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#37 | NOV. 26 - DEC. 15, 2015 | FREE
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2015 PUBLIC NEWS
READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS
NEWS THEATRE FILM
CRAMPTON’S MUSIC CIRCLE
TOBACCO ROAD
page 16
MUSIC DINING ART HUMOR POP CULTURE
FRAME BY FRAME
LETTER RIP
WHAT TRUMP PROVES
page 5
TOY STORY AT 20
page 29
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PUBLIC NEWS #37
November 26 - December 15, 2015
COVER STORY
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IT’S HERE! FINALLY, AFTER ALL THE VOTES
HAVE BEEN TALLIED.
The issue of the Public News many have waited
for... The 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards!
Over 170 Awards in Music, Food, Bars & Vapes,
Comics, Radio, Media, Art and more.
Nick Rama offers his expert advice and awards
from the Foodie perspective. He also shares his
annual Top 50 Houston restaurants and his Top
10 Food Trucks.
NEWS
16
MUSIC
11
EVENTS
25
DINING
26
ART
29
FILM
6
Never to bore you with details that drone on
and on about nothing important, the Public
News gathers press releases that we believe
that you would want to know about. And presents that news with photos and commentary.
What to do and where to do it.
Public News serves up the most important
and ‘must not miss’ events for couples, families and pretty much anyone! Go and have
fun!
Art Editor Rosanne Friedman takes us on the
fourth part of her Drinking In Art series.
Always a pleasure and usually a cause to follow her footsteps over the weekend, experiencing the same.
COLUMNISTS & STUFF
Letter Rip / No Exit
Anna Pinion
Legal Ease
To The Republic
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10
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Fake Astrology
Crampton’s Music Circle
Foodie Pic Of The Week
Backpage Classifieds
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31
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Mark Crampton shares the history on the
song Tobacco Road. Forget the movie, this
is a nice little treat discovering a classic
song that has been covered by many! CD
Reviews, Live Music Guide and more!
This issue’s dining section has been taken
over by the Readers’ Choice Awards. Never fear, the next issue features a monster
article by Nick Rama. Probably one of his
best!
Film Editor Glen Ryan Tadych shares his
thoughts on the 20th anniversary of the film
Toy Story.
We apologize if that makes you feel old, but
Editor Tadych has a lot to share... read it!
“To be wise, talk less and
understand more”
-- Proverbs
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THE HISTORY OF THE
DIGITAL PUBLIC NEWS
2007: THE BEGINNING OF THE
REVIVED PUBLIC NEWS 1.0
It was a one-time print issue right before the
Great Recession. Soon afterward we put the
paper on ice until Public News 2.0 in 2013
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LETTER RIP
WHAT
TRUMP
HAS
PROVEN
ABOUT
THE
MEDIA
THAT THE CONTROL OF INFORMATION IS NOT FREEDOM
EDITORIAL CHAIRMAN
KEN PETTY
MUSIC EDITOR
JASON PALMER
FILM EDITOR
GLEN RYAN TADYCH
ART EDITOR
ROSANNE FRIEDMAN
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS:
MIKE BAXTER, MARK CRAMPTON, ROXANNE DAVIS,
MATT DELUCA, SUSAN LOVE FITTS, CINDY GROOVER,
JEB KICKER, TOM DAREN LISKEY, BART PEARSTON,
ANNA ‘PINION’ PENA, NICK RAMA, ANDY SINGER,
PHOTOGRAPHY:
KEN PETTY, TOM DAREN LISKEY, ROSANNE FRIEDMAN
GRAPHICS/LAYOUT: KEN PETTY
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: KEN PETTY
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Whether or not you like Donald Trump, you need
to understand what his phenomenon means to us.
You are probably wondering, “what phenomenon is
Trump to us?” Here is the skinny. Trump is beating
the media at their own game. Trump is also causing the establishment GOP
(and to a lesser extent the
establishment Democrats)
absolute fits. No matter what
Trump says, his poll numbers
are not affected. The media
can’t touch him. The media
has tried. Trump says illegal
immigration is a problem,
to cease Muslim immigration to America and that our
politicians are stupid among
Ken Petty other things. The GOP reacts
aghast and calls in the establishment mainstream media to do certain damage
to the ugly bastard stepchild candidate for what has
been said. You can almost label mainstream media
as the establishment’s Information Gestapo. But,
no matter what the mainstream media tries to do
to destroy the man, Trump’s approval numbers do
not fall. It’s as if Trump is Teflon Superman and the
media is powerless. Media has been caught lying
about the man and presents sound bites out of context. Trump does not need the media to bolster his
campaign. The media wants to have that control over
Trump. The establishment GOP needs to have media
control over Trump. Trump is not the establishment
GOP’s choice, Jeb Bush is. Unfortunately Jeb is
polling at less than 10 percent.
This begs the question. If the establishment political parties control the mainstream media, how can
we, the public at large, trust the media to give us the
truth? If the mainstream media is in bed with who
they want in the November election, why are we
even bothered with the whole primary process? As
harsh as it seems, we need to get our collective heads
out of our collective arses. In some respects we have.
Mainstream media is losing control over what most
Americans think and believe. In the past, the media
was the one thing that shaped national opinion and
set the national agenda. If a story wasn’t on the front
page, then it wasn’t worth thinking or talking about
around the water cooler at work. If a news story on
television needed to lead, it needed to bleed. Who
watches broadcast television anymore, much less
broadcast news? American consumers have kicked
mainstream media to the curb. Viewership is down
across the board, readership of daily print establishment mainstream media is down so much that
advertisers are jumping ship to embrace new forms
of media. Even the formerly independent alternative
newsweeklies have become somewhat establishment
embraced. Establishment politicians are worried.
If they can’t control the flow of propaganda (or
information), how can they control you and I? How
can they tell us how to vote and to whom our vote
should be cast?
What Trump has done, even if he never wins the
nomination, is show us how the media has been
manipulating the electorate for decades. Trump has
shown us the way to be free of media manipulation.
Trump and his millions/billions have done more to
free the American mind set from mediarot as well as
reverse the damage that the mainstream media has
built over our political destinies for decades.
No matter what happens in the 2016 elections,
Trump won. He pulled back the curtain to show us
the man behind the machine. And because of that
knowledge, we are free!
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LAMP POST STROLL FILLS DOWNTOWN
TOMBALL WITH CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
More than four dozen local merchants and organizations
have put their Christmas creativity on display as the City of
Tomball hosts the 3rd annual Downtown Holiday Lamp Post
Stroll.
Ornamental lamp posts along Main, Market, Commerce and
other downtown streets have been transformed into colorful
works of art for the season. From traditional garland, bows
and tinsel, to a Seussical style of whimsical art and glamour,
a stroll among the lamp posts will set a fun mood for the
holidays.
The best overall “Grand Champion” winner of this year’s
Lamp Post decorating contest is Nana’s Main Street Cottage. Nana’s design depicts their shop filled with collectibles,
decorative painted furniture and more. It can be seen near the
southwest corner of Main Street and Cherry.
Other winners by street are:
Main Street: 1st Place - Birds of a Feather; 2nd Place – The
Lunch Ladies; 3rd Place – Charlotte’s Saddlery
Market Street: 1st Place – Granny’s Korner; 2nd Place – Nonnie’s Café & Creamery; 3rd Place – The Antique Market
Commerce and North Elm Streets: 1st Place – The Pilgrim
Law Office; 2nd Place – Hollee & Ivie; 3rd Place – Sawyer’s
Place
The decorated lamp posts will be on display through December 31st. The Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll is
sponsored in-part by The Hutson Group.
TEJAS CHOCOLATES – IN ITS THIRD YEAR (13), TOMBALL’S DOWNTOWN
HOLIDAY LAMP POST STROLL HAS GROWN TO INCLUDE MAIN STREET, NORTH
ELM AND NORTH WALNUT. THE CITY’S NEWEST RESTAURANT, TEJAS CHOCOLATES ON NORTH ELM STREET SHOWS OFF ITS HOLIDAY SPIRIT.
NANA’S MAIN STREET COTTAGE (48)- THE TEAM FROM NANA’S MAIN STREET
COTTAGE TOOK THE BEST OVERALL AWARD FOR THEIR CREATION IN
TOMBALL’S ANNUAL DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY LAMP POST STROLL. SHOWN ARE
(L-R) DARRYL ROMERO, TIFFANY ROMERO, AND ANN HOWES.
IN JANUARY OF 2013, PUBLIC NEWS 2.0 MADE ITS APPEARANCE IN PRINT.
The print quality was muddy and unacceptable, even though the master files were pristine.
The printer hired for the job could not fix the problem of a muddy print. So the Public News
went on a hunt to find a printer who could make the Public News shine like it should.
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chicken out.” The exhibition is an experiment
to gauge our collective concept of the good
girl, the bad girl, the virgin, the whore, and the
notions in between.
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The screening and performance will take
place in the Fresh Arts Gallery. Those who
attend the opening will serve as the live studio
audience that will be responsible, in the end,
for determining Graciela’s fate.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS:
“LAS ULTIMAS LIVE!”
A film and interactive performance directed
by Stephanie Saint Sanchez
On view: December 11, 2015- January 15,
2016
Opening Reception and Live Audience Recording: Friday, December 11, 2015 6-8p.m.
HOUSTON - Las Ultimas Live! is a new
installation modeled after a silly-super-hero
sitcom satire and aimed to explore the trappings of third wave feminism by Houston
artist Stephanie Saint Sanchez. When the
future president of the United States, Graciela,
stumbles across her mother’s old stash of
Tiger Beat magazines, she is overcome by a
“retrocrush” for Erik Estrada. With the future
of the free world at stake, it’s up to Las Ultimas, an all female super squad including Frida
Kahlo, La Virgen de Viligante, and Sister
Rolla, to save the day.
Las Ultimas converge on young Graciela’s
bedroom just as she begins to enter the forbid-
den regions under her blanket, commits La
Pecado Pecoso (the hot sin), and is doomed
to lead a life of geeky shame. Las Ultimas
get more than they bargained for when out
of a puff of smoke appears Las Chingonas,
a deadly crew comprised of La Puta (the
embodiment of unapologetic feminine sexuality), La Serena (a mermaid who is inherently
deceptive and cruel), and Aique Too Much (an
out of control, pregnant Chola girl), ready to
battle for the fate of Graciela’s soul.
The public is invited to a free opening reception and live studio screening beginning at 6
p.m. on Friday, December 11,2015, at Fresh
Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston, TX, 77007. Free parking is available.
“It is a story about someone exploring their
sexuality,” says Saint Sanchez. “I believe
people have a duality in them and can’t commit wholly to being good or bad. Every time
I go to sell my soul to the devil, I always
Cultured Cocktails benefiting “Las Ultimas
Live!”
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar, 307 Fairview St,
Houston, TX 77006
Artist reception and live recording:
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fresh Arts, Winter Street Studios, B11, 2101
Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Stephanie Saint Sanchez is a by-any-meansnecessary media artist, movie maker, and
instigator. As founder of La Chicana Laundry
Pictures, she has made over 25 award-winning, genre-bending shorts. She also started
the Senorita Cinema film festival, the only
all Latina Film Festival in Texas. She is one
of 10 finalists for the 2015 Houston Artadia
Awards, which provides up to $20,000 in
unrestricted funds for artistic projects as well
as access to the lifetime benefits of the Artadia
Award program, and she is a recipient of a
S.W.A.M.P. Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship, The Idea Fund, and The Lawndale Artist
Studio Program.
www.lachicanalaundrypictures.com
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THE EUREKA MOMENT: PUBLIC NEWS GOES FULL DIGITAL
Editorial Chairman Ken Petty comes across an interview with the Barnes & Noble CEO
discussing the fact that younger readers are getting their books in digital form.
Noticing that print editions of the Houston Press and North Of The Border were not
being picked up, Public News decided to be the first fully digital publication for the area
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The Mercer Society
Names New Director
The Mercer Society (TMS), a
nonprofit organization providing
philanthropic support to Mercer
Botanic Gardens, the Houston area’s
only botanic garden, has named Lori
Tomlinson as its new director of
operations.
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In her new role, Tomlinson will
work with TMS to support Mercer’s
mission of promoting plant diversity, natural habitats, and botanical
research. Tomlinson’s goals include
expanding TMS to become a fully
staffed philanthropic organization,
raising awareness about Mercer and
its programs, as well as increasing
fundraising efforts to support Mercer
financially.
and international visitors annually,”
she said. “However, many people
in the Houston area don’t realize
it’s here. TMS wants to help Harris
County Precinct 4 get the word out
that Mercer is a world-class facility
that rivals botanic gardens in other
major cities across the nation.”
Tomlinson recently relocated to
the greater Houston area from Vero
Beach, Fla. where she served as a
human resource manager, program
director, and business administrator
for various nonprofit organizations
operating in the Vero Beach area.
With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Botanic
Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4
Conveniently located in Humble
Parks facility located one mile north
about 20 miles outside Houston,
of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine WestMercer Botanic Gardens is a 300-acre field Road in Humble, 77338. Harris
facility that provides free or low-cost County Precinct 4 programs serve
educational programming, unique flo- people of all ages regardless of socioral displays, as well as family friendly economic level, race, sex, religion,
amenities including five miles of
national origin, or physical ability.
trails, picnic facilities, and a children’s Anyone seeking additional informaplayground.
tion or requiring special assistance
to participate in any program should
“Mercer’s already a popular facility contact Mercer at 281-443-8731 or
with over 50 acres of botanic gardens online at www.hcp4.net/mercer.
that attract more than 200,000 local
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RELEASING THE STOCKPILE OF INTERVIEWS
Between the print and digital eras of the Public News, we continued to interview and
review all the cool and unusual places, people and things hoping that the print issues
would be resolved and the Public News could carry on. Since the decision to go digital,
we still had a stockpile of interviews to publish. The first four digital issues did just that.
