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July 1, 2017 • Issue 7, Volume 5

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July 1, 2017 • Issue 7, Volume 5

Contents 5-6 Food

» “Athena Greek and American Family Restaurant: All About Good Food and Family” by Barbara King » News & Events

7-10 Things to Do

» Rosanne Cash, Doobie Brothers, “Motown the Musical,” Yo-Yo Ma...All Coming to Cowan Center for the 2017-2018 New Season » Sizzling Hot Summer Fun at Liberty Hall » “Hit the Bricks: July 8th, Downtown Tyler” by Holli Fourniquet » Fun Events This Month: Paddle and Pub, Christmas in July at Harvey Hall, Eighth Annual Christmas In July Arts Fair, Operation SantaPaws, East Texas Book Bash, Just Between Friends East Texas, Downtown Concerts, and 2017 Tyler Cattle Barons Gala “Legends of the Call” » Fun Walks, 5K’s, 10K’s, 15K’s, and More

11-17 Music

» “LOVEGUNNER, a KISS Tribute Band: Laying Down The Beat” by Johnny Griffith » “Purple Velvet Fox: Kings (and Queen) of Swing” by Johnny Griffith » “Back the Blue” Summer Bash & Benefit Concert » “Old Omen: Something Bluesy This Way Comes” by Johnny Griffith » Trace Adkins to Headline the 2017 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala, “Legends of the Call” » Summer Concerts around East Texas » The Complete Music Gig Guide for Live Music

18-19 Family

» The Tyler Library Summer Fun for All Ages » A Discovery Science Summer » 4th annual School is Cool Event set for August 3rd » Summer Discounted Kid’s Movies at Liberty Hall, Carmike and More » At CESSE This Month: Rock ‘n Roll Saturdays, Star Parties and More

20-21 Theatre

» The 2017 Texas Shakespeare Festival Celebrates Summer » Upcoming Plays, Musicals, and More

22-23 Art

» “Inside the Artist’s Studio: Willow Lanchester, Voices Louder Than Words” by Derrick White » 6x6@110 at Gallery Main Street » At the Tyler Museum of Art This Month

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Food Athena Greek and American Family Restaurant: All About Good Food and Family By Barbara King The kitchen at Athena is full of activity, and like everything else about this unique restaurant, it’s all about family, all the time. The Sklavenitis family, sister co-owners Vicky and Effie, run an authentic dining experience like no other. Recipes handed down from generation to generation remain the mainstays on the menu, infused with Greek flavors and love for good food. Athena opened in 2013 and is growing strong thanks to their good friends and customers that keep coming back according to Vicky. The clientele started out with folks who had visited Greece and were familiar with the food but has grown by word of mouth to regulars who can’t get enough of the atmosphere and homemade delicacies. Vicky and her daughter-inlaw Mariam are running the show in the kitchen tonight, but the entire family is involved and makes the place the labor of love that is quite evident as you are greeted warmly at the door. “You have to be passionate about food, people, and service,” Vicky said, explaining that the 90-hour weeks are not for the faint of heart. “We get in early, get the prep work done, which includes three different Greek homemade soups, salads, and of course, our specialty Greek desserts,” she explained. Vicky and her family make sure you are made to feel right at home and make it a point

to visit with customers at their tables. Vicky said, “If you order something and it is not to your liking, we make sure that we make it right every time, and will bring you something else to try from the menu. Our goal is to make sure no one goes home hungry, and everybody leaves happy.” The family hails from the Greek island of Lekas, and moved to North Carolina to begin their restaurant business, then on to Tyler. Every family member pitches in, and the kitchen is a whirlwind of activity, from chopping the fresh vegetables to slicing the gyro off the roasting spit. The menu is a cornucopia of delights: appetizers including traditional hummus, dolmas (imported grape leaves stuffed with rice, served with tzatziki and pita bread) rotisserie gyro, spanakopita (fresh spinach pie) are all served with exquisite presentation and attention to detail. Salads are perfection, including Aphrodite’s salad, served with fresh spinach leaves and strawberries, with feta cheese, tossed in their own balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Traditional Greek favorites are a taste sensation, including chicken or pork souvlaki, lamb shish kabob, pastistio (layers of pasta and ground beef sautéed in herbs and spices, topped with bechamel sauce, and served with warm pita bread), and mousaka (layers of roasted potato, eggplant, parmesan cheese, and ground beef). Drunk pork chops are marinated in Greek wine and grilled with Greek spices. Greek food isn’t complete without traditional pitas, and there are a lot to choose from: famous gyro pita, pork, chicken, lamb, vegetarian, philly, or kefte (Greek meatballs wrapped in a pita topped with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, tzatziki, and parsley). Athena literally has something for everyone. For those craving more traditional items there is Grecian spaghetti, lasagna, chicken parmesan, manicotti, and spaghetti kima (homemade meat sauce). Craving something from the sea? Athena also has tilapia. They offer a variety of platters that will fill everyone up including the Gyro Plate (lamb and beef served with tzatziki sauce, French fries, Greek salad, and warm pita bread), Athena’s Combo (beef and chicken, onions and peppers, tzatziki, pita, and Greek potatoes), or Athena’s trio (pastitso, moussaka, spanakopita, and warm pita bread). Drop by during lunch for soup and salad, lamb souvlaki, gyro and Greek salad, and pork

or chicken souvlaki, with lunch items ranging from $5.95 to $9.95. You can’t leave Athena without trying some of their homemade baklavas: layers of filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts, syrup, and honey. It will leave you wanting more and more! Other items on the dessert menu are Galaktoboureko (Semolina custard in filo dough), tiramisu, chocolate, or cheesecake. You can enjoy beer and wine with your meal, including authentic Greek wines. In the future, the sisters hope to bring a nephew from Greece for a few months to entertain customers with great music while they dine. Athena’s also caters and has handled weddings, corporate lunches, and events in the Tyler area. When your dinner arrives, garnished with feta, olives, and warm pita bread, it looks

almost too good to eat! Vicky said, “You have to love to cook and serve the best food you can prepare to your guests. Our motto is, ‘When you’re here, you’re family,’ and we truly believe that.” Athena is open Monday-Thursday, 11am9pm, Friday and Saturday, 11am-9:30pm, and Sunday, 11am-9pm. Athena is located at 1593 WSW Loop 323 in Tyler. For more info call (903)561-8065, go to, or find them on Facebook at Athena Greek and American Family Restaurant.

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• Church On Fire - 3320 Troup Hwy. Suite 175, June 6thAugust 18th • Cindy’s Event Center - 2900 Old Henderson Hwy., June 6thAugust 18th • City Park - 200 W. Queen St., June 7thAugust 11th • Glass Recreation Center - 501 W. 32nd St., June 6th-August 11th • Explosion Fitness - 420 W. Locust, June 13th-August 18th • Liberty Arms - 2601 N. Broadway Ave., June 6th-August 18th • Lincoln Park (Emmett Scott Park) - 1710 N. Confederate, June 6th-August 11th • North Tyler Developmental Academy - 3000 N. Border Ave., June 6th-August 18th • Pollard Park - 710 E. Amherst, June 7thAugust 11th • PT Cole Park - 1001 S. Vine, June 6thAugust 18th • Rose Valley Apartments - 1007 NNW Loop 323, June 6th-August 18th • Town Park Apartments - 2202 WNW Loop 323, June 6th-August 18th • Tyler YMCA - 225 S. Vine Ave., June 6thAugust 11th • Victory Park Apartments - 2700 N. Grand, June 6th-August 18th A list of other cities participating in the program is available at


drinker guests to arrive will receive a limited edition True Vine glass. True Vine Brewery is located at 219 Englewood, Tyler, by the Cotton Belt Building. Bring your own chair. Advanced Eventbrite tickets are capped and only available until 12 midnight the day prior to the event. “At-the-door-tickets” are always available on the day of the event at the check-in/registration table for $15. Children 11 and under get in free with an adult ticket. Tickets are not required for children. Entry for non-drinker adults and humans 12 years and over is $4 in advance or $5 at the door. A portion of all proceeds will go to a local non-profit. For more info go to Ongoing - Rose City Farmer’s Market (7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler, continues every Saturday through November 18th) - Shop for locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers, pastured beef, lamb, chicken, and pork, yard eggs, goat cheeses, freshly baked breads and pastries, honey, jams, and jellies. Enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee while you stroll the market listening to local musicians. This kid-friendly and pet-friendly market is open every Saturday. If you’d like to become a member of the market email or go to July 11th (6:30-8:30pm) - Pooches on the Patio will be held at Rotolo’s Pizzeria, 8970 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. There is nothing like the great outdoors with your dog and friends. Join the fun on the patio for delicious food and drinks. Bring your furry friends, and enjoy a great evening. A portion of the proceeds benefit the SPCA of East Texas. The Northeast Public Health District requires that all attending dogs be current on vaccinations and wear a current rabies tag. In addition, all puppies under one year of age in attendance must be fully vaccinated. In order for all pooches to be on their best behavior, refrain from bringing your unaltered pets to this event. It is free to attend. • August 10th (5:30-8:30pm) - Andy's Frozen Custard, 6106 S. Broadway Ave.

dren in low-income communities who participate in free and reduced feeding programs during the school year. Since these programs end when school does, the Summer Food Service Program helps fill that hunger gap ensuring that children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer. The Summer Food Program also provides supervised activities that are safe, fun, and filled with nutrition education opportunities. Children benefit nutritionally by receiving well-rounded meals while parents are able to stretch their food dollars further. In 2016, the East Texas Food Bank provided more than 107,000 meals to children through the Summer Food Program at 78 sites. You can make a difference! • Donate Money - Every $1 you give helps provide up to 8 meals for East Texans in need. • Donate Food - Food donations are welcome from the community throughout the year. • Donate Time - Volunteers are a key part of operations at the East Texas Food Bank. For more info call (903)597-3663 or (800)815-3663 or go online to Locations in Tyler are: • Andrew’s Park - 1358 E. Richards St., June 6th-August 18th

July 1st (2-3pm) -Get Your Thirst On With Kombucha Mocktails at Natural Grocers - Learn how to make your own delicious kombucha mocktail. The first 20 people to attend this demo will receive a free mason jar, perfect for quenching your thirst. Natural Grocers is located at 4820 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. It is free to attend. Every Tuesday - “Keep It Local Tuesdays” supports local restaurants by meeting and eating at a different locally owned restaurants every Tuesday evening, usually around 7pm. This gathering is open to anyone. Check their Facebook page for where they are meeting each week at KeepItLocalTuesdays. Every Tuesday and Saturday (both days at 7am-1pm) - East Texas State Fair Farmers Market - Rated one of the top 10 farmers markets to visit in Texas, this market is a local, producersonly market. All produce is grown in Smith County, or counties that borders Smith County, and is grown by the person selling it. All crafts are also required to be made by the person selling it. They do not permit distributors. This is truly a local only, producers-only market. The market is open rain or shine, and is located under the cool and breezy South Pavilion at the East Texas State Fair Grounds, 2112 W. Front St., Tyler. For more info call (903)533-0398 or find them on Facebook. First Thursday each month, July 6th (4-10pm) - “Yappy Hour” will be held at ETX Brewing Co., 221 S. Broadway, Tyler. “Yappy Hour = Beer + Dogs.” Bring your family, friends, and your dog. There will be food available. This event benefits Pets Fur People. More info at Last Saturday each month - True Vine Brewery will host its monthly Open Taps. These fun and amazing events, always held on the last Saturday of the month, are a great time to sample the latest creations of the brewery, hear live music, and meet up with friends. This Closed • Reggie’s Burger has closed it’s doors. beer factory has some of their current on-themarket beers, limited/experimental brews, and • Sake Sushi Japanese Restaurant is closed. the amazing Tyler area community that takes • The Boiling Catch has closed and will be place in the Back Yard. The first 500 adultmoving to a new location soon.

To Do Rosanne Cash, Doobie Brothers, “Motown the Musical,” Yo-Yo Ma... All Coming to Cowan Center The Cowan Center just announced it’s 2017-2018 season with a ton of concerts, family fun, and theatre musicals. From Rosanne Cash to Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” then The Doobie Brothers in concert, “Motown The Musical,” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” - there is something for all ages.

