Ntube

A

All country fans have at least heard the names Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. Well, Shooter Jennings is probably more familiar with them than most because he’s their only son. In his crib, Jennings spent time surrounded by legendary parents and their legendary friends. So it was inevitable that he, too, would become a musician one day. From the very beginning, Jennings has tried to embrace his heritage instead of avoiding it, or being crushed by it and its expectations. His country rock sound blends southern rock, religion, and wrongdoing, and like an observant drifter, his sound and subject matter change as the road twists and turns. Jennings has had quite a prolific career in less than a decade, having released six albums since his first in 2005, and he even has another on the way in early 2013. He’s tweaked his full sound and the guise of being a 21st century bandit gunslinger to a more mature sound, one owed to settling down and becoming a husband and a father. Jennings also has reflective albums that celebrate his own father and his accomplishments. His most recent project is a two-part album. The first part of the album, Family Man, focuses on the new calm and confidence he’s achieved from love and family. The second part, The Other Life, incorporates the darker side of his being that still exists beneath his newfangled contentment. For more information on Shooter Jennings and hismusic, visit shooterjennings.com.

Scan this code for ticket information

pg 6 | maroonweekly.com | 9.12.12


Rosehill @ Ziegfest by Ike Ntube

I

If you’re going to change, always change for the better. After Blake Myers and Mitch McBain established the alternative country band Texas High Life in 2003, they embarked upon a journey that took them all around the Lone Star state. During their five years of life on the road, Texas High Life opened for well-known country artists like Honeybrowne and Bleu Edmondson. But, in 2008, change manifested once they returned home to Cypress. The pair plunged into crafting brand spankin’ new songs for a third Texas High Life record, but they were met with a lyrical shift unmatched in previous material. “The songs just began to flow out of us,” Myers says. “We weren’t just writing songs to write songs anymore, we were telling our stories, our lives.” With the new inspiration came a new sound and focus. Consequently, Myers and McBain constructed a new identity, and in July of 2009 Texas High Life became Rosehill. Rosehill’s debut album, White Lines and Stars released in October of 2010, is an 11-song record chock full of clever lyrics, lively harmonies, and wily hooks to catch listeners by the cheek. Standing on their own, the songs—8 were written or co-written by Myers and McBain–are narratives of life experience set to music. White Lines and Stars is profoundly personal, reminiscent of definitive ‘90s country. “As songwriters, we were always storytellers,” says McBain. “But now we are taking what is happening in our own lives and putting it on paper. We were proud of what we’d accomplished with Texas High Life, but we’d always set out to play country music. And when Blake and I started writing this time, we knew we were beginning with a clean slate.” Sticking to their storytelling guns, Rosehill recently released a single, “When the Flame Goes Out”, from their upcoming album. A track with entrancing harmonies, rich lyricism, and Texas attitude, Rosehill has firmly grounded their sound and forged their identity as a fixture of the Texas music scene.

pg 8 | maroonweekly.com | 9.12.12


Exclusive Interview: Brian Burke @ Ziegfest by Chris Zebo

A

At the same time he was perfecting walking, Brian Burke’s parents recall him singing George Strait songs, word for word, when he was just two. (Imagine being a parent and your son’s first words are “Amarillo by Morning.”) Needless to say, Burke had a proclivity to country, and by the time he was eight, his parents bought him his first guitar. Fast forward to 2009, and the Brian Burke Band released its first self-titled EP. The band followed up the EP with its first full-length, Unraveled, in 2010. Just recently, the band released an EP titled Chemistry. The self-titled single from the album is on the verge of hitting the airwaves. We caught up with Burke, performing at this year’s Ziegfest, and got the low-down on his blossoming career and his plans for the future.

MW: When you read a critic’s review of your music that generally says, “He’s young, gifted, and we still have yet to see how he evolves as a musician,” how do you see yourself evolving as a musician over the next few years?

Burke: I studied Mass Communications at Texas State. Fun fact of the day: I went to Blinn and lived in College Station my first two years of college. It was a miracle I made it over to Texas State.

Burke: I just want to make good music and grow as a writer/artist. In the last 3 years alone, since I hit the road full-time, the transformation as a musician has been black to white. And I’m not talkin’ about Michael Jackson—haha, just kidding. But really, there’s no tellin’ where I’ll be in a few years. If the past is any indicator, I definitely know I’ll get better and work hard; but other than that, it’s God’s call.

MW: The Chemistry EP was released in March of this year. When you listen to that album, what song or songs ground that record for you? Which ones really make you feel like this is the “DNA” of “Chemistry” and why?

MW: You’ve said before, “You can only last so long doing the same thing as everyone else.” In what ways have you made minor or major changes to the Texas country sound in your own music? Burke: I’ve never set out to make changes, it’s really just who I am. I am ultimately a fan of music, so I like it all, and I pull influences from everything. I do think I have a signature sound that is still coming to fruition. But, ultimately, just doing what comes naturally and not being scared to color outside the lines a little bit. MW: Name some of the country artists who have inspired you. Also, name some of the pop artists who’ve inspired you.