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New Mercer Staff Member Finds
Niche in Houston Food Industry
Mercer staff member Jacob Martin’s life may
have turned out differently if it weren’t for an
epiphany he had in college.
“As a business owner, I enjoy seeing chefs genuinely want my products and introducing them to
new products they’ve never thought of before.”
“I had a different major at first. I didn’t just want
a job where I’d sit inside and stare out a window all
day. So I changed my major to science,” he said.
In June, Martin added to his growing resume by
joining Mercer as its greenhouse manager.
Originally a hotel and restaurant management
major, Martin set out to find a career that blended
his interest in the food industry with his love of the
outdoors. The opportunity presented itself while
Martin was still in college learning to garden at
Buchanan’s Native Plants.
“When I worked at Buchanan’s, chefs would
come in looking for fresh ingredients. I saw the
need for a service that could provide those ingredients and moved in on it,” he said.
Midway through his senior year, Martin started
Old School Produce, an Oak Forest-based agriculture business that provides restaurants with
fast-maturing microgreens, along with hard-to-find
herbs and produce, such as Chaya and sunflower
sprouts. Today, the business has earned a niche in
the Houston food industry.
His duties include managing hundreds of different seedlings and cuttings, propagating rare and
endangered plants and working in the herbarium
and seed bank.
“At Mercer, every day I find plants I’ve never
heard of,” he said. “There’s so much diversity and
it’s always getting bigger and better. It’s also very
gratifying watching things grow from a seed to full
plant.
“I’m also drawn to the challenge of the job. There
are so many different plants in this world that I’ll
never run out of things to learn.”
Jacob also hosts greenhouse volunteers during
weekday mornings where he leads various propagation projects, including color garden staples and
unusual plant collections.
“Now more and more restaurants are doing business with us,” he said. “People are open to trying
new things, so the business has grown tremendously. I started out cutting four or five trays a week and
now we do 250.
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ANNA PINION
THE RACIST
SLUT & CAPTAIN
OBVIOUS
by Anna Pinion
[email protected]
Dear Anna:
I already know that you are going to be very
rude and mean to me, but I think you might
be able to give me some
good advice in your
somewhat sarcastic way.
I’m in the middle a
divorce from a man
who was a sexual and
porn addict. He had
porn all over the place
and I couldn’t handle
it anymore, especially
since I consider myself
religious.
Anna Pinion The problem is that I
have been sleeping with
a black friend of mine who eventually got me
pregnant. I don’t want to abort the baby, because it is wrong, but I don’t want a baby who
might end up black. Especially if it comes up
that I was having a “so-called” affair while
my marriage was still valid. My future exhusband may use this as a way to get my two
children that we had together. I thought about
giving the baby up for adoption if she (it’s a
girl) ends up being black, but might just keep
her if she’s white. Does all this make me out
to be a horrible person or what?
-Not the Slut In Katy
NEWSBITS
LSC-Creekside Center is Now Open
Assist Students Register On-Site for
Spring Semester
On Tuesday, December 1, Lone Star College’s
newest satellite center opened the doors to assist
students with registering for 2016 spring semester classes on-site at the LSC-Creekside Center,
located at 8747 West New Harmony Trail in The
Woodlands.
Academic advisors are now available at the
LSC-Creekside Center until December 18 for the
following hours of operation:
·
8 am - 6 pm, Monday - Thursday
·
8 am - 12 pm, Friday
During Winter Break, December 20 - January 3:
9 am - 2 pm, Monday - Wednesday
CLOSED, Thursday - Sunday
Beginning January 4:
8 am - 6 pm, Monday-Thursday
8 am - 12 pm, Friday
Advisors are available to provide one-on-one
guidance and assistance to prospective and current students on a variety of academic services
including admissions, testing, advising, registration, referral of campus resources, transfer planning and graduation processes.
Beginning January 19 for the 2016 spring
semester classes, LSC-Creekside Center will
offer courses in Petroleum Data Technology,
Cisco Networking, Electrical Technology, Business Management, Health Occupations prerequisites, and transferrable courses for Associate
of Arts & Associate of Science to highlight a
few. Additional programs are slated to for the
2016 fall semester. LSC-Creekside Center will
serve an important role in the surrounding area
by providing greater learning opportunities and
choices in higher education as well training and
workforce development readiness skills in fields
relevant to the Houston region and across the
globe. LSC-Creekside Center is a satellite center
of LSC-Tomball.
Students can register in person at the LSCCreekside Center, LSC-Tomball main campus
(no appointment necessary), or online. Spring
semester classes begin January 19. For more information about LSC-Creekside Center, visit lonestar.edu/Creekside-center or call 281.351.3310.
Mangum-Howell Center Hosts the 18th
Annual Adopt a Child SNAPP Holiday
Parties
The Doss Advisory Council at Mangum-Howell Center is encouraging the public to help make
a difference in a child’s life. Every Adopt-a-Child
$20 donation buys a gift bag for one of 150
Aldine Independent School District children who
are part of the Students Needing a Pat and a Push
(SNAPP) program.
Participating schools this year include Conley,
Gray, and Sammons elementary schools Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program was started to give at-risk children a special
“pat and push” since many of them receive little
or nothing over the holidays. Each SNAPP child
is given a gift bag with toys, games, candy, and
more during a special party at Mangum-Howell
Center in Doss Park.
Checks are payable to Doss Advisory Council,
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, c/o MangumHowell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston,
Texas 77038. Please call 281-591-7830 for more
information.
Mangum-Howell Center Presents
“Jingle Bells” Luncheon
Take in holiday sights and sounds during
Mangum-Howell Center’s Jingle Bells Luncheon
Tuesday, Dec. 15 at noon.
Enjoy the center’s virtual, crackling yule log
fireplace and classic Christmas music over a
holiday meal of turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls, pecan and cherry
pie, unlimited iced tea and coffee. To add to the
fun, attendees will have the chance to win prizes
by guessing the correct number of candy canes in
the candy jar and showing off their skills during
a gift wrapping contest. As a memento of this
special luncheon, each participant will receive a
Jingle Bell necklace.
An $8 per person suggested donation is requested and payable in advance when you register in
the office. The deadline to purchase tickets is
Friday, Dec. 11.
Lone Star College-Montgomery’s “Tigers
Be Still” Performance Receives Choice
Awards
The Lone Star College-Montgomery drama
department’s fall production of “Tigers Be Still”
received the rare feat of a choice award in the
Kennedy Center American College Texas State
Theatre Festival (KCACTF) this October.
“Tigers Be Still,” which was directed by LSCMontgomery instructor Julie Akers, was awarded
Respondent’s Choice, which is selected by the
festival respondent who sees and responds to
each performance at the festival. This is the fifth
consecutive year that the college has received
a choice award, and the production will now
be considered for advancement to the regional
festival in San Angelo in February.
“KCACTF gives our students excellent transfer
and scholarship opportunities by allowing them
to network with other students and schools at the
festival,” said Chase Waites, professor of drama
and department chair at LSC-Montgomery.
“Participating at the state level provides the students with opportunities to travel to the regional
festival in February to compete for scholarships
and interview with transfer universities and colleges. It also provides the students the opportunity to tour a show, which is a great experience
for them.”
Dear Not The Slut
Let me understand this... You are married
going though a divorce that has not been finalized. You started sleeping with a friend and
he got you pregnant. It’s here were I get the
rub. Even though your baby’s daddy is black,
you don’t want a black baby. Unfortunately
you don’t have a choice in the matter of what
color your baby is. Ultrasounds are great at
determining what sex the baby is, like you
already know. But skin color is going to be the
surprise on the delivery table. It appears that
have made plans for each race your baby may
end up being.
Does all this racist crap and cheating on your
marriage make you out to be a horrible person? For your comfort I will tell you “No”,
but people like you make all other racists look
like angels in comparison. I don’t think they
would think your baby is part of the white or
black race, They would think your baby is a
member of the human race and leave it at that.
Dear Anna,
I am troubled by the advice you shell out.
Some of it is mean spirited. Some of it is
snobbish. Other times it is just stupid.
I don’t think you are a real advice columnist. I
think you just like to make people feel bad.
Troubled in Tomball
Dear Captain Obvious
Which one of us is getting paid for shelling
out this so-called bad advice. I think I win.
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one to any other number. For the Public News zero to nine took 12 months. It only took another 3
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PUBLIC NEWS EVENTS
ONGOING EVENTS
ARTS
Conroe Art League
Every Monday 9:30am-12:30pm
Every Tuesday 6pm-9pm
Every Wednesday 1pm
The Wonders of Watercolor Classes
with Carrie Allbritton!
Carrie discounts that old saying that watercolor
is the hardest media and unforgiving, believing instead that when you understand the paints
and what they do on paper, you will find it fun,
rewarding and very forgiving.
Ongoing watercolor classes every Monday from
9:30am - 12:30pm AND every Tuesday from
6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Conroe Art League Gallery.
Contact Carrie directly at: [email protected]
com or 936-444-7303
Cost: $25 per class (payable a month in advance)
A CHRISTMAS OF MANY PARTS
Send us your events for inclusion in our Events Calendar [email protected]
THIS WEEK & BEYOND
STAGES
Actor’s Gem Productions presents
Celebrity Mystery Theater
Second Saturday of the month 6:45pm
The Spaghetti Warehouse
901 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002
Imagine yourself enjoying dinner, socializing
with friends, having a few drinks . . . when
suddenly a murder is committed. Let the
wacky antics of two famous detectives, never
seen together before anywhere, amuse you as
they solve the crime.
Who did it? Was it Fran Drescher, Marilyn
Monroe, Cher, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor,
Rocky Balboa, Bill Clinton, Joan Crawford or
was it you?
Admission is $55 and includes a three-course
meal, dinner show, soft drinks and gratuity.
Reservations are required.
For more information call 713-305-8117 or
visit them on the web at www.celebritymysterytheater.com/
A.D. Players presents A Christmas of
Many Parts
Running Through December 23, 2015
A.D. Players Theatre
2710 W. Alabama St. Houston, TX 77098
A.D. Players presents A Christmas of Many
Parts. This hilarious one-act play has grown to
full length by popular demand. Four struggling actors find themselves cast in Nativity!,
a big budget production focused more on making money than the “reason for the season.”
But when most of the cast is stuck in Atlanta
for the final performance, the show must go
on. Through the ensuing chaos, everyone
learns the real meaning of Christmas.
Tickets are $20.
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents A Christmas Story The Musical
December 8 - 20, 2015
The Hobby Center for Performing Arts
Sarofim Hall
800 Bagby St., Houston, TX, 77002
Prepare yourself for a red-blooded, twofisted, all-American Christmas in the holiday
show heralded by the Associated Press as “a
charming triumph infused with utter joy.” In
this clever musical adaptation of the 1983 film
comedy, we follow the childhood dreams and
schemes of little Ralphie, whose heart is set
on getting one thing and one thing only for
Christmas – the official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.
Along the way, we discover the stuff of pink
nightmares (think bunny suit), the power of
fishnet-clad lamps (careful, it’s fra-GEE-lay),
and the wintry hazards of sticking a warm
tongue to a cold metal pole. With its timeless scenes, quirky innocence and nostalgic
warmth, this musical trip down memory lane
will leave the whole family bright-eyed and
buoyant. It’s far and away the most fun you’ll
have this holiday season!
TUTS’ production of A Christmas Story The
Musical is made possible by the generosity of
Ballard Exploration Company, Inc.
TUTS’ 2015/16 season is generously
sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health. For
all shows, air transportation is provided by
United Airlines, the official airline of TUTS.
Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston
Chronicle. Season support is funded in part
by grants from the City of Houston through
the Theater District Association, the National
Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Tickets start at $30. Check TUTS Online at www.tuts.com, or phone them at
713.558.TUTS
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) present The Bridges of Madison County
Starting January 19, 2016 though January 31, 2016
Hobby Center For The Performing Arts
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Conroe Art League
Every Tuesday 1pm-3:30pm
Oil Painting Classes w/Gary Hernandez
Each student works at his/her own pace in a creative and pleasant atmosphere. The students will
learn the tools and materials of oil painting. New
students will be painting a new painting at the
first session. You will copy master paintings as
a pathway to creating your own style of painting.
You will learn....
-How to use a grid to quickly layout the painting.
-How to select the right palette.
-How to select and mix colors.
-How to select the right paint brushes
-How to apply color theory and use the color
wheel.
-How to pick the right canvas and how to coat a
canvas.
-How to varnish a painting.
-How to paint in Grisaille
These are only a few of the tips I will teach you to
create successful paintings and more importantly
have an enjoyable painting experience.
Ongoing classes every Tuesday from 1:00pm 3:30pm at the Conroe Art League Gallery- 127
Simonton St. - Conroe, TX 77301
Contact Gary Hernandez directly to sign up: 713569-9209 or [email protected]
Cost: $35/per class paid in advance monthly.
