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April 1, 2017 • Issue 4, Volume 5

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Chef Sara at The Forge: Hit the Bricks Downtown: Dedicated to Keeping It Local

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Second Saturday Food, Music & Fun Inspiration Beyond the Lavender Gate

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April 1, 2017 • Issue 4, Volume 5

Contents 5-6 Food

» Meet the Chef: “Sara Briscoe: Dedicated to Keeping it Local and Fresh” by Barbara King » Taste of Tyler April 11th at Harvey Hall » Patio Season is Here: Stanley’s BBQ & FRESH » News & Events


Things to Do

» “Hit the Bricks: Every Second Saturday, Downtown Tyler is the Place to Be” by Holli Fourniquet » Inaugural Poster Contest & Tickets: 4th Annual Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl » “The Rose City Farmers Market: Springing To Life Again” by Johnny Griffith » 2017 Downtown Tyler Film Festival now Accepting Entries » “Playhouses on the Plaza: Take Home One of Tyler’s Iconic Buildings” by Audrey Dukes » The Pegasus Project to Host Wings Over Pegasus April 22nd » Spring Fun Walks, 5K’s, 10K’s, 15K’s, and More » “Dory’s Garden: Inspiration Awaits Beyond the Lavender Gate...Literally” by Barbara King

13-18 Music

» “Sabrina Toole: Finding Success On Her Own Terms” by Johnny Griffith » The Sixth Annual ETX Music Awards: A Major Music Awards Event To Bring the State of Texas Together » “Chris Colston: No Stranger To Hard Work” by Johnny Griffith » “Panik Device: Keep Calm and Rock Your Face Off” by Johnny Griffith » Trace Adkins to Headline the 2017 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala: “Legends of the Call” » Kipyn Martin in Concert at The Old Firehouse in Edom This Month » The Complete Music Gig Guide for Live Music

19 Family

» “Mini Maker Faire, hosted by the Discovery Science Place: The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” by Gini Rainey » Spring Fever is in the Air at the Movies

20 Theatre

» Attention Playwrights: The 10th New Play Festival » Upcoming Plays, Musicals, and More

21-22 Art

» The TJC April Arts Festival » You’re Invited to 6x6@110 Painting Parties! » TMA’s 13th Annual High School Art Exhibition Opens April 2nd » “Inside the Artist’s Studio: Diego Loya, We Don’t Choose Where We’re Born” by Derrick White » At the TMA and Gallery Main Street This Month

23 Books

» “Something Different,” Reviews by Gini Rainey

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Sara Briscoe:

Dedicated to “Keeping it Local” and Fresh By Barbara King The Forge in Ben Wheeler is a bit of an enigma; a cool blend of funk with a Texas laidback vibe mixed with eclectic food and drink guaranteed to make you stay awhile. Sara Briscoe is the mastermind chef/owner behind the popularity and staying power of the Forge, located in the heart of Ben Wheeler on the corner of the main drag. The restaurant is an old brick blacksmith shop, and at the center of the dining room is the forge itself. The ambience is a neat blend of brick, cedar bar, and huge garage doors that open wide in the warmer months so folks can enjoy live music as they socialize on the wrap-around patio. Sara is the creative, energetic no-holdsbarred brains behind the success of the Forge, coming on board five years ago to partner with the late Brooks Gremmels, the man with the vision who reenergized the artsy, cultural bend in the road known as Ben Wheeler. Sara, a self-proclaimed foodie, is a passionate chef who combines creativity with great natural foods to offer a varied menu that highlights local produce and meats. “We have awesome local folks who are regulars and know that we put our hearts into everything we do and serve,” she said. The kitchen is her domain, and today it’s full of fresh produce, pizza dough, and fixings, with the prep work beginning at 8am. “This is a passion for me, and it’s an 80-hour a week proposition,” she explained. “But I have a great team in the kitchen, and we all put a lot of love into every dish.” Behind the scenes, in the kitchen, you won’t see freezers or heat lamps, just cutting boards full of fresh veggies and herbs that are grown right behind the restaurant in the three acres of land adjacent. “Our goal at the Forge is to get everything we serve from a 30-mile radius of where we are

today and be a true farm-to-table, supporting organic growers,” explained Sara. Right now, the beef used in burgers comes from the Happy Cattle Company in Murchison and is grass fed, and hormone free. When fried, it is in non GMO (all natural) sunflower oil. Sara is an experimenter and food artist, essentially gathering ideas on her travels and implementing them in the ever changing Forge menu. The breakfasts are spectacular at the Forge and include homemade tamales, eggs benedict (with homemade hollandaise sauce), eggs Florentine, migas, fried egg sandwiches, brunch pizza, breakfast burritos, breakfast tacos, the Farmer’s Special (two eggs, country potatoes, with toast or biscuit), or the Lumberjack (two eggs, two pancakes, and country potatoes or grits, three slices of bacon, two sausage patties or slice of ham, with toast or biscuit and gravy). If that doesn’t sound appetizing enough, the Sunday brunch is served 8am-3pm and is also very appealing to the pocketbook with the most expensive item on the breakfast menu sitting at $11. Omelets are a favorite, with unique names like The Hippy (three eggs with mozzarella, cheddar and ricotta cheese, spinach, mushrooms and sautéed onion, red bell, and poblano pepper), Cowboy Up (three eggs with mixed cheese, bacon, beef, sausage and sautéed onion, red bell and poblano pepper), Fire Breather, (three eggs with habanera jack, chopped razor backs and bacon) and the one named in honor of the famous Ben Wheeler Hog Festival: The Hog

(three eggs with cheese, caramelized onions, breakfast bacon, Canadian bacon and ham). Everyone raves about the Forge’s pizza, with thin, luscious crusts made on the pizza sheeter in the back kitchen. Pitas are also handmade, with meats hand-cut and smoked, and gravies and sauces made from scratch. “We consider our kitchen a bit of an art studio,” said Sara. “We are constantly trying new recipes and ideas, and if we find something that works, we try to incorporate it into one of our dishes. We are constantly trying to grow.” Gluten free pizzas are a menu option, with other mouth-watering items including The Fajita, Buffalo, Greek, Caesar, and Spinach Artichoke. The Mayor (grilled chicken, brisket, and mozzarella on marinara), King (brisket, gouda and mozzarella with shiner BBQ and potato chips crushed on top), Razorback (smoked bacon, jalapenos, cheddar, cream cheese and mozzarella on marinara), and Vegetarian (red bells, black and green olives, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, garlic infused ricotta and mozzarella on marinara), and there are even more varieties! Sara and her team also cook up sandwiches and wraps, incredible-looking salads, and more entrees than you can imagine. The Forge’s Fish & Chips are beer battered, crunchy, soft, and succulent, served with hand-cut fries and tartar sauce. But there’s still more on the menu: Chicken Americana, Brisket Quesadilla, Wild Caught Salmon, and Fajitas, along with the cut

of the week: rib eyes, filets, and steaks. The burgers are stupendous, huge, and all are half pound, made to your liking: Plain Jane, Bacon & Bleu, Bacon & Cheddar, Razor, Guacamole Habanera, or Mushroom Swiss. There’s lots more to the Forge. More than 80 new Texas musicians have shared their talents there over the past year, and it’s also home to the Junebug Festival and the infamous Barstool Races. The gorgeous cedar bar creates specialty drinks like Tiwana Healers, Kickapoo Sunrise, Longhorn Lemonade, Noonday Martinis, and the Country Cosmo. Sara is proud that the Forge has become “a hub for conversation, a resting place where folks can pause and enjoy the food, company, and music around them.” The Forge is located at 1610 FM 279, Ben Wheeler and is closed Monday and Tuesday. Hours are: Wednesday and Thursday, 8am10pm; Friday and Saturday, 8am-11pm; Sundays, 8am-9pm. For more info and a live music schedule go to, on Facebook at The Forge Bar and Grill, or call (903)833-5970.

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Taste of Tyler April 11th at Harvey Hall Treat yourself to an evening of fine food,

live entertainment and lots of fun at the 33nd Annual Taste of Tyler! The Taste of Tyler showcases the newest and most popular restaurants around town, while the guests are entertained with a culinary competition, live music, spirits, and more. This city-wide event raises money to support ProStart, a High School Culinary Education Program across North East Texas. This education program provides students with the opportunity to learn the art of cooking and managing restaurants through a classroom environment. The program also creates pathways to earning college credits while still attending high school. These students are the future of our restaurants! Taste of Tyler 2017 Garden Party is presented by Village Bakery ( Sponsors are: • Daffodil Sponsor: Christus Trinity Mother Francis Health System • Geranium Sponsors: Henry & Peters, CPA, The Judy Kunzman Team, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital • Peony Sponsors: Auto Chlor Services, LLC, Centaur Arabian Farms, LLC, Coach’s Sports Bar & Grill, Holly Pritchard, HealthMarkets, Micro Family Farms, Miller’s Point, The Monogram Shoppe, Texas Bank & Trust, Venue Properties, Inc. Generous In-Kind Sponsors: Alsco Linens, BScene Magazine, Tyler Digital Printing Participating Restaurants are: Aspen Creek Grill, Bruno’s Pizza, The Catch, Catering Tyler, Clear Springs Restaurant, Cork, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cotton Patch Cafe, The Country Meat Market, Dakota’s Steakhouse, East Texas Medical Center, The Grove Kitchen & Gardens, Gusano’s Chicago-Style Pizzeria, Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse, Jason’s Deli, Kool Kakes by Dylan, Mercado’s Cafe, Newk’s Eatery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Oliveto Italian Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Papacita’s of Tyler, Posado’s Cafe, Piada Italian Street Food, Potpourri House, Rudy’s BBQ, Slim Chickens, Speciality Kitchen & Bakery, Texas Roadhouse, Traditions Restaurant and Catering, Villa Montez, Villaggio del Vino, and Yamato Hibachi Steakhouse. Generous vendors are: AA Restaurant Supply, Coca-Cola Tyler, Crystal Springs, East Texas Brewing, Fresh Point, Gigglio Distributing Company, KE Cellars, M6 Winery, Micro Family Farms, R&K Distributors, Republic Services, Robert’s Coffee & Vending, Sam’s Club, True Vine Brewing, and Tyler Junior College. For more information please visit for more info and tickets.

Dining News & Events Sadly Closed

There has been a recent crash of restaurants in the city. This sad list mourns the loss of these restaurants: • Amelia’s Sweetery, 1694 S. Beckham • Burger Grind #2 (east Tyler, in Tanglewood Shopping Center) • Chris & Sam’s, 2210 Three Lakes Pkwy. • Church’s Chicken, 120 SSE Loop 323 • Double Dave’s Pizza, 5201 S. Broadway • Genghis Grill, 3709 Troup Hwy. • Grub House, Arp • Mooyah Burgers, 4903 S. Broadway • Orange Leaf, 3979 Old Jacksonville Hwy. • Papa Murphy’s, 1847 Troup Hwy. • Seoul Garden Korean Restaurant, 109 E. Grande Blvd. • Smashburger, 7487 S. Broadway • Steak ‘n Shake, 7205 S. Broadway • Three Z Azian Cuizine, 5201 S. Broadway

Opening Soon

Tea2go Tyler will open soon at 2251 Three Lakes Pkwy., Tyler, offering “the dream and idea of living a healthy lifestyle without giving up on taste - this is what drives the team at Tea2Go to bring the amazing health benefits and tastes of loose leaf tea from all around the world to the everyday man and woman. Our unique tea blends are crafted from some of the most high quality tea leafs and ingredients from around the world to bring our customers the strongest flavors, most options, and greatest health benefits all at affordable prices. Tea is great for you and should be enjoyed by all. Whether you are driving by and need your thirst quenched, or want to take one of our 120+ flavors of tea home with you to brew, we strive to bring you the highest quality product at the most affordable price.” For more info go to Palio’s Pizza Café, located at 6611 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler is soon to open bringing you the “best gourmet pizza, salads, and pastas with a deep commitment to products, environment, and hospitality.” All Palio’s Pizza Café restaurants are privately owned and family operated locally. Palio’s salads, sandwiches, pastas, and homemade gourmet pizzas are made fresh when ordered. For more info go to and select Tyler under “locations.”