Burke: I think it’s the song “Chemistry”, which is why I named the EP that. That song, I think, shows a good variety of everything I do, for the most part. MW: What is “Happily Single”, a song on Chemistry, about? Personal experience play a role in this one? Burke: Haha. Yes, actually. I wrote “Happily Single” the day after a friend’s wedding. At the reception, I was seated at the “singles” table. It didn’t say it was the “singles” table, but let’s get real. Anyway, I thought up the premise of the song while sittin’ there watching all these couples. Almost every line in that song has a story from my life or my crazy friends—ya know, the ones who are physically 27 years old, mentally 17.

Burke: I grew up listening to old country, Jon Conlee and Keith Whitley types. Now I dig everyone from Keith Urban to John Mayer and Needtobreathe. Trust me: that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I get inspired by all types of stuff. MW: We bet students at TAMU would be curious to know what you were studying at Texas State.

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 9


Parker Heights @ Ziegfest

C

Country, soul, and a little rock n’ roll congeal into the family band Parker Heights. We're calling them a “family band” because four of the five members are siblings: Dustin, Colby, Corey, and Jessie Samford. Although they don't share many similarities with the Partridge Family, the siblings all started playing music very early in life, in a family band that included their father. The early years of music making allowed time for the members to hone their talents and to find their niche within the band. In 2006, the siblings asked their long-time family friend, Seth Wilson, to join them on bass and they formed a band called FM2865. For five years, they played under that name; gigging all over Texas and building quite a following. Then when it came time to record their sophomore album in 2011, they called on producer Ken Tondre to develop their sound further. The production influenced a change in their sound and also in their branding, which led the 5-piece to change their name to Parker Heights. The family of 4+1 have dedicated many years to each other, working tirelessly to define themselves musically. While they may have played covers in the Texas country, southern rock, and mainstream country genres, original material is their primary focus. Their self-titled EP was released earlier this year and is available for download on iTunes.

Wood-Style Flooring Flat-Screens in Every Apartment Stand-Up Tanning Booth Fully-Equipped Fitness Center Basketball & Sand Volleyball Courts Individual Leases Resort-Style Pool Game/Activity Room

thedistrictonluther.com pg 10 | maroonweekly.com | 9.12.12

Chec out o k upco ur ming SP

ECIA LS

“Luther” to 47464 for information* *standard text messaging rates apply

866.973.5389


Charlie Robison @ Ziegfest by Ike Ntube

A

After attending Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), the alma mater of one of Texas country's best-known performers, George Strait, Charlie Robison realized that college isn’t for everyone. After dropping out in the 1980s, Robison decided upon another career path: music. He moved to nearby Austin and spent years in bands developing his sound with his brother until, finally, he took an “honorary degree” in the unofficial school of country music. Robison has seen his fair share of success. After becoming a solo act and releasing his first album, Bandera, he was signed to a major Nashville label. But before even releasing any music on the label, he dropped them like Texas State. Too much creative control and pressure to change his sound drove him back to his Texas roots, leading him to sign to another label that wouldn't force him to compromise his sound. He clearly made the right choice; his next two albums saw time in the Top 40 country music charts. His most successful album, Good Times (2004), was themed around his newfound happiness as a husband (with a member of the Dixie Chicks) and a father. He ultimately saw a video single from the album, “El Cerrito Place”, hit the Top 10 on CMT. The success from Good Times might be a little ironic, though, considering the subject matter of his most recent album. Robison’s Beautiful Day (2009) comes from a very difficult time for the musician. He divorced his wife and had a lot to say after not releasing any music for five years. Although the divorce was agreed to be the best for both parties, certain tracks from the album do make it a “divorce album.” Although the albums has tinges of melancholy throughout, it has the cathartic effect of blues, releasing the soul from demons and elevating it to higher graces. To find more information on Charlie Robison or his most recent album, Beautiful Day, check out charlierobison.com/ index.html.

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 11


Jason Castro

@

Grand Stafford Theater

C

by Ike Ntube

Colombian, blue-eyed, dreadlocked Jason Castro exploded onto the scene as an early favorite on American Idol. He was the first artist to ever play an instrument on the show. He was an instant star after performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and his own interpretation of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”--shooting both tracks to the top of the iTunes charts. Following the show, he toured with the production as part of their “American Idol’s LIVE! Tour 2008.” Most known for his fourth place finish on Idol in 2008, Castro has proven, once again, that you don’t need to win the show to claim the fame.

his life that he found inspiration from. After participating in the I Am Second campaign in Dallas, Castro realized the fulfillment that he got out of his religion and decided that more of his music would embrace it. Around this time, he married the love of his life, toured internationally, and worked with charities. Without having released an album since 2010, you could tell that he had been pretty busy; but unlike a lot of other artists, it isn’t hard to find out what he’s been doing. He likes to keep people up-to-date on social media platforms and his website.

Castro is no stranger to the Bryan/College Station; he was a student at TAMU once upon a time. After becoming a junior Construction Science Major, Castro left A&M to pursue music full-time and to compete on American Idol.

Castro’s real second album (there have been a couple of EPs here and there) is set for release in January of 2013. The album, “Only a Mountain”, embodies more religious undertones than previous releases. Castro says the album is a “breakthrough” for him and that it’s meant to be inspirational.

