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As BSCENE pushes forward into 2012, and as we progress in our monthly format; Kelly and I are beginning to see so many changes happening now, with even more on the horizon. Breaking things down into smaller sections throughout the year has allowed us to take a closer look at BSCENE, at the company, at our staff and at our family. I'm proud to say, it's been an amazing journey to this point. As things move forward – and they constantly move forward – and as BSCENE grows, we find ourselves always searching. We search for what's next, for stories we want to tell, for how we want to tell them. Basically, we're always looking to define BSCENE's voice, to make sure it's clear and timely and relatable to everyone that calls East Texas home. Lucky for us, then, that the talented artist gracing our April 2012 cover is in the same position – so to speak. Reading through the story of Anthony Evans, and his time on NBC's “The Voice,” and his ties to East Texas, was fantastic encouragement for us. Seeing someone so talented and reading about his path, from singing in church to being on television in front of millions of people, revitalizes us. I love motivational quotes – just ask anyone that works at BSCENE – and Anthony's story strikes the same chord for me. Sometimes, a story comes along and you get just the message you need. Part of what helps BSCENE to define, and to redefine, that voice is the people of East Texas. Really, we're just a mirror held up to the caring and giving people of the communities we also call home. All you need to do is take a look through the pages of this issue to see the hundreds upon hundreds of photos from events like the Women's Symphony League Black and White Ball, to the Texas College Legacy Dinner, to Business After Hours … and tons more. You'll see person after person dedicated to improving

this community with their time and effort, through education, fine arts or simply lending a hand. Sometimes at BSCENE, our voice sounds a lot like your mom... I mean, who hasn't heard “wash your hands before dinner?” Well, the medical experts we talked to seem to prove that mom was right (again). So, we have some tips in the B Well section to help you avoid that inconvenient, late flu season that comes with April showers. What about the classic “bring an umbrella? ” We've been told that as we step out the door. You're in luck there, too, because in preparation for those April showers, our Style Section has some of the coolest rain-ready gear around, as well as the shades to block the UV rays when the sun finally comes out. As always, our Style Section is chock full of some spring's freshest looks – what to buy, where to buy it and why it's going to be just right for you. As BSCENE continuously seeks to find the right voice for right now, one thing I can always promise you is that we'll always be working harder than ever to share the latest and greatest with you. It could be events or style features, backgrounds of some East Texas' most passionate and caring citizens, or even a conversation with a budding television star. Regardless of what that voice is telling us, we'll be right there with you, every step of the way – and now with our Android and iPhone app, we're never far out of reach!

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This past weekend, I had the chance to spend an amazing day doing something I really love: knitting. Just kidding. Actually I was able to do something that, in all my years of rabid fandom, I'd never been able to accomplish. I saw my first professional soccer game, live. I've seen and participated in countless Rec league, intramural, high school and college games – but I'd never had the chance to see some people who get (legally) paid to play the game I love so much, and it did not disappoint. I drove to Frisco to see the season-opening matchup for Major League Soccer (MLS) between FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls. I met up with friend, and former BSCENE cover model, Matt Stanley and a few buddies from his weekly indoor soccer league. I couldn't have asked for more from a first, live game experience. The weather cleared up about 20 minutes before kickoff, and we were treated to a sunny, 75 degree afternoon. Among the players in the two teams were emerging U.S. Men's National Team stars, Brek Shea and Juan Agudelo, as well as living French legend, Thierry Henry. We scored some very excellent seats right in front of the beer garden and right behind the goal. The fans were rowdy and involved, singing songs and chants. To top it all off, FC Dallas won the game: 2-1. But, perhaps none of that would have mattered – except for the presence of the beer garden – without the hospitality of Matt and his friends. After a few preliminary and vital questions like “What is your favorite Coen brothers movie,” and “What soccer team do you support,” I was welcomed into the group. We spent the afternoon at the game cracking up and

cheering on "The Hoops" (FC Dallas' nickname, due to their red-and-white-striped uniforms). Afterward, we all walked over for a little post game celebration at great Mexican food place called Mattito's. All-in-all, a great day. On the drive home that night, I began thinking about my time at BSCENE. I've been afforded some pretty great opportunities here – from getting to enjoy some amazing concerts, to being able to attend some of the most entertaining and heartwarming parties and fundraisers around. But, perhaps the best thing about my time here is the connections I've been able to make within the community. Through my work at BSCENE I've been introduced to and become friends with tons of people who, otherwise, I would probably have never met. And, it hasn't always been a soccer game. It could be Business After Hours in Longview or the Tyler Cattle Barons' Gala. It could be advertisers or people we've collaborated with on stories. Regardless, they've all been unique, educational and entertaining, in their own way. Looking back over the list of folks I've met through BSCENE makes me very happy, but looking ahead to the countless more I'll meet, is even better.

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I am a firm believer that the day doesn't begin until after 5 p.m. It seems the arrival of daylight saving time correlates with all the fun events that take place mid spring. The Women's Symphony League Black and White Ball, “An Evening at the Plaza,” was fabulous as usual, with an extra touch of glamour as guests donned black and white attire for the theme. Tyler Cattle Barons' got a head-start on this year's events with their Second Annual Silver Screen Soireé, and Texas College also hosted their annual Legacy Dinner in March. The fundraiser honors selfless individuals and organizations that donate their time and efforts to the local college. There are some really fun and fabulous events on the social radar for the upcoming month. One of my favorite events (and the first event I ever attended with BSCENE), is almost here! April 14, the Longview Cattle Barons' Committee will welcome patrons to “Put On Your Boots And Get Back To Your Roots” at the 2012 Ball. Then, on the April 20, Villa di Felicitá will host the Annual Diamonds, Pearls and Promises Gala, benefiting the activities of the Trinity Mother Frances Foundation. Since the weather is warming up, you may want to check out some local attractions that enable you to enjoy the beauty of the East Texas outdoors. Lago del Pino is officially cooking, and their grand opening was a smash. Those of you who have been eagerly awaiting and driving by to scope out the construction process, can now dine in the beautiful, rustic facility on the patio by the lake with live music. FRESHies across the region celebrated the first anniversary of FRESH in March, with free cake and gelato all day on the patio. Musicians and artists provide live entertainment most weekends. So, spring is the perfect time to eat at the outdoor grill at FRESH. However, don't just take our word on how amazing these events are, or how fabulous the outdoor atmosphere and ambiance can be right here in the Piney Woods. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the event photos of BSCENE convey plenty. Until next issue,

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THE TYLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMED COMPLETE NUTRITION TO IT’S RANKS WITH A RIBBON CUTTING ON FEB. 28.

GATEWAY BAPTIST CHURCH, IN WHITEHOUSE, HELD IT’S HEALTH FESTIVAL ON MARCH 3, GUESTS VISITED BOOTHS AND SEMINARS HOSTED BY LOCAL MEDICAL MERCHANTS, DOCTORS AND FAMILY PRACTITIONERS.

ETMC OFFICIALLY BROKE GROUND ON THEIR NEW $35 MILLION FACILITY IN QUITMAN ON FEB. 24. THE FACILITY IS SLATED FOR COMPLETION IN LATE 2013.

TELCO PLUS HELD A GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR IT’S NEW LOCATION IN TYLER ON MARCH 3.

MAKE-A-WISH CELEBRATED THEIR WISH-A-THON WRAP-UP PARTY ON THE PATIO AT PANERA IN TYLER ON MARCH 6. THEY ALSO GRANTED 6-YEAR OLD HAYDEN’S WISH TO TRAVEL TO DISNEY WORLD AND MEET A REAL PRINCESS!

THE PARK OF EAST TEXAS AWARDED OUTSTANDING STUDENTS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE 2012 ACADEMIC RODEO.

THE NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMED NACOGDOCHES INTERNAL MEDICINE WITH A RIBBON CUTTING ON MARCH 7.

THE CITY OF LINDALE MADE IT OFFICIAL, THE 2012 SUPER RIDE X WORLD AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE HELD IN LINDALE JUNE 19-23, 2012.

NACOGDOCHES INDUCTED 1ST CHOICE PERSONNEL INTO IT’S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WITH A RIBBON CUTTING ON FEB. 28.

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AUTHOR AND FAMED MARY KAY CONSULTANT JACKIE BROWN WAS ON HAND AT THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION LUNCHEON ON MARCH 13, TO SHARE HER STORY WITH THE LUNCHING LADIES.

LAGO DEL PINO PROUDLY WELCOMED CUSTOMERS TO THE NEW RESTAURANT/ ENTERTAINMENT VENUE, IN TYLER, WITH A RIBBON CUTTING ON MARCH 14.

DAVID M. BROWN, CO-AUTHOR OF GONE AT 3:17, WAS ON HAND AT TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES ON MARCH 19, TO READ EXCERPTS FROM HIS BOOK, IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE 1937 NEW LONDON SCHOOL EXPLOSION.

EAST TEXAS DOCTORS OF CHIROPRACTIC HELD A MIGRAINE SEMINAR AT THEIR OFFICES ON MARCH 13.

THE TYLER AREA BUILDERS ASSOCIATION HELD THEIR GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AT THE CASCADES ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21.

JIMMY BUFFET PUT DOWN THE AXE AND PICKED UP A SHOVEL WITH FELLOW INVESTORS FOR THE GROUND-BREAKING OF THE NEW MARGARITAVILLE CASINO IN BOSSIER CITY ON FEB. 29.

A RED RIBBON WAS PROUDLY CUT AT PATTON’S LANDING ON MARCH 1, SIGNIFYING THE BUSINESSES INDUCTION INTO THE NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

COUNTRY STORE AT MILLARD’S CROSSING WELCOMED GUESTS TO IT’S LOCATION IN NACOGDOCHES WITH A RIBBON CUTTING ON MARCH 9.

PRESIDENT JANA REDFIELD WELCOMED SPONSORS, CHAMBER MEMBERS AND GUESTS TO A RIBBON CUTTING FOR THE NACOGDOCHES FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS AT THE OLD UNIVERSITY BUILDING ON MARCH 1.

