03.12.14 - VOL. 10, NO. 25 - MAROONWEEKLY.COM
“The way you live, the way you love—that is more important than the ideas you think about.” - Michael Gungor and How to Make Beautiful Things
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meet the team PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Chris Shepperd BUSINESS MANAGER Leisha Shepperd MANAGING EDITOR Chris Zebo CREATIVE DIRECTOR Bekah Skinner ASST. CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kaitlin Vickers WRITERS
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Michael Gungor explains the difference between pandering to a genre’s expectations rather than pursuing truth for the sake of beauty and art.
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Road Trip Listen 17 - This week, we’re taking 4 - Pharell takes the you to Washington on the Brazos, the birthplace of Texas.
mic and makes his own music again on G I R L.
Look 21 - Cheyenne gives a rundown of this week’s top 20 box office films.
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PHARRELL Album: GIRL
Release Date: March 3, 2014
Rating: Sounds Like: N.E.R.D. Kanye West Trey Songz
Reviewed by Heydy Sanches
Tracklist: Marilyn Monroe Brand New Hunter Gush Happy Come Get It Bae Gust of Wind Lost Queen Know Who You Are It Girl
G I R L features some of the biggest names in music, such as Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Daft Punk, and Miley Cyrus. With A-list collaborators and Oscar- winning Hollywood starlets such as Lupita Nyong’o dancing to “Happy”, Pharrell’s prominence in the music industry has reached new heights, and G I R L sets the producer back comfortably in his shoes as a performer.
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After eight long awaited years, Pharrell – and his now impossible-to-miss-hat—is officially back! With his second studio album, G I R L is just another successful notch in Pharrell’s work belt. With collaborations like “Blurred Lines”, “Get Lucky”, and now with his own Oscar single “Happy”, Pharrell has earned his crown in R&B royalty. Although it’s been eight years since his last album, he was never really gone; he was just busy producing new music for other artists. G I R L’s track list has a fun pop feel with Pharrell’s signature soul mixed in with a little disco. He’s not afraid to sing about the evolution of his life, from being a long-time bachelor to being a happily-married newlywed.
Brand New Happy Lost Queen
Release Date: Feb. 28, 2014 Reviewed by Heydy Sanches We all know her from her famous role on Glee and others may know her for her amazing vocals on Broadway plays, but Lea Michele has officially branched off to make her own original music. With her debut, LOUDER, critics have been mixed. Some are saying it’s a typical pop album with songs larded in relationship themes that have been overdone. Michele claims the album is a way of letting go and finally opening up to her fans musically about the recent death of her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith. It’s not hard to feel emotional after hearing “If You Say So”, the album’s last track. The heartbreak resonates and also makes tonal cameos indirectly in other songs throughout the album.
“How Country Are Ya?”
Release Date: Mar. 4, 2014
Reviewed by Katy De Luna
From the man who wrote “Beer, Bait & Ammo” and “Long Line Of Losers” for Montgomery Gentry, funny man Kevin Fowler is back with How Country Are Ya? The release opens with an intro spoken by Granger Smith’s country-boy alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. informing us that this is the type of music that “makes you wanna crack a cold one and put a good dip in.” Fowler is known for his humorous beer-drinking, honkytonk anthems, and this album is no different. Tracks like “Love Song” have the sound and Fowler humor fans expect. He wrote the album with help from his friends Pat Green, Cody Johnson, Josh Abbott, and Sunny Sweeney. The release also features artists such as Cody Johnson, Amy Rankin, Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs, and Davin James. How Country Are Ya? is pure entertainment, or as Earl Dibbles Jr. says, “country that’s rockin’.”
