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February 1, 2018 • Issue 2, Volume 6

Downtown Focus - Moss: Where Flowers are Fair...and Special

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February 1, 2018 • Issue 2, Volume 6

Contents 5-9 Things to Do » Hit the Bricks: February 10th in Downtown Tyler » Downtown Focus: “Moss: Where Flowers are Fair” By Barbara Greenbauer » “Love Under the Stars” at CESSE » A Lock, A Key & A Symbol of Love: A Lover’s Tradition at a Rose Rudman Trail Bridge » Downtown Heart Hunt February 10th » East Texas Auto & Cycle Show: February 16th-18th » 4th Annual Mockingbird Tyler Conference: “The Wonder of Grace” Comes to Tyler February 23rd-24th » Lucille O’Neal, February 28th: Keynote Speaker at Transforming Lives Luncheon » Upcoming at Cowan Center: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” & “Million Dollar Quartet” on Stage This Month » Tyler State Park Offers Outdoor Winter Fun » 5K’s, Fun Runs & Much More » Liberty Hall: “Groundhog Day,” Carpenters Once More, The Newlywed Game, ETSO Presents Family Concert, Card 53 Comedy Valentine’s Day Show, World Famous Elvis Tribute Concert, Johnny Lee “The Original Urban Cowboy,” Monte Montgomery in Concert, and Shooter Jennings 10-11 Food » Romance is in the Air: Make Different Plans for a Day of Love » Rose City Farmers Market Relocates to Downtown Tyler » Dining News & Events: Heads up True Viners, 2018 Spring Open House at Lake Tyler Petroleum Club, Rose City 37th Chili Cook Off, Brunch at High Hill Farm, Poke In Da Eye World Championship Barbeque, Mikoto Ramen Bar, SportsZone Does Lunch, and Burger Warehouse » Learn About Wine & Food at TJC Continuing Ed Classes 13-19 Music » “Adam Brown & The Triple Crown Band: All About The Experience” By Johnny Griffith » “For a Good ‘Soulful’ Cause: Edwin Holt & Red Clay Roadhouse & Texas College Choir Join Forces” By Edwin Holt » Upcoming Concerts: Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer, Max Stallings, Koe Wetzel, Broken Valor with Panik Device & Victims Of Sanity, Shooter Jennings, and Parker McCollum » The Old Firehouse Presents Tony Ramey in Concert » “Sean Berry: The Apple Didn’t Fall Far From The Tree” By Johnny Griffith » Weekly Live Music Returns to Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ » Red Dirt Festival: Aaron Watson, Pat Green, & Koe Wetzel » “Max McRuiz: No Labels Please” By Johnny Griffith » The Complete Music Gig Guide for Live Music 20 Theatre » Upcoming Plays, Musicals, and More 21 Family » At CESSE This Month » Classic Movie Fun at Studio Movie Grill » Good JuJu Cookie Decorating Workshops » Barnes & Noble Booksellers Story Times » Caldwell Zoo Cub Club & Winter Bird Tweets 22 Art » “Inside the Artist’s Studio: Paula McDermott, Ignite the Light” By Derrick White » This Month at Tyler Museum of Art » “Shape and Form” Opens February 10th: Work be Jessica Sanders and Cierra McGuckie on Display 23 Books » “Love to Read” By Gini Rainey


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Hit the Bricks: By Holli Fourniquet On the second Saturday of every month (February 10th), people from all over converge in Downtown Tyler for “Hit the Bricks.” Each month the event is unique and different. Whether rain or shine, hot or cold, you can always count on something to do in Downtown Tyler on the second Saturday of every month. Grab your friends and family and “Hit the Bricks!” Special activities this month include: Family • The Goodman Museum (10am-4pm) will host a scavenger hunt - fun for the whole family. Art • Check out “Origins” (12 noon-4pm) at Gallery Main Street. • “Shape and Form” Art Show featuring Cierra McGuckie and Jessica Sanders at Martin Walker, P.C., 7-9pm. Shopping • Ye Olde City Antique Mall - Find hidden hearts with discounts and free items as you shop throughout the mall. Live Music • East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents “Annual Family Concert” (1-2pm) at Liberty Hall. This performance will feature two pieces of music with narrator and imagery and will be perfect for little ones. Tickets are $5-$10. • Also at ETX Brewing Co., Garage Bar, and Rick’s on the Square. Tours • Half Mile of History Self-Guided Tour - This is an outdoor, half-mile loop around the square that commemorates significant people, places, or events in Tyler. For a list of locations go to • Take a Haunted Riding or Walking Tour with Jericho’s Tours of Tyler - It’s $15 per person. Times are 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Attendees must pay in advance online. For more info go to or text (214)621-6071. Other • City of Tyler Black History Celebration at Liberty Hall (7-9pm) - Celebrate all African Americans who overcame adversity, who made their voices heard and who made a difference. • Downtown Heart Hunt - Teams of two compete in a Scavenger Hunt around Downtown. The winning team will win a Tyler date night package worth more than $200! While you’re in Downtown enjoying one of the special events, be sure to check out some of the local businesses. Be sure to check out El Guapo Records. They sell vintage and new vinyl records. 903 Handmade will be celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary and features collections from quality handmade makers local, around Texas, and around the country. Ye Olde City Antique Mall offers a huge warehouse of antiques, collectibles and tons more. In between all the shopping and activities, take time to visit one of the Downtown family-friendly attractions including: Goodman-Legrand Home & Museum, Cotton Belt Depot, Discovery Science Place, Liberty Hall, Smith County Historical Society, Gallery Main Street, or the Tyler Public Library. For dinner, sink your teeth into one of the local Downtown eateries. Find anything from cheap tacos and bar food to fine dining and everything in between. There is free parking Downtown in the Fair Plaza parking garage, free parking on the square, or free valet parking at Rick’s and Jack Ryan’s after 4pm. For a full list of activities go to

Imagine a business that creates floral works of art, that combines the heart and thoughtful mission of fair trade flowers. In the heart of Tyler, two women are creating unique and earthy arrangements that are works of art within themselves. The mother-daughter team of Paige McGuffey and Meagan Lissner are owners who work in tandem, relying on each other’s strengths to provide East Texas with a new kind of florist. Recently expanding from a 1,300 square foot space to their new current location - encompassing 4,000 square feet, located on Broadway Downtown - Meagan says, “We now have the space to really showcase all we can do and offer more classes and hands-on plant experiences.” The shop is indeed a family-run business. Front and center is Meagan’s great-great grandfather’s countertop from his grocery business, where the magic is created. “The front counter is almost like our own bar,” explained Meagan. The client can place an order, talk and watch and give input while we mix up our elements into a bright and beautiful concoction.” There are lots of philosophies and visions woven into this flower business. When asked about the distinctive name, “Moss: Where Flowers are Fair,” Meagan responded “I just adore everything about the moss plant itself; it is so lush and gorgeous. But over and above that, the literal meaning for the word ‘moss’ is charity and is also the symbol for maternal love.” Owning and operating a small business involves not only hard work and long hours, but for Moss, everyone is involved. From Meagan’s grandmother, to her husband and three kids (aged 5, 7, and 9), the whole gang is involved in this one-of-akind business. “You really have to be passionate and love people,” said Meagan. “It is worth all the time and investment to be able to do what we love. It can be a balancing act, but we all pitch in and make it work.” Most folks won’t be familiar with the term fair trade flowers, but it is at the heart and soul of everything they do. 80% of the world’s flowers sold in the U.S. are grown in Latin America, South America, and Africa where female workers are often exploited to keep costs low, leading to severe abuse and mistreatment. Fair trade creates a sustainable business model that guarantees social justice for the workers, and certified fair trade flower farms ensure the safety and good conditions for workers, which are typically vulnerable young women.“It can be difficult to find sources and farms that are certified, but we do our research, and our mission is to support something greater than ourselves,” explained Meagan. “We want to educate others to the plight of the workers and how we can make a difference.” The arrangements that are created and designed at Moss are unique and no two are ever the same. The team hunts for seasonal and unusual flowers to create masterpieces that will have


















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everyone in awe. “We want to create a piece that reflects you and in that way is totally unique in itself,” Meagan explained. Client Amy Harbottle Carter said,“Their creative, organic, and vintage vibe is my favorite. Not only does Moss have gorgeous fair-trade florals, I can’t get enough of the shop’s collection of house plants, décor, gifts, and locally-made products. It’s reassuring as a consumer to know that shopping there is also an investment in an ethical and meaningful mission.” You can play a huge part in the process at Moss. Come in with your dream and they can help make it happen. Bring in your favorite vase, pot, or container, and they can help you create a beautiful floral takeaway for your home, right then and there. Moss is known for their unique gift boxes, filled with coffee, treats, and succulents that will wow the lucky recipient. Moss will work with you with blooms for your big wedding day, baby shower, corporate event, anniversary, or just a special gift to say thank you. Moss also has classes on all kinds of hands-on projects listed on their website at Grab a friend and come play with flowers! Wandering through the shop is a feast for the eyes, with everything from fig trees, cacti, succulents and local pottery to geodes for terrariums and air plants. Moss delivers locally, and gathers, forages, and hunts for local seasonal flowers that will really make your arrangements spectacular. They are truly excited about new ideas and visions, and will work with you through a consultation to pin down styles and colors, incorporating your favorite florals as well. Frequent client, Traci Dixon sums up Moss,“I love the people and the heart behind this wonderful business. They are fabulously talented in handcrafting the perfect floral and greenery pieces with depth and character for everyone that walks through the door.” They truly do design arrangements the way nature intended them to be. When you choose to shop at Moss, you will always get a thoughtful creation that is anything but typical. For more information, call (903)787-8822 or go to their website at You can also find them on find them on Facebook at mosswhereflowersarefair. “Moss: Where Flowers are Fair,” is located at 237 S. Broadway in Tyler. They are open Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, and closed Sundays.


February 10th in Downtown Tyler

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inspired by love and its relationship to the cosmos. Valentines couples can enjoy an evening of “Love Under the Stars,” from 7-9:30pm Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th, at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education Center at Tyler Junior College. “This is our seventh year to host ‘Love Under the Stars,’ and it just keeps growing in popularity,” said Kimberly Lessner, TJC science center director. Admission is $85 per couple (ages 21 and up), and includes: heavy hors d'oeuvres and beer, wine, and champagne; a special full-dome planetarium show; an outdoor, telescopic viewing (weather permitting); a couples’ gift basket; and a commemorative photo. The dome program will include a look at the constellations visible in the night sky and a virtual tour through the solar system and beyond to visit places in the universe that have inspired or were inspired by love. Advance tickets can be purchased at Seating is extremely limited and tickets sell very fast, so be sure to buy yours while they are still available. CESSE is located on the Tyler Junior College campus at 1411 E. Lake St. in Tyler. If you have any questions call at (903)510-2312.

A Lock, A Key & A Symbol of Love:

A Lover’s Tradition at a Rose Rudman Trail Bridge February is the month of romance and

Tyler has a unique offering for those who want a symbol of their love at the Rose Rudman Trails. A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, monument, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically, the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. Tyler offers lovebirds a place to place a symbol of their love at Rose Rudman Trails. In the section behind Woodcreek Club, follow the path south to the huge bridge. There you will find a fun display of locks of all kinds and sizes. Some have words, names, even photos. Others are simple displays with only initials or colors. All represent someone’s love to another. From one end to the other, locks line the rail. More than one hundred locks are clipped to the bars. Each one has its own story and symbolize love and devotion. Keys tossed in the river are devoured by the water, love locked forever. Although it is arguable where and when the tradition started, the most famous bridge of locks was in Paris at the Pont des Arts. The padlocks were symbolically fastened to the French capital’s main bridges by loved-up couples. Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts, then throwing the key into the River Seine beneath was a tourist tradition. The padlocks that weigh heavily on the sides of the Pont des Arts tell stories dear to the lovers who affixed them to the celebrated bridge’s iron grillwork. The weight of that love took a toll in Paris, where about eight feet of protective fencing on part of

the bridge collapsed. The locks have since been removed due to their enormous weigh that was destroying the bridge. Paris is perhaps the most-famous spot, but locks can be found on bridges across the world. Rose Rudman Trails are free and are easily accessible with a number of entry points. The picturesque trails wind through south Tyler and are perfect for walking, biking, skating, or jogging. They are enjoyable for the entire family and all fitness levels. There is lots of playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, park benches, and water fountains scattered along the way. The trail is well-maintained and always clean. They are patrolled by Tyler Police on bicycles. Rose Rudman Trails even remembered the doggies with scattered dog bowls attached to the water fountains. Rudman Trail is comprised of 4 individual paths are paved, and are double wide trails that wind through S. Tyler. Rudman Loop is 1.2 miles, Southside Trail is .5 miles, Creekside Trial is .75 miles and the Grande Trail 1.7 miles. Several of the trails end/begin at parks. The trails offer a challenge in both distance and in elevation. On the northeast segment of the trail is the Tyler Cancer Bell and Pavilion, a place of honor and remembrance for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.

