Author: Laurel Butts

MFA Community Showcase

We all value a sense of community, but the definition of what we mean by “community” and what we hope to gain from it is definitely open to interpretation. Exploring that interpretation is the intent of the current MFA Community Showcase, presenting works by TAMU’s College of Architecture’s MFA students at the James R. Reynolds Gallery. Mary Compton, Program Coordinator of the exhibition, sums up the goal of the showcase by saying, “I hope visitors to the exhibition take away insight into some of the inspiring, but also the contentious, issues that Texas A&M students contend with in our...

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Messina Hof’s Cooking Party with the Chef

The holiday season has finally arrived with the cooler weather, and with it is the opportunity for some holiday dish inspiration. Messina Hof is hosting its monthly Cooking Party with the Chef—this time with a “Holiday Fare” theme. This festive opportunity to eat lunch, drink wine, and be merry is offered on Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The special event will be held on Messina Hof’s Bryan property. Lunch will be prepared and served in The Vintage House Restaurant’s Vineyard Room, which was listed as one of Open Table’s Most Romantic Restaurants in America. The winery’s...

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3rd on Main Kitchen Opens in Bryan

It’s that time of year when comfort food comes into its own. When you’re longing for warm and cozy, a big bowl of chili hits the spot. And the new 3rd on Main Kitchen in Downtown Bryan is now open to satisfy all of those comfort food needs! This is the third restaurant for owners Wade and Mary Beckman, who own Amico Nave and Shipwreck Grill. They also have a full-service catering business named Admiral Catering that participates in many Aggie and Bryan/ College Station events. 3rd on Main Kitchen has allowed the Beckmans to expand their culinary offerings...

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I-School Service Learning in Mexico

This summer, students from A&M’s School of Innovation studied abroad in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The trip, from August 5-12, was a first for the I-School, during which students were asked to develop creative ideas to improve A&M’s study abroad offerings in Mexico’s Bajío region. According to the I-School’s description, their work centered on “innovation and creativity modules,” which were intended to aid in the improvement of A&M’s study abroad programs.   Sonia Jiménez, the I-School’s Program Manager for Student Engagement, oversaw the fundamental aspects of the trip and participated in it. She provided the students’ research question:...

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Downtown Bryan’s Own Speakeasy – 5 Knocks

The Roaring Twenties were called roaring for a reason—flappers, jazz bands, and stiff drinks. Now, the 5 Knocks Speakeasy in Bryan has all of that in spades and takes you back in time to provide a peek into this underground part of American history. Bryan’s very own speakeasy is underground, hidden in the basement of the LaSalle Hotel. To locate it, owner Dustin Batson says to take the “elevator and hit B,” then “turn left.” At the end of the hallway, there’s a door, next to which a sign reads, “CLOSED FOR VIOLATION OF NATIONAL PROHIBITION ACT.” To enter,...

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