blogs on Breitbart, where he writes about the news and pop culture of the day from a conservative libertarian humorous slant. He is the author of several books including bestsellers “Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage and Not Cool,” and “The Hipster Elite and Their War on You.” Tickets Member sales begin August 14th, and pubThe season is split into several series. Tick- lic sales begin September 11th. Tickets are $17-$37. ets can be purchased for the entire season, specific series, or for individual shows. You can also become a Member and get advanced “Rosanne Cash: Black List River” Friday, October 27th at 7:30pm tickets now. In “Black List River,” Rosanne Cash offers Cowan Center Circle Members get to buy a sweeping song cycle culled from her awardtickets first. After the annual subscription winning Southern and soul trilogy of works drive, members – and only members – enjoy “Black Cadillac” (2006), “The List” (2009), and the benefit of reserving tickets to all of the shows you want to buy before they go on sale “The River and The Thread” (2014). Featuring to the public. Annually, Cowan Center shows guitarist and partner John Leventhal and their their appreciation of your support by provid- band, this concert features some of the most acclaimed and beloved music of Rosanne’s ing member benefits and the Circle Member Gala October 27th. All Members who join by career. “Black List River” celebrates the American experience and what is at the heart of August 18th are recognized on the member lobby sign all season. Memberships start from Rosanne’s journey as a songwriter and singer: her devotion to her Southern roots and fam$50 and up. There are several ticket packages available. ily lineage. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin October 2nd. Tickets • “Special Events” tickets range from $134are $52-$62. $238. These are for Yo-Yo Ma, “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Doobie Brothers.” “America” Special events cannot be purchased online. Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30pm To purchase these events you may downWhen they won the Grammy® for Best load a season order form at www.cowNew Artist in 1972, it was only the and fax or ning. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, better mail your request, or call the box office at known as “America,” were on their way to sell(903)566-7424. ing out venues across the world, while six of • “Performance Arts Series” tickets range from their albums went Platinum or Gold. Harmo$134-$238. These are for “Million Dollar nizing their way to the top of the charts for the Quartet,” “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce first time with their signature song “A Horse of 1914,” “Complexions, Contemporary Bal- With No Name,” they became a global houselet: Bach to Bowie,” and “Celtic Women.” hold name and paved the way to the impres• “Broadway Series” tickets range from $105- sive string of hits like “I Need You,” “Ventura $200. These are for “Cinderella,” “A GenHighway,” “Don't Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” tleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” and “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair.” “Motown The Musical.” Member sales begin August 14th, and public • “Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series” sales begin October 9th. Tickets are $57-$67. tickets range from $99-$117. These are for “Rosanne Cash” and “America.” “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” • “Distinguished Lecture Series” tickets range Thursday, November 30th at 7:30pm The Western Front, Christmas Eve, 1914. from $31-$67. These are for Greg Gutfeld Out of the violence of the Great War’s trenches and Kimberly Guilfoyle. comes a silence, then a song as a young German Single Tickets soldier steps into no man’s land singing “Stille Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter. Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. This is a remarkorg. Each performance notes when tickets able true story, told in the words of the men who will become available to the public. lived it. Cantus and Theater Latté Da will present The Season “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by Yo-Yo Ma Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach. Member Sunday, September 17th at 7pm sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin Music to be performed by Dvorák: Humor- October 30th. Tickets are $37-$57. esque. The UT Tyler Cowan Center and East “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” Texas Symphony Orchestra join together to present acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma in concert Friday, December 8th at 10am and 12:30pm Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper with the ETSO. Mr. Ma will perform Dvorák’s dramatic Cello Concerto in B Minor. The eve- spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packning will also include Dvorák’s Humoresque ing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1. Mr. Ma has performed for eight American presidents, most waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, actionrecently at the invitation of President Obama packed musical adaptation of Richard and on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural CereFlorence Atwater’s popular book (also made mony. Tickets are $37-$147. into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) Greg Gutfeld is the perfect family treat. Ticket sales begin Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30pm August 21st. Tickets are $4. “New York Times” best-selling author, Greg Gutfeld has been called “outrageous and The Doobie Brothers in Concert Thursday, January 11th at 7:30pm outspoken,” neither of which he denies. A When considering the ultimate classic Libertarian political satirist, humorist, magarock bands of the 1970’s, The Doobie Brothzine editor, and blogger, he is best known as the co-host of the Fox News Channel program ers are at the top of everyone’s list with their “The Five,” a weekday program, and his other mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, show, “The Greg Gutfeld Show.” He currently guitar-driven rock and roll. With more than

48 million albums sold worldwide and four Grammy® awards, their numerous charttopping hits include “Black Water,” “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” and “Long Train Running.” In all, the band has tallied-up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Their latest album, “Southbound,” features new recordings of the band’s iconic hits, with country music’s biggest stars. Tickets are $57-$147.


Thursday, January 18th at 7:30pm Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific” that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on this classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love - the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more - plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin November 27th. Tickets are $37-$77.

“A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder”

Saturday, February 3rd at 7:30pm 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 critic put it, “I’ve never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical!” “A Gentleman’s Guide” tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way… and be done in time for tea. This is for mature audiences. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 8th. Tickets are $42-$67.

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Monday, February 12th at 7:30pm “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. “Million Dollar Quartet” timeless hits include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 22nd. Tickets are $32-$67.

everyone’s music… and is now a Broadway musical. “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. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the recordbreaking smash hit “Motown The Musical!” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin February 5th. Tickets are $37-$67.

“Alice In Wonderland”

Friday, March 9th at 10am and 12:30pm Finally, an Alice for our time! It’s a new take on a favorite classic. 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 breathtaking 21st-century staging uses cameras, projections, and puppets to help tell the story of Alice’s journey through Wonderland. This is ideal for grades 2-6. Ticket orders accepted beginning August 21st. Tickets are $4.

Kimberly Guilfoyle

Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:30pm Kimberly Guilfoyle joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in 2006, hosting the one-hour crime-based program, “The Lineup.” She currently co-hosts Fox’s primetime show “The Five” - a roundtable ensemble of FOX personalities who discuss, debate, and debunk news stories, controversies, and issues of the day. Guilfoyle also appears as a legal and political analyst on “Hannity,” and is part of a rotating panel on “Outnumbered.” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin March 5th. A Dinner and Post-Lecture Reception will be held, sponsored by Austin Bank. Tickets are $17-$37.

“The Wizard of Oz”

Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, “The Wizard of Oz” twists its way into the Cowan Center! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin March 26th. Tickets are $37-$72.

Celtic Woman in Concert

Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm They’ve sold more than ten million albums and three million tickets. Now, the global phenomenon known as Celtic Woman is set to “Bach To Bowie: Complexions” embark on another world tour, which will Tuesday, February 27th at 7:30pm include a stop in Tyler. It all started on a winCombining the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training, and experience, “Com- ter Dublin night in 2004. The idea was conplexions” awakens audiences to a new, exciting ceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a genre with their singular approach of reinvent- selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Meming dance through a groundbreaking mix of ber sales begin August 14th, and public sales methods, styles, and cultures. This innovative begin April 9th. Tickets are $42-$77. dance company is at it again with their latest creation “Bach to Bowie.” The Bowie part of the More Info evening is entitled “Star Dust” and will feature, The Cowan Center is located at 3900 Unias you might expect, daredevil dancing, a hip versity Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler soundtrack, glam rock costumes, and innovative stagecraft. Public sales begin January 29th. campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by Tickets are $37-$62. calling (903)566-7424, or go to The box office is open Monday-Fri“Motown The Musical” Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30pm day 9am-4pm and is located adjacent to the Vaughn entrance of the Cowan Center. It began as one man’s story… became • 7

July 15th (8pm) - Card 53 returns! Card 53 Comedy has been the driving force behind the East Texas comedy scene for the last seven years. Their unique brand of “makem-up improv comedy” consists of several scenes where everything is made up on the spot based ing events - everything from concerts to clas- off audience suggestions. Card 53 considers sic musical sing-alongs and more. Liberty has their show to be “clean-ish” striving to provide something for all ages! Liberty Hall is located the most entertaining show possible, however, at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. For more due to the unpredictable nature of the show, info or tickets go to Card 53 risks embarrassing their mothers, Upcoming classic movies at Liberty are: wives, and places of employment all for the • July 6th - “Hands on a Hardbody: The Docu- sake of providing a night of entertainment like mentary (1997)” no other in East Texas. Tickets are $15. • July 13th - “Bernie” July 21st (7pm) - “One Night with Elvis • July 20th - “Sordid Lives” Featuring Travis Powell” - Elvis impersonator, • July 22nd - “A Very Sordid Wedding” Travis Powell, will be performing songs from • July 27th - “Bubba Ho-Tep” the 1968 Elvis Come• August 3rd - “Mean Girls” back Special and hits • August 10th - “Fast Times at Ridgemont from the 70’s. While High” some might have • August 17th - “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” memories of watching • August 24th - “Hoop Dreams” Elvis Presley perform Doors open at 6pm, and movies start at 7pm. Tickets are available online at libertyty- “Hound Dog” on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” or at the door for $7. new and old audiMusic & More ences alike can hear July 8th (8pm) - Jason his classics performed Rogers Band will be live this July. During the concert, Powell will in concert. Grammy perform songs from Elvis’ 1968 Comeback Award-winning, fiddle Special and 1970 concert years, while putting player Jason Roberts on his best Elvis impersonations. Singing clasbrings his signature style sics, wearing the king’s famous costumes and to the Jason Roberts Band, delighting fans the putting on a smile, Powell said East Texans world over. Building on a lifetime blessed by should be ready for an unforgettable performusical genes and work alongside Western mance. Powell received the 2014 Heart of the Swing giants, Jason Roberts leads world-class King Horizon Award and sang on the same talents as front man of the Jason Roberts Band. stage Elvis once graced, The International in Having spent his childhood among legends in Las Vegas. He is the champion of the “2016 Texas honky-tonks, and then nearly 20 years Tribute to the King Contest.” For tickets, with the world-famous band Asleep at the please call (832)312-0074. Wheel, Jason has soaked up the very best of August 4th (7:30pm) - Hank & Patsy - Hank Western Swing and brings his own signature & Patsy, starring award-winning vocalists, style to this traditional American genre. Two Jake Penrod & Lisa Layne, depicts the lives Grammy Awards and four individual Hall of and music of two of country music’s first Fame inductions later, Jason and his Jason Roberts Band delight fans around the world. superstars. Mr. Penrod’s performance of Hank Tickets are $10-20. Williams’ songs and Lisa Layne’s interpreta-

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tion of Patsy Cline’s music are mesmerizing. To learn more about these artists go to and Tickets are $25-$35. All seats are reserved. August 19th (8pm) - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band - A modern bluegrass band that plays and sings the songs of the Beatles. Just as the Beatles broke the mold of all things rock and roll, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band follows closely with that same spirit of innovation, interpreting songs already loved by millions. Performing some of the very best music composed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, beloved songs are presented with instruments you normally wouldn’t expect to hear and played in a way they are not normally played. The result is a pleasing sound with a lot of fun surprises along the way. Tickets are $15-20. September 8th (7:30pm) - “Salute to Sinatra From Las Vegas” is an exciting and nostalgic journey through many of the most celebrated songs of the Great American Songbook. You will experience an unforgettable show - brilliantly performed by nationally renowned tribute artist Dave Halston. The show also features the laugh-out-loud comedy of Las Vegas legend Barbara Brighton performing as Joan Rivers. While many artists have attempted to recreate Sinatra’s smooth ribbon of sound and his legendary swagger, few have captured the essence so completely as legendary crooner Dave Halston. As one observer described it, “Dave Halston somehow casts a spell, and they always want more.” Tickets are $20 and $33. Tickets will be on sale soon for these upcoming concerts and events: • September 16th - Card 53 • September 27th-30th - Downtown Tyler Film Festival • October 6th - “Joshua Lozoff: Life is Magic” • October 7th - Doug Stone in Concert • November 25th - Card 53 Comedy Show • December 2nd - Band of Heathens Concert • December 16th - “Deck the Halls with Buddy Holly - A Rockin’ Blue Christmas” Concert


Second Saturday of each month (July 8th) (All day) - Make your way to Downtown Tyler for Hit the Bricks. Get out and about on and off the square where Downtown businesses will be offering fun all day long. Free parking provided on the street or in the parking garage or take advantage of the free valet parking at Jack Ryan’s and Rick’s on the Square. Rain or shine Downtown will be the place to be every second Saturday! For more info and a full list of events go to visittyler. com/secondsaturday or search for “Hit the Bricks” on Facebook. Second Sunday of each month (9-11am) Enjoy Coffee and Cars at the heart of Downtown Tyler. Grab a cup of coffee from Moocho Burrito as you view the cars and meet and greet everyone. Coffee and Cars Tyler is a monthly gathering of automotive enthusiasts who meet and share their passion for cars at the beautiful and historic Downtown Tyler. For more info go to Canton First Monday Trade Days Market are held Thursday-Sundays. What started more than a century ago as a flea market has become home to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge home furnishings, antiques, and collectibles that can be found anywhere. Over the past 150 years, lots of things have changed in the Original First Monday Park, but the genuine, down-home human relationships between vendors and shoppers are the reason people keep coming back. This is a place where you can slow down, visit, and ask questions, talk to collectors and antique dealers, and meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind items. For more info call (903)567-6556 or go to Dates are: June 29th-July 2nd, August 3rd-6th, August 31st-September 3rd, September 28th-October 1st, November 2nd-5th, and November 30th-December 3rd.

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Friday, June 30th - Kadie Lynn Saturday, July 1st - Senor Gringo Wednesday, July 5th - Gary Patrick Thursday, July 6th - Darrin Morris Friday, July 7th - Naked Walrus Saturday, July 8th - Clay Thrash Tuesday, July 11th - Clint Alford Wednesday, July 12th - Gary Kyle Thursday, July 13th - Jason Misenheimer Friday, July 14th - Natalie Rose Duo Saturday, July 15th - Gary Patrick Band Tuesday, July 18th - Patrick James Wednesday, July 19th - Paul Shafer Thursday, July 20th - Lauren Alexander Friday, July 21st - Greg Schroeder Saturday, July 22nd - Brannon Barrett Tuesday, July 25th - Scotty G Wednesday, July 26th - Levi Kitchen Thursday, July 27th - Lucas Kelm Friday, July 28th - Gary Patrick Saturday, July 29th - Dustin Becker Trio Restaurant Hours (Late nights are bar only): Mon-Thur:11am - 10pm, Fri: 11am - 12am, Sat: 2pm - 12am