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Black Actress at Grand Stafford Chicago’s very own five-piece rock band Black Actress was formed in 2008. The highenergy rock n’ roll group’s self-titled debut album was released in early 2013. With influences including Alice Cooper, Guns n’ Roses, AC/DC, and Rolling Stones, Black Actress describes their style as “Motorhead meets the Dead Boys”. The guys are currently on a tour that spans Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, and Illinois. They’ve shared the stage with Richie Ramone, Electric Frankenstein, and LA Guns. The Hangouts were doing just that, hanging out, when they formed their group. The result was a punk rock band consisting of four members who enjoy rocking out and having loads of fun. The Hangouts are currently touring Texas.
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Black Actress with The Hangouts will be playing live at the Grand Stafford Theater on March 14. Doors open at 9pm and the show starts at 10pm. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at grandstaffordtheater.com.
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In between classes, or on your lunch break, do you ever sit down with your lunch and wish you had a little entertainment? Have you thought, “Maybe I need a rock/blues/soul band with my leftover hamburger helper?” Lunchbox Concert Series has got you covered. Otis the Destroyer will be playing at Rudder Fountain for your listening enjoyment. The band out of Austin formed in 2013 when drummer Jud Johnson, bassist Nick Joswick, and singer/guitarist Taylor Wilkins decided to go a different direction from their previous band, The Couch.
Otis the Destroyer at Rudder Fountain By Katy De Luna
They are currently working on their first album, and released two tracks, “Gravity Something” and “Lovebug.” Both pared down and calm songs will set a tranquil but rocking lunch break on March 20. The show is free, so B.Y.O.L (bring your own lunchbox).
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Michael Gungor and How to Make Beautiful Things By Sara Gilmore and Kelly Porter Since the release of Beautiful Things in 2010, Michael Gungor (leader of musical collective Gungor) has been shifting the atmosphere in Christian music — and music in general, for that matter. Often compared to the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver, he strays from “the norm” in the musical style of most mainstream Christian and worship music. He doesn’t categorize himself as a Christian music artist at all, actually. It just happened that with his first album, he was often placed in that category. With the 2013 release of Gungor’s newest album, I Am Mountain, the mold breaking trend continues. Gungor’s vast catalogue of musical style establishes even more of a security and confidence in him to just be the artist he is, and not try to meet the expectations of a certain people or genre. We got to speak with him this week about his unique style, his security as an artist and what he thinks about the division between “sacred and secular”. MW: In a recent blog post addressing a post from 2011 about the Christian music industry, you said something about wanting to be cooperative instead of competitive. “I don’t want anything to do with drawing more lines in the
sand between people. I would rather be trying to erase them.” How do you feel you have done this with I Am Mountain, or in general as an artist? MG: That’s part of the reason I still keep the blog around. We just try to find little ways of engaging both in the way we write our songs and hold events. We try to help people realize that we’re all connected to each other. That’s the big thrust of our music and our lives. We like to remind people that we are all in this together.
MW: I Am Mountain is a journey of the human heart and mind, about questions and mysteries we may never understand. As you’re on this journey, what are some constant truths you cling to? MG: For me, the biggest truth, you know, is love. To be more direct, living that. To be open to the mystery, the embrace of the craziness. On I Am Mountain, the whole process on some level was to reach terms with doubt about God, my faith, my life, philosophy.
MW: There’s a certain style or sound that most worship music adheres to. Then there is what you do. How do you stay secure and confident in your craft, going against the norm in the Christian music industry?
I am a person that can tend to live in my head. I think on this record you can hear some of the struggle. What do I believe about stuff? How this stuff I was handed growing up—so much of it doesn’t make sense to me. How do I come to terms?
MG: I mean, I wouldn’t consider us a part of the Christian music industry. We aren’t making Christian music. We are just making music. We try to make art that is meaningful to us and music that resonates with us. I feel like if we focus on that, other people are going to come along for the ride, as well, rather than trying to cater or pander to what some imaginative group of people want it to be. We make music we like, and hopefully other people will like it as well.