Post Idol, Castro had simply grown too big to return to regular life, especially when Atlantic Records came knocking to say he didn’t have to. At this point, though, with a record deal, he had to come up with his own sound. Castro found his true passion in music similar to what he got the most fan attention from—inspiring, religious music. Fans knew that their infatuation was going to continue upon hearing his first single “Let’s Just Fall In Love Again.” A self-titled album was released in 2010 and reached number 18 on the Billboard charts. In addition to releasing his first album after the show, he saw a lot of other changes in

LISTEN pg 12 | maroonweekly.com | 9.12.12

You can catch Jason in concert with Jimmy Needham and Lindsay Harris @ Grand Stafford Theater on Sept. 15 at 8:00 p.m. For more information on Jason Castro and Only a Mountain, visit jasoncastromusic.com

Scan this code for ticket information


The Niblett Trivia Question: www.facebook.com/kiss1031

What was Kris Kross known for other than slammin’ beats? Tweet your answer to @maroonweekly and @nibsradio for your chance to win! *must mention both in order to be considered*

Edward James Olmos to Launch Hispanic Heritage Month @ Texas A&M

R

9.13 - THURSDAY

Authentic and soulful, Tim Halperin takes the new stage at Grand Stafford Theater with The Lonely Hunter and Trannie Stevens. Songs embodied with raw emotion, blending pop, rock, and peppered in jazz, Halperin’s addictive melodies and pure musical talent have made him a standout act. More info at randstaffordtheater.com.

Recently portraying Professor James Gellar in the popular HBO show Dexter, Edward James Olmos is also well known for his roles as an inspiring calculus teacher in Stand and Deliver, a police lieutenant in Miami Vice, and Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica. Although he has an impressive acting resumé, Olmos is not coming to TAMU to lead an acting clinic; instead, he’s here to speak as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony on Monday. The ceremony will serve as a kick off to a variety of events held throughout the month to celebrate Hispanic culture.

Olmos co-founded multiple programs to directly influence the community. One of them, “Latino Literacy Now”, is a non profit organization that produces books with content directly affecting Latino youth. The three-hour program on campus will also include various cultural performances and a reception. If you are interested in attending the program or the rest of Hispanic Heritage Month’s events on and around campus, visit dms.tamu.edu.

Hailing from Stephenville, Six Market Blvd is coming fresh off the release of their sophomore album “Shake It Down” to perform at The Tap. They pride themselves on melding pop with Texas country for a listening experience that’s both catchy and dance floor friendly.

Tim Halperin @ Grand Stafford

by Luke Murray

Olmos additionally has an extensive resumé in championing change and addressing issues central to Hispanic culture. Growing up in Los Angeles and living in what is called the “salad bowl” (because it mixed so many cultures), Olmos has been a social activist for the Latino community for years, appearing in multiple movies that call out the flaws of Hispanic stereotypes, including Selena, Mi Familia, Zoot Suit, and Stand and Deliver.

Six Market Blvd @ The Tap

Phil Pritchett @ Church Street

Rock & Roll with genuine Texas style. With a discography spanning back to the early 90s, Phil Pritchett has been generating melodies of pure Americana for nearly two decades. He takes front and center @ Church Street BBQ for Big Texas Thursday.

9.14 - FRIDAY

Junior Brown @ Grand Stafford

With over fifty years of musical ventures under his belt, Junior Brown will be performing at Grand Stafford Theater. Famous for songs like “Highway Patrol”, Brown has been all over the music scene since the 1960’s. Originlly from Indiana and drumming up a lot of success in Austin, Junior Brown has taught music, made music, ate, bled, and slept music his entire life. Tickets and info available at grandstaffordtheater.com.

Max Stalling @ The Tap

Best described as Texas country that’s modern with a vintage feel, Stalling’s music is enjoyed by crowds nearly 150 times a year. Earning a star on Corpus Christi’s South Texas Country Walk of Fame, TAMU graduate Stalling has proven that Aggieland produces great country stars.

Scan this code for more information on Olmos

LISTEN 9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 13


9.15 - SATURDAY

Jason Castro @ Grand Stafford

Castro, who showcased his talents to millions as a finalist on American Idol’s seventh season, fashions a unique mix of artistry that’s a little reggae, a little pop, and all impressive. He takes the stage with Jimmy Needham & Lindsay Harris @ the Stafford. Tickets and info available grandstaffordtheater.com

Ziegfest @ Lake Bryan

Ziegfest’s one-day festival of beer and music is this Saturday, September 15. Unlike Munich, where it’s German beer with bratwurts and yodeling, in Bryan/ College Station, it’s Ziegenbock and red dirt music...and maybe a little yodeling, too! This year the festival returns to its original venue at Lake Bryan, a place that will certainly enhance the experience. Imagine watching the sun set over the lake with a cold beer in hand, soundtracked by kick-ass live music in the company of friends.

9.16 - SUNDAY

9.18 - TUESDAY

Rock 103.9 Homebrew @ GST

Rock 103.9 presents Homebrew Live @ Grand Stafford Theater. The event will feature Dimitri’s Rail alongside Critical Misfire and College Station’s own Wellborn Road. This event promises to showcase a potent mix of facemelting rock spanning metal to grunge mixed with some punk. More info available at grandstaffordtheater.com

Breakaway @ Kyle Field

Non-denominational Breakaway Ministries’ events have already set a record for attendance, and Tuesday’s assembly of worship, inspiration and entertainment will surely set yet another one. @ Kyle Field!—9:00pm—Kyle Field—Texas A&M University—Free

9.19 - WEDNESDAY Drew Kennedy @ Church Street

With his three favorite guitars in hand, Drew Kennedy is an Americana artist and novelist who hails from New Braunfels. Kennedy enjoys playing songs that are intelligent, thought provoking, and honest. He says that they give him hope and inspiration, and he’ll be bringing his music to your soul and eardrums @ Church Street BBQ on September 19

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. They’ve won “Best Traditional Rock” in 2006 & 2007 and were nominated for “Best Songwriter” in 2008 by the Houston Press.

maroonweekly.com/events

LISTEN pg 14 | maroonweekly.com | 9.12.12

@adamdrakeonair

Eli Young Band “Say Goodnight” Might not be as good as “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” but it is a great love song that will make the ladies swoon!