More Events For more events and to add your events for free, go to July 9th (5-10pm) - Paddle and Pub - This fun event is hosted by Miller’s Point and Petroleum Club on Lake Tyler. Bote board demos, live music, food, and local brews will be featured. This will be held at Lake Tyler Petroleum Club and is a free event. July 15th (9am-5pm) and July 16th (11am-5pm) - Eighth Annual Christmas in July Arts Fair - Support the Parks Department by attending this annual event. A winter holiday event in the middle of summer may seem out of place, but for some folks, you can never start to early on your Christmas shopping. This two-day arts and fair features shopping in air-conditioned booths filled with delightful gifts for everyone on your list. Only handmade items will be sold. Decorate your home with themed crafts, primitives, bath and body, quilts, wood items, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, clothing art, mixed media, plants, photography, candles, sewing, and much more. Live entertainment will play throughout the day and a visitor from the North Pole will be stopping by both days to get you in the spirit from 1-4pm. A free children’s craft and story time area will also be available both days. Tickets are $2 per person, children under 10 are free. For more info go to This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. For more info call (903)531-1214. July 15th (9am-4pm) - East Texas Writers Guild Summer Conference - “Keys to Successful Writing,”will be held at Tyler Junior College West Campus, 1530 S SW Loop 323 in Tyler. Targeted for writers of all genres, the conference will be packed with tools and information to improve the craft of writing, as well as offer the opportunity to network with fellow writers. The outstanding line-up of speakers and their topic, includes Patricia (Pooks) Burroughs – “Writing with Passion,” Claire Sanders – “How I Learned to Show and Not Tell” and Jaime Jones – “The Craft of Rewrite, When Revising is Not Enough.” Each speaking session will be followed by a Question and Answer opportunity. For more info call (713)515-5703 or go to July 28th-29th - Great Texas Balloon Race will be held at the East Texas Regional Airport, Longview. There will be tons of fun for all ages plus Teazur in concert Friday and The Darrin Morris Band and Travis Tritt will be in concert Saturday at 6:30pm. The Balloon Glow will take place each night at 8:50pm. For more info go to Facebook. July 27th (6-10pm) - Operation SantaPaws- Join the fun in raising money for Patriot Paws: Dogs in training for Veterans. It takes two years to train one dog. These dogs assist in PTSD therapy. There will be a Fashion Runway presented by Eforfashion Models, fireworks, and great music. Join together for an amazing cause and see the efforts of these amazing dogs. This will be held at Lago del Pino, 14706 CR 1134, Tyler. Cost is $20-$40 per ticket. Find more info about the event on Facebook. July 30th (12:30-5pm) - East Texas Wedding Extravaganza will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. There will be show specials, bridal fashion show from David’s Bridal and Weddings A to Z, cake and catering samples, photo booth fun, and prizes being awarded all day. Grand Prizes include a Venue Sunday Package valued at $4,000 from Park Hill Farm, Allure Wedding Gown from Weddings A to Z, DJ and photography packages from Complete Weddings & Events, floral package valued at $1,000 from Fantasy & Fairytale Floral Designs, Body Contouring Treatment valued at $1,260, uplighting and digital monogram from Texas Best Events, Travel Certificate from Bride Star, and more. Tickets can be found online for $8 at or bought at the door for $10. Brides that register online will be awarded a Symbolize It Gift Card at the door along with her Bride Bag. Bride ticket is $10. August 5th (1-5pm) - East Texas Book Bash is a book signing for multiple authors and models. Authors in attendance will be from different book genres. East Texas Book Bash will be having 60+ authors and models in attendance. You will be able to meet and talk and take pictures with your

favorite author and model. There will also have a Photo Booth on site so you and your friends can take pictures and take them home with you the day of the event. For more info go to This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Tickets are $10 online and will be $15 at the door the day of the event. VIP Tickets $15 and can only be bought online. August 10th-12th (Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9am-1pm) - Just Between Friends East Texas will be held at East Texas State Fair Tyler, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. This is premier event features baby, kids, and maternity goods, clothing, and tons more. This is not a retail store but rather a savings extravaganzas. At this event, consignors bring their new and gently-used children’s and maternity merchandise to sell. Shoppers can then browse and purchase these items at great savings, many times 50-90% below retail prices. Admission cost at the door is $5 cash or 5 canned goods. For more info call (903)275-5630 or go to east- August 12th (7pm-1am) - The 2017 Tyler Cattle Barons Gala “Legends of the Call” will take place at the Texas Rose Horse Park, 14078 State Hwy 110 N., Tyler. Trace Adkins will headline. The Tyler Cattle Barons Gala benefit helps to raise money for the American Cancer Society. In addition to fundraising for local services, the goal is increasing education and awareness to make people understand that there are services available for them whenever they are diagnosed with a cancer. For tickets go to Tickets start at $200 per person for the general gala. At the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala enjoy a unique, upscale event complete with live entertainment, dinner, dancing, auctions, and other special attractions including one-of-akind live and silent auctions, Gourmet Cowboy cuisine and Texas Size bars, special tributes to cancer survivors and those lost to the disease. For more info call (903)597-1383. September 5th (12 noon-1pm) - 1st Tuesday in the Garden - Smith County Master Gardeners

will be held. “Fall Vegetable Gardening with Greg Grant” will be the topic. October 3rd, “From Bulbs to Blooms,” a preview of the October 14th Plant Sale (8:30am-1:30pm) with Anne Pattullo will be held. November 7th, “All About Trees with Henry Burch” will be the topic. These are 30-minute programs with Q&A following. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held inside the Tyler Rose Garden Center. This is held at the IDEA Garden in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler. For more info go to coming-events. September 12th (6:30-9:30pm) - Bling-O, a ladies-night-out of Bingo played for designer purses, is a fun night of games, food, and fellowship. The event will include a silent auction as well as many additional games and a chance drawing. Enjoy the evening, and see if you can take home a little bling from BLING-O. For tickets go to This will be held at Cascades Country Club, 2611 Cascades Golf Club Dr., Tyler. • 9

By Holli Fourniquet On the second Saturday of every month, people from all over will converge in Downtown Tyler for Hit the Bricks. Downtown Tyler businesses will be bursting with fun for the whole family and, of course, the chance to check out the great, locally-owned restaurants, bars, retail establishments, museums, and other Downtown businesses. With its ongoing revitalization, Downtown Tyler has become a happening place to be. Visit Tyler, the City of Tyler, and Downtown businesses, organizations, and enthusiasts are all coming together to organize activities for the entire family the second Saturday of every month throughout Downtown Tyler, on and off the square. Hit the Bricks will offer a chance for the community to come together in the heart of the city. The next Hit the Bricks is July 8th. Plan your day to attend one of these special activities: Downtown fun during the day: • 10am-4pm - Indoor Scavenger Hunt at the GoodmanLeGrand House & Museum • 11am-5pm - Enjoy lunch, snow cones, and more on the square • 11:30am - Get Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets for $5/box at Discovery Science Place while supplies last • 2-8pm - Vendors and activities on the square, including bounce houses, games, free face painting by Jujubilees, and arts and crafts • 2pm and 4pm - Tour the brand new Innovation Pipeline where you can learn how to be a “maker” • 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm – Tour ETX Brewing Co., receive a logo glass and one beer fill for $10, all proceeds go to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Tyler; limited to the first 25 people • 4:30pm – Be there for the unveiling of the new Downtown mural created by local artist, Dace Lucia Kidd on the side of the Lindsey building (by the parking garage) • 4:30-6:30pm - Strada Caffe will give out samples in front

of the new Downtown mural just before the entrance to the Lindsey building • All day - Art and Seek: Local artists hide free art around Downtown, the first to find it gets to keep it. • All day - Self-guided walking tour of the Half Mile of History - this is an outdoor, half-mile loop around the square that commemorates significant people, places, or events in Tyler. A digital brochure for the self-guided tour is at s8iD30czlpb • 5:30-8pm - Art Exhibit “Color Blind(ed)” Opening Reception at Gallery Main Street • At Ye Olde City Antique Mall & Olde City Market - Meet & Greet all the dealers plus wine and cheese will be served 5-6pm. There will be 12 bricks wrapped in $10 gift certificates placed in different booths through-out the mall for a fun “A Hit the Bricks” Treasure Hunt) Downtown after dark: • 8pm - Jason Roberts live in concert at Liberty Hall ($20-$125) • 8:30pm - Free movie “The Princess Bride” at Innovation Pipeline • 8:30pm - Haunted WALKING Tour of Downtown ($8/person), get tickets at • 9:30pm - Haunted RIDING Tour of Downtown ($15/person), get tickets at • Live music at Rick's, ETX Brewing Co., and Garage Bar While you’re in Downtown enjoying one of the special events, be sure to check out some of Downtown’s shops. These stores offer unique items that can only be found in Downtown Tyler. El Guapo Records sells vintage and new vinyl records, 903 Handmade features collections from quality handmade makers local, around Texas, and around the country, and Ye Olde City Antique Mall offers a variety of treasures. 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’s no excuse to leave hungry with all of the dining options because in Downtown you can have your cake and eat it too. There is free parking Downtown in the Fair Plaza parking garage (located right beside ETX Brewing Co. and across the street from The Foundry Coffee House), free parking on the square, or free valet parking at Rick’s and Jack Ryan’s. Grab your friends and family and “Hit the Bricks!” For a full list of activities each month go to secondsaturday.

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GALLERY MAIN STREET ART AND SEEK UNVEILING OF THE NEW DOWNTOWN MURAL It is always free to list any event. July 1st - Rise Up 5K - Sponsored by CARES, a nonprofit organization that provides a co-production platform for empowering charities and schools with the ability to co-produce a consolidated running event benefiting multiple partner organizations. People of all walks of life, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations will RISE UP together across the nation for the world’s largest running/walking event. With a collective voice of footsteps, the group will run to the cadence of liberty, freedom, and justice for all. Join today and make history. For more info go to rise-up-5k-tyler-tx. September 10th - 2017 Rose City Triathlon - Hosted by the East Texas Triathletes, the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose City Triathlon is celebrating its 10th year. Join for a beautiful swim, bike, and run at Lake Tyler. Proceeds benefit Smith County Volunteer Fireman’s Association. The race distances are: 650 meter swim, 13 mile bike, 5k run. Athletes get great swag, free beer, and free race photos. Sign up now at September 16th - The “Seriously Fun!” 5K Mud & Obstacle Run hits Tyler! For more info go to This will be held at SWAN MX Raceway Park, 12068 County Road 433, Tyler. September 30th - ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Tyler will be held at 8:30am at Faulkner Park. It features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. For more info go to October 14th - Harvest Hustle 5K Lindale, presented by Longhorn Ford/Lonestar Dodge, will take place as part of the Lindale Countryfest, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the LISD Education Foundation. This starts in Downtown Lindale and goes through Trail Creek Farm, then on to the rural rolling hills of Iron Mountain Road and returns to Downtown Lindale. Stay after the race for all of the activities of “Countryfest” in Lindale. Admission fees are $25-$35. Register at








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Music LOVEGUNNER, A KISS Tribute Band: Laying Down The Beat By Johnny Griffith So I have this video in my head of me being on Jeopardy that goes a little something like this: Me: I’ll take Music Trivia for $1000, Alex. (Of course it’s the Double Jeopardy question, and of course, I wagered way too much money.) Alex: What band liked to play obnoxiously loud music by night and engage in frivolity by day was started by Stanley Eisen, Chaim Witz, George Peter John Criscuola, and Paul Frehley in 1972? Me: Who is Bachmann Turner Overdrive? (which would be stupid because no one Alex Trebek just mentioned is named Bachmann or Turner) Alex: Oh sorry there, Johnny, the correct answer would be the hottest band in the world: KISS! At least that’s how it goes in my head when I think of the guys who would eventually become household names as Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. KISS would go on to create a marketing empire, making music, merchandise, movies, and embarking on bombastic tours that became their trademark. KISS would see many evolutions over the years, but the one that always comes to mind is the original quartet in full makeup and in character as their alter egos. Not coincidentally, this is also the version you’ll get to see when you catch a show by LOVEGUNNER, a KISS tribute band based here in East Texas. No longer viewed as second-class gigs, tribute bands have turned into well-oiled machines in which hours of, not only practicing the original music note for note but additionally, hours of studying mannerisms and the stagecraft necessary to give fans the experience they want. No one knows this better than Marshall Hance, Mark Shepard Hill, Jarod Frank, and Randy McDonald as they have spent the better part of the last two years developing themselves into an exacting replica of KISS when they take the stage. Even more impressively, they’ve done this while being scattered all over East Texas and being involved in other gigs. I managed to track everyone down to find out who they are behind the makeup and what exactly goes into duplicating such a complex act: Johnny: So let’s start with what character you play and a bit of background. Marshall: I pay tribute to Paul Stanley, the “Starchild,” and I’ve been playing music since I was 10 years old. My dad and mom introduced me to music at a young age and have encouraged me ever since. I have my own personal group under the title of “Marshall Hance,” and we play all original music I have written. Mark: I play the role of the “SpaceAce,” Ace Frehley, in LOVEGUNNER. I grew up in Longview and really got deep into listening to music around 1983 in the early days of MTV. I got serious about guitar around the age of 20 while at SFA in Nacogdoches. As the desire to become a professional grew, I decided to go to a music school and found the commercial music program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas and attended from 2001-2004. Around 2007, I moved to Austin and got a

gig playing bass for Gary P. Nunn for a while, then decided to move back to East Texas and played in the Escape Artists, a 60’s- 00’s cover band with the versatile and talented pair of Wes Odom and Jay Baker. After the Escape Artists became defunct, I began to look around for a new project to get involved in. I scoured Craigslist every evening and eventually saw an ad that read “KISS Tribute seeks ACE,” I absolutely had to look into it. Jarod: I take on the role of Peter Criss who was the “Catman” on stage. I’ve been in the tribute band scene in Houston for close to 10 years playing in tributes to Ozzy, Foo Fighters, Poison, Mötley Crüe, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Weezer, Bon Jovi, and of course, KISS. KISS is the band that first got me into music, having bought Double Platinum on 8-track when I was 6 years old. I started playing drums when I was 9 and was in original bands from middle school through college. After a break, I joined some original bands around 2005, but after a couple of years, I realized that tribute bands were really starting to take off and could actually be more financially successful than bands doing standard covers or originals. Randy: During the show, I’m the “Demon,” Gene Simmons. I’m from College Station and have been playing several instruments since high school. In addition to LOVEGUNNER, I’m also involved in a blues band and an oldtime string band. Johnny: So whose idea was it to start a KISS tribute band, and how did that get brought up in a conversation? Randy: Well, we didn’t actually start out to be a full-fledged tribute band. While playing at a Blues Jam one night, Marshall and I were talking and discovered that we were both KISS fans and made a comment in passing that it would be fun to get together and jam on some KISS songs. We started thinking about drummers we knew and brought in our friend, Blake. Our first idea was just to pick a few songs to jam on and have fun. We picked about five songs, got together one night, and were surprised at how good it sounded and how much fun it was to play these songs. We continued getting together and enjoying it more and more to the point that we finally decided to start searching for a lead guitarist to try to put together the full tribute show. After a few interviews and auditions, we found our SpaceAce, and after about five months of work eventually did put together our first short show. As we continued to progress, it became apparent to everyone that due to other obligations, our drummer was not going to be able to devote the time required by an ongoing tribute act, so we parted on good terms and located our current drummer, Jarod, who was