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or many great artists, there’s a sort of pull on their soul to a particular place – and so often, it’s somewhere outside their normal life or home. Similar to a nostalgia for a time you didn’t live through, these artists feel a connection with a setting that, for them, might not be a place they’ve spent a lot of time... but it just fits. Maybe it was a place they visited in their youth that has an unending impact. Perhaps it was just a symbol of a land outside the ordinariness of their lives – the picture of a palm-lined beach brightening a dull cubicle. Regardless, it’s a place of inspiration an artist draws upon relentlessly. Whether it’s in concert with the other influences or direction, for them, it’s inescapable. For Anthony Evans, a multiaward-winning singer and contestant on the newest season of NBC’s “The Voice,” that place is East Texas. Evans grew up in Dallas, the son of widely-known and respected Christian pastor and syndicated radio host Tony Evans, in his Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church. “I grew up with music all around,” said Anthony. “My grandfather was very musical, and of course there was amazing music in church. But I didn’t get into it until college.” Evans also did a lot of his growing up in East Texas. In fact, most of his family’s downtime and vacations were spent at Pine Cove Christian Camps, situated just south of Tyler on Lake

Palestine. Take a quick look and you’ll see it appears five or six times in any biography you might read about Evans. To hear him tell it, “influential” would be a gross understatement. Even years later, trying to estimate the impact his time here has had isn’t something that comes easily to Evans – musically, as a person, for his heart. “I don’t even know where to start,” he said. “I could do an entire interview about that! Just briefly, other than my immediate family, Pine Cove has the largest impact when it comes to my faith and my life. That’s the ‘broad stroke’ way to say it. Tim and Tracy Alderson, who run the Wrangler program at the camps, are some of the most influential people in my life, other than my parents ... It’s a whole different vibe with me when it comes to impact and influence in my life.” Somewhere along the line, in between weekends and summers at Pine Cove, Anthony’s father sent in a video of his son singing to Dr. Jerry Falwell – President of Liberty University, where Anthony was enrolled – who hired Anthony to be in a public relations group for the school. “That’s how it all started,” remembered Anthony. “I was 18. When I was in college, people kept

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saying to me, ‘Anthony, you can do this if you want...’ And I just thought, ‘Whatever.’ But then it became a real passion...” As Anthony grew into is voice and his talent, his love of music became ever more apparent. His college group would perform for other students, at different colleges and churches throughout the region. Evans was able to hone his skills in front of responsive and seasoned crowds – invaluable for a performer learning his craft for building a report with the crowd. After college at Liberty, Evans joined a gospel outfit called Truth. It was during one of their tours that gospel legend Kirk Franklin first heard Anthony Evans sing – and immediately asked Evans to accompany him on future shows and tours. “Not only am I blessed by the way Anthony sings, I am also blessed to watch the life that he lives. It’s an honor to see his lifestyle match his music because you rarely see that anymore,” Franklin has said. “That is the one thing that will truly last with Anthony when the song is over. He is my greatest experience in mentoring and nurturing a gift that I know will continue to bless a nation.” “That started the drive to start my own career,” said Evans. “He encouraged me to work on my own career. That is exactly what happened a few years later... He is one of the major influences in my musical life and career.” Learning and receiving encouragement from such a widely known and respected musician was the real catalyst for Evans. He began to take his musical career much more seriously, to see it as his future and his calling, and the drive behind that transition was communicating his message. “At that point I felt like I had things to say and I had opportunities to write,” Evans recalled. “I had a message, and I thought that at that point because of all the encouragement around me I thought I had the ability to stretch out on my own.” In 2003, Evan’s first writing session was with a writer and producer named Jason Ingram – churchgoers would recognize many of Ingram’s creations as songs they sing on Sundays. That’s

“I LEARNED EARLY ON IN MY CAREER THAT AUDIENCE SIZE DOESN’T MATTER... I’M THERE FOR A MESSAGE.” how it all started. If you’re thinking those are some pretty amazing breaks for a new musician, then you’d be right – Evans thinks the same thing: “I’m very very grateful for all the opportunities that have come. I’ve knocked on doors but they’ve opened wide – the ones that I’ve gone through and the experiences I’ve had I am very grateful for – very grateful for.” In 2004, as Evans was still on tour with Franklin, he began expanding his own career even further. He always had “little moments where I was on a Kirk tour and he would have me sing stuff off my new record. It kind of crossed over, me singing with him. Releasing my own record happened simultaneously.” The Franklin shows, combined with helping out at some very large events featuring his father, provided a great mix of large and small venues and audiences for Evans. The experience helped to reinforce the idea that the message – not the crowd – was what kept things rolling. “I learned early on in my career

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that audience size doesn’t matter... I’m there for a message.” Evans stated. “Obviously you want to do events that are put together well, and you don’t want to be flying all over the country … But if someone has worked hard to do an event (and it’s small), I would go and do the same thing I would do if there were 10,000 people there. That’s part of being a professional and part of knowing what you’re called to do. You’re not called to audiences, you’re called to convey a message. That’s true whether you’re in college, or 10 years later with me doing ‘The Voice.’” That’s probably where most readers might recognize Evans, as a member of Christina Aguilera’s team on the outrageously popular NBC talent show. However, before he got onstage in front of 20 million viewers, Evans enjoyed quite a bit of success in the world of Christian music. He’s performed literally thousands of concerts across the globe, debuted and finished with the No. 1 video on the Gospel Music Channel, held the No. 1 rank for Christian song and album on iTunes, and featured in countless programs for Billy Graham, World Vision, Lifeway Christian Resources and many more. But, when it came to “The Voice,” according to Evans it was all Jeremy Camp’s fault... “We were sitting in the living room at my house, talking about different ways to change things up and make things exciting,” Evans recounted. “We were thinking, ‘What’s something we can do that’s outside of the box?’ Camp said, “You should do ‘The Voice.’” Evans had just ended his current recording contract, and the timing lined up perfectly. He could make his own schedule, and essentially just “do it for fun.” In fact, he’d been accepted to participate in the show’s inaugural season, but due to personal issues and the incredibly brevity of the first season’s production schedule, Evans was unable to take part. But after an inquiry and a call from producers, Evans was onboard for Season Two... after numerous the auditions, that is. You don’t just walk on to the stage and sing for the four coaches, after all. For the second season, Evans estimated producers probably auditioned 50,000 people live and another 40,000 online. That number is whittled down to a little over 100 people that (hopefully) sing for the coaches. Combined with the mire of a large-scale television production, it works out to months of scouting. “You can feel the scale in preproduction,” said Evans. “When you’re dealing with a show that large, and there are so many people, and you realize the singing

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“Not only am I blessed by the way Anthony sings, I am also blessed to watch the life that he lives. It’s an honor to see his lifestyle match his music because you rarely see that anymore.” - Kirk Franklin producer on the show just got finished doing the MTV Awards and the Oscars and you’re thinking, ‘Uhhhh.... wait a minute. This is bigger than... It’s a [broader scope] than the normal TV opportunities that I have.’ When I walked on the stage I was telling myself, ‘This is just like singing with your band on whatever TV station. Don’t create this big thing in your head of ‘I’m on this huge show’ Don’t do that or you’re going to mess yourself up.” Evans joked. “So I tried to make it the same... but it’s not. You feel the impact. When you stand in front of 20 million people and you get 10,000 Twitter followers in 10 minutes, that’s when you [understand]: ‘...Oh this is big!’” For those unfamiliar with how “The Voice” works, contestants sing to the audience and four coaches who can’t see them: Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera. Coaches then buzz in, “choosing” someone for their team. Coaches only get a certain number of team members, and if more than one judge chooses a contestant, the contestant picks which team they’d like to join. Evans ended up on Aguilera’s team, and the two have become friends since the show began taping. “Looking back at the relationships I’ve made, I’ve seen how [Aguilera] really is a beautiful person,” Evans reflected. “I’m getting to know the persona that we don’t know, the off-stage Christina. She’s just a great woman that is really confident in what she does and who she is. I’ve learned a lot from the way that she’s that confident. I wouldn’t change it now. I’m not on the show anymore so I can give you a real answer. It’s not like I’m on her team and need to be all diplomatic. I really would stay on that team. That’s due, again, to the friends that I’ve made on the other teams.” It’s interesting to hear artists discuss other artists they respect or admire after they work together, but it’s also comforting to know that even the most talented and successful people turn into fans, like all of us. “You try to hold it together,” Evans said, with a laugh, as he excitedly described meeting guest coaches Jewel and Alanis Morrisette. “Even walking in the room with Jewel... They wouldn’t let me go in the room beforehand. They were like, ‘Close your eyes and walk past this door, and then you’re going to walk in this room.’ Jewel’s back was toward me so I didn’t know who it was until [viewers] knew who it was ... That was a great opportunity. The

second night we got there in town the producers came to the hotel and said, ‘Hey guys Christina wants to have you all over for dinner, so, you all just get dressed we’re going to go over to Christina’s house.’ In my mind I immediately thought cameras were about be there to film for the show. But instead, they said, ‘No cameras. Christina just wants you all to come over.’ “So I went from a worship event with Lifeway to Christina Aguilera’s house, playing video games, hanging out and explaining to her what I do. That, to me, was one of those moments when I’m thinking, ‘This is crazy.’ It was narrowed down from 90,000 people and now I’m sitting in this position. That’s a cool vibe. It was an honor, and I didn’t take it lightly.” Evans made it several rounds into the show before being knocked out in a now-legendary battle with contestant Jesse Campbell. Both men absolutely annihilated the judges, the audience and the entire viewing world with their cooperative performance of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” The footage of that night’s performance boasts millions upon millions of views on YouTube, and had music industry insiders and casual fans on their feet. Even pop culture magnate Sean “Diddy” Combs declared via Twitter that he would sign both of them on the spot. Though Evans didn’t come away that night with the victory, he most certainly didn’t leave a loser. “I wanted to win, but I didn’t define success in winning that battle,” Evans said, looking back. “I defined success in doing the best ‘me’ that I could onstage. I said that in my on-the-fly interview as I was leaving the show. I told them that I feel like I won because I have no regrets. If I leave the stage with regrets, that’s something you can’t get back. You can’t sing for 20 million people one time and have regrets.” It was something Evans had set out to do from the beginning, after what he judged as a substandard performance early on. “I didn’t like my blind audition at all. Zero of me liked it. I literally wanted to quit the show after that. I just said, ‘This is not going to work for me you guys. I gotta do me 100 percent next time or this is going to make me crazy.’ You don’t work a decade to go onstage and do 50 percent of you … My objective was to get on there and do 100 percent. On the inside I felt like an underdog because the other coaches wanted [Campbell] so badly. I knew that Christina, even if she wanted me at the end of that battle, what was going to be said was going to be very influential in the decision she made. And I watched

her face in the room was vacillating back and forth. I could tell she was tortured. As the other coaches kept saying, ‘I would pick Jesse because I wanted him in the first place,’ and that kind of thing, I could see her demeanor changing.” After he wasn’t chosen, Evans was still content, saying to himself, “Anthony, at the end of the day you did the best you could.” Actually the response from people has been so great – and looks to become an incredibly positive force in his career. “I’ve heard more of this whole ‘We wish you would have stayed’ thing or, ‘The way you sang, I’ve never heard you sing like that.’ That, to me is great. That’s a great way to exit a show.” Plus, in the word of reality television, you can never really say something is impossible. There’s been such a groundswell among viewers and fans clamoring for Evans’ reintroduction, the concept of a wildcard reemergence hasn’t been ruled out. If producers think it might make for good television, you just never know... At the moment, though, Evans is pushing to make the most of a (not really) bad situation. Without the constraints or contractual obligations of “The Voice,” he’s free to continue his career on his own terms. “We’re moving forward,” he proclaimed. “It [has] only been about a week and a day (at the time of the interview). It’s very interesting all the things that come at you. I’m just weeding through things and just trying to figure out what opportunities are the best ones and what lines up with me and who I want to be and where I want to go.” For Evans, that means an entire world of possibility opens up, including a few random acting and hosting opportunities that may come about. He’s done a small amount of acting work with GMC several months ago, but being in L.A. that has created more opportunites where people are seeking him out in that capacity. For right now, Evans plans on keeping his music first – but won’t rule anything out: “To be well-versed is a great thing in this industry.” He even mentioned the possibility of hosting a show built around the concept of an inside take on “The Voice.” Reassuringly for fans of his voice, and of his music, Evans has absolutely no intention of leaving behind his roots. Though, he doesn’t shy away from that oft-maligned word among some music circles: “crossover.” “It depends on how they’re using it,” explained Evans. “If they’re using it negatively, I just ignore it because people don’t know me or my heart, and I can’t explain it to everybody. If I know that the impact I’m making ...

