Author: Jaclyn Ysaquirre

Exclusive Interview: Rachel Bloem

Rachel Bloem is setting the dinner music vibes in venues all around town! Her easy-listening jazz and folk music is pleasing to the ears. Have a dinner date? Or just want to have a peaceful night out? If so, Rachel will be performing at Veritas Wine and Bistro on Saturday December 16 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. We had the chance to sit down with Rachel and talk about what inspires her pursuit of music. MW: Why music? What is it that makes music so meaningful to you? RB: I can’t imagine a life without music, without singing....

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The Game’s Afoot by Stage Center Theatre

Do you like a good mystery story? Or a funny performance that will have you on the edge of your seat laughing? If so, come out to the Stage Center Theatre in Downtown Bryan to watch Ken Ludwig’s murderously funny play “The Game’s Afoot.” Performances will take place Thursdays through Saturdays from November 20 to December 16 at 7:30 p.m. The play takes place in Connecticut on Christmas Eve, in the winter of 1936. The main character is Broadway star William Gillette, who is played by Bryan Pope. Gillette, who portrays the famous Sherlock Holmes on Broadway, hosts a...

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Movie Review: Same Kind of Different as Me

If you plan on seeing this film at the theatres, be sure to take some tissues, because this faith-themed movie will tug your heart and your emotions. This tearjerker film is based on an autobiographical memoir written by Ron Hall, Alexander Foard and Michael Carney. “Same Kind of Different as Me” is about a wealthy Texas couple, Ron and Debbie Hall, who have a call to befriend Denver, a violent homeless man. Greg Kinnear stars as Ron Hall, a Texas art dealer, whose perspective on life is changed significantly by his wife. In a deteriorating marriage, Debbie convinces Ron...

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AVPA Presents: Letters Home

Do you ever get that giddy feeling when you open your mailbox? It’s especially urgent when you are expecting to receive a package from something that you bought online, isn’t it. We all feel a sense of eagerness, whether it’s a package, invitation or love letter. Well, how would you feel if you were anticipating a letter from a loved one who is serving in the military and stationed across the world? Would you feel that same level of excitement? For most military families, the answer would probably be “no.” A letter like that could cause anxiety, but it...

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Album Review: Meaning of Life by Kelly Clarkson

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has come a long way since her days on America’s most popular reality television singing competition. She has traded her pop-rock attitude for a soulful 14-track album with Atlantic Records Label.   Overall, it seems that her new album, “Meaning of Life,” is overproduced in parts, but it is still probably her best album to date. Her song “Love So Soft” is that perfect confident-woman-attitude classic, and “Cruel” is the new lip sync hit to be sung by an audience at a live concert. Clarkson expresses her individuality in “Whole Lotta Woman,” which is...

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