Ongoing - Rose City Farmer’s Market (Southside location: 7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler, opens April 1st and continues every Saturday through November 18th / Downtown location: 815 Broadway Ave., Tyler, opens May 4th and continues every Thursday through summer; 8am-12 noon) - It’s opening day at Rose City Farmers Market April 1st! 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 is a kid-friendly and pet-friendly market. If you’d like to become a member of the

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Patio Dining:

The Best Way to Eat “Out” By Audrey Dukes With the coming of spring the cold days of winter are gone and the beautiful days of sunshine and warm weather are here. A great way to take advantage of the beautiful weather is to try eating at restaurants with outdoor seating. These are a few local favorites.

their patio every night. with variety of local artists and touring acts. Every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30pm kids can eat free! This is a great place for all ages to enjoy the outdoor seating and delicious food. Stanley’s is located at 525 S. Beckham Ave.

FRESH by Brookshire’s

Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q has a large outdoor seating area that’s great for the whole family. Stanley’s is open, Monday-Thursday, 7am-10pm, Fridays till midnight and Saturdays till 10pm. They are closed Sundays. Stanley’s offers live music on

FRESH by Brookshire’s is great place to dine outside. They have a large patio with umbrellas and a gorgeous hilltop view of Tyler. They offer food from the grill including burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. There are also a variety of drinks offered like Dublin sodas, beer, wine, and margaritas. The grill is open Monday-Thursday, 11am-8pm, FridaySaturday, 11am-9pm, and Sunday, 11am9pm. Every Friday and Saturday there is live music from 6-9pm featuring a wide selection of musicians and musical styles. This familyfriendly environment is great for relaxing. FRESH by Brookshire’s is located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy.,

market e-mail or go to April 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 will be held the first Thursday of each month benefitting Pets Fur People. More info is at ETXBrew. April 6th (6:30-10pm) - Juls Beer Dinner featuring True Vine - Dine and listen to the guest speaker Ryan Dixon, founder of True Vine Brewing Co. Tickets are $50 and include five beers and a four-course dinner. Guests need to arrive by 6pm with the Beer Dinner starting at 6:30pm. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended. Juls is located at 7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. April 11th (6:30-8:30pm) - Taste of TylerMark your calendars for this year’s feast of foods, held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Treat yourself to an evening of fine food, live entertainment, and lots of fun at the 33rd Annual Taste of Tyler. Taste of Tyler showcases new and popular restaurants around town. This citywide event raises money to support the ProStart education program. ProStart gives students the opportunity to learn the art of cooking and managing restaurants through a classroom environment. Early bird tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. For more info and to buy tickets go to EastTRA. org. April 19th (all day) - On the Border Gives Back! Join OTB as they participate in the On the Border Give Back Day for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith

County. From open until close, mention CAC or present the flyer (or their Facebook event) at the beginning of your meal when visiting the restaurant to have a portion of your ticket donated to CAC. On the Border in Tyler is located at 4301 S. Broadway. For more info go to April 22nd (5:308:30pm) - Pooches on the Patio will be held at True Vine Brewing Co., 219 S. Englewood, Tyler. There is nothing like the great outdoors with your dog and friends. Join the fun on the patio for delicious food, drinks, and fun. 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. It is free to attend this event. May 6th (1pm-12 midnight) - Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival - The fourth annual Bud Light Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival returns to the brick streets of Downtown Tyler. Cody Johnson is headlining this year’s festival, and he’s joined by Wade Bowen, Cody Canada and the Departed, Shane Smith & The Saints, and Flatland Cavalry. 22 BBQ restaurants will also showcase their food. Get your tickets at Near sell out! June 24th (6-10pm) - Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl - Enjoy tasting wine and food from area restaurants and winery while you swirl around Downtown Tyler. Tickets are $50 and go on sale April 19th. A ticket entitles a guest to visit each of the wine and restaurant sites to enjoy a sample of wine and/or food. This event usually sells out, so get your tickets early. For more info go to

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vinyl records and simply is a cool place to check out. 903 Handmade features collections from quality handmade makers local, around Texas, and around the country. Moon Rivers Naturals specializes in body products using local and organic ingredients. Susan Robinson features exquisite jewelry. Ye Olde City Antique Market will bring Downtown Tyler comes alive to kick off you back to past days, offering tons of antiques summer at the 4th annual Wine Swirl Saturand treasures. By Holli Fourniquet day, June 25th, 6-10pm. Tickets go on sale On the second Saturday of every Fun With a Touch of April 19th. month people from all over will conLocally owned restaurants and area vineHistory verge in Downtown Tyler for a new yards will offer food and wine samples in You can also event called “Hit the Bricks.” DownDowntown buildings around the square. visit one of the town Tyler will be bursting with family Tickets for the event are $50 per person, fun, entertainment, music, food, history Downtown famand only 500 tickets are sold. This event usutours, art, and, of course, the chance to ily friendly attractions including Goodmanally sells out quickly. check out great, locally-owned restauLegrand Home & Museum, Cotton Belt Depot, A ticket entitles a guest to visit each of the rants, bars, or retail establishments. Discovery Science Place, Liberty Hall, Smith wine and restaurant sites to enjoy a sample of With its ongoing revitalization, County Historical Society, Gallery Main Street, wine and/or food. • Live musical performance by Hannah Dot Downtown Tyler has become a happening or the Tyler Public Library. Art and music are also part of the event. Cook will be on the square, 4-5pm. place to be. So far, it’s still one of Tyler’s best Host businesses are encouraged to promote • You can meet and greet some of this year’ s kept secrets...but the secret is out! Food themselves with special sales, bounce-back Azalea Belles, 5:30-6:30pm. Visit Tyler, the City of Tyler, and DownFor dinner, coupon sheets, flyers, and more. • A violin performance by Audrey Dukes will town businesses, organizations, and enthusisink your teeth This event serves as a fundraiser for the City be 5:30-6:30pm. asts are all coming together to organize activiof Tyler Main Street Program, which fundraises • The classic movie “Some Like it Hot” will be into one of the ties for the entire family the second Saturday local Downa large portion of its annual budget. playing at Liberty Hall at 7pm ($7). of every month (#2ndsaturdaytyler). Hit the town eateries. For more info and questions email babell@ • Also, you can take Bricks will offer a chance for the community to Find anything Sign-up requirements for wina Haunted Walkcome together in the heart of the city. from cheap eries, restaurants, and vendors are available ing or Riding Tour Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday will officially tacos and bar food to fine dining and everyat with Jericho’ s launch April 8th, 2pm-12 midnight. thing in between. There’s no excuse to leave Tours of Tyler! It’s DowntownTylerWineSwirl. Special activities on April 8th include: hungry with all of the dining options because $15 per person for Also, this year, The City of Tyler, Tyler • ETX Brewthe Riding Tour in Downtown you can have your cake and eat Main Street and the Downtown Tyler Arts ing Co. will and $8 per person Coalition are hosting an inaugural Downtown it too. Options are: offer brewery for the Walking Tyler Wine Swirl commemorative poster art • Black Pearl tours at 2pm, Tour. Attendees contest. The winning image will be printed as • Bud Jones Bayou 3pm, and 4pm must pay in advance online or in cash at the • Curbside Taco Truck a limited-edition art poster to be sold by Gal(limited to the time of the tour (no checks or cc’s). Tours lery Main Street as a fundraiser for the Gallery • Don Juan On The Square first 25 people are limited to 11 people for the Riding Tour, • ETX Brewing Co. during the Wine Swirl. The winning artist will per tour), $1 but there is no limit of people who can take • Foundry Coffee House receive a $250 prize. Art of a variety of media off pints until the Walking Tour. The Walking Tour will will be accepted for this competition. 6pm, a food truck, and live entertainment • Garage Bar start at 8:30pm, and the Riding Tour will Deadline for entries is 4pm on May 5th. provided by The Magills, 7-9pm. • Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse start at 9:30pm. To make reservations go to • Lupita’s Food Truck All entries must be submitted to gallerymain• Gallery Main Street will have an opening or by calling (903)593reception for the new art exhibit “Pretty • Moocho Burrito • Check out vendors on the square including • Rick’s On The Square 6905. Entries must be completely original art. Ugly,” 5:30-8pm. This exhibit features a Sseko Designs, a fashion company that pro- • Sports Zone Bar & Grill unique balance of pretty and ugly, which duces unique, versatile, and gorgeous shoes, • Taqueria El Lugar often produces a piece that attracts the bags, and accessories from East Africa. Their viewer in a whole new way. The reception is mission is to create jobs and opportunities In April, free and features music, an opportunity to Free Parking for impoverished young women who would the Tyler Parks meet the artists, and refreshments. There is free parking Downtown for Hit otherwise have and Recre• Rick’s on the the Bricks in the Fair Plaza parking garage no opportunity ation DepartSquare will feature (located right beside ETX Brewing Co. and to achieve their ment kicks off No Limits, 9pm-12 across the street from The Foundry Coffee dreams or support its 2017 Spring midnight. No LimHouse), free parking on the square, or free their families. Movies in the Park Series at a new venue, Polits a high energy valet parking at Rick’ s and Jack Ryan’ s . lard Park, located at 710 E. Amherst St. band that provides Hit the Bricks: 2nd Saturday is an event Shopping Spring Movies in the Park include: a variety of music you won’t want to miss! Each one will be While you’re in • Saturday, April 22nd: “The Jungle Book,” igniting audiences unique and different, but rain or shine, cold Downtown enjoy2016 (live-action) at 8pm with great sound. or hot, there will always be something to do ing one of the spe• Saturday, April 29th: “Finding Dory,” 2016 • DJ music perin Downtown on the second Saturday of every cial events, be sure (animated) at 8pm formance at El Guapo Records will feature month. to check out some of • Saturday, May 6th: “The Little Mermaid,” records and tons of fun. For a full list of activities each month go to the Downtown busi1989 rated G (animated) at 8pm • The Half Mile of History self-guided tour nesses. Make sure • Saturday, May 20th: “Secret Life of Pets,” is an outdoor, half-mile loop around the Future Hit the Bricks: Second Saturday’s are: to stop into one of (animated) at 8pm downtown square that commemorates sigDowntown’s newly opened shops. These stores • May 13th • September 9th nificant people, places, or events in Tyler. In the event of inclement weather, Movies • June 10th For a list of locations along the Half Mile of offer unique items that can only be found in • October 14th in the Park will be moved to the Glass Recre• July 8th Downtown Tyler. History, go to ation Center, located at 501 W. 32nd St. • November 11th historicpreservation. For more info, contact (903) 595-7271. • December 9th El Guapo Records sells vintage and new • August 12th