Downtown Heart Hunt February 10th February 10th, 2-5pm, Downtown Tyler will turn red with hearts! Come

out and explore Downtown in a fun and competitive scavenger hunt. Teams of two will take on the Downtown Heart Hunt starting at 2pm from Gallery Main Street. Teams will earn points by locating hearts around Downtown using hints provided and then uploading photos of the two team members with each heart on to social media using the #DowntownHeartHunt. The team with the most points who makes it back to Gallery Main Street by the designated time, will win the grand Valentine’s Day prize - “A Night on the Town” featuring overnight stay at Sleep Inn & Suites, gift cards to Woldert-Spence Bed & Breakfast, Strada Caffe, 2 tickets to Card 53 Comedy’s Valentine’s Day show at Liberty Hall, 2 movie tickets at Liberty Hall that can be redeemed any time, and a gift card to Roast Social Kitchen! This is sponsored by Keep Tyler Beautiful, Gallery Main Street, and Visit Tyler. Registration is $20 per team and is limited to only 20 teams. Teams must complete the hunt on foot. Both team members must be in each photo with the hearts to receive points. Teams must have access to mobile phone with camera to participate. Be sure to get your tickets at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. There will be a reception following the hunt. Good luck and happy hunting!

East Texas Auto & Cycle Show:

February 16th-18th at Harvey Convention Center The 2018 East Texas Auto & Cycle Show, benefiting the East Texas Crisis Center. will host its 28th Annual show at The Harvey Convention Center in Tyler on February 16th-18th. This year’s show theme is ‘Fabulous 50’s’ featuring a collection of classic and antique 50’s model cars. The show will also provide a collection of vintage, classic, and special interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles from every decade. Guests will enjoy live entertainment Saturday 12:30-4pm, and Sunday 1-4pm with performances by The Magills and the Tyler All-Star Band. This year’s raffle car is a 1964 1/2 Mustang Convertible donated to the East Texas Crisis Center by Tyler Ford. This is the 15th consecutive and most valuable raffle car donated by Tyler Ford in order to raise funds to provide services for victims and survivors of violent crimes. Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at Tyler Ford, Traditions Restaurant, Quick Lane Tire & Auto, ABC Auto Parts in Tyler and Whitehouse, or online at autoandcycleshow. com. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at the close of the show on Sunday at 4pm. Show hours are Friday, February 16th 4-9pm; Saturday, February 17th 9am-7pm; and Sunday, February 18th 9am-4pm. For more info go to and

Lucille O'Neal, February 28th: Keynote Speaker at Transforming Lives Luncheon

The Inaugural Transforming Lives Luncheon, benefiting East Texas Cornerstone Assistance Network, will feature keynote speaker Lucille O'Neal, who will lead a message of “Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go: Reclaiming Courage & Direction in Life.” The event starts at 11:30am and will conclude after the luncheon at 1pm.

4th Annual Mockingbird Tyler Conference: “The Wonder of Grace” Comes to Tyler February 23rd-24th

B3 Ministries, in cooperation with Mockingbird Ministries (Charlottesville, VA), will bring the 4th Annual Mockingbird Tyler Conference: “The Wonder of Grace” to Downtown Tyler, February 23rd-24th. This multi-denominational gathering of conference contributors and MBird devotees will explore all that The Gospel engenders within the hearts of its hearers. This will be a celebration of faith, hope and love brought down to earth.   Conference speakers will include John Zahl, author of “Grace in Addiction” and John Newton, author of “Falling into Grace” and frequent contributor to Charlotte Getz.  The conference will also include local breakout speakers Brent Kirkley (Tapestry Counseling Ministries), Lucille is the mother of Shaquille O’Neal. Ricky Garner She may be the mother of one of the greatest (New Days athletes of all time but Lucille O’Neal is much Community more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom.” Church), Aristeo Acquainted early in life with turmoil, O’Neal’s Rodriguez (El circumstances shaped her perspective, strengthGuapo Records), ening her to overcome the challenges she would Brad Wofford later encounter. She has endured poverty, (BW Design), rejection, abuse, addiction, and the illness of a Tim and DeAnda Frost, Stanley Ward, Stacy child, yet today her faith and compassion for Canion, and Tom Brown.      others is stronger than ever. The conference will feature musical guest Proceeds benefit Cornerstone Assistance Network, which partners, in Christian love, with singer/songwriter/pastor Josh White, who will deliver a Friday night concert at 7:30pm on the churches, businesses, and non-profits to assist 3rd floor of Bethel. A breakout talk on “Christ in people in poverty with life transformation. Culture” will take place Saturday. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Josh White is the founding pastor of Door Hope Church and Deeper Well Records in luncheon/e147226, or by emailing megan@ Portland OR. As a songwriter and recording artist This will be held at Green Acres Crosswalk Center, 1607 Troup Hwy., for Tooth and Nail and Deeper Well, Josh has Tyler. released eight albums over the last 15 years as well

as writing for other artists such as Liz Vice. When not making music or running the church, Josh loves to spend his time reading and hanging out with his wife Darcy, and 2 children Henry and Hattie. As part of the Saturday break-outs, Ricky Garner will speak on “If It Ain't Broke, It Can’t be Fixed: Why The Cross is The Only Hope for Your Marriage.” Ricky currently serves as assistant pastor at New Days Community Church in Tyler. Also, Tim and DeAnda Frost will speak. Tim Frost is a memory-collector, storyteller, father and husband. Tim is a speaker and author of hope from firsthand experiences of survival. He emits a positive and light-hearted energy when he speaks to a large crowd or in a one-on-one conversation. Registration will begin at 4pm on Friday February 23rd at Christ Episcopal Church, and the conference will begin in full at 5pm. The Foundry Coffee House and Bethel Bible Church will host Saturday February 24th’s portion of the conference. Registration for the MBird Tyler Conference is $50. For couples, the cost is $90. A 1-Day Drop in ticket is $30. Tickets to the Josh White concert only is $15. Child care is available for a fee. Registration will include dinner from Stanley’s BBQ, a copy of “Grace in Addiction,” a gift bag full of various goodies, and free admission to Friday night’s Josh White concert. For more information, online registration, itinerary, and past event videos go online to or find them on Facebook.

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The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the UT Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to Upcoming productions are: February 3rd (7:30pm) - “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Getting away with murder can be so much fun…and there’s no better proof than the hilarious hit show that won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical—“A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder.” As one most gentlemanly NPR critics put it, “I’ve never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical!” This is for mature audiences. Tickets are $42-$67. February 12th (7:30pm) - “Million Dollar Quartet” will be presented at The Cowan Center. “Million Dollar Quartet” is the smash hit Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4th, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Tickets are $32-$67. February 27th (7:30pm) - “Complexions: Bach to Bowie” will be presented at The Cowan Center. Combining the best of athleticism, lyricism,

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technical training, and experience, “Complexions” awakens audiences to a new, exciting genre with their singular approach of reinventing dance through a ground-breaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures. The Bowie part of the evening is entitled “Star Dust” and will feature daredevil dancing, a hip soundtrack, glam rock costumes, and innovative stagecraft. Tickets are $37-$62. March 6th (7:30pm) - “Motown The Musical” will be presented at The Cowan Center. “Motown The Musical” is the true American Dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Sales begin February 5th. Tickets are $37-$67. March 9th (12:30pm and 2:30pm) - “Alice In Wonderland” will be presented at The Cowan Center! This all-new production finds a precocious girl, Alice, falling into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. To find her way, Alice charts a topsy-turvy course where every turn means a new adventure. This is ideal for Grades 2-6. All tickets are $4. March 24th (7:30pm) - Time for Three will be presented at the Cowan Center. This trio is at home in Carnegie Hall, in famous night clubs, with symphony orchestras, at NFL games, on highly acclaimed albums, or in collaborations with artists from practically every genre of music. They are known for performances of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, as well as mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Justin Timberlake, and more - plus a one-of-a-kind Orange Blossom Special.

Tyler State Park Offers Outdoor Winter Fun Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with your fee paid for admission into the park. Adults are $6 daily, and children 12 years and under are free. For more info go to or call (903)597-5338. Tyler State Park offers several events this month. February 3rd (10-11:30am) - Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot - The simple black pot tells the story of America. Learn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron. Warning: you will be hooked! February 3rd (2-4pm) - Backcountry Hike Series - Escape into the forest with a backcountry hike for a 2.5 mile moderate hike. February 10th (10-11am) - Woodpeckers! Take a walk through the forest and find as many of Tyler State Park’s seven woodpecker species as possible. February 10th (2-4pm) - CCC Lakeshore Hike - Join in for a 2-mile hike and experience the legacy of Tyler State Park. Learn the story of the young men, the Civilian Conservation Corps, that built the park and become a part of their legacy. Meet at the Silver Canoe Park Store. February 17th (8-10:30am) - Tyler State Park Birding Tour - Travel into the park to find birds, observe them in the wild, and add them to your lists. Recommended for ages 7 and up. February 17th (10:30-11:30am) - Birding 101: Introduction to Birding - Learn how to identify birds by sight and sound for a ½ mile walk. Recommended for all ages. February 17th (2-3pm) Backyard Birding Learn how to attract birds and other wildlife by wildscaping, feeding, and providing homes for our feathered friends.

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2018 Spring Festivals

East Texas is a great place for all kinds of festivals - from family fun to wine festivals, rodeos and food specialties. Plan now for these future festivals. • February 16th-18th - East Texas Auto & Cycle Show, Tyler • February 23rd-24th - The 4th Annual Mockingbird Conference, Downtown Tyler • March - ATV Mud Nationals, Jacksonville • March 3rd - 2018 Texas Coffee Festival, Downtown Tyler • March 23rd-25th - Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, Palestine • March 16th-18th, March 23rd-25th, and March 30th-April 1st - Azalea & Spring Flower Festival, Tyler • March 23rd-24th - 37th Annual Tyler Quilt Show, Tyler • April 14th - Praise Fest, Downtown Tyler • April 21st-22nd - April in Edom, Edom • April 21st-22nd - East Texas Gusher Days, Gladewater • May 5th - Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, Downtown Tyler

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to It is always free to list any event. February 25th (10am-1pm) - The Pineywoods Time Trial Race - This classic time trial run is through the greatness of the full Tyler State Park mountain bike trail. Team up with the Big Pig Cancer Foundation for a great weekend of mountain biking and camping. For more info go to: March 3rd FRESH 15 Registration is open for the 2018 FRESH 15. The race will start at FRESH by Brookshire’s in Tyler. The event features a 15k, 5k, and kids’ 1k, with all proceeds benefiting local charities. To register go to March 17th - Beauty & The Beast Bicycle Tour - This legendary ride will take place this year just in time for spring. Online registration will close Thursday, March 15th, at 11:59pm. For details go to March 24th - 2018 Tyler Azalea 10k, 5k, and Kids Run - Come out for the new and improved Tyler Azalea 10k. Proceeds benefit local charity, The Children’s Village. For more info find the event at events/1179260842207572. March 31st - True Vine Beer Run - Join the annual Beer Run at True Vine! This time it will be even bigger and better at their brand new location. The run will be followed by a huge after

party. Your entry fee includes a 50/50 blend t-shirt, commemorative Beer Run glass, entrance into the post-race finisher party and one free beer. The race will start and finish at True Vine Brewing Co., and take runners on a 5k route through Tyler. Find the event on Facebook or at Upcoming: • April 7th - Tyler Run for Autism, • April 7th - Home Run 5k/10k, • April 28th - Diva Du, • April 28th - Tyler Rose City Miracle Run, • May 12 - Race for the Cure, • July 4th - Freedom Fighter 5K - events/1219303424838365 • September 22nd - Pineywoods Ultra, • October 13th - 2018 Corkscrew Half, • December 2nd - 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5k,

