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Casey McPherson - Alpha Rev By Luke Murray
One of the hottest indie bands in the Lone Star, Alpha Rev has toured nationwide and soundtracked the silver screen. They’re bringing their high-energy show to Grand Stafford Theater w/ Quiet Company & The Reynolds Number on October 24. We caught up with AR’s Casey McPherson to discuss the music, the band’s humble beginnings, and even Miley Cyrus.
my class, and I did not win the lottery—in fact, I was from a small town and a big nerd growing up. So those feelings of alienation, the need to belong, and the desire to be happy with who I am, run throughout the music.
MW: Let’s start with “Sing Loud”, your most recent single from Bloom that you released earlier this year. What went into the writing?
AR: You start with whatever you’ve got, and you slowly go over and over it until it begins to unfold. It’s like carving something out of a block of wood. It takes a lot of time and dedication, but it’s a blast!
AR: This song was a collaboration, based around difficulties we all have in relationships. I used a lot of metaphors in this song speaking to how we’re all going to fight, but eventually, we all have the chance for unity and freedom. I was frustrated with the fighting in my relationships. I can be a real selfish guy. The other element was the desire for complete freedom or arrival away from that selfishness and conflict, for the feeling of “Ahhh…I’m here; no more trying.” MW: What do you guys draw from when you begin to put a song together? AR: Often, we’re drawing from a melody, a feeling, or a sound. It really all depends on what comes out. Every song is a hidden gem you’re digging for, in yourself, and in others around you. I feel certain aspects of life pretty strongly, like most people do. I tend to feel darker emotions more that happier ones, but that’s starting to change. Music is also very spiritual for me. I was not on the football team, I was not the head of
MW: Where do you start and how do you pull it together?
MW: You also have a hit song, “New Morning”, with a video that did well and was featured on the soundtrack for Miley Cyrus’s movie The Last Song. What was it like having your work featured on the silver screen?
most memorable places you’ve played? AR: My favorite place to play was Red Rocks in Colorado. What a beautiful venue. It’s the equivalent of playing outside in the mountains. MW: With all the touring, have you guys had time to work on any new music? AR: Yes. I’m in Minneapolis right now for a show tonight, and we’re going to be writing all day before our load-in/ soundcheck. MW: Sorry, but we have to go back to Miley Cyrus: What do you think of the rollercoaster she’s on?
“Every song is a hidden gem you’re digging for, in yourself, and in others around you.” -Casey McPherson, Lead Singer AR: Well, it’s always a big win for us when we get our music in a movie. I still have yet to see this one, though; I’m more into the shoot’em up flicks. MW: You guys have been doing a lot of touring it seems, playing shows all over Texas and you have some shows coming up in New York and Boston. What are some of the
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AR: I think we all go on a rollercoaster around that time in life. I certainly don’t fault her for the desire to act out. It’s just unfortunate that so many girls look up to her, as she’s using her body to sell her music and her brand, which I think sells her short. Maybe one day we’ll all value intelligence and ingenuity over money and fame. Until then, I’m getting a lottery ticket after my botox, as soon as I get back from my twerkout at the gym!
By Luke Murray
Silverstein Album: This is How the Wind Shifts
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Rating: Sounds Like: Rob Thomas Jon McLaughlin Howie Day
Originally debuted earlier this year, Silverstein has re-released their sixth album with an additional seven tracks (four acoustic renditions and three brand new renditions). Frontman Shane Told describes the album as an unorthodox approach to a standard, story-built track list. Rather than a common theme, the 14 original tracks tell seven different stories with a parallel alternate angle for each story—one song per angle.
Every Little Bit Need Best I Ever Had
Track Listing: Best I Ever Had Make a Move Finest Hour I’m Gonna Try Who’s Gonna Save Us Everything Will Change Need Heartbreak Every Little Bit Different for Girls Leading Man
“Overall, the point of this album is not to prove the existence of fate, or to disprove it. It’s a discussion of life, of loss, of success within failure, of failure within success, of the struggle between your actions and your feelings, and how those don’t always go together,” said Told. The album pushes boundaries set by chart-topping acts such as Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach. Told’s ear-piercing vocals span the range between vocal-cord-shredding screamo to aggressive boy-band, establishing a signature tenor and ferocity. Two of the new additions to the re-released album—the tracks “I Will Illuminate” and “Kill the Lights”—have mirrored effects on each other. These two, coincidentally, have the most cumulative downloads and spike in popularity of the whole 21-track set (this probably helped the push for a re-release). The addition of the acoustic renditions of former tracks also adds depth to the album and a much needed balance to Told’s overtly deep lyricism.