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Rose City Farmers Market: Springing To Life Again By Johnny Griffith Each year when winter has thrown its last temper tantrum of the season and finally gives way to spring’s promise of new life, mild afternoons, and more pollen than any one person should have to endure, vendors, musicians, and patrons begin to gather in the parking lot at Juls Restaurant on Old Jacksonville Hwy for one of the best farmers markets in this neck of the woods. The Rose City Farmers Market kicks off this year’s season on April 1st and promises to be bigger and better than ever as they strive to fulfill their mission to connect people with sources of locally grown food and work towards a sustainable local food system that serves both producers and consumers. We sat down with Carmen Sosa, founder of The Farm and Food Coalition, Market Director of the Rose City Farmers Market, and “knotter of loose ends” to see what she’s excited about this year and what we can look forward to in the new season. Johnny: What do you feel was your biggest success from last year that you can build on for this coming year? Carmen: Strengthening our community partnerships and our relationships with local growers and food producers. I have always said “it takes a village” when it comes to changemaking and building community, and our village was incredibly supportive as always. We added several new vendors to our market family and a couple of vendors outgrew the market, which is awesome for them, but a little sad for us. Johnny: The last time we spoke, finding another permanent home for the market was at the top of the wish list. Has there been any progress on that goal since we last spoke? Carmen: We came close to making a commitment to move, but in the end decided, for right now, it was best to keep the locations the same for this season. In every decision we make, we want to make sure that we are able to best serve the underserved of the community. Tyler has a few areas that have access barriers to fresh, nutritious food. Our market seeks to help bridge those gaps by providing a variety of healthy fruits and veggies. We also work with nutrition assistance programs such as accepting SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), and we give $30 in free produce to eligible WIC participants. Evaluating everything about the market, including its location, each year will help us grow and reach the goal of getting nutritious foods into the homes of every sector of our community. Johnny: Are there any new ideas the Coalition has been working on in the offseason to prepare for this year’s Market? Carmen: We have a beautiful new website: The focus of the website is, of course, Rose City Farmers Market. We want to showcase all of the beautiful things the market offers: locally grown and produced food, local musicians and artisans, and what coming together as a community looks like. We’ve made it super easy to apply to become a member of the market, volunteer with us, play music for us, and donate to our Matching Dollars program. We launched the site only a few weeks ago, so we will be fine-tuning its content for a while. We envision our website becoming a go-to resource to learn about eating seasonally, local food deserts, and ways to get involved in the efforts of the Farm & Food Coalition. We have been working hard to develop a farmers market Matching Dollars program, called Fresh Bucks. For many of our lowincome neighbors, SNAP and WIC are vital to putting food on the table. We want to extend their shopping dollars and encourage them to buy fruits and veggies so we will be matching their nutrition assistance dollars at our markets. For example, for every $10 in SNAP dollars you spend at the market we will give you an additional $5 in Fresh Bucks to purchase additional produce. Adopting best practices of other farmers markets, we anticipate this being a well-received and sustainable project for our community, and we see it as a win-win-win: our low-income neighbors’ buying power is 8 •

increased and they are able to make healthier food choices, our local farmers’ sales increase, and our local economy is boosted from the use of SNAP and Matching Dollars. Johnny: Tell us about the second location Downtown you’re adding this season. How did that materialize? Carmen: The mission of the Farm & Food Coalition is to help create better access to locally-grown, nutritious food. In order to begin fulfilling our mission, we had to begin to understand the enormous gaps in food access within Tyler. We are working to bridge the gaps by bringing a farmers market directly to the neighborhood in which they exist. In years past, we have located our north side mid-week market at The Salvation Army and at New Days Community Church at N. Broadway Ave. and Gentry Pkwy. Both locations were successful, so this year we are building on that foundation and will be located at 815 N. Broadway at W. Valentine St., along the brick streets. We are partnering with Northeast Texas Public Health District (NetHealth) and our local WIC offices to host a “block party” theme every Thursday from 8am to 12 noon. Throughout the season, which runs from May 4th through the summer, we will have cooking demonstrations, health and wellness activities, community partner booths where visitors can meet and learn about local nonprofit organizations meeting the needs of their community, and local music. Most exciting is that WIC participants can go right inside the WIC office, get their coupons for $30 in free produce, and spend those dollars right there at our market. As the number of visitors to our Downtown market grow, so will the number of vendors and the variety of food offerings. Our hope is to grow large enough to support our local meat ranchers, bakers, and other food artisans that trade at our Saturday market. You know what they say, it takes a village! We are super excited Coffee Outside will be at our Thursday market opening April 4th, serving up Porch Culture Coffee Roasters’ locally roasted coffee for donations. Johnny: Do you feel there are more local producers seeking the Market out this year in order to be a part of what you all are doing? Carmen: Indeed. We currently have a waiting list for pastured chicken, lamb, and turkey, baked goods, jams, and jellies, and handcrafted bath and body products. We are always looking for quality produce farmers. Johnny: What vendors do you have lined up? Carmen: 4eFarms, Billy Raibon Farm, Crawford Farms, Cutler’s Texas Creations, D&C Soap Co., Delightful Baking Co., Dodson Farm, Foy Magee Farm, Hailey Potter Prints, Happy Monkey Farms, Katie’s Caramels, Little Hati, Lonesome Lady Ranch, Maydelle Country Wines, McCurry Produce, Neverland Garden, Physiologie Apparel, Rae Marie Livsey and Usborne Books (Rose City Readers), Red Moon Farm, Rose Family Farms Goat Cheese, Sam Fontenot, Sanchez Produce, Sola Bread Co., Sugar Boogah Confections, Sugar Creek Honey, Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Co., The Danielson Homestead, The Farmer’s Daughter, Traci’s Treats,

Winona Orchards, and Zillmer Farms. We are currently processing 12 applications, so we will likely be adding a few more to the lineup. Johnny: The experience, the music, and the sense of community are some of the additional things that sets the RCFM apart from other markets in the region. What are some of the activities and musicians you have scheduled to play this spring? Carmen: The Yoga Spot is returning to host yoga on the patio this season. Each Saturday from 8:30-9:30am visitors can enjoy a gentle yoga practice overlooking the little lake. They are encouraged to bring a towel and water bottle. Donations are accepted for the free classes. This season we are launching Rose City Farmers Market Kid’s Club. We will have kid’s crafting days, scavenger hunts for produce, gardening workshops, and other fun ways for kids to enjoy the market. As part of Kid’s Club, we are partnering with Rae Marie Livsey and Usborne Books to bring Rose City Readers, a kid’s reading club, to the market. Kids will have an opportunity to read books about farming, agriculture, ecology, diversity, and the environment and earn points towards market tokens and toys. In addition, our April music lineup for the Saturday market is Old Omen, Withrow Cooley, Out of the Question, Stephen Giles and Michael Jesch, and Loretta Callens. Future artists include Eric Moseley Duo, Keith Rea, Mia Tallant, and David Allen. Johnny: I know part of the mission of the RCFM and the Food Coalition in general is not only to organize a place to bring these local producers together, but to also educate and advocate to realize a “more sustainable local food system.” What are some of the examples of advocacy and education that are currently ongoing in the organization? Carmen: It is important to know each of us has the ability to change our community for the better, even if it’s in very small ways. When you buy a single tomato at our farmer’s market you are supporting a local farmer’s family, stimulating your local economy, helping preserve East Texas farmlands, increasing your community’s access to fresh food, and becoming a part of your community. Each of us is incredibly powerful! Johnny: What are you most excited about for this upcoming season? Carmen: Both of our market locations growing and helping strengthen our community. We are grateful for our many supporters that push us forward and encourage us along the way.


Southside location: • 7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler • Opens April 1st and continues every Saturday through November 18th, 8am-12 noon Downtown location: • 815 Broadway Ave., Tyler • Opens May 4th and continues every Thursday through summer, 8am-12 noon For more info go to or find Rose City Farmers Market on Facebook.

is pleased to announce that the 2017 online submission cycle is open. Filmmakers can submit their entry online at tylerfilmfest. com. A celebration of storytelling through film, DTFF has grown to be an international film festival comprised of short films from around the world. Representatives from eight different countries have been accepted into past festivals, including England, Spain, and Iran. The festival also seeks to grow local independent filmmaking and encourages East Texas filmmakers to submit their work. “We want to continue to plant the seeds of creativity in our community,” said Tara Holley Jones, 2017 DTFF director. “The festival is growing and so are opportunities for local filmmakers.” DTFF is a short film festival; entries must be 15 minutes or less to qualify. Films can be narrative or documentary, of any genre, but must have been completed after January 1st, 2016. The top short films from each night will be re-shown in the “Best of the Fest” screening on Saturday night. The Festival will be held at Liberty Hall located at 103 E. Erwin St., September 27th-30th. Tickets will be available for purchase at or at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St. at a later date. Also, tickets will be available for purchase at the Liberty Hall box office on the nights of the event (if not sold-out). For more info go to, find Tyler Film Fest on Facebook and Twitter or call (903)593-6905.

Final Master Gardeners Lecture:

Flower Arranging “Master Gardeners at

the Library” is a series of five spring lectures sponsored and provided by the Smith County Master Gardeners. All lectures are free, open to the public, start at 11:30am, and are held in the Library’s Taylor Auditorium. One lecture in the series remains: • April 21st: “Garden Flower Arranging” with Neysa Mueller For more info go to the Smith County Master Gardener’s website at Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Tyler. For more info go to or call (903)593-READ (7323).