Liberty Hall Presents Music, Comedy & Classic Movies Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin

St., Downtown Tyler. Tickets are available at Classic Movies • February 1st (7pm) - “Groundhog Day” • March 16th (7pm) - “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” Concerts & Events February 2nd (7pm) - Carpenters Once More features Branson Show Awards (2016), and Tribute Show of the Year (2017), Diana Lynn. From the birth of this dynamic brother/sister duo to the last of their public performances, this powerful show highlights hits like “Yesterday Once More,” “Close To You,” “For All We Know,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Postman,” “Ticket To Ride,” and many more. Tickets start at $20. February 9th (8pm) - The Newlywed Game Based on the classic television game show, Liberty Hall will choose four couples from the audience to compete in a series of revealing question rounds to determine how well the spouses know or do not know each other. As the host and Liberty’s very own Bob Eubanks, Chris Abraham will present the questions. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. February 10th (1-2pm) - ETSO Presents Family Concert - This performance will feature two pieces of music perfect for little ones. “Beagles’ Day Out” is a rhyming story about two beagles who run out the front door then enjoy fun adventures. The second piece, “The Town Musicians,” is based on the Brothers Grimm fable “The Bremen Town Musicians.” Tickets start at $5 for 17 and under, $10 for 18 and up. February 10th (7pm) - Black History Celebration - This is a celebration of Black History Month with a multimedia presentation featuring guest speakers, music, and video. Free admission. February 14th (8pm) - Card 53 Comedy Valentine’s Day Show - Card 53 Comedy brings their unique style of improv “makemups” back to the stage. Grab a date, get your girlfriends together for Galentine’s, or support Singles Awareness with a night of improv comedy. Tickets start at $15.

February 16th (7pm) - World Famous Elvis Tribute Concert - This February, you can hear Elvis’ classics being performed live as Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Travis Powell presents “One Night with Elvis.” Tickets are available by calling (832)312-0074 or email to stevemdxelvis@ February 22nd (7pm) - From Hollywood with Love - Prepare to have your hearts warmed with the music of iconic films such as “Casablanca,” “Top Hat,” “Rosalie,” “The Lion King,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Ghost,” and others. Seating is limited. Tickets are $5-$15. February 23rd (7pm) - Johnny Lee “The Original Urban Cowboy” - Johnny Lee has a legendary career - he is a member of the “Texas Country Music Hall of Fame,” performed for years at Mickey Gilley, was in the 1979 TV movie, “The Girls in the Office,” and performed in the film “Urban Cowboy.” For tickets call (866)710-8942. Tickets start at $30. February 24th (8pm)Monte Montgomery in Concert - One of East Texas favorite artists, Liberty is thrilled to have back Monte Montgomery in concert. He has recently released his new album “Dragonfly” and is currently touring. Get your tickets today to see this amazing guitar artist. Check him out at Tickets start at $15. March 10th (8pm) - Shooter Jennings - Shooter Jennings is an American singer-songwriter active mainly in the outlaw country music and southern rock genres. He is the son of country music legend Waylon Jennings. Jennings made his debut with the single “4th of July” on his 2005 album “Put the ‘O’ Back in Country,” which peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard country charts. Tickets range from $35 -$45.

At Kawa’s, we feature a unique twist on Japanese Hibachi and delectable fusion sushi rolls. Everything is made fresh and with quality ingredients. The large Hibachi grills allow for an entertaining environment for all occasions. We have an enormous lounge area and elegant bar area which is a perfect venue for celebrating with all of your family and friends. Come on down and enjoy the only outdoor Hibachi grill in Tyler Texas. We pride ourselves on being Tyler's go-to place for a good time. The craft cocktails from the bar complement the upbeat atmosphere, while live music and events are held weekly. Come join in the fun and make lasting memories with us. For a superior dining experience visit Kawa's Hibachi Grill & Lounge for lunch or dinner today.


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Make Some Different Plans for a Day of Love Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and that means - wait, let’s guess, cards, flowers, and candy. There’s nothing wrong with that, I mean who doesn’t love roses and chocolate. But if you are thinking about spending the day doing something a little different, we’d like to make a few suggestions for dialing up the romance, sizzle, and sweetness that this holiday is all about.

The Fancy

A night on the town sometimes involves a fancy dinner. Tyler has an abundance of excellent restaurants offering everything from seafood to steaks. Reservations are highly recommended. Texas de Brazil 2376 Dueling Oaks, Ste. 100, Tyler For the love of meat! Be sure to try the newest fine dining in town. Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian Steak House located just off of Old Jacksonville in Tyler. For one set price, they’ve got endless amount of food to serve. To start, there is a wide selection salad bar included in the price of the meal - and an all you can eat main course. The best part is, you never have to leave you seat, for the main course that is. If you are interested in this new fine dining experience, be sure to check it out. Dakota’s - 4803 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler Dakota’s is an intimate restaurant with a nice patio for more casual dining and drinks with an exceptional menu. From oysters Rockefeller to the steak and prime rib, and seafood main courses, the options on their menu are endless. Open for lunch and dinner, Dakota’s has little alcoves for some roomy tables which are romantically cozy and private. Susan Dent said, “Dakotas is our ‘go to’ place for any special occasion. We go for every Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, most birthdays, and sometimes ‘just because.’ The food is consistently delicious. Service is always great. It’s pretty and it’s quiet and intimate and such a nice change from so many other restaurants. It’s a perfect place for a romantic evening.” Kiepersol Restaurant - 1508 Merlot Ln., Bullard It is always first class food and service at Kiepersol. I have no doubt that you and your Valentine will enjoy dinner at this quaint, quiet, and overall incredible restaurant. From Duck cigars with crunchy relish and plum sauce, to heavenly lobster bisque, steaks, and crab crusted Sea Bass, their menu features a wonderful selection. Wines, of course, are from Kiepersol’s on-site vineyard; they are a highlight. Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee are prepared tableside and is a show to behold. Bernard's Mediterranean Restaurant - 212 Old Grande Blvd., Tyler Bernard’s has long been a go to spot for people with special occasions. The intimate setting creates a very romantic and special dinner. Mediterraneanthemed cuisine features everything from stuffed trout to rack of lamb and everything in between. What they have available sometimes varies, and they have daily specials. The Blanc De Poulet 10 •

Campagnard, Sea Bass, and Lamb Chops are fantastic. There’s nothing not to love about this quiet upscale restaurant with excellent food, good wine, and perfect service. Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse - 102 N. College Ave., Tyler The 1930’s Deco bank building is beyond beautiful. You step back in time when you enter, and the exceptional food is simply icing on the cake. When you first enter the foyer and see the grandeur of the staircase that leads up to the restaurant, you begin to realize you are in for a special experience. You are greeted at the grand front desk and with reservations made weeks in advance, immediately taken to your table. From an excellent wine list, to a Tenderloin that will melt in your mouth, Jack Ryan’s will not disappoint. The Lobster Mac-N-Cheese appetizer is divine. The Chicago/ San Francisco/Dallas and Cordon Bleu-trained chefs serve up brilliant sous vide meat perfectly seared and plated. The Grove - 3500 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler If you have been to The Grove for lunch or to the Smoke Shack, this Cupid’s Day, try out the inside dining room for dinner. The menu hosts crab claws, Center Cut Filet, Center Cut Ribeye, Prime Bone In Ribeye, Jidori Chicken, Chilean Sea Bass, Beef Wellington, Pecan Crusted Salmon, Maple Roasted Duck, and much more. Lamb Lollipops and the famous Cap’n Crunch Shrimp are great starters. The Grove Kitchen and Gardens is a unique property and features chef-crafted menus set on a sprawling, beautiful piece of land in the heart of Tyler. The main restaurant is a beautiful indoor dining area, a covered patio dining as well as an open patio. All dining areas all look on to a beautiful courtyard area that has music performers most weekends. The Grove is a great place to take a date - it’s the perfect choice for treating special people on special occasions!

Something Different

If you want to do something a little different this year, here are a few suggestions: Roast Social Kitchen - 1125 E. 5th St., Tyler Roast is very unique restaurant located in midtown Tyler. It is an eclectic restaurant with an industrialchic vibe offering uniquely-created dishes by their excellent new Chef Thomas Mattson. There are different specials each week and depending on popularity, these new dishes will be added to the menu. The Shrimp & Grits (pictured) are to die for amazingly fresh wild caught shrimp straight out of the Gulf into a savory Lone Star “beer blanc” sauce atop a roasted poblano and aged cheddar grit cake. Watch their Facebook page for daily creations. We love the Warmed Olive Bowl for a starter, the Grilled Hangar Steak is Texas Akaushi beef, Argentinian Chimichurri, roasted carrots. It’s hard to beat the famous Bee’s Knees pizza with roasted garlic, 4-cheese blend, sopressata, Italian sausage, Mike’s Hot Honey, thyme, and fresh orange. Roast has a great bar menu with the best Barrel Aged Old Fashioned around. Roast is where the truly cool go to hang out, whether for lunch, cocktails or dinner! Daniel Boone’s Grill & Tavern - 1920 E SE Loop 323, Tyler Come out and get your spurs on for hearty American eats amid Western decor and a menu full of fun slang

and humor! Boone’s offers reliable fast, friendly service, big portions, tasty comfort food, and neat decor, plus free beans, chili beans, and ice cream with your meal. They also have an amazing bar with good drink prices. The Bucket of Bird is a favorite as well as the huge Chicken Fried “Stake.” The Big Boonie Burger is always freshly made, and the “Basskit, Bakin Lettice&Mator” sandwich served on Texas toast is excellent. This is a very casual restaurant, sure to make you laugh and enjoy the meal. Villa Montez 3324 Old Henderson Hwy., Tyler From their website, “Villa Montez offers Latinstyle seafood and meat dishes, plus comfort classics, presented in a swanky hilltop mansion.” Yes, you read that right - hilltop mansion! Villa Montez has awesome food and an old world rustic charm atmosphere. It has been consistently decorated with art and furniture that create a unique “Mediterranean Mexican” atmosphere. There is a downstairs cellar, two upper rooms for private gatherings, three dining rooms and an expansive patio. Overall, the menu has very interesting dishes with a South American twist. We love the sea bass and the margarita shrimp, they’re both delicious. Kristi Arms said, “Villa Montez never disappoints. This is a go to for special occasions or just a delicious meal in a beautiful setting. My favorite is the Chimichurri Steak and the salad with the chimichurri steak on it. I can never seem to get out of there without getting a huge slice of their fabulous chocolate cake! They say it is for sharing...which I will usually do if I am asked nicely.”

the Combination Plate and Tony’s Tacos. The lively atmosphere creates a fun environment, full of tradition and memories. Ask for the “special hot sauce” - it is yummy and definitely very special. The orange sauce...what can we say. We love the stuff. We went thru three baskets of chips, it was so good! Mario’s Italian Restaurant - 7916 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler Diner Jack Wilson said, “We love the ambience of Mario’s. It’s our favorite Italian restaurant. We love the classic old style of the place. When you walk in, you are greeted like family. The main dining room is so charming. Mo and his incredible staff make sure you leave with a happy heart and a full belly. The food is always impeccable and being serenaded while you dine is delightful. You can even dance! I highly recommend this treasure.” We couldn’t agree more. Mario’s atmosphere is very romantic in itself, and the entertainer playing big band music on weekend evenings really sets the stage for the fun Rat-Pack style atmosphere with the walls packed full of iconic movie posters and photos of famous stars from Hollywood’s golden years. The menu offers classic Italian favorites including lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, veal picatta, Roman Platter, Veal Parmigiana, and shrimp scampi. The cannoli is definitely worth saving room for. “Mario’s is one of my husband’s and my favorite date night restaurants. Mario’s oozes romance!” Kawa’s Hibachi Stanley’s Famous BBQ - 525 S. Beckham, Tyler Grill & Lounge If you are in the mood to do something fun 1024 WSW Loop this Valentine’s Day, Stanley’s is the place to be. 323, Tyler This place is lauded for several reasons, best This is a perfect known for its award-winning barbecue, but also restaurant to show for their heated and enclosed patio this time of off - from everyyear. It is a wonderfully, casually comfortable thing including the place to eat with family, friends, or your special modern designed someone. We think it would be romantic to split décor and ambiance which is both beautiful their famous Mother Clucker - Cadillac edition and appealing, to impressive Japanese favorites, with candied bacon and avocado - seriously, sashimi and sushi, Kawa’s offers a date-worthy what says “I love you” better than sharing this evening of entertainment and food. You will love delicious creation? Ok, maybe sharing the ribs the hibachi show cooked right in front of you, would be even better! Stanley’s will satisfy both and you will absolutely adore the food. Lauren your romantic side and a desire to have some Brooks said, “We ordered Rainbow Rolls to fun. Stanley’s offers a nice selection of craft beers start, then scallops (that were cooked to perfecand bourbons, too. tion), steak (melts in your mouth) and Chicken/ Shrimp with Fried Rice and then sat back to El Charro’s on the Ridge watch the chef do his thing - which was not only 6899 Oak Hill Blvd, Tyler I remember eating at the old El Charros as a an exhibition of skill at the grill but also enterkid in the 1970’s. This El Charros has preserved taining. The food was so good! It was a very impressive evening.” Overall, Kawa’s would be a a number of the old recipes from the original wonderful experience for a Valentine’s Day date. restaurant, and has added a few new favorites. There is the option of general seating or hibachi. Our favorites are the famous house margaritas,