Clayton Gardner “I Won’t Settle Down” For anyone who loves being single while all your friends are getting married and having babies, this one is for you.

Thomas Rhett “Beer with Jesus” Much better written than his last effort. I just hope not too many people get offended by the title. Listen weekdays 3-7pm

Rascal Flatts “Come Wake Me Up” Well written by the undervalued Sean McConnell, but the N*Sync of country will probably never be in my Hot Picks.


Street Team

Videography

Photography

INTERN with MAROON WEEKLY Marketing

Summer & Spring 2013 Fall 2012

Copy Editing

Writing

Graphic Design & layout

Distribution & Promotions

maroonweekly.com/internships


Six Market Blvd. by Chris Zebo

Six Market Boulevard’s debut album, Running on Seven (2010), quickly established the 4-piece out of Stephenville as a fresh alternative to Texas’ genrerigid, country music scene. In May of 2012, the band released their sophomore album, Shake it Down, to critical applause. We caught up with Dallas Neal (percussion) to talk about the new record and the evolution of the band’s sound over the past two years. 6MB embarks on a fall tour this week, with their first stop at The Tap on Thursday, Sept 13. MW: Where did the name Six Market Blvd. come from? 6MB: For 3 years now, we have been trying to come up with a clever answer to that question... unsuccessfully. So, for now, we’ll just go with the actual story. On July 4th of 08, Clayton Landua, acoustic/lead vocals, and former lead guitar player, Scott Neal, were invited to a singer/songwriter picking party in Fort Worth. They were number 6 in the line up and ended up winning the competition, thus the number 6. Clayton put his business marketing skills on the table and mixed it with Market Blvd. to give it a unique twist. To most, it’s probably just a street address. Haha. If you have a creative story that we could use, the request lines are now open! MW: Critics are saying that your new album, Shake it Down, is a definitive album, one that congeals tendencies from your first album, Running on Seven, into a “sound.” What happened in the new album that captured your sound? 6MB: Webster’s definition of definitive is “authoritative.” That has a nice ring to it. As far as the “sound” of Shake it Down, it came by experience and by playing together every weekend. Our albums are more or less “pictures” indicating our level of talent at that very specific point in time. Although it can be a painful “coulda, woulda, shoulda” kind of thing, it will be very special to us in the distant future to listen back on how far we have come since album number one.

LISTEN pg 16 | maroonweekly.com | 9.12.12

Some of us were pretty new to the studio experience for Running on Seven and anxious to get some material out there for our loyal fans. It’s a good album, but if we were to re-record those songs now, they would sound much different. Granted, we did strip down and simplify our music for the sake of professionalism and radio. That being said, our live show is completely different from our albums. In my opinion, we haven’t established our sound yet. If we ever do, then we’re at a standstill and

Our albums are more or less ‘pictures’ indicating our level of talent at that very specific point in time.


that’s a dangerous place to be. Our sound will evolve over our music career, however long she decides to put up with us. Music can never be perfected, and I believe that is exactly what draws us to it. I think it’s safe to say that not even we know what to expect for our next album.

different meanings for everyone, but this one is pretty basic. As Clayton would put it, this one is about standing up to the person you’re in a relationship with and telling them to crap or get off the pot, for lack of better symbolism.

MW: The band has noted a strong pop influence has gone into the music, making it even more palatable for audiences. But you’ve also stated that don’t want to water down the sound with pop cliches. How do you guys manage to inflect pop in the music without stepping too deep into the mainstream?

MW: As a 4-piece, you manage to project a lot of sound, in layered harmonies and with a fullness of instrumentation. How do you keep that fullness and multi-instrumentation from your studio recordings when you play live?

6MB: We want our audience to be able to identify with our music on certain levels and to be able to sing along with our lyrics at any point in the set...which brings pop into the equation at times. But trying to cram all of our individual influences into our music leaves little room for solely one genre. So, it’s a little bit of everything in no particular order, which creates a different vibe for anyone willing to take the time to listen. We don’t plan on putting any kind of sound together, it just happens. Although there is great “poppy” mainstream music out there, it is not in our best interest to mimic it. We like being different! MW: A new single from Shake it Down, “Say It”, is climbing the music charts lately. What is the song about? 6MB: Yes, it has done very well for us. It is our first single to get into the top ten on the Texas music charts, topping out at 6 and currently sitting at number 8. Personally, I pay attention more to the musical aspect of our music and couldn’t even tell you the lyrics to all of our songs. Songs will have

6MB: Any good musician will tell you there is a fine line between playing with finesse and overplaying. There is a time to let the song breathe and a time to fill in the gaps and have some fun. Those of you who have met us know that we like to have a good time! But it’s easy to overdo things and become a distraction. As a drummer, I struggle with this. Ben (bass player) and I love to lock in and play in the pocket. But there are also times we play two totally different things, which is kind of a “no no” but it sounds good! Interdependency is the key to all success. Ben’s songs usually tell a story and have quite a bit of lyrics. It’s a wonder he remembers them all. I lay back on those tunes because anything more would be a distraction to the story he’s trying to tell and essentially unnecessary. Josh Serrato (lead guitarist) is very polished when it comes to playing tastefully. He has a way of telling his own story and speaking through his instrument. For some reason, the guys won’t let me have a microphone to join in on the harmonies, but the tri-harmonies come in pretty handy. Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve always said, “Three vocals are better than one.” Actually, I’ve never said that before in my life, but it sounds good for the interview.