I Am Mountain to me was embracing my limited ability to understand things, not just personally but as a human being. Like thinking about the utter mysteries of the universe; when I actually think about it, it makes me live like a Christian. If I would just stop trying to figure everything out and believe the things I tried to force myself to believe. It has really been a shift to stop thinking about belief in the terms of metaphysics. I grew up as a Christian. What that meant to me was living the kind of life that
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Jesus invited people into. It really has shifted to what kind of life do I want to live, rather than what are the mysteries that I need to have figured out. That is what I stand on now. What kind of life am I living.
listen to what we call “Christian music.” So it really doesn’t have much to do with Christians and music. It is just marketing. I don’t see any reality to the idea of Christian music.
The philosophy and the theology and the mysteries—they are important ideas. I think ideas are important. But I think people are more important than ideas. The way you live, the way you love—that is more important than the ideas you think about. Standing in reality, standing in existence and life and how we engage with other people.
It’s funny; when we first started, we were looked at as a Christian band. We never tried to do that. We just happened to write about God a lot in our early music. One time I saw a sign at a church we were at. It said, “This artist is the Christian version of this artist”, and Gungor was on there. That whole thing is weird and imaginary.
MW: What advice would you give to artists who want to use their art to impact the kingdom but not necessarily for the
It is a business. If you write about what matters to you and what makes your heart beat faster, that is the most
“The way you live, the way you love —that is more important than the ideas you think about.” - MICHAEL GUNGOR, LEADER OF MUSICAL COLLECTIVE GUNGOR church, or to be Christian artists? MG: I think that again, being a Christian is about living the kind of life that Jesus called us to. A life of love and service and beauty and honesty. I think when you make art that is true art, that is true to Christianity and your faith, it will be more than words. I don’t think that equating that because I sing words about Jesus that my music is somehow more like Jesus. While we are all on the same team, we do have differences. I think the thing to do with art is to be courageous. To be fearless about the differences that we have. The easy thing in the art world is to be safe and fearful. To cut off the edges to try and fit in. One thing I love about Christianity is its edge. It cuts so sharply against the cultural and societal norms. For me, Christians that are making art should be making the most controversial, progressive art—art that speaks against the societal oppressiveness. I think you have to look at your heart and make art about what makes you not be able to sleep at night. Go there. Follow your passion. To me, that is part of the kingdom of God. MW: What do you think the importance is for artists that are just wanting to be Christians, versus wanting to be Christian artists? MG: The idea of a Christian music industry, a certain genre, I don’t really understand that. I feel like it is just a marketing gimmick towards a certain demographic of Christians. There are a lot of Christians. But only a small percentage of them
Christian thing you can do for your art. If you find it useful to market to the very narrow sub-culture of evangelical Christianity that “Christian music” seems to try and market to, and it helps for your business, that is fine. It is just recognizing it for what it is. It is marketing to sell music. I don’t think it has anything to do with Christianity or being an artist who is a Christian. I have personal reasons that I don’t want to just cater to that demographic. But I also want to be able to make music that is honest. If I want to write a song about God, I don’t want to be afraid to. Now there is something about church music that is different than Christian music to me. Worship, in a liturgical space, or a congregational space—to me, that is an expression of a community rather than an artist. To me, that is a fundamentally different thing. Hopefully, that will continue to grow and thrive as a viable art form and help people. But as far as the division between sacred and secular, Christian and non-Christian, I don’t understand that. MW: What is your favorite song you’re playing right now? Do you have a favorite song from I Am Mountain? MG: I guess it depends on my mood. I do like “I Am Mountain” the title track. That is a fun one live. I have always really liked playing “Yesternight” too. It’s a fun one. All of the songs, at the time, feel really important to us. Every song is special in its own right. Depending on the day, certain songs will feel the most riveting to us.