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“Make a Move”
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2013 Ten years since his emergence as a solo singer/songwriter on Chariot—an album that reached platinum status in the states—DeGraw has grown evermore restless in his craft. His ability to push the boundaries of creativity within the industry leaves him constantly grasping for deeper, richer expression. Make a Move brandishes the now-so-typical trademarks of the New York-native: soul, blues, heartbreak, and the occasional power-ballad. Even with growth in his vocals and the strength of his lyrics (showcased in tracks like “Best I Ever Had”), the album shows an artist with even more class, pairing strings, brass, and heavy percussion in these songs in intelligent ways that force you to press the download button. Recommended Tracks: Miss Jackson, Girl that You Love
“See You Tonight”
Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013 Scotty McCreery—winner of American Idol Season 10—has released his second studio album (not including his Christmas record) with a title track that sat high on the country charts since its debut. His initial album was certified platinum nationwide and won him Best New Artist from the American Country Awards and the Academy of Country Music. See You Tonight shows us a more polished version of the Carolina-rooted vocals that won him a golden ticket to Hollywood. The album is already sitting atop the iTunes country chart, derailing Luke Bryan’s summer release and projecting it into future platinum status. The disc’s title track—released weeks ago—has been sitting in the top ten country downloads since going live. The 13-song track list, with a majority co-written by Scotty, gives listeners a richness far beyond the singer’s actual years in the business. Recommended Tracks: Get Gone with You, Feelin’ It
Release Date: Oct 15, 2013 The only thing negative we can say about this new Christian-Alt release is that it’s slightly confusing. Vital is intended to be the new release. However, a two-disc rendition of the album with extra songs and some live versions was released a day earlier under the name “Devotion.” Devotion contains all of the 12 tracks on Vital plus an additional 19. We’ll focus on Vital being the primary release, a record where the band returned to their former producer, Aaron Sprinkle, to help them create the most aesthetically aggressive album of their career. Lead singer Stephen Christian reignites the passion behind the vocals which gives Anberlin their trademark indie, electro-pop rock sound. Whether you go for the main feature or the extended (early?) release, you’ll hear a polished sound from a band that’s gone back to their roots—much to their acclaim. Recommended Tracks: City Electric, Dead American maroonweekly.com • October 23, 2013 • MAROON WEEKLY • p 7
2 CELLOS By Dani Wilkins Putting a label on Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser would be unfair to the artists and the music they produce. Formally trained and pop-inspired, 2CELLOS cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” landed the two performers viral celebrity status; within a week, they landed a touring gig with Elton John and a record deal with Sony Masterworks. Elton John has adamantly cheered them on, telling audiences to “Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the 60s.” Their records are full of instrumental pieces infused with poppy, upbeat, and wonderfully done covers of “With or Without You”, “Smells like Teen Spirit”, and “Welcome to the Jungle”, in addition to many more. While pop covers landed them on Glee, the Ellen DeGeneres show, and into the ear buds of millions, the two are classically trained and talented. In a recent performance, the duo opened with a version of “Benedictus” that was said to bring tears to the audience. Their application of cellos across multiple genres is remarkable. They easily transform from classical musicians into rock stars, and they’re the kind of eccentric ensemble that draws diverse crowds. The two will perform at Rudder Auditorium on Tuesday October 29 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online or at the MSC Box Office. pg 8 • MAROON WEEKLY • October 23, 2013 • maroonweekly.com
Smooth Criminal Hurt Welcome to the Jungle Human Nature
Viva La Vida
Smells Like Teen Spirit
With or Without You
Every Breath You Take We Found Love Clocks
Supermassive Black Hole
Candle in the Wind ONE NIGHT ONLY!
TUE, OCT 29 7:30 PM • Rudder Auditorium
2 CELLO S Luka Sulik & Stjepan Hauser
Is this the greatest mixtape of all time? Maybe! But it’s also a list of tracks that have been performed by the incredible duo 2CELLOS. You saw them on “Glee,” performing the Michael Jackson hit “Smooth Criminal,” but that’s just the beginning of their amazing talent. Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser will bring it all to the stage in a riveting performance that will have you dancing in Rudder. This is not your high school orchestra concert, or even a night at the symphony…this is a clap your hands, scream at the top of your lungs rock show!
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movies in the park BY CHEYENNE MUELLER Guess what? Maroon Weekly and the City of College Station are taking you Okay, now here’s the to the movies! logistical stuff: Gates open at 7:30pm, with movies The CCS in conjunction with Maroon Weekly are offering free movies at Wolf starting at 8:30pm. There Pen Creek Amphitheater to the general public Friday, October 25 and Friday, will be concessions available, December 6. And since they fall on Fridays, there won’t be any conflict and coolers and containers between you and your beloved football games! All the movies are family- are permitted into the friendly and all ages are welcome. Amphitheater, just as long as they don’t exceed 48 quarts. With Halloween less than a week away, the screening for October 25 will Absolutely no alcohol will be be everyone’s childhood favorite, The Goonies. Also, enjoy trick-or-treating allowed. There will be blanketearly with a “Trick-or-Treasure” segment at 7:30pm for the kids and kids-at- only seating areas designated heart in costumes. Maroon Weekly will be there, too—with our photo booth for each movie, but chairs and costume props to capture you, friends, and family all decked out. are welcome. However, chairs may not occupy any of the On December 6, we’ll show The Santa Clause. Tim Allen finds himself in the blanket-only seating. Service middle of an unfortunate accident with Kris Kringle. As a result, he gains animals are permitted, but no weight (especially a jiggly belly) and his hair becomes curiously white as pets are allowed. Smoking will not be allowed in the main seating area, but snow. The holiday favorite will surely get you into the holiday spirit. there will be three designated smoking areas.
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By Cheyenne Mueller
DAVID & GOLIATH: UNDERDOGS, MISFITS, & THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS by malcolm gladwell Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy stood up against a giant warrior with only a slingshot…and defeated him. Ever since, the names of David and Goliath have represented the archetypal underdogs-vs-giants story. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won. Or should he have? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell confronts popular mentality about trial and tribulation, proposing a new way of thinking on what it means to be discriminated against, coping with a disability, losing a parent, attending a mediocre school, or suffering from any number of life’s obstacles. Gladwell starts with the story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland’s troublesome conflicts, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms – all to demonstrate that beauty in the world arises from what looks like pain and adversity.
BOOK ONE OF THE COUSINS O’DWYER TRILOGY
their home and into their lives.
THE HOUSE OF HADES
by nora roberts
by rick riordan
Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance as a result of indifferent parents. Raised by her maternal grandmother, she was taught where to find a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends: County Mayo, Ireland, the location where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations.
The fourth installment of the Lost Hero series picks up at the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, after Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to Tartarus.
Iona arrives in Mayo with nothing but her Nan’s directions, optimism, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the impressive castle where she is spending a week, she discovers her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. Since family is family, they invite her into
When Iona finds a job at the local stables, she meets stable owner Boyle McGrath who completely embodies all of her most intoxicating fantasies. Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. However, the truth is nothing as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree. Family and friends fight alongside her in an effort to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive.
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The other five demigods have to put aside their sorrow and follow Percy’s final instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and if Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape? They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives further into the abysmal depths of Tartarus.