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“It takes a real artist to be creative and not compromise their faith, but make things that are accessible to everybody.” Anthony Evans

are accessible to everybody. So, people get curious about you. So, when they Google you they find out what you believe in” The condition of one’s heart, the inspiration and goals – that is what it’s about for Evans. It’s what it’s always been about ... drawn from his family, the leadership and influences of his friends, the guidance and time spent in East Texas growing into the man he is today. As we were speaking, Evans was driving around Southern California, taking care of some of his normal, day-to-day business – a guy trying to make things happen for himself the right way, the way he knows how, through his faith and perseverance. “As we speak I’m in Hollywood,” Evans said, reflectively. “When I get back, I will go to East Texas. I’m very aware of how real that is versus ...” he trailed off. “The light soon will fade on being Anthony Evans from ‘The Voice.’ But that will not be the case with (my friends and history at) Pine Cove (and East Texas). That’s something that will last.” by William Knous, wknous@h3-media.com

like there was a girl on the show that swore off church when she was 13, and ended up coming to church with me after we built a relationship. I just kind of listened to her, and it’s 11 years later. If that’s what crossover is, then, great. I’m a crossover artist ... If crossover means me going into a different environment and being a witness. You know, I can’t sing ‘How He Loves’ on ‘The Voice.’ So, if that’s what crossover Anthony Evan’s album “Home” is means, then I’m cool. But if crossover means available on Itunes leaving worship to become some other artist, then no. I’m not crossing over.” Another buzzword when discussing the potential fortunes of a Christian artist is “secular.” Evans has a similarly informed view of that vocabulary, as well. “Secular, to me, is about the condition of the heart,” Evans expounded. “If I sang songs about relationship issues ... or drama I’ve been through or my perspective of going through that as a believer, but did it in a way that’s conducive to nonbelievers listening and understanding what I’m talking about ... I would always base it from my faith. I don’t even know how to base it on somewhere else. I really don’t even know how. I would base it from my perspective. It takes a real artist to be creative and not compromise their faith, but make things that

Even before his stint on national television, audiences have been desperately seeking a chance to see Anthony Evans – now they have it. The Hiway 80 Rescue Mission will hold a banquet celebrating the service of donors and volunteers. The event is not a fundraiser, though they will be accepting free will offerings. To attend, RSVP by May 2. Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is a homeless shelter for men, women and children with two separate locations in Longview off Highway 80, the men’s shelter and across the street the women and children’s shelter. Hiway 80 recently extended services into Tyler and has been in existence since 1955  feeding, sleeping, and clothing the needy of the East Texas community. This past year they provided 388,800 meals for the hungry and had 135,000 shelter nights of sleep. With that volume of need, you see now how important it is for them to celebrate the people who help change lives! Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is strictly donor-based, with no government assistance. To RSVP to the event or for more information check out the website at www.hiway80rm.org. BSCENEM AG.c om

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“The traditional nasal and flu vaccines are the best way to prevent flu. Though not 100 percent effective, the flu shot provides very good protection against the influenza outbreak.” 2. IT’S NOT MEAN TO QUARANTINE! A virus can spread throughout a classroom or the workplace like wildfire. Within a matter of days everyone could be exposed and infected. Perhaps this scenario has occurred at your workplace... either way, Dr. Wallach insists that it is important to stay around healthy people at work or home. “Stay away from people that are sneezing and coughing,” he said. This means if you or your child is sick, stay home until your doctor says you are no longer contagious. Isolating yourself from co-workers or students will help prevent transmission. Even if you are feeling better, yet still contagious, it is not worth returning early and infecting the entire office. “Being around sick people greatly increases your chances of getting sick – even though these situations are not always in your control,” Wallach stressed. “Stay inside. If you are sick, sneeze into the cleft of your arm (inside of the elbow) instead of into the hands and you also want to sanitize your surfaces. When you can’t wash your hands, always use a hand sanitizer.” In fact, Wallach says hand sanitizer may be a better option than hand washing when dining out. Alcohol-based

hand sanitizers create a barrier that last more than a few seconds after application. “Whey you wash your hands in the bathroom, then you touch the bathroom door [and faucet and paper towel dispenser] you may be reinfecting yourself,” he explained.

“If you are sick, sneeze into the cleft of your arm (inside of the elbow) instead of into the hands, and you also want to sanitize your surfaces. When you can’t wash your hands, always use a hand sanitizer.” 3. HIT THE HAY. Despite efforts to avoid the unwell, let’s suppose everyone at your office has come down with a seasonal stomach bug. You begin to feel less than your usual self. Dr. Wallach says one of the most important things you can do is hit the sheets. “As if getting enough sleep on a normal basis isn’t hard enough, you need more Zzzzs when you are feeling under the weather,” he reports. The important thing is to let your immune system do it’s job, and it can’t when someone is sleep-deprived. “When you’re tired, the body isn’t fighting as hard so you want to get eight to 10 hours [of sleep] a night.” Activities such as working out regularly, sleeping, and exercise all increase immune function. He also recommends eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – especially green, leafy or cruciferous veggies – for an added immunity booster. They are chockfull of antioxidants. 4. PURIFY YOUR PURSE. When was the last time you sanitized your purse... probably never, right? It may surprise you to know that not only do purses carry your beloved makeup, they also carry germs, lots of them – and not just the harmless kind. Numerous studies report the bottom of your favorite Louis Vuitton could be spreading E Coli and Hepatitis. How? Most handbags are placed on the floor during the course of a day when they are not in use. Women place their bag next to their chair at lunch or on the floor at the office. Think about how many times you may have sat your favorite purse on the floor of the stall in a public restroom because there was no hook to hold it? “You could be reinfecting yourself every time you pick up your handbag,” he suggests. “A suggestion is to get a cheaper bag and sanitize it. You know, when you set it down in the store.” Disinfecting wipes can also be used to wipe the purse daily. In addition to sanitizing the purse, it may also help to rest your purse on counter tops or hang it on the back of your chair to avoid contact with the floor.

Think about how many times you may have sat your favorite purse on the floor of the stall in a public restroom because there was no hook to hold it? 5. PUPPY PLAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY. “Try to smile. Research shows that happiness may help you,” Dr. Wallach said. Engaging in enjoyable activities can give your immune system the boost it needs to ward of illness. “They found that sex, positive thinking, playing with a pet and other pleasurable activities will boost your immune system.” In fact, the CDC says owning a pet can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Wallach also shared that his former medical partner did extensive research of heart patients that owned pets. He recalled, “They did one of the heart studies and found that people who had a dog [in specific] but not a cat did much better ... People that have dogs may actually do better [recovering] from heart problems. A dog really relaxes you.” by Holly Head, hhead@h3-media.com

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Dana Bliar has been the Rangerette Director for the past 26 years, and has brought a legacy of red, white and blue to East Texas. For those not familiar with the world of kick lines and dance boots, the name "Dana Blair" may not sound familiar. However, if you are from East Texas (or anywhere else in the Lone Star state) chances are that you have heard of the illustrious Kilgore College Rangerettes. Yet, mentioning the acclaimed drill team without mentioning their fearless leader and director, would be like telling the epic tale of the Alamo, and somehow leaving out Davy Crockett. BS CENEMAG.CO M

In their 72 years of kick-line glory, Blair has been directing the line in some capacity for 26 years, first as assistant director and now as director. Blair was preceded by founding director, Gussi Nell Davis and Deana Bolton Coven. She is the first Rangerette director that was also a former Rangerette, and is one of only three directors in the organization’s history. Much loved and respected by those in the dance and drill team world, she recently was recognized for her contribution A P R I L 2 0 12

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to the world of dance and inducted into the Texas Dance Educators Association Hall of Fame. All things considered, it is not a surprise that Blair’s total number of years on drill teams are just a few years shy of her actual age.

She is the first Rangerette director that is also a former Rangerette, and is one of only three directors in the organization’s history. Blair was born in Fort Worth, and spent much of her formative years in the Dallas area. Perhaps the Rangerettes was ingrained in her psyche at an early age – although she says she was not fully aware of it. At the age of 4, Blair took her first dance class which was taught by a former Rangerette. By the time she was 8, dance had become a full-time passion for her and she continued throughout her schooling. Right after making drill team her junior year in high school, Blair went to see her first Rangerette performance. Yet, even though she was impressed by the dance team – she said it did not register until much later that she should try out or even have a chance at making the team.

Much loved and respected by those in the dance and drill team world, she recently was recognized for her contribution to the world of dance and inducted into the Texas Dance Educators Association Hall of Fame. As an education major, and former captain of her high school squad, Blair attended the University of Texas in Austin. The turning point for her, was when a friend of her roommate announced that she was trying out for the Rangerettes for her sophomore year. “I completely remember stopping, turning to and looking at her and saying, 'You can do that as a sophomore? I mean, you’ve already been in school a year.’ And she just said, ‘Well, yeah, I’m going to do that,’” Blair recalled. “Literally, that was the moment, for some strange reason, that it set in my

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Fast forward 26 years later, Blair has been busy training the Rangerette ranks and cementing their reputation as one of the preeminent drill teams in the state, if not the country.

