October 2, 2012

All Things Arts: Fall Planner of Music and Theatre Events

The Brazos Valley Chorale will open their season November 4.

Brazos Valley Chorale
(979) 776-1776

Directed by Jess Wade iii, the chorale is known and respected for its ambitious repertoire of choral masterworks as well as contemporary classics; it is comprised of college students to retirees who all just love singing.

Beethoven’s Boldest, Rudder Auditorium, November 4, 5 p.m.

The Brazos Valley Chorale, Texas A&M Century Singers and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Metropolitan Opera star Emily Pulley, Grammy Award winner Sasha Cooke, and Chris Hoffman. Marcello Bussiki will be conducting the concert.

Christmas Cheer, First Presbyterian Church December 8, 7:30 p.m.

“let it snow!” “Silver Bells” and “Winter Wonderland” are just a few of the holiday cheers the Brazos Valley chorale will be performing for this concert.

Tony Time!, College Station Hilton february 23, 6:30 p.m.

The annual pops dinner concert will be from Tony Award winning Broadway musicals.

Festival of Favorites, Christ United Methodist Church, May 5, 3 p.m.

Join the chorale as they celebrate Jess Wade’s 25th year and final concert comprised of Wade’s favorite pieces from over the years.

The Symphony opens its season October 7 in Rudder Theatre.Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra

(979) 696-6100

In the upcoming 31st season, the Brazos Valley Symphony once again brings great symphonic masterpieces to our community in live performance.

Music Director Marcelo Bussiki has planned exquisite selections that cross musical borders transporting audiences to worlds of joy, romance and mystery. experience the symphony’s breathtaking concerts this season and find time to support the orchestra’s top­notch fundraisers as well.

European Romance, Rudder Theater October 7, 5 p.m.

The Symphony kicks off its 31st season with orchestral classics and internationally acclaimed pianist Inon Barnatan joins the orchestra in performing Saint­saens’ Piano concert No. 2. Maestro Bussiki and the orchestra will close with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

Golf tournament fundraiser Pebble creek country club, October 8

October 1, 2012

Surviving & Thriving Celebrates 10 Years of Breast Cancer Awareness

Surviving & Thriving is getting ready to celebrate ten years of surviving and thriving in the Brazos Valley with the annual luncheon on October 8. In the last […]
September 30, 2012

7th Annual Cookies for Kids Day at Blue Baker

Kids of ALL ages can help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network of Brazos Valley at Blue Baker’s 7th Annual Cookies for Kids Day on October […]
September 30, 2012

Buffalo Stampede & Boonville Days at Brazos Valley Museum

Visit Booneville Days and the Chuck Wagon cook-off, and register for the Buffalo Stampede 5K both on October 6 at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History has several upcoming events that are perfect for the entire family including a 5K run, a chuck wagon cook-off, and a living history fair.

7th Annual Boonville Days Living History Fair

The Living History Fair will open on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year includes the 1stAnnual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Meal tickets for the Chuck Wagon Saturday noon meal will be pre-sold at the Museum for $15.  

During the fair, attendees can visit with characters in period costume; see an old stagecoach, musicians, dancers and more. Boonville Days will observe first-hand demonstrations of frontier skills such as spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and quilting. Children can enjoy creating pinch pots and other crafts from the time period.

Visitors can enjoy the delicious smells from the Chuck Wagon and listen to Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band. Professor Paisley from the Texian Institute of Oxenology will show Justice and Liberty, oxen showcasing Texas culture from 1830-1845. Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and the traveling exhibit “No End of Vision: Texas As Seen by Two Laureates” are also included in the entertainment.

September 30, 2012

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Hosts The 4th Annual Buffalo Stampede

The Half-Marathon will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 7:40 a.m.Runners will stampede their way through Bryan/College Station on October 6 at 7:30 a.m. as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 4th Annual Buffalo Stampede. This year’s race introduces the first half-marathon. 

Athletes will have the opportunity to show off their skills by running 21,100 meters (a half-marathon) or 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).  The course begins at the Museum, is USATF certified and the races are timed with Chrono Track System disposable bib tags to allow for accurate timing of all runners. 

Register early at, where maps and race details are available. For more information about registration options call the museum at 979-776-2195.

Runners’ packets and late registration will be available on Thursday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Museum. Packets may also be picked up on race day beginning at 6:00 a.m.  Race Day registrations will be accepted from 6:00-7:00 a.m., but prior registration is strongly encouraged. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

September 30, 2012

Special Live Music at LaSalle Cafe during First Friday in Downtown Bryan

Artists, musicians, chefs and other vendors will be adorning the streets of Downtown Bryan for First Friday on October 5. This is a free event open […]
September 25, 2012

Vic Schaefer’s ‘Coaches of Character’ Golf Classic to Benefit Hope Pregnancy Center


Registration for the golf tournament opens at 8:30 a.m. October 1.


