Author: Laurel Butts

“Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance”

The name Pancho Villa brings up images of desperados hiding out in the hills of Mexico, wearing huge sombreros and bandoliers filled with bullets. But who exactly was the moustached Mexican Revolutionary? Good question. Villa’s story is definitely the stuff of myth and legend. And while you might not think of opera in the same breath as Pancho Villa, his experiences as the Mexican Robin Hood who became the hero of the poor has great operatic scope. Which is why composer Graham Reynolds chose Villa as the subject matter for his opera, “Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance,” presented...

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“Aesop Storytelling Fables by Barbara Hailey”

Did your childhood include stories such as “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Ants and the Grasshopper?” Now your kids can treasure those tales while attending “Aesop Storytelling Fables by Barbara Hailey” at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Hailey, a Texas author, is coming to present the memorable fables on Thursday, November 1. Billed as an “author, playwright, and master storyteller,” Hailey will present curious children with highly lauded lessons about morality, virtue, and hard work. While history does not know much of Aesop, his work remains unrivaled. His fables interest young and old with short...

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Yummly

Fall is the season for cooking stews and crisps, but have you ever wondered how to seriously improve your cooking and “kick it up a notch,” as Emeril says? Yummly is a free recipe app that stops just short of having a sous chef in the kitchen. It sources recipes from foodies and blogs all over the internet, providing an online recipe collection that the user can customize. When you create an account, Yummly asks for the cook’s self-assessed skill level, preferred cuisine, and dietary restrictions. Then, the algorithm gets to work suggesting recipes in the “Just for You”...

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Write a Novel in November

Have you wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to start? Look no further than the Bryan/ College Station Wrimos writing group! For two decades, the international, non-profit organization NaNoWriMo—short for National Novel Writing Month—invites those who are interested in writing a full-length novel to write every day during the month of November. By the end of the month, dedicated Wrimos will have written a 50,000-word novel. The Bryan/ College Station Wrimos group is one of 650 participating regions worldwide. It was established in 2002 by the NaNoWriMo organization and is run by two volunteer municipal liaisons,...

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Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival

There’s something else in the air, besides the scent of apple cinnamon candles and the faint waft of pumpkin spiced lattes. It’s the spirit of competition. The time is nigh again for intense bouts of slam poetry performances. Poets will compete at several locations in Bryan/ College Station to be the champion of the Eighth Annual Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. The festival’s director, Lino Anunciacion, says, “It’s become a staple and tradition in the Texas poetry community, as well as a pilgrimage for many poets outside of the state.” The festival will kick off at Lupa’s Coffee with...

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