Blair says she thinks the girl’s name was Erin. Even though she didn’t end up staying though the entire tryout process – she was definitely a catalyst that helped Blair to realize her destiny. Blair made the squad and went on to lead the team as an officer. After finishing her degree postRangerettes at UT, Blair got the phone call that would cement her future. The director at the time, Deana Bolton Coven, called and encouraged Blair to apply for the position when the assistant director and choreographer left. So, at age 24 her first job out of college was for the Kilgore Rangerettes. “It was just crazy,” she remembered. Fast forward 26 years later, Blair has been busy training the Rangerette ranks and cementing their reputation as one of the preeminent drill teams in the state, if not the country. Along the way, she has trained young ladies to be professional, humble, to follow and lead, and has made a profound impact on more lives than she will ever know, as most outstanding teachers do. In recognition of her accomplishments, TDEA recently inducted Blair into their Hall of Fame. Blair traveled to Houston to the Association’s convention to accept the award, which she recalled was very surreal. Now, she is back at work, producing the spring variety show called “Revels,” set for April 11-14, (contact the box office for tickets). “It’s one of the most professional shows that you can see in Texas, I think, especially on the college level.” First-timers and fans alike are encouraged to come and witness the celebrated kick-line at Dodson Auditorium in all their red, white and blueclad splendor. For ticket details call 903.983.8179 (open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or visit www.rangerettes.com. by Holly Head, hhead@h3-media.com

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Children The Children’s Advocacy Center works on behalf of children who are suffering from physical or sexual abuse, and even though they are the youngest victims of crime, they are entering a criminal justice system designed for adult defenders.

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he children come in all shapes, sizes and colors – but in common, they are hurting and confused and looking for help from caring adults.” That, in a succinct and powerful statement delivered by executive director Carol Langston, sums up the mission of the Children’s Advocacy Center – the one located here in Smith County and others beyond. The CAC works on behalf of children who are suffering from physical or sexual abuse, and even though they are the youngest victims of crime, they are entering a criminal justice system designed for adult defenders. The CAC seeks to work through two main programs to act as an advocate for those children, so that they may grow up to break the cycle of abuse and have healthy and productive lives.

Langston has identified there may be as many as 9,000 children currently in Smith County going unidentified as being sexually or physically abused. Children are referred to CAC from law enforcement or Child Protective Services (CPS), and range in age from 0-16 years of age. Statistics show that in 2011, CAC of Smith County worked 213 cases involving 301 children and 510 siblings and caregivers of those children. “Through January and February of 2012, we’ve already worked 55 cases involved 78 children and 205 siblings and protective caregivers,” recited Langston. “These are the stories you’re hearing in the news.” And as always, this work is done at no charge to the children. With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, there is no better time to raise awareness of an issue that is startling and often hard to publicize. The CAC operates in two main areas: The Child Abuse Intervention Program and Community Education. The Child Abuse Intervention Program involves the investigation and prosecution of the cases. “We call this the Direct Services for Healing,” said Langston. It’s not just the investigation and prosecution of these cases (which incorporates all law enforcement offices, the District Attorney’s office and medical personnel), but also a staff of 10 at CAC that are therapists and advocates and provide the vital, direct services for healing. “We’re all about restoring childhoods,” continued Langston, "so that the kids can grow up and reach their unique potentials.” CAC does forensic interviews, or the initial interviews for law enforcement or CPS. Then, after the child makes an outcry during the recorded interview, CAC refers them for therapy.

“We are in Tyler ISD, the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs providing a program called ‘P.S. It’s My Body’ which teaches children how to recognize, react and to report abuse.” “We do evidence-based, best practices at the CAC,” said Langston. “So everything we do we know that there is a background that says this works, based on research.” Just last year they participated in a learning collaborative with Duke University doing TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.) As such, children coming to CAC have a 93 percent reduction in their trauma, which means because they do all sort of assessments and testing. Then, CAC has an advocate that works for the kids. “We try not to remove children to foster care,” explained Langston. “We believe a child heals better with a safe family member, those we call protective caregivers. Then, we can connect them with other services in the area to meet their basic human needs because if the abuse happens within the family, the alleged perpetrator BS CENEMAG.CO M

is removed from the home, we may be down to a one-income family struggling parent.” After the interviews and therapy process begin, when it gets time for the child to go to court in the criminal district court, CAC provides court education. That does not mean coaching, but rather simply helping them feel more comfortable. “Having to go into courtroom, talking into a microphone to a jury of 12 strangers, with the alleged perpetrator in front of them ... is very traumatic,” Langston said. “We provide court accompaniment. Then we have a ‘Rainbow Room’ which is an emergency resource center with items like diapers, cribs, car seats, clothing, etc. That’s the child abuse intervention program.” The second phase of the CAC’s work is Community Education. “The child abuse intervention program is more of an internal referral program,” elucidated Langston. “It’s more exclusive, and reactive to child abuse. The community education program is proactive, external and inclusive. So, we are providing education in our community.” The numbers show that there are over 50,000 children residing just in Smith County. The numbers from both state and national levels also show that one-in-four girls and one-in-six boys will be sexually abused by the time they reach their 18th birthday. Knowing those numbers that come through CAC, Langston identified there may be as many as 9,000 children currently in Smith County going unidentified as being sexually or physically abused. Since children don’t often have the tools to cope with the situation – they don’t know what to do when this is happening, or may not even know this is happening to them or if something is wrong, especially if it’s all they’ve ever known.

“Every 5 years we go through an accreditation process. Not all CACs are, and it’s very important to us to our community and the children we serve that everything we do is correct and child-friendly ... It’s pretty difficult to achieve accreditation, but it’s worth it for the sake of the children.” “We are in Tyler ISD, the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs providing a program called ‘P.S. It’s My Body’ which teaches children how to recognize, react and to report abuse,” said Langston. “We also provide an educational program called Stewards of Children, which is for adults in youth-serving organizations like the staff in YMCA or in churches, etc.” The services of the CAC are provided at no cost, and all services provided in English and Spanish. CAC currently has three bilingual staff members currently. CAC was founded in Huntsville, Alabama in 1985, and in Smith County in over a two-year period in 1994 and 1995. Originally, it was a program of the East Texas Crisis Center. Langston came onboard in July of 1997, and was charged with separating the CAC from the ETCC. “We became a separate 501C-3 in November of 1998 … July will make 15 years I’ve been there, and 16 years of existence for CAC in Smith County.

The CAC’s largest fundraiser, Bids for Kids, will take place in June, kicking off on Father’s Day. There are 65 Centers throughout the state of Texas. Almost every county has one, and some Centers are multi-county. Smith county is actually so large that they serve as many cases and children as maybe the CAC in Winnsboro, that covers 7 smaller counties. “We are also accredited,” informed Langston. “Every 5 years we go through an A P R I L 2 0 12

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accreditation process. Not all CACs are, and it’s very important to us to our community and the children we serve that everything we do is correct and child-friendly ... It’s pretty difficult to achieve accreditation, but it’s worth it for the sake of the children.” CAC is currently 47 percent funded by grants: both government grants (like the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s office, and the Attorney General’s office), as well as foundation grants. The other 53 percent is funded by our giving and caring community. “It’s been wonderful that they’ve embraced the cause of child abuse, because it’s not necessarily a friendly subject to talk about,” extolled Langston. “Every day I am amazed to work here with these people, because people have care and concern.”

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You will be able to show your care and concern over the next months in a variety of ways. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so CAC has activities planned all month. “We are encouraging the community to tie blue ribbons on bushes, trees, etc., and we’ll be doing some things down on the square,” said Langston. “Also, we’re going to have Blue Sunday – we’ve got info going out to all the churches (and have many signed up) where the last sunday in April, churches will be saying a special prayer, and the congregations will be wearing blue ribbons. There will be a big day at the mall announced, as well.”

“We do evidence-based, best practices at the CAC,” said Langston. “So everything we do we know that there is a background that says this works, based on research.” The CAC’s largest fundraiser, Bids for Kids, will take place in June, kicking off Father’s Day. It runs for 10 days on eBay. You can go on eBay, through GivingWorks on eBay, and bid on a variety of items, with all the proceeds going back to the CAC. There is also a way to simply donate. “There is also an annual fund with a turkey card, an original drawing that goes out to the community on Nov. 1,” Langston said. “We also have the Holiday Home Tour, which you can look for on the first Sunday in December.”

“Through January and February of 2012, we’ve already worked 55 cases involved 78 children and 205 siblings and protective caregivers. These are the stories you’re hearing in the news.” Langston said that while it’s very difficult to find people willing to work with children, the potential and rewards certainly make it more than worthwhile. “We like to think we’re making a really positive difference and that we will churn out some kids that can reach their potential,” said Langston. “I want them to grow up and be productive members of society – to break the cycle, let them move on, and not live with it the rest of their lives …. It’s amazing to see the children recover.” For more information, visit www.cacsmithcounty.org by William Knous, wknous@h3-media.com B S C E NE M AG. com

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Test your country music star knowledge for a moment. Who came out with a hit debut single in 2007, while he simultaneously filmed a Fox reality series called, "Nashville"? This same country crooner was also partnered up with professional dancer and former girlfriend, Julianne Hough on the hit ABC television reality show, "Dancing with the Stars" Season 8 in 2009. You’re probably not scratching your head anymore, but if you are, the answer is Chuck Wicks – the man and true country talent behind such heart-tugging, Kleenex-needing songs like "Stealing Cinderella" or the more upbeat, 2010 summer-fun-song, "Old School." From Nashville to Hollywood and soon-to-be in Texas, the darkhaired, East Coast talent will be making his way to Longview on April 14, to headline this year’s Longview Cattle Barons' Ball.

