The man of many “rolls” is still wheeling and dealing in the rough-and-tumble world of roller derby.
“Jonny Stranger”, born Jonathon Pascoe, has continued to manage the Hellcats, an all-women’s roller derby team. He has won manager of the year for the league five times in a row. The Austin-based team is part of the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls League.
The league was founded in 2001 and is played on a banked track instead of a traditional roller derby flat surfaced track. Pascoe said his league’s banked track style started the modern roller derby movement for all-girl teams, and some men’s leagues.
The league is primarily operated and played by women between the ages of 21 and 45. Pascoe is one of the first male managers for the league.
The Texas State paintball club was founded five years ago by Austin Wells, phycology senior, and Hunter Davis, Texas State graduate, to connect local players into a competitive outlet.
The club is a tournament-style team that competes against other colleges around the country. The Texas State team recently placed fifth out of 12 teams at the UNT Open. The team’s next tournament will be nationals in Florida during April of next year.
Tournament paintball is a fast-paced game that is played on a 150-by-20 foot field with inflatable bunkers. The Texas State team consists of 12 members.
“It’s chess with paintball markers,” said Alex Merelli, paintball club vice president. “It’s not as much about the shooting and eliminating players as it is getting people to understand where the pieces are moving them forward.”
San Marcos has hosted popular up-and-coming live music for decades. Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Strait, Grupo Fantasma and other musicians have taken the stage at venues around the city.
However, a new venue opening March 9 on The Square could draw even more talent.
The venue can accommodate 1,000 people and will host local and national acts of all musical genres, said Scott Gregson, Texas Music Theater co-owner.
“We’re trying to bring in the best acts we can,” Scott Gregson said. “The best country acts, but we are not bound to just one genre. We want to get some Blue October in as well. We want a venue the artist is happy to play in.”
Grey Gregson is a co-owner of Texas Music Theater and Scott Gregson’s brother. He is a vocalist, pianist, guitarist and bassist who shared the stage with George Strait, Hootie and the Blowfish, Willie Nelson and other artists.
Social media has made it possible to travel the world by jumping from one network contact to another, and to virtually share stories of the adventure.
Michelle Dahlenburg, lecturer in the department of theatre and dance, witnessed these social media possibilities first-hand. Last spring, she hosted Justin Oliphant, a 29-year-old man traveling the world through his own and friends’ social networks. The project is better known as “Friend of a Friend.”
Oliphant said the project was the product of his desire to travel, passion for storytelling through new technologies, curiosity of social media possibilities and a recent lay-off from Disney.
He traveled across different nations and shared the experience on the project’s website, along with Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
DJ Coty Raven took first place in last night’s Battle of the DJs, along with an opening spot in next year’s Riverfest.
Raving students equipped with neon glow-sticks filled the LBJ Student Center Tuesday to groove to the beats of four DJ’s from the San Marcos and Austin area. The DJs spun records for SACA judges and were awarded points based on skill, creativity, audience participation and transitions during their 15-minute sets.
The Student Association for Campus Activities produced a free magic show starring Peter Boie at the LBJ Teaching Theater Tuesday.
The performance was the first SACA sponsored magic show and Boie’s first time act at Texas State. He frequently performs at institutions across the nation.
Envision an exotic belly dancer wearing a George Bush mask, and seductively shaking her hips to the music collaboration of a classic fiddle player and an electronic D.J. That was the scene of the Beats Antique show at Texas Music Theater this past weekend.
Oakland-based group Beats Antique performed at TMT as part of its national tour Sunday. The current tour began in early October after the release of the group’s third album, Elektrafone.
Transvestites from Transylvania provided entertainment to Texas State students through music performance and shock therapy.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical film known for being unorthodox and pushing the limits of normality. It became known as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began acting out scenes along with it in theaters.
A group of locals and their bicycles meet at Rio Vista on Friday nights to ride around San Marcos together. The Friday night social ride unites local bicyclists every week.
Colin Bromley, geography junior, revived the San Marcos social bike ride tradition two years ago. Bromley said there was a Monday moonlight ride when he was a freshman in 2008, but it dwindled down when the coordinators graduated.