able to step in as a rock solid KISS drummer and really advance the band quickly. Johnny: Was this just another project to be in, or did the appreciation for KISS go beyond that? Mark: Everyone in the band is a bona fide, lifelong fan of the group. I think it’s essential that everyone in the band be a serious fan of (whatever group) if you are to partake in a tribute band. The level of dedication and diligent study required to get elements correct is incredibly demanding, and if someone doesn’t have the conviction, desire, and pride to do the band justice, I just don’t feel you’re going to get a professional entertainment product. Johnny: What have been the challenges up to this point of pulling this off and doing it with the execution necessary not to be a caricature of KISS, but rather a genuine tribute band that captures the essence of a KISS show in their prime? Randy: Two challenges, really. One is that we all live in different towns, so even getting together to rehearse means travel and a commitment of at least a day or two. That’s one reason we work hard to make the most of our rehearsal time. The other challenge has been dealing with the complexity of many aspects at once. A lot of people think of KISS as being simplistic, but when you try to replicate it, you quickly begin to realize that it is a very complex act. Just playing the music and singing the harmonies correct is challenging enough. Then, you have to find or make the costume, learn what makeup is used, and how to put it on correctly. Also notable, the stage show is not just a collection of random movements. A lot of it is choreographed to happen at certain times and at a certain location on stage, and that all has to be worked out. Additionally, each signature shake of the head, facial expressions, and the unique way each individual moves around on stage is all studied and done for a purpose. Then, trying to do it all while wearing seven-inch heels and accurately playing your instrument is a whole new ball game. There’s a lot to think about at the same time. Johnny: You guys recently did a big show at Click’s Live in Tyler that was amazing to watch. What did that show do for the band as far as confidence and exposure? Marshall: Click’s was a great show! They have an amazing stage, easily one of the largest I’ve played on and definitely the best light show. Exposure-wise, we got amazing photos and videos to be able to showcase how we look and what we’re about. Mark: That show was, by far, our best up to this point! That was the first venue where we could truly get the audio and visual aspects

of a KISS show correct because they have the proper technology and ample stage space to accommodate a true rock show. It boosted our confidence immediately when we glanced back at the footage and saw what it looked like. I’d like to stress how professional and accommodating Tyler Johnson and David Wilson (sound and light techs at Click’s) are. They are true pros and went above and beyond to help us put on a professional show. We cannot thank David, Tyler, and Click’s enough for allowing us the opportunity to perform. They are a class act over there, and we’re fortunate to have a venue like Click’s in East Texas. Johnny: When it comes to KISS, the look is as important as the music. Where did you find the costumes, and who is doing your makeup? Mark: Randy’s wife is a very handy seamstress, and she did an excellent job manifesting the outfits for the Demon and Catman. Marshall’s costume is an officially licensed costume that KISS made available for purchase. My outfit was acquired from a costume builder out of Ft. Worth, named David McBrayer, who has a business called Metal Mayhem Tribute Gear and can be found on Facebook. David is fanatically passionate about what he does, and his main products are KISS tribute costumes. As far as our makeup, just like the real band, we do it ourselves. A lot of people assume that KISS, being millionaires, just have people sit in front of them and do their makeup, but that’s not the case and never has been. Johnny: With more than 40 albums of material, how did you go about deciding what songs would be on the set list? Marshall: Currently, the set list is a combination of what we already knew and what was from KISS Alive 1 and 2. And a few from the 3rd and 4th alive tours. We plan to expand on to deeper cuts once we get the ball rolling with the set we have. Johnny: What's on the horizon for the rest of 2017 and into next year? Randy: We’ve got our sights set on some bigger markets and traveling a bit, but we want venues in East Texas to understand that we really want to come out to the smaller venues too and let people be able to relive that original experience of the people who saw KISS from the front row when they were just starting out. Some venues may think that this show is too big for their venue, but they should give us a call. KISS played in all kinds of venues when they were starting out, and it’s fun for us to relive some of that same experience. LOVEGUNNER on the Web: • •

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Kings (and Queen) of Swing By Johnny Griffith Jazz. All that jazz. Jazz hands. DJ Jazzy Jeff. Jazzed up. If you ask a statistically significant number of people in this area, the previous phrases will probably exhaust their personal encyclopedic knowledge of the genre. They might be able to name a few performers over the years which you had to have been living under a rock (or a pine tree) to not recognize like Armstrong, Miles, Brubeck, Coltrane, and Ella; beyond that and it gets sketchy. There isn’t the knowledge of the complexity, spontaneity, and democracy within the music because you really have to experience jazz live and in person to gain a better understanding of the music and the musicians who play it, and unfortunately, there hasn’t historically been a plethora of opportunities in the area. Fortunately for East Texans, the genre is experiencing a growth trend locally and the movement is being led by the collective known as Purple Velvet Fox (PVF). PVF is comprised of core members Sarah Roberts on alto and soprano sax, Alex Blair on bass, Joe Snider on percussion, and founder and band leader Gary C. Hatcher on guitar while often performing with guests on various instruments. One of the most acclaimed local acts, they’ve taken home the award for Best Jazz Band in East Texas on three different occasions and routinely play shows all over the region in their attempt to play great music while educating people along the way. Professionals in every sense of the word, the “core four” have the credentials to step on stage with the most seasoned musical veterans and have accumulated an amazing amount of knowledge in one band. Hatcher holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas and is a Professor of Art at UT Tyler and the B.J. and Dub Riter Professorship in Art. Alex Blair plays 4, 5, and 6 string electric bass, fretted and fretless, is thirty-five years into an ever expanding dynamic music career that includes teaching, composition, live and studio performance, music audio production, and recording studio owner of WindWord Studio in Tyler. Dr. Sarah Roberts keeps a very active teaching and performance schedule as Professor of Music, Jazz Studies, and Saxophone at UT Tyler and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Texas. Finally, Joe Snider is a lifelong percussionist and graduate of UT Tyler where he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion and performance. A sought after performer, teacher, and clinician, he supports

himself as a full-time musician. On Sundays he is the percussionist at Green Acres Baptist Church in their Contemporary Service and in addition to performing regularly in Purple Velvet Fox, he plays in the Dallas-based indie band, Metrograde. I caught up with Gary this month to get some insight on Purple Velvet Fox and how they’re changing the local music scene in East Texas. Johnny: So who came up with the idea to start a jazz band, and when did that original brainstorm happen? Gary: Over the last decade it has been apparent that jazz is a growing genre in East Texas with an increasing interest among both young and old. Baby boomers who grew up on rock are finding the more complex and sophisticated sounds of jazz compelling. Gen X and Millennials as well are being drawn to jazz as much contemporary music has roots in the complex modal harmonies and structure established in jazz. In the various iterations and membership of Purple Velvet Fox over the last decade, we have had members as young as 20 up to baby boomers such as myself. Most of the musicians who play jazz are also in other bands as well that play other genres of music. So I started PVF as a desire to hear and play jazz as it has increased in popularity. Johnny: Who were the original members? Gary: Original members of PVF were myself, Gary Hatcher on guitar, Jacob Wellman on sax, Joe Snyder on drums, Suzie Carter with vocals, and Eric Pardoe on bass. Joe Snyder is the only member who is still in the band that began with the band many years ago. Jacob Wellman was in the band until last year when he moved to Big D, and Suzie Carter performs with the band occasionally. People move, ambitions change, life evolves and moves on, so we have had probably a dozen or so different members in the past years. Of course, we always have other musicians come and sit in with the band. Trumpet, congas, flute, trombone, we even had a great spoon player sit in with us one night. That was really cool until he laid his special set of spoons on the table and the bus boy picked them up and took them to the kitchen. Poor guy spent about an hour digging through trash in the kitchen! Johnny: Where did the name Purple Velvet Fox come from, and how tough of a sell was that to the rest of the band? Gary: The first jazz band I formed was called Off Season Jazz, and we were looking for a name that did several things. First, we wanted something a bit exotic, something that said smooth, something iconic that sparked people’s imagination. As a friend once commented, what could be cooler and more exotic than a “Purple Velvet Fox.” It wasn’t a tough sell at all. Sometimes people look at us a little funny, but they remember the band and the name. Johnny: When and where was the first Purple Velvet Fox gig? Gary: Wow, we have played literally hundreds of gigs over the last six years although I am pretty sure our first gig together was in Athens at Tara Winery, six, maybe seven years ago.

“Back the Blue” Summer Bash & Benefit Concert Coach’s & Cowboy’s, 8374 Paluxy Dr., Tyler, will host

Johnny: So there are a few jazz projects playing in and around the Tyler area, but this is still a region dominated by country and rock. How challenging has it been to find decent gigs around? Gary: We have had very little trouble booking gigs, and I think that is for several reasons. First, we have some of the best musicians in this part of the country playing with the band. Second, we are organized, professional and have a reputation for putting on a great show. Third, the venues expecting exceptional, quality music is growing. We have played at most of the wineries in East Texas as well as restaurants, festivals, and clubs. And we play weddings and parties as well. We play most venues that do not necessarily want country or rock. Johnny: How has the reception been locally for what you guys are doing? Gary: We have a growing and steady following. Those who appreciate jazz, seek us out and watch our calendar on Reverbnation. com and come to our performance because they know they are going to hear a first-rate jazz band. Johnny: How often do you play out of this area, and what kind of success have you found outside the local audience? Gary: We play primarily in the East Texas area 3-6 times per month. Although we all approach the band as professional musicians, we all have other jobs or commitments that limit how many performances we want to do. Same for venues further away. We have played in Dallas, Shreveport, Houston, and Austin but don’t cultivate areas that far away since it usually involves a two-day commitment due to the distance. We could go on tour, but then as I mentioned, our other interests would have to be changed and significantly adjusted. Johnny: What have been some of the other challenges you’ve faced along the way? Gary: When you have a band with 4-6 members, coordinating schedules is always a challenge as we all play in other bands and have other interests, and then we are invited to play and at times it is hard to get all the core members together for the date requested. For that reason, there are always the core members, currently Alex Blair bass, Joe Snyder drums, Sarah Roberts, and then I have other great musicians that I invite to sub. So scheduling is the biggest challenge. Johnny: What are some of the influences of the band stylistically?

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Gary: We all enjoy and play the jazz classics from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, and many more, but then we have other sounds, bands, and genres that inspire us. For me, I listen to bands such as Galactic, EST, Gov’t Mule, Medeski Martin & Wood, Al Dimeola, and many more. Of course, I am also influenced by classical music and play classical piano in addition to jazz guitar. The piano works of Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach are beautiful and inspiring in their own way. Bach was really the father of contemporary harmony, so we all owe a lot to J.S. Bach. If you asked each band member you would get a pretty diverse list I am sure. Johnny: Does PVF do more recognizable jazz songs to get people engaged, or do you rearrange other genre music to fit your format in order to engage audiences that are less familiar with the classics? Gary: Our set lists are driven by works that we enjoy playing, areas of performance we are challenged by or interested in at the moment, and of course by the music our audience wants to hear. Lately, we have been moving more in the direction of funk, Latin, and fusion jazz. Johnny: What's on the radar for PVF for the rest of 2017? Gary: The band is sounding great. We have a number of gigs booked into the fall, and we are always exploring new tunes and original compositions. We have been nominated once again for Best Jazz Band in the East Texas Music Awards, which we have won for three years and the future looks bright for the Purple Velvet Fox Band. Upcoming Shows: • July 22nd: Kawas Hibachi Grill and Lounge, Tyler • August 25th and September 15th: Fresh by Brookshire’s, Tyler Purple Velvet Fox On The Web: • •

Trace Adkins Headlines Tyler Cattle Barons’ GalaCountry “Legends of the Call” music legend Trace Adkins will headline the 2017 Tyler

Cattle Barons' Gala, set for August 12th at the Texas Rose Horse Park/ Brunson Equestrian Center in Tyler. With a rich history in Country music, Trace is a perfect fit for the theme, “Legends of the Call,” which honors those legends in the community who have fought the fight against cancer. Guests of the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala enjoy a unique, upscale event complete with live entertainment, dinner, dancing, auctions, and other special attractions including: one-of-a-kind live and silent auctions, gourmet Cowboy cuisine and Texas-size bars, special tributes to cancer survivors and those lost to the disease. Barron’s tickets are $300 each, which include arena table seating for concert and early admission to the gala at 6:30pm. General Gala tickets are $200. Doors open at 7pm. The 2017 “Legends of the Call” Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala will be held at Texas Rose Horse Park/Brunson Equestrian Center, 14078 State Hwy. 110 N., Tyler. For more info and tickets go to or call (903)597-1383.

Old Omen:

Something Bluesy This Way Comes By Johnny Griffith Tyler is a city with an impressive amount of homegrown talent that spans an eclectic mix of styles. However, it is a fair observation to say that Country and Rock take up a vast majority of the real estate on local stages though recently, acts from other genres, such as Blues, Jazz, and Pop, are making their own place in the musical soul of the city. One of these projects, Lindsay Boone and Grady Axton Davis, the duo known as Old Omen, has brought their love of some of these divergent styles together to create a spooky good blend of gritty, soulful vocals and powerful, bluesy guitar. Together, they’ve been on an upward trajectory as they broaden the auditory palates of local music patrons. We sat down with the dynamic duo recently to get better acquainted: Johnny: So let’s start with the name of the project: “Old Omen.” What’s the significance of the name? Grady: I always thought it was a creepy sounding road in Tyler, and it’s always made me laugh. It came up when we were trying to think of a band name. We wanted something with significance to East Texas. Lindsay: Something that somehow captured our sound too. I love that there could be a great character behind the name. I picture an old guy smoking on his front porch, listening to blues, and I imagine he’d like our songs. Johnny: Your bio says you met each other at a Beatles tribute show where you subsequently ended up performing a couple of shows together. When and where was this, and how were you two put together at that show? Lindsay: We both played in these tribute shows that Matt Magill puts together at The Foundry, and became friends through that. We really bonded at the Beatles show because we’re both crazy fans of their music, and ended up talking for hours about 1960’s music and how much we loved it. I’d seen him play; he’d heard me sing, and shortly afterward I sent him what ended up being a pretty important text: “Hey, want to be in a blues band together?” Ha! Johnny: When did you individually first get into music? Grady: My uncle always played, so I grew up watching him. I was transfixed, watching his fingers, hearing the sounds; I just thought it was awesome. I got a guitar in fifth grade but never played it, and a few years later asked for a telescope for Christmas. My dad reminded me of the guitar I hadn’t played, and I wanted to prove I deserved the telescope, so I started playing that guitar. Then I became absolutely hooked. That Christmas I also used a CD my dad got as a gift to test out my new Discman, and it was the “Best of Cream.” I remember pressing play and hearing this psychedelic Eric Clapton, this nutso guitar, and I knew what I wanted to do in life. Lindsay: My parents aren'’t musical at all, but thankfully insisted I start piano lessons at eight years old. I devoured every practice book, every piece of sheet music, everything my teacher gave me, and within two years was so tired of playing other people’s stuff that I wanted to write my own. I picked up other instruments along the way, and after hearing jazz vocalists from the 1940’s in college, realized I could use my voice as an instrument, and thankfully, it came easiest to me. Johnny: Who were your early musical influences? Grady: Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix. Lindsay: Fiona Apple, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCartney. Johnny: Obviously you two traveled different stylistic paths to get to where you are to the point where the bio on your website says, “he showed her Led Zeppelin, she showed him Otis Redding.” How do you think those disparate perspectives have helped you craft this unique sound? Grady: I think your questions answers the question. I bring mashed potatoes, she brings gravy. Lindsay: He’s M&M’s, and I’m Skittles. Our differences make us so musically strong and create a different sort of blend. You have the super