Conroe Art League
First Thursday of the month 11am-5pm
Photography Learning Center w/Ed Gorman
The Photography Learning Center is back at the
Conroe Art Gallery!!
If you have questions about photography or how
to use your camera, whether it’s a DSLR, SLR,
film, cell phone, iPad, etc., then come to the
Conroe Art Gallery on the first Thursday of each
month from 11am - 5pm. The Conroe Art Gallery
is at 127 Simonton St., Conroe, TX 77301.
Ed will show you how to work your camera and
take better photographs.
Contact Ed Gorman: [email protected]
or call 936-443-3487 for more information.
Conroe Art League
First and Third Thursday 1pm-3:30pm
Figure Drawing Group
Classes are at the Conroe Art League Gallery 127
Simonton St. Conroe, TX 77301
Live Model, All Skill Levels Welcome!
For more information contact: Darby Kachmar
[email protected] 936-228-5126 or Marilyn
Lowry [email protected] or 936-447-1579
Fee is $10 per session, no reservation necessary
Conroe Art League
Every Thursday 2pm-4:30pm
PUBLIC NEWS
Painting with Pastels
This is an ongoing weekly course, beginning February 5, 2015. The class meets every Thursday
from 2:00pm - 4:30pm in the upstairs classroom
at the Conroe Art League Gallery - 127 Simonton
St. - Conroe, TX 77301.
Painting in pastels is quick, easy, colorful, beautiful, very portable - and FUN! Handled correctly,
pastels will last many lifetimes and their pure
colors never fade, crack, or peel.
No stress and no pressure here to paint a masterpiece. You’ll learn how to turn “happy accidents”
into a part of your painting, or erase it - pastels are
very forgiving. Everyone will hjave a chance to
experiment with different techniques and materials, and you’ll develop your own unique style over
time.
For those who are new to art, you’ll learn the
basics of drawing and painting. For more experienced artists who are new to pastels, you’ll learn
the characteristics and techniques that are unique
to pastels. At the end of each class, you’ll have a
finished or nearly-finished painting to take home,
ready for framing.
Each student is encouraged to learn at their own
pace. You are welcomed to do a class-based
painting from reference photos provided by the
instructor, or bring in your own reference materials to use. We may also paint from life, or go
outdoors to paint as the weather permits.
During this ongoing course, you will:
-Improve your drawing skills, including proportions and perspective.
-Learn how to see and paint values, types of
underpaintings, both wet and dry.
-Create different effects using hard vs. soft pastels.
-Layer and blend pastels to get exactly the color
you want.
-Develop and use a portable pastel kit for outdoor
painting and travel.
-Know how to paint trees, clouds and water.
-Learn how to paint and draw from life and en
plein air (outdoors).
There’s no pressure to develop a masterpiece or
“do it right”. This class is all about having fun
and discovering the artist in you. You’ll have lots
of individual attention from the instructor with
helpful feedback so your paintings keep getting
better.
Your supply list has options to fit a budget, and
everyone is welcomed to register and join us any
time.
Please contact the instructor, Kathy Fediw, at
[email protected] or call her business
number at 281-687-6966, if you have any questions and for a list of materials.
Cost: $30.00 per class, payable at the first of each
month or at the beginning of each session.
Instructor: Kathy Fediw, LEED AP ID+C, CLP,
CLT
EDUCATION
Barbara Bush Branch Library
Ongoing [call for class dates & times]
Ongoing Computer Classes
Dave Smith, computer instructor, will be teaching
seven different computer classes at the Barbara
Bush Branch Library in March 2015. The classes
are Computer Basics, Introduction to the Internet,
Email, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and
MS Publisher.
He also teaches additional classes which are offered at various times throughout the year, including Digital Photography and Smartphone Tips.
Please call for the dates and times of the classes
and to register.
Each class meets for a single 2-hour session. As
class size is limited to 12 people, pre-registration
is required for each class. Registration is on a
first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens
30 days prior to the class.
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LEGAL EASE
continued from page 10
Breath
Tests
in
Texas:
Outdated and Unreliable
by Matt DeLuca
[email protected]
Several articles back, I wrote about the pros
and cons of breath vs. blood tests in DWI
investigations. My conclusion was, generally speaking, to refuse a breath test if under
investigation for DWI. Now I’d like to go into
more detail about why breath tests in Texas are
unreliable.
For starters, the breath test machine currently
used in Texas is extremely outdated. Texas
law enforcement has used the Intoxilyzer 5000
machine for decades.
The company that
makes the machine
has since introduced
two newer models, the
Intoxilyzer 8000 and
9000. Most other states
have switched over to
the new machines, yet
Texas continues to use
outdated technology.
law enforcement is
Matt DeLuca Ifusing
this machine to
prosecutor and potentially convict a citizen, shouldn’t the technology be the most reliable and up to date?
Now let’s talk about just how accurate the
machine’s results really are. When someone
blows into the machine, it will print out a test
result with the subject’s BAC result on it. This
test result is often the most important piece of
evidence the prosecutor will present in a DWI
trial. However, the result is really just an estimate. The range of error for a breath test can
often be plus or minus 30%. Just imagine if
someone were to blow a 0.10 breath test result.
While this result is technically over the legal
limit of 0.08, it is very possible that the true
result could have been a 0.07 (just as it might
have been a 0.13 – well over the limit). While
this range of error might be good enough for
Sarofim Hall
800 Bagby Street Houston Texas 77003
The Bridges of Madison County, one of
the most romantic stories ever written, first
captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling
novel and is now an irresistible, two-time
Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. This stunning new production features
gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®government work, it could mean the difference winning composer Jason Robert Brown
(Parade, The Last Five Years) that the Daily
between guilty or not guilty of DWI. When
News hails as “one of Broadway’s best scores
someone’s liberty is on the line, this level of
in the last decade.”
inaccuracy should not be acceptable.
With a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner MarThere is also a great potential for human ersha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color
ror throughout the breath testing process. For
one, any alcohol trapped in the subject’s mouth Purple) and direction by two-time Tony® wincould create a false high breath test. A burp or ner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in
chewing gum before the test is administered
the Piazza), The Bridges of Madison County
could also create a false high result. This is
is the unforgettable story of two people caught
why Texas law requires that the person certibetween decision and desire, as a chance enfied to operate and administer the breath test
counter becomes a second chance at so much
on the subject wait and observe the subject for more.
at least 15 minutes prior to the test being taken.
2014 Tony Award® Winner for Best OrigiThis requirement is often ignored and yet, unnal Score and Best Orchestrations - Jason
less there is a video recording of the breath test Robert Brown; 2014 Drama Desk Award for
(these are rarely recorded), it can be difficult
Outstanding Music & Orchestrations - Jason
to prove.
Robert Brown.
There is also no way to re-test the breath
TUTS’ 2015/16 season is generously
sample. Once a subject provides a breath sam- sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health. For
ple, the sample is destroyed. There is small,
all shows, air transportation is provided by
inexpensive device that could be attached to
United Airlines, the official airline of TUTS.
the Intoxilyzer machine that would trap the
Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston
breath sample and store it for future testing, yet
Chronicle. Season support is funded in part
law enforcement in Texas refuses to use it. Esby grants from the City of Houston through
sentially, law enforcement is asking us to just
the Theater District Association, the National
take their word that the breath test machine is
Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Comaccurate. When my client’s liberty and future
mission on the Arts.
are at stake, this simply isn’t acceptable.
Until Texas catches up with modern technology, breath tests should continue to be avoided Opera in the Heights presents
ConciertOh! de Invierno
and scrutinized. You can always reach out
December 11-13, 2016 7pm
to me with questions or comments at [email protected]
Opera In The Heights
mattdelucalaw.com.
1703 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX 77008
Opera in the Heights will present ConciertOh!
de Invierno, a special holiday music concert
series in Spanish highlighting some of Oh!’s
most outstanding Hispanic artists in a way
that allows them to show off different styles
of music. ConciertOh! de Invierno will feature
traditional zarzuelas, boleros, and música
navideña (Christmas music) that have broad
appeal. (Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric dramatic
opera genre alternating between spoken and
sung scenes, and bolero is slow tempo Latin
music).
Oh!’s sensational singers participating in the
concert series are Claudia Chapa, Octavio
Moreno, and James Rodriguez, with guest
appearances by Arnold Yzaguirre, Brian Suits,
and Patrick Contreras. Oh! subscribers will
recognize Chapa, Moreno and Rodriguez, who
have most recently portrayed Madame Flora/
Baba in The Medium (Chapa); Rigoletto in
Rigoletto (Moreno) and Tonio in I Pagliacci
(Rodriguez).
ConciertOh! de Invierno will last approximately 90 minutes, with an intermission and
concessions featuring sweet treats, coffee and
cocoa provided by Oh!’s guild members. The
music appeals to all ages and makes a perfect
family outing in the midst of the holiday
season.
Tickets run $15-$25
Houston Grand Opera presents The
Little Prince
December 9, 11, 16, 18, 19 @ 7pm
December 13 & 20 @ 2:30pm
Houston Grand Opera
501 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002
Houston Grand Opera continues its cycle of
holiday operas with its presentation of The
Little Prince. Based on the classic children’s
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The Law Office of Matt DeLuca
HELPING MAKE LOCAL CELEBRITIES
Houston Office
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(713) 429-4400
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It didn’t take much time for the Public News to build a following. In that momentum, we’ve been
blessed to find some of the most endearing people to grace the cover of the Public News. We have
certainly become a local collective of journalists working to promote the unknown and expose the
uncool. Our story continues in Public News #38.
PUBLIC NEWS #11
PUBLIC NEWS
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book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little
Prince is an adventure-filled family experience that brings hope, love, and a childlike
imagination to life.
The opera in two acts is a whimsical tale of
a little prince and a lost pilot’s adventures in
the desert. They become unlikely friends, and
together, while experiencing lessons from the
desert’s many creatures, they discover what is
essential in life.
Tickets run $28 to $100. Call 713-237-1439
for more information.
ARTS
Magical Winter Lights
Through January 10, 2016
Mon-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 1-11pm,
Sun 1-10pm
Sam Houston Race Track
7575 North Sam Houston Parkway W
Houston, TX 77064
The 2015 Magical Winter Lights will debut in
Houston at the Sam Houston Race Park. The
52-day festival will become the largest holiday
light festival in Houston, and the largest
lantern festival of its kind to ever take place in
the U.S.
Magical Winter Lights differentiates itself
from other more traditional holiday lighting
events by basing its designs from Chinese
lanterns and transforming them into largerthan-life remakes of well-known landmarks
and landscapes in the world. The festival will
feature seven fascinating themed sections
including Magical, Europe, America, Asia,
Australia, Africa and Dinosaur Land. The
America section will also display lantern sets
that Houstonians and Texans can easily relate
to, including their hometown sports teams,
Western stockyards and the Houston skylines.
Magical Winter Lights is open every day
through January 10, 2016, including all
holidays.
For more information phone 713-496-0556.
MUSIC
The Music Box Theater presents White
Christmas Album 4 (A Beatles Holiday)
December 4 - 27, 2015
The Music Box Theater
2623 Colquitt St. Houston, TX 77098
The Music Box Theater is bringing back a few
of people’s favorite things: Great Christmas
music, fun comedy sketches, and The Beatles
in an all-new take on The White Christmas Album. So, make plans to once again
celebrate Christmas music and The Beatles
in one memorable, festive holiday production
- “The White Christmas Album 4 (A Beatles
Holiday).”
The Music Boxers will sing hits like “Let It
Be” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in what
will be the perfect night out for all ages.
Tickets range start at $27. For more information call 281-513-1504
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the Robin Bush Room at the Barbara Bush Branch
Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.
Please visit the website (www.hcpl.net) or call the
library at 281-376-4610 for more information and
to register for these classes. The classes are held
in the Barbara Bush Library Friends Computer
Lab at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.
AREA TOURS
Baldwin Boettcher Library
Ongoing
English As A Second Language
The Baldwin Boettcher Library Staff provides
ESL classes for folks who want to learn to speak
English or improve their English speaking skills.
Our beginning classes are scheduled on Mondays,
6-7:30 pm; Fridays 1-3 pm; Our intermediate
ESL classes are on Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm and
Thursdays, 1-3 pm; Our conversational English
class is on Tuesdays 10-12 pm; Our advanced
English class is on Tuesdays 4-5 pm. Call the library at 281-821-1320 for more information about
the ESL classes.
Barbara Bush Branch Library
Every Thursday noon-1pm
Yoga For Stress Relief
Certified yoga instructor, Linda Popinksi, offers
this free class every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 in
the Earl Elliott Room at the Barbara Bush Branch
Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Both
men and women are welcome. Bring your own
yoga mat and a beach towel.
Barbara Bush Branch Library
Every Friday noon-2pm
French Classes with Marie
Come and learn French with Marie on Fridays
from 12:00-2:00. The class is intermediate level
and so some knowledge of French is required. No
registration is necessary. The class will meet in
Big Thicket Distilling
Every Saturday noon, 2pm, 4pm
Big Thicket Distilling Tours
Big Thicket Distilling offer tours at 12, 2 and 4pm
on Saturdays. $10 per person. Includes a distillery
tour and tasting of our products.
Make your reservation online at BigThicketDistilling.com
Big Thicket Distillery’s telephone number is 936666-1341
Conroe Art League
By Appointment
Conroe Art League
127 Simonton, Conroe TX 77301
The Conroe Art League invites all Montgomery
County residents and friends to come in and see
their award-winning artists and their masterpieces.
