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September 4th, 2009
Weekend: Yoga, music, barbecue and football!

Texas State running back Karrington Bush (23) slips a tackle in last year’s opener against Angelo State. The Bobcats will open Saturday against Angelo State in an expanded Bobcat Stadium. Texas State Sports Information photo.

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Your kids are going to hear some amazing music. Have them put away their Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift CDs. Give that High School Musical 3 soundtrack a rest. Ask them to put the Jonas Brothers CD down on the floor and back away slowly.

Then, get out your Playstation 3 or your Wii or your XBox 360. The Beatles edition of Rock Band will be released worldwide on Sept 9.

In test groups around the country, the Beatles game wowed the youngsters and oldsters alike. It’s the first music game to offer harmonies, challenging you to recreate the Beatles’ vocal blend. The audio is straight from the masters. The game features 45 songs spanning the mop-tops’ career.

If you want to totally immerse yourself in Beatle-mania, you can buy custom-built game play models of the instruments the band played including John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 325, Paul McCartney’s Hofner bass, George Harrison’s Gretsch Duo Jet and Ringo’s Ludwig-branded Beatles kick drum head. Even dad might like this stuff for Christmas.

The graphics are gorgeous and trippy. You will love it, your mom and dad will love it, and your kids will dig it, too. It’s almost a step towards world peace. Of course, you’ll have to explain those lyrics to “I Am the Walrus” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” Brace yourself.

It’s been a hard day’s night this week. Doesn’t it seem like the weeks seem to get shorter and more hectic as the year heads for the bottom of the seventh? Here are a few suggestions for a seventh inning stretch.

Friday, September 4

At 6 p.m. locals Wasted Youth play the early gig at Triple Crown (206 North Edward Gary). The band once played a gig there where it covered Abbey Road in its entirety. You can see part of it on YouTube. Wasted Youth is so good that it doesn’t need the new Rock Band game, since the band can do it with actual instruments.

The Wimberley VFW Post (Veterans Park on Jacobs Well Road) is hosting its regular weekly Bingo tonight starting at 7 p.m. The concessions are sold by the friendly Ladies Auxiliary and the prizes are many. It’s a fun time for all who love bingo.

There are legends that say Tibetan Singing bowls are magical tools for the transformation of the self and matter. They are still used today for deep meditation. The Collective Art Studio and Gallery (411 River Road, Wimberley) will probably not try to transform matter, but the gallery is hosting a series of Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditations that may, indeed, transform the inner you. You can find out for yourself tonight at 7 p.m. The fee is $10. Call (512) 874-9991 to RSVP and bring a blanket or mat and a pillow with you.

If you aren’t going to Bastrop tonight to watch the San Marcos Rattlers battle the Bears, or to Dripping Springs to watch the Wimberley Texans take on the Tigers, you can take the short drive tonight to Bob Shelton Stadium (4298 Jack C. Hays Trail) to watch the Lehman Lobos take on the Reagan Raiders. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Kyle’s Gregg-Clarke Park (1300 West Center Street) will show the Adam Sandler special-effect extravaganza “Bedtime Stories” tonight as part of the city’s Movies in the Park series. Bring a blanket to sit on and some popcorn. The movie is free and starts around sunset, 8:20 p.m.

At 9 p.m., you can hit Riley’s to see the Jeff Strahan Band. Strahan’s band sounds so big you’ll swear there are more than three people in it. This Lubbock-born, musician-turned-lawyer-turned-musician again plays a mean red dirt blues.

At Wake the Dead Coffee house (1432 RR 12), you can enjoy a hot cuppa while listening to the sounds of Gardenella. The music starts at 9 p.m.

The Ben Danaher Band is featured at the Cheatham Street Warehouse (119 Cheatham Street) at 9:30 p.m. Danaher comes from a musical family. Both of his brothers are musicians and his dad is a songwriter. He’s a Texas State guy with a new release, “Perfectly in Two,” and, as with all the folks who play at Cheatham Street, he’s a fine singer/songwriter.

Triple Crown has a great gig lined up tonight for returning students with the very popular Eleven Fingered Charlie. The Texas-style reggae will keep your foot tapping or your head bobbing or both. The music starts at 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 5

While you may not be able to see much of it, because most of the runs are two miles or longer, it’s worth noting that the Texas State men’s and women’s cross country teams will open up the 2009 season today as they host the Texas State Invitational at Gary Job Corps (2800 SH 21).

