MSC Opas

1 Dec

MSC Opas brings “world-class entertainment to the Brazos Valley.” Opas is an organization at A&M that focuses on bringing broadway shows, musicals, and performers to Rudder Theater. Some of the past performaces include Yo-Yo Ma, Van Cliburn, Itzhak Perlman, Les Miserables, Rent and the world premiere of the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Ballet. I went two years ago to see Cirque Du Soleil and it was amazing!

This year’s line-up consisted of The Manhatten Transfer, Burn the Floor, An Irish Christmas with Ronan Tynan. Left on the list for this year is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, and Mamma Mia!.

In fact, Beauty and the Beast will be coming December 11 & 12. Each day will have a 2:00 showing and there will be a 7:00 showing on Saturday. Tickets range from $36-$74, with a discount for students. Students can get even more discounted tickets if they wait to the day of the show. But, you may end up not having tickets at all, if you wait.

To purchase tickets and see upcoming performance dates, go to opas.tamu.edu.

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Abbott and Donahew

1 Dec

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Tonight, Casey Donahew and Josh Abbott will both be performing at Hurricane Harry’s. This should be a great concert to attend. Both of these performers make my list of favorites, so I will more than likely be attending (if I get all my homework done). I’m not positive, but I assume this will be an acoustic concert. Either way it will be a lot of fun to go to. Tickets are $10 in advance and can purchased at Cavendar’s, Traditions Bookstore, and online at outhousetickets.com. Look forward to seeing everyone at Harry’s tonight!

Hit the Rec

1 Dec

The students at A&M are very fortunate to have such a great Rec Center. It’s has just about everything you could possibly need to get into shape, or just have a little fun. You can rock-climb, or swim, or play racquetball. For many people, working out can be a lot of fun. Watching me work-out (especially run) can be entertaining for others. Either way, everyone wins at the Rec.

When I go to the Rec, I enjoy going to the fitness classes that are offered. Students can go to some of the classes for free, but most are $3 a class or $60 for a semester pass. I’ve payed for each class individually and I’ve purchased a semester pass. I didn’t get my money’s worth out of the pass, but if you really enjoy the classes, you may want to go with this option.

My favorite class was kickboxing. It was a great work-out, mixed with a lot of fun. I’ve also been to a body blasting class, after which I could barely walk for several days. The classes are taught by experienced trainers. It’s a great place to meet people, have fun, and get active.

For more information, go to the Rec website. To find a schedule of fitness classes, go to Programs and click-on Fitness & Classes.

Drive a bit for a Drive-In

28 Nov

If you’re wanting to see a movie, but are tired of the same-ole theater, maybe you should think about going to a drive-in theater. Growing up, I was interested in drive-ins, but there were none nearby (besides the XXX Apache in Tyler that I wasn’t allowed to go to, of course). When I found out that there was a drive-in within an hour from College Station, I had to go.

The Showboat Drive-In is located in Hockley, Texas, about 5 minutes off of Highway 290. They have 2 screens that each show 2 movies every weekend. The first movies start at dusk. They have a concession stand to get popcorn and a playground for children. If your battery goes dead, dont worry, they have a truck just to jump people off.

I really enjoyed going to the drive-in. Watching a movie from your car is such a fun experience, it’s a shame that it’s almost extinct. The only problem with going to The Showboat is staying awake for the drive home. If you want to find out what movies are playing and get directions, visit their website www.showboatdrivein.com.

Christmas shopping

27 Nov

It’s time to start (or finish) this year’s Christmas shopping. If you’re looking for something for a girl, whether it be a friend, sister, mom, etc., a boutique is the place to go. Boutique shopping is a lot of fun, because you never know what you’ll find. Boutiques carry unique brands and clothes, but can come with a heftier price tag.

Willa Boutique in College Station is a great place to do some shopping. They have reasonable prices on many items, accessories, and a friendly staff. They usually have a good sale rack too. If you do go shopping at Willa or another boutique, if you see something you like, you should probably get it. Boutiques don’t carry mass quantities of the same item and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Have fun Christmas shopping!

Kyle Park

26 Nov

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see Kyle Park at The Hall of Fame for the third time. Kyle Park is a Texas Country artist that has a very unique voice that compliments his variety of songs. Kyle Park knows how to entertain. His constant smile while on stage translates into a great performance. He plays a mixture of slow songs, upbeat songs, and even some famous classics.

Kyle Park doesn’t come to College Station as often as some of the other Texas Country singers, but when he does, it’s usually a packed house. He usually comes to The Hall for First Beer of the Year and Last Beer of the Year and maybe one other time in between. If you like Texas Country music, I suggest that you go see him next time he’s in town.

Some of my favorite songs by Kyle Park are:

1. Somebody’s Trying to Steal My Heart (not entire song)

2. Alone in the Light

3. Don’t Look

To see his tour dates, listen to more music, and visit his store, go to www.kyleparkmusic.com.

Time for basketball

26 Nov

It’s time to put-up your maroon shirts and bring-out the white. Basketball season is in full-force and Reed Arena is waiting to be filled with excited students. The Reed Rowdies are among some of the most energetic fans in college basketball.

A&M basketball games are a lot of fun to attend. Both the men and women always put on a great performance, especially at home. Don’t wait until after Christmas to get involved, do it now. The men’s basketball team will be at home Dec. 2, 4, and 8. Games start at 7.

The lottery ticket distribution is no longer used. Students with an All Sports option can pull a physical ticket before the game or show their student id at the door. Students without an All Sports option can purchase student tickets for $13. Tickets are pulled and purchased at the ticket windows in the zone (not Reed).

If you would like to view the men’s and women’s schedules, rosters and other information, visit www.aggieathletics.com.

A lot to be thankful for

26 Nov

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was filled with good food, lots of family, and an awesome football game. Aggies and Longhorns around the country tuned in for the hyped-up rivalry game. The Longhorns were fighting for bowl elegibility, the Aggies to preserve their confidence and continue their winning streak.  

The Aggies came up on top 24-17 in a hard-fought battle. The Aggies proved, yet again, that they are a force (especially the Wrecking Crew) to be dealt with. Now we wait to see what bowl we’ll be going to. Hopefully, we’ll continue our streak through one more game.

On Thanksgiving, I have so much to be thankful for… my faith, my family, my friends, and  being an Aggie!

Chilifest 2011

22 Nov

Chilifest Facebook page

I know that it may seem like a long time from now, but it’s never to early to start preparing for Chilifest.

Chilifest is a weekend-long country music event that raises money for charities around the area. The headliners, like Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen, and Pat Green play throughout the day on Saturday. Friday night also has a line-up of country artists to be enjoyed by those on a Chilifest team.

Chilifest 2011 will be on April 8-9. The line-up and the 2011 rules and regulations for teams have not been posted yet. To get the latest updates visit the Chilifest Facebook page or the Chilifest website.

Funnel cakes and such

22 Nov

My last blog about Post Oak Mall reminded me about the carnivals that come to town ever-so-often and set-up camp in the mall parking lot. Cade and I attended one of the carnivals a couple of months ago. We wanted a funnel cake and what better place to go? We stopped by the carnival, walked around a bit, ate a huge funnel cake and called it a night. I don’t ride carnival rides, because my mom would never allow me to as a child. But, the atmosphere is still fun, even without riding the rides that may or may not have been constructed in an hour. When the carnival comes to town and you’re not busy, go out and enjoy yourself a funnel cake.