Hope Pregnancy Center of Brazos Valley is pleased to announce 5h3 continuing partnership with National Champion Vic Schaefer for the second annual Vic Schaefer’s ‘Coaches of Character’ Golf Classic.  Coach Schaefer, in his new role as head coach of the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs, will continue the tradition of honoring coaches who consistently exhibit Christian values to their athletes and their families. In keeping with the tradition, the 2012 honoree will be announced soon.

"I am honored to continue my association with Hope Pregnancy Center here in the Brazos Valley. Women's health continues to be a major concern across the country. Crisis pregnancy is a part of Women's Health that cannot be ignored,” says Coach Schaefer adding, “Through this event we hope to continue to support the women in our community who come to us in a time of need. In my opinion, Hope Pregnancy Center provides a service to our community that is invaluable. It is my sincere wish that the entire Brazos Valley Community will recognize this great organization and it's value and will come out and support our event on October 1.”

September 25, 2012

Luncheon with Loren Steffy: ‘America’s Energy Quandary’

  Loren Steffy, Houston Chronicle business columnist, will be speaking at luncheon on September 26 from 11:30-1:00pm.Lifetime Learning Brenham is hosting a luncheon today featuring Loren […]
September 25, 2012

Tonight: St. Joseph Hosts Free Seminar on Depression & Anxiety

Free seminar on depression and anxiety on September 26 at 6:00pm  St. Joseph Healthy Communities will be hosting a FREE educational seminar about the signs, symptoms […]
September 19, 2012

Free Lecture – James Earl Rudder: From Leader to Legend

Thomas M. HatfieldThe Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research will present a keynote address by Dr. Thomas M. Hatfield, author of the biography of James Earl Rudder, Rudder: From Leader to Legend, on Wednesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. in the Robert M. Gates Ballroom, room 2400 of the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University. The lecture is free and open to the public and refreshment will be served. Hatfield’s biography of Rudder will be available for purchase during the event.

Thomas M. Hatfield is Dean Emeritus of Continuing Education and Director of the Military History Institute in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin where he lectures on World War II. As an internationally recognized scholar of the war, in 1989 Dr. Hatfield co-founded UT Austin’s esteemed Normandy Scholar Program, an undergraduate program focused on the war.

Hatfield’s biography of James Earl Rudder –– Rudder: From Leader to Legend –– published by the Texas A&M University Press in 2011, is a study in the development and manifestation of human character. The book traces Rudder from childhood through his extraordinary career as a renowned citizen-soldier, ending with his death in 1970 while president of Texas A&M University.

September 19, 2012

Friday: Book Launch Followed by Showtune Singalong at The Village

Meet the Author A book launch for Heart of Scorpio by Joseph Avski & Mark David McGraw will be held at The Village Downtown Friday from 6pm-8pm. Meet the […]
September 18, 2012

Saturday: OneRun 5K Allows Community to Come Together

100% of registration fees for Saturday’s OneRun 5K will go to accounts set up for the families of Brian Bachmann, Chris Northcliffe and Barbara Holdsworth.The OneRun […]
September 18, 2012

Sunday: It’s the annual Lobsterfest … Get cracking on reserving tickets!

Reserve your LobsterFest tickets by calling the Chamber office at (979) 260-5200.There is still time to reserve your LobsterFest tickets for lobsters flown in fresh from […]
September 14, 2012

Reserve Your Tickets Today to Celebrating the Arts – An Evening in Spain

  Reserve your tickets to Celebrating the Arts – An Evening In Spain by 5pm today (Friday, September 14) by calling (979) 696-2787.Join the Arts Council […]
September 12, 2012

Performance Art: Brazos Dance Collective & The Martha Graham Co.

The Brazos Dance Collective will present Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival September 14-15 at 7:30pm in the Dance Theatre, Room 263, READ Building on the Texas A&M campus. Photo by Crystal Littrell & PJ Beato III.Performance Art

Stories by Alejandra Quinones 

Brazos Dance Collective

“[Modern dance] is one of the most aesthetically pleasing ways to create; I like the fact that I don’t actually have to speak to communicate,” says Danielle Brestel, operations director of Brazos Dance Collective.

How did Brazos Dance Collective get started?

“Carisa Armstrong and Christine Bergeron, faculty in the Texas A&M dance program, started Armstrong Bergeron Dance Company about seven years ago. That was the only professional dance company in the Brazos Valley. They were in existence for a little over five years until they chose to transition into Brazos Dance Collective.”  

The Brazos Dance Collective is described as an opportunity for creative, skilled and passionate artists to collaborate and share their vision with the community. Though they offer a variety of dance classes, their performances are primarily modern dance. There are six members, and the group will hold auditions for the company in early September.

What is modern dance? How did modern dance begin?

“Modern dance, not to be confused with ‘hip-hop,’ is a form of dance that started as a revolution against ballet. It was originated in the 1930s by a group of Americans that knew there was another way to move and create outside of ballet.”

How is it aesthetically different from ballet?

It’s more free-formed than ballet, which is more rigid and vertical. It utilizes the spine in very flexible ways. In ballet, people tend to defy gravity, where in modern dance, they want to embrace it. For example, the idea of pointe shoes is to make it look like people are floating across the stage. They try to get as far away from the floor as possible to look as though they are almost flying.