BBB to Host Shredding & Secure Your ID Day Better Business Bureau serving Central

East Texas is part of an expansive network of local BBBs across North America that collaborates to produce this bi-annual shred day event. The program is a BBB-branded identity theft, fraud prevention, and educational initiative that features onsite document destruction and distribution of identity protection tips and resources to local communities. On Saturday, April 22nd, from 8am-12 noon at BBB Tyler offices, located at 3600 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler, companies and individuals can shred up to three hundred pounds of paper per vehicle at no charge. Ark La Tex Shredding is generously donating their services. Goodwill Industries will be providing recycling services for electronic equipment. For more info about the events contact BBB at (903)581-5704 or go to

The Pegasus Project to Wings Over Pegasus April 22nd For the third year in a row, The Pegasus

face-painting, fun horse games, pony rides, arts and crafts, and competitions for the whole family. There will be a rafProject Horse Rescue will be taking part in the fle drawing for two ® national celebration of ASPCA (The American roundtrip tickets on Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AniSouthwest Airlines. mals®) Help A Horse Day and competing for Guests can enjoy a chance to win grant money to assist with its photo opportuniefforts to protect horses. ties with a variety of aircraft, Pegasus horses, To celebrate the day, The Pegasus Project and “Pegasito,” the winged-donkey in his kisswill host Wings Over Pegasus, an airplane and ing booth. equine extravaganza. The event is scheduled The Pegasus rescue horses are available to 9am-3pm Saturday, April 22nd at the 95-acre meet, pet, and finger paint. Guests can visit By Audrey Dukes Pegasus Ranch, located at 7111 CR 2339, with the Pegasus trainers and staff to learn Imagine, walking around in a mini Tyler, Murchison. about the horses and get information regarding designed with playhouse buildings and busiWings Over Pegasus features a variety of adoption and sponsorship opportunities. The nesses. There is a little bank, an emergency cen- airplanes and helicopters. The Gladewater SPCA of East Texas will be onsite with a variety ter, a school, and a church, among other minia- Experimental Aircraft Association/Young Eagles of adoptable dogs. ture replicas of buildings found in Tyler. All of Program will offer free airplane rides to kids Parking is $5. Food, refreshments, and parthese life-size playhouses are clustered together between the ages of 8 and 17. The day will be ticipation in games are available for purchase. on the square in Downtown to make a mini For more details go to a casual, carnival atmosphere with skydivers, version of Tyler. That’s exactly what the Smith County Habitat for Humanity plans to do April 6th. They will be hosting “Playhouses on the Plaza,” where life-size playhouses representing buildings from Tyler will be auctioned off to raise support for Habitat for Humanity. Each playhouse will be sponsored by a business or organization. “This is the first time that we’ve created a mini-community on the downtown plaza in Tyler with playhouses,” said Deanna Harrison, Director of Development of Habitat for Humanity of Smith County. Harrison had the idea for “Playhouses on the Plaza” when she heard of a similar event put on by the Garland Habitat for Humanity. She just tweaked the idea so that it would fit an East Texas style. Eight life-size playhouses will be exhibited on Tyler’s downtown square March 31st-April 6th. The playhouses on display will include a bank, sponsored by Austin Bank; a freestanding ER, sponsored by Neighbors Emergency Center; a schoolhouse, sponsored by Mentoring Minds; a church, sponsored by Colonial Hills Baptist Church; a house, sponsored by Smith County Habitat for Humanity; a barn, sponsored by Atlas Backyard Sheds; a kitchen, sponsored by Kitchens Unique; and The People’s Petroleum Building, sponsored by Garrett and Associates General Contractors. The playhouses are specially designed to realistically model buildings around Tyler and will be uniquely created for this event. Bidding will begin online March 31st-April 6th for each of these playhouses. Bidding will conclude on April 6th at a ticketed dinner and live auction. Online bidders will be able to set a maximum bid so that their bids will be part of the live auction. The live auction event on April 6th will start at 6pm in Downtown Tyler. Guests will be able to stroll down the plaza and explore the mini Tyler. They will get a chance for a closeup look at each specially designed playhouse. At 6:30pm, there will be a dinner at Jack Ryan’s where the live auction of the playhouses will take place. Both of KLTV, Taylor Hemness will be the Emcee, and Mark Scirto will be the auctioneer of the night. The event will feature a variety of items to be auctioned in addition to the playhouses, one of which is accommodations for a one-week stay in Honduras. There will also be ten custom made birdhouses up for auction. One of these birdhouses will contain a $1,000 gift certificate from Susan Robinson Fine Jewelry’s Downtown location. There will also be several other items to be auctioned off at the event. “The goal of ‘Playhouses on the Plaza’ is to raise funds to further the mission of Smith County Habitat to build and repair homes for people in need of decent, affordable housing,” Deanna Harrison said. “Playhouses on the Plaza” will be an opportunity for local businesses, community leaders, and members of the community to partner with Habitat for Humanity to help them reach their goal of helping to provide people in the Tyler area with affordable housing. For more info or to purchase tickets go to For updates look for Habitat for Humanity on Facebook at

Playhouses on the Plaza:

Take Home One of Tyler’s Iconic Buildings

8thToAnnual Teddy Bear Picnic be held Sunday, April 2nd, 11am-2pm at

the The Children’s Park of Tyler, 110 E. Dobbs St., Tyler. Come out and celebrate children through the art of natural play. Everyone is invited! Bring a picnic blanket for your family and children bring your favorite teddy bear to join in the fun. Stations will be set up throughout the park. Box lunches and water will be provided for up to 200 people. Admission is free. And as always, there will be great photo opportunities! More info fo to www.childrensparktylercom or call (903)939-1597. • 9

5K’s, Fun Runs & More

To add a walk, run, or biking event, please send to It is always free to list any event. April 1st - Tyler Run for Autism - The Tyler Run for Autism began in 2012 with the purpose of raising funds to provide much needed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum in East Texas. 100% of the funds raised are given back to children enrolled at The Treatment and Learning Center for Children with Autism (TLC) or Autism Response Team of East Texas (A.R.T.). For more info go to April 1st - Runaway Bride 5K - Run alongside the lake dressed to impress! This event is designed to bring the community together in a fun way for a great cause. You can shop Tyler vendors, participate in the run, try local food, and learn about a growing issue in East Texas that you can help prevent: sex trafficking. Prizes will be given for the best dressed bride and groom. The funds from this event will go towards three local Tyler charities: Phoenix Heart, For the Silent, and Refuge of Light. All three charities bring awareness to sex trafficking, specifically in the East Texas area. Registration begins at 8am, and races begin at 8:30am. For more info and to register go to April 1st - 6th Annual Home Run 5K and 10K will be held at The Cannery in Lindale. It will start at 8am, and the Kids Fun Run sponsored by Sky Ranch Camps in Van, Tx, will start at 10:30am. For more info and to register go to April 7th-8th - TJC 90 for 90 District Bike Tour - The TJC bike tour is a great warm up

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for the coming season. This run is 90 miles over two days: 45 miles per day. Day one starts at Quitman (Jim Hogg City Park) and ends at TJC; Day two starts at Jim Hogg Park in Rusk and ends at TJC. Both days offer a wonderful view of the beautiful East Texas scenery in the springtime. All levels of riders are welcome. To register go to tjc. edu/90for90. April 8th - Tyler Azalea 10K - The 16th Annual Tyler Azalea 10k is staged on one of the most beautiful courses in Texas. There will be mile after mile of azaleas, dogwood trees, and spring flowers that you have to see to believe. The breathtaking beauty of the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail has been praised by visitors as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise. Registration for the 10k is $45; for the 5k adults are $28 and children 12 and under are $23; the children’s 50 yard dash is free for children 5 and under. This race will begin at Bergfeld Park located at 1510 S. College Ave., Tyler. For more info and to register go to April 8th - The Inaugural Rose City Aqua Run is set. This is a 400 meter swim (long course), 5k run to be held at Tyler Rose Aquatic Club, 3013 Earl Campbell Pkwy., Tyler, starting at 8am. It is hosted by East Texas Triathletes. To register go to rose-city-aqua-run. April 8th - Edom Fire 5K 2017 - In April, the wildflowers are blooming, and the weather is perfect for runners and walkers of any speed or ability. Registration fees for this race benefit the Edom Volunteer Fire Department. After the event, stay for the April in Edom festival with art, food, and fun. For more info go to Race time is 8am. April 14th - Strides for Excellence Color Glow Run - The Bullard Education Foundation is driving education through innovation; therefore, a normal 5K will no longer do. This year’s run will be a GLOW run along a safe course for all

ages. The route goes through five color spots as a well as around all BISD campuses. The run will still include the popular color celebration at the end of the race, but this year, it will be glowing. The race will take place at 1426 S. Houston St., Bullard. All proceeds raised from this event will directly benefit Bullard ISD students and staff. To register go to April 22nd - Texas Wine Series at Kiepersol Wine Farms Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Savor the experience of this spectacular Half Marathon and 10K/5K series and sip on Texas Wines at the delicious Food & Wine event after the race. Join the 2017 Texas Wine Series and run in the heart of the Texas Wine Country. Between your run and the tasty treats, you’ll see why Texas never tasted so good! Registration for the race includes custom tech shirt, custom bib with your name, and finisher’s medallion. The Wine & Food event includes your commemorative wine glass, wine flight, and delicious catered food and tasty treats. Non-running guests are welcome to attend and can be registered online for a $45 fee, which includes food, wine, and commemorative wine glass. Register at April 22nd - Orange Rush Family Fun Run - This is a great event for the whole family including a Kid’s Dash and 5K race. The 3.1-mile route will take you through the beautiful campus of The Brook Hill School. All proceeds support The Brook Hill Fund, which makes a tremendous difference in each and every student and provides direct support to the current school year operations. This will take place at The Brook Hill School, 1051 N. Houston St., Bullard, (903)894-5000. For more info go to April 22nd - UT Tyler Mountain Bike Race Meet others who enjoy riding mountain bikes while you push the envelope at the Campus Mountain bike trails. The Race will start at 8am and is open to the entire Tyler community. The race will start from the intramural field parking lot and will take place on 13 miles of clearly marked campus trails (3 laps). Online registration closes April 18th at 5pm. Same

day registration is also available. Please be at the registration tent located next to the start line before 7:30am. Registration is free for students and HPC members and $5 for the public. Please call (903)565-5602 or email with questions. April 22nd - Nightwalk for Hope (6-9pm) - For the Silent will host its fourth annual Nightwalk for Hope, a family-friendly fundraiser at Rose Rudman Recreational Trail. The night will include free food, children’s activities, music, and more. As the sun sets around 8:15pm, the event will conclude with a 2-mile walk on a section of the Rose Rudman trail. Participants will carry lanterns to light the way and to symbolize “hope in the darkness.” Rose Rudman is located at 450 Shiloh Rd., Tyler. For more info go to April 29th - Tyler Rose City Miracle Run - Run for the kids who can’t. Run for the kids in your life. Run to make miracles. Did you know that a simple 5K can make miracles for the sick and injured kids of East Texas? Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by participating in the 3rd annual Tyler Rose City Miracle Run. This event will begin at Rose Rudman Park in Tyler. For more info go to TX/Tyler/ChildrensMiracleNetworkMiracleRun. April 29th - The Diva Du - Produced by iTRI365 Timing & Event Production and presented by HealthFirst, the second annual Diva Du will be held once again at Kiepersol Estates. The 10-mile bike and 1.5 mile run will wind through Kiepersol Estates beautiful, scenic vineyards and the surrounding area. Whether you are a first-time participant or a returning Diva, you won’t want to miss this women-only duathlon. A post-race cocktail party with a photo booth will take place that evening from 6-9pm with childcare provided on a donation basis for their charity: For the Silent. For more info go to

Dory’s Garden:

Inspiration Awaits Beyond the Lavender Gate...Literally! By Barbara King It’s literally a cornucopia for the gardener’s imagination, and it’s right off the Brick Streets of Tyler. What was originally a hobby for landscape architect, Dory Hersey, has bloomed into a flourishing “backyard oasis,” meant specifically for stop and smell the flowers moments. Garden artist Dory is celebrating the one year move from the Brick Streets to her current home and garden location and loving every minute of sharing and inspiring others to visit and enjoy the park-like setting. Driving up to the corner of Augusta and Rusk Streets, guests are immediately made welcome by the outside porch entrance to the “Garden Fancy” boutique shop, which is literally in Dory’s front parlor. Here you will find everything garden from colorful clothing and Seattle spiced tea to candles to succulents. It’s a warm, inviting cozy space where you will want to wander and discover scents and images. Dory has also created her own unique cards and calendars featuring her striking floral photos. Dory’s passion for people and plants as living art is apparent around every corner in the outdoor space. Your entrance to the “secret garden” begins by entering under the lavender gate as Dory’s personal mantra becomes apparent: “Inspiration Awaits Beyond the Lavender Gate.” Following the gate is a colorful Morse code walkway leading to a ½ acre visual plethora of pots, plants, and garden paraphernalia. Signs throughout the garden tell the story, “Smell the Roses,” “Perennial Picks,” and “Under the Sea-dum.” It’s a peaceful, lush space designed for sitting, walking, and gazing, complete with tables and chairs, where guests are encouraged to “bring their lunch and coffee and stay and enjoy the outdoors,” said Dory. The garden is the perfect tactile experience, as Dory says, “I wants my guests to touch and feel the flowers, pots, and plants and imagine how they would look in their own home.” Dory’s Gardens was created for the exchange of ideas and inspirations, and Dory is the conduit for your gardening dream to become a reality. Dory’s personality looms

large in the garden, and visitors are greeted with warmth as the conversation turns into a one-on-one tour of the garden. Dory inspires networking and sharing, so once a month she hosts a “stalk exchange” on the second Saturday of the month, and the garden transforms into a plant swap meet. Refreshments are served while you roam around to find new flowers, and gardeners are encouraged to bring extra starts and bulbs to trade. Mother and daughter duo Morgan Chaney and Karen Nelson, who live in the neighborhood, love the “peaceful spirit” of the garden and Dory’s knowledge of “what works and what doesn’t in a garage apartment space,” said Morgan. They have also taken advantage of Dory’s unique workshops, held on the fourth Saturday of the month, recently finishing a colorful terrarium, utilizing different varieties of plants that look great in the apartment, according to Karen. The classes change monthly, usually ranging from $15-$20 with all material supplied, and you walk away with a floral treasure for your home. Private classes are also available with a minimum of four guests. Bring your own container or buy a pot at the garden, and Dory will help pick out the perfect arrangement of plants suited to your lifestyle. The first Friday of every month, Dory picks featured flowers in their prime, so choice is great for new blooms to add to your beds. The garden is the perfect destination for a family outing too, with hands-on play areas including a maze for kids and the very kidfriendly pond with the opportunity to feed the goldfish in the fountain. The garden has tons of seating areas to relax, but it’s not too spread out that you can’t keep an eye on the kids. Dory promotes her love of the community by featuring ceramics, jewelry, birdhouses, and other items by local artisans. The garden is chock full of unique plants, herbs, shrubs, garden décor, outdoor furniture, tools, pots, and vibrant color as far as the eye can see. Troy and Hillary McFarland, who were touring Tyler on a day trip from Dallas, did a Google search on “flowers” and found Dory. They brought their coffee and took a leisurely stroll around the garden, even though Hillary said, “We kill all of our plants and definitely don’t have green thumbs.” The couple said they were “amazed that this garden existed in an established neighborhood like this; what a great surprise! We were so thrilled that Dory spent the time to visit with us and explain the gardens,” said Hillary. The Dallas couple left happy with succulents and church window art for their home. You can plan a private party in the garden or a dress-up birthday tea party with crumpets for kids with Dory’s guidance and creativity for a memory that will never be forgotten. “Guests who visit become my new friends, and most come back and will sit and read, knit, enjoy a hot drink, or sit under the trees to feed birds and squirrels,” Dory said. Visit Dory’s Gardens, and let your imagination soar! Dory’s Gardens is located at 600 W. Rusk St. (at Augusta). Dory’s Gardens is open Thursday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. For more info call (903)330-4663,, or look for Dory’s Gardens on Facebook.


Edom, Texas


7:30 pm, Doors open at 7pm Saturday April 8, 2017 In conjunction with the

April in Edom Festival

The Old Firehouse Acoustic Concert Series presents:

Kipyn Martin

Kipyn Martin is an emerging Americana singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She writes intensely personal songs whose music and lyrics call to mind a young Joni Mitchell, but the first thing you notice is her voice. Kipyn's accolades include earning Gold Awards in recent Mid-Atlantic Song Contests for her songs "Dance Across the Sky" and "Nightbird", as well as having won the Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) Award for New Artist of the Year. A vitality of voice, both poetic and musical, makes this woman a performing artist not to be missed. She arrives at a time when scores of twenty-something women fill the coffeehouses and folk clubs of America with a sound sweetly reminiscent of the 1970s era of Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King and Jackson Browne According to folk legend John Gorka, Kipyn is "a beauty of a singer." Join us in the only concert "listening room" in the area.

8241 FM 279 - Edom, TX - 903.852-ART1 (2781) • 11

Music Sabrina Toole:

Finding Success On Her Own Terms By Johnny Griffith East Texas has a disproportionate amount of talented musicians you can find on any given weekend at venues all over the region. While places like Austin, Dallas, and Houston give you the chance to see national acts on a regular occasion, the talent you see in East Texas is overwhelmingly homegrown and consistently as good as anything you’ll see in any of the aforementioned destinations. Admittedly rock and country dominate the mainstream musical landscape in this part of the state, but more frequently you can find artists performing blues, R&B, and pop in the area. Sabrina Toole is one of the up and coming pop singer/ songwriters native to East Texas who has taken a leap of faith and decided to make a career out of her talents. Originally born in Dallas, Sabrina moved to Lufkin when she was six and now, after a brief detour to Nashville, lives in Tyler. Naturally gifted in music and athletics, Sabrina not only played basketball in school, she would sing the national anthem at home games. A product of a musical family, she began embracing music at an early age and thanks to a great support system around her, has translated that talent into numerous accolades, awards, and her very first album released this past November. We recently caught up to Sabrina to find out more about her path to this point: Johnny: So I’ve read somewhere that you got your start in music singing in church when you were very young. Do you remember anything about that first performance? Sabrina: I don’t remember the first time I ever performed in front of an audience or what the song was, but I do remember my very first play I was in for a church event. I was a Raggedy Ann doll, and I had a vocal solo. I was probably around the age of nine. Johnny: How influential was your family in the development of your talent? Sabrina: My parents have been and are a huge influence. They are my number one support system. From going to all of my shows to paying for vocal lessons when I was starting out, they’ve always been there. The older I’ve gotten the more I realize how important family really is. Johnny: Your bio says you began writing songs around the age of 13. What inspired those early songs? Sabrina: I went to a church youth camp when I was in the eighth grade and the female pastor approached me one night and told me she felt that I would be a songwriter. At the time, I never thought about writing a song. I thought I wouldn’t be very good at it. After about a month from the night she told me I should write songs I decided to try it out, and I’ve been writing ever since.

Johnny: How would you describe your music now? Sabrina: My music is primarily pop, but I definitely try to throw in some blues, rock, and soul vibes. Johnny: When did you first get the idea that this music thing could be more than just a hobby? Sabrina: I first realized that I wanted to pursue music when I was a junior in high school. Before that, it never occurred to me that I could actually make a living off of music, but as I started growing up and talking with musicians, I realized that music is something I really wanted to do professionally. Johnny: How tough was it to jump out and commit to trying to make a career out of music? Sabrina: Pursuing music definitely has it’s trying times. They don’t call it “starving artist” for nothing. Even though there are times where I do feel it gets rough, it still all goes back to having such an incredible family to rely on and keep me sane. Johnny: What have been some of the more memorable gigs you’ve done over your career so far? Sabrina: Great question. It’s hard to only have one answer, but some gigs that come to mind are when I performed in South Dakota at a big event called Hills Alive. There were tons of people and the energy from the crowd was just insane. Another memorable moment I had was a fairly recent gig back in November at Lago Del Pino in Tyler where I hosted my album release party. All of my friends and family came out and it was a really amazing night. Johnny: Do you have a band you perform with regularly or are you primarily solo? Sabrina: I’m a solo artist. I was in a rock band a few years ago called Kindred, and after we parted ways I took on a solo career. I mostly play acoustic sets with my acoustic players, Joey Cefalu and Mariah Childress. Johnny: What have some of the challenges been from that first gig as a singer/songwriter to the point last year when you released your own album? Sabrina: One of the challenges for me was getting the confidence to let my own songs be heard. I used to be very self conscience of my lyrics and wonder if people would even connect with it or even like it for that matter. The more I’ve written, the more I’ve improved and gained more confidence to try new things and not be so intimidated by what people might think. Johnny: How has the reception been for the album so far? Sabrina: People have been so positive with their feedback about the album. I’m so proud of my album, and I’m so thankful my fans are enjoying it! Johnny: You moved to Nashville for a while writing this album. How different was that from what you were used to at the time, and did that contrast help in the writing process?

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Sabrina: I moved to Nashville in 2015 and lived there for the whole year to focus on the album. My time in Nashville was incredible. I feel like the change helped my writing process and helped me grow not only as a musician but as a young adult trying to navigate through life. I had major writer’s block for about six months, but when I moved to Nashville to start writing for the album, the songs just came so easy for me. That may sound like the cheesiest thing ever, but it’s a true story! Johnny: During that time, did you have any “fan girl” moments when you found yourself face to face with an artist or band you’ve been a fan of over the years? Sabrina: I didn’t meet any big time musicians unfortunately, but my guitar player was at a coffee shop in Franklin, TN and met one of my favorite front woman vocalists, Hayley Williams of Paramore. I’m still so upset about it! Johnny: What are your goals for 2017 and beyond? Sabrina: I hope to go on a small tour in the near future and maybe even start working on a second album in a year or a year and a half. For more info about Sabrina and upcoming projects and gigs go to: • • •

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No Stranger To Hard Work By Johnny Griffith Success in the music industry is an equation that has many variables of which talent is but one. Who you know, who they know, timing, and good old fashioned luck can all influence the career trajectory of an artist. However, if you ask anyone who has enjoyed success for longer than the proverbial fifteen minutes, they will tell you that a good work ethic is crucial for longevity in the business. Chris Colston, a local country artist from Lindale, has been putting in the time and the miles needed to gain exposure, experience, and fans from across the state and beyond. Colston, along with drummer Tony Foster, guitarist/vocalist Riley Foshee, and bassist Scott Phillips, has been working hard to craft a sound that gives a great chance for success. We had spoken to Chris a couple of years back and decided to catch back up to see how things were going since we last spoke: Johnny: The last time we talked to you it was 2015, and you were starting to play more gigs out of the area. How far has the journey taken you from then to now in terms of where you are booking shows and the exposure you’ve gained out of the East Texas region? Chris: Since we last talked, we have played venues in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas, and we currently have a show booked this summer in Arizona. We are gaining ground all over Texas, and we are very excited to be gaining ground in other areas too. Our new EP is being played by stations in Oklahoma and Missouri as well as many stations all across Texas, which is very exciting. When we played in Missouri last spring, people were singing along to Blacktop Gospel, which was cool! The radio station in Springfield had been spinning for several weeks before the show so fans were there and ready to hear it live. Johnny: Along those lines, back in 2015 you had released your first album, and now in 2017, you’ve released an EP. How was that process and did you find it different from the first experience? Chris: It took about 8 months to get the new EP finished, and then we waited until what we thought was the right time to release it, so it ended up being about a year long process from start to finish. My first album, “Guitar Playin Outlaw,” was recorded before I had a band, so we used some great studio musicians. This EP is different because it was recorded with my band and captures my sound. When folks listen to this EP, they are hearing what we sound like live, and that is what I like a lot; it’s real. Johnny: How has the reception to the new release been so far? Chris: So far, feedback has been great. It is getting a lot of exposure through Spotify. Stats from Spotify show that most of the listeners are in Houston, Dallas, and College Station, so that’s cool. Johnny: So Lindale has a reputation for producing good musicians. Is there any feeling that you have a certain expectation to live up to due to that reputation? Chris: Not really. I mean it’s great being from the same hometown of Miranda Lambert, but on the other hand, I’m just doing what I love, just like she did. Johnny: Who was your biggest influence, musically, when you were first starting out? Chris: Stoney Larue was a huge influence for sure. He is an incredible musician, songwriter, and vocalist. I play their “Live at Billy Bob’s” album all the time. Johnny: East Texas has a strong singer/ songwriter community. Do you often collaborate with other local writers and, if so, how has that process made you better at the craft? Chris: I do think collaborating with other