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icks came onto the country music scene with his debut single, "Stealing Cinderella." The popular ballad catapulted him onto the charts with the lyrics that told a heartfelt story about a suitor going to ask his girlfriend’s father for her hand in marriage. The way he tells the story lyrically, automatically transports the listener to that moment – painting a picture anyone can immediately relate to and instantly visualize in their minds eye with heart-tugging lyrics like these:

"…I leaned in towards those pictures to get a better look at one When I heard a voice behind me say “Now, ain’t she something, son?” I said “Yes, she’s quite a woman” and he just stared at me Then I realized that in his eyes she would always be - Chorus – Playing Cinderella Riding her first bike Bouncing on the bed and looking for a pillow fight Running through the sprinkler with a big popsicle grin Dancing with her dad, looking up at him In her eyes I’m Prince Charming But to him I’m just some fella riding in and stealing Cinderella" While there’s no foolproof formula for what makes a perfect love song, a perfect summer song, a perfect get-up-and-dance song or the perfect crack-open-a-beer and hang out song – Chuck Wicks seems to have mastered all forms of songwriting by unlocking the secret code by relating to a broad audience. Take for instance, "Old School," one of his most recent singles (which will be on his next album) that exhibits Wick’s ability to tell a different, more upbeat story:

"I remember, Panama Jack laying back, Tape deck, Raybans, and good friends Every summer, we couldn’t wait to run wild so we piled in the Jeep, hot seats lookin for something Two for one at the Ramada drinking coconut cooladas Chasing Senoritas out by the pool Oh, I pulled a string on her bikini thinking all my friends would see me, but I found out that I wasn’t so cool Oh Ohooo, Old School Oh Oh Oh Oh ooooo Old School" While the famous ballad or the summer anthem won’t be leaving the top of first-dance lists or beach party playlists anytime soon – the two examples show Wick’s range and understanding of the every day. This can probably be attributed to his solid fan base and overall appeal. But, Wicks admits that the writing process isn’t necessarily an easy one even though, at one point, he penned an average of 100 songs one year. “[The creative process]… it comes and goes when it wants to and you got to be in a certain mood to write a certain song – and you just go with it,” he explained. “I mean… it’s hard. I will write five or six songs one week and then not write for another month-and-a-half. So, you just kind of go with it. That’s how it all starts with me, you know. I write all my music. I love it,” he said. Though not from the South and educated in Florida, nobody can say this Delaware-raised musician isn’t true Country – because he’s the first who will let you know otherwise. “…Some people they just see, ‘Oh he went to school and college… he’s from Florida’ and they don’t [you know] they just don’t put it all together,” he said. Raised on a potato farm in a very small town with parents as farmers and extended family as neighbors, Wicks was introduced to country music early on by his father. “I mean, I grew up on country

music,” he said. “My dad got me into it and that’s all we really listened to around the house … It’s definitely who I am. I mean, it’s funny…I actually did grow up and work on a farm and, you know, I’m a huge deer hunter… I’m a big outdoorsman. It’s funny because a lot of people find that shocking to hear,” he further explained. “I’m just like, ‘Why wouldn’t I be?’ That’s how I grew up, you know? …A lot of people maybe didn’t grow up in that lifestyle, and they might sing about it, I guess. And they can sing about it. I think the only difference is, that when I sing about it, I actually know what I’m talking about,” Wick’s said with a laugh.

“I mean… it’s hard. I will write five or six songs one week and then not write for another month-and-a-half. So, you just kind of go with it. That’s how it all starts with me, you know. I write all my music. I love it.” Drawing inspiration from his country, potato-farming roots and regular, everyday experiences; Wick’s agrees when it’s mentioned that his songs seem to be very situational. “That’s a good way to explain it. Because I think songwriting and songs are situational,” he admitted. “Every situation is different. Whether you’re in love, or whether you’re confused, whether you’re in a fight with somebody you love, or you miss somebody, or whatever it is. You know, I tend to write from real life experiences. I tend to write from something that I’ve seen firsthand, or something that I believe in.” Wicks also confesses, though, that real-life experience isn’t his only muse because there are times when he’s just winged it and made up the situations in his songs. With some embellishing to tell a story, he’s able to capture his audience like a film. “It’s like creating a movie in 3-and-ahalf minutes – is what a song is,” he said. And, aren’t East Texans lucky that this masterful, storyteller will be jammin’ live onstage at this year’s Longview Cattle Barons' Ball?

Wicks is no stranger to the disease (cancer). He was touched firsthand, when his grandmother passed away from cancer – which is why he said whenever an event like Cattle Barons' comes up, he’s “all about it.” Each year, business and community leaders from around East Texas gather for a night of western-inspired fun to help support the American Cancer Society event – one that, to date, has raised $1.5 million. The funds raised support the Society’s mission to save lives by helping people get well, stay well and find cures and fight back. Wicks is no stranger to the disease. He was touched firsthand, when his grandmother passed away from cancer – which is why he said whenever an event like Cattle Barons' comes up, he’s “all about it.” Plugged in with a new label, (originally with RCA) fans can expect a new single out and hopefully, a new album out before year’s end. But, for those of you who think you already know what to expect from Wicks at Cattle Barons' and with his upcoming record – you may be surprised because he expects that you really won’t anticipate what he has in store. “[At Cattle Baron’s], they probably expect me to get up there and just sing a bunch of ballads or whatever and it’s quite the opposite. And that’s what I’ve been finding out when I do shows. They’re like, ‘Man, I didn’t know you had all these songs that were fun!’ And that’s why I’m so excited to get this new record out. It’s a lot of new songs and new vibe…and the new record is going to be like that,” he explained. “It’s just fun and has more tempo to it. So, they can expect to have fun. I don’t just get up there and sing. I like to interact with whoever is watching and I like to entertain.” by Veronica Terres

Can’t wait to see Chuck Wicks in person at Longview Cattle Barons'? You don’t have to. Tune into the Pursuit Channel’s "Hunting on Empty," where Wicks is part of the show’s pro staff and "Addicted to the Outdoors," on Craig Morgan’s All Access.

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The first “Man About Town” article appeared in the January/February 2004 issue of BSCENE. WOW! That was eight years ago. The event was the Christmas party of the “Happy Hour Group,” a gathering of self-proclaimed “crotchety guys” who met weekly for cocktails. The idea was conceived over martinis by Greg Whalan and the late Jim Sargent. The “Man’s” dear friend, Dick Davies, convinced the group to allow a younger fella to join in – and I’ve been a part ever since. Now, “the Group” has morphed into a weekly group with Captain Don Teeple in command. Don recommends different eateries around the county for each successive meeting. He is quite adept in finding unique places with good food at great prices. heritage – was awestruck with the flavors. This food is not just “some good, but TUSCANI ITALIAN RESTAURANT plum good!” HAS THE MOOD OF A Chef Joe Salinas has 20 years of NEIGHBORHOOD EATERY experience and is methodically learning PROVIDING DELECTABLE all of the new recipes. The sauces are FOOD FOR BUSINESS LUNCHES, typically prepared by Bob Kapay and all the dishes are prepared from scratch as CASUAL FAMILY DINING, OR ordered. The pasta is 100 percent ItalianLARGE PARTIES. made and specially ordered for Tuscani’s. As ya might imagine, we are all somewhat The new restaurant has been open older, but “wiser” now. We may have moved since March 1. Throughout the month from night to noon for our gatherings, and from of February it got a face lift. The walls martinis to iced tea for our drinks of choice, but have been repainted in Tuscany gold we are still a-meetin’! with an Old World look and all of the So, for this meeting we took a stroll down prints, pictures, and accessories have been memory lane and reflected on that original party, converted to give a European feel to the and first issue for the “Man About Town.” In atmosphere. All of the dining rooms have typical fashion, Don Teeple, who always does his a light and airy appearance. There are homework, brought us a copy of the 2004 article. also plans to replace the chairs, add some It was a hoot! We were like ole school chums outside landscaping, and revive the patio laughing our way through pictures in the high deck area. school yearbook while reminiscing about “those thrilling days of yesteryear.” LISTEN, TUSCANI ITALIAN The venue of choice was the new Tuscani HAS GREAT FOOD, GREAT Italian Restaurant located at 2202 East 5th SERVICE, GREAT PRICES, A Street, formerly Joe’s Italian. Owner/operator GREAT OWNER, WHOM YOU Bob Kapay, recently bought the place and will WILL JUST LOVE, AND IS A be moving his wife and three children to Tyler GREAT EXPERIENCE. soon. Bob has been in the U.S. for 23 years and has been in the Italian restaurant business Tuscani Italian Restaurant has the entire time. He is of Greek and Italian the mood of a neighborhood eatery and heritage, from Calabria, Sicily. The menu has provides delectable food for business been completely revamped and includes original lunches, casual family dining, or large recipes learned from Bob’s mother, and over 20 parties. The party room will seat up to years cooking and serving Italian food. He will 50 folks and is off to itself to guarantee tell you, “It’s all about fresh ingredients and exact privacy. At the present time the measurements to create the flavors.” Let me tell restaurant is BYOB, though there are ya, the flavors in this food explode delightfully plans to eventually serve beer and wine. in your mouth. Everyone in our group – one This wonderfully unique place is of them, John Giustra, of very serious Italian charming and affordable. Lunch includes BS CENEMAG.CO M

an entrée, salad, and fresh garlic bread for just $5.95. Dinner entrees start at $8.95, and the special chicken, veal, and seafood dishes average $11.95, (some are as low as $8.95). They’re all good values, but once you try the food, you’ll think it’s a steal! I promise! Listen, Tuscani Italian has great food, great service, great prices, a great owner, whom you will just love, and is a great experience. The “Man” will be back often for both lunch and dinner. After our fun-filled reunion of the “lunch group,” several of us just sat around in the lobby and enjoyed old friendships, and the easy-going atmosphere. You can do the same. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ ll be about town.

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Texas College hosted their Annual Legacy Dinner fundraiser March 9, at Harvey Hall in Tyler. The scholarship fundraising event included an evening of fabulous food, dinner and dancing. The event also recognized honorees that have selflessly donated to the organization. A few of the many honorees include Mr. Lindsey Bradley of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, and Mr. Elmer Ellis of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System.