KSBJ PRESENTS

Reed ARenA College StAtion, teXAS oCtobeR 27, 2012 | 7:00 PM

with JJ Heller

LISTEN

PurchasE tickEts @ www.tickEtsErVaNt.com

Produced By

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 17


Fiestas Patrias Mexicanas Spices Up Downtown Bryan by Sarah Dean

I

If the weather is still hot, why not have a scorcher of a party? A phrase meaning “Patriotic Holidays” or “National Holidays,” Fiestas Patrias is indeed a party–but a party designed to celebrate Mexican culture and Mexican American contributions made to US culture and society. Marking its 20th anniversary, this year’s celebration brings even more cultural flavor and fun to the Brazos Valley. This year’s festival will parade down the streets of Downtown Bryan on September 16 from 12:00pm to 10:00pm. Not unique to Bryan/College Station, Fiestas Patrias celebrations take place throughout the Southwest. Mexican Americans honor the holiday with traditional food and dances, parades, and cultural displays which illuminate their history. Nearly two hundred years since the Mexican

War of Independence, a proud heritage continues to be remembered, regaled, and celebrated. Originating in Mexico, the festivities emerged to honor two specific dates in Mexican history - Cinco de Mayo and El Diez y Seis de Septiembre. Cinco de Mayo honors General Ignacio Zaragoza’s victory on May 5, 1862 defeating the French expeditionary forces at Puebla, Mexico. El Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebrates Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costillia’s call for the termination of Spanish rule in Mexico. A non-profit organization, the Brazos Valley’s Fiestas Patrias Mexicanas was founded in the early 90s by Mr. Roy Lopez and his father, Mr. Emilio Lopez; both men being lifetime residents of Bryan/College Station. The event, which takes place every year, brings 25,000 excited folks to Historic Downtown Bryan driven by a purpose to celebrate culture

pg 18 18 || maroonweekly.com maroonweekly.com || 9.12.12 9.12.12 pg

and to educate the community via history lectures, scholarships to promote higher education for youth and adults, music and dance, as well as food—lots of it! If you get a kick out of watching floats and marches, a parade is set to start promptly at noon. A coronation of the King and Queen is scheduled, as well. This year’s court candidates are Alyssa Solis, Edith Isabel Valadez, Marisol Marquez, and Dennis Garcia-Rhodes.

Perhaps you can’t make it on time? No need to worry; the party continues late into the night. Many individuals, organizations, and businesses join in the festival fun by providing craft booths or by whipping up delicious treats. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or a committee member for Fiestas Patrias, visit their website at fiestaspatrias.org.

Scan this code for more information about Fiestas Patrias


9.12 - THURSDAY

BYOB 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.

9.13 - FRIDAY

Salsa Friday’s @ Velocity

9.14 - SATURDAY

Salsa Saturday’s @ Village Café

9.16 - MONDAY

Open Mic @ Schotzi’s

9.17 - TUESDAY

Absolute Karaoke @ O’bannon’s

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 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 mambosentertainment.com for more details. —10:00pm— Village Café—210 W 26th St, Bryan—$5. 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. Put your vocal acrobatics to the test! Every Tuesday, O’Bannon’s Tap House pairs with Absolute Karaoke and offers up the most talented (and, more likely, least talented) crooners in College Station.—10:00pm—O’Bannon’s Tap House—103 Boyett St., College Station—Free

9.18 - WEDNESDAY Salsa Wednesdays @ Village Café

EVENTS

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 mambosentertainment.com for more details. —9:30pm— Village Café—210 W 26th St, Bryan—$8 lesson and dancing/$5 just dancing.

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 19


LISTEN pg 20 | maroonweekly.com | 9.12.12


Taqueria El Tio

T

Taqueria El Tio is situated in a commercial warehouse area at 911 North Ave. just north of Downtown Bryan. If you weren’t looking for it, you’d likely drive right by the humble looking Mexican eatery. But luckily for them, and local Mexican food enthusiasts, lots of people know right where to go for their El Tio fix. We ordered a chicken quesadilla and a beef torta sandwich, both $5. Our high school Spanish came in handy when ordering, as the person working did not speak English. She was more than helpful and would likely be able to help someone with no Spanish speaking skills place an order with little effort. The chicken quesadilla was made with a very large, home-made tortilla and was stuffed

9.13 - THURSDAY

with chicken, avocado, jalapenos, diced tomatoes, lettuce and avocados. The torta sandwich was filled with beef fajita meat, lettuce, jalapenos, tomatoes and a little mayo on a fresh, glistening bolillo roll. Both were served piping hot and ranked among some of the best Mexican food we’ve ever had. Taqueria El Tio doesn’t have a dining room, but they do have a drive through and a few tables out front where locals are known to gather and dine. If you’re looking for a great Mexican fix off the beaten track, Taqueria El Tio is a hidden gem that’s worth the trip.