writers has made me a better writer, but I don’t just write with anyone. I try to keep my circle small, and I only write with a few people. Johnny: Listening to your music, you mention your grandfather often. How important has your family been in you being where you are today, and where you want to get to with your music? Chris: Family is everything and always will be. I have a very large family, and every single one of them supports what I do. I have learned what a blessing that is because I have met other artists who don’t have that, and it’s a struggle for them sometimes. When I made the decision early on that music is what I wanted to do with my life, my mom told me that I had chosen one of the most difficult jobs to pursue, but if that is where my heart was, then they would support me. Johnny: Are there any of your shows coming up this year you’re more excited about than usual? Chris: I am really looking forward to opening up for Randy Rogers in Lindale at Love and War in May. I have followed Randy’s music for years and really like his style. I am also looking forward to our show at the Alpine Country Blues Festival in the mountains of Alpine, Arizona in June. Johnny: So it’s been two years since your last interview here, let’s catch up on the survey questions: Best live concert you’ve seen in the past two years? Chris: Probably the Cameron Nelson and Cody Johnson concert at Cowboy’s in Tyler. Johnny: Best hamburger you’ve had on the road? Chris: The #2 from Whataburger all day long! And don’t forget the bacon. Johnny: Most memorable gig you’ve performed the last two years? Chris: It would have to be opening up for Shane Smith and the Saints to a sold out crowd at Love and War in Plano. The crowd was great. Johnny: Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans? Chris: Cowboys even though they can’t seem to catch a break. Johnny: Best album you’ve bought the last two years? Chris: “The Whippoorwill” by Blackberry Smoke. Johnny: If you could play any show, anywhere, tonight, where would it be? Chris: Billy Bob’s Texas. To catch upcoming tour dates and the latest music, check out Chris Colston online: • • • Upcoming Shows • April 5th - Poor David’s Pub, Dallas • April 6th - The Back Porch, Kilgore • April 7th - Love and War Lindale w/Jason Boland, Lindale • April 13th - Fat Jacks, Texarkana • April 20th - White Elephant, Fort Worth Stockyards • April 21st - Drunken Mule, Commerce with Drew Fish • April 27th - The Woodshed, Ft Worth • April 29th - Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler

Tuesday, April 4: Acoustic Show - Tyler Dudley From the Tyler Dudley Band 6:00-8:00 (Country/Rock) Friday, April 7: Old Omen 8:00-12:00 (Swampy Folk Blues) Saturday, April 8: Wes Nickson 8:30-12:30 (Country/Americana) Tuesday, April 11: Acoustic Show - Patrick James From The Haggerty's Band 6:00-8:00 (Classic Rock / Texas Country) Wednesday, April 12: Song Swap Hosted By Austin Layne & Tyler Dudley 8:00-11:00 Friday, April 14: The Tuxedo Cats 8:00-12:00 (Blues/Rock/Jazz/Country/R&B) Saturday, April 15: Gary Patrick Band 8:30-12:30 (Folk/Rock/Country) Sunday, April 16: OPEN!!! HAPPY EASTER! Tuesday, April 18: Acoustic Show- Lee Mathis & Philip Griffith 6:00-8:00 (Americana/Outlaw/Country) Friday, April 21: Bluez Boyz 8:00-1:2:00 (Rhythm & Blues/Soul) Saturday, April 22: The Haggerty's 8:30-12:30 (Alternative 90's/Rock/Texas Country) Tuesday, April 25: Acoustic Show Billie Jo Sewell & Tadd Marler 6:00-8:00 (Today's Country/Classic Country/Originals) Friday, April 28: Tyler Dudley Band 8:00-12:00 (Country/Rock) Saturday, April 29: King Richard & The Bayou Boys 8:30-12:30 (Classic Rock/Rock & Roll/Blues/R&B)


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memorable one so far? PD: Well we’ve been through a progression as we added members over several years. We added Jack recently. Our first show with the full lineup that we have now was earlier this year. The most By Johnny Griffith memorable was Jack’s first show at our home venue, Click’s, in March. Rock music thrives in East Texas. Johnny: How would you describe a Panik Seriously. I know there is probably a Device show to a new fan? tendency to think that country music, PD: A hard-driving, loud, in-your-face, enerand I mean real country music, not getic, and enjoyable show. that pop/country hybrid thing, domiJohnny: You guys, collectively and indinates the landscape in this area, but vidually, have been able to share the stage with any given night you can hear some of some great acts. What would you say your most the best rock bands in the state turn“starstruck” moment has been to this point with ing their amps up to eleven on stages someone you’ve played alongside? found our ad on Craigslist, and we were familiar all over the region. One of those bands is Tyler’s with him from the previous band, so he came by PD: We don’t really think “starstruck” is the own Panik Device, and they’re planning on mak- and tried out. Last to line up was new addition right word. We do see that in some people, but ing sure you don’t forget it. we can’t say we exactly understand it. We’ve met Jack Fowler. PD went from being a three-piece A winning combination of talented musicians band with Dustin singing and Richard harmosome great, well-known artists, but we feel that from several different projects over the years, nizing to the five-man band it is today. Jack was some local artists are just as talented. We are all Panik Device is comprised of Richard Lackey musicians trying to spread our passion. We’d a drummer when we heard him do an amazing on drums, Tommy Deloach on bass, Tim Taysong from the drum kit one night. Months later have to say the best show we have ever played lor on lead guitar, Dustin Smith on rhythm gui- we spoke with him. He was looking to try some- the same stage with was Avatar, hands down. tars and vocals, and Jack Fowler on lead vocals. thing new in the music community after he left They are the coolest guys and very friendly offEach of the members brings a unique perspecstage, and when the lights come on and the his previous band. We told him we were looktive and experience to the band that adds up to a ing for a singer because Dustin wanted to add a instruments start, they throw down, and the sum greater than the parts, and those parts have vocalist and not have to sing everything. He came show is bar none the best we have seen. played in venues as famous as Whiskey-A-Go-Go by for practice and has been there ever since. Johnny: What has been the biggest challenge and shared the stage with powerhouse acts such so far as a band? Johnny: Where did the name come from? as Drowning Pool, Avatar, Black Stone Cherry, PD: We’d have to say the biggest challenge is PD: The name came from a door exit device. and Trapt to name a few. In the studio now just spreading the word about our music, keepSeveral of us work as glaziers (a skilled tradesworking on their debut album, the guys from ing up with the needs of the band as it grows, man responsible for cutting, installing, and Panik Device took time out to tell us a bit more and keeping the lineup solid with committed removing glass), and it just came out one day. about themselves. musicians. Johnny: How would you describe your Johnny: Tell us a little bit about how you Johnny: What has been the thing you’re the music? guys ended up in a band together. PD: Melodic hard rock written about things most proud of as a band? PD: Richard and Dusty started a different PD: The fact that we are doing it as a DIY like love, partying, and bad relationships. band together that went through several incarnaband. We rely on support from friends and famJohnny: What are your biggest influences tions and name changes over several years that ily, and that makes them part of the Device. We musically? eventually became Panik Device. Richard and absolutely could not do it without them. PD: Kiss, Metallica, Deftones, Seether, Old Tommy have been friends for around 25 years, Johnny: What are your goals for 2017? Country and they have played in various bands together. PD: We plan on growing the Panik Device Johnny: Currently about how many shows a PD was looking for a bass player so it fell into brand and bring our sound to as many fans as month on average are you guys playing? place. Most of us are from East Texas except for PD: We average about three shows a month, possible. Tim who came to Texas from Arkansas. Before he with some of those being benefit shows. Check out one of their upcoming shows: joined PD, he had been playing in another band Johnny: What was the first show you guys • April 14th - Gusher Days in Gladewater, 8pm • April 29th - Clicks Live in Tyler, 8pm but had left it and was looking for a new one. He played as a band, and what has been the most

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& Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 6th, on the square in Downtown Tyler. Only “Concert Only” tickets ($25) remain. All VIP and Day tickets are sold out. East Texas native Cody Johnson will headline (10:1511:45pm). Four other acts will be on the main stage. Johnson will be supported by Wade Bowen (8:30-9:45pm), Cody Canada and the Departed (7-8pm), Shane Smith & the Saints (5:30-6:30pm), and Flatland Cavalry (4-5pm). This year’s festival will also feature 22 of the state’s most celebrated barbecue restaurants that will provide samples of their smoked meats. The Bud Light Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival has sold out in each of its previous three years of existence, and more than 5,000 festival-goers are expected at 2017’s event. The 2017 Bud Light Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival is presented by 101.5 KNUE, East Texas’ No. 1 country music station, Radio Texas, LIVE! With Buddy Logan, and Tyler Ford. A portion of the festival’s proceeds benefits The Heart of Tyler/Tyler Main Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic, cultural, and historic revitalization of Downtown Tyler. For more info and to purchase tickets go to

Trace Adkins to Headline Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala for “Legends of the Call” The Tyler

Cattle Barons’ Gala scheduled for Saturday, August 12th, has a wonderful history as a grand event and is known as one of Texas’ top galas for raising recordbreaking amounts to aid in the fight against cancer. As they celebrate the 30th Year Gala Anniversary, they continue this stellar tradition. The group is grateful for the people and the businesses in the community that volunteer for the mission of the American Cancer Society and the battle against cancer. Tyler Cattle Barons is thrilled to announce Trace Adkins as the headline entertainer for this year’s gala. 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, and the volunteers, businesses, sponsors, and members of the medical community who are themselves legendary for working and giving tirelessly to find a cure for this dreaded disease. Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold more than ten million albums. His hits include “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In

The House,” “Hillbilly Bone” (with Blake Shelton), and “Just Fishin’,” to name a few. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed ten USO Tours. In his 2007 autobiography, “A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck,” the former oil rig worker recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Trace played a tough-as-nails biker in “The Lincoln Lawyer” (starring Matthew McConaughey), and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family-friendly film “Moms’ Night Out” (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, and Sarah Drew). He also developed and hosted GAC’s “Great American Heroes” honoring everyday heroes. “Legends of the Call” Legends are those we think of as historymakers and world-changers. As chairs of the 2017 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala, Darla Childress and Debra Smith hope to honor those who have, over the last three decades, generously volunteered their time, given of their resources, and poured so much heart into the call to fight cancer. We believe all those who bravely battle this disease - and all those who support them - change the world in a beautiful way with their courage and presence. They make history with every stride. We are extremely excited to dedicate this 30th Anniversary to those “Legends.” 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. This year’s Li’l Wrangler is Annie Merrick, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Merrick For more info and tickets go to or call (903)597-1383.