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Heads up True Viners! It’s a new year and True Vine’s next chapter has begun. Make plans to attend their grand opening on March 31st at their new location at 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway in Tyler. This party will celebrate the 4 Year Anniversary and the Grand Reopening. There will be of course, lots of your favorite beers, a food truck, live music, and the annual True Vine Beer Run, 10am-4pm. Make plans now to attend this great day of fun! February 11th (3-5pm) - 2018 Spring Open House will be held at Lake Tyler Petroleum Club. Come see what’s trendy and tasty at this venue. Grab a glass of wine and a bite to eat while exploring some of Tyler’s elite vendors. There will be door prizes, a cash bar, live music, and more. RSVP by calling (903)566-4444 or email March 3rd-4th (all day) - Rose City 37th Chili Cook Off - Think you can make the best chili in the world? They will be registering cooks on Friday, March 2nd at the cook off location. There are several categories to compete in: Beans, CASI Chili, Junior Chili (age 5-17), and People’s Choice Chili where the public votes for the best through a ballot method. Registration is $25 per team. For more info, find them on Facebook. The chili cook off benefits Ragan’s Hope. February 4th (2pm and 5pm) - Valentine Cookie Class will be held at M6 Winery in Bullard. Chelsea Presley will host three classes to help prepare us all for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or Italian Soda during the class and feel free to bring snacks. Chelsea will teach you how to decorate sugar cookies by using “pipe and flood” techniques. Beginners are welcome. You will leave with six Valentine’s cookies. To register, contact (903)360-0369,, or Every Sunday (11am) - Brunch at High Hill Farms - Every Sunday, come out to the farm for a delightful brunch of hearty breakfast creations at Côte. This contemporary, art-filed restaurant will delight you with fresh farm to table creations (some from their

Rose City Farmers Market Relocates to Downtown Tyler The Rose City Farmers Market is moving downtown,

joining several new small businesses that have opened in the past year in the Off The Square area, supporting downtown revitalization efforts. The Rose City Farmers Market will open April 7th at 236 S. Broadway Ave., just a half block north of Front St. in the parking lot of Bill’s Unclaimed Furniture. The market is open from April to November. This is across from “Moss: Where Flowers are Fair” and ETX Brewing Co. The new location will be within walking distance of the Brick Street and Azalea districts, and near the Fair Plaza Parking Garage to accommodate market shoppers. There is always free parking in the parking garage. “In our new location, we will better fulfill our original mission of improving access to locally-sourced food, plus we will be a part of the exciting new growth happening in Downtown Tyler,” said Jessica Bullock, a member of the market leadership team. “It’s where we’ve hoped to be for a long time.” The Rose City Farmers Market is being hosted downtown by Cecilia Rodriguez-Bush and her husband, Bill Bush, owners of Bill’s Unclaimed Furniture, a longtime business fixture of Downtown Tyler. “Lots of other offers had been made for us to move the market, but this spot has wonderful visibility and accessibility to so many parts of our community,” Bullock said. “The market is Tyler’s truly local farmers market. Since our humble beginnings, we have been a producer’s only market - you can rest assured everything on our tables was produced by the person selling it.” The Rose City Farmers Market is a family- and dog-friendly community gathering place, providing locally-grown produce, herbs, wood oven breads, pastries and granola, jams, pickles, locally roasted coffee, cheese, artists and artisans, live music, and sometimes even yoga. They are open every Saturday AprilNovember 8am-12 noon. For more info contact (903)539-2875,, or

garden when in season just steps from the kitchen) designed to both entertain your palette and satisfy your hunger. High Hill Farm is located at 12626 CR 217, Arp. For reservations contact (903)730-5055 or Poke In Da Eye World Championship Barbeque & Catering, located in Chapel Hill at 11811 Hwy 64 E.,is now open - finally! After a long tear-down, rebuild, re-create of a piece of land, this World Championship Barbeque team is open to the public. Every Saturday & Sunday (10:30am-2pm) - Brunch & Booze will be at Coyote Sam’s, 5424 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. This is a wonderful brunch of eggs Benedict, Sam’s Smoked Ham Omelet, Blueberry Pancakes, Amaretto French Toast, biscuits and gravy, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s. Mikoto Ramen Bar is now open and is absolutely fabulous! Located at 6611 S. Broadway, Mikoto offers Tonkotsu-based ramens that are masterfully crafted by boiling pork bones for over 10 hours. If you are not sure what real authentic ramen is, it is in no way like what you survived on in college. This ramen is rich and hearty, full of heavenly spices and seasoned perfectly. We recommend the Black Garlic Ramen bowl, Spicy Curry Ramen, and the Lobster Crunch sushi. Ramen comes with ingredients of egg, nori, bamboo shoots, green onions, and beef. Pork potstickers and the soft crab on a cha shu pork bun are excellent too. Contact Mikoto at (903)944-7962 or TJ Sushi Asian Fusion is now open at 5875 Old Bullard Rd. TJ Sushi brings fresh sushi Asian fusion, offering unique creations as well as your favorite traditional ones. We recommend the Las Vegas Roll Special - a crispy, deep fried sushi roll with smoked salmon, cream cheese and jalapeno inside. Several kinds of Pho noodle soup is always available as well as fried rice, Udon (wheat pasta in thick strips) dishes, traditional dishes like Broccoli Chicken, Chow Mein, and Kung Pao Chicken. Contact TJ Sushi at (903)630-9201 or Go Go Sushi & Stir Fry opened in January at 7922 S. Broadway in the old Boiling Catch building. Simply decorated, Go Go Sushi offers anything but simple food. The menu offers a lot of sushi, traditional favorites like sesame chicken, kung pao chicken, Thai basil beef, Thai curries, and fried rice combos. Samantha Meave said, “Everything we tried was very flavorful. We had the Thai fried rice, pineapple fried rice, and lo mein. They all tasted great.” Contact them at (903)630-6592. SportsZone, located at 115 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler, is now open for lunch. Offering sandwiches, pizza, burgers and wings, SportsZone has got some awesome food. Whether it’s lunch, Happy Hour or late night, SportsZone has got you covered. Our favorite: the Lunch Special - a slice of pizza, salad and drink for $8. Contact them at (903)266-9132 or at Burger Warehouse in Green Acres Shopping Center at 1839 Troup Hwy., in Tyler, is getting a lot of attention for their freshly ground burgers. “I had the 5150 Burger and man, was it good. The unique bacon mayo was excellent and really tied the flavor of the burger together. I added pepper jack cheese on top for the extra kick. Burger Warehouse’s french fries were delicious and crispy,” said Ben Moone recently. Favorites for us are the green chili burger, Southwest burger, and handmade shakes. Burger Warehouse also offers an ice cream bar. This is a great family friendly restaurant.



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Music Adam Brown & The Triple Crown Band: All About The Experience By Johnny Griffith Adam Brown is in love with music and wants his fans to feel that love. Born in 1989, he began his love affair with music when, at the age of four, he saw an old performance of Stevie Ray Vaughn on TV. At the age of five, his mother gave him his first guitar which had belonged to his father who had passed away when Adam was only two. He’s had a guitar close at hand ever since. Growing up in East Texas, Brown’s mother not only encouraged his love of music, but helped him get gigs at the ripe old age of 10, constantly exposing him to different types of music and musicians. This education allowed him to start his first band by the age of 17 and a year later, Adam opened up for Candlebox at a show here in East Texas. Always persistent and always learning, Brown has since started a project called Adam Brown and The Triple Crown Band and they are performing all over the area as well as working on albums and videos along the way. Motivated by his love of the music, a solid work ethic, and his young daughter...Brown expects big things to happen and is doing his part to make sure he and the band have those chances. Johnny: When did you decide to take music past the hobby level and try to make it more? Adam: I think I always kind of knew that I wanted music to be my life and my career choice. After the first time I saw the enjoyment in people’s faces that watched me do what I loved so much, I knew this was what I was meant to do. Johnny: Who makes up the Triple Crown Band and where did that name come from? Adam: The Triple Crown Band is made up of Roy Hufstetler on bass guitar and backup

vocals, Eric Dobbins on lead guitar, Gary Henson on drums, and myself on lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar. The name sort of came to us right after our first practice back in 2011. I was always a big Crown Royal fan and it had a good ring to it so it just stuck. Johnny: How would you describe your music? Adam: That’s one of the hardest questions to answer - to describe my own music, but I would definitely say it’s Red Dirt country with a lot of rock and blues influence in there as well. Johnny: Have you and the TCB done any previous recording work? Adam: We have an album out right now with 10 tracks on it called “Close Your Eyes” that we recorded at Rosewood Studios in Tyler. We still sell hard copies at our shows and it’s also on any music download app for purchase. We just put out a new single that is currently playing on 105.7 KYKX called “At a Bar Somewhere in Texas” and we will have the new album out by the middle of this year. Johnny: About how many shows a month are you guys currently playing? Adam: As much as we can! When we are not focused on recording the new album, we practice and play every chance we get. Make sure to follow us on social media - we are constantly booking new shows. Johnny: What have some of the biggest challenges been to devoting more time to playing gigs and traveling? Adam: It’s all about the cashflow baby! Just like everybody else, we have bills to pay: car payment, rent, etc. and have to put food on the table so we have to do that first and then everything else goes into the music. I would say juggling between to the two and keeping life at a happy medium is probably the biggest challenge there is, not just in music but with anything you love. Johnny: What has been your support base through the journey? Adam: We definitely couldn’t do this without our family, friends, and fans. Through the good times and bad, we wouldn’t be as far as we are if not for their love and support. Johnny: What has been your most

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memorable gig to date? Adam: I’d have to say Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth was probably the coolest place I’ve been able to play so far because there have been so many greats on that stage and to be able to follow them - standing in the same place as them - was just amazing. As cool as that was though, I believe the most memorable shows are yet to come. Johnny: What’s your proudest accomplishment so far in your career as a musician? Adam: Without a doubt, recording my first album was a great accomplishment, and my first big dream was to be able to hear my song played on the radio so when that happened, I was pretty excited. Kind of on that same line was when we heard a bar full of people sing one of our songs for us. There just isn’t anything that can adequately describe the sight of other people singing something you created. Johnny: What’s your favorite cover song you do that nobody else is doing? Adam: You know, I don’t think we worry so much about playing a song no one else is playing right much it is that our sound, and show, is unique to us. Even if we’re playing the same cover tunes as other bands, when we play them, it will sound completely different. To us, it’s all about just playing - our sound and our way. The rest will work itself out. Johnny: Okay, let’s say I’m out on the weekend looking for a live show to enjoy. What sets you guys apart from the other options I have?