Wine and Paint @ Painting with a Twist

The “twist?” Imagine going to class with a beer in hand. Well, you can do just that (or substitute a glass of wine) at Painting with a Twist. The popular art lesson teaches you how to paint(a different painting each lesson) while you sip a BYOB of choice. 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

Who said Thursdays were thirsty? How could they be with $5 domestic pitchers all night long at Daisy Dukes. Daisy Dukes - 217 University Drive, College Station.

9.14 - FRIDAY

Shrimp Boil @ The Tap

Louisiana is a far drive. The Tap knows this; so they host a shrimp boil every Friday night. Save gas and get the bayou in BCS. The Tap - 815 Harvey Road, College Station.

9.17 - MONDAY

Margarita Monday’s @ Ozona’s

9.18 - TUESDAY

Happy Hour @ The Dixie Chicken

9.19 - WEDNESDAY

Whiskey Wednesdays @ The Corner

Mondays are fun days at Ozona. With just the change in your couch cushions, you can make Monday feel like a Friday. Served all day. Drink responsibly. Ozona’s - 520 Harvey Road, College Station. Tuesday’s 4-hour happy hour at The Dixie Chicken is 3 more hours happier than your average bar’s. That should put a smile on your face. Dixie Chicken - 307 University Drive, College Station Whiskey Wednesdays at The Corner takes hump day and stirs it up a little, with special whiskey cocktails served all night long. The Corner - 401 University Drive, College Station.

Ladies Night @ Daisy Dukes

Daisy Dukes Ladies Night isn’t just for the ladies; guys wanna be there, too, obviously. But ladies get in free all night, pay 50 cents for drinks, and can win $50 every hour. Daisy Dukes - 217 University Drive, College Station.

photo by: Cheyne Cegielski

EATBCS.COM

TASTE

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 21


I

Cosmopolis

It’s no accident that Robert Pattinson, best known for playing a lovestruck vampire, plays the billionaire protagonist of David Cronenberg’s cerebral masterpiece Cosmopolis. Who better to put a friendly face on a blood-sucking monster? It’s the film adaptation of Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that ruled money is speech and corporations are people and the sun isn’t yellow. Actually, it’s based on the 2003 Don DeLillo novel, but Cronenberg swapped the yen for the yuan and suddenly the film flies from the dot-com bubble to the Occupy movement. Pattinson plays Eric Packer, an old-money scion in search of a haircut on the day the world ends; financially, that is. It’s a film about solipsism, about believing nothing exists outside your own mind, so--naturally--Packer’s fall from grace plays out as a kind of apocalypse. What really happens is Packer bets against the yuan and gradually loses his fortune as a series of threats close in on him: traffic snarls caused by the

by Brandon Nowalk

President’s motorcade and an unrelated funeral procession, anti-capitalist riots, and a confirmed but vague threat to Packer personally. It starts with two suited men standing outside a souped-up stretch limo at the beginning of a bright day and ends somewhere inside a Manhattan shanty in the middle of the night. It takes some adjustment to attune to the film’s heady rhythms, but Cosmopolis hooked me with an early riff between Pattinson and Jay Baruchel on the comedic potential of a rat becoming the unit of currency. Paul Giamatti, Hollywood’s most rat-like performer, shows up covered in filth. It’s a trenchant point, but the rat motif also feels like the one shackle chaining this strange, cinematic film to its literary pedigree. Packer’s godly (corporate?) detachment animates even the filmmaking. The performances are dry and stilted. Scenes are

pg pg 22 22 || maroonweekly.com maroonweekly.com || 9.12.12 9.12.12

philosophical back-and-forths. Cronenberg’s camera tends toward individual portraits even though almost every scene is a duet. It’s sociopathic. And exhilarating. Indeed, Packer the corporation-as-person seems not to feel much of anything. He feels pain and a prostate exam; yes, Packer gets daily check-ups in a nation still hesitant to cover everyone. He’s hungry for sex but asks a partner, “Do you find this interesting?” mid-coitus. Though he can’t deny his physical body, a perennial theme of Cronenberg’s work (Videodrome, The Fly), he uses his brain to put as much distance as he can between himself and the world. In the violent finale, Packer puts on a poker face and calculates. He might die, but the look in his eyes says he’s accounted for that, too. He can’t lose. That’s the real horror.

Drama | R |


toptwentyfilms by Brandon Nowalk

1 The Possession

airplanes, Nazi monkeys, Harrison Ford, and film history’s most essential fedora.

A girl buys an antique box without checking inside for ancient Jewish demons first, and now her parents must fight the curse.

15 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.

2 Lawless

I’m still wincing from the part in Guy Pearce’s hair. John Hillcoat corrals his baroque gangster saga like a tired farmer more than an artist, but Tom Hardy lights up the screen.

16 Ice Age: Continental

3 The Words

Drift

This is why you don’t plagiarize. They’ll make awful movies about you and advertise with the world’s least informative marketing campaign. If you want a real movie about plagiarism, check out Shattered Glass.

4 The Expendables 2

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.

5 The Bourne Legacy

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.

6 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.

