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Band of Heathens @ Grand Stafford Theater by Ike


The Band of Heathens began as three guys who all had residency spots at a venue in Austin. With like minds and a will to combine talents, a three musketeers-like trio was born in late 2005. With the rare concept of three front men, they formed a band that complimented each other’s styles and forged a unified sound. The band will be performing Saturday, September 22 at the Grand Stafford Theater. Like a lot of country bands that release their first albums as live performances, TBoH released their first two albums, “Live at Momo’s” and “Live at Antones,” in 2006 and 2007. But unlike those country bands that record live mostly to save a dime, they released the albums because their virtuosity is better captured live. The Band of Heathens is the kind of supergroup that puts on a different performance every night, taking crowd favorites and reinvigorating them with spontaneity and chance. Heathens’ most recent release is a two-DVD set of performances in Denver entitled The Double Down and Live in Denver. In the two-volume set, one will find both the DVDs with video performances along with audio discs.

albums. It took them three years after their formation to release their 2008 self-titled album. The album was praised as a record that lived up to their live performances, leading both it and their second album, One Foot In The Ether, to the top of the Americana chart for multiple months. Their most recent album, Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son (2011), displayed new tendencies in their music, but it also managed to stay true to what their fan base love most about them. They’ve received numerous awards and critical accolades over the years. In 2009, The Wall Street Journal praised them as the best performance of South by Southwest. The Chicago Tribune called them “refreshingly different”, and The New York Times said that one of their performances was “hungry, unflagging and lean.” For more info on The Band of Heathens and their recent DVD release, visit their website at

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Friends of Chamber Music Present: A Far Cry


by Sarah Dean


Walt Wilkins @ Church Street

9.21 - FRIDAY

Tyler Brown Band @ Church Street

While A Far Cry, a 17-piece self-conducting orchestra from Boston, MA, may not have been brought together by the One Ring or a trek to Mordor, one commonality bound the young professional musicians together (hint: it’s not a wizard). Mozart and Mendelssohn are the group’s muses, among others, and the ensembles tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians–the Criers–has cast spells upon audiences around the country. As The Friends of Chamber Music’s first show of the concert season, A Far Cry will make a stop on a US tour at Downtown Bryan’s First Presbyterian Church from 7:30pm until 9:30pm. Child care will be provided and the concert is free to the public. The Criers are just as diverse as they are talented. Upon seeing A Far Cry at the Merkin Concert Hall in 2011, New York Times critic James Oestreich remarked, “The orchestra brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” Currently, the group is composed of 9 violinists, 3 violists, 3 cellists, and one bassist, as well as guest Criers who often make appearances at concerts.

Seven records deep into his career, with the most recent one released over the summer, Walt Wilkins has had a presence in both Texas and Nashville Country music since the 1990s. Wilkins, now 45, is a bit older than most of the young-guns of modern Texas-Country, such as Josh Abbott and Randy Rogers. His music does not follow the same path as theirs, either; it’s along the lines of bluegrass tinged with soulful lyricism. He will be performing on Northgate at Church Street BBQ on September 20 in front of an Aggie crowd. Tyler Brown, a local Aggie, describes his music as a cross between Texas-Country and Americana. Brown has been influenced by the likes of the Eli Young Band, George Jones and Kyle Park. He takes front-and-center at Church Street BBQ on September 21.

Making sure to carefully nurture and foster the multitude of differences within A Far Cry, the group developed a structure of rotating leadership–both on stage and behind the curtain, ensuring that all members are able to perform and express their magic. The orchestra has always pushed against the borders of orchestral repertoire, investigating the methods by which music is prepared, shared, and felt. By expanding these margins, A Far Cry has fostered a strong internal balance and garnered support on an international level. With global acceptance, the orchestra has traveled throughout the world, racking up more than two hundred performances and releasing three albums.

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The wunderkinds have never forgotten their Boston roots, though. The Criers still rehearse at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain and are the Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A Far Cry, staying humble all fame aside, intends to “pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation.”