bluesy, raw, rock-based acoustic guitar with strong jazzy female vocal; it's just a cool sound. Johnny: Speaking of that sound, it’s been described as “bluesy, swampy, folk-rock.” So break that down for us a bit more. I’ve heard your music, and it seems to me to be like someone took a little bit of Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray, Bonnie Raitt, Brittany Howard, Rolling Stones, tossed them together and sprinkled a bit of Mellencamp over the top for good measure. How would YOU clarify it to someone who hadn't heard you before? Grady: That sounds good to me! Lindsay: I’d throw in some Civil Wars and Etta James in there, but that sounds like a major compliment. Any comparison to Brittany Howard is pretty damn flattering. Johnny: When and where was your first show as “Old Omen?” Lindsay: We unveiled the name at the next tribute show, a Dolly Parton show, where we did a killer version of “I Will Always Love You,” in a minor key. It was very haunting, totally unlike the original. Johnny: Are you primarily a duo, or do you gig with a full band sometimes? If you use a band at times, who fills out the stage? Lindsay: At its heart, Old Omen is a duo, but we do enjoy occasionally playing with a full band. We often ask jazz bassist Chris Pitts to join us, and even do a more classic-rock quartet with drummer Jeff Shelton and bassist Bill Scott. Johnny: What has been the most memorable moment for you, on or off stage, since you’ve been performing together as Old Omen? Grady: Lola’s (one of our first gigs) was such a good initial place to play, just honing what we do at a sandwich shop, and having kids come and dance. Also, we’re pretty proud that we’re 100% for country clubs not asking us back. Lindsay: The first weekend we had three gigs in 24 hours, just living on music and driving around. It was pretty amazing. It showed me how much I wanted my life to be this way. Johnny: How has the response to this project been so far? Grady: We hope we are something very different in the Tyler music scene. I think the genres we’re tapping into don’t get on display very often in Tyler, or even outside of Tyler. You don't get just a ton of bluesy soul original music, and I hope people think, “That's a lot of sound for just two people to be producing.” Johnny: What’s on the horizon for you guys the rest of 2017 and beyond? Lindsay: We’re so pumped for our first album (self-titled), which will be released on July 22nd and available on iTunes, Spotify, etc. We're having a big block party outside El Guapo Records and ETX Brewing Co. to promote and celebrate its release. We hope to go on a North Texas tour in August as well, and continue to gig heavily in East Texas. Johnny: What would you tell someone about to sit down and listen to an Old Omen show to expect? Lindsay: Something different, something vibrant and original and full of passion. We play with our souls on our sleeves, and I want everyone who hears us to know it. You're just not going to see a guitarist like Grady every day; he plays with such fire and such love for blues and rock, and I’m hoping I can overpower you enough with my voice to feel it in your chest. Upcoming Old Omen Shows: • July 15th: Athens Brewing Company, Athens • July 22nd: Lola’s, Tyler • July 22nd: El Guapo Records, Tyler (Album Release Date) • July 28th: ETX Brewing Company, Tyler Old Omen on the Web: • •


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Upcoming Concerts

July 2nd (4pm) - Whiskey Meyers will be in concert at Love & War, 114 E. North St., Lindale. For more info go to or for tickets ($20) go to Love_and_War_in_Texas--Lindale. July 8th (8pm) - Jason Rogers Band will be in concert. Grammy Award-winning, fiddle player Jason Roberts brings his signature style the Jason Roberts Band, delighting fans the world over. Building on a lifetime blessed by musical genes and work alongside Western Swing giants, Jason Roberts leads world-class talents as front man of the Jason Roberts Band. Having spent his childhood among legends in Texas honky-tonks - and then nearly 20 years with the world-famous band Asleep at the Wheel - Jason has soaked up the very best of Western Swing and brings his own signature style to this traditional American genre. Tickets are $10-20. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. For more info or tickets go to July 16th (4pm) - Bruce & Charlie Robison: My Brother and Me Tour will be in concert at Love & War, 114 E. North St., Lindale. For more info go to or for tickets ($20) go to Venue/Love_and_War_in_Texas--Lindale. July 21st (7pm) - “One Night with Elvis Featuring Travis Powell” - Elvis impersonator, Travis Powell, will be performing songs from the 1968 Elvis Comeback Special and hits from the 70’s. While some might have memories of watching Elvis Presley perform “Hound Dog” on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” new and old audiences alike can hear his classics performed live this July. Singing classics, wearing the king’s famous costumes, and putting on a smile, Powell said East Texans should be ready for an unforgettable performance. Powell received the 2014 Heart of the King Horizon Award and sang on the same stage Elvis once graced, The International in Las Vegas. For tickets, call (832)312-0074. Liberty Hall is

located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. For more info or tickets go to July 22nd (8pm) - Rivethead will be in concert at Click’s Live, 1946 ESE Loop 323 in Tyler. Tickets are available at the door and at July 22nd (9:30pm) - Max Stallings will be in concert at Love & War, 114 E. North St., Lindale. For more info go to July 29th (8pm) - Johnnie Helm will be in concert. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Downtown Lindale. Call (903)638-0402 for more info or go to Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime. July 29th (4pm) - Cody Canada and The Departed will be in concert at Love & War, 114 E. North St., Lindale. For more info go to or for tickets ($15) go to Love_and_War_in_Texas--Lindale. July 28th-29th - Great Texas Balloon Race will be held at the East Texas Regional Airport, Longview. There will be tons of fun for all ages plus Teazur in concert Friday and The Darrin Morris Band and Travis Tritt will be in concert Saturday at 6:30pm. The Balloon Glow will take place each night at 8:50pm. For more info go to Facebook. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at August 12th (7pm-12 midnight) - Trace Adkins will be in concert at the 2017 Cattle Baron’s Gala. This will be held at Texas Rose Horse Park 14078 State Hwy 110 N. Tyler. This event benefit helps raise money for the American Cancer Society. In addition to fundraising for local services, the goal is also to increase education and awareness to make people understand that there are services avail-

able for them whenever they are diagnosed with a cancer. For more info and tickets go to or call (903)597-1383. August 12th (8pm) - Roger Miller Tribute with Keith Irwin will be in concert. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Downtown Lindale. Call (903)638-0402 for more info or go to Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime. August 19th (8pm) - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band - A modern bluegrass band that plays and sings the songs of the Beatles. Just as the Beatles broke the mold of all things rock and roll, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band follows closely with that same spirit of innovation, interpreting songs already loved by millions. Performing some of the very best music composed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, beloved songs are presented with instruments you normally wouldn’t expect to hear and played in a way they are not normally played. Tickets are $15-20. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. For more info or tickets go to September 8th (7:30pm) - “Salute to Sinatra From Las Vegas” is an exciting and nostalgic journey through many of the most celebrated songs of the Great American Songbook. You will experience an unforgettable show, brilliantly performed by nationally renowned tribute artist Dave Halston. The show also features the laugh-out-loud comedy of Las Vegas legend Barbara Brighton performing as Joan Rivers. While many artists have attempted to recreate Sinatra’s smooth ribbon of sound and his legendary swagger, few have captured the essence so completely as legendary crooner Dave Halston. Even Barbara Sinatra was brought to tears when Dave performed for her at a rather exclusive private event. Tickets are $20 and $33. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. For more info or tickets go to October 7th (8pm) - Doug Stone in Concert

- Best known for his hit singles, “I'd Be Better Off,” “I Thought It Was You,” and “A Jukebox With A Country Song,” Doug Stone has been a country music star since 1990. His first four albums went either platinum or gold, and has been making music for three decades. Liberty Hall is proud to welcome Doug Stone back to Tyler for a night of great music. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. For more info or tickets go to October 27th (7:30pm) - “Rosanne Cash: Black List River” - In “Black List River” Rosanne Cash offers a sweeping song cycle culled from her award-winning Southern and soul trilogy of works “Black Cadillac” (2006), “The List” (2009), and “The River and The Thread” (2014). Featuring guitarist and partner John Leventhal and their band, this concert features some of the most acclaimed and beloved music of Rosanne’s career. Member sales begin August 14th and public sales begin October 2nd. Tickets are $52-$62. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to at December 2nd (8pm) - Band of Heathens ConcertBand of Heathens are a rock ‘n roll band hailing from Austin. Formed in 2005, they worked the Austin club circuit. Their self-titled debut was produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard in 2008. In 2009, they were nominated for the “New Emerging Artist” award at the Americana Honors & Awards, and in 2010 they were nominated for “Best Duo/Group of the Year” by the Americana Music Association. Their 2013 album, “Sunday Morning Record” charted at number 2 on the Americana charts. Their latest album, “Duende” was released in 2017. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. For more info or tickets go to

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11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – What The Funk, 8-12 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Saturday, July 1st Dakotas Chop House – Naked Walrus, 8-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Black Ice, 9-1 ETX Brewery – Eric Moseley Duo, 8-10 Dakotas Chop House – Senor Gringo, 8-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Shelby Ballenger, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Robert Finney, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, FRESH – Senor Gringo, 6-9 Kawa’s – Gary Patrick, 7-10 3-5, Gus Samuelson, 7-10 Lago Del Pino – DJ, 8-12 The Foundry – Wheatfield, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Josh Haverson, 8-12 FRESH – Tuxedo Cats, 6-9 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 The Grove – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Cody Kawa’s – The Groove Slaves, 7-10 Wayne, 8-12 Lake Palestine Resort – Sweet Water Band, Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 6-10 Potpourri House – Paul Ruark, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – The South Austin Purple Pig – Live Music, 6-9 Moonlighters, 8-12 M6 Winery, Bullard – Live Music, 3:30-6 Republic Icehouse – Lee Mathis, 8-12 Rick’s – DJ No Cover, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – East Texas Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ted Hefko & The ThousanJazz Orchestra, 9-12 daires, 8-12 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Party Machine, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Stefan Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Mike Gonzalez, 7-11 Cotter String Band, 6:30-9:30 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Stone Country, Lindale – The Frio River Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Band, 9-1 True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 5-9 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Yamato – DJ Madhatter, 9-12 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 XLN – The Kid Icarus Project, 9-1 Saturday, July 8th Yamato – DJ, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Dagnabbit Sunday, July 2nd Band, 8-12 Big Sandy Music Hall – Adler & Hearne, Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 7-10 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 12-3 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Clicks Live – This Day Forth, Kaleider, 8-12 Club 155 – Black Ice, 9-1 Acoustics, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Clay Thrash, 8-11 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 ETX Brewery – Allen Wayne Nichols, 8-10 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Anna Stockdale, Love & War, Lindale – Whiskey Myers, 7-10 8-12 FRESH – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Monday, July 3rd Kawa’s – Levi Kitchen, 7-10 The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, 6-9 Lake Palestine Resort – Grant Cook, 6-10 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Liberty Hall – Jason Roberts Band, 8pm Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Two Tons Of Steel, 9-1 Tuesday, July 4th M6 Winery, Bullard – Mike Gonzalez, Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, 8-12 3:30-6 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 FRESH – King Richard & The Bayou Boys, Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Tanner 6-9 Sparks, 9-12 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Neon Country, Jacksonville – John Hord Lago Del Pino – Blacktop Mojo, 8-12 Band, 9-1 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters AnonyPotpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 mous, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Bluez Boyz, 8-12 MoJoes Coffee Café, Henderson – Open Rick’s – Trajikly White, 9-1 Mic, 7-10 Rose City Farmers Market, Mike Gonzalez, The Shed, Edom – Pickin & Grinin, 6-9 9am Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Chris Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Groove Oliver, 6-9 Slaves, 6:30-9:30 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Wednesday, July 5th Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Yamato – Clover The Girl, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – David Allen, 7-10 Sunday, July 9th Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Crawfish Barn – Karaoke, 6-9 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 12-3 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Acoustics, 7-10 T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny The Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Love & War, Lindale – Deryl Dodd, Tanner Love & War, Lindale – Landon Bullard, Sparks, 8-12 8-12 Monday, July 10th Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 6:30-9:30 The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, 6-9 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Thursday, July 6th Tuesday, July 11th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Heather Cloninger, 7-10 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Darrin Morris, Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 8-11 Dakotas Chop House – Clint Alford, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Lorie Rice, 7-10 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 6-10 The Foundry – Tyler Edwards, 7-10 Kawa’s – Douglas Jay Boyd , 7-10 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Cassidy Daniels, Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters Anony8-12 mous, 8-12 Potpourri House – Todd Rinlee, 6-9 MoJoes Coffee Café, Henderson – Open Razzoo’s – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, Mic, 7-10 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Todd Rinlee, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 The Shed, Edom – Pickin & Grinin, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Friends, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Chris

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Oliver, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Groove Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Slaves, 6:30-9:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Wednesday, July 12th True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 6-9 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Red House Vintage Edom – Jimmy Davis, 5-8 Revival, 7-10 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 Clear Springs – Live Music, 6-9 XLN – Bluez Boyz, 9-1 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – The Kid Icarus Project, 9-12 Cork – Dustin Becker, 6-9 Sunday, July 16th Crawfish Barn – Karaoke, 6-9 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Kyle, 7-10 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 12-3 T.D. Wilt, 6-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny Acoustics, 7-10 & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Love & War, Lindale – Barrett Barber, 8-12 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Stanley’s BBQ – Groove Slaves, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Audry Oliver, Charlie Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 Robison, 9-1

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Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 5-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12

