February 7, 2012

Eats That Pay You Back: Be Rewarded With A Taste of Bryan/College Station

Visit to sign up for your free rewards card, good at any participating Taste of B-CS locally owned restaurant.

Whether you’re in town for the NCAA basketball playoffs or you’re just looking to avoid your kitchen for the night, choose from one of the many excellent locally owned restaurants and you’ll be rewarded with both a distinctive dining experience and points that can be cashed in for free meals in the future.

Thanks to the Taste of B/CS, you can eat local and be rewarded for it in so many ways. Wade Beckman, owner of Shipwreck Grill in Bryan, with the help from Dave Fox, owner of Blue Baker, and a few other local restaurant owners, launched Taste of B/CS not only to promote independently owned restaurants but also to reward the customers who choose to eat local. Wade had previously been involved in a national restaurant group with similar goals. From that experience, Beckman knew he wanted to start a similar organization in Bryan/ College Station. 

Taste of B-CS members earn points for every dollar spent at member restaurants. Points earn gift certificates that can be used at any Taste of B-CS restaurant.


“It makes a lot of sense [to create this organization]. We are up against the chain restaurants; if we band together we can help and protect each other,” says Beckman. Currently, Taste of B/CS has more than 6,000 members who have signed up for a free card that tracks purchases at all 25 participating restaurants. “Our goal is to triple that number by next year,” says Beckman. 

February 2, 2012

Getting to the Core: New Brazos Valley Museum Exhibit Explores ‘Secrets of the Earth’

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) presents  Getting to the Corethe JOIDES Resolution, from through April 28.

This fascinating exhibition takes visitors "out  to  sea" through images and information from the ship, the JOIDES Resolution.  “JOIDES” stands for Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling. The name reflects the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's (IODP) commitment to the science of exploring what lies beneath the ocean floor. “Resolution” honors an earlier ship, the HMS Resolution, commanded more than 200 years ago by Capt. James Cook, who explored the Pacific and Antarctic regions. Around the ship, in the lab and during on-shore operations, the JOIDES Resolution is affectionately referred to as The JR.

February 2, 2012

Saturday & Sunday: 2012 Home Expo

The 2012 Home Expo will be held on the weekend of February 25-26 at the Brazos County Expo Center located at 5827 Leonard Road in Bryan. […]
February 2, 2012

Forge A Bond With Art at Blacksmith Exhibition Feb. 18

'Waterfall' by Steephollow Forgeworks in Bryan. Metal art will be on display for purchase or admiration at the open house on February 18.Everyone is invited to go out and see how the past is forged into the future at Steephollow Forgeworks' second annual gathering of professional and amateur blacksmiths on February 18. The open house at their Bryan studio will feature demonstrations and a metal art exhibition. The event also serves as a combined meeting of the Houston Area Blacksmiths Association and Balcones Forge (Austin area).
February 2, 2012

Don’t Miss: MCS OPAS Presents ‘Doubt’


Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony® Award for Best Play, DOUBT is considered a new American play on its way to becoming a classic. Presented by MSC OPAS Intimate Gatherings March 7 at 7:30pm, this fascinating and intense play provides a rare evening of theatre that thoroughly entertains and is altogether captivating emotionally, psychologically and intellectually. With DOUBT, playwright John Patrick Shanley tackles faith, trust, mendacity, friendship, and the Church with a deft and insightful touch. His riveting play proves that doubt is real and is a constant in our lives. And in fact, doubt might be healthy.

February 2, 2012

Downtown Weekend: First Friday Art Step, Saturday Growing Green Festival, First Sunday Jazz Jam

First Friday Art Step

Be in Downtown Friday for ArtStep – a bigger version of Frist Friday with more art, music and something fun for every age. Movies with Madden's will show Despicable Me in Sale Park starting at 7pm. The movie is FREE and Madden's Street Cuisine will be onsite to cure the munchies. This month's movie is sponsored by the TAMU Center for Teaching Excellence. Check out the ArtStep link on the Downtown Bryan event calendar for a list of participating merchants and music locations.

February 2, 2012

Epicurean Extravaganza: A Taste of Aggieland

If you've been to the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce's annual Epicurean Extravaganza: A Taste of Aggieland before, you'll find the same smorgasbord of tasty offerings by area restaurants as in previous years, but you'll also some find some new treats including an Iron Chef contest and a hot-wing eating contest. This year's event is on Tuesday, March 6, at the Brazos County Expo Complex and will allow local restaurants, caterers, and beverage distributors to showcase their delicious food and drinks while offering diners a "one-stop" sampling of local fare. Some 42 different booths will be set up allowing hundreds of visitors to stroll by and get a taste of some of the appetizing cuisine each restaurant has to offer.
February 2, 2012

Coming in July/August: Summer Home & Auto Services

February 1, 2012

Downtown Bryan Wants You to Feel the Love

Dine at a participating Downtown restaurant on February 14 and get free tickets to "Breakfast at Tiffany's" showing at the Palace Theatre.Offering a lineup of events, dining specials and a drawing for a Valentine’s Goody Basket, Downtown Bryan wants you to feel the love. From now until 5 p.m. on February 13 register for a chance to win a Downtown Valentine’s Day Goody Basket at any participating Downtown store. The winner of the random drawing will be selected at 5 p.m. on Monday so the goodies arrive before Valentine’s Day.