The Octopus Project @ Grand Stafford

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Texas Unlimited Band pride themselves on being a very talented cover-band. Doing their own renditions of various country, rock, and even pop and hip-hop numbers, TUB covers all the music basics with their own unique style. Stop by Lakeside Ice-house & Grill on September 21 to see them cover Keith Urban, Randy Rogers, Jason Aldean, George Strait, Def Leppard, and even Flo Rida. The Octopus Project is an American indietronica band based in Austin and active since 1999. The group’s unique sound, blending pop and experimental elements, is a combination of digital and electronic sounds via analog equipment. You might find yourself dancing. September 21 @ Grand Stafford Theater, 106 S. Main Street, Bryan. Texas Country Walk of Fame, TAMU graduate Stalling has proven that Aggieland produces great country stars.

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Those wanting to get in shape have plenty of area to run or ride mountain bicycles. The Brazos Valley Mountain Biking Association maintains the mountain bike trails, which range in difficulty and include jumps and small wooden bridges. Texas A&M University often holds outdoor courses at the lake, such as kayaking. Since rains have brought lake levels up, Johnston said he has seen several people bring boats to Lake Bryan recently, but it is also a good place to fish. Lake Bryan has brought in Texas Parks and Wildlife Experts to ensure fish are thriving and to increase diversity of fish populations, according to BTU. The lake is home to channel catfish, bluegill sunfish, large-mouth Band bass and crappie. of Heathens Grand Stafford The Band of Heathens began as three guys who all had Another activity available at the parkspots is geocaching, outdoor treasure residency at a venue in an Austin. With like minds and hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a settrio a will to combine talents, a three musketeers-like of GPS coordinates and attempt find a Geocache hidden was to born in late 2005. Withcontainer the rare concept of at three that location; they can then take a piece “swag” outthat of the container front men, they of formed a band complimented each and put in another for the next person cache. “Swag” other’s styleswho and finds forgedthe a unified sound. Comeoften out and includes items such as pens, mugs, keya chains, stickers or set plastic toys.been experience bluesy southern-rock that has celebrated by the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News. Overnight guests will The park opens daily at 6amThe and closes at dusk. be provided a gate code upon check in.



Zack Walther Band @ Church Street

Theper nextvehicle, evolution or of asounds frompass the Lone Star, A Zack A day pass for the park is $5 season is $75. WaltherDogs Band takes the Lone Star sound and be twists camping pass is $10 per vehicle. are allowed, but must onit ainto something new. Frontman Zack Walther finds inspiration leash. in everything from classic rock to pop to George Strait. The lake has also hosted several marathons and adventure runs this Redroom Schotzi’s (outside) year and hopes to hold more events such as the Gladiator Dash - held on Redroom is a Texas four-piece bandmen’s from College Station that April 21 - in the future, Johnston said. A&M organization exudes the that rock attitude of yesterday in the souls of 4 One Army organizes the racing event includes 10 obstacles. young musicians. They have quite a stage presence, and the park drummer known as much her skill as she is for For more information about the andisactivities, throwing her hair in the air like Animal from the Muppets.


A Formal Affair @ Schotzi’s (inside)

Influenced by a diversity of artists (Jack’s Mannequin, Tool, The Beatles), A Formal Affair hails from Austin, where they found popularity among the college crowd. So, considering they’re a college-crowd favorite and that they’re coming to one of America’s best college towns...well, you do the math.