Saturday, July 22nd

The Back Porch, Kilgore – Blaine Hart Band, 9-1 Clicks Live – RivetHead, Discard The Weak, The Collective, 9-1 Dakotas Chop House – Brandon Barrett, 8-11 El Guapo – Old Omen, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Levi Kitchen, 7-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Grace Pettis, 7-10 FRESH – Jazz Connections, 6-9 Kawa’s – Purple Velvet Fox, 7-10 Thursday, July 13th Monday, July 17th Lago Del Pino – The Elegant Few, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Bo Brumble, The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, 6-9 Lake Palestine Resort – Grant Cook and 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 friends, 6-10 Circle M Crawfish – Chris Colston, 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Leon’s, Longview – Johnny & The NightDakotas Chop House – Jason Misenheimer, Tuesday, July 18th crawlers, 7-11 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Darrell Goldman, Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, 8-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Wesley Pruitt Max Stalling, 9-1 Dakotas Chop House – Patrick James, Band, 7-10 M6 Winery, Bullard – David Cooley, 3:30-6 7-10 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 6-10 Mario’s – Live Jazz 6-9 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Kawa’s – Karaoke, 7-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Ben Lowry, Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Mike Miller, Alex 9-12 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters AnonySmith, 8-12 Neon Country, Jacksonville – Sam Riggs, mous, 8-12 Potpourri House – Todd Rinlee, 6-9 9-1 MoJoes Coffee Café, Henderson – Open Razzoo’s – Blue Louie, 7-10 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Mic, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins – Take The Shed, Edom – Pickin & Grinin, 6-9 Rick’s – Brodie Buster , 9-1 2, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Paul Shafer, 6-8 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Friends, 6-9 Rick’s – Trajikly White, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Chris Friday, July 14th Rose City Farmers Market - Keith Rea, 8am Oliver, 6-9 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Patrick The Back Porch, Kilgore – Darrin Morris James, 6:30-9:30 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Band, 8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Casey Martin, 9-1 Wednesday, July 19th Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – The Back Porch, Kilgore – Pierce Pettis, Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Shane Smith & The Marcus Casburn, 6-9 7-10 Saints, 8-12 True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 6-9 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Coyote Sam’s – Mike Gonzalez, 7-10 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 Dakotas Chop House – Natalie Rose, 8-11 Cork – Dustin Becker, 6-9 Yamato – Tyler Dudley, 8-11 Crawfish Barn – Karaoke, 6-9 ETX Brewery – Shayliff, 8-10 XLN – Culver House, 9-1 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Raymond Brown, Dakotas Chop House – Paul Shafer, 7-10 Sunday, July 23rd The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & 7-10 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 FRESH – Gary Freeman & The Groove, 6-9 T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Acoustics, 7-10 The Grove – Live Music, 7-10 & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Kawa’s – Bluez Boyz, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Junior Gordon, 8-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Lago Del Pino – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – JB & The Moonshine Love & War, Lindale – Chubby Knuckle True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 6-9 Band, 8-12 Choir, 8-12 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Monday, July 24th Thursday, July 20th Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Seek The The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, 6-9 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Steve Idlett, Peace, 9-12 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 7-10 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Circle M Crawfish – Chris Colston, 7-11 Potpourri House – Paul Ruark, 6-9 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Luke Pell, 8-12 Tuesday, July 25th Purple Pig – Live Music, 6-9 Dakotas Chop House – Lauren Alexander, Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – The Tuxedo Cats, 7-10 8-12 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Elaina Kay, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Scotty G, 7-10 Rick’s – DJ No Cover, 8-12 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 6-10 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – Folk Family Revival, 8-12 Kawa’s – Open Mic, 7-10 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Sideshow Drifters, Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters Anony8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – mous, 8-12 Razzoo’s – Workin On It, 8-12 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 MoJoes Coffee Café, Henderson – Open Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 5-9 Mic, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Friends, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 The Shed, Edom – Pickin & Grinin, 6-9 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Friday, July 21st Republic Icehouse – Lisa Frasier, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Chris Saturday, July 15th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Oliver, 6-9 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Todd Freeman & The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Tuxedo Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Cats, 8-12 Bullet Proof, 9-1 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Big Sandy Music Hall – The Stratoblasters, Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Dakotas Chop House – Greg Schroeder, 8-11 Wednesday, July 26th 8-11 Circle M Crawfish – Teazur, 7-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Amanda Pruitt, Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick Band, ETX Brewery – Keith Rea, 8-10 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Amanda Pruitt, Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 8-11 7-10 ETX Brewery – Babe , 8-10 Cork – Dustin Becker, 6-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Brian Lambert, FRESH – Frio River Band, 6-9 Crawfish Barn – Karaoke, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Levi Kitchen, 7-10 Kawa’s – Tyler Dudley Band, 7-10 FRESH – Eric Moseley Duo, 6-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & Lago Del Pino – DJ, 8-12 The Grove – Gary Patrick, 12-3 T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Liberty Hall – Travis Powell as Elvis, 7pm Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny Kawa’s – April & Taz, 7-10 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Lake Palestine Resort – Steve Latson, 6-10 & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Tyler & The Love & War, Lindale – Casey Daniels, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – The Statesboro Tribe, 7-10 Review, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – Groove Slaves, 6:30-9:30 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-12 M6 Winery – Jonah Gonzales, 12:30-6 Potpourri House – Paul Ruark, 6-9 Mario’s – Live Jazz 6-9 Thursday, July 27th Purple Pig – Live Music, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Tuxedo Republic Icehouse – The Leftovers, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Austin Layne, Cats, 8-12 7-10 Rick’s – DJ No Cover, 8-12 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Circle M Crawfish – Chris Colston, 7-11 Republic Icehouse – The Tall Boy’s, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Rick’s – Live 80, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – Tomar & The FC’s, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Lucas Kelm, 7-10

The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Meredith Crawford, 7-10 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 6-10 Kawa’s – Karaoke, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Brian Chance, 8-12 Razzoo’s – Kirk Baxley, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Rick’s – Greg Hall, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Friends, 6-9

Friday, July 28th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Kris Gordan Band, 8-12 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 8-11 ETX Brewery – Old Omen, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Travis Bolt, 7-10 FRESH – Casey Martin, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Kawa’s – Levi Kitchen, 7-10 Lago Del Pino – DJ, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Wayland Hicks, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Potpourri House – Paul Ruark, 6-9 Purple Pig – Live Music, 6-9 Rick’s – DJ No Cover, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Zac Wilkerson, The Leftovers, 8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 5-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 9-12

Saturday, July 29th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Cody Wayne, 9-1 Big Sandy Music Hall – The Purple Hulls, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Dustin Becker, 8-11 ETX Brewery – Clint Alford, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Stephen Morris, 7-10 FRESH – Johnny & The Night Crawlers, 6-9 The Grove – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Kawa’s – Pocket Tangerine, 7-10 Lago Del Pino – Live Music, 8-12 Lake Palestine Resort – The Groove Slaves, 6-10 Love & War, Lindale – Cody Canada & The Departed, 9-1 M6 Winery, Bullard – Owen Tiner, 3:30-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Finding Shade, 9-12 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – Big Hotel, 8-12 Rick’s – Live 80, 9-1 Rotolo’s – Doubleshot, 9-1 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Donnie, 12-3, Ad-Hawks, 6:30-9:30 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 6-9 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 Yamato – Recent Rumors, 8-11 XLN – Del Rio, 9-1

Sunday, July 30th Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 12-3 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Acoustics, 7-10 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Love & War, Lindale – Walt Wilkins, 8-12

Monday, July 31st The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9

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Family Summer Programs at the Tyler Library The Tyler

Summer Movie Matinees

The Summer Movie Matinees are free and happen on Mondays at 2pm and Tuesdays at 10:30am. Movies scheduled are: • July 10th and 11th - “The Lego Batman Movie” • July 17th and 18th - “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Teens Teen Tuesdays

Every Tuesday except July 4th this summer Tyler Library will host entertaining and educational workshops for your teen 2-3:30pm for students entering 6th-12th grades. It is free to attend. These include: Library is host- • July 11th: Teen Chopped ing many • July 18th: Age of Trash and K-cup creations exciting sumwith Ranger Boyd from Tyler State Park mer events. • July 25th: Interactive Harry Potter Movie The Tyler Library is located at 201 S. College, Downtown Tyler. Adults Most events are free. The Library is open Third Sunday of every month (2-4pm) Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am- Liberated Bookworms - Join the new Liber6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday ated Bookworms Book Club featuring African 1-5pm. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to American writers. The July selection is “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. Every Monday (4-5pm) - Adult Coloring - Enjoy Children a relaxing and stress free session of coloring twice a month. All materials are provided. Storytimes All storytimes will be in Taylor Auditorium. Every Tuesday (10am-1pm) - Quilting Class• Leeme un Cuento/Read to Me Storytime Learn the art of quilting at the Library. Class (children 3-6) is on Mondays at 10:30am, participants will complete individual and group except July 3rd quilting projects. Fabric and quilt patterns will • Lap & Play Time (babies up to 18 months) be provided. Participants are asked to provide features stories, songs, and playtime with their own sewing machines, if you have them, developmental toys at 9:30am, except July 5th scissors, and neutral or white thread. For more • Toddler Explore Storytime (children under details and a complete list of supplies please age 3) is on Wednesdays at 10:30am, except contact the Library’s information desk. July 5th • Read Aloud Crowd Storytime (children Every Tuesday (5:30-6:30pm) - Evening 3-6 years old) is on Thursdays at 10:30am, Meditation - Learn the practice of Heartfulness except July 6th Meditation with Gayathri Kambhampati. Through July 28th - Summer Reading Every Wednesday (5:30pm) - Gentle Yoga Program at the Tyler Library - You can This gentle yoga class will be taught by Meagan log 12 hours of reading to earn a free book Vrba who is certified in yoga, CPR, and first aid. and a chance at prizes. Just setup an online You must bring your own yoga mat. account to log your reading time by going to Every Saturday (11am-12 noon) - Crochet and following the Summer Reading Club link. You can earn extra points Classes will be held in the 3rd floor Internet by reading books from special lists, attending Center Workroom. These are free classes. Learn to crochet with Library staff and volunlibrary events, playing online games, and teers. All materials are provided. All experience more. More points mean more chances for prizes. Don’t have a computer or a smartphone levels are welcome. with internet access? Use the library’s! Every second Saturday (2:30-3:30pm) - The East Texas Genealogical Society - The East Every Thursday except July 6th (2-4pm) Texas Genealogical Society meets in the Taylor LEGO® Block Party - Children ages 3 and Auditorium the second Saturday. up, bring your imagination for an afternoon of building and playing! LEGO® and Duplo Saturday of every month (11am-12 Blocks are provided. LEGO® Block Party meets Third noon) - Beginner Computer Classes - The the first Saturday of each month. Library offers computer classes for the beginner. Classes will cover basic computer Story Time at Panera knowledge, email basics, job search basics, and Every Monday through August 14th except July 3rd (10am) - Story Time at Panera - Join how to write a résumé. Seating is limited to 10 the fun at this story time for children ages 3-5 participants. Registration is required. at Panera Bread, 5755 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. Last Tuesday of every month, July 25th This is free to attend. (10-11am) - Club Read - Join the Club Read group in discussing this month’s read “Tipping Fab Fridays Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. Held 10:30am and 11:30am except July 7th for ages 5 and up, Fridays will be fun Free Bus Rides will be Through - August 31st learning and exploring. Topics scheduled are: Show your Tyler Public Library card and • July 14th - Caddo Indian Mounds get on off the bus at the bus stop located in • July 21st - Bats with Ranger Boyd from Tyler front oforthe Fair parking garage, which is closState Park est to the Library. Only one library card per • July 28th - Toni Simmons Story Teller family is required. Kid Buzz Transit and transfer passes are free for chilHeld Wednesdays except July 5th, dren up to age 18, only to and from library. 2-3:30pm for kids in 1st-5th grades, Kid Buzz Adult passes are $1 each. will teach children about various topics this summer. Topics are: • July 12th - Reveal Art • July 19th - Age of Trash and K-cup creations with Ranger Boyd from Tyler State Park • July 26th: Breakout Box

Summer Stem/Steam Makerspace Classes

For kids in 4th-6th grades, held Fridays 4-5:30pm. Topics scheduled are: • July 14th - Bridge Building • July 28th - Water Colors 18 •

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A Discovery Science Summer There is so much to see and experience

this summer at the Discovery Science Place! They have a variety of programs, exhibits, and events that are sure to entertain the whole family. “Wherever your interests lie, or whatever your mission is, we strive to make each trip to our museum memorable, fun, and engaging,” said Chris Rassure, Museum Executive Director. Exhibits are the Buford Kinetic Gallery, 3D Cinesphere, The Cave, Dino Dig Pit, MesoAmerican Rock Climbing Wall, CBS19 Kids TV Station, Trinity Mother Frances Robotics Exhibit, KO Mine, Orion, Imagination Playground, and DSP Train Set. Full scale exhibits of a Brookshire’s Grocery Store, Southside Bank, Smith County Courthouse, Trinity Mother Frances Neonatal Nursery, Hometown Veterinary Clinic, and One World Bistro are also set-up to explore. Currently, a huge hit this summer is the “Orion – Journey to Mars” exhibit, which is an original model of one of the early versions of NASA’s Orion space capsule from Johnson Space Center in Houston, with manikins of two astronauts at the controls. The controls are similar to what the controls look like on Orion, NASA’s newest manned space capsule designed to support human exploration missions to multiple destinations in deep space, including back to the Moon and eventually on to Mars. According to information posted in the space exhibit, the Orion capsule rides atop a new rocket called the space launch system, which is as large as 19 school buses, more than 300 feet tall, and can hold up to four astronauts and their life-support gear. The space exhibit presents extensive information about the Orion project, plus a remotecontrolled rover on a mock model of Mars’ surface, space artifacts, hands-on activities, a build and launch computer simulation, and many other attractions related to space. “Although Discovery Science Place is a children’s exhibit, the space exhibit interests a lot of different age groups – both kids and adults,” said Chris Rasure, the Museum Executive Director. “I see more parents and grandparents than kids looking at an anti gravity mirror. If they stand at a certain spot facing the inside corner of the mirror, raise a foot and arm and wave them around, their image in the mirror looks like they are floating in space. It is a striking sight. Adults also like looking at real NASA space artifacts on loan to the museum,” Rasure said He continues, “Young children can play space-related video games and participate in hands-on activities. For example, they can put

4th annual School is Cool Event set for August 3rd It’s summer but it is not too early to start

preparing for school in the fall. And with that in mind, preparations are underway for the fourth annual School is Cool back-to-school event set for August 3rd at Harvey Convention Center and the Tyler Rose Garden Center. #SchoolisCool offers Smith County families an opportunity to prepare for the new school year. The event is set for 4:30-7:30pm. The event is sponsored and hosted by the Tyler Area Business Education Council, City of Tyler, and Tyler ISD. LaToya Young, chairwoman of the event and part of the Business Education Council, said organizers are recruiting vendors and contributors for the event with “the main purpose of preparing the community as well as parents for the upcoming school year. We want to have their questions answered and get them as prepared as possible.” The event features more than 100 vendors and booths, including vision and dental screenings. The event also has offered complementary haircuts and immunizations, but Young said organizers currently are in negotiations to continue offering these services. One change this year will be the inclusion

their hands in astronaut gloves in a box with kinetic sand, a material – unlike normal sand – that keeps its shape, and they can build things, giving them a taste of the hand-and-eye coordination required of an astronaut. At another display, visitors can view the earth from space and zoom in closer and closer to their house, Discovery Science Place, or other places.” “A display of jars of popcorn shows the same object on different planets will have a different weight. The weight changes because the greater the mass of the planet, the greater the gravitational pull. Weight is a measurement of gravitational pull, according to the display. This is a good way to show it to kids because they can pick it (a jar of popcorn) up and see how heavy it would be on Earth, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and other planets,” Rasure said. “Someone who weighs 100 pounds on earth would weigh 38 pounds on Mercury and 236 pounds on Jupiter.”