StageCenter in Downtown Bryan will continue its performances of the Neil Simon play Last of the Red Hot Lovers February 9-11 and 16-18 with a special Dinner Theatre performance on February 11. Visit for ticket information and reservations.

Get romantic with Carriage Rides Friday, February 10, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. leaving from the LaSalle Hotel courtyard. Rides are $25 for up to 4 people and $5 each additional person.

For a classic Valentine’s date of dinner and a movie, Downtown restaurants Café Capri, Casa Rodriguez, Papa Perez, The Village Café, Downtown Uncorked, Madden’s Casual Gourmet, The Lemon Wedge and the LaSalle Café are offering dinner and the classic movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Enjoy dinner at a participating restaurant on February 14 and admission to the movie, showing at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, is free. Movie tickets without a dinner receipt are $5 each.

Other special Valentine activities include Truly Trufflicious Night at Downtown Uncorked

February 1, 2012

OPAS Presents Max Rabbe February 27


Max Raabe & The Palast Orchester

February 27 at 7:30 p.m., listen to the sounds of Max Raabe & The Palast Orchester presented by MSC OPAS in Rudder Theatre.

Be whisked away to the high style and musical glory of the 1920s and 30s! Already a hit in Europe, MAX RAABE & THE PALAST ORCHESTER arrive on the OPAS season after receiving rave reviews in the states (including three standing ovations in their Carnegie Hall debut). Overflowing with witty nostalgia, the charismatic singer Max Raabe is the picture of debonair elegance as he flawlessly recreates the sounds of German dance and film music of pre-WWII times. Joined onstage by his 12-member orchestra, Raabe’s vocal prowess teases every nuance from the melodies as he performs everything from Cuban rumbas to cheerful foxtrot.

Call (979) 845-1234 or visit for tickets and more information.

February 1, 2012

Hospice Happening: A Great Time for a Great Cause Feb. 18

Tickets for the February 18 event are available by calling (979) 821-2266.Hospice Happening is the annual fundraiser that allows the community to have fun while supporting the services Hospice Brazos Valley provides. This year’s theme, “Red, White & Bluesy” will pay tribute to military personnel, veterans, the country and the Brazos Valley. The Texas Blues Brothers, St. Joseph High School Concert Choir and the Texas Twisters will provide entertainment during the evening of February 18. After an introduction of Honorary Chairpersons John and Kay Duncum, a Live Auction will be held. At its conclusion, the gaming tables will open up in the Brazos Expo Center’s ballroom.

Attendees will enjoy a dinner, games and a live auction, the funds raised will go towards patient care.
February 1, 2012

Mooove Along lil’ Cowpokes

We called the small spread where my sisters and I grew up ”the farm“ even though my engineer father only ran a few head of cattle to keep the freezer stocked and farmed only a small patch for winter hay. I have fond memories of long hot days in the creek and less fond memories of walking the mile-and-a-quarter lane when it was too muddy to drive a car to catch the school bus and hauling water from that same creek when the well went out. It might mean something that I live two blocks from downtown – even if it is downtown Caldwell – where everything from a gallon of milk to our church is a much shorter walk than the lane from my childhood. 
January 26, 2012

Village Cafe Hosts Kinky Friedman Southern Discomfort Tour

Kinky Friedman's Southern Discomfort Tour will stop at Village Cafe in Downtown Bryan on February 10. A special meet and greet event before the show will benefit KEOS radio.It’s your chance to get Kinky! Village Cafe in Downtown Bryan will host true Texas original Kinky Friedman as part of his 15-city, Southern Discomfort Tour on Friday, February 10. A chance to get up close and personal with the author, musician, occasional political candidate and self-proclaimed "America's Jewish troubadour" will come during a 6 p.m. meet and greet before the show begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets for the show are $30; meet and greet tickets are an additional $25 with proceeds benefitting KEOS 89.1 FM. Meet-and-greet tickets are available only with the purchase of a show ticket. 

January 13, 2012

New Year’s Resolution

Several things always happen this time of year: you resolve to start a good habit or stop a bad one; you keep writing last year’s date by mistake because your existential self can’t quite admit another year is gone; and you make your reservation for the B/CS Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Conference at the end of January.    

On the subject of starting a healthy habit, losing weight or starting an exercise program are perennial New Year’s Resolution favorites and failure is not an option this year.

January 13, 2012

SEC Fans Promise to School Aggies in the Art of Tailgating

Aggie tailgaters know how to celebrate the big game the right way.     Game day at Texas A&M University: The spirit and energy of the 12th Man; the sea of maroon shirts crowding in and around Kyle Field; and most importantly, Aggie tailgating.
    Texas A&M has historically been one of the famed tailgating schools in the Big 12 and was ranked by Bleacher Report as the eighth best tailgating school in the nation in 2010. However, with the university’s move to the SEC this fall, Texas A&M will meet their match on the football field – and in the parking lot as well.
    Jason Cook, chief communication officer of the Texas A&M System, says that when it comes to tailgating it’s a whole new world in SEC country. 
    “The most obvious change you will see is there will be a lot more tailgating; the SEC is widely known for the travel to road games,” Cook says, adding that Aggies can expect to see SEC fans pull into parking lots on Wednesday or Thursday for Saturday games. Where exactly the university is going to put the large influx of RV’s common among SEC tailgaters is under study, says Cook.