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WHERE’S RUFUS SPORTS BAR Come out to the newly renovated and innovative Where’s Rufus Sports Bar in Tyler. Indulge in one of your favorite beers or a perfectly-mixed cocktail at our top-shelf bar while enjoying our amazing pub fare. From singularly delicious hot wings and perfectly cooked, seasoned fries, we’ve got you covered. There are also daily drink specials to accompany billiards, darts and cutting-edge arcade games – and don’t forget the live music and cookouts hosted regularly! 6100 S. Broadway, Ste. 100, Tyler, TX 903.581.9999 • Facebook.com/wheres.rufus Daily Drink Specials! Football is back and we’ve got ALL the games Lounge Area Available

SOJU SUSHI BAR & ASIAN BISTRO Soju’s stylish, modern dining experience is sure to excite and delight diners of all varieties seeking something truly unique. Soju features CULINARY-TRAINED staff concocting a progressive menu of amazing Asian-fusion cuisine, backed by a lounge and full bar, an extensive wine list and full, hospitable service. LIVE MUSIC on the patio Thursday, Friday & Saturday 6361 Old Jacksonville Hwy Tyler TX 75703 903.939.1100 • www.SojuTyler.com Hours of Operation Open 7 days a week LUNCH 11a.m. - 2:30p.m. DINNER 5p.m.-9:30, 10:30 (Friday & Saturday)

FAT CATZ You deserve great food. Fat Catz Louisiana Kitchen is committed to bringing you the very best in Gulf Coast seafood with Louisiana flair. The freshest ingredients are used to prepare your meal with spices blended by hand to create our seasonings, and we make all of our sauces from scratch! Try Cajun favorites like crawfish etoufee and jambalaya, or expand your dining experience with our house specialties like Seafood Fondue or Tilapia Orleans. Dishes are created under the watchful eye of Executive Chef and owner, Cedric Fletcher, whose culinary talents have been featured on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates in Houston and Tyler, Texas. And don’t forget, we cater: a special dinner for two or a party for 50! Southeast Crossing Center 3320 Troup Hwy Ste. 170 • Tyler, TX 75701 (903) 593-1114 • (903) 593-2272 (fax) www.FatCatzKitchen.com

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SHOGUN I & II Why settle for a normal dinner when you can have an exotic dinning experience? Order at the sushi bar and watch our expert chefs create your made-to-order roll. You can also dine in our newly redesigned sushi lounge. Stop at our metropolitan-inspired bar for one of our delicious signature drinks and to watch the game. And for the ultimate dining experience, dine in our hibachi and where our expert hibachi chefs cook to entertain. Be sure to visit our outdoor patio at both Shogun locations. Come dine at Shogun. Tyler’s first and best sushi and hibachi restaurant. Walk-ins Welcome, Reservations Recommended. Shogun #1 5515 S. Broadway 903.534.1155

Shogun #2 3521 S. Broadway 903.561.9890

BRUNO’S PIZZA & PASTA Family Owned and Operated since 1976 Bruno’s Pizza And Pasta has been providing the East Texans with delicious homemade Italian food, pizza, pasta and more for decades. We have catering and takeout available, and our banquet room seats around 55. We also offer appetizers, salads, specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Whether it’s a quiet evening with the family or sharing a slice after the game, Bruno’s has you covered! Be sure to call us and ask for our daily lunch special! 1400 S. Vine Tyler, TX 903.595.1676

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HOLLYTREE COUNTRY CLUB Come and enjoy a wonderful experience at Hollytree Country Club and let our professional staff make you feel right at home. Indulge yourself with any of our great items from our versatile menu created by our chef, while overlooking our beautiful golf course. If outdoor dining is what you crave, hang out with friends by the fire while enjoying your favorite cocktails and appetizers at our newly renovated tennis patio. Whether it is a business luncheon, spending time with family or hanging out with friends, Hollytree Country Club is a great place to be! A Private Club with memberships available. For information on how to join BSCENE Magazine Readers’ Choice “Best Country Club in East Texas,” please contact Casey Dirksen at (903) 581-4952 or CDirksen@HollytreeClub.com

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JEN’S POP SHOPPE These Cake Pops are the trendiest dessert around! Each Cake Pop is made from the finest and freshest ingredients, hand-rolled into a golf ball sized ball, dipped in chocolate, beautifully hand-decorated, and served on a stick. Jen’s Cake Pops are customizable and completely mess free! A great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without crashing your diet! Perfect for weddings, parties or any event on your calendar! Jen’s Pop Shoppe is proud partners with many local vendors. If you have an idea for a partnership or would like to sell Jen’s Cake Pops at your retail location, please email or call us. We would be delighted to discuss opportunities to work together. Call Jennifer Kidd at 903-262-4942 or email at info@jenspopshoppe.com Visit our website at jenspopshoppe.com Photo by Bébé Papillon Photography

JULIAN’S ASIAN RESTAURANT “So Fresh, So Lite, and Still SO GOOD” We have something for every style of foodie (Noun 1. Foodie – a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink) Having a special event? Call us and we will make the planning easy. Don’t forget WE CATER! Visit our Facebook page for our daily specials and events. Happy Hour Mon-Thur 4pm-7pm “Step Out of Tyler and Into Julians” ILoveJulians.com

TCBY Today, TCBY leads the market in nutrition, taste, and new product innovation, with a contemporary look and an atmosphere that appeals to customers of all ages. And the new self-serve platform, introduced in 2010, is perfect for attracting today’s active, on-the-go consumers. Come try our 16 exciting flavors !  We offer four types of yogurt that include 98 percent Fat Free, Non-Fat, No Sugar Added/Non Fat, and a nondairy/nonfat sorbet.  We have over 35 different toppings that are sure to please even the most choosy of eaters.  Sprinkle on a few toppings or pile them high - at TCBY, it’s Your life. Your yogurt. Your way.

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HIT THE BEACH FOR GREAT CUISINE DEAN FEARING TAKES US TO THE SHORE AND INVITES ASPIRING CHEFS INTO HIS WORLD OF CREATING BOLD FLAVORS, NO BORDERS.

Long known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Chef Dean Fearing has won accolades from such publications at Zagat, Wine Spectator, Esquire and countless more for his restaurant, Fearings at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

*Heirloom Tomatoes With Barbecued East Texas Field Pea Salad • 1 cup Purple Hull Peas, shelled •1 cup Lady Creamer Peas, shelled •1 teaspoon Olive Oil •¼ pound Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, small dice •1 tablespoon Shallot, minced •1 tablespoon Onion, small dice • ¼ cup Celery Root, small dice • ¼ cup Carrots, small dice • 1 tablespoon Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and minced • 1 teaspoon Fresh Thyme, picked and finely chopped • 2 cups Baby Arugula, washed and stems removed • ½ cup Barbecued Thousand Island Dressing, recipe to follow • 2 Heirloom Tomatoes, medium sized • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste • 8 leafs Basil In a medium sized pot, fill half way up with water and set over medium high heat. Season the water with a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Add both peas and cook for approximately 5 minutes or until tender, strain and cool. Separately, in a medium sized sauté pan over medium heat, add the oil. Add the bacon to the pan and sauté until lightly crisp, about 4 minutes. Add the next five items and cook, stirring constantly, until tender, approximately 3 minutes. Remove the bacon mixture from the heat, stir in the thyme and cool. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the peas, bacon mixture, and arugula. Add the Barbecued Thousand Island Dressing (For this recipe, check out Fearings article at BSCENEMAG.COM, season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. For the tomato, slice ½ inch and season with salt and pepper. On each of four room temperature plates, place 2 slices of tomato in the center and equally spoon the field pea salad onto the tomatoes. Garnish the plate with torn basil.

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No matter how much you love home, sometimes there’s just nothing better than getting out of town for a few days to somewhere new and fresh. I’ve been doing that a lot here lately, it seems, which is fine by me! My most recent adventure took me to South Beach, Florida; for Food Network’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Or as they like to call it, SOBE. EMERIL LAGASSE, GUY FIERI, JOHN COLEMAN, CHARLIE TROTTER, ANTHONY BOURDAIN – THEY WERE ALL THERE AND WE JUST HAD A BLAST. These events are just good, old-fashioned fun. Not only do I get to cook my signature Southwest cuisine for hundreds of foodies that may have never even been to Texas, I get to interact with them in a casual atmosphere that you just don’t have in a restaurant. In South Beach, I was barefoot in the sand for Champagne & Barbecue. We cooked up a barbecue beef tenderloin taco with salsa verde and a mango, pickled red onion salad. I served 1,500 of those tacos to SOBE guests and loved every minute of it. Not only was I surrounded by the beach and lip smackin’ good barbecue, my chef buddies are all there too! These events are great camaraderie for the chefs. It’s a chance for us to all get together outside of our restaurants and just cut loose. Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri, John Coleman, Charlie Trotter, Anthony Bourdain – they were all there and we just had a blast. For SOBE’s Champagne & Barbecue menu, you can imagine a lot of famous barbecue maestros were in attendance. But it’s funny – there were lots of Texas barbecue pitmasters there I’d never even heard of! What I

love is that we’re each there to do our own thing – to cook our style of food and let it speak for itself. That’s always a plus because I think people really enjoy my style of cuisine. It’s different – bold flavors, no borders. WE COOKED UP A BARBECUE BEEF TENDERLOIN TACO WITH SALSA VERDE AND A MANGO PICKLED RED ONION SALAD. I SERVED 1,500 OF THOSE TACOS TO SOBE GUESTS AND LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. This month, I’m hitting the road to Pebble Beach for their Food & Wine Festival. We’ll be doing lunch of chicken-fried Texas quail (from Lockhart), on barbecue East Texas field peas and the same pickled red onion slaw we served with the tacos at SOBE. This slaw is a big favorite – it’s a fun, fresh, springtime dish that everybody loves. And I love pairing it with the Crowder peas* we get fresh out of East Texas. We use them at Fearing’s the whole time they’re in season, typically from late spring and into early fall. They definitely have a strong presence on our menu! WHAT I LOVE IS THAT WE’RE EACH THERE TO DO OUR OWN THING. TO COOK OUR STYLE OF FOOD AND LET IT SPEAK FOR ITSELF. We’re a big advocate of East Texas farmers. In addition to the peas, we use gorgeous East Texas heirloom tomatoes and also okra when in season. It’s a little early yet, but you can bet your dollar we’re counting down the days until y’alls fresh East Texas produce makes its way into our kitchen! B S C E N E M AG.COM

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JERSEY MIKE’S What makes Jersey Mike’s so terrific? The secret’s in the sub! We start with the highest quality meats and cheeses. Add onions, lettuce, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices. Even our bread is baked fresh daily, right in each store. But what really sets us apart is that each and every sandwich is made fresh to order. Meats and cheeses are sliced fresh for each sandwich, and piled high on the in-store baked bread right before the eyes of the customers. Just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike’s almost 50 years ago!

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CHEZ BAZAN This second generation, family-owned/operated bakery is much more than a great place to share a simply delicious pastry and gourmet coffee. Chez Bazan offers stellar catering services and truly innovative cake and pastry design to accompany their unparalleled bakery and café. Let Chez Bazan satisfy your sweet tooth with signature pies, cookies, and homemade breads. Don’t forget to stop in for one of our wonderful, healthy lunch options!

