Author: Laurel Butts

Ballet Brazos’ “The Nutcracker”

Christmastime is a season when the winter darkness and festive lights conjure images of sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and even a nutcracker who comes to life. What better way to enjoy the wonder and delight of the holiday season than experiencing the ballet that inspired those images? Ballet Brazos brings the seventh annual production of the “The Nutcracker” to Rudder Auditorium at Texas A&M University on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. for a matinee and at 6 p.m. for an evening performance. Ballet Brazos considers the annual production of “The Nutcracker” its main performance, according...

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New Year’s Cellar Speakeasy at Messina Hof

We’re less than a month away from ringing in the new year, and Messina Hof plans to welcome the arrival of 2019 in true Gatsby style! The winery is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration set in the Prohibition era, embracing the underground practices of the more carousing and modern sort from the 1920s. Held in the winery’s Balcony Gallery Room above The Vintage House Restaurant, guests can enjoy their contemporary freedom to imbibe alcoholic delights and dance the year away to the fullest. The party begins at 9 p.m. on Monday, December 31, and ends an hour into...

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Christmas Arts & Craft Show at the Brazos Center

The Christmas Arts and Craft Show has arrived just in time to solve all of your gift-giving conundrums. Visit the Brazos Center this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days to find presents that would even make Santa’s elves red and green with jealousy. This event began in 1981 and has only increased in popularity and size over the last thirty-seven years. Vendors will be selling goods like specialty foods, crafted jewelry, and art pieces. There are also seasonal offerings such as festive Christmas decorations to deck the halls. They include handcrafted ornaments, snowman curios,...

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American Aquarium & Jamie Lin Wilson at the Tap

If you’re in the mood for raw, story-centered songs sung by two noteworthy artists, come to The Tap on December 4 to watch American Aquarium and Jamie Lin Wilson perform. BJ Barham, front for American Aquarium, just released the band’s latest album called “Things Change,” and he describes American Aquarium’s sonic presence as “a twangy rock and roll band.” After many things in his life changed, such as his former bandmates leaving, his marriage, and the birth of his baby, Barham finds that his listeners are more likely to connect and relate to his songs. Barham says, “When I...

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Post-Thanksgiving Wine and Shop Event in Downtown Bryan

It’s time to go “a-wassailing” again, like the historic Christmas carol says. Instead of singing carols door-to-door, stroll around downtown Bryan with a hot, seasonal drink while visiting your favorite shops. Wine and Wassail is the post-Thanksgiving event that allows guests to continue the holiday celebration, and it’s returning for the fifth year on Saturday, November 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. Fourteen businesses in downtown Bryan are cooperating to offer guests the opportunity to explore their stores, buy gifts, and enjoy a warm indulgence. Abigail Noel, Marketing Coordinator for Downtown Bryan Association, says, “Wine and Wassail is a...

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