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Adam: Well I think what sets us apart is that we do such a wide variety of music from Red Dirt country to R&B to Hendrix and all the best old classics thrown in the middle. Throw in all of our original music and that gives you a show you won’t be able to hear anywhere else. Johnny: What’s on the horizon in 2018 for Adam Brown and The Triple Crown Band? Adam: We’re looking forward to a full schedule of shows this year, both acoustic and full band. Also, promoting our new album that we can’t wait for you all to hear. We are also excited about working with our new management company. They are adding a new dynamic to our growth as a band including new videos, which are in the works as we speak. We look forward to sharing them soon with all of our fans. We’ve got a lot of great things for the new year in store. Look out, here we come! Adam Brown & The Triple Crown Band can be found on the web at: • •

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For a Good “Soulful” Cause: Edwin Holt, Red Clay Roadhouse, and Texas College Choir Join Forces By Edwin Holt Some of you already know the backstory of my musical life, what you may not know is the soulful bond that developed between myself and a culture that I have come to define as my second family. Like most people that stay in their comfort zone of their own culture, I found myself in a different realm. For several years in the south Dallas area and beyond, I found myself, a twenty year old male, performing in an all black blues band, in all black juke joints. The music was and will always be a great reward of my dues paid. The family of musicians I inherited, was a reward I never saw coming. Having the opportunity to perform, travel, and join them at their dinner tables with their families, has changed me into someone else. Growing up in the small town of New London, Texas, I was sheltered to what lied ahead in the real world. A world that opened my young eyes to the reality of a culture riddled with struggles that continue to plague our society and most importantly, the very body of Christ. People talk about how we are divided as a culture. They say that leadership does nothing to aid within this division but at the same time we fail to notice the blame within ourselves. We think we are helpless to make any kind of change in the world due to who we are or where

were from - I believe differently. My focus in life, is to make a continued difference using love as a means of change. So it should be no surprise that when the Texas College Choir reached out and asked me to help them get to New York in their own efforts to share the Gospel of music, I was all in. And with that, I’m hoping you are all in as well. Presented by the Holt family, this will be an evening full of soul that will take place on February 24th at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. The performance is being held at the Caldwell Auditorium, 300 S. College Ave., Tyler. Please help me help others with music. It is a wonderful gift from God that brings people of all cultures together. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Upcoming Concerts

at Coach’s & Cowboys, February 2nd (8pm) February 24th (8pm) - Zane Williams with - Monte Montgomery Push Water will be at in Concert - One of Love & War in Lindale. East Texas favorite artTickets are $15-$32 ists, Liberty is thrilled and available at outto have back Monte Montgomery in conFebruary 3rd cert. He has recently (7:30pm) - Take 6 and Manhattan Transreleased his new album “Dragonfly” and is curfer will be in concert. Combining forces for the rently touring. Tickets start at $15. Liberty Hall first time, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. Grammy Awards and a range of styles that cov- Tickets are available at ers nearly every genre of popular music: from March 3rd (8pm) - Broken Valor, Panik jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. Belcher Device, Victims Of Sanity will be in concert at Performance Center at LeTourneau UniverClick’s Live. Tickets are available at the door. sity is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview, (903)233-3080 or go to March 10th (8pm) - Shooter Jennings - Shooter Jennings is an American singer-songwriter active February 9th (8pm) - Max Stallings will be at mainly in the outlaw country music and southCoach’s & Cowboys, ern rock genres. He is the son of country music February 16th (8pm) - Koe Wetzel will be at legend Waylon Jennings. Tickets range from $35 Coach’s & Cowboys, -$45. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Tyler. Tickets are available at February 17th (8:30pm) - Curtis Grimes will be at Moore’s Store in Ben Wheeler. Tickets are March 16th (8pm) - Parker McCollum will be available at the door. at Coach’s & Cowboys. Tickets are available at February 23rd (8pm) - Flatland Cavalry will be

The Old Firehouse Presents

Tony Ramey in Concert The Old Firehouse in Edom hosts great

acoustic concerts in the only “listening room” in the area. The Old Firehouse is located at 8241 FM 279 in Edom. The Old Firehouse is an intimate, smoke-free, and alcohol-free “coffeehouse” music room. For tickets, go to or call (903)852-ART1 (2781). Doors open at 6:30pm with “Schmooze Hour,” and the music begins at 7:30pm. February 17th - Tony Ramey With music that reflects his real life, real people, and the landscapes shaping their destinies, Tony Ramey embodies the substantive American soul. Tony Ramey grew up in West Virginia on bluegrass and Bill Withers, found Willie, Waylon, Cash, and Kristofferson at eleven (who fueled an already fiery passion to write songs), then he heard Steve Earle whose songs convinced him to move to “Guitar Town” (Nashville) to hone his craft. He would eventually leave for Texas when the road called him out again.

With the release of his eleventh album, Ramey has the respect of industry folk, and keeps growing his audience with his undeniable prowess as a singer/songwriter. His tour schedule and his passion for performing are evidence that he prefers the troubadour life-style. Tony’s daughter Savannah will be opening. Admission is $18 at the door. Advance admission is $15 until 3pm Friday before the concert. Other concerts include: • March 10th - Rupert Wates • March 24th - Sofia Talvik • April 14th - Ryanhood

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moved to Nashville. That’s where I really began to hone in on my own writing style and perfect my craft as an artist. Johnny: Speaking of Nashville, By Johnny Griffith how was that experience and what lessons did you come away with When he walks up on the stage, Sean Berry that you still use today? looks like he would be more at home chasing Sean: Nashville was awesome. quarterbacks on a football field than standing in I love that town. I got to meet and front of a microphone holding a guitar. write with a lot of incredible people Then he starts to sing and the soulful raspy voice combined and the nimble guitar work, lets during my time there. I learned a lot about myself as a writer. The main you know he is right where he was meant to be. thing I took away from being there Born in 1994 to country music performers is to stay creative. Think outside the and raised in Athens, Georgia, Sean grew up playing football, hunting, fishing, and living on a box. Be original. Johnny: Your bio says you met farm. From the time he was born until around 4 your wife while on a trip to Texas years old, he was constantly on the road touring playing a gig. Tell us a little about with his mom and dad, country music legend John Berry. In fact, so much of his early years were how that went down. Sean: I was actually opening spent on the road around music, he remembers for my dad at the Belcher Center stepping off the tour bus as a child at his home and not realizing that this was actually his home! in Longview and my wife’s entire Berry was a stand up football player, winning family was there and she was at home babysitting her brother and several awards in the process, but also took cousins. My mother in law, and chorus in high school, which went a long way towards refining the natural talent already there. now Aunt, were sending Kayla pictures of me on stage saying, “We found your soulmate… we After a couple of years of college, the music found your husband.” Kayla’s aunt came up to me bug finally grabbed complete control of Sean, after the show and asked how old I was, if I had and he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Several years later, fate and circumstances a CD, and if I was single. She then proceeded to show me a picture of Kayla. I was blown away. did what they do best, and now Sean calls East Texas home; he plays regularly in venues around Usually I tell people I have a girlfriend simply for the fact that you meet some “out there” people the region. We caught up to him this month to on the road but for whatever reason I told them talk about his background, his music, and what I was single. Later that night I had a follow on brought him to East Texas. Johnny: When did you first show an interest my Instagram page and it was her. I followed her back and sent her a message saying that I met her in music? family and that they had nothing but good things Sean: Growing up in a music family, I’ve always had a love for music. However, I never felt to say about her. We exchanged phone numbers and talked everyday for three weeks. February pressured to be a musician. My parents wanted 13th, I flew to DFW, she picked me up, and I me to play sports and do whatever I wanted. immediately knew that I was going to marry her. They were extremely supportive through all my endeavors. My music journey started when I was That’s a pretty terrifying feeling for a 20 year old! in 6th grade. My father had bought me a Fender Nine months later I moved to Texas. We were Stratocaster and started to teach me some basics. married December 31, 2016. Johnny: Has the move to Texas changed the Soon after that I began taking lessons at a local way you approach your music? studio called the School of Rock. It was there Sean: I wouldn’t say its changed my approach. where I really fell in love with 70’s and 80’s rock I definitely have a new found love for Texas n’ roll. I was a huge Boston fan because of their heavy guitar sound. I originally wanted to just be country. I just write what I like and what I feel. That’s what I’ve always done and it just happens a lead guitarist. to resonate with Texas country. I’ve never been Johnny: You came from a family full of one to write the “mainstream sound,”...not that I musicians. How did that influence your path in think it’s bad, it’s just not me. music? Johnny: How would you describe your Sean: With my father being a big name in country music during the 90’s, you would think I current style? Sean: My music style is a reflection of my grew up listening to a lot of country music. That southern family roots. I grew up on a dirt road in wasn’t the case. I listened to a lot of rock n’ roll an educated, rural town outside Athens, Georgia. and southern rock because that’s what my dad My Dad is a singer songwriter and my Mom a loved. Boston, Styx, Journey, Lynard Skynard, Marshall Tucker Band, Allman Brothers, Doobie back up singer. I was taught to enjoy all kinds Brothers, and many more were huge influences. of music, loved by my parents, never lacked for anything, and taught how to appreciate simplicity I never listened to a ton of country music until and God’s nature. My music is home grown. the last 5 years. Now my playlist consist of a lot Johnny: How much of your set is typically of classic country: George Jones, Strait, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Hank Jr., etc. I also listen originals versus cover tunes? Sean: I would say it’s pretty even. I try to play to singer/songwriters like John Denver, Jason Isbell, and then of course, a ton of Texas country. covers that will get people’s attention, and then play originals when they are really into it and Johnny: When did you decide this life was listening. something you had an interest in pursuing? Johnny: Where do you typically draw inspiraSean: I’ve always loved music and thought it would be cool to do for a living but I never tion from for your writing? really believed I could make that happen until I Sean: Everyday life. It could be a sign on the

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road, the trees blowing, a fire burning, something I see on TV, the loving touch of my wife. To be a good songwriter, which I don’t claim to be, you have to be able to see the beauty and rawness in everything. See something, break it down, describe it. The inspiration for my song “Wildfire” came from sitting around a fire at my in-laws. I sat there looking at this fire burning and I thought about how beautiful fire is too look at and watch, but also how destructive it can be. I took that thought and turned it into how a toxic relationship can destroy you, just like a wildfire. Johnny: Obviously with your background and path, you’ve played a lot of shows and made a lot of memories along the way. We’re going to assume meeting your future wife would be your best memory from a show...what would you say your second best memory on the journey has been so far? Sean: I had the opportunity to play guitar with my Dad at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. I didn’t sing or even say a word into a microphone, but I got to stand on a stage where so many legends stood, and play music to a sold out crowd. That is one of the highlights of my life so far. Johnny: What’s on the agenda for 2018? Big shows, new recordings? Sean: I’ll be recording a new record in the next few months. I’m beyond excited to get new fresh music out to people. I really believe this record will open a lot of doors for me as an artist and get me into some bigger venues with bigger audiences. Johnny: Where can people catch you live over the next couple of months? Sean: The Central Station in Gladewater, Open Range in Gilmer, and various other places in East Texas. I’m also booking a few dates in February/March for full band shows. That will definitely be one to see. Full band gigs are awesome because the show is completely different than an acoustic set. For more information on Sean Berry and upcoming shows: • •

live music returns to Stanley’s Famous BBQ, 525 S. Beckham St., Tyler, every night 6:30-9:30pm. Get ready to celebrate spring on the patio with this amazing lineup! Mondays Ramoth-Gilead & His Affiliad will be performing live, featuring a different Affiliad every week. An affiliad is one who accompanies Ramoth with a musical instrument (i.e., percussion, horn, banjo, fiddle, bass, etc.). You can get more info on his facebook page for the latest updates on who his Affiliad will be each week. Tuesdays is Kids Night with Dustin Becker & Chris Oliver. Kids eat free (one free kid’s meal per grown-up meal purchased). There is free live music and drink specials for Mom and Dad. Wednesday is Happy Hour All Day and live music with Big Funky Cloud. Thursdays celebrate the blues with BBQ and TJ Hammersly & Friends. You can also buy one regular-sized chopped brisket sandwich and two drinks (soft drinks or beer) and get a free regularsized chopped beef sandwich. Dine in only. Friday nights there is always a live band. Live bands scheduled are: • February 2nd (8pm) - Charley Crockett “A Honky Tonk Hero for the Modern Era.” Stefan Cotter is opening. • February 9th (8pm) - Katy Guillen & the Girls • February 16th - Quentin Moore with Dustin Becker opening • February 23rd (8pm) - New Breed Brass Band • March 9th - The Accidentals For more info and to stay updated on live music at Stanley’s, go to