7 The Odd Life of Timothy Green

It was only a matter of time before cinema invented the manic pixie dream kid. This

1/2

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. one’s a wood nymph, but it’s still just Tuck Everlasting meets Marley and Me. It doesn’t deserve your tears.

8 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.

9 The Dark Knight Rises

1/2

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.

10 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.

11 Hope Springs

1/2

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.

12 Premium Rush

1/2

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.

13 The Cold Light of Day

1/2

I guess Henry Cavill got sidetracked on his way from Immortals to Superman. A Taken-style “I just want my family back!” action thriller across exotic locales could be awesome, so why is it so generic?

14 Raiders of the Lost Ark 30 years later, the pop serial has become the ultimate adventure film: hidden temples, Himalayan hideouts, Egyptian relics, supernatural powers, horse chases, ships,

17 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

1/2

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

18 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 Dreamgirls. Not even Whitney’s final performance distinguishes this parade of cliches.

19 The Avengers

As good as a corporate supermovie could be, probably, but it’s still your basic, plastic action-figure playset. He may be known for wry subversion, but the only thing Joss Whedon challenges here is Hulk continuity.

20 Brave

1/2

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.

LOOK

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 23


SEE THIS?

Want to reach more than 150k people each week? We just did. find our current media kit at www.maroonweekly.com/advertise for current rates and schedules contact one of our friendly ad reps at advertise@maroonweekly.com for more information


Contemporary Dance Festival by Sarah Dean

F

Friedrich Nietzsche once said that we should consider every day in which we haven't danced a lost day. For the Brazos Dance Collective, truer words have never been spoken. Held in room 263 of the READ Building (TAMU campus) on September 14 and 15 at 7:30pm, the dance collective is hosting a Contemporary Dance Festival. The festival will feature graceful, modern, and interpretive dancers from Austin, Houston, Denton and San Antonio.

and to reveal a tale – dancers express in movement through space what can't be expressed via other artistic mediums. Performers at the event will include not only the Brazos Dance Collective but also Amanda McCorkle, a choreographer, performer and teacher in Austin, and the Big Rig Dance Collective, a dance group committed to uniting communities through performances, classes, and events.

The Brazos Dance Collective was formed in November of 2010 by Carisa Armstrong and Christine Bergeron--two members of the dance faculty at A&M--and a troupe of various performers and choreographers. Together, they transformed the Armstrong Bergeron Dance Company into the Brazos Dance Collective – a non-profit modern dance company aiding zealous, imaginative, and innovative artists to bestow the art of dance upon the community. A successful first season full of stage performances, master classes, and a weekend-long dance intensive (not to mention the weekly technique classes) has led to community-wide enthusiasm for the collective.

The festival also features Bonnie Cox, who has eleven years of dance experience and training in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop. Brittany Lopez & Erika Record will join in on the festivities; the duet choreographed the moving piece “Grime.” Lisa Nicks, a professional dancer since 1978 and a founding member of the internationally-acclaimed Doug Elkins Dance Company in New York, is scheduled to appear. Nicole Roerick (new to Austin, she just presented her first self-produced show, "Raw: An Intimate Dance Performance"), the UH Dance Ensemble (a pre-pro performing dance company), and Wendy Ellis (an independent choreographer and dance instructor at Northwest Vista College) are all slated to dance or share choreographies throughout the evening.

The Contemporary Dance Festival highlights the beauty and spirit of modern dance with performances by both solo artists and groups. More than pink pointe shoes and frilly, sparkly costumes, we tend to forget that dance is a form of art. Using their bodies to command the audience, to confess secrets,

For further information about the Contemporary Dance Festival, visit the Brazos Dance Collective website at brazosdance.org.

LOOK

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 25


Screening a Classic: Laura by Sarah Dean

N

Not all art ages the same; some simply gets old and forgotten, while some becomes classic and timeless. What distinguishes the classics from the old and forgotten is the creative vision and the uncompromising pursuit of perfection that went into its production. In the 1944 movie, Laura, it was a commitment to perfection by director Otto Preminger that earned his movie four Academy Award nominations (including a nod for Best Director) and won an Oscar for Best Cinematography. It received another honor in 1999 when the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry due to being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Like every great movie, this one started with a good story: Vera Caspary's play Ring Twice for Laura. Preminger, the director and mastermind behind Laura, sensed potential in Caspary's play and developed it for the screen, with some changes to the plot. Instead of Laura, he chose to focus on who he thought was a more interesting character, Waldo Lydecker—a choice that angered some of his peers. After dealing with early resistance, he was able to carry out his vision for the movie. Even his doubters had to eventually concede that Preminger's production was the most fitting for the story. In the 88-minute black and white movie, the storyline follows the investigation of Laura Hunt's (Gene Tierney) murder. Before the start of the movie, Laura is killed by a shotgun blast to the face, just inside the doorway to her apartment. New York City police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) interviews potential suspects; the charismatic newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), Laura's playboy fiance Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), her wealthy socialite aunt Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson), and her housekeeper Bessie Clary (Dorothy Adams). Through their testimonies and by reading Laura's letters and diary, McPherson slowly becomes obsessed with her, almost to the point of falling in love with the dead woman. But then, one night, as he falls asleep in Laura's apartment, something happens that changes everything. Laura will be screened on Thursday, September 13 starting at 7:30pm as part of the monthly Classic Film Series at the George Bush Presidential Library. Admission is free. Refreshments and popcorn will be available at no cost in the lobby the hour preceding the start of the movie. As usual, the movie will be introduced by a speaker; and as a special treat, this month, the screening will be followed by a book signing event. Biographer Carl Rollyson will be signing his newest book, "Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews", at the screening.