9.23 - SUNDAY

Joe Teichmann @ Lakeside Icehouse

9.25 - TUESDAY

Breakaway @ Reed Arena

Based out of College Station, Joe Teichman will take the stage at Lakeside Ice-house on September 23. Combining the sounds of old bluegrass with modern Texas-Country, Joe Teichman and The Cool Arrows have been making music for their fans for the past four years. 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

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Rock 103.9’s Birthday Bash @ Daisy Dukes


by Luke Murray

This time last year, Rock 103.9 brought their listeners an all-out party to celebrate their station being on the air for its first year. What are they planning this year? You guessed it: party round two. Rock 103.9, Aggieland’s hit rock station, has been on air for two years now and they want to throw their listeners yet another huge party as a way of saying thanks for the support. As you could imagine, the best way to celebrate a rock radio station’s birthday is with a good old-fashioned, ear-throbbing rock concert. The station has teamed up with Daisy Dukes in order to host a party of this proportion. To kick it off, Brothers N Arms, three guys from central Texas with influences spanning from Metallica to Nirvana to Led Zeppelin, will charge up the crowd. Another trio of guys from Houston called Six Gun Sound will play a set of abrasive Southern rock with storytelling-infused lyrics. Out of North Carolina, The Last Hour found success in Houston and eventually went to perform at South by Southwest earlier this year. And out of College Station, Signal Rising has been influenced by the likes of Jane’s Addiction and Rage Against the Machine. To headline the show, The Hunger, a band who does not merely define itself by its music but also by their live performances will close out the night. The high-energy group of rockers will all perform September 20 at Daisy Dukes. Doors open at 8pm and pre-sale tickets are available at

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Walt Wilkins @ Church Street BBQ


by Luke Murray

Seven records deep into his career, with the most recent one released over the summer, Walt Wilkins has had a presence in both Texas and Nashville Country music since the 1990s. Wilkins, now 45, is a bit older than most of the young-guns of modern Texas-Country, such as Josh Abbott and Randy Rogers. His music does not follow the same path as theirs, either; it’s along the lines of bluegrass tinged with soulful lyricism. That being said, his music has influenced names that you are more likely to recognize.


Pat Green is a name that has been all over the Texas-Country music charts since the mid 1990s. Green has also made frequent appearances on Nashville charts with hits like “Wave on Wave”, which reached the number two spot on the U.S. Country music chart and achieved Gold status. Wilkins and Green have had a long and fruitful working relationship. Wilkins has made acoustic guitar appearances on some of Pat’s songs and co-wrote more than a handful of them. Pat’s 2001 single, “Carry On”, was written by the pair and has been popular on Texas Country radio and a staple of Green’s live shows since its release.

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“I never want to take Pat’s influence on my life for granted,” said Wilkins on “He was a very early champion of my writing, and I have generally liked his versions of my songs more than my own. And I know I have him to thank for getting some folks out to hear me play and buying my records.”

I love a good “cowboy” song. There’s not NEAR enough of them these days, and this newcomer knocks this one out of the park IMO.

Wilkins’ own albums have drummed up success in their own right. His album, Vigil, released in 2009, was unique in the fact that Wilkins pretty much gave the album away, literally. As a consumer, you still have to pay for the album, but Wilkins passes all of the album’s earnings to charity. The charity he chose was The Longevity Foundation, a foundation that is most widelyknown for their work on the genetic disease known as A-T (Ataxia Telangiectasia). Wilkins’ proceeds from Vigil go to helping fund the foundation's research.

Kyle Park “The Night is Young”

His most recent album, Plenty, released in June, has garnered critical praise and is available on iTunes. Wilkins’ performs at Church Street BBQ on September 20. For more info about Wilkins and to preview some of his music, visit

Video is being produced for this song featuring cell phone footage of his shows from select venues including at Hurricane Harrys! be on the lookout! The Cadillac Black “Get Your Buzz On” I know I’ve already used this one, but it’s a rocking song, it’s a little dirty, and it’s fun. There’s not much not to like about this song. Listen weekdays 3-7pm

Tim McGraw “Truck Yeah” Another song that I’ve already spotlighted, but I gave another listen and still hate it….