Red Dirt Festival Announces Line-Up:

Aaron Watson, Pat Green & KoeTheWetzel 2018 Red Dirt

BBQ & Music Festival will be held May 5th, 12 noon-11:30pm in Downtown Tyler. Tickets are limited but available at VIP tickets are $100, general admission tickets are $60. Concert only tickets are $30. The Ultimate VIP tickets are $750. The music headliners were recently announced. Headlining this year is Aaron Watson, Pat Green, Koe Wetzel, Josh Weathers, and Read Southall Band. For more info go to

Max McRuiz: No Labels Please By Johnny Griffith In the music world there are all sorts of labels for musicians: guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, country artist, pop artist, R&B artist, etc. Then there are those people who transcend any attempt to be put into a box and are constantly evolving their skill and style as they grow. Allow me to introduce you to Max McRuiz. Born in Lindale, and raised in Longview, Max inherited a musical past from his grandparents on both sides of his family. Max attended Spring Hill high school where he excelled in the music program. A four-time All Area 1st Chair, and three-time State 1st Chair winner in drums, his passion for music translated into several scholarships and the opportunity to continue his education in music at the collegiate level where he continued to develop skills on several instruments. After studying music education/performance at Kilgore College as well as SFA, Max was a student teacher at Kilgore High School. It was during this time that he realized he probably wasn’t destined to be a band director so he started teaching music on the side as a hobby to keep his skills sharp and fresh on his mind. A veteran of several successful musical projects in the area, Max has recently devoted more time to solo projects and building a new trio for local gigs across the area. I sat down with Max recently for a chat. Johnny: When did you first start to develop an interest in music? Max: I developed a love for music at a very young age. My parents would place my crib next to the TV when I was only 8 months old so I could stand up and dance to The California Raisins as they would sing old Motown hits like “Heard it Through The Grapevine” and “Sign Sealed Delivered.” My love for music has only grown stronger as the years progressed. Johnny: You’re a multi-instrumentalist. What were you first drawn to, and what do you consider your best instrument at this point in your life? Max: I started playing drums and guitar around 1999 when my brother bought an old Samick electric guitar and Laney amp and it came pretty easy to me. As the years went on, I picked up the piano and played by ear until college where I had proper instruction on theory and reading sheet music. Although I would admit that the piano is my favorite instrument to play and compose with, I think drums are my forte. I pride myself in the fact that I am a ‘Jack of All Trades,’ so I try not to become too unbalanced as far as which instrument I am better on. Johnny: What was your first public performance? Max: I first took the stage when I was 7 years old for a talent show. I continued doing talent shows throughout school but it wasn’t until 2006 when I started a country cover band named Pocket Aces and I started gigging and playing shows. Once in college at SFA, I started my most successful band, Westbound 21, with friends Cody Wayne, Lyndsey Torrez, and Jason Skidmore. Johnny: You’ve been involved in several successful local music projects. When did you decide to do more solo work? Max: In September 2013, I decided to leave Westbound 21 and the big country music scene to play music at my local church. I just started playing solo gigs by myself and with my trio about a year ago. This time around I have the freedom to play exactly what I want without having to stay within the confines of a specific genre or style. My shows have a very wide variety from MoTown to John Mayer to Michael Jackson to Goo Goo Dolls and many more. There is something for everyone.

Johnny: How would you describe your current style? Max: I would say my current style is easylistening/Adult contemporary. I play with a loop station so obviously Ed Sheeran has had a big influence on my music. Johnny: Are you creating much original content or is it primarily covers at this point? Max: With my last band, we focused a lot on original content but now I just play what moves me. I pick songs for my set that have meaning and are fun to listen to. I play a lot of covers but tend to play them with my own style. Johnny: About how many gigs a month are you playing at this point? Max: Between private events, charity gigs, coffee house shows, and big shows with my trio, I play around 3-4 times a month. Johnny: Is this still in the hobby stage for your or are you looking at a more serious push for a musical career? And if so, what direction would you like to see that path take if up to you? Max: I have “been there and done that!” My last band played four gigs a week for five years and it burned me out. Now that I am older and have a wife, I enjoy picking and choosing the gigs that I take. Music is an avenue that allows me to express myself but I don’t want to ever make it into a “job” again. It takes most of the fun out when you start to try and make a living while attempting to make it big. Johnny: Anything noteworthy coming up in February or March the readers might catch you at to enjoy your talents? Max: I’ve got a couple of gigs coming up in February that will be fun nights. • February 16th (7-9pm) - Bridge 281 Coffee Shop in Longview • February 17th (7:30-10:30pm) - Central Station in Gladewater Stay tuned to my Facebook page for other specific dates and times. Johnny: What has been your best memory so far in your musical career? Max: December 30, 2013, I got to play at The Dallas Cowboys Stadium for a 30-minute pre-game show. That was a great experience and memory that I will never forget. More recently I got to share the stage with my childhood hero Bryan White a few months ago at The Central Station in Gladewater. That was very surreal and great experience. Johnny: Besides your own music, what do you listen to currently that gets you excited? Max: I am a huge fan of Marc Broussard, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Dave Barnes, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, and Journey to name a few. Fine Mac McRuiz on the web: •

“Living Roots of Music” at Tyler Library The Tyler Public Library invites every one to experience a one time performance called “The Living Roots Of Music” with Lauren Pelon on February 8th. The free performance will be in the Tyler Library’s Taylor Auditorium and will begin at 4:30pm. The programs feature voice and a variety of antique and contemporary instruments from many countries and cultures - from the ancient bone flute, gemshorn and lyre to a modern electronic wind instrument and pedalboard. Pelon’s compositions are featured, along with music from ancient Greece, medieval and renaissance Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Admission is free. The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler.

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February 1st (7-9pm) - “Groundhog Day” March 16th (7pm) - “Monty Python & the Holy Grail” Events & Concerts

February 2nd (7pm) - Carpenters Once More February 9th (8pm) - The Newlywed Game February 10th (1-2pm) - ETSO Presents “Family Concert” February 10th (7pm) - Black History Celebration February 14th (8pm) - Card 53 Comedy Valentine’s Day Show February 16th (7pm) - World Famous Elvis Tribute Concert February 22nd (7pm) - From Hollywood with Love February 23rd (7pm) Johnny Lee “The Original Urban Cowboy” February 24th (8pm) - Monte Montgomery in Concert March 10th (8pm) - Shooter Jennings March 30th (8pm) - Deana Carter April 12th (7pm) The Legendary Johnny Rodriguez in Concert For tickets, go to

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Edom, Texas On Stage thisMonth:

February 17th

Tony Ramey in Concert With music that reflects his real life, real people, and the landscapes shaping their destinies. Tony Ramey embodies the substantive American soul. Tony Ramey grew up in West Virginia on Bluegrass and Bill Withers, found Willie, Waylon, Cash, and Kristofferson at eleven (who fueled an already fiery passion to write songs), then he heard Steve Earle whose songs convinced him to move to “Guitar Town” (Nashville) to hone his craft. He would eventually leave for Texas when the road called him out again. With the release of his eleventh album, Ramey has the respect of industry folk, and keeps growing his audience with his undeniable prowess as a singer/songwriter. His tour schedule and his passion for performing are evidence that he prefers the troubadour life-style. Tony's daughter Savannah will be opening. Admission is $18 at the door. Advance admission is $15 until 3pm Friday before the concert.

For more info or to purchase advance tickets for any concert, go to or call (903)852-ART1 (2781).

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18 • GigGuide Kid Icarus Project, 6:30-9:30 Stone Country, Lindale – Casey Martin, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 EGuide Yamato – Live Music, 9-12 Tyler Sunday, February 4th Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy Thursday, February 1st & The Acoustics, 7-10 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 8:30-11 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, The Back Porch, Kilgore – 12-2pm Blackbox, 7-10 Monday, February 5th Clicks Live - DJ Cicero, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Colton Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, Ayers, 7-10 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Chance Ray Stanley’s BBQ - Ramoth Gilead & Band, 7-10 His Affiliad, 6:30-9:30 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Tuesday, February 6th Stanley’s BBQ - TJ Hammersley & 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, Friends, 6:30-9:30 8:30-11 Friday, February 2nd The Back Porch, Kilgore – Meredith 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Crawford, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Chris Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, Colston, 8-12 8-12 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Dakotas Chop House – Patrick Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 James, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters ETX Brewery – Cody Norman, 8-10 Anonymous, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Travis Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Bolt, 7-10 Karaoke, 7-11 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ - Dustin Becker & The Grove – Live Music, 7-10 Chris Oliver, 6:30-9:30 Hollytree Country Club - Gary Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Patrick, 6-9 Wednesday, February 7th Kawa’s - The Tuxedo Cats, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Lee Love & War, Lindale – Fred EagleMathis, 7-10 smith, Tif Ginn, 8-12 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Kyle, Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – 7-10 Karaoke, 9-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Karaoke, 8-12 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Republic Icehouse – 6 Miles To Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, Mixon, 8-12 8-11 Rick’s – Live Music, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ - Big Funky Cloud, Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 6:30-9:30 Stanley’s BBQ - Charley Crockett, Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 8-12 Thursday, February 8th Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins 8:30-11 – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Grant Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-1 Cook, 7-10 Clicks Live - DJ Cicero, 8-12 Saturday, February 3rd The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Shane 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, Rendon, 7-10 8:30-11 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ally Love & War, Lindale – Anna StockVenable Band, 9-1 dale, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Bluez Boyz, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ - TJ Hammersley & Clicks Live - Tyler Dudley Band, Friends, 6:30-9:30 8-12 Friday, February 9th Club 155 - Black Ice, 9-12 Dakotas Chop House – Paul Shafer, 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Johnny ETX Brewery – Jazz Connection, & The Night Crawlers, 8-12 8-10 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Whiskey Clicks Live - The Oliver White Prophets, 7-10 Group, 9-12 Garage Bar – The Groove Slaves, Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Max 9-1 Stalling, 8-12 Lago Del Pino - Tuxedo Cats, 8-11 Dakotas Chop House – Dustin Love & War, Lindale – Zane Becker, 7-10 Williams, Pushwater, 8-1 ETX Brewery – Kayla Rowland, M6 Winery – Scott Behrend, 8-10 3:30-6:30 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Joe Savage, 7-10 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – The Grove - Live Music, 9-12 Chris Colston, 8-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Kawa’s - Ramoth Gilead, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – David Joel Darrin Morris Band, 8-12 Band, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ - TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6 -10

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Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Tony Ramey, 7-10 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ - Katy Guillen & The Girls,8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12

Saturday, February 10th

11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Teazur, 8-12 Clicks Live - Unglued, Victims Of Sanity, 8-12 Dakota’s - Gary Patrick Band, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Heather Little, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 The Grove - MetroGrade, 9-1 Kawa’s - Cody Norman, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – The South Austin Moonlighters, 8-1 M6 Winery, Bullard – Mike Freiley, 3:30-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Black Valley, 9-12 Republic Icehouse - The Haggertys, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ - TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Natalie Rose Trio, 6:30-9:30 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 XLN – Sweet Pain Rocks, 9-1 Yamato – Live Music, 8-11

Stanley’s BBQ - Big Funky Cloud, 6:30-9:30 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12

Thursday, February 15th

11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Hannah & Hailee, 7-10 Clicks Live - DJ Cicero, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Anna Stockdale, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Ryan Wilcox & The Sunday Shakes, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ - TJ Hammersley & Friends, 6:30-9:30