By Katie Lea
PEGASUS GETS NEW WINGS
NASA may have been shut down for a moment, but aerospace engineers at Texas A&M have been working on an unmanned air system known as Pegasus I non-stop. Dr. John Valasek, a professor in the Aerospace Engineering department, leads the research team responsible for designing and building Pegasus I and its successors. The Unmanned Air System, also known as a UAS, has been flying for more than a year now and is currently patent pending. Pegasus I was designed by students in Aerospace capstone classes for vehicle design with the intention of fulfilling an industry and government necessity. Under Valasek’s supervision, graduate and undergraduate research assistants built and even operated Pegasus I in the Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory. Valasek is the director of this laboratory, as well as the Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS). It was here the research team built the 11-foot long, 12-foot wingspan aircraft with a 20-pound payload. Pegasus I, a fixed-wing UAS, was also designed to have a one hour flight endurance, multiple and overlapping control systems to increase flight safety, and a single piston engine pushing out 9.7 horsepower. Its main purpose was to provide a resilient, cost-efficient guinea pig for studying advanced control law and sensor concepts. All flight testing of Pegasus occurs at the Riverside Campus in the Unmanned Flight Laboratory and is funded by the Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Pegasus I has two brothers named (you guessed it) Pegasus II and Pegasus III that have been undergoing test flights as well. Pegasus II shed some pounds compared to its predecessor but shares many of the same specs as Pegasus I, including the engine. Pegasus III is both the youngest and littlest of the three, but got a slight upgrade, running off an electric engine. There are also big plans for further expanding of the Pegasus UAS family.
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Patranella’s 106 North Parker, Bryan, 979.775.7751
Monday - Friday 10 AM - 3 PM Saturday CLOSED Sunday 10 AM - 3 PM Price - $$ Cuisine - Italian, American Parking - Small private lot Patio - No Atmosphere - Simple, Café Noise Level: Low to Average Signature Dishes - Chicken Milanese, Red Velvet Cookie Sandwich
$ ($5 - 10) ramen noodle budget $$ ($10-15) part-time job $$$ ($15-20) hard-earned cash $$$$ (Over $20) mommy and daddy are in town
Patranella’s Bakery and Café
By Amanda L. Reynolds The Patranella family has enjoyed Sunday dinners together after church for years and years. Italian recipes have been passed down through generations, and luckily for the B/CS area, Loretta Patranella decided to share her beloved family recipes with the rest of the community. Loretta, along with her daughter, Meredith, run this small café and bakery in Downtown Bryan, serving lunch and sweet treats during the week and the occasional First Friday dinner. We firmly believe in testing out the basics at a restaurant. We postulate that if a restaurant can’t nail the basics, there’s probably little hope for anything else on the menu. With that theory, we ordered spaghetti and meatballs ($9.99), because what’s more rudimentary than that? The marinara sauce was sweet and delightful, not overly laden with dried herbs, thick but not chunky, and generous. The old family recipe, called suga, is cooked for at least 6 hours. After baking the hand-rolled meatballs in the oven, they are allowed to take a lengthy swim in the suga as well. A hearty chunk of the meatball and a forkful of the perfectly cooked noodles drenched in sauce makes for the perfect bite. The Chicken Milanese with Alfredo sauce ($12.99) might have even topped the spaghetti and meatballs. Patranella’s uses fresh breadcrumbs to coat the outside of a thin chicken breast. Perfectly cooked noodles are liberally coated
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in homemade Alfredo sauce with a heavy garlic influence.
mouth is topped with crispy bacon, cheese, and homemade potato chips.
We would be remiss if we didn’t talk about Patranella’s spectacular sides. On Thursdays, pan-fried broccoli is a must-order. Perfectly seasoned flour encrusts broccoli and allows it to become tender but not soggy. Another vegetable favorite, okra patties, arose from a family recipe created as a result of an overabundance of garden bounty. We didn’t get to sample it, but her description of the okra and onion concoction has guaranteed another Patranella’s a visit on an upcoming Friday.
Even though the portions at Patranella’s are more than hearty, do yourself a favor and make sure to save room for dessert. We’re sure you’ll notice, during your meal, two full cases of desserts staring at you. On our visit, the red velvet cookie sandwich ($2.75) called our names from within the display case. Even though we were stuffed, we had to have a bite. The soft texture of the cookies and the cream cheese icing were perfectly delicate and delicious.
While the menu changes every day, they have sandwich and soup offerings that remain constant. The tomato basil soup is one of the best in town. The smooth texture with a hint of cream and loads of fresh basil make it well rounded and light enough to be enjoyed even in warm weather. The Patranellas have gone so far as to begin growing fresh basil by the restaurant to make sure they always have an endless supply. The potato soup with slow cooked chunks of potato that melt in your
Some people might be turned off by the higher than average lunch prices, but the generous portions and quality of the food make their prices seem like a bargain. Although we tried their Italian offerings on our visit, Patranella’s also offers standard American home cooking as well, such as beef roast and fried catfish. Whether you stop in for lunch or for a sweet treat, the Patranella family and staff will welcome you to the dinner table, feed you generous portions, and make you feel like family.
Taz Indian Cuisine If you have never tasted Indian food, stop everything you’re doing and run down to Taz Indian Cuisine. With a wide selection of menu items and an outstanding lunch buffet, Taz is a must for any spicy food enthusiast. The blended curries in entrees such as the Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken are complex and savory. All portions are filling and come with the lightest, freshest naan(bread). Dine in or take out • 2416 Texas Ave S College Station, TX 77840 -- (979) 696-6560 • $$
Classic Comfort Food Gets Fall Treatment Cheap Eats Easy to Make and Easy on Your Green
By DANI WILKINS
Rosa’s Tortilla Factory
Rosa’s continues to turn out outstanding traditional Mexican cuisine just like they turn out their light and fresh tortillas. Be sure not to miss out on their weekly taco trio special every Tuesday consisting of not one, not two, but three tacos accompanied by rice, beans and a side of their freshly, in-house prepared tortillas. Dine in, take out, or drive through • 710 University Dr E College Station, TX 77840 -- (979) 691-8501 • $-$$
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly butter a large baking dish; set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain noodles, set aside. 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the cubed squash and 2 ½ cups of the milk over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium and simmer until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 18 to 20 minutes.