The university men’s section will start the meet off with a start time of 8 a.m. The university women’s race is set to follow at 8:35 a.m. This meet will feature university, high school and junior high divisions. Last year’s meet had more than 2,000 participants.

You may want to put on your own track shoes this morning to get around Kyle Market Days today. This month, one of the special features is the Lehman Band Booster Barbecue. The Lehman Lobo Band will start things off in the gazebo at 9 a.m.

As always, the Kyle Market features hand-made goods, artwork, fresh produce and music. There’s the added plus of barbecue today to help out the band. At noon, Texas FX takes the stage. All of this takes place under the shady oaks of City Square Park bounded by Center, Main and Miller Streets and Burleson Road.

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse is having an art opening today for artists Ryan Thies and David Degrand from 6-9 p.m. Art and coffee — what a great idea! What’s not to like?

It’s the opening game for the Texas State football season at Bobcat Stadium. The newly constructed west side complex will have a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a tour of the new facilities, which include the added Legends Suite and the Champions Club seat levels. There are 15 new suites and 450 club seats in the new arrangement. There will be tours until 3:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Charlie Robison will entertain Bobcat fans with a free concert beginning at 4 p.m. The concert is to help officially launch a new tailgating experience on the east side of the stadium.

The gates open at 4:30 p.m. for the game against Angelo State, which starts at 6 p.m. Don’t wait to get your ticket until the last minute for this game, though, as tickets are going fast. General admission tickets are $13. The night’s game will also include a “Salute to Heroes.”

Wake the Dead Coffee house is having an art opening today for artists Ryan Thies and David Degrand from 6-9 p.m. Art and coffee — what a great idea! What’s not to like?

Tonight at Riley’s, the popular Tres Womack will play with the Chubby Knuckle Choir at his side. The music starts at 8 p.m.

Curtis Grimes won the opening spot with Kenny Chesney a couple of years ago during Chesney’s “Poets and Pirates,” tour when he was in Austin. Pretty heady company for a guy who debuted at Gordo’s. Chesney’s got nothing on the voice of Grimes, who also writes a clever and compelling song. You can hear for yourself at the Cheatham Street Warehouse tonight at 9:30 p.m.

Word. Holla. Whatever. If you dig the cats with the raps and the hip hoppity beats you won’t want to miss the gig at Triple Crown tonight. Word Association, Mugsy Flows, MC Eats and Soul .45 are going to be bringing it, laying it down, resting (come on, it’s heavy!), picking it back up, laying it back down and so on. You’ll probably dig the noize. The patter with the spatter starts at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 6

Start out with Day Jazz with Scotty and Josh today from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Wake the Dead Coffee House. They probably won’t wake the dead, but they might bring you back to life. The coffee couldn’t hurt, either.

The Claiborne Kyle Log House (County Road 136) is open today from 2-5 p.m. Originally constructed in 1850 for Colonel Claiborne Kyle and his wife Lucy Bugg, the house is a marvel of Texas settler construction. They raised nine children in this four room house! The open house is an excellent opportunity to learn about the historic home.

Bob Steine will work his magic with chair massages at Wake the Dead Coffee House today between 4-7 p.m. You can always use a massage.

Since tomorrow is a holiday and the kids can stay up late, it might be fun to go to the Corral walk-in outdoor theater (100 Flite Ares Road in Wimberley) tonight. The Corral will show “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and the movie starts at “dark-thirty.” Bring your own lawn chair. Refreshments are available at the concession stand. The Corral is extending its season this year, so check out the rest of the month’s line up while you are there.

Open mics are at both Riley’s and Triple Crown tonight. The talents of Glenn Allen add spark to Riley’s. The charms of Grant Ewing, Holly Aiken and Nate Hinds beguile at Triple Crown.

And just a quick note to add that if you have always wanted to try yoga, Monday would be a perfect day to start. Heart of Texas Yoga (111 Old Kyle Road, Suite 100) is giving free yoga instruction all day. From 9-10:30 a.m. there is yoga for athletes, from 11 a.m.-noon it’s a class in basics, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. it’s yoga for the “young at heart” (i.e. the over 40 set), and from 6:30-7 p.m. it’s guiding vibrational yoga with crystal bowl therapy. Mats are provided for all classes. Yoga can truly be said to be an exercise that is both fun and fulfilling without putting undue stress on the joints.

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