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Singer/Songwriter Night @ Village Café by Ike Ntube


A stage, a microphone, a spotlight. Open mic nights are fairly simple concepts, and the region has a number of venues that offer weekly open mics. But singer/songwriter night at the Village, winner of last year’s Best of BCS Award, has a personality and ambiance that sets it apart from the rest. The Village doubles as a cafe during the day, with the sound of milk frothers gurgling over the sounds of cafe chatter; while at night, the cozy venue transforms into a sound booth of local and regional talent. On Thursday nights, the Village’s singer/ songwriter nights are generally characterized by folk and acoustic music. If you are a singer/ songwriter and interested in participating in the event, all you have to do is show up and put your name on the list.

more things would mess with the character of the evening. One of the unwritten rules of the night is that you have to perform three original songs before any covers can be performed, which encourages you to play new and original music. The Village has a history of supporting the local arts, so the motivation for wanting artists to write and perform their own music should come as no surprise. The night begins at 8pm to midnight every Thursday. The kitchen is open until 9pm if you’re hungry, and if you’re 21+, the Village serves beer and wine. Singer/songwriter night is an all ages event.


Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and bring your ears to listen to other sets—too many

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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.

9.21 - FRIDAY

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Salsa Saturdays @ Village Café

9.24 - MONDAY

Open Mic @ Schotzi’s

9.25 - 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 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

9.26 - WEDNESDAY 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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Texas A&M Meet the Aggies

Well the Aggie’s season has definitely lived up to the drama that led up to the opening week matchup with the Florida Gators. After a rough second half, the Aggies fell 20-17. But it didn’t take long for the Aggies to pick up their first win of the Kevin Sumlin/Johnny Manziel/SEC era. After a slow first quarter against SMU, the Aggies turned it up a notch and blew out the Mustangs 48-3. This was fueled by a record setting performance by Manziel. He set the Freshman record for most passing yards in a single game with 294. He also threw 4 TDs and ran for 2 more with 124 yards on the ground.

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P - Ryan Epperson

Texas A&M senior punter Ryan Epperson (Keller, Texas) received CFPA Honorable Mention Punter of the Week honors. Epperson averaged 49.8 yards on six punts with a long boot of 61 yards and two punts downed inside the opponent 20-yard line. His net average for the game was 49.7. Epperson’s best game was against Iowa State with a 46.6 average effort (on five punts).

For any team it is easy to look ahead and overlook a FCS opponent. But I have a feeling this Aggie team is dialed in. The Bulldogs from South Carolina State may not look that amazing on paper. But that is the wonderful thing about this game. Any team can win on any day on the gridiron.

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Rick Perry

Texas Govenor

Roland Martin


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Houston Texans Head Coach

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John David Crow

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DL - Damontre Moore

Texas A&M junior defensive Damontre Moore (Rowlett, Texas) earned Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Lineman of the week. Moore was fourth on the team in tackles with 72 stops, including 41 solo hits. He saw action in 12 games with 10 starts. The Aggie was the top tackler down the stretch with at least six tackles in the final six games of the regular season, including 12-tackle games against Kansas State and Texas.

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SC State Meet the Bulldogs

South Carolina State comes into their matchup with Texas A&M sporting a 1-2 overall record. Last week they fell to the Arizona Wildcats 56-0. Giving up 647 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs will look to get the team moving in the right direction after what was a very lopsided loss to Arizona. In that game SC State was held to 154 total yards and just eight first downs for the game. They were never able to move the ball against a bigger and faster opponent.

QB - Richard Cue

South Carolina State is hoping quarterback Richard Cue (Florence, SC) will be giving another stand up performance against the Aggies. Cue was redshirted in 2009 and has earned multiple letters while in high school. The Florence native threw for a careerbest 300 yards and three touchdowns, two to Tyler McDonald from Stratford High School, against the Panthers.

The fate of the Bulldogs rests in the hands of their Quarterback Richard Cue. He was 12 for 25 for 89 yards with an interception against Arizona. Those numbers won’t work against Texas A&M. Throw in a touch of the 12th Man and Cue and the Bulldogs might be in for a long day in College Station.