Cenare Italian Restaurant For over three decades now, Cenare has been a versatile, traditional Italian restaurant, perfect for large gatherings or romantic evenings. With an extensive menu featuring multiple variations of chicken, seafood, veal, and pasta dishes, hardly anyone will be able to leave with an empty stomach. But should you finish your meal and still find a little room to spare, Cenare’s desserts--tiramisu, triple chocolate silk cake, chocolate dipped cannoli, and cheesecake--will sate your sweet tooth. Dine in • 404 University Dr E, College Station, TX 77840 -- (979) 696-7311 • $$-$$$
Downtown Uncorked Downtown Uncorked offers those looking to escape the loud, hectic bar scene a quiet relaxing refuge to have a glass of wine and sip away the day’s troubles. Though primarily a wine bar, Downtown Uncorked offers a healthy selection of beers from Miller Lite to Chimay Grand Reserve. The wine bar also serves light appetizers, such as hummus and cheese plates to complement your glass of vino or beer. Choose from a variety of Chardonnays, Merlots, Cabernets, and many more varietals. Don’t feel like you’re up to snuff on your wine knowledge? Let the helpful staff talk you through their wine list and help you select the best glass or bottle. Dine in • 206 W 26th Bryan, TX 77803 -- (979) 823-4837 $$-$$$
3. Stir together remaining ¼ cup milk and flour; stir into squash mixture. Bring to boil; cook until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. 4. Stir in 1 ½ cups of Fontina until melted. BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC AND CHEESE If it was socially acceptable to gnaw into a pumpkin, we know some people who would do it. But instead of biting into a giant gourd, try our newest menu of fall favorites. A new take on a childhood classic and a sweet treat for All Hallows Eve, these recipes are sure to be the furthest thing from scary on your pocketbook, too. Ingredients: • 12 ounce box of dried rigatoni or fusilli pasta • 1 ½ pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks (3 ½ cups) • 2 ¾ cups milk • ¼ cup all-purpose flour • 8 ounces shredded Fontina cheese • 8 slices bacon • 2 small sweet onions, cut into chunks • 3 ounces sourdough bread • 2 tablespoons butter, melted • fresh parsley (for garnish)
5. Meanwhile, in a very large skillet cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble; set aside. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. Return skillet to the heat. 6. Add onions to skillet; cover and cook over low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and increase heat to high. Cook 4 to 6 minutes more, stirring, until onions are golden brown and soft. 7. Add squash-cheese mixture, onions, and bacon to the bowl with the pasta. Toss well to combine, and then transfer to prepared baking dish. 8. Place bread in a food processor and pulse with two or three on/off turns to form large coarse crumbs (you should have about 2 cups). Transfer to a small bowl; mix with melted butter. Sprinkle remaining Fontina and the breadcrumbs over pasta mixture. Bake until top is browned, about 14 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley for a touch of green.
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Alpha Rev joins Quiet Company at Grand Stafford Theater.
Movies in the Park returns with this week’s showing of The Goonies.
MSC OPAS presents viral sensation 2CELLOS.
WEEKLY // PICKS week of october 24 - october 30, 2013
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portion of the night. Spotlight Night is free and open to the public, too. MSC TOWN HALL TAMU Campus, Oct. 24, 2013 6:00 PM
Band members of Midnight River Choir met as strangers in New Braunfels where they began singing together as they floated down the Guadalupe River. The quartet is coming to College Station and bringing their Texas country jams with them. CHURCH STREET BBQ 100 Church St, College Station, Oct. 26, 2013 11:00 PM
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own. MSC TAMU Campus, Oct. 25, 2013 7:00 PM
THURSDAY 10/24 GRANGER SMITH
Texas A&M former student and his country boy alter ego take a night to perform back in his old stomping grounds. This year, Granger released his 9th studio album since he hit the scene at age 19, Dirt Road Driveway, debuted #1 on the iTunes Country music chart. THE TAP 815 Harvey Rd. College Station, Oct. 24, 2013 9:00 PM
Ready to provide Aggies with some in-yourface rock jams, The Velcro Pygmies are heading to College Station. Be @ Daisy Dukes on October 24 to get a piece of this epic jam action. DAISY DUKES 217 Univeristy, College Station, Oct. 24, 2013 10:00 PM
Following the Triple A Radio success of New Morning, Alpha Rev’s third album, Bloom is a set of personally transformative and redemptive songs. Formed in 2005, Quiet Company have spent much of the last year
playing late night talk shows (Carson Daly), performing at the Austin City Limits Festival, and winning a record-shattering 10 Austin Music Awards. The Reynolds Number is an Austin based quintet that is a unique blend of melodic rock and roll. GRAND STAFFORD THEATER 106 S Main St, Bryan Oct. 24, 2013 8:00 PM $12
AGGIE ART RACE
The annual Amazing Aggie Art Race will be held on October 24 (or October 31 in case of bad weather). The race will feature twelve teams of four students racing around campus to locate pieces of art, performing various tasks along the way. At its conclusion, there will be a prize ceremony. The event is intended to broaden student’s awareness of the importance of art, not only on campus, but in their daily lives. MSC TAMU Campus, Oct. 24, 2013 2:00 PM
Brought to you by MSC Town Hall Coffeehouse, the Student Spotlight Night features Aggie artists who perform at 7pm. Feel free to take the stage as early as 6:00 for the open mic
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the spring/summer 2013, they will bring their next studio release produced by multiple Grammy Award winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. GRAND STAFFORD THEATER 106 S Main St, Bryan Oct. 25, 2013 9:00 PM $10
Theater Company is presenting Mel Brooks’ Broadway musical version of his cinematic hit “Young Frankenstein.” It’s the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made. “Young Frankenstein” is a comedic twist on the famous urban legend and perfect Halloween evening. THE THEATRE COMPANY 725 E. Villa Maria, Bryan, Oct. 25, 2013 7:00 PM
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Voted Best Night of Dancing 2011 & 2012, Salsa Saturdays starts with a fun “30-Minute Crash Course Salsa Lesson” at 10pm followed by a hot night of dancing. Come prepared to sweat and to meet new people at this Aggie hot spot! Visit www.mambosentertainment. com/salsasaturdays.html for more details. VILLAGE CAFÉ 210 W. 26th St, Bryan Sept. 12, 2013 8:00 PM $5