Upcoming • July 8th (11:30am) - Get Chick-Fil-A nuggets for $5/box while supplies lasts at Discovery Science Place during Hit the Bricks in Downtown Tyler. • September 23rd (7pm) - “A Night at the Museum” will be held. Featuring creative cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment, silent auction, and more. This is a major fundraiser for the museum. Tickets are available at

More Info Discovery Science Place is located at 308 N. Broadway, Tyler. Summer hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 13 and up); $6 for children (ages 2–12); $6 per person for seniors (65 and up); $5 per person for active military (must provide ID); and children under 2 are free. Annual passes are available. This includes admission for a family of four with two adults maximum (within same household) for $50. Each additional child is $10 each. It also includes free admission to the museum for a year and a 10% discount to the Museum Store. For more info about membership levels, call (903)533-8011 or email of several informative presentations as a way for vendors to share more indepth information with families. For instance, she said information will be available regarding home ownership and what is involved in beginning the home buying process. “We want both parents and children to have a productive school year and start out in a positive way,” Young said. Last year’s event drew more than 3,000 people, and the organization was able to hand out almost 2,000 backpacks full of school supplies to families. Young said area residents can donate backpacks and schools supplies, and drop-off locations for collections will be announced soon. The assembly of backpacks will begin in July. Those who are interested in hosting a booth can download an application at Those interested in volunteering at the event can call volunteer coordinator Yolanda Prince at (903)531-1100. For more info go to

• July 17th-21st - “Shrek the Third” • July 24th-28th - “Madagascar” • July 31st-August 4th - “The Peanuts Movie” • August 7th-11th - “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” • August 14th-18th - “Chicken Run” • August 21st-25th - “Home” • August 28th-September 1st - “Monsters vs. Aliens”

Movie Fun for Everyone There is something for all ages at local

Classic DC

This Summer, the heroes of the DC Universe take to the big screen! Relive your favorites on the big screen with our SMG Classics series. Call theater for times. movie theaters. Join the fun! • July 5th - “V For Vendetta” • July 12th - “Batman” (1989) Liberty Hall Catch a show in Downtown Tyler’s historic • July 19th - “Batman Returns” • July 26th - “The Dark Knight” theater, Liberty Hall located at 103 E. Erwin, 2nd - “The Watchmen (Director’s Tyler. Doors open at 6pm, and movies start at • August Cut)” 7pm unless noted. Tickets are available online • August 9th - “Superman” (1978) at or at the door for $7. Mov- • August 16th - “Man of Steel” ies scheduled are: • July 6th - “Hands on a Hardbody: The Doc- Special Needs Screenings Family friendly movies are free for children umentary (1997)” with special needs and their siblings, with • July 13th - “Bernie” adult tickets available for before-noon price. • July 20th - “Sordid Lives” Special Needs Screenings are shown with the • July 22nd - “A Very Sordid Wedding” lights up and the volume lowered, and chil• July 27th - “Bubba Ho-Tep” dren are free to move around, talk, or even • August 3rd - “Mean Girls” dance in the aisles during the movie. Special • August 10th - “Fast Times at Ridgemont Needs Screenings are shown at 11am. Parental High” guidance is always suggested. The scheduled • August 17th - “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” movies are: • August 24th - “Hoop Dreams” • July 8th - “Despicable Me 3”

Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill (SMG) is located at 8954 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door and at studiomoviegrill. com. For more info call (903)508-6991 or go to Along with the hot new movies, SMG offers classic movies and special showings.

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Special Presentation July 24th (7:30-9pm) - “Look to the Sky” Presented by Erik Hands - Come one, come all for a Special Screening of “Look To The Sky,” an inspirational film that will give you joy in your heart and compassion in your soul. “Look to the Sky”weaves together the uplifting Ghibi Fest Film Series true stories of young people who have demFathom Events and GKIDS are partnerthe spirit of Superman. This docuing to bring Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces to onstrated mentary explores the power of hope and the Tyler. Call theater for times. Movies are: of positive ideals while encourag• July 23rd - Kiki’s Delivery Service” (Dubbed) importance ing viewers to find the superhero within them• July 24th - “Kiki’s Delivery Service” selves. Tickets are $11. For more info or to (Subtitled) buy tickets go to • August 27th and 28th - “Castle in the Sky” (Dubbed) Times Square Cinema • September 24th - “Nausicaa of the Valley of Times Square Cinema Presents The 2017 the Wind” (Dubbed) Summer Movie Special. All movies Fri• September 25th - “Nausicaa of the Valley of day-Saturday and Monday-Thursday are at the Wind” (Subtitled) 9:30am. Doors open at 9am. Tickets are $1 • October 29th - “Spirited Away” (Dubbed) and $3 Kid’s Combo’s are available. All Mov• October 29th - “Spirited Away” (Subtitled) ies Rated-G. • November 26th - “Howl’s Moving Castle” • July 1st and 3rd-6th - “Chicken Run” (Dubbed) • July 7th-8th and 10th-13th - “Everyone’s • November 26th - “Howl’s Moving Castle” Hero” (Subtitled) • July 14th-15th and 17th-20th - “The PeaChildren’s Summer Series nuts Movie” SMG’s Children’s Summer Series offers a • July 21st-22nd and 24th-27th - “Space budget friendly entertainment option for famiChimps” lies, summer camps, and weekday programs • July 28th-29th and 31st-August 3rd - “Chipto escape the summer heat by watching $1 munks: Chipwrecked” screenings of recent, popular, children films. • August 4th-5th and 7th-10th - “The Tale of Call theater for times. Scheduled are: Despereaux” • July 3rd-7th - “Horton Hears a Who!” • August 11th-12th and 14th-17th - “Horton Hears a Who” • July 10th-14th - “Kung Fu Panda 3”

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Events Every month Barnes & Noble (B&N) has

a variety of events. All are free to attend. B&N Booksellers is located at 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler. For more info on this and other events call (903)534-3996 or go to • July 1st (11am) - “Be Quiet” Storytime - In this hilarious new book from acclaimed author Ryan T. Higgins, all Rupert the Mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picture book. He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his friends just won't stop talking! Activities to follow. • July 8th (11am) - “Little Excavator” Storytime - From New York Times bestselling authorillustrator of the Llama Llama books comes a new character ready to dig his way into your heart. “Little Excavator” joins Loader, Dump Truck, Backhoe, and Crane as they get ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. Activities to follow. • July 15th (11am) - “Pig the Pug and Pig the Winner” Storytime - Join Pig the Pug as he learns lessons the hard way with his footlong playmate Trevor by his side. Young readers will love the irresistibly quirky and funny illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of learning to share with others. Activities to follow. • July 22nd (11am) - “What Do You Do With a Problem?” Storytime - This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared. Activities to follow. • July 29th (11am) - “Storytime in Celebration of “Get PopCultured” with Barnes & Noble Featuring “Good Morning, Superman!,” “Be A Star, Wonder Woman!” and “Bedtime for Batman” - Superheroes have to get up in the morning, go to school, and have a bedtime, just like you. Learn about turning everyday situations into amazing super adventures. Kids, come dressed as your favorite superhero, villain, or character to show your fandom. Activities to follow.

At CESSE This Month:

Explore the Universe Visitors to the Center for Earth & Space

Science Education (CESSE) at TJC have a lot to do this month. Along with the ongoing exhibits and productions, these events will take place. Ticket prices vary depending on activity. Most shows offer tickets for $5. Tickets for All Day passes are $12 for adults and $9 for students, children, and senior citizens. Individual shows are $7 for adults and $5 for students, children, and senior citizens. Exhibit only is $3. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the front counter or at The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC is located at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler.

Rock ‘n Roll Saturday

Rock ‘n Roll Saturday is fun for the entire family. This month the performance is July 15th. “Rock on Demand” fills the entire 40-foot domed theater with vibrant graphics, completely enveloping visitors in a 360-degree view while the 16,000-watt, digital surround sound system plays rock hits ranging from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to The Doors and Aerosmith. Tickets are $5 for each show.

A Star Party Saturday

Ongoing the first Saturday of each month (8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm), you can see a Star Party in a live presentation in CESSE’s 40-foot planetarium dome. Learn all about the stars, the planets, and the constellations as you take a tour of the night sky and travel to distant planets and beyond. There will also be a TJC astronomy professor with telescopes set up outside (weather permitting) for you to gaze at the astronomical objects with your own eyes until 10pm. Best of all, it is completely free!

Dome Shows

CESSE offers a variety of Dome Shows. CESSE is open Tuesday-Friday (doors open 9:30am-4:30pm), Saturday (doors open 10am-4:30pm). CESSE is closed on Sunday and Monday. Please call for availability due to possible field trips that have been scheduled. Daily show schedules are as follows: Tuesday-Friday July 1st-31st • 10am - Children’s Show • 11am - “Ocean Wonderland” • 12 noon - “Dynamic Earth” • 1pm - “Humpback Whales” • 2pm - “From Earth to the Universe” • 3pm - “Great White Shark” • 4pm - “Back to the Moon For Good”


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The 2017 Texas Shakespeare Festival Celebrates Summer “Our only goal is to provide you with

high-quality professional productions-a caliber of theatre that is seldom found outside major cities. All of us hope your experience with us, whether it is your first or the latest of many, is not only satisfying but also uplifting, inspiring, and memorable.” -Raymond Caldwell, TSF Founder and Artistic Director The Texas Shakespeare Festival will be held this year June 29th-July 30th in Kilgore. This year there is a nice variety of productions. More Info Tickets are available at texasshakespeare., by calling (903) 983-8601 (closed on Mondays), or email or Adult tickets range from $20-$33. “The Witch of Pickle Patch” tickets are $8. Your tickets will be held for you at the will-call table where you can pick them up when you arrive for your first performance date. The Texas Shakespeare Festival takes place at Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center in the Van Cliburn Auditorium, 1200 S. Henderson Blvd., Kilgore.

The 2017 Summer Series “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare

June 29th, July 6th, July 8th, July 14th*, July 16th*, July 21st, July 23rd, July 27th*, July 29th* “Much Ado About Nothing” follows the on again/off again love story of two of Shakespeare’s most loveable leads: Beatrice and Benedick. This romantic comedy is filled with biting wit while seeking to unite these old flames, and is perhaps best summed up by the line “some cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”

in a public pavilion and share personal confessions in their plea for mutual acceptance and understanding.

“The Witch of Pickle Patch”

July 19th, July 20th, July 21st, July 22nd, July 25th, July 26th, July 27th, July 28th, and July 29th All performances are at 10am. After being banned from the town of Pickle Patch, Hazel the witch has a plan to get even with everyone. No one is safe from her wrath as she begins to poison all of the apples in town. But after a surprising act of courage the town learns what it truly means to accept others just as the are. Following his five earlier original scripts for TSF, “Quest for the Lost Chalice,” “The Enchanted Forest,” “The Lost Prince,” “The Princess and the Players,” and “Spirit of the Sea,” Mr. Richards offers the Festival’s youngest patrons yet another delightful and imaginative story that will entertain playgoers of all ages. *Denotes Matinee 2pm; Evening performances at 7:30pm

“Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand

June 30th, July 7th*, July 9th*, July 14th, July 16th, July 20th*, July 22nd*, July 27th, and July 29th First performed by the Festival in 1990 and again in 2005, this play explores the inner conflict of Cyrano, a true renaissance man of many talents who is held back by his selfdoubt over his physical attributes - particularly his unusually large nose. This doubt prevents him from expressing his feelings to his one true love.

“Richard III” by William Shakespeare

Attention Playwrights Tyler Civic Theatre Center is pleased to

announce its 10th New Play Festival! For plays selected, a Readers Theatre will be held in the Rogers Theatre, located at 400 Rose Park Dr. in Tyler, Saturday, July 8th. Adult playwrights (over 18) are invited to submit plays for general/adult audiences or children/ teen audiences. Again this year, the festival encourages junior playwrights (ages 12-18) to submit plays for children’s theatre or for older teen audiences. Of the plays chosen to be read at the TCTC New Play Festival, one will be chosen that day “The Marvelous Wonderettes” by Roger Bean July 2nd, July 6th*, July 8th*, July 13th, July 15th, to have a full production the following month on September 14th-17th in the Rogers Theatre. July 21st*, July 23rd*, July 28th, July 30th After the play readings on July 8th, the audi“The Marvelous Wonderettes” by Roger Bean features four women and is very similar ence members that have enjoyed all the play in style and structure to “Forever Plaid,” pro- readings will have the opportunity to vote on duced by TSF in 2001 and 2002. This delight- which play they would most like to see proful show features four-part harmony versions duced. Voting will be done by secret paper ballot. Votes will be tabulated immediately after of classic pop songs from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s like “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “It’s My Party,” all ballots are submitted by the New Play Festi“It’s in His Kiss,” and “The Leader of the Pack.” val Coordinator. Only those audience members If you like nostalgic music, delightful charac- that have seen all plays in the reading will be ters, and having a great time—you’ll love this eligible to vote. An honor system will be used to qualify the voters. show. For more info and to register go to tylercivUpStairs Space Production “Did you Hear Thunder?” July 13th, July 15th, July 18th, July 19th*, July 21st* and July 23rd* A prose-poem about our solitary jourEGuide will list any event for free. ney through Life – the loneliness of searchLog on to our website, click “Submit an Event” ing for connections when we are young, and simply fill out the form. It’s that easy! and the aloneness of questioning life’s purpose as we grow old. Four generic strangers (Woman, Boy, Man, and Girl) meet by chance July 1st, July 7th, July 9th, July 13th*, July 15th*, July 20th, July 22nd, July 28th*, and July 30th* This historical tragedy features a title character that sends shivers down many spines as he makes a Machiavellian rise to power. The humpback king is “determined to prove a villain and hate the idle pleasures of these days.” His short-lived reign of terror make for a dramatic play with twists and turns that have to be seen to be believed.