Notable Former Students Stephen Twitty

Brigadier General

Matthew Perry

U.S. Federal Judge

Phillip Adams

San Francisco 49ers

Rafeal Bush

Atlanta Falcons

James Clyburn

U.S. Representative

Deacon Jones

Hall of Fame NFL player

James Lee

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Clifford Stanley

U.S. Under Secretary

Ron Westray


LB - Joe Thomas

South Carolina State junior linebacker, Joe Thomas (Blackville, SC), has been performing very well this season. Thomas finished with a game high 11 tackles, one sack, and 3 TFL during the opener of the season. The Bulldogs are looking for a star performance from him against the Aggies.

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Fuego 9.20 - THURSDAY


After visiting Fuego Tortilla Grill a few times, you will notice one thing about the place: It’s always busy! No matter if you’re stopping by for a noon lunch or a 2am snack on the way home from a night out, you won’t be alone. The secret is out about Fuego, which means “fire” in Spanish, and it’s living up to it’s name as one of the hottest restaurants in town. Don’t let the crowd scare you off though, the folks at Fuego are very quick, both at the counter and the drive through. You will be tasting fresh cooked Mexican food within a few minutes no matter how busy they look. I recently stopped by for dinner and was promptly greeted at the door and handed a menu to browse while I waited in line. It’s nice being greeted personally and nicer still that there is no big menu board over the counter to crane your neck at and/or squint at and try to read if your vision is less than 20/20. The menu has some very unique items in addition to traditional favorites, so it’s noce to be able to browse a menu in your hands and see what’s in everything. Speaking of unique items, I got a little adventurous on this visit and tried the Dr. Pepper Cowboy ($3.79) taco with brisket, grilled onions, Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce, chipotle

Cream corn and jack cheese on a hot, thick, hand made flour tortilla. The brisket was impressively prepared, tender and flavorful enough to be the pride of a small town barbecue joint. The chipotle cream corn and barbecue sauce were a perfect compliment to the brisket. I like a lot of sauce and flavor and the Dr. Pepper Cowboy did not disappoint. While eating this saucy taco had the potential to be a messy affair if the tortilla were to break, that didn’t happen and is unlikely to because the tortillas are so darned thick. My second taco was from the breakfast menu, which is served all day and night like the rest of the menu. The Dr. Seuss ($3.79) was filled with roasted hatch green chiles, eggs, bacon, grilled onions and pepper jack queso. They were out of the queso (so yummy they ran out) and substitued jack cheese on my taco. It was a very good taco with the jack and the bacon was nice, thick and perfectly cooked. Even though it was good with the jack, I really have liked the queso on other tacos before, so I’m looking forward to trying it again with the queso. Fuego Totrilla Grill is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so no matter when you’ve got a craving for some great mexican food, they’ll be there to cook up something hot, fresh and delicious just for you.

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.

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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.

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Margarita Monday’s @ Ozona’s

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Happy Hour @ The Dixie Chicken

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

9.26 - WEDNESDAY Whiskey Wednesdays @ The Corner

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.

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Celeste and Jesse Forever


How delightfully modern: A rom-com that’s almost antiromance and isn’t very funny. Celeste & Jesse Forever is an original work that could not have come at any other time in history. Born from the unholy union of prestige television and faux-indie aesthetics, the film is the endgame of Judd Apatow’s decade-long Aristocrats routine with Leo McCarey’s corpse. What’s crazy is it works. The old formula—boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back—is comforting because of its familiarity and it’s totally unbelievable for the same reason. Nobody believes the break-up will stick. But nowadays, movies like Going the Distance, Crazy Stupid Love, and The Five-Year Engagement commit to the break-up so thoroughly that it’s plausible the leads won’t wind up together. Celeste & Jesse Forever is all about the separation. The credits are an arty scrapbook chronicling their romance right down to the magazineworthy wedding photos, and the joke of the first scene is that Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg)