They are located at 127 Simonton, Conroe 77301.
Their gallery exhibit includes paintings, prints,
sculptures, pottery, jewelry and much, much more.
If you are wondering what to do for fun this summer, contact Kerry Conkling at [email protected]
com to arrange a guided tour of the 103 year old
historic gallery for groups of from 5 – 25 people.
Your free tour includes refreshments (coffee, afternoon tea or happy hour) and an artist demonstration. This would be great fun for couples or for a
group of friends.
Southern Star Brewing
Saturdays 2pm
Southern Star Brewing Co.
1207 N. FM 3083 East Conroe, TX 77303
Southern Star Brewing Co invites everyone to
come and enjoy a free tour of their brewery on
(l to r) NICK RAMA, RACHEL ROBERTSON, DAN GRANT, ERIK COFIELD, MATT BESSEY, MARY JO CLEMENTS AND
RODNEY DICKERSON FROM THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK
FOOD TRUCKS FOR FOOD
BANK BENEFIT NETS $2,412
In a check presentation ceremony, coorganizer Nick Rama along with co-sponsors
and representatives Bareback Bar owner
Dan Grant, Rachel Robertson, Cottage
Bakers Unite’s Eric Cofield, Matt Bessey,
Mary Jo Clements presented a check to the
Montgomery County Food Bank President
Rodney Dickerson.
Saturdays starting at around 2pm.
The tour includes one free beer and there is no
reservation or sign up required.
Oh My Darling! Hot Dogs will be there to serve
up some of the best artisan hot dogs around!
Children are allowed at the brewery provided
they are with a legal guardian. Unruly children
will be asked to leave
Due to health code, Dogs are not allowed inside
the actual tasting room, but are allowed outside
Absolutely no outside alcohol is permitted on
brewery property
Southern Star Tasting Room Hours
Fridays 5pm - 9pm
Saturdays noon - 6pm
For more information on the tours or anything
else regarding Southern Star Brewing call 936441-2739 or visit them on the web at
www.souothernstarbrewing.com
Who will reign victorious on the fields of battle?
For more experienced players, and competitive
players
GAMING
Beginner HeroClix
Sundays at 4:30pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
HeroClix is a fun game that allows players to pit
their favorite Heroes and Villains against each other
in combat! Battle characters from multiple series,
from Lord of the Rings to the Justice League!
Who will reign victorious on the fields of battle?
For beginners or casual players
HeroClix Tournament Night
Mondays at 7pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
HeroClix is a fun game that allows players to pit
their favorite Heroes and Villains against each other
in combat! Battle characters from multiple series,
from Lord of the Rings to the Justice League!
PUBLIC NEWS
Netrunner Meetup Night
Mondays at 6pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
Netrunner is an amazing living card game, with
an amazing story and amazing game mechanics.
Players compete using one of two decks they
construct, either the Corporation or the Runner. In a Matrix style world, Runners jack into
the computer system in order to hack into the
Corporation’s systems in order to discover their
secret agendas.
Casual meetup night for players of all experience
levels
X-Wing Meetup Night
Tuesdays at 6pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
Star Wars X-Wing is a fun and innovative
dogfighting game, in which you must defeat your
opponents in space combat! Use ships from the
Star Wars universe as you construct your custom
squadrons, and fight for either the Empire or the
Rebel Alliance!
Casual meetup night for players of all experience
levels
Pokemon League
Wednesdays 5pm - 8pm
Space Cadets Collection Collection
27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North,
Free and open to all. Learn to play, trade cards,
have fun with friends and make new friends. Earn
free League only Pokemon foil cards by playing
7 games (DS or card). On any given week we
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TO THE REPUBLIC
to boycott practice and games, BOTH the President
and Chancellor acquiesced. In a fantastic article in the
New York Times 8 months ago called, “In college and
hiding from scary ideas”, Judith Shulevitz predicted
an ominous tide of “P.C.” indoctrinated students who
somehow have been taught that the First Amendment
granted “Freedom of non-offending speech, press, and
religion” as well as freedom of assembly. Dissenting
views are now being suppressed violently in America
at our colleges. It is even spreading overseas as students en masse walked out on a columnist debating “is
opportunity in spite of being elected both student body there a place for the Welfare state in 2015 ar Brunel
College in the UK this week rather than even hear her
President and Homecoming King a month earlier.
argument.
I had first noticed what were called “Free Speech”
I thought this juvenile behavior would be ridiculed
zones at UH over a decade ago while making a campus
and denounced after a Communications Prof and her
visit. My first thought was that “shouldn’t all public
husband were recorded requesting physical intimidacollege space be a free speech zone” in this country?
tion of a student photographer member of the press.
But this was an area where certain types of public
Sadly, this is not the case. Instead racially motivated
protests and posters were confined. I was unaware
these had become common nationwide. Colleges could intimidation actions in Dartmouth, Ithaca, and even
Princeton have only grown. The first reaction after
claim to be advocates of Free Speech while bottling
last Friday’s terrible murders of innocent of 130 civilup the growing hostility of persons holding opposing
ians in Paris, was that it “Stole the spotlight” from
views. It was an admission of a coarsening culture
their movement. It should be noted that the previous
which no longer appears to be able to discuss civilly
day’s murders of 43 in Beirut caused no such media
or disagree agreeably. Most are not aware that the
phrase, “Politically Correct” was coined by communist jealousy.
After 35 years in public education, I think Ms.
dictator Mao Tse-tung or (Zedong) as justification for
his execution of 30 million Chinese “dissidents”in the Shulevitz should have been listened to. Post secondary
students have come through a system which has been
50’s to eliminate opposing dissension.
used as a social engineering laboratory. To enter into
As “Institutions of Free Thought”, it has devolved
an environment where these type of “ground levelnow that most colleges have created “Safe Zones” on
ling” steps are vastly reduced , if not nonexistent, was
their campuses for students who may be traumatized
by being exposed to “offensive” words and ideas from rife with explosive potential. Collegiate-aged students
who are encouraged to demand that “protections”
speakers or literature on their campuses. Apparently
implemented for grade school children by their profesthis so called “victim” at Mizzou set up his “Hunger
Strike” demanding the resignation of the College Pres- sors to guarantee their “Right to not be offended” is
certainly discouraging. That this occurs primarily on
ident for lack of action on his now proven false claim
of a KKK being at the college and several other unsub- the taxpayers’ dime is downright depressing.
stantiated claims. When the football team threatened
THE “RIGHT” NOT TO BE OFFENDED
by Bart Pearston
“Dissension is the highest form of democracy”
Thomas Jefferson
Something strange happened at one of my Alma
Maters last month. Geneseo State hired “cultural sensitivity” advisors to hold symposiums on “Culturally
insensitive” Halloween costumes at parties being held
both on and off campus. Little
did I know that this was but
the rumbling of a nationwide
avalanche of college uprisings.
First, you must understand
that the state has been slashing
SUNY funding for decades. I
receive mailers and phone calls
almost monthly begging me to
send them more money. When
a public college spends money
on such things, it is hard to feel
compelled to give them more.
Videos of Yale students verbally
assaulting and threatening a
professor who wrote an editorial
questioning the value of such
costume sensitivity advisors
being hired showed this must be
confronted.
About 2 weeks ago I learned
this was occurring across the
nation and that a student protest lead by the son of a
multimillionaire railroad executive at U Missouri was
on a hunger strike because the college was no longer
providing full health care for graduate students as
required by the ACA. This specific student had allegedly been racially harassed and denied educational
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have 25-40 players aged from 6-40+ (yes we have
moms and dads that play also :)
World War Wednesday
Wednesdays at 6pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
This is a meet up for all our Historical themed
miniatures games. Bolt Action, Flames of War,
and Saga players rejoice! We have tables as well
as beautiful terrain for players to use. It’s a great
event for both beginners and veterans alike, and a
great way to spend a Wednesday!
Casual meetup night for players of all experience
levels
Magic Commander Night
Wednesdays at 6pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
Test your mettle in one of Magic the Gathering’s
most popular multiplayer format! As one of the
most fun and casual formats for Magic, Commander night is a blast! Players Construct a 100
card deck with no duplicates allowed, and play in a
multi-man game leading to some crazy shenanigans. See you on the battlefield!
Casual meetup night for players of all experience
levels
Warmachine and Hordes Meetup Night
Thursdays at 6pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
Warmachine and Hordes (commonly known as
Warma/Hordes) is an awesome Miniatures game
where players assume the role of a general leading their warriors into combat. Control amazing
machines called Jacks or harness the wild power
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of powerful beasts and monsters to destroy your
adversaries.
Casual meetup night for players of all experience
levels
My Little Pony Collectable Card Game
Thursdays All Day
Space Cadets Collection Collection
27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North
Come learn how to play the My Little Pony collectible card game. Free event each week.
Magic Draft Night
Thursdays at 7pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
Players purchase 3 booster packs from standard
(depending on what the group votes to draft), and
an additional 2 booster packs of any available
expansion to add to the prize pool! Players then
construct a 40 card deck from the contents of their
draft to compete with, battling for prizes and glory!
Fun event for players of all experience levels, and
perfect for players to expand their collection
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Friday Night Magic
Fridays at 7pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
Experience one of the most intense and fun Standard Magic tournaments in the area every Friday
at Fat Ogre! Players bring a 60 card Standard legal
deck to compete in a massive tournament! A fun
night for players of all ages and experience levels,
Friday Night Magic is your premier Magic event.
Fun event for players of all experience levels
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Warhammer Meetup Night
Fridays at 6pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
A fun meetup night for both Warhammer Fantasy
and Warhammer 40k players, Fat Ogre has an
amazing community for Warhammer. A great night
for players of all experience levels, new players can
feel free to stop by and learn!
Fun event for players of all experience levels
Hero Clix
Saturdays 3pm – 5pm
Space Cadets Collection Collection
27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX
77385
Come on out and learn how to play Hero Clix. We
are an official HeroClix tournament site , so come
and enjoy the fun. We have added a full line of
Hero Clix items.
Marval Dice Masters League
Saturdays 5pm – 8pm
Space Cadets Collection Collection
27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX
77385
Learn how to play this exciting new game, which
sold out all over the nation as soon as it was released. It is an inexpensive game to start , at around
$15 for a starter and $1.00 for boosters. If you
have ever played the dace game Quarriors, this will
seem familiar to you, as it is created by the same
company. Join us!
Board Game Night
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Saturdays 5pm – 8pm
Space Cadets Collection Collection
27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North,
TX 77385
Bring your favorite board or card game. Meet
up with friends or make new ones while you
are here! Please only bring all ages appropriate
games. Monopoly anyone? We want everybody to
be able to participate.
Magic Modern Tournament
Saturdays at 6pm
Fat Ogre Games & Comics
525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444
A fun tournament for Magic the Gathering players
to test their competitive skill with access to older
and more powerful cards. Players bring a Modern
legal deck comprised of 60 cards, and compete
for prizes and glory! Players may use any Magic
the Gathering card printed after 8th edition, with a
few specific exceptions.
Fun event for players of all experience levels
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SUPPORT GROUPS
Free 2B Support Group
Tuesdays, 6:45-8:30pm
Faith Bible Church, The Woodlands
FREE 2B is a faith-based codependency support
group, where those facing relational difficulties
can share their struggles and begin the process of
restoring healthy balance in their lives. Free 2B is
open to the public for individuals and couples 18
and older and is free to attend. For an information
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FAKE ASTROLOGY
FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES
ONLY, WINK WINK
by Chris Alvarez
Aries
3/21 - 4/19
People read horoscopes
to make some sort of
sense out of their love
life. You don’t have that
problem. You don’t really have a love life and
the person you want is
probably reading their
horoscope for the exact same reason. Some
day, dear heart, your paths may cross but not
today.
Taurus
4/20 - 5/20
Do you ever think that you
had lived a prior lifetime?
Perhaps as a Duke or
Duchess or some other
important person? Why do
those who claim past lives
never come clean about
being the dung master, or
the janitor, or the kings taster? Certainly takes the
fun out of being able to snow someone important
in real life with your pretend former life.
Gemini
5/21 - 6/20
Your internet fling is
about to become more
real than you think.
Don’t be surprised to
learn that your interest
is not free of entanglements. And one of those
are prime to pay you a
visit at work. Those fake glasses, teeth and
moustache are going to be your go-to disguise,
unless your female. Then your MO is to run.
Cancer
6/21 - 7/22
There was this guy
who decided to get real
about losing weight
long before January 1st.
And for a while he was
successful. He exercised
and ate well, a lot of it at
Subway. Now he’s about
to start a 13-year prison sentence for pandering to younger fare. Don’t be like that guy. Be
more like Richard Simmons.
Leo
7/23 - 8/22
People dig your taste
in music and you have
no qualms sharing what
you like. However you
need to not share your
love for the avant-guard
country that no one ever
bought when it was new,
nor streams that crap anywhere. You would
do well to embrace the tried and true like the
Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin and possibly Enya.
Virgo
8/23 - 9/22
Ok, you’ve got good
news and bad news.
First, you are about
to embark on a group
adventure that you were
never really invited to go.
The bad news is that the
retreat is for the weekend
an no one knew that you got locked in the
truck of your bosses car
Libra
9/23 - 10/21
You’ll meet some new
friends. Some of which are
experiencing life on the
outside for the first time in
a while. If they ask you to
drive them to the bank, you
would be wise to admit that
you never got your drivers
license. If your new friends press you on the matter,
start babbling incoherently, slobber a lot and then
start running away waving your hands in the air.