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ily ReULion Charity Jam, April 7th-8th, at Durango’s Canyon near Mount Enterprise. The event benefits the East Texas Food Bank and features two days of concerts, magic shows, food, and activities for the whole family. Bands scheduled to play are headliner Uncle Lucius, and Willow James, Zac Wilkerson, Folk Family Revival, Aaron Stephens, Midnight River Choir, James Bailey, David Baxter, Joey Greer, and The New Offenders. Entertainer Johnny Magic qill put on two shows on Saturday, and other activities include a kids’ area for arts and crafts, face painting, and “backyard games” such as basketball, washers, horseshoes, and bean bag toss that parents can play with their kids. Durango’s Canyon is 120-acres offering overnight accommodations including RV sites, cabins, tent camping, and activities including fishing, swimming, walking trails as well as an on-site steakhouse and private club. The East Texas Food Bank was chosen for the event’s charity because of its connection to Uncle Lucius lead singer Kevin Galloway. He remembers how his own family struggled when his dad lost his job and wrote about it in his hit song, “Keep the Wolves Away.” Gates open Friday at 5pm, and shows start at 6:30pm. Gates open at 9am on Saturday with shows starting at 10am. For tickets to Family ReULion Charity Jam, go to In addition to general admission, VIP tickets are available and include meet-the-bands time.

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In conjunction with the April in Edom Festival, Kipyn Martin will be in concert April 8th. Kipyn Martin is an emerging Americana singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She writes intensely personal songs whose music and lyrFirehouse is ics call to mind a young Joni Mitchell, but the an intimate, first thing you notice is her voice. smoke-free Kipyn’s accolades include earning Gold and alcoholAwards in recent Mid-Atlantic Song Confree “coffeetests for her songs “Dance Across the Sky” and house” that “Nightbird,” as well as having won the Washbrings national ington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) folk musicians Award for New Artist of the Year. A vitality to Edom’s unique listening room. Info can of voice, both poetic and musical, makes this be found at or by calling woman a performing artist not to be missed. (903)852-2781. According to folk legend John Gorka, Admission prices for concerts are $12 in Kipyn is “a beauty of a singer.” advance and $15 at the door, and events are For more info go to on Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30pm. This is the final concert of the season.


April 8th (7pm) - Keith Sweat and K Michelle will be in concert at the Oil Palace, 10408 TX-64, Tyler. Tickets are available at oilpalace. com. Tickets start at $40. April 11th (12:30pm for Grades 5-12 and 7:30pm for the public) - “Black Violin” will be at the Cowan Center and is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to standing-room-only crowds. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets are available and start at $42 and $4 for children’s performances and are available at the box office by calling (903)5667424 or go to April 22nd (8pm) - Mouse and the Traps in Concert Originating in Tyler in 1965, Mouse and the Traps has had several regional hits and has been an East Texas favorite for years. Some of their best known songs are “A Public Execution” and “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win.” After releasing several singles on the Fraternity Records label, Mouse and the Traps also recorded two singles for Bell Records. Members are Ronny “Mouse” Weiss (guitar and vocals), Dave Stanley (bass and vocals), Ken Nardo Murray (drums), Larry Stanley (guitar and vocals), and Gary Freeman (organ and keyboards). Tickets are $20-25. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler, April 23rd (7pm) - Terence Blanchard and the E Collective - Blanchard is an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer. Blanchard emerged on the scene in 1980 with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and then shortly thereafter with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He is known as a straight-ahead artist in the hard bop tradition, but has recently developed an African-fusion style of playing that makes him unique from other trumpeters. His trumpet can be heard on nearly 50 film scores; more than 40 bear his compositional style, such as Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Cadillac Records, and Barbershop. He has won multiple Grammy Awards. Tickets are $25-38. VIP box seats are $200 and admit four. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler, April 29th (8pm) - Bob Schneider and Mitch Watkins - Picture this: two great Austin native musicians coming together to perform live. The mix between Schneider’s funk, country, and folk music and Watkins’ jazz guitarist streaks is sure to be a great time. 1999 was the start of Schneider’s solo career, and Watkins picked up the guitar at the age of 13. Their musical journeys have taken them down many stylistic pathways and to the far corners of the globe. These two great Austin musicians have had long music careers, and they aren’t stopping anytime soon. Tickets are $18-33. VIP box seats are $175. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler,

April 29th (7:30pm)- East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents “Back to the Beginning.” Their final concert of the season is inspired by Lee’s first concert with the orchestra in 2011. Jan Lisiecki returns for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and the orchestra again performs Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7. ETSO concerts are performed at the UT Tyler Cowan Center located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Subscriptions and tickets are sold through the Cowan Center Box Office, (903)566-7424. For more info go to May 13th (8pm) Ruthie Foster - Ruthie Foster released her debut, “Full Circle,” in 1997 and was followed by “Crossover” in 1999. The two albums secured Ruthie as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter in the Austin scene and caught the attention of Texas independent label Blue Corn Music. Since then, Ruthie has stuck with Blue Corn to release seven albums over the past 12 years. She has collaborated on stage with artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to The Allman Brothers to Susan Tedeschi and has recorded tracks with Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, and The Blind Boys of Alabama, among others. Tickets are $15-30. VIP box seats are $200 and admit four. Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler, May 16th (7:30pm) - Celtic Women: Voices of Angels - Multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman presents “Voices of Angels” showcasing the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon, and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. Featuring many songs from the forthcoming “Voices of Angels” album, this inspiring live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography, and magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s awardwinning signature style. Tickets start at $45. Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. June 2nd-3rd- Big Pines Blues Festival, formerly T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, will take place this year again and guarantees a great line-up of blues. Friday performances will feature the Peterson Brothers, along with Ally Venable Band from Kilgore. Saturday’s full day of music kicks off at 10am with the 2017 Junior Showcase for young musicians 18 and under. Saturday Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvin Bishop and his band will headline and Dallas native Darrell Nulisch, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones Blues Band featuring Kerrie Lepai, plus AJ Cascio & The Two Tone Blues Band, Johnny and The Night Crawlers, and the Pleasant Hill Quilting Group will also perform. This event will be held at the Maude Cobb Convention Center located at 100 Grand Blvd., Longview. More info and tickets can be found at June 10th (8pm) - Edwin Holt & Red Clay Roadhouse - Join the Roadhouse once again in Tyler as they keep the home fires burning - taking it back to where it all began. Standing firm with some of the greatest musicians to ever pick up an instrument or wale a tune, this band’s mission is to transform your soul by bringing outstanding entertainment to folks who love real music. Tickets are available online only at starting at $20. The concert will be held at Liberty Hall located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. • 17 GigGuide

Friday, April 7th

11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Lee Mathis, 8-12 The Catch 5th St. – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Saturday, April 1st Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Darrin Morris Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Curtis Grimes, 8-12 Band, 9-1 Cork – Lauren Alexander, 8-12 Click’s Live – Eastgate, Munkey Rench, Dakotas Chop House – Levi Kitchen, 8-11 Tap Dead Center, 9-1 ETX Brewery – Clover The Girl, 7-9 Club 155 – Black Ice, 9-1 Dakotas Chop House – Tyler Dudley Trio, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Jason Herrin Band, 7-10 8-11 FRESH – Texas Rebellion, 6-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace,3-5, Tanner Sparks, 7-10 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Juls – DJ, 7-10 FRESH – Frio River Band, 6-9 Kawa’s – Tuxedo Cats, 7-10 Juls – DJ, 7-10 Lago Del Pino – DJ, 9-12 Kawa’s – Levi Kitchen, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Dan Baird & Home- Love & War, Lindale – Chris Colston Band, Jason Boland & The Stragglers 8-12 made Sin, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 M6 Winery – Keith Rea, 12-2, David Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – ET Jazz Cooley, 3-6 Orchestra, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Wesley 8-12 Pruitt Band, 9-12 Potpourri House – Paul Ruark, 6-9 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – Johnny & The Night- Purple Pig – Live Music, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – Old Omen, 8-12 crawlers, 9-1 Rick’s – DJ No Cover, 8-12 Rick’s – DJ No Cover, 9-1 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Rose City Farmers Market – Old Omen, Stanley’s BBQ – Luke Wade, 8-12 8-12 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Ken 12-3, Paul Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Shafer & Kelsey Pate, 6-9 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 5-9 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 Yamato – DJ, 7-10

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Cowan Center – Black Violin, 8pm F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters Anonymous, 8-12 MoJoes Coffee Café, Henderson – Open Mic, 7-10 The Shed, Edom – Pickin & Grinin, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – Patrick James, 6-8 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Chris Oliver, 6-9 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Wednesday, April 12th

The Back Porch, Kilgore – Darrin Morris Band, 7-10 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Cork – Dustin Becker, 6-9 Crawfish Barn – Karaoke, 6-9 Dakotas Chop House – Paul Shafer, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 The Grove – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Love & War, Lindale – Teddy Long, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Austin Layne & Tyler Dudley, 8-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Stefan Cotter Bluegrass Project, 6-9 What about Kabob – Open Mic, 5-7

