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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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 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

January 30, 2013

Cowboy Up!

Agribusiness is big business in Brazos County, home to more than 375 agribusinesses that employ more than 8,000 local residents, or 22 percent of the total county workforce. These businesses play an important part in contributing to the $760 million economic impact of agribusiness each year.

by Allison Kendall

For the past five years on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, several hundred folk have gathered to give thanks specifically for the foods grown or produced here in the Brazos Valley by enjoying a sumptuous, locally sourced breakfast. Just like in the real agriculture industry, it’s the local farmers, ranchers and agriculture business representatives who are up at 4 a.m. to prepare a table of plenty for the rest of us: steak, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, butter, jelly, milk and gallons of coffee – all foods that can trace their provenience back to our local breadbasket.

January 30, 2013

Agriculture Business Award

When receiving the Agricultural Business Award for the 2012-2013 year, Brazos Bottom Crop Care owner Vince Patranella could speak only of his gratefulness toward the community. “The first thought that comes to my mind is the appreciation I have for the farmers and ranchers who have supported me these many years,” Patranella says. He is also appreciative of the B/CS Chamber for their ongoing support of agriculture in the community, praising their “attention to the contributions of local agriculture and the positive impact it has on our economy.”
January 29, 2013
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50 Men Who Can Cook Fundraiser for CSISD Education Foundation

50 Men Who Can Cook, the annual signature fundraiser for College Station ISD Education Foundation, will be held at the Brazos County Expo Center on February 1 at 6:30-9:30pm.  It is a casual, adult-only event, where guests taste and judge the culinary efforts of community and school leaders.  Over 50 Celebrity Chefs choose the recipe of their choice to showcase.  The Annual 50 Men Cookbook captures all the recipes and is available for purchase at and after the event.  Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased prior to the event and are available on the website, from any Celebrity Chef, board member, or at any school.
January 29, 2013

Actors From The London Stage to Perform Hamlet at Texas A&M

Actors From The London Stage are set to perform Hamlet at Rudder Theatre on January 31 and February 1 at 8pm. Tickets and more information can be found at:
January 29, 2013

First Friday: Dressed to the Nines

  Join the Downtown Bryan camaraderie at First Friday and  -just for fun- go “dressed to the nines.” Here is an excuse to wear your holiday […]
January 29, 2013

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Comes to OPAS Jr.

Put your paws together for the World Famous POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER! This new-fangled family-friendly production features funny-man Gregory and his cast of daring jugglers, harebrained clowns, 15 house cats (Meow!), 10 dogs (Woof!), 4 geese (Honk!), 8 white doves (Coo!), and 2 parrots (Squawk, Hello!).
January 21, 2013

Learn How: Rainwater Harvesting Seminar Feb.16

Have you ever wanted to capture rainwater for use in your home and landscape?  It’s a valuable natural resource: every inch of rain is like liquid gold. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Brazos County Master Gardeners are hosting a water conservation seminar featuring rainwater harvesting. The program will be held on Saturday, February 16, 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan.

Billy Kniffen, water resource specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will lead this informative seminar. Learn how to capture, store and use rainwater in your home and landscape. Kniffen will address topics relating to this effective water conservation tool, including:
• Water stewardship
• Stormwater management
• Reducing water demand
• Passive collections (rain gardens, etc.)
• Simple and complex water harvesting systems