With Halloween less than a week away, the screening for October 25 will be everyone’s childhood favorite, The Goonies. Also, enjoy trick-or-treating early with a “Trick-orTreasure” segment at 7:30pm for the kids and kids-at-heart in costumes. Maroon Weekly will be there, too—with our photo booth and costume props to capture you, friends, and family all decked out. WOLF PEN CREEK AMPHITHEATER 1015 Colgate, College Station, Oct. 25, 2013 7:30 PM
In 2011, Grupo Fantasma won a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their selfproduced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music. In 2012 they continued to tour the globe with club and festival dates, and in
stages, and even a little spot here in College Station. RUDDER THEATRE TAMU Campus, Oct. 29, 2013 5:00 PM $10
The City of College Station has teamed up with Anytime Fitness to offer a free community workout, FreeFit, taught by certified trainer Erika Ervin; FeeFit is an hour-long class that will feature the popular INSANITY workout. No pre-registration or personal equipment is required for the class, and it is open to all ages. Since the class is free of charge, participants are encouraged to make monetary donations that will benefit the American Heart Association. WOLF PEN CREEK PARK 1014 Holleman, College Station, Oct. 26, 2013 8:30 AM
The Brandon Smith Band is a Texas Country/ Americana group who spend a great deal of time writing their own songs. Their sound is similar to Randy Rogers Band and Stoney LaRue. SCHOTZI’S 205 University, College Station, Oct. 26, 2013 11:00 PM
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It’s just about time for the annual Children’s Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating Halloween event. This free event is from 3-6pm and is for children 12 and under. GEORGE BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY 1000 George Bush Dr. College Station, Oct. 27, 2013 3:00 PM
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Hailing from New York, this super-catchy, super-bubblegum, female-fronted rock band isn’t your typical girl band. Fronted by energetic Seiko, Gelatine packs an interesting punch as they combine complex music structures and the excitement of a 5-year-old on Mountain Dew. Three other bands will join these NYC natives. Admission will only set you back $1 dollhair. REVOLUTION
Mixing beings at 4:30pm each Tuesday and continues throughout the evening. Cocktails are expertly crafted by resident mixologist Cody Schilling. His handmade mixers, fresh ingredients, and premium liquors make falling off your bar stool delicious. GRAND STAFFORD THEATER 106 S Main St, Bryan Oct. 29, 2013 8:00 PM $8
MIC CHECK POETRY 211B S. Main St., Bryan, Oct. 27, 2013 7:00 PM
MIC CHECK POETRY
Speak your mind or listen to those who perform at Mic Check Poetry Slam. Hosted by Revolution Cafe, MCPS is held every Sunday at 8:30 and completely free. Break out of the mold and channel your inner artist; you’ll go home feeling inspired. REVOLUTION 211B S. Main St., Bryan, Oct. 27, 2013 8:30 PM
Sundays are trivia night at O’Bannon’s, so grab a group of friends to play or just to watch. Check with their Facebook page the day of to find out what the topics will be. O’BANNON’S 103 Boyett, College Station, Oct. 27, 2013 9:00 PM
MONDAY 10/28 TRIVIA NIGHT
Monday nights are pretty boring; it’s too early in the week to party and too early in the week to study. So, you’re kind of left with nothing to do but Facebooking, channel surfing, or Netflixing. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
What if you could spend a Monday night with a drink in your hand and “study” at the same time without feeling like you’re partying or doing your homework? Well, you can do just that. Every Monday night, Revolution Cafe hosts Trivia Night from 9pm till just before midnight–ending just in time to sleep 8 hours before class on Tuesday. REVOLUTION 211B S Main St, Bryan Oct. 28, 2013 9:00 PM
Schotzi’s is giving you the chance to show your stuff with Open Mic Night every Monday. Get some $2 liquid courage with wells and domestics all night long! SCHOTZI’S 205 University, College Station, Oct. 28, 2013 9:30 PM
TUESDAY 10/29 Breaking down the boundaries across genres of music, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser of 2CELLOS, went viral on a cover of “Smooth Criminal” that’s taken the world by storm. A single YouTube video sent the guys on a worldwide tour alongside Elton John, and a variety of talk show appearances, performances on renowned
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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. For more details check Breakaway Ministries Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/ breakawayministries REED ARENA Oct. 29, 2013 9:00 PM
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 http://www.mambosentertainment. com/grouplessons.html for more details. VILLAGE CAFÉ 210 W. 26th St, Bryan Oct. 30, 2013 8:00 PM $8/5
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HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN BCS By Chandler Hodo
PERFORMANCES Young Frankenstein at Monster Bash The Theater Company is hosting a Monster Bash Fundraiser on October 25-27 featuring an adaptation of Mel Brooks’ Broadway musical version of Young Frankenstein. The event will benefit The Theatre Company and will be held at 725 E Villa Maria Rd in Bryan from 7-10pm. Tickets are $25 each. For more info, call 979-779-1302. Rocky Horror Picture Show at Grand Stafford Theater The shadow cast of Cepheid Variable presents the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Grand Stafford Theater on Friday, November 1. The performance, which puts a rock n’ roll spin on the legend of Frankenstein and has become one of the greatest cult classics of all time, begins at midnight (but doors open at 11pm). Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time, as the event is expected to sell out. Visit grandstaffordtheater.com for tickets and more info. Murder Mystery Dinner @ Messina Hof Messina Hof Winery presents “The Chronicles of Zombie Town” Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm. The dinner menu includes “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (skewered tiger shrimp on a bamboo spear served on a roasted corn charred tomato relish), “Ribssss” (braised beef short ribs on a mound of smashed Yukon gold potatoes with veggies), and “Bleeding Brain Cake” (red velvet cupcakes topped with white chocolate brains and finished with blood, A.K.A raspberry puree, in a liquid pool of vanilla crème anglace). For details and reservations, visit messinahof.com/zombietown.