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Tucasita Mex-Mex Taco Grill
Food Review Tucasita MexMex Taco Grill Brings Mobility to Northgate By Amanda L. Reynolds
Price - $ Cuisine - Mexican Street Food Parking - Walk-up Food Truck Signature Dishes - Tortas, Pastor Tacos
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Taco trucks are the hipsters of food trucks. They were around before food trucks were cool and chic. Twenty years ago, most taco trucks were found in industrial or construction areas as a way to serve blue-collar workers cheap eats. However, the trend lately has been to make food trucks more accessible to everyone everywhere. The Tucasita Taco Bus is doing their part by making authentic taco truck food easily obtainable to students and the general public. Located at the corner of Boyett and University in the Food Mart parking lot, Tucasita can be found 6 days a week (they take Sunday off to go fishing, as noted on their signs). Not truly a food “truck”, Tucasita is an old bus that has been equipped with a full kitchen to cook their food to order. A large sign affixed to the side of the bus notes a simple menu of breakfast tacos, tortas, lunch tacos, as well as gringo and pirata tacos. Three meat options are offered at lunch and dinnertime: pollo (chicken), asada (beef), and pastor (pork). The chicken was thinly sliced, long strips of tender chicken breast. Surprisingly juicy and well seasoned, the chicken fajita taco was filled to the top. The asada taco was not sliced into strips like the
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chicken. However, it was also finely diced. Strictly based on our preferences, it was too small of a dice for us. We don’t mind it chopped, but we like to have bigger chunks of beef that we can really sink our teeth into. The pastor, however, was hands down the winner. Cut into cubes (a larger dice than the beef), the pork was well seasoned from being marinated in (what we assume) was a red chile marinade. Chunks of seared pineapple were mixed with the pork to fuse sweet with savory. Your option of flour or corn tortillas are offered on all tacos, gringos, and piratas. When you read the pirata and gringo description, you might envision what we think of as quesadillas. However, they are your choice of meat grilled on the flat top with onions and mushrooms and then topped with white cheese, all melted together for a nice, gooey concoction inside your tortilla choice. The tortas are served on fresh bolillo bread, a smaller oval version of French bread with a crusty outside and soft, chewy interior. Instead of slathering on
butter or oil, Tucasita uses mayonnaise to moisten the bread before grilling. The mayo creates a nice brown toasting, while offering the sandwich an everso-slighty tangy flavor. The same pollo, asada, and pork are offered, topped with lettuce, tomato, and avocado. The torta is a good substitute for your stock, coldcut sandwich. Breakfast tacos are only served in the morning. However, when the exact cutoff time is...we can’t be sure because it wasn’t posted anywhere. We were simply told that it was too late to order anything with eggs (this was around 11:30am). We also went by shortly after they had changed their hours, but they had not been posted on social media. So we missed an opportunity to enjoy their street tacos. Their current hours listed are weekdays for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 2pm and Thursday through Saturday, 8pm to 2am. It also should be noted that there are no tables provided, or anywhere to sit, so be prepared to take your food to-go or be ready to pop the tailgate on your truck down if the weather’s nice.
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By Katie Lea
What’s the Matter with Dark Matter? Dark matter continues to be one of the universe’s greatest mysteries. It’s especially hard to develop a way to study something that you cannot see and have no way of knowing what it looks like. Because of this, researchers have to keep their minds open and their eyes peeled, keeping in mind the possibility that anything could happen. An experiment called the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) is using state-of-the-art cryogenic germanium detectors to attempt to discover weakly interacting massive particles. Finding these “WIMPs” could very well revolutionize particle physics. A grad student from MIT, Adam Anderson, says, “It’s important to look in as many materials as possible to try
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Pinterest to understand whether dark matter interacts in this more complicated way. Some materials might have very weak interactions, [so] if you picked one, you might miss it.” Anderson has been working on the latest phase of the CDMS project as part of his thesis.
In what used to be an iron ore mine in Minnesota, deep underground, the CDMS project cools detectors to very low temperatures, allowing them to record the energy readings from very low-energy interactions. Though this is not the first detector of this kind, CDMS does contradict findings from experiments using previous methods, leading scientists to ask some important questions. A&M researchers Rupak Mahapatra, David Toback, and Dan Bauer (physicists) and H. Rusty Harris (electrical engineer) are all part of CDMS. They and the rest of the team of collaborative scientists have narrowed down their area of focus to a low dark-matter particle mass and specific rate of interaction, allowing them to narrow their focus in one aspect in order to look deeper into others. The fine-tuning of the search range as well as improvements of quality and cost of the detectors are “providing a path toward more plausible large-scale expansion” of CDMS.