Friday, February 16th

Band, 9-1 Band, 9-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 8-12 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins Yamato – Kid Icarus, 9-12 – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Sunday, February 18th Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Saturday, February 24th The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Acoustics, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ryan The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Matthews, 9-1 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, Caldwell Auditorium - Edwin Holt, 12-2pm 8-12 Monday, February 19th The Central Station, Gladewater Heather Harper, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, Club 155 - David Allen, 9-1 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ - Ramoth Gilead & Dakotas Chop House – Larry His Affiliad, 6:30-9:30 Hooper Duo, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Loose Thread, 8-10 Tuesday, February 20th The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, Wallace, 3-5, Trey Rosenthal, 8:30-11 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Brandon Garage Bar – Chase McClannahan, Nichols, 7-10 9-1 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, Kawa’s - Dan Rocha, 7-10 8-12 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Liberty Hall - Monte Montgomery, 8pm Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters M6 Winery, Bullard – Withrow Cooley, 3:30-6:30 Anonymous, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Tyler Karaoke, 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ - Dustin Becker & & The Tribe, 9-12 Chris Oliver, 6:30-9:30 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ - TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Open Mic, 6:30-9:30 Wednesday, February 21st Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins The Back Porch, Kilgore – 2nd – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Childhood, 7-10 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 XLN – Grant Cook & Friends, 9-1 Dakota’s - Darrin Morris, 7-10 Yamato – DJ, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Sunday, February 25th Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy 8-11 & The Acoustics, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ - Big Funky Cloud, The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 6:30-9:30 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 12-2pm

11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Blaine Hart Band, 8-12 The Central Station, Gladewater Anthony Riley, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Koe Wetzel, Chris Colston, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Bradford Loomis, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Matt Dunn, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Melissa Ratley, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 The Grove - Live Music, 9-12 Kawa’s - Levi Kitchen, 7-10 Liberty Hall - World Famous Elvis Tribute, 7pm Love & War, Lindale – Lost Immigrants, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 8-12 Rick’s – Live Music, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Sunday, February 11th Stanley’s BBQ - Quentin Moore & Dustin Becker, 9-12 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Thursday, February 22nd 8-12 Monday, February 26th Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins 12-2pm Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8:30-11 – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Monday, February 12th 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – David Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ - Ramoth Gilead & Cowan Center - Million Dollar Allen, 8-12 Yamato – Kid Icarus Project, 9-12 His Affiliad, 6:30-9:30 Quartet, 7:30pm Clicks Live - DJ Cicero, 8-12 Saturday, February 17th Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, Tuesday, February 27th The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Cody The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ambush, 8-12 Noman, 7-10 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ - Ramoth Gilead & Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 8:30-11 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 His Affiliad, 6:30-9:30 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, Clicks Live - The Groove Slaves, Tuesday, February 13th Stanley’s BBQ - TJ Hammersley & 8-12 9-1 Friends, 6:30-9:30 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, Dakotas Chop House – Gary Dakotas Chop House – Tia Clark & 8:30-11 Friday, February 23rd Patrick, 7-10 The Studs, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Heather ETX Brewery – Dubb & The Luv 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Little, 7-10 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Cody Machine, 8-10 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters Wayne, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig 8-12 Anonymous, 8-12 Wallace, 3-5, Riley Redding, Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Flatland Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – 7-10 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Cavalry, 8-12 Karaoke, 7-11 Garage Bar - The Haggertys, 9-1 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters Kawa’s - Paul Shafer, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Jason Stanley’s BBQ - Dustin Becker & Anonymous, 8-12 Misenheimer, 7-10 Chris Oliver, 6:30-9:30 Love & War, Lindale – Midnight Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – River Choir, JJ Garrett Band, ETX Brewery – Shay Bailiff, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Karaoke, 7-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Finding 8-12 Wednesday, February 28th Stanley’s BBQ - Dustin Becker & Shade, 7-10 M6 Winery, Bullard – Bo Daniels, The Back Porch, Kilgore – Adam Chris Oliver, 6:30-9:30 Garage Bar – DJ Panda, 8-12 3:30-6:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Brown, 7-10 Kawa’s - Quentin Moore, 7-10 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Wednesday, February 14th Liberty Hall - Johnny Lee, 8pm Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Love & War, Lindale – Lee Mathis, Dakotas Chop House – Gary The Back Porch, Kilgore – Sean Curtis Grimes, 9-12 Patrick, 7-10 8-12 Fuller, 7-10 The Old Firehouse, Edom - Tony The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Ramey, 6-9 Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Dakotas Chop House – Paul Shafer, Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins - Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Mariah Keltner, 9-12 7-10 Black Ice, 8-12 Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Rick’s – Time Machine, 9-1 8-11 Karaoke, 8-12 Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Stanley’s BBQ - TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Stanley’s BBQ - Big Funky Cloud, Rick’s – MoJiles, 8-12 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Pocket Quartet, 6:30-9:30 6:30-9:30 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, Stone Country, Lindale – Adam 8-11 Brown & The Triple Crown Stanley’s BBQ - New Breed Brass Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 • 19


Events & Plays


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February 2nd, 3rd, 4th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday Matinee 2pm) - “Savannah Sipping Society” - In this delightful, laugha-minute comedy, four unique southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour and decide it's high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jump start their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Lindale, February 2nd4th, 8th-11th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm; Saturday, February 10th is a Dessert Theatre presentation) - “I’m Not Rappaport” - The author of “A Thousand Clowns” brings another set of the particular creatures that are New Yorkers. “I’m Not Rappaport” takes place under a bridge in Central Park, where two octogenarians – one white, one black – meet regularly, determined to fight off all attempts to put them out to pasture. Nat is a cantankerous Communist whose daughter is urging him into the old folks’ home. Midge, an apartment superintendent, spends his days in the park hiding in the past and hiding from his disgruntled tenants. The February 10th performance has a dessert option. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or February 3rd (7:30pm) - “Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Combining forces for the first time – it’s The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. The Manhattan Transfer joins Take 6 as they share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent A cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event! Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to February 10th (7:30pm) - “Bach to the Future” featuring Chad Burrows on clarinet will be presented by the Longview Symphony Orchestra at The Belcher Performance Center. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to February 12th (7:30pm) - East Texas Symphonic Band will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to February 16th-18th, 23rd-25th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) - “Blood Brothers” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. “Blood Brothers,” by the author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy of the times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her newborn twins to the childless woman she cleans for. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl. Henderson Civic

Theater is located at 122 E. Main, Henderson. For more info call (903)657-2968 or go to February 24th (7pm) - “From Hollywood With Love” will be presented by Tyler Civic Chorale at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler. For more info go to or Tickets are available through TCC members and at the door. March 3rd (7:30pm) “Cameron Carpenter” will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music – all the while generating worldwide acclaim. His repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original works and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the most diverse of any organist. He regularly appears as a soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras and signed in 2013 an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Sony Classical. Cameron launched his International Touring Organ – a monumental digital organ of his own design, playable throughout the world – with two Lincoln Center concerts on March 9th, the release of the Sony album If You Could Read My Mind on March 3rd, and a 31-concert tour to Europe, the USA, and the UK. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to

March 9th-11th, 15th-18th (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) - “The Lucky O'Learys” - This delightful new comedy by the author of “Cooking with Gus,” will appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences. A woman needs some ready cash right away because her apartment is about to be “condoed” - the hot new verb of the 80's. As she believes she is going to win the big lottery, she withdraws her life savings to buy tickets. Meanwhile her husband, who left her three years before, arrives back home on her birthday, the day of the lottery drawing. The woman's sister has also bought a lot of tickets. The husband has bought one for her and one for him. The women think the husband has won with his tickets, but it turns out, the reason he is flush is that he is now financially successful. Actually, one of the women just may have the winning ticket. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or

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Family At CESSE This Month Visitors of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education (CESSE) at Tyler Junior College have a lot of winter fun this month. Most shows offer tickets for $5. Tickets for All Day passes are $12 for adults and $9 for students, children, and senior citizens. Exhibit only tickets are $3. Tickets can be purchased at CESSE is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am4:30pm, and Saturday 10am-4:30pm. CESSE is located on the Tyler Junior College campus at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler. Dome Shows CESSE offers a variety of Dome Shows. Call for availability due to possible field trips that have been scheduled. Daily show schedules are: • 10am - Children’s Show (Tuesday-Friday only) • 11am - “Super Volcanoes” • 12 noon - “Humpback Whales” • 2pm - “Dream Big” • 3pm - “Hidden Universe” • 4pm - “Violent Universe” New this month is the dome show “Violent Universe.” The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant star that explodes to release its material into space, to a future encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close for comfort, we will witness the forces that hold the universe together and rip it apart.

Classic Movie Fun at Studio Movie Grill There is something for all ages at local movie theaters. Join the fun! Studio Movie Grill (SMG) is located at 8954 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door and at Classic Harry Potter Return to Hogwarts! These movies start at 2:30pm. • February 4th- “Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix” • February 7th and 11th - “Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince” • February 14th and 18th - “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1” • February 21st and 25th - “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2” Classic Romance Relive your favorites on the big screen with our SMG Classics series! These start at 7:15pm. • February 28th - “Casablanca” • March 7th - “The Notebook” • March 14th - “Crazy, Stupid, Love” • March 21st - “Sex and the City: The Movie” Special Needs Screenings Family-friendly movies are free for children with special needs and their siblings, with adult tickets available for before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered at 11am. Movies are: • February 17th - “Peter Rabbit” • February 24th - “Early Man” • March 3rd - “Black Panther”

Caldwell Zoo Cub Club & Winter Bird Tweets At Caldwell Zoo, spring is right around the corner and the zoo is getting ready. Caldwell Zoo offers numerous extra-special Zooper Days. • February 2 and 16th - (9:30-10:30am) Caldwell Cub Club • February 10th (1:30pm) - Wild Bird Tweets • March 31st (12 noon) - Poison Jungle Safari Tickets are $8.95 for children 3-12, $12.95 for adults 13-54, and $10.95 for seniors 55 and over. Caldwell Zoo has memberships available. The Caldwell Zoo is located at 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tyler. For more info call (903)593-0121 or email info@

Rock ‘n Roll Saturday Rock ‘n Roll Saturday is fun for the entire family! Performances are February 17th, March 17th, April 21st. Two shows will be presented. “Space Park360” will be shown at 7pm and “Rock on Demand” at 8pm. “SpacePark360” takes audiences on a wild, immersive ride through the solar system, recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides - roller coasters, pendulums, inverters, and more. “Rock on Demand” fills the entire 40-foot domed theater with vibrant graphics in a 360-degree view while the 16,000-watt, digital surround sound system plays rock hits. Tickets are $5 for each show. A Star Party Saturday February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th (ongoing the first Saturday of each month), you can see a Star Party in a live presentation in CESSE’s 40-foot planetarium dome. Live Sky shows will be at 8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm. Telescope viewing will be 8-10pm. Learn all about the stars, the planets, and the constellations as you take a tour of the night sky. There will also be a TJC astronomy professor with telescopes set up outside until 10pm. Best of all, it is completely free!

Easter In Ben Wheeler

Benefit pancake breakfast and tour of the fire dept, community Easter egg hunt at the at the Pickin’ Porch Park, and an afternoon of shopping.