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course, her chihuahua, Bruiser). Based on the adored movie, “Legally Blonde The Musical” June 30th-July 2nd (Friday-Saturday at stays true to form with a peppy score and 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm) - “Peter Pan playful book. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at Jr.” - This is a STAR Camp student produc400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose tion on the Braithwaite Stage. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Garden Center. The box office is open MondayFriday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. For more info “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t call (903)592-0561 or Doors open 45 minutes prior to performance. grow up...with no flying required. The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney July 29th (7:30pm) - Johnnie Helm and 3-Tone songs and a story featuring one rousing Sunburst will be in concert. Tickets available at adventure after another. Wendy Darling loves the door. Lindale Community Theatre is located to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and at 109 W. Hubbard St., Downtown Lindale. Call John, but when her father announces she must (903)638-0402 for more info or go to lindalemove out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to All Month in July - Texas Shakespeare Festival - The Texas Shakespeare Festival is the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians, and even East Texas’ only professional theater company. the infamous pirate, Captain Hook. It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by The main stage productions are produced the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister in rotating repertory Thursday-Sunday with plans in mind for our hero. “Disney’s Peter Pan matinee and evening performances each day. Jr.” is a magical story with countless opportu- For more info go to nities for clever staging and design, and large ensemble numbers featuring cliques of classic characters. Tickets are $12.50 each. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. For more info call (903)592-0561 or July 1st-2nd - (Nightly at 7:30pm) - “The Red Velvet Cake War” will be on stage at the Lake Country Playhouse in the Select Theater, 114 N. Johnson, Mineola. For more info call (903)569-2300 or go to Playhouse tickets are $15-20 depending on production. July 7th-9th, 14th-16th (Nightly 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm) “Nunsense” will be presented on the Lindale Community Theatre stage. “Nunsense” begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5,000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Downtown Lindale. Call (903)638-0402 for more info or go to Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime. July 13th-16th, 20th-23rd (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm) - “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” will be on stage. Henderson Civic Theatre is located at 122 E. Main St., Henderson. For information call (903)6572968 or The theatre is located on Heritage Square in Downtown Henderson, a National Register Historic District, in the original Opera House that was built in 1885. July 20th-23rd, July 27th-30th, and August 3rd-6th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) - “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. This fabulously fun international award-winning musical is based on the adored movie. “Legally Blonde The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal! “Legally Blonde The Musical” will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine (and, of

August 12th (7:30pm) - Roger Miller Tribute with Keith Irwin - Roger Miller was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor, best known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs. His most recognized tunes included the chart-topping country/pop hits “King of the Road,” “Dang Me,” and “England Swings,” all from the mid 1960’s Nashville sound era. After growing up in Oklahoma and serving in the United States Army, Miller began his musical career as a songwriter in the late 1950’s, penning such hits as “Billy Bayou” and “Home” for Jim Reeves and “Invitation to the Blues” for Ray Price. He later began a recording career and reached the peak of his fame in the mid 1960’s, continuing to record and tour into the 1990’s, charting his final top 20 country hit “Old Friends” with Willie Nelson in 1982. Later in his life, he wrote the music and lyrics for the 1985 Tony-award winning Broadway musical “Big River,” in which he acted. Tickets are $15. Lindale Community Theatre is located at 109 W. Hubbard St., Downtown Lindale. Call

(903)638-0402 for more info or go to September 8th-10th, 15th-17th - (Nightly at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm) - “Yankee Tavern” will be on stage. Lake Country Playhouse is located at 114 N. Johnson St., Mineola. For more info call (903)569-2300 or go to Playhouse tickets are $15-20. September 9th-10th, 16th-17th, 23rd-24th (Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:30pm)“Leading Ladies” will be on stage at Henderson Civic Theater. This is a comedy play by Ken Ludwig and involves two Shakespearean actors who find themselves in the Amish country of York, Pennsylvania, mounting Shakespeare plays. Henderson Civic Theatre is located at 122 E. Main St., Henderson. For information call (903)657-2968 or hendersoncivictheatre. org. The theatre is located on Heritage Square in Downtown Henderson, a National Register Historic District that was built in 1885. • 21

Art Inside the Artist’s Studio:

Willow Lanchester,

Voices Louder Than Words By Derrick White “At TJC a random stranger told me I should sign up for Derrick White’s painting class. I went home, and registered for the class. Afterwards, I don’t think there is anything that could have kept me from art,” states local Tyler artist Willow Lanchester. One of the greatest rewards of my teaching career is the human interactions: getting to cross paths with talented, creative, and inspiring individuals. As the decades roll by for me as an art professor the amount of students I have had the pleasure of teaching now number in the thousands. Each passing year and semester contains its own unique groups of standouts. Artist Willow Lanchester is definitely one of these recent standouts for me as well as for the other art professors in our department at Tyler Junior College. Willow has only been painting and making art for a little over three years. She started taking watercolor classes during her time as the East Texas Honey Princess. At that time Willow was a part of the East Texas Beekeepers Association’s (ETBA) Honey Queen Program, which is a professional public relations internship. As the East Texas Honey Princess, she did public speaking events to educate the public on honey bees and beekeeping. Willow recalls, “After I expressed some interest in drawing, my Queen

Chair signed me up for watercolor classes, so I could develop my artwork to use as a tool for my presentations. While I served in the Honey Queen Program, I would teach the anatomy of the honey bee by drawing it during my presentations. Because of this my artwork began as, and will continue to be, a form of communication. My art is about making sure my voice is heard. It is also about making sure other people’s voices are heard.” It was not long after, Willow began at Tyler Junior College, and she was swiftly sucked into the Art Department. “It quickly began to feel like home,” Willow explained. “Tyler Junior College provided me with an incredibly unique and supportive environment, where I could explore my art and the message I wanted. I am so fortunate to have learned from such talented and supportive faculty. Faculty who are not only dedicated to developing a student’s technical skill, but also the attitudes and thought processes that go into a student’s work. Students are encouraged to go out and exhibit their work, and to participate in, and build community. It is because of this encouragement I was able to continue to develop my voice. One day I hope to do the same for others. I hope one day, I will be able to help develop someone else’s voice,” Willow said. Willow is inexhaustible in studio art classes, an active member of the art club, and involved in its community service activities as well as being a competent and capable student across campus. She is the founding member of a new student organization named STAR (Sex Trafficking Awareness and Relief). STAR is an organization based out of the Tyler Junior College Art Department, which is devoted to raising awareness about sex trafficking in the local region. STAR is also focused on raising funds for the survivors of sex trafficking. STAR works closely with Refuge of Light, a home for survivors of sex trafficking, to help raise awareness about this growing problem in East Texas. One of the goals of STAR is to bring this issue to the attention of people through the arts. “We are holding art shows, auctions, and live music events, where all the proceeds go to support the Refuge of Light

home,” Willow explained. “Sex Trafficking is a crisis that affects everyone, no matter their age, race, gender, ethnicity, values, religion, or social or economic background. Everyone is harmed by sex trafficking. The aim of STAR is to break down barriers, so we as a community, as a whole, we can come together to put an end to this epidemic exploiting those without a voice,” states this young activist. Willow exhibits her artwork and participates in juried art shows. She was one of three 20162017 TJC performance grant showcase artist students and received her associate’s degree in art this last spring. “I have loved exploring new materials and figuring out how they work together,” Willow said. My work currently has been predominantly ink, charcoal, or acrylic. If one day I lost all of my art supplies, I would still make art out of garbage or anything I could find. A lot of my work comes from a compulsive need to create. I will use any materials available to me so my work has become very process oriented. My work is about getting lost in the process and letting go of everything preventing me from creating. It’s about letting go of everything quieting my voice,” states the artist. Willow finds inspiration in the work of artists like Hung Liu (a Chinese-American artist who currently resides in California who bases most of her work on historical Chinese photographs). Willow says, “Liu’s work deals with the study of memory and the human condition. She examines how individuals and their lives can be so swiftly lost to the past. It’s the study of how quickly the individual can be lost to history, but at the same time she tells the viewer how that does not make

the individual any less important. Her work is a study in empathy ensuring the viewer sees the subject of her work as an individual who had a life and thoughts of their own just like them.” Those with a voice louder than words. Willow states, “Art has given me a voice and a platform from which I can use that voice in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Art and those who have taught me have given me the confidence that what I have to say means something, that my voice matters. Art has given me a foundation, a confidence, and security so I am no longer looking for help. Instead I can help someone else who needs it.” You can find more information on STAR (Sex Trafficking Awareness and Relief) and how you can be involved with helping through Facebook.

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At The theTylerTyler Museum of Art Museum of Art (TMA) is

located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The Museum is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler. For more info call (903)595-1001 or go to Through August 20th: “Double Take: Works by Ed Blackburn” Tyler Museum of Art’s summer blockbuster stars the cinema paintings of Texas artist Ed Blackburn. This solo show organized by the TMA, highlights the acclaimed Texas artist’s ongoing fascination with popculture, particularly movies. The 30-plus paintings, prints, and lithographs gathered from public and private collections throughout the region, distill scenes from iconic films ranging from the Elvis Presley vehicle “Tickle Me” to the noir classic “The Big Heat.” Ed Blackburn was born in Amarillo in 1940. He earned a degree in art from The University of Texas at Austin in 1962 and a master’s degree from The University of California at Berkeley a few years later. Throughout his long career, Blackburn has painted images and made prints based on people who inhabit the worlds of politics, news, cinema, and popular culture. His art, which sometimes combines text and image, is in numerous private collections and the permanent collections of Houston Museum of Fine Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Tyler Museum of Art. “He (Blackburn) has a prolific body of work, and over his career has been interested in a lot of things,” Bell says. “Much of his work has pop cultural references, but he’s always exploring many ideas.” For his cinema series, Blackburn painted scenes from movies that star Hollywood icons, such as Elvis Presley, Hopalong Cassidy, Marilyn Monroe, and Gregory Peck The painting of Peck comes from “Marooned,” a 1969 movie in which he plays an astronaut stranded in space. Elvis is depicted in a scene from “Tickle Me,” a 1965 musical in which he plays a singing bullrider working at a dude ranch. Blackburn sometimes inserts the unexpected. In “Elvis/Blue Boy Still Life” he superimposed “Blue Boy,” a portrait painted in 1797 by Thomas Gainsborough, on top of Elvis in a fight scene. The art is displayed as an installation. In front of the painting is a wooden table holding objects that seem to mimic a Cezanne still life. Blackburn says he combines things that don’t go together in order to create tension. “I think that’s what good art always does in a way. It makes you see things different.” Blackburn says he is attracted to images from cinema because they hold multiple layers of meaning and create different responses based on the viewer’s knowledge and feelings about the movie and actor. “All the choices - the particular scenes, with the particular actors - are to establish a certain esthetic identity when the movie image exists as a painting. I think also in a painting of a movie that works well, you don’t really forfeit any aspect of the movie but just connect with it by a different route.” Those unfamiliar with the movie or actor can still appreciate the image as art. Blackburn says, “Any visual image has the ability to explain itself completely. That might even be what a visual image actually is. The trick though is you have to be able to see it.” “Double Take” challenges people to look at sometimes familiar images and see them in a new way. Upcoming Exhibits • Through September 17th - “Making A Splash” • October 1st-January 7th - “Andy Warhol: Screen Prints & Snapshots” Drawn from the Cochran Collection in

Georgia, the works in this highly anticipated exhibition represent a cross-section of some of the most iconic output from history’s most celebrated purveyor of Pop Art. The subjects range from the dark (Dracula) to the whimsical (Howdy Doody, Mickey Mouse), creating a cross-section of Americana through the lens of Warhol’s singular vision. “The name recognition that comes with Warhol is an immediate draw in the art world, and we anticipate this exhibition easily to be among the 10 most popular in the TMA’s history.” The exhibition continues through January 7th, 2018. Summer Art Camps There is still time to sign your children up for these fun Summer Camps! Close to 70 kids ages 7-13 and older dive into hands-on art experiences in a series of half-day and full-day camps. Each session is supervised by degreed artists and educators, and culminates with a small exhibition of campers’ work and a community reception. • July 10th-14th (9am-12 noon) - “Action! Through Art” (ages 6-8) • July 17th-21st (9am-12 noon) - “Action! Through Art” (ages 9-12) • July 24th-28th (9am-12 noon) - “Rube Goldberg Challenge” (ages 6-8) • July 31st-August 4th (9am-12 noon) - “Rube Goldberg Challenge” (ages 9-12)

This Month at Gallery Main Street Gallery Main Street is an arts hub for the community throughout the year. A new and unique exhibit is on display at the Gallery located at 110 W. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday 10am5pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 12 noon-4pm, closed Sunday. For more info call (903)593-6905 or go to July 8th, the opening of “Color Blind(ed)” will take place during Hit the Bricks. Gallery Main Street features a new exhibit of original art approximately every eight weeks. Each exhibit opens with a Saturday evening reception starting at 5:30pm and features music, an opportunity to meet the artists, refreshments, and more. The Opening Receptions are free and open to the public. For more info go online to, call (903)593-6905, or follow the Downtown Tyler Facebook Page. Remaining Gallery Main Street 2017 exhibits are: • September 9th - Opening of “On the Cutting Room Floor” Exhibit • November 11th - Opening of “Heavy Metal” Exhibit All Gallery Main Street exhibits are juried, which means pieces are submitted for review by a jury panel of professional artists. Topscoring pieces are selected for exhibit, and the piece with the highest score receives a Best in Show award. To enter your work, go to, select “Gallery Exhibits” from the left-side menu, and then select the “Gallery Exhibit Information for Artists” tab. This link will lead artists to a page that provides all of the info needed to submit a piece including deadlines for submission. • 23

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