Café Hours: 11a.m. – 2p.m. M-S Bakery Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. M-F, 8a.m. - 4p.m. S Closed Sundays 5930 Old Bullard Rd. • Tyler, TX • 903.561.9644 www.chezbazan.com • info@chezbazan.com Remember to “like” us on Facebook! Photography by Casey Jay Benson

BREAKERS: A SEAFOOD JOINT NOTHING SAYS PARTY LIKE A CRAWFISH BOIL AT BREAKERS! FRESH, LIVE, LOUISIANA STYLE CRAWFISH PILED HIGH WITH SAUSAGE, POTATOES, AND CORN. GRAB YOUR FRIENDS AND LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL AT BREAKERS!! 5106 Old Bullard Road • Tyler, TX 75701 903.534.0161 • www.breakerstyler.com Hours of Operation: MON – FRI 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. SAT 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., SUN 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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PANERA BREAD Don’t hit the snooze button on your alarm clock — waking up just got easier. Especially when Panera Bread has so many hot breakfast sandwiches to start your day right. Choose from the Steak & Egg, Mediterranean or Breakfast Power Sandwich — or enjoy any of our creative combinations of fresh breads, cheeses and eggs. And you always have the option of ordering them with egg whites. You just might become a morning person after all! 5755 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler, TX 75703 903-561-1303 www.panerabread.com

YAMATO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR From the finest hand-rolled sushi to the most delectable and entertaining hibachi, Yamato has something to offer everyone. With a full bar, constantly changing specials, and some of the freshest exotic seafood is East Texas, Yamato will surprise and delight you with every visit! Ladies Night every Wednesday with a Live DJ and half off of all ladies drinks. Drink specials and a Live DJ every Friday Saturday Evenings, Karaoke! Come enjoy our newly extended patio with the recently added fire-water display. 2210 WSW Loop 323 • Tyler 903.534.1888 • www.yamatotexas.com Find us on Facebook!

SMASHBURGER Smashburger was born to satisfy the modern burger lover by offering the best cooked-to-order burger you have ever tasted and all the good things that go with it. Where smash means we literally smash 100 percent Angus beef at a high temperature to sear in all the juicy burger goodness, and our seasoning blend and fresh toppings take our burgers over the top. Where sizzle means the service is friendly and fast – a place that values your time. Where savor means a place that is modern and cool where you can sit back and enjoy a better burger that doesn’t break the bank. Smash.Sizzle.Savor 3314 Troup Hwy 3080 N. Eastman Rd., Ste. 115 7484 S. Broadway Tyler, TX 75701 Longview, TX 75605 Tyler, TX 75703 903.526.7982 903.663.2319 903.534.3719

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WING STOP • Wings, Boneless Wings and Boneless Strips • • Always Cooked to Order • • 9 Special Wing Sauces • Something for Everyone • • No Heat Lamps, Microwaves or Holding Bins • • We Cut Our Fries Fresh Every Day from Real Potatoes • • You’ll Always Be Greeted With a Smile • Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. – Midnight Phone ahead or order online at wingstop.com Proudly Serving Tyler and Longview Wingstop. The Wing Experts.

VILLAGE BAKERY  Since 1948 In 1980, we served the first Italian Cream cake to be made for a wedding in Tyler. It has become our “Signature Cake.” The recipe for our famous Chocolate/Chocolate cake has been in our family for four generations, and is also used in the Dobash cake, another first for Tyler. It’s a copy of the Doberge cake made in New Orleans, but with a Texas Twist! Other flavors include strawberry, lemon, black-and-white, carrot and red velvet! Pastries, Pies, Cookies! Everything Sweet! 111 East 8th Street • Tyler 903.592.1011 • villagebakerytyler.com

LEGENDS BAR & GRILL Sink your teeth into one of our handmade, 1/2 pound burgers and find out why Legends Bar & Grill is the place to be! Our food and customers are what makes Legends the perfect spot to sit back and relax. Great food and drink specials all week featuring our fantastic new menu with new items listed daily. Shoot a game of pool or watch your favorite teams on one of our many flat screen televisions while you eat and enjoy a drink with friends or family! Mention this ad and receive 25 percent off your food! And don’t forget Karaoke every Tuesday night, or our $10 steak night every Sunday night. 2843 WNW Loop 323 Tyler, TX • 903.597.1301 Open Daily, 5p.m.-12a.m.

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WASABI SUSHI BAR & ASIAN BISTRO Innovative and original recipes fill the eclectic menu at Wasabi, using only premium quality sushi and exotic fish. A full bar featuring an extensive wine list including Japanese Sake variations will add fireworks to your dining experience. Taste Culture with live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights on the patio. Now open for lunch and dinner. Behind Lowe’s, Next to Karen Horton 5617 Donnybrook Ave. • Tyler, TX • 903.939.0211 www.WasabiTyler.com, Powered by Group M7 Hours of Operation Sun. – Thurs.: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

STANLEY’S FAMOUS PIT BARBECUE Stanley’s has been family owned and operated since 1958 and is the oldest operating BBQ Joint in Tyler, Texas – serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 50 years. Honored, Grateful and Proud to be named “BEST PORK RIBS” in both 2010 AND 2011 at the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival.  Breakfast is served Mon–Fri from 7a.m.-10a.m.  Lunch Mon-Sat 11a.m.-2p.m. (earlier if SOLD OUT). Dinner Coming Soon!

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hose who know me know I love anything that has to do with fashion. Often, I stop into boutiques in or out of town just to see how the latest and greatest trends are being paired. Then, I apply what I’ve discovered to pieces I already have in my closet. It’s retail therapy without spending a dime – which my hubby really likes. I also try to keep up by checking out updates from fashion week online and getting the 411 from a few friends in the retail industry, who keep me posted on what’s hitting the runways and the racks. What I do to keep up with style isn’t anything that you can’t do too. But, I’ll make it a bit easier by sharing some insider tips on fashion hits and misses for the 2012 spring/ summer fashion season. WHAT’S HOT? If you’re like me, I have a tendency to cringe when I hear the words prints, patterns or paisleys. My wardrobe is filled with a lot of basic blacks and warm neutrals that I usually set off by my favorite P.O.C. (pop of color) sky-high heel. While you won’t find me cleaning out my closet anytime soon, Shelby Burkett, owner of Mary V’s by Shelby in Tyler confirmed that this season it's all about punching that wardrobe up with prints, patterns, texture, lace and embroidery – even paisley! That’s not all … remember how your mother always said not to mix a different pattern and print in one outfit? Well, that fashion faux paus doesn’t apply this season, because mixing artful prints and splashes of color are on-trend to make a bold statement this season. Gasp. Yes, it’s true. You can put a leopard and floral together or pair a paisley and stripe – as long as you understand how to combine them. HERE’S HOW To pull off a print-on-print outfit without being

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a fashion disaster, Burkett explained the key is to find two different patterns that have similarities in tone and color families. Pairing a lilac pastel-textured tweed jacket with a bold orange-floral print isn’t going to be a fashion hit. Pairing that tweed jacket with a multicolored pastel print, however, would work because the colors blend and the texture and print balance. Some designers are making the trend a bit easier for the fashion-challenged by incorporating two different prints within the same piece or integrating patterned separates. Take for instance, the luxury fashion brand Marni, which came out with a line for H&M at the beginning of March. The collection featured pieces with print-on-print fashion stories within a primary piece like a dress, as well as bold, single-patterned looks set off with neutrals and/or bold colors. But that’s not all this season has to offer. Shelby noted the 1950s influence is heavily integrated into the fashion palette with very feminine, textured and pastel-colored pieces combined with lace and embroidered detailing. The challenge is making the ’50s influence work in the here and now. Burkett showed how by pairing a bold printed scarf with a neutral, embroidered dress and… voila! For those who are still a bit apprehensive to step out into these trends for fear of getting it wrong, not to worry. One great way to stay on trend is to replace an outfit paired with white denims with a pair of colored ones! You’ll also find comfort in the fact that neons are back in! But, before you Flashdance your way to revisit the ’80s, stick to adding a single neon piece to your outfit as a P.O.C., like orange or coral, the No. 1 bright color this season. Incorporate this color as a shoe, a handbag, a belt or even a scarf to a basic black or neutral outfit and you’ll be ready to give Madonna a run for her money!

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Once a year, the Tyler Area Builders Association allows local merchants, builders and vendors in the housing industry to showcase their biggest and brightest products and services. This year, the 32nd Annual Home Products Show provided the perfect arena for current and prospective homeowners to view the most innovative items on the market. Upgrades, the latest and greatest appliances, décor, building materials, energy saving items, new gadgets, ways to add value to the home – basically anything that involves homebuilding is on exhibition for the public. Libby Simmons, Executive Vice President of TABA, said, “As the economy is improving, homeowners may finally be able to make those upgrades and additions they’ve been waiting for.” This year’s show in late February provided a perfect landscape for ideas and inspiration to help homeowners in their quest to renew, renovate and improve their lodgings. With the help of TABA’s Director of Operations, Heather Stevenson; Simmons and a few vendors from the show, BSCENE recaps the best of the best from the Home Products show for aspiring flippers and renovators.

CONTROL FREAK For the master of any abode who likes to be in complete control (with the touch of a button), Cross Systems featured myriad products at the show in the realm of commercial audio and visual systems. Some of the products they specialize in include home theaters, media rooms, whole-house audio, outdoor sound and video, and smart home systems. Apart from the commercial video, audio and lighting systems; their most innovative systems (and smartest) are the commercial control systems. Brandon Carpenter explained that the system enables “whole house control from your iPad with an in-wall docking station to charge and act as a touch screen mounted to the wall. This provides either a mobile remote or a wall touchscreen at your choice for whole-house control.” On average, the system starts at around $15,000. The price varies depending on integration with any systems already in the residence. by Holly Head, hhead@h3-media.com

PUTTING “FINE” IN FINANCE Home ownership can be challenging at times, and with the recent mortgage crisis, many are now uncertain about which bank to choose for their mortgage and financial needs.  Texas Bank and Trust remains one of the strongest independent community banks in our state and provides an array of deposit, lending, trust, and brokerage services, and specializes in residential and mortgage loans, commercial loans and deposits, and trust and investments. At the recent Home Products Show, Texas Bank and Trust displayed their newest innovative service, which is their virtual online branch, TBTonline.  In March 2010, the bank launched an 18-month redesign project to offer bank customers a comprehensive online financial resource center.  Lauren Webb, TB&T's Digital Media Coordinator, explained, “In addition to a comprehensive listing of product and service solutions, TBTonline now features such dynamic financial management tools as an in-depth digital dictionary, a financial resource library, a universal blog, a comprehensive online mortgage center, a fraud protection center, and an interactive personal and business account finder."  To learn more, visit www.texasbankandtrust.com.

FANATICAL FANS For the home décor diva (or devo – male diva), style meets function with a fandelier. That’s right. Part fan and part chandelier, this ceiling fixture literally slings blades when in action. Fixture This reported that “The Illusion” fandelier by Regency was a big hit at their booth at the Home Products Show. This centrifugal bronze fan looks much like a blossoming flower in action. The amber polycarbonate decorative blades hang vertically beneath the fan when not in use, giving it a chandelier-like appearance. When turned on, the blades spin horizontally and act as fan blades for air circulation. The lighting fixture above marries Old World charm with innovation and is sure to fascinate guests. So, if you want the look of a chandelier without compromising air circulation, consider “The Illusion” which runs $570 (not including installation).