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SATURDAY 3/15 MONDAY SALSA SATURDAYS Voted “Best Night of Dancing” for Best of BCS, Salsa Saturdays starts with a “30-Minute Crash Course Salsa Lesson” at 10pm followed by a scorching hot night of dancing til 2am. Come prepared to sweat and to meet tons of new people at this Aggie hot spot. Visit mambosentertainment. com for more info. VILLAGE CAFÉ 210 W. 26th Street, Bryan, March 15, 2014 10:00 PM $5
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WRITER’S MEETING BLACK ACTRESS At this month’s meeting, they will have open readings with the theme of “Spring Fantasies”, or a limerick. SOUTHWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER 1520 Rock Prarie, Coillege Station, March 13, 2014 7:00 PM $5
Gatsby’s hosts Ladies Night every Thursday, so let your inner diva out and enjoy a fun night of dancing, drinking, and socializing. GATSBY’S 111 College Main, College Station, March 13, 2014 6:00 PM
Chicago band Black Actress was formed in 2008 in the roots of rock n’ roll. Their selftitled debut album was released in early 2013. The Hangouts are a punk rock group who were established in 2006 and are straight out of College Station. GRAND STAFFORD THEATER 106 S. Main, Bryan, March 14 2014 9:00 PM $5
Classic tracks from back in the day will keep you moving all night at Gatsby’s Flashback Fridays! GATSBY’S 111 College Main, College
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, March 16, 2014 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, March 16, 2014 9:00 PM
Warm up your vocal cords and belt out those lyrics at the Hookah Station’s weekly karaoke night. Join the fun or be a spectator every Sunday night from 9pm until 2am. HOOKAH STATION 106
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. 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 March 17, 2014 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, March 17, 2014 9:30 PM
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 March 18, 2014 9:00 PM
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Blaggards Headline St. Patty’s Day Festivities at O’Bannon’s By Haley Clark For a full-out, authentic, everything’s bigger in Texas Irish celebration, O’Bannon’s has it all covered. O’Bannon’s Taphouse has 40 hours full of St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Starting on Saturday, March 15, O’Bannon’s celebration is so big they are shutting down Boyett St. and in its place are setting up a 60-foot tent, which will host a DJ later in the evening. The pub will open up at 4pm to kick off the weekend. On Sunday, March 16, the celebration starts bright and early at 10am. Don’t just expect to get a regular cup of Joe, though; instead, be ready for the addition of Irish whiskey in your java. For lunch, there will be a food truck serving tasty classic Irish grub. Enjoy your food while listening to live Irish music throughout the entire day. Blaggards will be playing their self-proclaimed “Stout Irish Rock”
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medleys, which mix traditional Irish music with rock. The Tea Merchants are a trio who hail from Austin and will be performing traditional Irish music. The Great Guinness Relay will be held on this day, as well. Enjoy the day full of festivities, and at midnight Blaggards will be performing the Aggie War Hymn. To top off the savage (Irish slang for great) weekend, O’Bannon’s opens at 7am on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, for a traditional Irish breakfast. At 9am, there will be a toast to celebrate the Irish holiday. Lunch and dinner will be served to finish off the celebration. Throughout the weekend, make sure to be ready for giveaways, like shirts, beads, hats, and much more. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh (Blessings of St. Patrick’ Day upon you)!
