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On March 25, Johan Kritzinger and Loela Barry will be showcasing their unique form of art at the Benz Gallery in the Texas A&M Horticulture Building. Together, Kritzinger, a chemical engineer by profession, and wife Loela Barry, a landscape architect and Aggie, have created JoLoe (pronounced "Joe Lu hey") Art. Both native South Africans, the two met in Texas in 2007.
While visiting Johan, Loela was first introduced to chemical reaction artwork. "She knew she wanted to paint on it," says Johan. From that point on the duo began creating not only Chemical Art but many other types of art as well. Johan and Loela have displayed their unique works in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Belgium, Dubai, Du Louvre Paris and South Africa. They were even selected for a three-week special exhibition in the MOYA museum in Vienna, Austria.
Passion is expressed in every piece they create. Johan and Loela hope that each energetic and organic creation will touch someone and make the world a better place by opening people’s eyes to a different kind of art. “We would describe our work as fairly diverse but a unified body of work,” says Johan. “It’s very imaginative and abstract; every person see’s something different.”
In addition to the Chemical Art, JoLoe has an amazing 46-piece collection of bulb drawings that have been featured in the book Heirloom Bulbs for Today, written and co-authored by Aggies. The drawings featured in the book will be showcased in the Benz exhibition as well. Each drawing was created over a period of time; as the bulbs grew so did the drawings. Each frame was handmade from recycled wood from Hurricane Ike. Johan and Loela hope to keep this group of artwork together as one piece and for it to be displayed for others to enjoy as well.
Get Rowdy in Reed!
2nd Round: March 19, 8:30pm, Reed Arena vs Arkansas
Fans are asked to request ticket information for the second round and for regional games through the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center online at tickets.12thmanfoundation.com or by phone at 1-888-99-AGGIE.
After eight years of restoration, the Calvert Women’s Club will host a grand opening celebration for the 1909 American Woman’s League chapter house. Visitors will be able to enjoy a full day of early 20th century history while touring League member’s turn-of-the-century homes, enjoying a free ice cream social, and even buying goods at an old-fashion bake sale located in the Karen Wiese Pavilion in historic Virginia Field Park.
This wonderfully rare chapter house building is one of the first built in the United States and is the only one left in Texas. The house symbolizes women’s changing role in rural America. History of the chapter house dates back to May 19, 1890, when Ella Hamman donated a Calvert city lot to the American Woman’s League. The league, in return, provided materials and plans to build a chapter house.
Today, the building is still filled with many of the original arts and craft style chairs, tables, settees, ceiling lights and carpets. According to historical information posted on the Calvert Women’s Club website, “Perhaps the most impressive interior object is the embedded relief sculpture in the brick over the fireplace. Lewis commissioned George J. Zolnay, a famed Romanian sculptor, to create a sculpture that would capture the ‘Woman’s Mission.’”
Love your inner geek at the spring Saturday Morning Physics programs at Texas A&M University. This free program is a National Science Foundation funded event designed to indulge Texas high school students in the fascinating subatomic world of modern physics. No prerequisites, except curiosity, are necessary to attend the 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday morning series that includes seminars, discussion, quizzes, experiments and tours of campus.
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.
“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.
The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) presents Getting to the Core: the 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.
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. montanarep.org.
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.
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 http://stagecenter.info/ 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
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 mscopas.org for tickets and more information.
Attendees will enjoy a dinner, games and a live auction, the funds raised will go towards patient care.