Kara Dornes

San Marcos offers variety of pizza

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Pizza is a popular go-to meal in university communities, and Texas State is no exception.

Traditional delivery places such as Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars and Papa John’s are options. However, San Marcos features local hot spots like Valentino’s, Gumby’s and Pie Society for the pizza aficionado.  

Pie Society, located on North LBJ Drive, is owned by the Katz Brothers, local entrepreneurs.

“We try to pride ourselves on local and fresh ingredients,” said Patrick Vernor, Pie Society manager. “For example, our mushrooms are from Gonzales, our goat cheese is from here in Texas (and) our honey is from Austin. Everything is very fresh and local.”

Pie Society does not have a freezer, so everything has to be made fresh in house.

Mexican restaurants go head-to-head

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Mexican food is a popular staple of San Marcos, but two restaurants, Herbert’s Taco Hut and Garcia’s Mexican Food, stand out from the crowd.

Debates continue regarding which Mexican restaurant has the best salsa, enchiladas, tortillas and more.

Sabrina Bauer, exploratory sophomore, said Herbert’s is one of the best Mexican restaurants around town.

“I prefer Herbert’s to Garcia’s because they have been there forever,” Bauer said. “They’ve kept their small-town local vibe and have bomb food.”

Bauer said the bean-and-cheese breakfast taco is her favorite dish from Herbert’s. She prefers Herbert’s Mexican food for breakfast rather than at dinner.

Kayla Rodriguez, public relations and mass communications sophomore, also prefers Herbert’s to Garcia’s.

Unique San Marcos sandwich shop gains national recognition

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Alvin Ord’s has been the go-to sandwich shop for students and San Marcos residents for over 30 years and has now received national attention for it.

The sandwich shop was ranked as 15th in the nation by the BuzzFeed Community in a Feb. 2 article, “21 Sandwich Shops In America To Eat At Before You Die.”

Olivia Trevino, store manager, said one of the eatery’s biggest appeals is the homemade artisan bread, which is baked daily, as well as the fresh produce and premium meats.

“We bake our own bread every morning, and then they are toasted,” Trevino said. “Our ingredients are very fresh, and we don’t have many preservatives in our food.”

Echoes Acapella gains official status with university

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Echoes Acapella is a Texas State organization known for singing without accompaniment and entertainment qualities.

The Echoes began on campus in 2013 and became an official Texas State organization in 2014.

Shannon Ingrassia-Murphy, theatre sophomore, is the founder of the group.

“I founded it last year, my freshman year of college, and this is our first official year,” Ingrassia-Murphy said. “We don’t compete yet, but we are going to start competing next fall.”

Ingrassia-Murphy said the entire organization is student-led. Everything the Echoes have accomplished so far has been through the process of trial and error, she said.

Local songwriters circle provides creative outlet

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A local songwriters circle gives San Marcos artists the chance to play, listen and learn in an intimate setting.

Kent Finlay’s Songwriters Circle at Cheatham Street Warehouse offers a night when all participating members are encouraged to closely listen to other artists to gain as much knowledge as possible. The circle is a tradition started by Finlay, founder of Cheatham Street, and has taken place every Wednesday since 1975.

It is the one event that could be known as “the nucleus” of Cheatham Street and has kept Finlay from closing the warehouse.

Hot yoga studio funded by donations

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Blazing Heart Yoga, a new San Marcos studio, will host donation-only classes open to anyone with a desire to learn and have a good time.

The studio offers a variety of classes including form, candlelight flow, happy hour flow and Shakti church flow.  Jason Lobo, instructor and owner, said the decision to take donations comes from a desire to serve any customer regardless of socio-economic status.

“We opened in March 2014, and we are a donation-based yoga studio, which means we take students on a sliding scale, which means there is no set fee or contracts,” Lobo said. “We have a suggested donation of $5-$15, but we do not turn anyone away.”

Theatre Performances 2015

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The start of the new semester brings a new season of auditions and performances by the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Angels in America,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Medea” and “Snake Oil” are just a few of the performances students can look forward to in the coming months.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” will be the first major performance of the 2015 season. The play was written by Tennessee Williams in 1947 and deals with a culture clash between two major characters, Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski.

Regan Goins, theatre senior, who plays Blanche, describes the experience as the role of a lifetime.

Fine Arts Spring Preview: Music

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The performances presented to students, faculty and the public by the music department are a large part of Texas State’s culture.

The music department has prepared a wide array of performances this semester. These pieces include a faculty artist series that features performances by professors as well as student recitals. These recitals are predominantly performed by graduate students.

Assistant professor Ames Asbell and lecturer Karla Hamelin will participate in the faculty artist series in the music department.

“We have a really phenomenal faculty,” said Hamelin, who plays the cello. “We have many different people from different parts of the world, which gives us the chance to be highlighted and to collaborate with other artists that come and perform with us.”

Picks of the Week

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The end of the semester doesn’t mean the end of fun in San Marcos. End fall with a bang at one (or all!) of these December events.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Dec. 3-6

The city’s annual event, dubbed the “Best Christmas Festival in Texas,” is a favorite among residents, students and out-of-towners alike. This year’s festival features a performance by country superstar Kyle Park as well as an ice-skating rink, a nativity scene and carnival food favorites.

Strutters Christmas Spectacular: Dec. 5

Black Friday How-To Guide

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From clothing to electronics, nothing says “I’m thankful for my life” like cutting Thanksgiving short to elbow strangers out of the way for the latest Xbox incarnation. Though the very American ritual of Black Friday is undoubtedly stressful, shoppers can implement tips to get in, get out and score the best deals.

Do’s

Make a list of everything you need.

One of the most known and key strategies of black Friday shopping is to have a list ready when going into a store. This is one of the most crucial parts of the Black Friday experience. “Have a list of everything you are planning on getting so that you aren’t wandering around confused,” said “That wastes time, and items sell out super fast”

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