Kappa Sigma Wicked Woods Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Texas A&M is hosting the 18th Annual Wicked Woods event featuring the 5th largest haunted trail in the state of Texas. The 15-minute long outdoor event spans 5 acres of eerie backwoods and takes place from October 24-27 and October 30-November 1. Event times will run from around 8pm-2am. Admission is $8 on the first weekend and $10 on the second, with $1 taken off the admission fee per canned food donation (limit 2 cans) on all nights. All canned food products collected will be donated to the Brazos Valley Food Bank, with monetary proceeds benefiting various charities and organizations. The event is located at 4466 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy in College Station. Haunted House @ Old Los Nortenos Building This year, the Bryan haunted house will take place in the building of the old Mexican food restaurant, Los Nortenos, which closed in early 2012. The haunted house will operate on October 24, 25, 26, 31, and November 1 from 8pm-midnight. The house is open to everyone, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The event is at 205 S Main St. in Bryan and the cost is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Queen Theater.
Parties Harry’s Halloween Party Harry’s is hosting “the biggest Halloween party in town” on Thursday, October 31 with $2 zombie shots all night. There will be a costume contest with awards for best male, female, couple, and best group costumes totaling $1,000 in cash prizes. Doors open at 9pm.
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Zombie Prom I AM College Station and 5LIVE present the Zombie Prom featuring MiTis and MutriX. The event will be held at Daisy Dukes, which will be transformed into the setting for a zombie-themed prom. There will be a photo booth for prom pictures as well as a laser light show provided by Get Low Entertainment. The event will take place on October 30 from 9pm-2am. Pub Crawl The First Annual Downtown Bryan Zombie Ball and Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, October 26 at Grand Stafford Theater. Guided pub crawls will begin at 7pm and will take guests to Downtown Uncorked, Halo, Murphy’s Law, The Village Café, Papa Perez, La Salle Hotel, Revolution, and The Proudest Monkey. Once crawls conclude around 11pm, the Stafford will host a party featuring costume contests, live music, a drag queen show, drink specials, and more. Admission is $5. Visit grandstaffordtheater.com for details and tickets.
Family Friendly Events Movies in the Park The City of College Station and Maroon Weekly invite you to the Halloween edition of Movies in the Park at Wolf Pen Creek. There will be trick-or-treating with a Trick-or-Treasure segment beginning at 7:30pm, and the classic film, The Goonies, will be shown at 8:30pm. Admission is free and concessions will be available for purchase. Bring blankets, chairs and the whole family on October 25.
Boofest Bombers Baseball is hosting the BooFest at the American Momentum Bank Ballpark in Bryan on Thursday, October 21, 2013 from 6-9pm. The event will feature trick-or-treating, games, free candy, and a costume contest in a family friendly atmosphere. Country Fair The Southwood campus of Grace Bible church is hosting their annual Country Fair on Wednesday, October 30 from 6-8pm. The family friendly event will feature live entertainment, a petting zoo, game booths, and more. Admission is free. Visit grace-bible.org/events/country-fair to learn more. Ren Fest October 26-27 is a Halloween-themed weekend at the Texas Renaissance Festival. All Hallows Eve Adventure will feature various entertainment and musical performances, a haunted castle, and trick-or-treating. There will also be a Jack-o-Lantern carving contest, a costume contest, a kettle corn eating contest, and a “Scream Like a Banshee” contest, all of which are free to enter. The event is from 9am-8pm. Visit texrenfest.com/themed-weekends/hallowseve for more information. Fall Festival @ Lincoln Rec College Station’s annual Fall Festival and haunted house at the Lincoln Recreation Center will take place this year on October 24 from 5:30-8:30pm. Sport your Halloween costumes and enjoy face painting, a cupcake walk, a haunted house, and more. Free refreshments are provided for children, and you can purchase 5 activity coupons for $1. Call 979-764-3779 for details.
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Roadtrips and Getaways Within a Day’s Drive
Fright Fest Isn’t for the Faint of Heart By Cheyenne Mueller Halloween, otherwise known as college students’ favorite holiday, is quickly approaching. Like everything else this school year, time has flown by. Too old to knock door-to-door for cavities yet still interested in something holiday related? Theme parks have a field day with Halloween, pulling out all of the best props and scares to make sure that everyone leaves the park needing a nightlight to sleep. Fiesta Texas at Six Flags San Antonio is no exception, and it’s only a three-hour drive from College Station. Fiesta Texas doesn’t skimp on fright. In fact, they’ve just installed four new attractions to get your heart rate elevated. New for 2013, Circus Berzerkus is home to the most demented carnival of horrors on earth, including deranged clowns, sinister freaks, and creatures tormenting every living soul that wanders past. Circus Berzerkus will play with your mind as you walk the grounds of a carnival gone insane.
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However, in the middle of the Circus lies something even more sinister. If you ever watched It as a child, clowns forever became terrifying, horrible creatures in your mind afterward. If you want to confront your fear head-on, then the Fear House 3D is the place. It’s a twisted circus of horrors with insane clowns who roam the halls waiting for new souls to prey on. The haunted house is a funhouse nightmare come to life, filled with illusions that’ll make even the most sane guests lose their minds. Other attractions include the Texas Troll-Way and Total Darkness, the latter being a completely dark haunted house. Perhaps you should tell your family you love them before you visit. Fiesta Texas includes some of their fan-favorite thrills from the past, as well as Halloween-themed shows and access to roller coaster rides throughout the entire duration of the day. Ghouls 12 years and younger may wear a full costume, which includes masks and face painting, if accompanied by an adult family member. If they are alone or with other children, then no full facial makeup or masks will be allowed. Younger guests may bring accessories such as plastic swords, magic wands, crowns, and cat or devil ears. Toy guns, pitchforks, and accessories with bleeding features will not be allowed. Accessories must be pliable and non-sharp plastic. Tickets and more information available online at frightfest.sixflags.com/fiestatexas.
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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at The Theatre Company
By Cheyenne Mueller
involved madcap fiancé, Elizabeth, young Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster – but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications. Due to a switch, he surgically implants an abnormal brain in his creation, which causes problems. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania”, “He Vas My Boyfriend”, and “Puttin’ On The Ritz”, Young Frankenstein is the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made. The performances will run from October 25-27, 2013. Show times are as follows: Friday evening performance: 7pm; Saturday matinee performance: 2pm; Saturday evening performance: 7pm; and Sunday matinee performance: 2pm.