LOOK

pg26 26 || maroonweekly.com maroonweekly.com || 9.12.12 9.12.12 pg


Painting Borges @ J. Wayne Stark Galleries

I

by Eszter Trufan

“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities that I have visited, all my ancestors.” --Jorge Luis Borges Think back to your most powerful memory. Can you see, hear, taste and smell the environment in which it takes place? If you can, it’s because life’s most powerful and resonating experiences are the ones that involve several of our senses. In art, the most affecting experiences and ideas are expressed in a variety of mediums. However, artists are limited in the range of sensory phenomena they can conjure via the mediums they work within. For example, it’s difficult for a sculptor to capture the arena of senses we experience in everyday life, at any one time, in a piece of art that’s often static. Jorge Luis Borges is best known for his short stories, but he also wrote poetry, essays, screenplays and literary criticism. His work was inspired by elements of mythology, mathematics and theology, but also strongly influenced by his late-onset blindness. “When I think of what I’ve lost,” he once reflected, “I ask, ‘Who knows themselves better than the blind?’–for every thought becomes a tool.” The collection of paintings, etchings, drawings and mixed media works which are part of the “Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature” exhibit at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries (Aug. 30-Oct.30, 2012) were created by 16 different artists in response to Borges’ stories. The exhibit, curated by Jorge J. E. Gracia and organized by the University at Buffalo Samuel P. Capen Chair in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, attempts to visualize Borges’ works, adding yet another dimension of experience to the imaginative texts of one the world’s most cherished authors. A reception for the new exhibit is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18 from 6pm to 8:30pm. Music will be provided by the Trio Los Vigilantes from 6pm to 7pm and from 8pm to 8:30pm. The musicians will take as their inspiration the art hanging from the walls, taking yet another imaginative leap into the work of Borges. In the hour between the two sets of music, distinguished philosopher and curator, Jorge J. E. Gracia, will give a talk about the paintings and the relationship between philosophy, literature, and art.

LOOK

9.12.12 | maroonweekly.com | pg 27


Get the Goods:

STOP

Tuesday giveaways on

Facebook facebook.com/maroonweekly

#TakeItHome Thursday on

Twitter @maroonweekly Check us out on

Instagram @maroonweekly Find us on

Pinterest pinterest.com/maroonweekly

“@GRO rockin at @StaffordTheater with @maroonweekly” - @racheldohmann

Submit your pictures to editor@maroonweekly.com. Each week, we will feature a picture in the paper. If your picture is selected, you win a prize.

Like

Follow

Like Pin


TIM HALPERIN THE LONELY HUNTER

THUR. SEPT. 13TH • 8:00PM

THE BAND OF HEATHENS SAT. SEPT. 22ND • 9:00PM

JASON CASTRO JIMMY NEEDHAM • LINDSAY HARRIS

SAT. SEPT. 14TH • 8:00PM

THE OCTOPUS PROJECT FRI. SEPT. 21ST • 8:30PM

THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR QUIET COMPANY • DRIVER FRIENDLY

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD THE DEAD EXES • BLACK PISTOL FIRE

DEREK WEBB PAGE CXVI

THUR. SEPT. 27TH • 8:30PM

FRI. SEPT. 28TH • 8:00PM

SAT. SEPT. 29TH • 9:00PM

JUNIOR BROWN FRI. SEPT. 14TH • 9:00PM

THE DIRTY GUV’NAHS • THE DOCS

DAVID RAMIREZ SERYN & SEAN BRUCE

SPACE CAPONE SOUL TRACK MIND

TWO TONS OF STEEL • THE DERAILERS SCOOTER BROWN BAND

THUR OCT. 4TH • 8:30PM

FRI. OCT. 5TH • 8:00PM

THUR. OCT. 11TH • 7:00PM

FRI. OCT. 12TH • 7:00PM

JONATHAN TYLER & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

THE FLATLANDERS SAT. OCT. 13TH • 10:00PM

EL TEN ELEVEN AMERICAN ROYALTY

SLEEPERSTAR • THE CANVAS WAITING GATLIN ELMS • THE REYNOLDS NUMBER

THUR. OCT. 18TH • 8:00PM

THUR. NOV. 1ST • 8:00PM

DEL CASTILLO FRI. NOV. 2ND • 8:00PM

RODNEY CROWELL THUR. NOV. 15TH • 8:00PM

CODY CANADA & THE DEPARTED FRI. NOV. 16TH • 9:00PM

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU THUR. OCT. 25TH • 8:00PM

THE ROCKETBOYS • THE TON TONS HOLY FICTION • THE LONELY HUNTER

THUR. NOV. 8TH • 8:00PM

BILLY JOE SHAVER THE BLACK LILLIES

SAT. NOV. 17TH • 8:00PM

CLASS ACTRESS THE DRASCO • DJ GET LOW

WED. OCT. 31ST • 8:00PM

CORY MORROW FRI. NOV. 9TH • 9:00PM

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL SAT. DEC. 1ST • 8:00PM

9-12-12  

Maroon Weekly 9-12-12

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you