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are acting like best friends despite being separated for six months already. That formula subversion is part of the movie’s charm, as when pothead friend Skillz (Will McCormack) tries to take advantage of Celeste’s new single-hood and she immediately rejects him. Better still, when Celeste hits rock-bottom, Melissa McCarthy doesn’t show up to give her a tough-love pep talk. That isn’t how life works. It takes Celeste a long time and a lot of pain to adjust to her divorce. That’s what the film is about, by the way. The title’s a misnomer; they’re not equal partners in the film. When things get permanent, the story stays with Celeste. And Rashida Jones, who co-wrote the screenplay with McCormack, writes herself a statement role. Jones is so under-used in Hollywood it’s almost masochistic: She’s the only character on Parks and Recreation who doesn’t work for the parks department, and she keeps showing up in necessarily

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marginalized roles like the wife that gets in the way of the bromance in I Love You, Man. Finally she gets to play comedy-drunk, she goes kitchen-sink real, she grounds it all in observational verisimilitude. Samberg is fine for a watched pot, but Jones gets so emotionally ugly in a street-corner argument that it’s eyeopening. She’s the real deal. Unfortunately, director Lee Toland Krieger isn’t such a natural. The film looks like Baby’s First Sundance, with its artful coloring and commercial polish fighting the messy, wannabe indie reality. It strives to be lightly lived-in, like Blue Valentine with jokes, but there’s a whiff of Hollywood insider-ism, a series of first-draft gags about names, and a revolving door of sitcom stars. None of which matters when Krieger points the camera at Rashida Jones.

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1 Resident Evil:

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.


Like they always say, fifth time’s the charm! But seriously, Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest entry in the video game movie franchise is now even more video game-y, with extravagant maps and slo-mo 3D.

15 Last Ounce of Courage

The secularists are coming, the secularists are coming! The War on Christmas has a new hero in this propaganda piece about a church that isn’t allowed to put up a cross. Oh, please.

2 Finding Nemo 3D

One of Pixar’s most enormous pictures, a funny, scary, sad, mysterious, heart-warming adventure across the Australian coast. But “Partysaurus Rex,” the delightful new Pixar short, might be worth the ticket price on its own.

4 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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 The Words

This is why you don’t plagiarize. They’ll make


17 The Cold Light of Day


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.

3 The Possession

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

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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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 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.

11 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.

12 Arbitrage


A recycled finance procedural about a Bernie Madoff type redeemed—barely—by its acting. I wonder how scummy Richard Gere could have been if he weren’t always artfully framed against light refracting through glass.

13 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.

14 Hope Springs


Someone finally adapted the flashing scene

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?

18 The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie hasn’t reached beyond a surprise 70mm screening in Austin, but after There Will Be Blood, anticipation for the new film is off the charts. Full review next week.

19 Ice Age: Continental Drift

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.

20 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days


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!


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Stage Center Presents: The Taming of the Shrew


by Sarah Dean

A tale of courtship, cunning, and love–or is it? Shakespeare’s highly acclaimed–and criticized— play, The Taming of the Shrew, is revered as one of his greatest comedies ever written. Directed by Russell Jones, Stage Center is presenting the comedy during its fall season, and the play will run September 20-22, 27-29, and October 4-6. The plot surrounds the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina. Petruchio, a cocky gentleman from Verona, has accepted a challenge to tame the headstrong and stubborn “shrew,” Katherina. Through the mischief of reverse psychology, Petruchio does his best to domesticate Katherina, which leads to one comedic pratfall after another. Even though the classic comedy appears “tame” enough, it’s been met with criticism. Believe it or not, since the play’s inception around 1590, The Taming of the Shrew has been a source of controversy mainly for its brand of old-school patriarchy. As a modern-day viewer, the play is strikingly misogynistic in its celebration of female submission (i.e., the notion that an “unpleasant” woman, or shrew, should be “tamed” or domesticated by a man).