By Haley Clark
THE WALKING DEAD: THE FALL OF THE GOVENOR: PT. II by robert kirkman and jay bonansinga As the final installment in Robert Kirkman’s wildly popular New York Times bestselling series, the Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor: Part Two is the epic finale to the series. The Walking Dead novels are based on Kirkman’s original iconic comic books. Co-author Kirkman, executive producer of the AMC’s notoriously popular TV series of the same name, and Bonansinga, an internationally acclaimed author, are releasing their finale to the series about survival amidst the zombie apocalypse. The Fall of the Governor: Part Two follows Governor Philip Blake, a vicious and forceful dictator, who is reaching the end of his tumultuous and merciless time in office. In this epic conclusion, warfare engulfs the locale, plots from the three prior novels intersect, and utter havoc ravages everywhere. The ones who have survived are locked in a life of turmoil and terror throughout the grueling process.
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS by robert j. wagner WITH OR WITHOUT YOU With a more than five-decade-long career and a résumé filled with a string of successful TV series and infamous movies, veteran actor Robert J. Wagner recants the golden era of Hollywood in his new novel.
Domenica Ruta grew up in a dilapidated, bluecollar town outside of Boston in a trashy house, in a place that wasn’t going anywhere. Ruta’s mother Kathi was infamous around town for being a drug addict and occasional dealer who swapped frequently between a wealthy lifestyle and a poor one and whose love for luxury conflicted with her struggling lifestyle.
You Must Remember This goes back in time to the 1940s and 1950s, to a former Hollywood scene, to an era of unparalleled fashion, legendary superstars, and a time where sophistication, friendships, and values lit up the bright lights of the city.
Kathi did, however, instill a love of stories in her daughter. Domenica grew up watching classic films instead of attending class on most days, watching films from Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen. Domenica fostered a love for reading as well, which helped her believe in the future and that she could rise above the life she had, full of hardship and her
Wagner delves into different aspects of Hollywood life, of places and people, giving an insider’s look at the lives of the cinematic elite both in front of and behind the camera. He reminisces about a time where the stars would entertain out of sight of the public and not be a part of the paparazzi. He goes even further as to inspect the careers of his fellow friends, explaining why some failed and others soared.
by domenica ruta
mother’s twisted moral compass. The novel is your not-so-typical coming-of-age tale about a youth who made the decision to separate from the life she grew up in and defeat some of her own addictions along the way.
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Celebrating 178 Years at Washington on the Brazos By Jeremy Rinard of txbkrds.com Have you ever tried to blow out 178 candles? That’s how many were needed this past weekend at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site. March 2 of this year marked 178 years since the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence at that very site. On a chilly March morning in 1836, 59 delegates met in an unfinished frame building to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico. The air was a cold 33˚ with only cotton fabric stretched across the window openings; still, without windows, doors, or a ceiling, these brave men met for what they deemed the only determinable course of action: independence. Yet unknown to these men, the Alamo was still falling, the massacre at Goliad had yet to happen, and independence would not be ultimately won until April 21, 1836 and the treaty with Santa Anna wouldn’t be signed until May 14. The Independence Celebration, held the weekend closest to March 2 every year, is a great way to step back in time to experience life in 1836 Texas. Hear the crack of rifles and the thunder of cannons as they fire a salute to the birth of the Republic of Texas. Afterward, walk through the historic encampment of reenactors playing buckskin-clad Texan soldiers and listen to a story or two as you watch them cook their meals and prepare for eminent battles. Tour 19th century craft demonstrations at the Barrington Living History Farm and, of course, what would a birthday celebration be without cake? But if you can’t make it to the celebration, the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site still makes for an interesting trip any time of year. The Visitor Center features interactive exhibits which present a timeline of the Texas Revolution and showcase the historic attractions within the 293-acre park. Independence Hall is a replica of where the Texas Declaration was signed and the Republic of Texas was created. The Barrington Living History Farm shows life on the farm of Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. You can explore the people, places, and events that shaped what Texas is today at the Star of the Republic Museum. There are also other interpretive exhibits and displays around the park, and they hold several special events throughout the year. Insider Tip: You might want to wear close-toed shoes when you go. There are many gravel paths between interpretive exhibits and sites that have the perfect size gravel for getting stuck in sandals. Also, during the warmer months, you might want to pack sunscreen and bug repellent. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located between Navasota, Texas and Brenham, Texas. From Navasota, take Highway 105 west 7 miles, turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-onthe-Brazos State Historic. From Brenham, take Highway 105 east 14 miles and turn right on FM 912 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. The park is open 8am-sunset, and busy season is spring and summer. If you have any questions, you can call 936.878.2214 or visit tpwd. state.tx.us/state-parks/washington-on-the-brazos for additional information and reservations.
