BRAZOS VALLEY LATEST NEWS

February 5, 2013

Mudbugs! Plus a great line-up of B/CS Chamber Events this Month

Are you ready for some live entertainment, friends, and mudbugs?  Come join the Chamber of Commerce on March 15 as they celebrate the 15th annual Crawfish Boil!
February 5, 2013

Feel the Love: Aggies Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen return to A&M

On February 14 at 8pm, Lyle Lovett '79 and Robert Earl Keen '78 are coming back to where it all started.
February 5, 2013

Be An Advocate for Sexual Assault Resource Center

The Sexual Assault Resource Center will begin its 74th Advocate Training Class on Monday, February 11
January 31, 2013

Thursday: Come to Insite’s February Launch Party!

Among the amazing things you'll see at the official Launch Party for the February Art979 issue of Insite Magazine is this AMAZING chocolate sculpture of The Queen Theater
January 31, 2013

Publisher’s Desk

Welcome to the second issue of Insite Magazine published in cooperation with Art979.com interactive.
January 31, 2013

Visual Art: Scott McDermott

Scott McDermott is surrounded by art. His home, which doubles as his art studio and workshop, is a century- old masterpiece with a sprawling wrap-around porch, bare wood walls and vaulted ceilings that are filled with paintings, drawings, and books.
January 31, 2013

Culinary Art: The Chocolate Gallery

When Ciana Neubauer was 7 years old she dreamed of being a baker, owning a business, and marrying someone who made chocolates
January 31, 2013

Save the Queen…and Win an iPad Mini

The local nonprofit heading the Queen Theatre restoration, the Downtown Bryan Association, is hosting a competition for Queen Theatre enthusiasts.
January 31, 2013

Performing Arts: Phantoms of the Opera at MSC OPAS

In the 40 years of MSC OPAS at Texas A&M University, The Phantom of the Opera has been the most desired, yet most unavailable, performance.
January 31, 2013

SEAD Gallery

In the heart of Downtown Bryan lies an opportunity to experience an interdisciplinary and innovative art gallery called SEAD Gallery.
January 30, 2013

Capturing Art: Tim Douglass

Capturing Art: Fidelis Studios and Tim Douglass

by Sarah Kinzbach

The photographs for the Art979 feature stories in this month’s magazine owe their creativity to Tim Douglass of Fidelis Studios. Often dressed in plaid and most frequently seen behind a camera lens, Tim approached this month’s shoot as a form of introduction. “I wanted to keep everything relatively clean and professional, while showing off who these people are beneath the titles,” comments Tim.

The shoot was very open-ended, says Tim. “For this particular shoot, I didn’t really have any single source I went to look at to figure out what I wanted to do. I was really excited about the subjects because they were all people I highly respect.” 

January 30, 2013

Literary Arts: Brazos Writers

Brazos Writers nuture those devoted to the written word.

by Sarah Kinzbach

Writing can be daunting. Whether a paper for school, a proposal for work, or a novel for the masses, the writing required to create such a work can appear formidable in its infancy. Enter the Brazos Writers, an eclectic group of local writers dedicated to supporting, educating, and encouraging both the written word and all of us who have ever experienced “writer’s block.”

“Writing is a very solitary pursuit,” says Ann Kellett, Ph.D., president of the Brazos Writers. “[The group] provides a supportive atmosphere for aspiring writers.”

The Brazos Writers began in 1987 as an outlet for writers to exchange ideas, learn, mentor and network. With members including published professors and staff from Texas A&M University, successful commercial authors, and aspiring writers, the group provides a wealth of experience, knowledge, and writing diversity.

January 30, 2013

Annual Home & Garden Expo

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Shop, Compare & Save at the Annual Home & Garden Expo

Find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof at the Annual Bryan/ College Station Home Builders Association 2013 Home & Garden Expo coming February 23-24 to the Brazos County Expo Center. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping and much more, the Home & Garden show is a huge, multi-showroom event featuring exhibits for the do-it-yourselfer, homeowners and gardeners.

In its 34th year, the Home & Garden Expo is the largest event of its kind in the B/CS area. The expo attracts attendees who are interested in products to enhance their homes and those who are looking to build new ones. The expo provides the opportunity for personal interaction between quality exhibitors and attendees. A full schedule of seminars on home building, remodeling, landscaping, interior decorating, energy efficiency and much more are offered during the event and are included with the entry ticket price.

January 30, 2013

Kickstart Kids

Kickstart Kids Into A Healthy Life

by Sarah Kinzbach

The after-school hallways of Davila Middle School are filled with noises typical of a crowd of 11- to 14-year-olds. Friends shouting to each other, kids running to waiting busses and mischievous giggles echo in every part of the school. In the gym, basketballs are dribbled and shot in practice while kids yell to one another and wait for rides home. Clearly, silence among preteens is vastly overrated. Everywhere, that is, except a mat-floored room filled with trophies, Bruce Lee posters, and 35-40 barefoot kids dressed in karate robes, patiently – and silently – awaiting instructions.

These kids are part of Kickstart Kids, a martial arts training program founded by Chuck Norris in 1992. In 20 years, more than 70,000 children have graduated through the program offered at select Texas middle schools as an alternative to PE. In addition to Davila, Kickstart is offered at two other Brazos Valley schools: Jane Long Middle School in Bryan and Navasota Junior High School.

January 30, 2013

Brazos Valley’s Still Creek Boys & Girls Ranch

Each year, 300,000 American children are induced by force, fraud or coercion into commercial sex acts, as reported on mysanantonio.com. Better known as sex trafficking, the harsh realities of this criminal offense and exploitation of vulnerable youth were addressed in the 2011 Texas Legislative session with a new emphasis being placed the rehabilitation for these victims.

Brazos Valley’s Still Creek Boys & Girls Ranch has now joined that effort.

by Amber Cassady