being produced and enjoyed for over 400 years. And many of Shakespeare’s works are being popularized in today’s culture by being reintroduced as Hollywood mega-hits. The Taming of the Shrew has been adapted into various films and musicals, such as Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. And the hit movie 10 Things I Hate About You, starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, is based – albeit loosely–on the play, too. Having never seen a version of The Taming of the Shrew where Jones felt he could relate to the characters, his plans for Kat and Petro are to make both characters accessible. How? You'll have to see for yourself at the Stage Center's production. Located in Downtown Bryan, Stage Center Community Theatre has single show tickets as well as season tickets available on their website at

Controversy may surround the comedy, but it hasn’t stopped The Taming of the Shrew from


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The Theater Company Presents: Music Man


by Sarah Dean

The Music Man is an unforgettable comedic, family-friendly story chock full of toe-tapping, barbershop-style show tunes married with a romantic plot and character revelations. Produced by professional and amateur theatre companies alike, the treasured stage musical is the official 25th season opener of The Theatre Company, premiering on September 21st and running until October 7th. Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, The Music Man debuted at Manhattan’s prestigious Majestic Theatre on December 19, 1957 before it moved to The Broadway Theatre for its spectacular 1,375-performance run which ended on April 15, 1961. The musical enjoyed two Broadway revivals as well as a pair of films. Recipient of eight Tony awards (one for Best Musical of 1958) and five Academy Award nominations, The Music Man has captivated its audiences since its first appearance in the late 1950s. The musical weaves the tale of traveling salesman and con man Harold Hill. Hill, savvy in the ways of duping and hungry for a ruse, ambles into the stubborn “chip-on-the-shoulder” town of River City, Iowa, posing as a boys’ band leader. Hill, who takes advantage of the townsfolk’s naïveté, convinces parents he’s just the man to teach their musically disinclined children to play instruments. On the proposition of organizing a band, Hill sells musical instruments and uniforms to unwary parents before fleeing town with their cash. As Harold begins to work his charm, swindling the good people of River City out of their money, Marian Paroo—the prim yet feisty librarian and piano teacher-sees through Harold’s façade. Marian is convinced that Harold Hill is nothing but a sweet talker with unsavory intentions; however, she slowly begins to fall in love with him when Harold helps her younger brother, the shy Winthrop, overcome his social anxieties caused by his lisp. In turn, Harold falls for Marian–risking exposure in order to win her heart.

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Featuring one of the most stupendous scores in all of Broadway history, The Music Man is the birthplace of memorable tunes such as “Shipoopi” (the largest on-stage dance number), “Till There Was You” (a romantic ballad sung by Marian and Harold), “The Wells Fargo Wagon” (an energetic melody sung by the River City townsfolk), and, of course, “Seventy-Six Trombones”– the signature song of The Music Man. The Theatre Company’s production of The Music Man features a well-seasoned cast of talented actors and vocalists. Harold Hill will be played by Andrew Maly (whose credits include the character of Chuck Cranston in Footloose), and Stephanie Brown will portray the spirited Marian Paroo. While it may not be Broadway, The Theatre Company is offering affordable family— friendly fun in BCS with engaging stage productions. For tickets(single show or season), visit The Theatre Company’s website at

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Screening of A Separation @ Harrington


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A Separation won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. If you haven't heard of the film or you've seen it and wish to see it again, the Persian Student Association in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts is screening the movie on Wednesday, September 26 in the Harrington Building(room 209) at 7pm. The movie takes place in present-day Iran, a nation struggling to find the balance between moderninity and Islamic law. The film's plot centers around a married couple faced with a difficult decision; either to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion led by the Persian Student Association.