Scorpio
10/22 - 11/21
The possibility of a new
career has got your attention. The temptation
of staying where you are
in order to make $15 per
hour is intoxicating. That
was until you saw that
your replacement was
a robot that does not require Medicare, Food
Stamps, or time off.
Sagitarius
11/22 - 12/21
Getting your crap together with others might
stimulate your intellect,
imagination, and spirit.
No one has the same
agenda as yours, but are
willing to put up with
your BS as much as you
put up with theirs. At the end of the week, you
will have discovered your soul mate. And it
will be in the form of a Google app.
Capricorn
12/22 - 1/19
You’re a spiritually
inclined person, but you
tend to read these fake
astrologies as if they
were the real McCoy.
Be advised, these are for
entertainment purposes
only. If I were to jump of
the roof of Dosey Doe flapping my arms in the
are, would you do the same? Then stop taking
these things literal.
Aquarius
1/20 - 2/18
Someone important is
about to ask you for a favor. Do your best to look
good while dodging this
request. Remember, not
everyone should be more
important that yourself.
Love and pamper yourself often. Now, get the image of diapers out
of your mind.
Pisces
2/19 - 3/20
Because you are special,
today you might try to
secure the perfect job.
The one you went to
college to prepare for as
a career. Liberal Arts is
technically a degree and
not a career, but with a
little stretching of the truth, you just might
impress her to join in with her campaign.
#AllLivesMatter
period.
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CD REVIEWS
FRESH PRODUCE
FOR THE EARS
JEFF LYNNE’S ELO - ALONE IN THE
UNIVERSE [Deluxe Edition]
Columbia [Symphonic Power Pop]
12 TRACKS 37:15
6/10 [Deluxe]
10 TRACKS 32:34
7/10 [Core]
“Tobacco Road” (The Song, NOT the Movie)
by Mark Crampton
Most of the readers of this article
probably are not “matured” enough to
have ever seen the 1941 John Forddirected film Tobacco Road. If so, be
thankful – Ford deliberately turned
a really REALLY dismal (supposed)
dramatic novel into a (supposed) comedy – probably making one of the worst
movies out of one of the worst novels
of all time (in MY opinion)!
Don’t believe me? TRY to either
read the novel OR watch the movie –
bet you can’t finish either one!
But, happily for all of us, this article
IS about the song, not the movie.
Country/Folk singer/writer John D.
Loudermilk originally wrote “Tobacco
Road” as a folk song in 1960, recounting his childhood growing up in the
poverty- stricken tobacco-farming
region of North Carolina. Despite his
earlier recording successes, “Tobacco
Road” was NOT a hit for Loudermilk.
However, with the success of this song
by other artists, it did help establish
him as a Nashville song writer.
The first commercially-successful
recording of “Tobacco Road” was in
1964 by the ‘60’s blues-rock group
The Nashville Teens (who were actually from Surry, England – wherever that
is – NOT Nashville!) The Nashville
Teens were an recognizable copy of
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the already successful British-invasion
group The Animals with Eric Burden
(both groups had the same producer and
studio), and they took
the folk song and revamped it into ‘60’s
style blues rock – featuring harsh electric guitars, electric piano and heavy
drums, along with two lead singers.
Ironically, by 1967 “Tobacco Road”
had become a concert staple of Eric
Burden and The Animals, when they
performed it live on a German TV
show. Burden often sang extended (11
to 14-minute) versions in concert, and
included the short version on several
albums.
In 1966, Lou Rawls recorded “Tobacco Road” as a blues medley with
“Southside Blues”. He also recorded it
singly on several albums, establishing
is as a blues classic as well as rock.
OK, I don’t know if many readers will
remember (or admit to remembering,
at least!) but “Tobacco Road” was a
standard concert song of The Jackson
5 on tour in the late ‘60’s, although I
don’t think they every actually recorded
it on any of
their albums.
What I consider the absolute BEST
version of “Tobacco Road” was recorded by the New York psychedelic
rock group The Blues Magoos on their
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’66 album Psychedelic Lollypop. (See
my earlier article about The Blues
Magoos.) I still have my original vinyl
LP, and keep hoping someone will rerelease the album as a CD.
Jemi Hendrix fans surely know that
“Tobacco Road” was the last song
Jemi ever recorded (with Eric Burden’s
group War), on September 16, 1970,
only two days before his untimely
death!
Edgar Winters became noted for playing a 17-minute version of “Tobacco
Road” in concerts.
Diamond David Lee Roth also recorded a rather forgettable version of
the song in his debut solo album.
Hank Williams, Jr. recorded a very
good country version, and sometimes
sings it in concerts.
In fact, “Tobacco Road” has been
recorded over 200 times by different
groups and artists, as rock, hard rock,
country, blues, pop, Motown, punk and
also in several foreign languages, which
makes it the very definition of classic!
So check and see if, perhaps, one
of your favorite singers or groups has
recorded
“Tobacco Road” – you might really
enjoy that version!
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Sometimes less is more. In the case of Jeff Lynne’s
ELO, coming out of the box for the first time ever
(and the first time as a legitimate ELO album since
1986, 2001’s Zoom not withstanding) going with 12
tracks for a Deluxe Edition takes away from the core
album of 10 tracks. The 10-track album is better.
The mid-tempo laden core album kicks off with a
nostalgic “When I Was A Boy” which sets the tone
for the album. Lynne reaches back into the classic
ELO canon to revive some of ELO’s textures for
Alone In The Universe. “Love And Rain” echoes
Showdown”, “Dirty To The Bone” echoes “Train Of
Gold” from 1983’s Secret Messages, and “One Step
At A Time” echoes “Evil Woman” if it were an added
track to their album Discovery. As much flack as Jeff
Lynne receives over his production duties for other
artists, it sounds most at home as ELO. Alone In The
Universe is a welcome addition to the ELO canon.
BRYAN ADAMS - GET UP
UMe
[Classic Rock]
13 TRACKS 36:09
7/10
Two years of sporadic recording yielded 25-minutes of
music that sounds like the close cousin of the Beatles’
Free As A Bird. This makes sense considering Jeff
Lynne produced both. If you like the production style of
ELO’s Jeff Lynne, then this album won’t send you into
shock mode. The album sounds nothing like classic
Bryan Adams, instead the album sounds like Adams
trying out for a new edition of the Traveling Wilburys.
Granted producer Lynne was the lesser known member of the quintet, but what saves this album is in the
song writing. Bryan and his longtime co-writing partner
Jim Vallance scribe classic Adams songcraft and on
it’s own it could have been a great record as the last
four tracks, probably demos can attest. As long as
you can get past the ELO/George Harrison/Tom Petty
sound-a likes, the album is quite enjoyable even if it’s
as short as a half hour lunch break.
LIVE MUSIC GUIDE - INNER WEST LOOP/ NORTHWEST HOUSTON
Dave Nevling and The Blues Kats
Sat. Nov. 28 9:30pm Converse & Co.
Sun. Nov. 29 9:30pm Sparetime Murray & The Honeymakers Blues Jam
Tues. Dec. 1 9:30pm Tres Amigos Percussion Trio featuring the Mighty Orq
Thurs. Dec. 3 9:30pm Steve Gilbert Band
Fri. Dec. 4 9:30pm The Mighty Orq Happy Solo Hour,
Tommy Dardar
Sat. Dec. 5 9:30pm Steve Krase Band (Holiday Ball)
DOWNTOWN HOUSTON
Last Concert Cafe
Houston (713) 226-8563
www.lastconcert.com
Every Thursday join with The Annie B! Band and the Hightailers
Fri. Nov. 27 Hamilton Loomis
Sat. Nov. 28 DJ Electrifyd
Sun. Nov. 29 Kristal Cherelle
Fri. Dec. 4 TBA
Sat. Dec. 5 Kashmere Reunion Stage Band
Sun. Dec. 6 TBA
31 1403 Nance St.
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28 Rudyards
2010 Waugh Dr Houston
713-521-0521
www.rudyardspub.com
Weekday shows & Sunday, doors open at 8pm
Most Mondays are Open Mic/Comedy Shows, always free
Friday and Saturday, doors open at 9pm [unless otherwise mentioned]
First band listed is headliner/or plays last. Music starts
at 10pm
Thur. Nov. 26 THANKSGIVING!
Fri. Nov. 27 Generation Landslide!, Screech of Death,
Deige’
Sat. Nov. 28 Broken Teeth, HogLeg, Aguila Black,
Thur. Dec. 3 Women That Rock Fest featuring Gwen
Doll, Libby Koch, Mystery Loves Company, Fear the Poet
and Giant Kitty 6:30pm
Fri. Dec. 4 Ex-Optimists(CD Release), A Sundae Drive,
Jealous Creatures, Economy Island, Free Show!
Sat. Dec. 5 4th Annual Doomsgiving w/ Project
Armageddon, Linus Pauling Quartet, The Dirty Seeds,
CAROLYN WONDERLAND
NOV. 27 @ MCGONIGEL’S MUCKY DUCK
Serpent Sun,
Tue. Dec. 8 Pegstar presents: Baroness, Earthling
Fri. Dec. 11 Dollie Barnes, Milezo, Pollen Px, 8pm/$8
Cover
Sat. Dec. 12 Angry Somoans, Swinging Dicks, Die
Rotzz, Guillotines
Sun. Dec. 13 Emily Davis, VON NOIR, Tenant,
Tue. Dec. 15 Bootown presents: Grown up Story Time
8pm & 10pm
Thur. Dec. 17 Rudyard’s Beer Tasting featuring: Lone
Pint [email protected](Downstairs)
Upstairs: Laugh in the Face of Breast Cancer -Benefit
Fri. Dec. 18 Nightmare before XMAS show: Supergrave,
Texas Mod Crushers, JohnWayneIsDead, Thrill, $8
Sat. Dec. 19 Arjt/Ghetto/Brandon’s Bday Extravaganza
w/ Oddfellows, The Flamin Hellcats, Donkey Punch, Killer
Hearts,
Wed. Dec. 23 Tupilo Jones and the Circus of Misery,
Ex Optimists, Electric Astronaout, Brian Zeolla(Stand up
Comedy)$8
Fri. Dec. 25 CHRISTMAS
Sat. Dec. 26 Project Grimm(Holiday Show), Slow Future
Tues. Dec. 29 Winter Wonder Glam w/ Dead Roses,
Killer Hearts
Thur. Dec. 31 Modfag, Talk Sick Brats
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
Houston (713) 528-5999
www.mcgonigels.com
Thurs. Nov. 26 7pm
Thurs. Nov. 26 9:30pm
Fri. Nov. 27 7pm Lisa Morales
Fri. Nov. 27 8pm Bob Schneiders Moonlight OrchestraCullen Theater
Fri. Nov. 27 9:30pm Carolyn Wonderland
Sat. Nov. 28 7pm Slaid Cleaves
Sat. Nov. 28 9:30pm Slaid Cleaves
29 2425 Norfolk St
WEST HOUSTON
Shakespeare Pub
30 14129 Memorial Dr, Houston
281-497-4625
www.shakespearepub.net
Every Sunday Sparetime Murray & the Honeymakers
Blues Jam
Fri. Nov. 27 9:30pm The Mighty Orq Happy Solo Hour,
THE HEIGHTS
Dan Electros
1031 E 24th St Houston (832) 831-2553
www.danelectroshouston.com
Every Thursday enjoy Jazz Jam with Alisha Pattilla & Erin
Wright at 8:30pm
Fri. Dec. 4 9pm Joe Krown Trio w/Brad Absher
Sat. Dec. 12 9pm Keith Harkin Band
Fitzgeralds
2705 White Oak Dr., Houston
www.fitzgeraldshouston.com
Fri. Nov 27 The News Can Wait Sleeperdrone, Forced
Fem, Closed Eyes Open
Sat. Nov 28 Cheetah Chrome The Velostacks, The
Swingin’ Dicks, Silver Blueberry
Tues. Dec 1 Darwin Deez Charly Bliss
Thurs. Dec 3 The Hates
Fri. Dec 4 K-Rino
Sat. Dec 5 Manhole
Thurs. Dec 10 !!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Fri. Dec 11 The Warplanes
Sat. Dec 12 Riverboat Gamblers Broken Gold, Dead To
The World
Sat. Dec 12 Deicide
Sat. Dec 19 Mezzanine Fear ControlComingsoon
Fri. Dec 25 30Footfall
Sat. Jan 16 Broken Valor Hindsight, To Whom It May,
Twelve Years Driven
Tues. Jan 26 Venom Inc.
JOE KROWN TRIO
DEC. 4 @ DAN ELECTROS
EX-OPTIMISTS [CD RELEASE]
DEC. 4 @ RUDYARDS
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www.katdaddysbar.com
Every Sunday 4pm Corey Micheal, Caleb & Friends
Papa’s On The Lake
9400 Hwy 105 W., Lake Conroe 936-447-2500
www.papasonthelake.com
no more music until 2016
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Red Brick Tavern
119 Simonton, Conroe 936-539-2000
www.theredbricktavern.com
Every Sunday Gospel Sunday Brunch
Mondays - Blue Monday with Charlie Parker
Fri. Nov. 27 10pm Greg Schroeder
Sat. Nov. 28 10pm John Evans Band
Sun. Nov. 29 10pm Johnny Riley
Mon. Nov. 30 7pm Charles Peters
Wed. Dec. 2 7:30pm Exit Glaciers
Thu. Dec. 3 7pm Caroline Reese / Doug Kent with Emily
Cole.