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maroonweekly.com • March 12, 2014 • MAROON WEEKLY • pg 19
By Cheyenne Mueller
Mr. Peabody & Sherman NON-STOP
Aboard a transatlantic New York-to-London flight, air marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) is sent anonymous messages threatening a death on the plane every 20 minutes until $150 million is deposited in an offshore account. With the teaser tagline “The hijacking was just the beginning,” Non-Stop is entertaining but doesn’t leave you feeling brilliant once you’ve left the theatre. Instead, you feel more like your brain just completed a marathon, and that’s rather exhausting. It’s rather safe to say that after the infamous line “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you” from 2008’s Taken cemented Liam Neeson into an action star. However, with the constant stream of action flicks, there hasn’t been much variation in his characters or the plot lines. He’s plays rough, tough characters with a dark past, appears as a potential bad guy, and then saves the day. Everybody goes home happy and with a little more gray hair than before. Non-Stop definitely highlights stereotypes, too. Neeson plays an air marshal with an alcohol problem and an addiction to cigarettes. He’s clearly not perfect, but he has redeeming qualities. A Muslim passenger receives backlash and a side-eye from all of the passengers on the plane but ends up being a doctor and helps save the day. In another scene, a young girl on the plane for her first time flying alone is comforted by the estranged Neeson because she reminds him of his daughter. Director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver (The Matrix trilogy) have both teamed up with Neeson before, working on 2011’s Unknown, which again has Neeson trying to prove that he is, in fact, the good guy. Without much differentiation in movie plots, it’s pretty clear that Collet-Serra and Silver stick to what they know. There are several big names that appear in Non-Stop, and they don’t get the screen time they deserve. Scoot McNairy from Argo, Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey, recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years a Slave, and four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore all make an appearance. Moore’s role is confusing. She’s in the film to serve as a potential suspect, but other than that, she has a big role for no good reason. With all of these great actors in this less-than-great movie, it makes me wonder why some of them participate in roles that have no substance. Also, I don’t know why there seems to be a requirement for some sort of budding romance in every action film/ There just isn’t a need for a love interest in every movie. It just isn’t necessary—especially in Non-Stop.
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Mr. Peabody: scientist, two-time Olympian, business tycoon, inventor, and genius…and dog. His adopted son is Sherman, an eight-year-old boy. Sherman acts more like a dog than his dad when he bites fellow student Penny Peterson on his first day of school. After things get out of hand, Mr. Peabody invites Penny and her parents to his penthouse in New York for a dinner party. After an awkward start, Sherman shows Penny a time machine – the WABAC – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history. Playwright Craig Wright’s inspiration for the screenplay of Mr. Peabody & Sherman came from the 1950s and early 60s television animated series Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, produced by Jay Ward. Peabody appeared in the Peabody’s Improbable History segments created by Ted Key. Following the huge hit The Lego Movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman has a tough act to follow. Mr. Peabody and Sherman are surprisingly deep characters. The fact that Sherman has been raised by a dog does eventually cause a rift between the two. Sherman is teased at school and called a “dog” because his father is one. Meanwhile, Mr. Peabody is apprehensive of Sherman doing things on his own and fears that Sherman will outgrow him. Despite there being some scenes a bit heavy for a children’s movie, the thematic elements are charming.