The grandson of Victor Frankenstein is a famous neurosurgeon who has spent his life living down the legend of his erratic grandfather, going as far as changing the pronunciation of his name. When the will of his grandfather is revealed to him, he takes a leave of absence to examine the family castle. Then things get a little silly.
General admission tickets are $20 for matinee or evening performances. Tickets for senior adults 55 and over and students with a valid student ID are $15. Tickets for children 12 and under are just $5. Tickets can be purchased at all Theatre Company performances one hour before each performance or online theatrecompany.com 24/7. The Theatre Company Together with his oddly-shaped and endearing helper, Igor, his accepts cash, credit cards, and personal checks (with proper I.D.) at the curvaceous lab assistant, Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self- door of all performances and online.
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Gunner Z: Free at the Apple Store By Topher Hawkes The Walking Dead returned to TV last Sunday and with Halloween on the “horror”izon, many people have zombie hunting on the brain. Bit Monster offers plenty of zombie-killing fun in its new free game, Gunner Z, which is now available at the Apple Store. While there are legions of zombie hunting and survival games out there, Gunner Z adds a creative twist to the formula. In this fight, players man a turret mounted atop an armored assault truck. This isn’t just any turret; it’s actually a modified boom arm which players can lower or raise for better vantage points and attach a variety of weapons to—including machine guns, rockets, grenades or more. While most games in this genre are usually splattered with blood and gore, Gunner Z takes a different approach. The game takes place in pitch black conditions, and zombie attackers only appear as white animations in what Bit Monster touts as “night-vision combat.” Nothing is lost here though, since animations are done very well. Zombies crawl or stumble towards the gunner, swarming from all directions as pressure builds to eliminate the most immediate threat. It’s easy to find yourself surrounded by a zombie horde in a short amount of time if you neglect to perform a proper scan of the area.
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Controls are simple: swiping or touching the screen moves the cross hairs. A display on the left allows players to switch weapons and to fire the one selected. Despite experience with many first-person shooters, it did take some effort to adapt to the vertical control scheme. It’s nothing major, but there is a little bit of a learning curve. At the start of each level, players are transported to a designated location by a computer-controlled driver. After the action begins, gamers must eliminate the oncoming threat and survive the round. If successful, they are rewarded with money and items which can be used to upgrade weapons, add vehicles, and raise attributes. After playing a few levels, it’s possible to have a garage of assault trucks with their own unique loadouts and upgrades. Enemies aren’t just limited to zombies. During fights, players come across a military force that deploys armored vehicles, undead soldiers, biological beasts, drones, tanks and more. Sometimes saving an extra rocket or two can help take down these enemies, but all threats can be eliminated with the standard machine gun.
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A.C.O.D. INDIE (R)
Adult children of divorce is the subject of this indie comedy that apparently snuck into theaters. The cast makes this TV-looking indie a breezy sit. Adam Scott plays the titular adult child, and he’s very quickly thrown into the nightmare of negotiating a truce between his squabbling divorced parents so they can both show up to his brother’s (Clark Duke) wedding. His dad (Richard Jenkins) is now married to a much younger snob (Amy Poehler), and his mother (Catherine O’Hara) is also remarried (Ken Howard). Along the way he discovers the therapist (Jane Lynch) he saw as a child was actually a researcher writing a book about children of divorce. The set-up is simple, and the movie plays all these comedy stalwarts against each other scene after scene in a classic comedy-of-remarriage formula that Hollywood’s been using since the ‘30s. Not bad for a movie nobody’s talking about.
As long as horror classics are going to keep getting remade every couple decades, it’s nice to see directors like Kimberly Peirce at the helm. Her Carrie adaptation does the material (Stephen King’s novel and Brian DePalma’s ‘70s film) proud. Not even the weak casting of Chloe Grace Moretz as the blossoming outcast is a distraction. Moretz isn’t great at enunciation, but it doesn’t take much to land moments like when prom king contender Tommy Ross chases her through the halls to surprise-ask her to prom. “Stop trying to trick me,” she pleads. It’s heartbreaking. That’s because Peirce’s Carrie never loses sight of its real-world situation. This is a story about trickle-down power. Carrie’s mother (Julianne Moore) is a religious fundamentalist whose physical and emotional abuse of Carrie has made her submissive. She’s home-schooled Carrie for years until the state intervened for some unspecified reason, hence Carrie now shuffling her way through public school. The mean girl, Chris, leads the charge to bully the outcast, throwing tampons at Carrie in the opening as she gets her first period and doesn’t understand why she’s bleeding. In Peirce’s hands, the scene is traumatic but realistic. The girls’ behavior isn’t much larger than life, and Peirce makes sure to spotlight guilty Sue, Tommy’s girlfriend, who feels sorry for Carrie. Telekinesis or not, Carrie is one of the best high school movies in a year overflowing with them. What’s more, that domination/submission is learned behavior, as Peirce reveals in moments like Chris’ father yanking her arm in a meeting with the principal and in another scene when the otherwise sympathetic gym teacher (Judy Greer) slaps Carrie in hysteria. Something else Peirce gets is the way bullying has changed in the 21st century. Smartphones and social media allow the filming and broadcasting of humiliation, as in several major court cases lately and in the headline suicide of Tyler Clementi. What is Carrie if not a supernatural It Gets Better video? It’s the rare horror that’s on its way to a happy ending, courtesy of an honest, modest, coming-of-age fantasy. But then one last indignity unleashes hell, and the cycle of violence explodes
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Top 10 Classic Horror Movies For your consideration, ten Halloween horrors as a tour through movie history. It all goes back to the great silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a creepy psychological thriller set around a carnival with a murdering hypnotist told in flashback from an asylum. The ‘30s had the classic monster movies (Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.), but The Black Cat is the real chiller. In the ‘40s came Val Lewton’s low-budget horrors such as Cat People, the spookiest being the lost-girl mystery The Seventh Victim. 1968 saw two topshelf thrillers, the zombie apocalypse Night of the Living Dead and the feminist psychodrama Rosemary’s Baby. In the ‘70s, Italy was known for giallo, stylish thrillers like bloody ballet-academy mystery Suspiria. Then a parade of deserved classics: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the unstoppable slasher Halloween, The psycho-masterpiece The Shining. Lesser known is the standout stalker movie Black Christmas.