Fri. Dec. 4 10pm Johnny Riley
Sat. Dec. 5 10pm Houston Marchman
Mon. Dec. 7 7pm Charles Peters
Tue. Dec. 8 7pm Don Pope and friends
Wed. Dec. 9 8pm Sarah Burton
Thu. Dec. 10 7pm John Loring / Doug Kent / Matt Harlan
with Emily Cole.
Fri. Dec. 11 9pm Summer Ashly with Wade McGee.
Sat. Dec. 12 10pm Keith Rea
Sun. Dec. 13 10pm Keith Rea
Mon. Dec. 14 7pm Charles Peters
Thu. Dec. 17 8pm Tony Ramey / Austin Gilliam with
Kenna Danielle.
Fri. Dec. 18 10pm Mandi Powell with Emily Cole.
Sat. Dec. 19 10pm Kara Melton
Sun. Dec. 20 10am Dave McMahon
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Backwoods Saloon
230 Lexington Ct., Conroe 936-273-0203
www.backwoodssaloon.com
Open Mic every Thursday 8pm with Dan Scott & Friends
Fri. Nov 27 8pm Wade Tanner
Sat. Nov. 28 9pm Cadillac Blues Band
Wed. Dec. 2 9pm JJ and the Stoneponies
Sat. Dec. 12 9pm Treynwrek
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The Corner Pub
302 N. Main St., Conroe 936-788-2390
www.thecornerpubinconroe.com
Tuesday Open Mic with Jeremy Bankhead
Wednesday Hippie Night with The Lankfords Brothers
Thursday FarLand jams with Adam McFarland
Fri. Nov. 27 9pm Chase Holbrook
Fri. Dec. 11 9pm Sarah Burton
Sat. Dec. 12 9pm Justin Mason
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DEC. 11 @ THE CORNER PUB
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Dosey Doe Music Cafe
463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-321-2171
www.doseydoe.com
Fri. Nov. 27 8:30pm The Chubby Knuckle Choir
Sat. Nov. 28 8:30pm Mike & the Moonpies
Fri. Dec. 4 8:30pm Hot Club of Cowtown
Sat. Dec. 5 8:30pm Parker McCollum
Sun. Dec. 6 7pm The Homestead w/World In Lights
Mon. Dec. 7 8pm Java Jazz
Tues. Dec. 8 7pm Open Mic
Weds. Dec. 9 7:30pm Caleb Lovely
Sun. Dec. 13 8pm Devon Allman Band w/Danielle Nichole
Wed. Dec. 16 8pm Cas Haley RLRM CD Release
Thurs. Dec. 17 8:30pm Sarah Kelly
Fri. Dec 18 8:30pm Hamilton Loomis w/David Spann Band
Sat. Dec. 19 8:30pm Gary Kyle w/Julia Cole
Mon. Dec. 21 7pm Open Mic
Tues. Dec. 22 7pm Open Mic
Sat. Dec. 26 8:30pm David Ramerez
Mon. Dec. 28 7pm Open Mic
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Tues. Dec. 29 7pm Open Mic
Wed. Dec. 30 8:30pm Bayou Roux
Thurs. Dec. 31 9pm Mike Zito & The Wheels
Fri. Jan. 1 8:30pm Damn Quails
Game On Sports Bar
1717 N. Fraiser Conroe 936-788-6209
www.gameonsportsandmusic.com
Open Mic Every Wednesday at 8pm
Fri. Nov 27 9:30pm Cadillac Blues Band
Sat. Nov 28 9:30pm 80’s Bash with The Lost Boys
Band
Fri. Dec. 4 9:30pm Legacy
Sat. Dec. 5 9:30pm Jason West
Fri. Dec. 11 9:30pm Cadillac Blues Band
Sat. Dec. 12 9:30pm Brian Sacco Fri. Dec. 18 9:30pm Nigal Edison Band
Sat. Dec. 26 9:30pm Charlie Parker Band
4
5
Bernhardt Winery
9043 County Road 204, Plantersville
www.bernhardtwinery.com
All Shows start one hour prior to sunset
Shows are $10 - ages 18 and up
8
Genuwine Tasting Room
6503 FM 1488 #401 Magnolia 832-934-2675
www.mygenuwine.com [no cover unless stated *]
Fri. Nov. 27 7:30pm Luke Novick
Sat. Nov. 28 7:30pm Sheri Lavo & Ain’t Nobody’s Business
Fri. Dec. 4 7:30pm Chase Gassaway
Sat. Dec. 5 7:30pm Keeto
Thurs. Dec. 10 7:30pm Bridjette
Fri. Dec. 11 7:30pm JP Kendrick
Sat. Dec. 12 7:30pm Jenn Harris Band **$5 cover/$8
couples
Thurs. Dec. 17 7:30pm Hannah Elizabeth Smith
Fri. Dec. 18 7:30pm Sam Jenkins
Sat. Dec. 19 7:30pm Sheri Lavo & Ain’t Nobody’s Business
Fri. Dec. 26 7:30pm Luke Novick
Thurs. Dec. 31 New Year’s Celebrations Texxas Heat
9
Kat Daddy Bar
463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-273-9342
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LIVE MUSIC GUIDE - SOUTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY & NORTH HARRIS COUNTY
Fri. Nov. 27 The Chromatics
Fri. Dec. 11 Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
SAt. Dec. 12 The Fab 5
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OLD TOWN SPRING
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10
11
18 Jailhouse Saloon
12
14
310 Preston, Spring 281-288-0255
www.jailhousesaloontx.com
no music reported
19 Puffabellys
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27
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SPRING
22 Mak’s Place Sports Bar & Grill
5200 Louetta Rd., Houston 832-698-1611
www.maksplacesportsbar.com
Fri. Nov. 27 The .07 Blues Band
Sat. Nov. 28 Space Monkey
Fri. Dec. 4 Nigel Edison
SAt. Dec. 5 TBA
24
23
100 Main St, Spring 281-350-3376
www.puffabellys.com
Wednesdays 8pm Davin James’ Songwriter Showcase
Thursdays 6pm Open Mic
22
23 That One Bar
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NORTH SPRING
Hole Grill & Bar
10 19th
202 Sawdust Rd #118, Spring 281-363-2574
www.19th.cc [$10 cover on all shows]
Fri. Nov. 13 8pm Hounds Of Jezebel, To Whom It May,
North Til Dawn, Seldom
Sat. Nov. 14 8pm Autopsy Room, Chucky The Killa,
Recco Demize, Gravedog, Wicked Brothers, Hodge Boys,
LBO Room, Louie G, Queen Lady Bishop, Lowcoe, Local
Mindz
Fri. Nov. 20 8pm AJ Santana Band
Sat. Nov. 21 8pm Metacrisis, Lost Chapters
Sat. Nov. 28 8pm Spinning Still
Sat. Jan. 9 8pm Twelve Years Driven, MadSons, Para
Bellum
Daddy
11 Crabby
25186 I-45, The Woodlands 281-296-2722
www.crabbydaddy.com
Shows begin at 7pm
no music reported
Moon Wine Bar
12 Crescent
440 Rayford Rd., #115, Spring 281-364-WINE (9463)
www.crescentmoonwinebar.com
Every Thursday is Salsa Music Night
Fri Nov 27 8:30pm Johnny & the Spinsters
Sat Nov 28 8:30pm Yelba’s Variety Band
Fri. Dec. 4 8pm Johnny and the Spinsations
Sat. Dec. 5 8pm Cool Breeze Band
Fri. Dec. 11 8pm Yelba’s Variety Band
Fri. Dec. 18 8pm Electric Circus Band
Doe Big Barn
13 Dosey
25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774
www.doseydoe.com
Fri. Nov. 27 8:30pm Davin James and the Bullnettle Band
Sat. Nov. 28 8:30pm Peter White Christmas feat. Mindi
Abair and Rick Braun
Sun. Nov. 29 8:30pm Mercury - Christmas Magic
Wed. Dec. 2 8:30pm David Benoit feat. Jane Monheit
Thur. Dec. 3 8:30pm Little River Band
Fri. Dec. 4 8:30pm Jerry Jeff Walker
Sat. Dec. 5 8:30pm Cecil Shaw
Sun. Dec. 6 8:30pm Gaelic Storm
Wed. Dec. 9 8:30pm Wade Bowen
Fri. Dec. 11 8:30pm Mark Chesnutt
Sat. Dec. 12 8:30pm Mark Chesnutt
Sun. Dec. 13 7:30pm The Buckinghams
Wed. Dec. 17 8:30pm Uncle Lucius
Thurs. Dec. 18 8:30pm The Welch Family
Sun. Dec. 20 7:30pm Clint Black Band
Thurs. Dec. 31 7pm Level One Band
Ice House
14 Papa’s
314 Pruitt Rd, Spring 713-364-8140
www.papasicehousetx.com
No music announced
4660 Louetta #100, Spring 832-562-3942
www.thatonebar.com
Fri. Nov. 27 9pm Groove Bone
Fri. Dec. 4 9pm Andrew Wade Band
Fri Jan 1 9pm .07 Blues Band
15
CYPRESS CREEK
15 Acadia
3939 FM 1960 W., Houston 281-893-2860
www.acadiabarandgrill.com
Fri Nov. 27 Free Show With Hold On Hollywood, Rockett
Queen, Pulse Rate Zero, When All Is Lost
Sat. Nov. 28 Free Show With Erase The Virus, Farewell
To Solace, Pattern Recognition
Sun Nov 29 Talk In Theory, B
Thurs. Dec. 3 8pm Agont Within, Await The Desolation,
Black Helix
Thurs. Dec. 10 8pm Orr,Quor, Gag Me I’m Gorgeous,
Antioch
Thurs. Dec. 17 8pm Key Flight Captians,Kamikaze
Brigade,Stank Nasty
Rock Club
16 BFE
11528 Jones Rd. Houston (281) 894-1811
www.bferockclub.com
Every Thursday Open Mic & Artist Showcase
Sun. Nov. 15 Fall Brawl w/Seek Irony
Fri Nov 20 Autograph, Jim Finn, Dirtymind, 72 Down,
Dark Energy, Washed Up
Sat Nov 21 Marzi Montazeri & Tim “Ripper” Owens, Day
of Reckoning, Epic, The Black 13, MadSons, and more!
The Concert Pub North
17 2470 Cypress Creek Pkwy., Houston 281-583-8111
www.theconcertpub.com
24 Two Mules Tavern
http://www.twomulestavern.com
100 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 281-528-0600
no music events reported
THE WOODLANDS
23 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands, 281-210-1105
www.woodlandscenter.org
Thu, Dec. 3 7:30pm Holly Jolly Jingle
Sat, Dec. 5 7pm KSBJ Presents Christmas with Amy
Grant & Michael W. Smith
Sun, April 3, 2016 7:30pm Mumford & Sons
Fri, April 8, 2016 8pm Bryan Adams
Tue, July 5, 2016 7pm Twenty One Pilots
Sun, Sept. 18, 2016 7:30pm 5 Seconds of Summer
TOMBALL
24 Brautigams Bar & Grill
106 Market St, Tomball 832-698-4461
www.brautigamsbarngrill.com
Sat. Nov. 28 Sheila Marshall
Sun. Nov. 29 10am Kevin Weishaar
Cheers
25 916 West Main St., Tomball 281-351-2599
no website
Fri. Dec. 5 TreynWrek
Fri. Dec. 12 Buck Yaeger
Fri. Dec. 19 Zak Perry
Thur. Dec 31 Tin Caddilac
Street Crossing
26 Main
111 West Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431
www.mainstreetcrossing.com
Tues. Dec 2 Paul Thorn
Fri. Dec 4- Brandon Rhyder
Thurs. Dec 10 Adam Hood and Jason Eady
Fri. Dec 11 Monte Montgomery
Weds Dec 16 Gary P Nunn
Thurs Dec 17 Hal Ketchum
Fri Dec 18 Cool Freddie E and the Crew
Sun Dec 21 Annie Moses Band Christmas Show
Tues Dec 23 Two Tons of Steel
Thurs Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Party with Abbey
Rode(Beatles Tribute) and Already Gone(Eagles Tribute)
27 The Empty Glass
104 Market Street, Tomball 832-698-4722
www.theemptyglass.com
Thursdays are Open Mic Nights
no music reported
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THE 2015 PUBLIC NEWS READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS
The process of Public News’ first official
Readers’ Choice Awards takes a little explaining.
We had originally wanted to get this list together
by the end of the summer. However, vetting voters, making sure ballot stuffing doesn’t happen,
and all that took more time that anticipated. So
much more time that we ended up combining the
Food & Drink Readers’ Choice Awards (RCA)
with the Music & Retail RCA’s. Sending the
second set of ballots and using the same group
of voters got a bit messy.
Here is how the voters and voting took
place. We went through our list of subscribers
and picked out 1,000 randomly and asked if
they would be interested in being a part of the
process. About 700 responded favorably. After
assuring confidentiality, the ballots for Food
and Drink were sent. Chris Randall, new to the
Public News, was put in charge of this endeavor.
Ballots were slow coming in and we were wanting to do a second part of the RCA’s focusing on
everything other than food and drink. So while
MUSIC
the first sent of ballots were coming in, we sent
out the second batch of ballots. Publisher Ken
Petty took charge of the second set of ballots.