FUTURISTIC FRAMING If you are a fan of MTV’s “Cribs,” a TV program that showcases celebrity homes in all their high-tech and state-of-the-art glory, then this item was meant to be on your residential wish list. This year Gold Leaf Gallery, longtime go-to framing experts in the Tyler area, premiered a new product at the TABA show. The motorized TV art frame is a perfect solution for art enthusiasts or master decorators that want to conceal their 50-inch plasma HDTV (behind the Picasso or Monet). Traci Holms-Steinmiller said the product is masterful at masking TV screens. “From the side, you no longer have the eyesore of the metal brackets or wiring. Choose from thousands of (custom) frames in the gallery.” The TV is framed and camouflaged behind a special canvas. The real canvas artwork quietly rolls up or down inside the TV frame when the TV is turned off. “You may choose any piece of art as long as there is a high resolution image to use for the giclee to be printed on the special canvas. You may even use a family portrait,” Traci explained. Unlike online framing orders, Gold Leaf offers a 100 percent customized framing that is guaranteed to fit the exact space and conceal the appliance and it’s wiring – with installation included! The motorized TV art frame starts at $4,000.

LOAN SHARP Another intimidating aspect of purchasing a home can be locating reasonable or competitive loan rates. East Texas Professional Credit Union featured many of their products and services at the TABA show to help homeowners with their needs. Tyler branch manager Eddie Hanson said, “We are proud to provide Tyler residents with the high level of financial services that our members have enjoyed for nearly 60 years.” With offices in Henderson, Longview, Tyler, Kilgore, Marshall, Nacogdoches and Lufkin; ETPCU is the largest credit union in East Texas. Their current Home Equity and Interim Construction loan rate special is one of the lowest rates offered in this area. Their low loan rates and loan specials featured at their booth at the products show were a hit and are currently offered in all office locations. ETPCU is federally insured by NCUA and is an an Equal Housing Lender.

GOING SOLAR Large, ugly and expansive solar panel systems are a thing of the past. TREE (Texas Responsible Energy and Efficiency), offers a wide variety of energy-saving products. Their most sought after product is the battery backup solar (PV) system. A PV (or photovoltaic) system uses solar modules to collect energy from the sun. The system then coverts that into clean, renewable energy to power the home. When the grid is up, the energy powers the home. When the grid is down, the system can be used as a generator. New, more inconspicuous and more compact solar panels can be positioned to collect solar energy without detracting from your home's exterior appeal. PV systems can even be used to power commercial businesses. Solar batteries can also be charged and stored for periods of time when higher volumes of electricity are needed. Join the future and say goodbye to high electric bills and power outages when you go PV. To install a PV system, on average it costs the same as 10 years of electricity bills (or about $5 per watt installed). by Holly Head, hhead@h3-media.com

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THE PAYNEFUL TRUTH up, except my great friend John Pace. When the time arrived that I could freely cruise the streets in my own car, John and I had our own house for the next four months. Who needs to drive around aimlessly when you can have everyone hang out at your house? Regrettably, we didn’t realize the summer of fun had come to a close sooner rather than later, so nobody bothered taking any pictures or having an ‘end-ofyouth’ party. THERE ARE MANY ACTIVITIES FROM MY YOUNGER DAYS – LIKE WATER SKIING, RIDING DIRT BIKES AND CRUISING BROADWAY – THAT PROBABLY WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN.

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IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING, YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHERE YOU'VE BEEN. DON'T MISS A MOMENT. Most of us can remember the events of our lives that were ‘first times.’ Your first love, the first time you drove a car, maybe the first time you went to a concert. My first love was in fourth grade, at a private school here in Tyler. Although I haven’t seen her in decades, the memories are still fresh. Oddly, it seemed like Barry Manilow had a song on the radio for every stage of that relationship. The first real car I drove was my mom’s VW Beetle, around age 3. It was a short trip as I put the car in neutral, rolled down the driveway and smashed the mailbox. For my first concert, my parents took me to Caldwell Auditorium to hear Leon Russell. It was the loudest show I had ever heard, until I took my son to hear 100,000 watts of bass music in Dallas last month. (If it’s too loud, you’re too old).

LOOKING FORWARD, I HOPE TO SPOT MORE EVENTS IN MY LIFE THAT I CAN CELEBRATE AS A ‘LAST TIME’ BEFORE THEY DRIFT INTO THE PAST AND BECOME FADED MEMORIES. It seems that remembering our first is easy because it’s a singular moment, but remembering our last is harder, because you seldom realize it while it’s happening. Looking back as a parent, I changed plenty of diapers for our two children. Not to say that it was something I enjoyed, but it would have been nice to take a moment somewhere around 1999 and appreciate that it was the end of my diaper changing career. Another parenting milestone is feeding your children. Of course we played the ‘airplane’ game with

our kids like many other families. This gave way to letting them make their own mess as they fed themselves using hands and eventually silverware. At some point I put a spoon full of food into a child’s mouth for the last time, but sadly, I can’t remember when it was. There are many activities from my younger days – like water skiing, riding dirt bikes and cruising Broadway – that probably won’t happen again. Riding dirt bikes and ATVs all summer long for a few years forged some of the best memories of my childhood, but since we never thought it would end, we didn’t realize it had. Cruising Broadway actually stopped before it had really begun for me, since I’m younger than all my classmates and we lived at Lake Tyler. It was hard to find a buddy that would drive all the way out there to pick me

When traveling to a distant vacation spot, you probably take hundreds of photos, then tell others about it on Facebook. Maybe you do this because it won’t happen again. Why should we only celebrate the family vacations and trips to far away destinations? Why not do the same for other momentous occasions? For example, this past December, my daughter Sarah and I rode the yellow taxi roller coaster in New York, New York. It was so much fun we did it three times! Afterward, we had some Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, and I realized the magic of the moment. The ride was exhilarating, I had shared it with my daughter, it probably wouldn’t happen again and we had a photo of the event! It would be a perfect end to my roller coaster riding if that was the last time it ever happened. NEXT TIME YOU GET TO DO SOMETHING EXCITING, DON’T HOLD BACK THINKING YOU’LL DO IT AGAIN LATER. Looking forward, I hope to spot more events in my life that I can celebrate as a ‘last time’ before they drift into the past and become faded memories. Next time you speak to someone, don’t assume you’ll get another chance. Next time you see beauty, pause for a moment and soak it up. Next time you get to do something exciting, don’t hold back thinking you’ll do it again later. Live in the moment. As my friend Jose Feliciano says, “Create Memories.” Amen brother! by Shane Payne *Shane Payne is owner of IDEA Post Production, providing both creative and technical services for the advertising and entertainment industries.

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LEAD THEM WELL... AND STOP BUYING THEM TOYS AND CLOTHES THAT WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THEM THROWN IN JAIL FOR INDENCENCY 50 YEARS AGO. My sister is just about three years younger than I am. That's enough of an age gap to ensure I never had to go through many of the horror stories I've heard my other male friends tell. I'm talking about being beaten up by your older sister, being forced to dress up like a princess and take part in stuffed-animal tea parties galore. Though my parents did force a certain amount of cooperative playtime on us (sure, let's play “house” for the 475th time), that three year gap between us worked much more in my favor. I didn't take too much advantage of it, though. I think she'd agree that I wasn't a torturous older brother, or anything close. I never locked her in a trash can or read her diary and posted it online or anything like that. I did leave her at the house a few times when she was a freshman and I was a senior... but I can't be blamed

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for that. I wasn't going to be late and get points off a grade because she was taking 45 minutes to eat a bowl of Apple Jacks. Besides, Apple Jacks is a terrible cereal, anyway. Those things slice up your mouth like broken glass. Even when I was very young, I didn't even melt her Barbie dolls or blow up her My Little Ponies with firecrackers. But the other day, I was in Toys-R-Us buying a gift for a friend's 1 year old's birthday (and most definitely not riding on a skateboard throwing Nerf footballs at people). What I saw made me seriously reconsider my relatively pacifist behavior toward my sister's childhood toys. I guess everyone goes through this feeling at some point in their young adulthood: the feeling that “back when I was a kid, we never would've had something like this.” You know, that feeling that

you didn't understand when you were a kid, because that's just the way things were then … but that didn't stop your parents and their friends from complaining about it. But, as Orson Welles said, “I know what it is to be young. But you, you don't know what it is to be old.” Well, apparently “being old” has a lot to do with thinking that way too many toys today are pretty... skanky. I know Bratz dolls aren't new. But, now that a lot of my friends are turning out little rug rats of their own, I'm spending more time in toy stores than I have in 20 years, and somehow I missed these little miniature hellions. I try to be reasonable about “stuff that kids like” and not overreact, but I'm trying hard and I can't really see the positives in little girls' dolls that look like they were used as test marketing for “grownup” Halloween

costumes. They all have midriff shirts, tiny skirts and tons of makeup – you know: the average wardrobe for a kindergartner on the go. Moving a little further down the aisle, I came across another wonder of children's fashion – the fake lower back tattoo. Did you hear that noise just then? That was the collective groan of every father currently reading this. If you want to get a nice dolphin/fairy motif later in life, that's fine by me – no judgement here. But, maybe 7 is a little too soon for that particular artwork? And, lest you think I'm being one-sided, I wouldn't really appreciate seeing “Pimp” in Olde English across a preschool boy's chest, either. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are poll-dancing dolls, for crying out loud. Ask any mom around and they'll tell you that young girls' clothing is trending further and further toward shorter skirts, higher boots and more and more skin. In nothing more than a cursory Googling, I saw a padded swimsuit top for a first-grader. I don't have a daughter, and I've never been one. So, maybe I'm not the most qualified to assess the respectability of it all... but that can't be progressive right? I mean ... right? Maybe I just don't get it. I can see “Toddlers & Tiaras” and be horrified that a 4 year old is dressed up in a Julia-Roberts-asa-prostitute costume for her talent program. However, that show gets undeniable ratings. Maybe it's just a cultural or gender thing I don't quite grasp? I didn't play with dolls or want to play dress up. You know, come to think of it, one might even be able to excuse those Bratz dolls. People are into silly things when they're younger, and it doesn't necessarily translate into behavioral patterns in adulthood. Boys play with G.I. Joes and Power Rangers, and they don't grow up and want to carry samurai swords and machine guns all the time – Oh man. Wait a second... by William Knous wknous@h3-media.com B S C E N E M AG.COM

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