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Benefiting the Ben Wheeler Fire Department: 7:00-10:00 am Community Easter Egg Hunt: 11:00 am at the Pickin’ Porch Park

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Good JuJu Cookie Decorating Workshops Come out and learn how to decorate cookies! You will be guided on how to decorate themedcookies using a special blend of Royal-Glaze icing. These will be WhiteAlmond and VanillaBrown Sugar cookies that you can take home to enjoy. The cost is $35 for adults (13 and up), $32 for seniors (55+) and $30 for kids (7 to 12). Pre-register by going to goodjujucookies. com/workshops, (903)574-9096 or email Workshops are: • February 13th (6:30-8pm) - Potpourri House, Tyler - “Be My Valentine” • February 20th (6:30-8pm) - Salt Kitchen at Kiepersol Winery Tasting Room, Bullard “All Things Sweet”

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Story Times Every month Barnes & Noble (B&N) has a variety of events. All events are freed. B&N Booksellers is located at 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler. For more info call (903)534-3996 or go to • February 3rd (11am) - “I Am Harriet Tubman” Storytime The 14th book in author Brad Meltzer’s bestselling “Ordinary People Change the World” series, “I Am Harriet Tubman” tells the story of Tubman’s pivotal role in the fight against slavery. • February 10th (11am) - “Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!” Storytime - Little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine’s Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun in this charming addition to the award-winning “Click, Clack” series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team. • February 17th (11am) - “Mother Bruce” Storytime - Join this hilarious Storytime featuring Bruce the curmudgeonly bear who likes to keep to himself. When Bruce’s goose eggs hatch, leaving him with four live goslings who are convinced he is their mother, he tries to get the geese to fly south. • February 24th (11am) - “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss” Storytime - Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author’s birthday on March 2nd, join this special Storytime featuring coloring, activities, and more. • 21


Inside the Artist’s Studio: Paula McDermott, Ignite the Light By Derrick White “Art has given me an outlet to express myself. Art has the ability to really help you work through your issues and ideas both good and bad. Teaching art at TJC has been amazing. The TJC art department is so vibrant and supportive, it breeds creativity. I love teaching. We have such a diverse student body, they are like a breath of fresh air, I learn something new from them every day and I hope they learn from me.” A positive energy or vibe is one the most important assets in the art department at Tyler Junior College and our newest full-time professor is a firework! Artist Paula McDermott joins the faculty teaching drawing and art appreciation bringing her amazing passion and excitement for art, life, microbiology, and the creative process. Paula earned both her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. She had also attended Stephen F. Austin State University and Sam Houston State University where she says she had great experiences which were very influential. Paula is a lively, spirited, and engaged professor taking a personal interest in the lives of her students and teaching as well as mentoring beyond the classroom. McDermott involves her students in outdoor collaborative projects and demonstrations to students how to look and appreciate past the ordinary to the aesthetics of

the natural world and the often overlooked beauty in all of the small things surrounding us everywhere every day. On a beautiful spring day you will find her with her group of students somewhere on the incredible campus of TJC designing Andy Goldsworthy (environmental sculptor) outdoor nature mandalas (circles in geometric patterns symbolically representing the order of the universe). These brief, temporary art pieces will be created with natural materials like leaves, flowers, salt, rocks, and sticks and become nice unexpected surprises for those visitors lucky enough to stumble upon one of the creations. They diminish, fade, and change over time so it is a transient experience, fleeting. “I work with whatever materials I can find. I am currently working with fibers. I am using different types of found objects and fabrics. I am dying, sewing, stuffing, tying, and binding individual pieces for components of wearable, wall pieces and installations. I am also creating mixed media collage pieces,” states the artist. Paula continues, “I really got interested in art as a young child. My Grandmother was a painter and my mother incorporated a lot of art in her science classroom and at home. She got me interested in sea life and microscopic organisms we would see through the microscope, this still interests and influences me today. I think a lot about the unseen or things hard to see, things really controlling our bodies and our world, things we as humans do not often acknowledge like the microscopic world around us, like plankton, phytoplankton, bacteria and some fungi. We don’t often think about it but different types of phytoplankton really help sustain all life on earth, they produce 50% of earth’s oxygen supply. Even our internal organs and cells are not

This Month at Tyler Museum of Art “Best Friends II: The Dog as Subject in Fine Art Photography.” On exhibit through March 25th, and presented in collaboration with SPCA of East Texas, this exhibition presents “man’s best friend” as captured by 31 fine art photographers. Organized by and on loan from The Grace Museum in Abilene, the show features close to 30 accomplished photographers including Elliott Erwitt and William Wegman, each sharing their unique take on the ongoing fascination with the unique relationship of dogs and their owners in everyday life. The exhibition originally includes prints from its extensive Alice and Bill Wright Photography Collection. “Alice and Bill Wright began collecting dog pictures early in their careers,” says information from Grace Museum. “As dog lovers and professional photographers, they found the combination of technical merit and subject matter irresistible.” Some captured images of dogs in the tradition of documentary photography while others carefully composed shots of dogs (sometimes with their humans) in studio settings. Exhibition admission is on a “pay what you can” basis, and with proceeds benefiting the TMA and SPCA of East Texas equally. “Each photograph is an outstanding example of the photographer’s ability to instill an image with much more than just a faithful record of the dogs’ appearance,” said Judy Tedford Deaton of The Grace Museum, the exhibition’s original curator. To cap off the festivities, the SPCA will host “Adoption Day” on the TMA front lawn on the Tyler Junior College campus to close out the exhibition on March 25th. Special events in connection with “Best Friends II” include free First Friday tours at 11am February 2nd and March 2nd; and Family Days from 2-4pm Saturday, February 10th and March 10th. Admission to both exhibitions is free all day. “Contemporary Texas II: Selections From The Permanent Collection” “Contemporary Texas II: Selections from the Permanent Collection” continues through February 25th in the TMA’s Bell Gallery. Admission is free. The exhibition, organized by TMA and curated by Caleb Bell, highlights close to 25 of the more notable works the Museum has collected since the mid-1980’s, including several recent acquisitions that will be shown to the public for the first time, plus 22 •

often seen but we could not live without all of them working together.” Paula McDermott’s artwork looks natural, organic, and like something inspired by the microscopic. Big soft forms mimic an altered and blown up scale of a cellular world we do not see and often take for granted. “I am really into the way things can naturally grow, change, transform, cover and disguise. Like dividing cells, colonies of coral, or the harmful, symbiotic relationships barnacles have with whales or a remora with sharks or manta rays, these relationships can be both harmful and beneficial,” says Paula, adding, “This is where my wearable work has come in. The wearable sculpture can serve as a soft barrier or shield for the wearer, they offer a personal space but in a soft way. They can disguise and take away identity; they can give protection from unwanted attention for the introvert. They both attract and repel the viewer. Most of my work can be either worn or hung.” Although soft sculpture is largely underrepresented in mainstream art markets and exhibitions, Paula has many influences in the art world. (Writer’s note: please take the time to look up some of these people. You will be glad you did.) Some of Paula McDermott’s inspirations and favorite artists are Nick Cave (American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist),

numerous others that have not been on display at the Museum in more than a decade. Acclaimed artists represented in “Contemporary Texas II” include Vernon Fisher, Randy Twaddle, and Sydney Allison V. Smith (b. 1970), “God Bless our Home, Philen Yeager, October 2003, Marfa Texas,” 2003. Color print. working across a broad range of media encompassing oil and acrylic painting, serigraphs, charcoal drawing and mixed-media. Special events in connection with “Contemporary Texas II” include free First Friday tours at 11am January 5th and February 2nd; and Family Days from 2-4pm Saturday, January 13th and February 10th. For more info call the museum at (903)595-1001, or email

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Tara Donavan (New York artist known for site-specific installation art utilizing everyday materials), Alexander Calder (American sculptor of delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents), Susie MacMurray (British artist whose work includes drawing, sculpture and site-generated installations), Ernesto Neto (influential, contemporary Brazilian artist creating largescale, sensuous environments evoking bodily experiences), Sally Hewett (British stitching artist making works characteristics of human bodies), Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, contemporary artist primarily working in sculpture and installation), Anthony Howe (American sculptor who creates wind-driven sculptures resembling pulsing, alien creatures), Jason decaires Taylor (British sculptor and creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park), Andy Goldsworthy (British sculptor and environmentalist creating site-specific sculpture and land art), Eva Hesse (Jewish German-born American sculptor, known for pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics), and Eugenia Loli (Greek filmmaker, illustrator, and modern vintage collage artist). Paula responds to this list of artist because they all have dedicated themselves, their work and lives and created something igniting a light inside Paula McDermott and we are the beneficiaries. “They all produce artwork that is interactive and in many cases kinetic (movable). Most of their work is somehow related to the human body, whether it is work representing different aspects of the human body, is directly interactive, or work involving performance,” states the artist. Remember you are human. You are organic. You are made up of microbes and whatnot. You're original, cannot be replaced. And baby…you're a firework!

“Shape and Form” Opens February 10th: Work be Jessica Sanders and Cierra McGuckie on Display

An art show featuring two emerging local artists, Cierra McGuckie and Jessica Sanders, will open February 10th and be on view until May 31st, at Martin Walker Law Firm, 121 N. Spring St., Downtown Tyler. They will host the exhibit in its award-winning facility, which historically served as the Arcadia Theater but now serves as the law firm headquarters. Pieces to be displayed at the show will include paintings by Cierra McGuckie and sculptures by Jessica Sanders. Cierra’s work comprises large-scale oil on canvas psychological portraits which depict fictional women from the mid century era. The paintings are reminiscent of the mood and color palette of that time. Jessica’s sculptures and her practice are based on an assemblage of small handmade fired and glazed porcelain tiles using wire. The labor-intensive work generates fluid, fabric-like irregular shapes which are mounted on the wall creating abstract compositions. The show is curated by Dace Lucia Kidd. The event has been sponsored by Martin Walker P.C. For more info find it on Facebook or call (903)258-7274.

Other Upcoming Exhibits GMS Gallery is offering several exhibits. Gallery Main Street features a new exhibit of • “Elephant in the Room” - Deadline February original art approximately every eight weeks. Each 25th, opening March 10th exhibit opens with a Saturday evening reception • Solo Show #1 -Deadline April 22nd, opening that features music, an opportunity to meet the May 5th artists, and refreshments. These are free and open • “6x6x10” - Deadline June 1st, opening June 6th to the public. • Solo Show #2 - Deadline June 17th, opening June 30th Currently on Exhibit: You can enter your art in any of the upcoming “Origins” is currently up. It is described as, “That in which something has its beginning, source, exhibits. To enter, visit DowntownTylerArts. root cause. That which is around us, our ethnicity, com, select “Gallery Exhibits.” For more info call (903)593-6905 or go to environment, ecology, nature, mood, influences to register. and driving force for accomplishments.”


an indigent recipient of state-of-the-art cancer treatment, believes that Lacks was horribly exploited by the physicians/scientists whose training and skill were able to extract value from her excised tumor. And while Skloot succeeds in establishing that they (the family) are terribly aggrieved, she fails to make sense of the high By Gini Rainey degree of distress they experienced as a result of the scientists’ having studied and used what “The Immortal Life of otherwise would have been thrown into the Henrietta Lacks” by hospital’s waste bin. Rebecca Skloot With so much medical advancement made In a New York Times bestseller, Rebecca Skloot possible by the “harvesting” of Henrietta Lacks’ it would be fitting to remember that the goal of her tells the story of a black American’s struggle with treatment was to save her life, not to harvest her cells for experimentation. cervical cancer, whose cells were taken from Rating: 3 of 5 her without her knowledge or permission, were Copyright 2011 – Broadway Books named HeLa, reproduced by the billions in labs, and have been used over the years since her “Cover of Snow” by Jenny Milchman death in 1951 as vital tools for the development Put on a sweater and grab a cup/glass of of the polio vaccine, cancer research, cloning, your favorite beverage because, if you’re like gene mapping, and much more. me, you won’t be able to put this one down That being said, Skloot also faithfully and there’s plenty of snow flying around in this recorded how the family of Henrietta Lacks, book. Setting her story in the Adirondaks in the

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February 10th (10am-2pm) - Mosaic with Glass Class - Learn about the beauty of Mosaic on Glass, appearing in the window through the sunlight like a stained glass window without the lead or without any soldering required. You will learn about patterns, applying the glass on glass, cutting glass, grinding glass, and about grouting your project. All tools are provided for students’ use during class time. Tools and equipment are shared amongst students. Peggy Donathan will teach the class. Reserve your space by calling (562)964-4841 or emailing pdonathan@ymail. com. The cost is $25 per person. This will be held at Hobby Lobby in Tyler. Call for Artists & Vendors - April In Edom is April 21st22nd and is an old fashioned folk, street fair for adults, kids and pets. There is free admission. APRIL At April in 21 & 22, 2018 Edom, you can find 125 plus vendors with handmade and folk crafts, demonstrations, vintage items, great foods, awesome kids' zone with arts and activities, pet parades and contests, 40 Performers on 3 Stages, and a Fire 5K Run. To apply, go to, email, or call (844)633-6689. March 24th (12 noon - 5pm) Azalea Trails Art Show - Join during the Azalea Trails season as Smith County Historical Society hosts local artist John Randall York upstairs in the Payne Auditorium at SCHS building, 125 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. “We are so excited to see the wonderful showcase John will have available to the public. The Society is working with John to provide supplemental histories of his subjects and for the works he will have available for sale. Please join us for a viewing and history of multiple local landmarks.” If you would like more information please feel free to contact the Smith County Historical Society at smithcountyhistoricalsocietytx. May 12th (4-10pm) - TJC Art Club 15 Year Reunion - Have you ever been in Art Club? Have you ever taken an art class at TJC? Has Chris Stewart ever intimidated you? Do think Paul Jones is weird? Do you want to see old friends or make new ones? Come hang out, reminisce, reconnect and have a beer at True Vine Brewing Company, 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler. This will be a great for old and new friends alike.

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