After all 700 ballots came in, some incomplete
and most with notations, tabulations began.
By the end of September, Food & Drink RCA
winners were beginning to be identified and the
process of gathering the second set of ballots
began.
As the Readers’ Choice Award issue of the
Public News began to be assembled, several
dozen ballots were not received by Public News.
At that point, we drew a deadline and said that
this was it. No more ballots will be accepted,
and the tabulation of the second set began.
For the 2016 PNRCA’s the same set of voters
will be utilized with an additional 300 added.
If we had to do it all over again, considering
the mess, we’d still do it the same way. We’ve
learned from our mistakes and knowing that this
was a labor of love we think you’ll agree with
the outcome.
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There are restaurants that folded earlier
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THE WAY OF COFFEE,
DRINKING IN ART IN
HOUSTON WITH A FRIEND
by Rosanne Friedman
Beginning at the Asia Society, The Jade
Stone Cafe is a modest cafe of the Asia Society, ner a bite not perfect, our last temptings
were curry chicken salad, lemon artichoke
soup and coffee.
I have reverie for this building and every
time I take a friend, once again, I see it
through new eyes. The surfaces are rich with
natural materials, every detail well crafted,
from the entry to the lavatories, one budget
and one deadline imagined when this building lived as a dream and then, in reality—5x
that budget and finally in 2011, a jewel in
the crown of Houston. Yoshio Taniguchi’s
building is at 1370 Southmore Blvd. in the
Museum District— there are Architecture
Tours monthly, December 5, January 16, at
2 PM. Drawn from Nature, the exhibit in art
gallery, previously discussed in this column
as one not to miss, is on view until February
21, 2016
At the Museum of Fine Art Houston, we walk
into the old building designed by Mies van der
Rohe, aka the Law building and there is an opportunity to bid to buy on some Latin American
art owned by the museum, approachable in scale,
charm and price with museum presentation matted and framed. Why buy from Amazon when
you can get these! The James Turrell tunnel, an
experience in light and an underground walkway
to the Beck building, an escalator ride upstairs to
find hundreds of thousands of white lego blocks
and crowds of kids of all ages building. A fine
adventure to take kids over the holidays. The
gift shop is redesigned to be more open and less
cluttered, art books, jewelry and offerings to support the museum in buying. Temptations abound
for people looking for original pieces and those
looking for a fancy card or a deck of cards.
Lego City at the Museum of Fine Arts
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Menil Bistro, outside of the Menil Collection
is a beautiful place to pause for coffee before
entering.
The exhibit, “The Secret of the Hanging Egg”
Salvador Dalí, Eggs on the Plate without the Plate (Œufs sur le
Plat sans le Plat), 1932. Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 × 16 1/2 in. (60.3
× 41.9 cm). Collection of the Salvador Dali Museum, Inc. St.
Petersburg, Florida. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador
Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2015
David McGee, Dali, 2015. Watercolor and graphite on paper, 30 ×
22 in. (76.2 × 55.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © David McGee
presents one of the noted Surrealist paintings by
Salvatore Dali, part of the surrealist group early on
and the ex-communicated for being commercial.
It was borrowed from the Dali museum in Florida.
“Eggs on a Plate, Without the Plate” was done
in 1932. Dali with Andre Breton, leader of the
surrealist movement, believed that in tapping into
the subconscious they would capture a “superior
reality” echoing the theories of Freud, with dreams,
desires, and taboo subjects. Dali hallucinated that
he was in his mother’s womb for the creation of
this painting, exploring the colors and shapes that
was his experience prior to his birth. The curator,
Claire Elliot, created a womb for this painting by
inviting in artists that offered an array of small
egg like painted rocks seen in the work of Braener
and Miro, and unreal landscapes by Yves Tanguy
and Joseph Cornell to assist the environment. The
16th century painter admired by Dali in Giuseppe
Archimboldi is included for its prescient power.
David McGee’s Dali strikes a chord of the modern
surrealist movement, attesting to the continuation
of surrealism. The dominant white of his work in
bright contrast with the deep and dull toned green
walls glows from the wall. The musical Matta
around the corner again, and Magritte holding the
room at the end. This collection of Magritte work
which continues to offered such surprises in such
subtle moves, taking away presumption, jarring
comfort, opening up worlds. From the one that
brought us a painting of a pipe, with the insignia
“This is not a pipe” the whole notion of questioning
expectation keeps awareness in life.
Apparitions, Frottages and Rubbings from 1860
to Now will be at the Menil Collection until January 3, 2016. Rubbings are a technique of placing
Yves Tanguy, Heredity of Acquired Characteristics (Hérédité des
caractères acquis), 1936. Oil on canvas on board, 16 1/8 × 13 in.
(41 × 33 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. © Estate of Yves
Tanguy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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a paper over an object or textured surface and
rubbing crayon or graphite over it to create a ghost
image of the first. Max Ernst coined the word
“frottage from the French “frotter” to rub, and
when looked up it refers to the act of rubbing one
body against another to obtain sexual gratification.
Those surrealists did not shy away from sex. Max
Ernst assembled rubbings creating images that
blurred the relationship between choice and chance.
The surrealists used this technique to conjure ghost
images or automatic images that played on levels
on consciousness.
This exhibit is a thoughtful comprehension of
this “language of touch”. From traces of time
in memorial and funerary rubbings there are the
ghostly apparitions for artist Michaux who find a
conduit to a parallel reality. The impulse for creating something echoing something else with a sense
of time but a rebirth and new direction and identity
is found in artist after artist.
It makes me think of the Kabbalistic idea— the
unity of all being at tension with the singleness of
being. There is no exact repetition in nature, the
details stand alone, not as a part of a whole. Every
gust of wind belongs to itself. As these rubbings
emerge from their beginnings they become another,
just as one generation emerges from the last—independent and singular.
Finally a moment in the gift shop at the Menil,
the little grey building across the street full of
books and cards and scarves and games. Proceeds
from these sales help to support the Menil Collection. We talked ourselves into buying scarves,
hers an elegant silver, mine a Rothko scarf as the
Rothko exhibit continues at the Museum of Fine
Art, Houston.
Max Ernst, The Beautiful Season (La belle saison), 1925.
Graphite frottage on paper mounted on paper, 7 7⁄8 x 10 1⁄8
inches (20 x 25.6 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. © 2015
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
20th-century rubbing of a scene from the Ramayana at Angkor
Wat, Cambodia. Ink rubbing on rice paper, 46 1⁄4 x 23 inches
(117.5 x 58.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
Gift of Mr. Jean Laur, Curator of Angkor, 1959. Image © 2015 The
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY
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André Breton, Elisa Breton (née Bindorff), and Benjamin Péret,
Cadavre exquis, 1949. Graphite frottage on paper, 10 1⁄8 x 7 1⁄2
inches (25.7 x 19.7 cm). The Murray Family Collection. © 2015
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
FRAME BY FRAME
by Glen Ryan Tadych
As we celebrate Thanksgiving and prepare
for the holiday season, some of cinema’s most
anticipated films prepare to hit theaters, most
notably Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This
past Wednesday, Disney and Pixar’s latest
computer-animated adventure, The Good
Dinosaur, released nationwide to generally
positive reception, but this week also marked
another significant event in Pixar history: the
20th anniversary of Toy Story’s original theatrical release.
I’m find it difficult to accept 20 years have passed
since Pixar released its
classic story of two lost
toys fighting desperately
to escape the clutches of a
destructive kid and make
it back to their owner
before he moves away.
While the toys, a handme-down cowboy doll and
space ranger action figure
named Woody and Buzz
Glen Ryan Tadych Lightyear, initially despise
one another, their journey
teaches them the true value of friendship and what it
means to be a toy.
As someone who grew up with not only Toy Story
but the emergence of Pixar fandom itself, there’s
no doubt the 20th birthday of Pixar’s first feature
makes me feel much older than I really am. I was
5 years old the first time I saw Toy Story, and like
everyone else who saw it in 1995, the first experience was all I needed to fall in love with the film.
Watching it as an adult though is a different experience sure enough, as I’m able to understand how
the adult themes are actually what make the film so
moving.
Today, I see Toy Story as the Star Wars (1977) of
my generation, and not just because it was a “first”
for the film industry or a huge critical and commercial success. Like Star Wars, audiences of all ages
worldwide enjoyed and cherished Toy Story because
of its relatable characters and genuine combination of humor and drama. The story was classic yet
simple, inspired by the spirit of “buddy pictures”
moviegoers have come to love for decades. But
even more so, Toy Story became a technological
benchmark in not just the art of animation, but the
film industry itself. The film set the standard for
what audiences expect from animation, as well as
how far animation can really go in storytelling.
Of course, computer animation is now leaps and
bounds ahead of Toy Story, but this isn’t a negative
truth by any means. The primitive look and feel of
Toy Story’s animation compared to that of computer
animation today is what makes Toy Story so distinctive. Prior to 1995, audiences’ exposure to computer
animation extended only to individual elements in
various features from Tron (1982) to Jurassic Park
(1993), and Pixar’s computer-animated shorts. A
feature film comprised entirely of computer animation had yet to be seen.
Like Jack Skellington discovering Christmas in
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the
sudden exposure to a visually-gripping computeranimated world like that of Toy Story made audiPRETZEL STICKS
ences go, “What is this?!” And while this factor is
what made Toy Story memorable to most audiences
upon leaving the theater, the heart of the film still
lies beneath the animation, the impact of which is
what makes Toy Story a classic.
Toy Story’s legacy really begins with Pixar’s beginnings in the 1980s. Pixar’s story begins long before the days of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear,
and believe it or not, the individual truly responsible
for Pixar’s existence is George Lucas.
Lucas’ ambitions and vision of “a galaxy far, far
away” led to the formation of Lucasfilm Limited,
LLC, Lucas’ production company, and its visual
effects division, Industrial Light & Magic. Pixar’s
inception was Lucas’ recruiting Ed Catmull in 1979
to head Lucasfilm’s Computer Division, and the
founding of The Graphics Group within the division. TGG’s primary purpose was to explore and
develop computer graphics for film.
An aspiring animator, John Lasseter came to work
for TGG in 1983 where he assisted in animating the
short film The Adventures of André & Wally B.
While only two minutes long and incomplete,
The Adventures of André & Wally B. demonstrated
the potential for computer animation when TGG
presented it at SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group
on GRAPHics and Interactive Technologies), an
annual computer graphics conference, on July
25, 1984. According to Pixar’s website, the short
film’s highlights were the use of complex visible
characters, hand-painted textures and motion blur,
ground-breaking technology at the time.
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Lasseter’s work on the short film and other TGG
projects landed him a full-time position as an
interface designer that year. However, everything
changed for TGG in 1986.
Despite TGG’s success in harnessing computer
graphics, and putting them to use in sequences
such as the stained-glass knight in Young Sherlock
Holmes (1985), Lucasfilm was suffering financially.
Lucas’ 1983 divorce and declining Star Wars license
revenues after Return of the Jedi’s (1983) release
were contributing factors to this financial crisis. As
a result, TGG split from Lucasfilm, where it became
a lone corporation called Pixar, named after the
Pixar Image Computer used by TGG in its time with
Lucasfilm. Catmull stayed with Pixar, becoming the
company’s president.
Months after his May 1985 departure from Apple,
Inc., Steve Jobs saw this split as an investment
opportunity. He proceeded to purchase Pixar’s
technology rights from Lucasfilm for $5 million. All
purchase and stock pricing agreements between the
two companies officially closed Feb. 3, 1986.
Following Jobs’ investment, Pixar was primarily a
computer hardware company. The primary product
was its namesake, the Pixar computer, and one of
the buyers of Pixar computers just happened to be
Walt Disney Studios. Disney used the computer as a
part of its CAPS project (Computer Animation Production System) to digitally paint the cells of 2-D
animated films. The studio’s first film to utilize this
process was The Rescuers Down Under (1990).
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weeks, Pixar delivered the concept for the Toy Story
we know today.
Toy Story released Nov. 22, 1995 to critical acclaim and made $191.7 million in its initial U.S. run
from 1995-1996.
“Yes, we worry about what the critics say. Yes, we
worry about what the opening box office is going to
be. Yes, we worry about what the final box office is
going to be. But really, the whole point why we do
what we do is to entertain our audiences. The greatest joy I get as a filmmaker is to slip into an audience
for one of our movies anonymously, and watch
people watch our film. Because people are 100 percent honest when they’re watching a movie. And to
see the joy on people’s faces, to see people really get
into our films…to me is the greatest reward I could
possibly get.” – John Lasseter on Toy Story’s impact
Toy Story was nominated for three Academy
Awards in 1996—unfortunately not Best Picture, and
the award for Best Animated Feature wasn’t created
until 2001. The film did receive nominations for Best
Original Screenplay, Best Original Song (“You’ve
Got a Friend in Me”) and Best Original Musical or
Comedy Score. Although Toy Story didn’t win any of
the three, the Academy presented John Lasseter with
a Special Achievement award.
Toy Story’s success added Pixar to a long line of
historical achievements in the film industry, and as
one would suspect, the film’s legacy continued to
significantly impact Pixar and its association with
Disney long after its theatrical debut.
Pixar underwent a major shift in 2006 when The
Walt Disney Company bought the studio for $7.4
billion. This transaction was the result of years of
disputes between Jobs, Pixar’s majority shareholder,
and then Disney Chief Executive Officer Michael
Eisner. Since the production of Toy Story 2 in the
late 1990s, disagreements regarding Pixar’s contract
arose, as Toy Story 2 was originally slated for
straight-to-video release. When Pixar moved the film
up to a theatrical release, Disney refused to include it
as a contract commitment.
