Author: Abby Newton

Open Mic Night at The Village

The perfect way for a singer-songwriters to showcase their talent, meet other musicians in The Brazos Valley and possibly find opportunities to move forward in their career are open-mic nights! The Village Cafe and host Joey Mcgee presents an open-mic style singer/songwriter night on Thursday, February 9th and every Thursday night from 8-11pm. Joey Mcgee is a local musician who has released three albums, and The Village shows its appreciation for local talent by welcoming him to host the event every week. Many musicians began their career by playing open-mic nights during their college years, and their beautiful stage...

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Local Spotlight: Nikki Pederson Talent Agency

Nikki Pederson, a local businesswoman and professional in the fashion and talent industries, has worn many hats and has been the source of many success stories. She has been a professional makeup artist, Area Director for Miss Texas USA pageant, and is now owner of a successful talent agency. Her personal experience in modeling, acting, and pageants led her to open her own agency, Nikki Pederson Talent, in 1999. Since then, Pederson has discovered Disney actresses Tiffany Thorton and Raini Rodriguez, models Mathew Florida and Chatel “Nik” Deberry, as well as all-around talents such as actress/singer/songwriter Caitlyn Taylor Love....

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Texas A&M Hockey vs. University of Texas @ Spirit Ice Arena

Texas A&M ice hockey is building champions just as is expected from Texas A&M club sports. The team gains membership and skill each season and they have moved up in ranking each year. The Aggies have a 15-7-1 record for the 2016-2017 season and are currently ranked #2 on the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference standings. This season will be coming to a close soon, and the Aggies are looking forward to the playoffs on February 9-11. According to Assistant Coach, Jason King, the current team, “might be the most talented overall team we’ve had come through Texas A&M hockey.”...

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Casey Donahew Band & Josh Ward @ Hurricane Harry’s

Casey Donahew Band, led by former Texas A&M student/UT Arlington graduate Casey Donahew, has carved out a place in the Texas music scene as one of the largest names in their genre. Casey Donahew Band is well-known among a large audience, but to many fans they are irreplaceable. Songs about love, loss, home, and Texas fill their albums, and although the themes are classic to the Texas Country genre, fans feel a certain attachment to the way Casey Donahew Band captures the truth behind Texas Country music. Their most recent album release “All Night Party” dropped in August of...

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Movie Review: La La Land

La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is a breathtaking film full of jazz, quirky characters, and dazzling musical numbers. The movie begins with an extravagant musical introduction that may have the audience wondering what exactly they have gotten themselves into. The introduction is upbeat and colorful but truthfully has nothing to do this the rest of the movie. Alternating perspectives allow viewers to follow the lives of both a struggling actress and a struggling musician. Over a year, they find love and the drive to follow their dreams despite the obstacles that go along with their...

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