Author: Adrianna Zampieri

Netflix Review: V for Vendetta

By Adrianna Zampieri Although it’s currently April, it’s never the wrong time of year to remember the 5th of November. Now available on Netflix, “V for Vendetta” is at its core a commentary about the struggle between freedom and government. This dystopian political thriller tells the tale of V, a freedom fighter who plans to overthrow the fascist police state of a futuristic United Kingdom, and Evey Hammond, a young woman drawn into his plot by happenstance. With a strong script, solid acting, and captivating cinematography, “V for Vendetta” is a must watch film that will draw you in...

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Cool For the Summer

By Adrianna Zampieri Dust off your swimsuits and beach towels because with the end of the semester comes summer vacation. No more grueling exams, last-minute essays, or late-night cram sessions. Instead, study up on the best way to get that perfect summer glow. But of course this is Texas, and with a Texas summer comes the infamous Texas heat. Beat high temperatures and dehydration by staying cool for the summer with delicious popsicles.  Rainbow Popsicles Popsicles are a perfect snack during a pool party, sunbathing at the beach, or a day of fun in the sun; however, many of...

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Netflix Review: Shelter

By Adrianna Zampieri Anthony Mackie can do more than save the day as Falcon, Captain American’s wingman. While waiting for this hero to return in the highly anticipated “Captain America: Civil War,” catch up on Mackie’s film history with Netflix. A versatile actor, he takes on a gritty role in the hard-hitting film “Shelter.” In Paul Bettany’s directorial debut (who also plays Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), two strangers meet on the streets of New York. Tahir (Anthony Mackie) is a Nigerian with an expired VISA, and Hannah (Jennifer Connelly) is a suicidal woman hooked on heroin. Both...

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Messina Hof’s Weekend of Wine

By Adrianna Zampieri For a weekend of guaranteed fine wine, delicious food, and good times, look no further than Bryan’s own Messina Hof Winery & Resort. Officially established in 1983, this award-winning winery knows how to entertain its visitors. Each day from Friday April 22 through Sunday April 24, Messina Hof hosts a special event that will transform your weekend from snooze-worthy to the time of your life. Spring is here, and with a new season comes new wine. Start your weekend right on Friday at 7 p.m. and join Messina Hof at their Spring Release Wine Dinner, their...

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Celebrate Planet Earth

By Adrianna Zampieri It’s that time of year again when Dr. Seuss’ beloved book “The Lorax” is used to educate children in school about the environment we live in. Established in 1970, Earth Day focuses on bringing attention to environmental issues and inspiring ideas to solve them, so on April 22 celebrate our planet Earth with a few DIY projects. And don’t forget what the wise Lorax said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” There’s only one Earth, and it’s ours to take care of.  Tissue Paper Trees Help your children and younger siblings create their own miniature forest with this tutorial from (the aptly named) “Housing A Forest.” For an educational twist, teach them about the environment, climate change, and deforestation while they’re assembling their twig trees. It’s never too early to for the next generation to learn about the importance of trees in Earth’s ecosystem. What You Need: Twigs Tissue paper Pipe cleaners Scissors How to Do It: Cut out several 4”x4” squares of tissue paper. It does not have to be exact, so you can guestimate the size. Wrap a small piece of pipe cleaner about a third of the way down the twig to keep the “leaves” in place on the “tree trunk.” Slide the tissue squares on to the twig one by one. This will...

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