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Stark Galleries Get Surreal by Chris Zebo


After four years of war waged by 70 million soldiers left a staggering 9 million dead across the globe, major urban centers in Europe were decimated both physically and intellectually after WWI. A prevailing sense of futility swept across the continent, a sense that centuries of human reason was laid to waste, forlorn and forsaken. After the war, the past was not retrievable, the present was unbearable, and the future was ominous and intangible. And yet, like a strike of lightening that sets a forest ablaze, new life burgeoned from the ashes, rooted in the seeds of all cultures—in the arts. During and after the war, art found a wellspring of inspiration from the least likely of sources: from nothingness. Avant garde artists abandoned and disavowed preconceived notions of beauty, truth, and order—the foundation of aesthetics established by artists over centuries. They even abandoned preconceptions of what art was or could be. Heralding a new era, a radical group of artists and intellectuals—poets, playwrights, painters, sculptors, philosophers and theorists—converged into an art movement called Dadaism. The Dadaists took practically everything artists had taken for granted before the war and flushed it down the rhetorical toilet. In fact, one of the most signature works of art from the period was just that, a toilet. Marcel Duchamp, a bellwether of the movement, submitted for exhibition at the Society of Independent Artists a porcelain urinal titled “Fountain” in 1917, which he signed under the pseudonym “R. Mutt.” As you can imagine, the piece—not actually created by him but by an industrial fabricator—enraged critics of the art establishment who were still holding onto vestiges of art's bourgeois past.


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“His work is innovative because as an artist he so blatantly and humorously flouts conventional assumptions about aesthetic beauty,” says Greg Phillipy, Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Stark Galleries.

The Stark Galleries new exhibit, “Surrealist Visions”, opened to the public in August and will be on display through October 14. The exhibit is like a self-guided tour of a moment in art history, designed to lead visitors through the exhibit via informative plaques which narrate the unfolding of the Surrealists and to their legacy today. The exhibit begins with a piece by Duchamp(not traditionally regarded as a Surrealist) and a rare set of 21 Surrealist photogravure postcards which display a range of aesthetic tendencies by many of the period's most established Surrealist artists. “I would like visitors to view the exhibits as historical documents of the time in which they were made,” says Phillipy, “and to consider the concepts that so greatly affected the aesthetic and philosophical position of the Surrealists.” If the Balkans were “the powder keg of Europe” which exploded the world into WWI, then the Dadaists were the powder keg of the Surrealist era, blasting open new territories of artistic exploration. However, after the keg exploded, the Surrealists took more inspiration from the groundbreaking work of Freud and Jung, who blasted open new doors of psychological perception. The new science, which charted the interior of the mind and attempted to explain our unconscious desires and impulses, was the metaphorical paint of the Surrealist brush. Imagine giving your subconscious a paintbrush, an empty canvas, and an unprecedented freedom to paint outside of the lines. Giorgio de Chirico, one of the earliest Surrealists, was one of the first painters to challenge our notions of physical space. He depicted the empty streets of Mediterranean cities, with buildings

casting haunting, elongated shadows against disproportionate facades which bent the realities of foreground and background. His style may sound hackneyed against today's Tim Burton movies and Marvel blockbusters, but just imagine breaking the ground for the first time, against the sensibilities of not only the critical establishment but of the entire history of the visual arts. Giorgio de Chirico's influence cast its shadow upon a number of artists who would further explore the unconsciousness and the psychedelia

Surrealist works not typically hanging in the major modern art museums, including a couple of minor works by Chagall and a sketch by sculptor Alberto Giacometti. The small exhibit does a fine job of displaying the range of artists from the period while presenting works that span the movement and chart its evolution. The Stark Galleries are located in the northeast corner of the Memorial Student Center. For gallery hours, visit

Imagine giving your subconscious a paintbrush, an empty canvas, and an unprecedented freedom to paint outside of the lines. of the dreamscape. “Surrealist Visions” includes original prints by many important artists of the movement, including Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, and Marc Chagall. A highlight of the exhibit is a series of lithographs by Dali which depict scenes from Lewis Carol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The series of prints were published in a famous edition of the book in 1969. In one print, titled “Mad Tea Party”, Dali's legendary melting clock, originally painted in his most famous piece of art, The Persistence of Memory, makes an encore appearance in Carol's book nearly forty years after its original conception. Visitors to the Stark Galleries exhibit can expect a range of

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