In this revolutionary 3-D rollercoaster, a space mission gone awry forces astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney to fend for themselves among various space stations and to get back home. PG-13 (90 min.)
2. Captain Phillips
Based on a true story, Tom Hanks stars as the captain of a U.S. ship transporting supplies to Kenya when his ship comes under attack by Somali pirates in this journalistic depiction of international institutions colliding. PG-13 (134 min.)
After getting picked on at school, a young outcast, Carrie, develops telekinetic superpowers. Then one of the girls feels guilty and gets her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom; the rest is horror history. R (100 min.)
4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Our hero, Flint Lockwood, voiced by Bill Hader, leaves his job when he finds out the machine responsible for the original is still in operation, leading to another avalanche of foods crossed with animals. PG (95 min.)
5. Escape Plan
In this high-concept action flick, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up to escape from a dangerous, off-the-grid, maximum-security prison that puts all the prisoners in clear glass boxes on stilts. R (116 min.)
When the daughters of two neighboring families are kidnapped on Thanksgiving, the parents take matters into their own hands, even as the police investigate in this star-studded drama (Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal). R (153 min.)
7. Enough Said
Julia Louis-Dreyfus befriends a hippie poet (Catherine Keener) and her exhusband James Gandolfini at the same party. Her relationships with
each start to threaten each other. Her college-bound daughter only cranks up her emotions. PG-13 (93 min.)
8. The Fifth Estate
New British “it boy” Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, on his quest to expose secrets and evade prosecution. Also starring Peter Capaldi, David Thewlis, and Daniel Bruhl. R (128 min.)
9. Runner Runner
Justin Timberlake plays a grad student who gets into online poker to pay his tuition. When he’s cheated out of his savings, he discovers an offshore site with an enticing criminal opportunity. Ben Affleck co-stars. R (91 min.)
10. Insidious: Chapter 2
Patrick Wilson may have gotten his son back from the demonic spirit world, but is it really his son? And why are the demons so intent on possessing him? Rose Byrne co-stars. PG-13 (105 min.)
Beefy Chris Hemsworth squares off with brainy Daniel Bruehl through the ‘70s as they compete in races across the globe. The only thing is, as an opening monologue tells us, there’s a tragedy in their future. R (123 min.)
12. Machete Kills
←President Charlie Sheen hires Danny Trejo’s grindhouse action hero Machete to take on an international terrorist in the second episode of the franchise sending up ‘70s Latino exploitation flicks. Co-starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Antonio Banderas. R (107 min.)
13. Don Jon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, directs, and stars as a Jersey Shore caricature and porn addict who finds actual sex unsatisfying. Enter Scarlett Johansson’s vapid princess and Julianne Moore’s night school classmate. R (90 min.)
14. Baggage Claim
As the only unamarried woman in her
family, Paula Patton and her friends use their airport connections to cook up a plan to help her find the “one” among her exes across the country. PG-13 (96 min.)
15.I’m in Love with a Church Girl
Ja Rule anchors this Christian movie as a reformed drug dealer whose loyalty to his old friends in the racket and pressure from the feds threatens his new relationship with a good influence. PG (118 min.)
16. 12 Years as a Slave
The Toronto Film Festival winner by chic arthouse director Steve McQueen chronicles the abduction of a free northern black man (Chiwetel Ejiofur) and his enslavement for 12 years on southern plantations. R (133 min.)
17. We’re the Millers
A road trip comedy about a bunch of outcasts playing an all-American family (Jason Sudeikis as dealer dad, Jennifer Aniston as stripper mom) to sneak into Mexico and retrieve a marijuana package for a quick buck. R (110 min.)
18. Pulling Strings
A Mexico city mariachi singer is denied a visa for his daughter to visit their relatives in the US. That is, until he and his friend invite an embassy worker on an adventure. PG (112 min.)
19. Instructions Not Included An Acapulco playboy is forced to reorient his life when his daughter is left on his doorstep. Then he has to do it all over again when the birth mother shows up in this Spanish-language hit. PG-13 (115 min.)
20. Despicable Me 2
The heroic Anti-Villain League hires Steve Carell as a grumbling supervillain turned adoptive father to help fight a new supervillain. Featuring the voices of Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, and Russell Brand. PG (98 min.)
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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK By Cheyenne Mueller Against medical advice - and without the knowledge of her husband – well-meaning mother Dolores Solatano discharges her adult son, Pat Solatano Jr., from a Maryland mental health institution after his minimum eight-month, court ordered stint. (After discovering his wife Nikki with the man she was having an affair with, Pat brutally attacked the man, resulting in Pat’s institutionalization.) Pat is forced to move back in with his parents in their Philadelphia home. It’s later revealed that he suffers from bipolar disorder. After the attack, Nikki left Pat and placed a restraining order against him. Though supposed to take medication and required to attend mandatory therapy sessions, Pat believes he can return back to his old life by attempting to find the “silver linings” in his life. He strives to get his old job back as a substitute teacher and to reunite with Nikki. The film touches on the real issue of mental illness, shattering stigmas behind stereotypes. Pat faces bipolar disorder, but director David Russell forces the viewer to recognize that mental illness is more common than people are willing to admit. Silver Linings reminds us that mental illness works in many directions; when Pat discovers some triggers for his disorder. Both he and the audience witness people in his life who also have problems of their own; such as his Philadelphia Eagles obsessed father, his best friend Ronnie who quietly seethes over the control wielded by his wife Veronica, and Veronica’s widowed sister, Tiffany Maxwell, a recovering sex addict. After an awkward first meeting, Pat and Tiffany form an unlikely pair. She offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them. MSC Aggie Cinema will be showing a screening of Silver Linings Playbook as a part of their Arthouse Series on Friday, October 25, 2013. The film will begin at 7pm and is expected to end around 10pm in MSC room 2400. pg 28 • MAROON WEEKLY • October 23, 2013 • maroonweekly.com
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