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Month: October 2015

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Happenings in October at the Vive Les Arts in Killeen

Happenings in October at the Vive Les Arts in Killeen

Killeen, Texas may have a small town feel but it does not mean that you will run out of things to do in this large city of more than 100,000 people. The city, after all, is home to the Vive Les Arts Theatre, which is a full time arts organization that produces a number of Main Stage and Children’s Theatre every year.

So, what’s happening over at the Vive Les Arts in Killeen this October?

Frankenstein Is Alive!

Yes, you got it right. The VLA will lend its stage to a beautifully directed show of Young Frankenstein. Mitch Baker, who is also joined by musical director Eric Reynolds, hails from San Marcos and while this is his very first VLA directing gig, it certainly does not mean that he does not have any impressive experiences up his sleeve – because he does!

The “Young Frankenstein” is based on the 1974 of the same name which was written by Brooks and Gene Wilder but is basically a parody of horror films with music and lyrics written by Brooks. The show’s script is pretty close to that of the movie’s but with a few minor changes here and there. Young Frankenstein is being sponsored by the All-American Chevrolet of Killeen.

You can catch the show at the VLA Theatre in Young Drive on Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7pm and on Oct. 18 and 25 at 2pm.

Call for Volunteers

Watching a show on stage is awesome but being part of it is even better. Volunteers are being called to help in the show as backstage crew (stage hands, technical crew, props and props and costume) and front of house (greeters, ushers, tickets and concessions). Volunteer trainings will happen on Oct. 9 at 4pm.

Volunteer opportunities for Young Frankenstein will happen on the following dates:

  • October 15, 5:45 to 9:30 pm
  • October 16, 5:45 to 9:30 pm
  • October 17, 5:45 to 9:30 pm
  • October 18, 12:45 to 4:30 pm
  • October 23, 5:45 to 9:30 pm
  • October 24, 5:45 to 9:30 pm
  • October 18, 12:45 to 4:30 pm

Military Appreciation Night

Military Appreciation Night happens on the Thursday before the opening night of each show and those who are in active duty, retired and even their dependents can watch Young Frankenstein absolutely free as long as a current military ID card is presented upon check-in. Join the free night out and enjoy catered appetizers and concessions at 6:15pm, before the show starts!

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5 Best Places to Watch Sports in Killeen, Texas

5 Best Places to Watch Sports in Killeen, Texas

With the strong military culture in the city, the fact that the city of Killeen is dotted with numerous bars and pubs for everyone is not surprising. One can choose from among many types of clubs to go to – it simply depends on the type of party being hosted or the event being attended. There are places for holding birthdays for adults, bachelor and bachelorette parties and, of course, for simply hanging out with friends – and endless mugs and bottles of beer – while watching sports on live television!

Below are a few suggestions on where to go:

  1. The Beat Sports Bar

This sports bar and karaoke place located in Rancier Plaza is among many locals’ favorite. Its moderate price range is among the many reasons why people love the place aside from its welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Aside from watching sports, one may also do sports here like play the pool.

  1. G&B Billiards and Sports Bar

G&B in Fort Hood Street may be frequented by military soldiers but it does not mean civilians cannot enjoy here, too. In fact, it’s a great place for watching one’s favorite sports live on TV or for hanging out with friends accompanied with a few rounds of beer and a game – or more – in the pool table.

  1. Hooters

Located along the Central Texas Expressway, the Hooters branch in Killeen is another great place for watching sports live. Its menu is moderately priced and one is served with American classics such as salads, wings, chili cheese fries and buffalo shrimp, among many others. What’s a better way to watch live sports with friends than being served with delicious, ice cold beer by sexy waitresses?

  1. Jokers Icehouse Bar and Grill

Another awesome sports bar to check out in Killeen is Jokers, located in Clear Creek Road. It is the perfect place for watching live sports on TV with friends and beer. Aside from the full bar, there place also has a patio with live music, picnic tables and area for playing pool. Everyone is definitely welcome here!

  1. Red’s Corner Grill

When one enters Red’s Corner Grill, they are pretty sure they just came into a sports bar. There are numerous televisions mounted all over the place and the food comes in big portions and great prices which is definitely a big plus. Great beer, great food and great ambience are what you are sure to get here.

Wherever one may be in Killeen, Texas, they are sure to find the perfect local sports bar that suit them best.

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Top Multicultural Restaurants in Killeen

Top Multicultural Restaurants in Killeen

This big city with a population of 100,000 may feel very small town-ish but you certainly will not run out of places to go or even restaurants to eat at. As a military city, it is not surprising why Killeen is dotted with bars and pubs offering traditional American fare but if you are in for something new and adventurous, you can always try one of their many multicultural restaurants.

Here are a few places you should check out:

Red Onion India Bistro

Located by the Central Texas Expressway, the Red Onion offers a variety of Indian cuisines such as curries and the popular Tikka Masala. You can also enjoy your favorite chai tea here or join in on the daily lunch buffet which is priced very reasonably.

Taiwan Dragon Chinese Restaurant

A lot of diners frequent Chinese spot located in E Avenue because of its great food. The modest, family-run restaurant offers Sichuan and Hunan style dishes and they are always served hot. The prices are in the modest range so it is basically a great deal to eat here.

Little Italy

For a taste of Italy right in Fort Hood Street, you can head on over to Little Italy where the best Italian desserts are being served. Loyal customers of the place love that the servers are very friendly and quick which is really just an added bonus to the fact that they serve the best Italian food in Killeen.

Korean Kitchen

If you feel like missing Korean food, why not take a drive to the Korean Kitchen found at the Veterans Memorial Boulevard? It is a great place to eat lunch and dinner and good food is always served in your table. This family-run dining place is racking up quite a lot of positive reviews both from new and old customers.

Taqueria Mexico Lindo

Tacos, fajitas – whatever Mexican food you might be craving for right now, Taqueria Mexico Lindo has it all for you. This Mexican place can be found in Fort Hood Street and has among the most authentic Mexican food in all of Killeen. Go now – and be surprised of the generous fillings that are served!

Texas Roadhouse Restaurant

Of course, nothing beats homegrown meals which are what the Texas Roadhouse has to offer. Found along the Central Texas Expressway, the restaurant is among the best places to enjoy a great steak in Killeen. If meat is what you are looking for, head on over to this place!