While marketing and selling Pixar computers, Lasseter and the other Pixar animators were continuing
to advance computer animation techniques. From
1986 to 1989 Pixar created four computer-animated
short films, two of which made history for Pixar:
Luxo Jr. (1986), Red’s Dream (1987), Tin Toy (1988)
and Knick Knack (1989).
Luxo Jr. became the first computer animated film
to receive the nomination for Best Animated Short
Film at the 59th Academy Awards in 1987. Tin Toy
became the first computer animated film to win the
Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the
61st Academy Awards in 1989.
Despite Tin Toy’s achievement at the Academy
Awards, Luxo Jr. made the bigger impact; more so
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than any other short film in the company’s history. If
it weren’t obvious enough, the short film’s title character became the infamous hopping lamp we all see
in the Pixar logo sequence, becoming synonymous
with Pixar and vice versa. I like to think of Luxo Jr.
as the Steamboat Willie (1928) of Pixar.
By 1990, sales were down for Pixar and Jobs had
invested so much money at this point he practically
owned the company. Pixar sold its hardware division
to Vicom Systems in April 1990, and took on a larger
role as a production company using its computer
animation for commercials.
Everything would change in 1991 when Disney
contracted Pixar to produce three computer-animated
feature films. The first of these, of course, being Toy
Story (1995).
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Technologically speaking, producing an 81-minute
computer-animated film was a challenging step for
the Pixar team, and not just because they’d never
done it, but because nobody had at this point. The
story-writing process came as a bit of a struggle too.
Lasseter and his primary creative team—linked
photo left to right: Joe Ranft, Pete Docter, Lasseter
and Andrew Stanton—began tweaking the film’s
story to the recommendations of Disney executives,
but the film’s first executive screening proved unsatisfactory. Disney attempted to shut down production
and relocate Pixar to Walt Disney Studios with the
purpose of having more creative control. Lasseter,
as a last resort, pleaded for a final chance to do the
film Pixar’s way. The executives granted Lasseter’s request, after which he and his creative team
initiated an entire rewrite from scratch. In just two
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With further disputes over story and sequel rights,
as well as division of labor and profits, Jobs announced Pixar would seek distributors outside of
Disney. Obviously, this never happened. Negotiations resumed following Eisner’s September 2005
resignation as Disney’s CEO. Following Robert
Iger’s succession as Disney’s CEO, negotiations
for Disney’s acquisition of Pixar began, completing
May 5, 2006. Many of Pixar’s earliest animators and
creative team members are now executives running
the company, including Lasseter as Pixar’s Chief
Creative Officer. Catmull still retains his position as
president.
The buyout officially ended Pixar’s 20-year reign
as an independent production company, making Cars (2006) its last independent feature. As a
viewer, the seven true Pixar films will forever be Toy
Story, A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2, Monsters,
Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles
(2004) and Cars.
Of course, even as Disney is credited (by common
opinion) with destroying Pixar’s legacy by having
control over the company, Pixar still released critically and commercially successful films since the
buyout. The list of films since Disney’s acquisition
includes Ratatouille (2007), WALL•E (2008), Up
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Creed
PG-13 132 min Drama | Sport
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed,
who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa
(Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis,
and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s
help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.
Director: Ryan Coogler
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The Good Dinosaur
PG Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family
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What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth
missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never
became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human
friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious
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discovers what he is truly capable of.
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Most of Pixar’s films since Disney’s purchase contain heavier themes, particularly Up, which explores
love and loss in a way audiences never expected
upon their first viewing. I’m confident in saying
most of Pixar’s films since the buyout have matured.
Although, the transition toward a mature tone really
began with Toy Story 2, and of course, I’m referring
to Jessie’s recounting of enduring abandonment at
the hands of her owner Emily.
As Pixar approaches its 30-year anniversary next
February, one can only reflect upon the mark the
company has left and continues to leave on the film
industry, and to think it all started with the journey
of a cowboy and a space ranger trying to get home.
From astonishing short films and an ambitious
feature-length project to becoming the world’s
pioneer in computer animation, Pixar continues to
dazzle filmgoers and animation enthusiasts. And
if the company’s impeccable ability to tell a story
means anything, it’s that no matter what happens, the
legacy of Pixar will certainly be with us forever.
For me though, Toy Story stands as one of the most
impactful films of my life, one of my top five favor-
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young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein
became the man - and the legend - we know today.
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Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown
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The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili
Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and
work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey
as a transgender pioneer.
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ite films of all time and one of the greatest animated
films ever made. Now 20 years later, I can’t express
how glad I am Toy Story was the first, and not just
for what it means to me, but how that film impacted
animation in a way it might not have had it been
second or third.
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While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of
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squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the
fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, mom (Toni Collette), pop (Adam Scott),
sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.
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Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman
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In the early 2000s, two brothers found tremendous success
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Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a
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Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife,
Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.
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PG-13 97 min Drama | Romance
On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe,
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join
the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and
the first flutters of romance.
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The World of Kanako
118 min Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery
As former detective Akikazu searches for his missing daughter, Kanako, he soon learns she has a mysterious secret life.
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki,
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Life
R 111 min Biography | Drama
A photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot
pictures of James Dean.
Director: Anton Corbijn
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Peter Lucas, Lauren Gallagher,
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Hitchcock/Truffaut
PG-13 79 min Documentary
Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book
“Cinema According to Hitchcock” influenced their work.
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Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas,
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Christmas Eve
PG 95 min Comedy
Hilarity, romance, and transcendence prevail after a power
outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside
elevators on Christmas Eve.
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Stars: Jon Heder, Patrick Stewart, James Roday, Julianna
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R 104 min Action | Drama | Thriller
When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover,
Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence
Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent
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terrorist attack on London.
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Stars: Michael Wildman, Tuppence Middleton, Geoffrey
Streatfeild, Peter Firth
NEW FILM: DECEMBER 11, 2015
In the Heart of the Sea
PG-13 121 min Action | Adventure | Biography
Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon
by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days,
thousands of miles from home.
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson,
Ben Whishaw
Legend
R 131 min Biography | Crime | Thriller
The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie
and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End
of London during the 1960s.
Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Colin
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The Big Short
R 130 min Drama
Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the
credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide
to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock, Karen Gillan
The Lady in the Van
PG-13 104 min Biography | Drama
A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman
living in her car that’s parked in his driveway.
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim
Broadbent
The Dark Horse
R 124 min Drama
An emotionally charged and inspiring drama about a man
who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own
adversities - finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift
to the children in his community.
Director: James Napier Robertson
Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Miriama
McDowell
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Bridge of Spies
PG-13 141 min Drama | History | Thriller
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot
Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane.
Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New
York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA
operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane
to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a
prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get
Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan
defended in court.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
Brooklyn
PG-13 111 min Drama | Romance
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly
falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her,
however, she must choose between two countries and the lives
that exist within.
Director: John Crowley
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen,
Emory Cohen
Burnt
R 101 min Comedy | Drama
Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in
Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his
career on hold. After moving from New Orleans to London,
Adam gets a shot at redemption when his former maitre d’
(Daniel Brühl) reluctantly hires him as the head chef of his
fine-dining restaurant. Demanding perfection from his newly
formed staff (Sienna Miller, Omar Sy), the acerbic and temperamental Jones gets a second chance to fulfill his dream
of earning a third Michelin star.
Director: John Wells
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo
Scamarcio
By the Sea
R 132 min Drama | Romance
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former
dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel
the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but
when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to
draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a
local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.
Director: Angelina Jolie
Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil
Poupaud
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Carol
R 118 min Drama | Romance
Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant
Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s
Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast
bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences
Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett, Cory
Michael Smith
Everest
PG-13 121 min Adventure | Drama | Thriller
On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh
Brolin) from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the
summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little
warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the
adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered
by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the
teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures
in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright,
Martin Henderson
Goosebumps
PG 103 min Action | Adventure | Comedy
Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young
Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he
meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush). The teen is
surprised to learn that Hannah’s mysterious father is R.L. Stine
(Jack Black), the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” series. When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters
from the fantastic tales, it’s up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper
to return the beasts back to the books where they belong.
Director: Rob Letterman
Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
Hotel Transylvania 2
PG 89 min Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better;
however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson,
Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and
Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy
through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But things really get
batty when Drac’s cantankerous, old-school dad (Mel Brooks)
pays an unexpected visit.
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
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Legend
R 131 min Biography | Crime | Thriller
The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie
and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British
history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of
London during the 1960s.
Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul
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Love the Coopers
PG-13 Comedy
When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for
their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected
visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading
them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the
spirit of the holiday.
Director: Jessie Nelson
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Diane
Keaton
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
PG-13 131 min Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Transported to a remote fortified outpost, Thomas and his fellow
teenage Gladers find themselves in trouble after uncovering a
diabolical plot from the mysterious and powerful organization
WCKD. With help from a new ally, the Gladers stage a daring
escape into the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. The
Gladers only hope may be to find the Right Hand, a group of
resistance fighters who can help them battle WCKD.
Director: Wes Ball
Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
Minions
PG 91 min Animation | Comedy | Family
Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of
time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a
continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep
depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by
his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss
for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet
Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.
Directors: Kyle Balda | Pierre Coffin
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre
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Miss You Already
PG-13 112 min Comedy | Drama | Romance
Milly and Jess have been best friends forever. They’ve shared
everything since they were kids - secrets, clothes, laughs,
substances, boyfriends... now they are trying to be grown-ups.
Milly has a high-flying job and lives in a beautiful townhouse
with husband Kit and their two kids. Jess is a town planner and
she and her boyfriend Jago live on a bohemian houseboat on a
London canal. Their friendship is as rock solid as ever. That is
until Jess struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Milly
finds out she has breast cancer. How do you share that?
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy
Considine
My All American
PG 118 min Biography | Drama | Sport
What Freddie Steinmark wants most in the world is to play
football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his
father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game
that ultimately gets him noticed - by none other than legendary
University of Texas coach Darrell Royal. Awarded a scholarship
and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to
Austin determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell and new pal James Street they rise to the
occassion, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn the team
around. But just when they’re reveling in the success of the
season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads him to a shocking
diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face.
Director: Angelo Pizzo
Stars: Finn Wittrock, Sarah Bolger, Robin Tunney, Aaron
Eckhart
Pan
PG 111 min Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old
Peter (Levi Miller) finds himself whisked away to the fantastical
world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend
James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and the warrior Tiger Lily
(Rooney Mara). They must band together to save Neverland
from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Along
the way, the rebellious and mischievous boy discovers his true
destiny, becoming the hero forever known as Peter Pan.
Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney
Mara
Sicario
R 121 min Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession,
idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top
assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt
Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating
war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro
(Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the
U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino)
to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
Spectre
PG-13 148 min Action | Adventure | Thriller
A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel
Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After
infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of
the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the
daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to
find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE,
he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the
enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.
Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Léa
Seydoux
Spotlight
R 128 min Biography | Drama | Thriller
In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a
team of journalists to investigate allegations against John
Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than
80 boys. Led by editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer
interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The
reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of
sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.
Director: Tom McCarthy
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev
Schreiber
Suffragette
PG-13 106 min Drama
The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who
were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat
and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.
Director: Sarah Gavron
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep
The 33
PG-13 120 min Biography | Drama | History
Disaster strikes on Aug. 5, 2010, as a copper and gold mine
collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more
than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team
work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed crew.
Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive,
contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and
water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it
becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit.
Director: Patricia Riggen
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
PG-13 137 min Adventure | Sci-Fi
Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen
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The Intern
PG-13 121 min Comedy
Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if
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70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the
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Director: Nancy Meyers
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The Last Witch Hunter
PG-13 106 min - Action | Adventure | Fantasy
The modern world holds many secrets, the most astounding being that witches still live among us. Centuries ago, Kaulder (Vin
Diesel) managed to slay the all-powerful Witch Queen, decimating her followers in the process. Before her death, she cursed
the valiant warrior with her own immortality, separating him from
his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Her resurrection
now threatens the survival of the human race as Kaulder, the
only one of his kind remaining, faces her vengeful wrath.
Director: Breck Eisner
Stars: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood
The Martian
PG-13 141 min Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is
presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew.
But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone
on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw
upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to
signal to Earth that he is alive.
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Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
The Night Before
R 101 min Comedy
Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris
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decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual
night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering
adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as
memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lizzy Caplan, Seth Rogen, Miley
Cyrus
The Peanuts Movie
G 93 min Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Life always seems complicated for good ol’ Charlie Brown, the
boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible
odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown finds himself smitten with her. As he deals
with his feelings, his best friend Snoopy embarks on his own
adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the
lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also
trying to win the heart of a beautiful pilot named Fifi.
Director: Steve Martino
Stars: Kristin Chenoweth, Francesca Capaldi, Madisyn Shipman, Noah Schnapp
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The Visit
PG-13 94 min Comedy | Horror
Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed
Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train
and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their
maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana
(Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), all seems
well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Once the children
discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever
make it home.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter
McRobbie
Woodlawn
PG 123 min Drama
A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his
talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the
field.
Directors: Andrew Erwin | Jon Erwin
Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Voight, C. Thomas Howell

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