1. 300: Rise of an Empire Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. R (102 min)
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. PG (92 min)
After receiving a series of text messages demanding a transfer of $150 million into an offshore account, an air marshal must prevent a terrorist attack and clear his name. PG-13 (106 min)
4. The Lego Movie
In a kingdom cursed to endure permanent winter, a young girl voiced by Kristen Bell teams up with a mountain man to rescue her sister and stop the curse in the latest Disney animated adventure. PG (102 min)
9. 12 Years a Slave In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. R (134 min)
16. The Wind Rises
10. Ride Along
Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister. PG-13 (100 min)
In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot cyborg police officer. PG-13 (108 min)
5. Son of God
12. About Last Night
6. The Monuments Men An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. PG-13 (118 min)
Two couples journey from the bar to the bedroom, and their ties are eventually put to the test in the real world. R (100 min)
A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him. PG-13 (98 min)
7. 3 Days to Kill
A dying Secret Service agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. PG-13 (113 min)
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.PG13 (91 min)
An ordinary LEGO, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together. PG (100 min)
The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion, and ultimate resurrection. PG-13 (138 min)
agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the mafia. R (138 min)
14. American Hustle
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. PG-13 (126 min)
17. The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson chronicles the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the world wars, and Zero Moustafa, a lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. PG-13 (98 min)
19. The Wolf of Wall Street Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall from goldplated grace, this Scorsese film is like The Godfather for investment bankers. R (180 min)
20. Dallas Buyers Club In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. R (117 min)
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- one splits into two
Across 1 “Tommy” group, with “The” 4 Flight segment 9 Midwinter malady 12 They “don’t lie,” so says Shakira 14 Explorer ___ de Leon 15 Horse holder 16 Sphere of expertise 17 Quests 19 Patches up 21 Treat a rapper with contempt 22 “Let sleeping dogs lie,” e.g. 23 Hannah of “Splash” 25 “The Divine Miss M” 26 Georgia’s state tree 29 Unpleasant, as a situation 30 “Skinny Love” band Bon ___ 31 Flip side? 33 Laceration, later 37 Cause bodily injury 38 Evansville’s st. 39 “___ Eightball” (Emily Flake comic) 40 Baby-dressing photographer Geddes 41 River frolicker 43 Metal in supplements 44 Part of MIT 46 Musses 48 Toddler 51 “Get ___” (Aerosmith album) 52 “Delta of Venus” author Nin 53 180 degrees from SSW 54 Reproduction 58 Torte cousins 61 Amble aimlessly 62 Altoids containers 63 Like models’ hair in shampoo ads 64 In a huff 65 T or F, on some exams 66 Lock of hair 67 Gates portal
Down 1 Crash sound 2 Put on the payroll 3 Not settled 4 Me-time place, perhaps 5 Country star known for hot alcoholic drinks? 6 Blacksmith’s block 7 Chills the bubbly 8 Stimpy’s smarter pal 9 Wild 10 Feudal figure 11 Al of Indy fame 13 Measurement system of what’s more pathetic? 15 Dorothy’s footwear, but in a less glamorous shade? 18 Waggin’ part 20 ___ Paulo 24 Cheerleader’s syllable 25 Booker T.’s backup band 26 Peru’s capital 27 Novelist Turgenev 28 Silver streak 29 Farmers who just won’t shut up about milking techniques? 32 Kitchen crawler, if you’re a slob 34 Barbell rep 35 Shaving cream additive 36 Box score data 41 Big mo. for candy companies 42 1920 play that takes place in a factory 45 Palliate 47 Combine ingredients 48 Word in many reggae song lyrics 49 Remove, as a boutonniere 50 Improvements 51 Sprain site, perhaps 53 Depilatory maker 55 Hospital unit 56 Accessories for a dory 57 Wolverine’s pack 59 Hrs. on the Mississippi 60 Part of iOS 2014 Jonesin’ Crosswords (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Slinger’s Signature Drink MW: What is your signature drink? B: I make one called the Green Monster, and it’s so popular we actually put it on the menu now. So I get asked to make it all the time.
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