Thursday, April 13th

The Back Porch, Kilgore – 2nd Childhood, 7-10 Big Sandy Music Hall – Randy Brown, 7-10 Saturday, April 8th Sunday, April 2nd Dakotas Chop House – Daniel Rocha, American Legion – King Richard & The 8-11 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Bayou Boys, 9-1 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Scatterproof Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 12-3 Band, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ally Venable, 9-1 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 6-10 Acoustics, 7-10 The Boiling Catch – Justin Dean, 6-9 The Grove – Dustin Becker, 6-9 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Click’s Live – Violet Hour, Makeshift, 9-1 Love & War, Lindale – Shawna Russell, Circle M Crawfish – Teazur, 7-11 8-12 Monday, April 3rd Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 8-11 Razzoo’s – The Haggertys, 7-10 The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, Edom Arts Fest: Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 6-9 Eric Moseley Duo, 11am Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Friends, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Loretta Callens, 12pm Friday, April 14th Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 David Allen, 3pm 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Tuesday, April 4th ETX Brewery – The Magills, 7-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, The Back Porch, Kilgore – Louisiana Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, 8-12 Rocket, 8-12 3-5, Michael Booth, 7-10 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 The Boiling Catch – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 FRESH – Metro Big Band, 6-9 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Lago Del Pino – Gary Patrick, 9-1 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Brannon Barrett, Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters Anony- Love & War, Lindale – Suzy Bogguss, 8-11 Harper O’Neill, 8-12 mous, 8-12 ETX Brewery – Douglas Jay Boyd, 7-9 MoJoes Coffee Café, Henderson – Open M6 Winery – Jonah Gonzales, 3-6 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Glen Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Mic, 7-10 McLaughlin, 7-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Johnny & The Shed, Edom – Pickin & Grinin, 6-9 FRESH – Purple Velvet Fox, 6-9 The Nightcrawlers, 9-12 Republic Icehouse – Tyler Dudley, 6-8 Neon Country – Brian Change Band, 9-1 The Grove – Gary Patrick, 10-1 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Chris Kawa’s – Quentin Moore, 6-9 Old Fire House, Edom – Kipyn Martin, Oliver, 6-9 Lago Del Pino – DJ, 8-12 7-10 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, Love & War, Lindale – Bethany Becker, Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Black- Ice, 7-11 Mark McKinny, 8-12 8-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Wednesday, April 5th Republic Icehouse – Wes Nickson Band, Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Lookin The Back Porch, Kilgore – Doug Kent, Back, 8-12 8-12 7-10 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, Rick’s – No Limits, 9-1 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 8-12 Rose City Farmers Market – Withrow Cork – Dustin Becker, 6-9 Potpourri House – Paul Ruark, 6-9 Cooley, 8-12 Crawfish Barn – Karaoke, 6-9 Purple Pig – Live Music, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Ken 12-3, Paul Dakotas Chop House – Corey Breedlove, Republic Icehouse – Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 Shafer & Kelsey Pate, 6-9 7-10 Rick’s – DJ No Cover, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace Sand Bar, Kilgore – King Richard & The Marcus Casburn, 6-9 & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 Bayou Boys, 8-12 Vintage Edom – Abby, 10-1 The Grove – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 Leon’s, Lon gview – Blues Jam with Stanley’s BBQ – Buggaboo, 8-12 XLN – Chris Wallace & The Delta Blues Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Stone Country, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Band, 9-1 Love & War, Lindale – Drew Fish Band, Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Yamato – Clint Alford, 7-10 8-12 Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Sunday, April 9th Stanley’s BBQ – Stefan Cotter Bluegrass True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 5-9 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Project, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 12-3 What about Kabob – Open Mic, 5-7 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The Thursday, April 6th Saturday, April 15th Acoustics, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Chris Colston, The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Bobby O & The 7-10 Mojos, 8-12 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Dakotas Chop House – Daniel Rocha, The Boiling Catch – Justin Dean, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Restless Heart, 7-10 The Catch – Red Feather Tribe, 6-9 Zach Coffey, 4-8 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Owen Tiner, Dakotas Chop House – Tuxedo Cats, 8-11 Monday, April 10th 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Billie Jo Sewell, The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, Garage Bar – Open Mic, 6-10 7-10 6-9 The Grove – Dustin Becker, 6-9 FRESH – Kopastetic, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Wesley Michael The Grove – The Leftovers, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Hayes, 8-12 Lago Del Pino – Live Music, 9-1 Tuesday, April 11th Razzoo’s – Purple Velvet Fox, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Billy Joe Shaver, Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Stefan Prigmore, 9-1 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Friends, 6-9 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 M6 Winery – Fiddlers Too, 1-3, Eric

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Moseley, 4-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Bluez Boyz, 9-12 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins – Uncle Lucius, 9-1 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick Band, 8-12 Rick’s – Live 5, 9-1 Rose City Farmers Market – Out Of The Question, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Ken, 12-3 Stone Country, Lindale – Casey Martin, 8-12 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Yamato – Clover The Girl, 7-10

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Saturday, April 22nd

The Back Porch, Kilgore – White Trash Wannabees, 9-1 Big Sandy Music Hall – Stratoblasters, 7-10 Sunday, April 16th ETX Brewery – Old Omen & Babe, 7-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 3-5, Larry Hooper, 7-10 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 12-3 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The FRESH – Groove Slaves, 6-9 Juls – Tuxedo Cats, 7-10 Acoustics, 7-10 Lago Del Pino – The Elegant Few, 8-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Liberty Hall – Mouse & The Traps, 8pm Love & War, Lindale – Bleu Edmondson, Monday, April 17th James Cook, 9-1 The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, M6 Winery – Michael Gonzalez, 1-3, Scott 6-9 Behrand, 4-6 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Chance Tuesday, April 18th Anderson, 9-12 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, 8-12 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – The Haggertys, 8-12 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 Rick’s – Big Daddy, 9-1 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Rose City Farmers Market – Stephen Giles Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters Anony& Michael Jesch, 8-12 mous, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Ken 12-3, Al & The MoJoes Coffee Café, Henderson – Open Longshots, 6-9 Mic, 7-10 Stone Country, Lindale – Relentless, 8-12 The Shed, Edom – Pickin & Grinin, 6-9 Taste of Italy On the Lake, Hawkins – Republic Icehouse – Lee Mathis & Philip Marcus Casburn, 6-9 Griffith, 6-8 True Vine Brewing – Live Music, 6-9 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Chris Where’s Rufus - DJ, 9-1 Oliver, 6-9 XLN – Magnolia Brown, 9-1 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, Yamato – Karaoke, 7-10 7-11 Sunday, April 23rd Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Click’s Live – Acoustic Chaos, 9-12 Wednesday, April 19th Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 12-3 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Cody Wayne, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tommy & The 7-10 Acoustics, 7-10 Clear Springs – Live Music, 6-9 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Cork – Dustin Becker, 6-9 Liberty Hall – Terrence Blanchard & The E Crawfish Barn – Karaoke, 6-9 Collective, 8pm Dakotas Chop House – Levi Kitchen, 7-10 Monday, April 24th The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace The 10 Spot, Jacksonville – Open Mic, & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 6-9 The Grove – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Karaoke, 8-12 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 Stanley’s BBQ – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Tuesday, April 25th Love & War, Lindale – Good Times Family Band, 8-12 Coach’s & Cowboy’s – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Stanley’s Famous All-star Cork – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 Band, 6-9 F D’s Grillhouse – Eric Mosley, 6-9 What about Kabob – Open Mic, 5-7 Garage Bar – Karaoke, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Songwriters AnonyThursday, April 20th mous, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Cole Allen, MoJoes Coffee Café, Henderson – Open 7-10 Mic, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Daniel Rocha, The Shed, Edom – Pickin & Grinin, 6-9 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Billie Jo Sewell & The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Shelby Tadd Marler, 6-8 Ballenger, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Dustin Becker & Chris Garage Bar – Open Mic, 6-10 Oliver, 6-9 The Grove – Dustin Becker, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Randall King, 8-12 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Razzoo’s – Lauren Alexander, 8-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Wednesday, April 26th Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Friends, 6-9 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Clint Alford, Friday, April 21st 7-10 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Clear Springs – Paul Shafer, 6-9 The Back Porch, Kilgore – What The Click’s Live – Karaoke, 8-12 Funk!?, 8-12 Cork – Dustin Becker, 6-9 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 8-11 Crawfish Barn – Karaoke, 6-9 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10 ETX Brewery – Ramoth Gilead, 7-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Mando Salas, The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace & T.D. Wilt, 6-10 7-10 The Grove – Ramoth Gilead, 6-9 FRESH – Jazz Connection, 6-9 Leon’s, Longview – Blues Jam with Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 8-11 The Grove – Live Music, 7-10 Love & War, Lindale – Corey Hunt, 8-12 Kawa’s – Quentin Moore, 7-10 Stanley’s BBQ – Stanley’s Famous All-star Lago Del Pino – DJ, 8-12 Band, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Old 97’s, The True Vine Brewing – The Magills, 6-9 Gibbonses, 8-12 What about Kabob – Open Mic, 5-7 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Thursday, April 27th Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Zepp Rogers,

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7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Daniel Rocha, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Heather Little, 7-10 Garage Bar – Open Mic, 6-10 The Grove – Dustin Becker, 6-9 Love & War, Lindale – Kayla Ray, 8-12 Razzoo’s – Live Music, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Friends, 6-9

Friday, April 28th

11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Live Music, 8-12 Circle M Crawfish – Karaoke, 7-11 Clicks Live – The New Offenders, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – Greg Schroeder, 8-11 ETX Brewery – Kinfolk, 7-9 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Lee Mathis, 7-10 FRESH – Proven Justice, 6-9 Garage Bar – DJ, 8-12 The Grove – Patrick James, 10-1 Kawa’s – Live Music, 7-10 Lago Del Pino – DJ, 8-12 Love & War, Lindale – Jack Ingram, Cole Risner, 8-12 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Finding Shade, 8-12 Paradise Harbor, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Potpourri House – Paul Ruark, 6-9 Purple Pig – Live Music, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – Tyler Dudley Band, 8-12 Rick’s – DJ No Cover, 8-12 Shoguns – DJ, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – Stefan Cotter Bluegrass Project, 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, April 29th

The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ryan Dougherty Band, 9-1 Big Sandy Music Hall – Rafael Espinoza, 7-10 Clicks Live – Panic Device, Vengeance, Edge Of Misery, Driven Below, 9-1 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Craig Wallace, 3-5, Jr. Clark, 7-10 FRESH – The Haggertys, 6-9 The Grove – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Lago Del Pino – Blacktop Mojo, 8-12 Liberty Hall – Bob Schneider, 8pm Love & War, Lindale – Live Music, 9-1 M6 Winery – Anna Stockdale, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler – Chris Colston Band, 9-12 Potpourri House – Bobby & Ken, 6-9 Purple Pig – Eric Moseley Duo, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – King Richard & The Bayou Boys, 8-12 Rick’s – Live 80, 9-1 Rose City Farmers Market – Loretta Callens & Scott Badger, 8-12 Stanley’s BBQ – TJ & Ken 12-3, Golden Void, Chakra Khan, 8-12 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 – Matt Begley & Steel Penny, 9-1

Sunday, April 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 – Bryan Adam Joyner, 8-12

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The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! By Gini Rainey Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, or projects. Called the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, this is a familyfriendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired! This year’s Mini Maker Faire, hosted by the Discovery Science Place, takes place Saturday, April 29th, 9am-5pm, at 508 N. Broadway in Tyler. General admission to the Faire is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Members of DSP will pay $4 for adults and $3 for children. The Tyler Mini Maker Faire is a showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker movement. Demonstrations, hands-on activities, and fun for the whole family are a few of things you can expect when you visit the Faire. It’s an interesting way to see science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in motion. Some of the demonstrations in this year’s event include: Carl Garrett, who will showcase a working Shay, geared, live steam locomotive in 1/8th scale and will also bring three completed trucks and the two frames (locomotive and tender) in their current state of construction. Tyler Modern Quilt Guild will teach beginners how to sew and beginning processes of quilt making. Joanna Gifford, a local artist, will bring her latest collaborative installation that she is creating for the Promise Academy. Kate Lindekugel, with 14-years experience in environmental science, will help attendees build an ecosystem in a bottle. The Whitehouse Junior High School Robotics will be showing off their robotics skills and answer questions. Tyler Mini Maker Faire is still accepting Maker applications if you would like to display your projects. Makers of all ages and skills are encouraged to apply. The Faire showcases a variety of Makers including: technology, arts, hobbies, sustainability, and food and beverage. There is no cost to participate, unless you plan to sell your products. “Anyone can be a Maker,” Diann Raby, volunteer for the event said. “Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to

scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds.” Makers typically include: • High school and middle school projects • College and University student projects • Local crafters that make jewelry, recycled feed sack totes, handmade canoes and kayaks, weaving, quilting, and more • Creators that feature things such as handmade bubble wands • Technology such as 3D printers, CNC machines, Lasermark, and more As an attendee of the event, you will enjoy getting the opportunity to visit with the Makers. You will get to see first-hand the enthusiasm and passion they have for the things they make and how they make them. There are also a lot of opportunities for hands-on interactions for both kids and adults, as well as demonstrations and workshops to participate in. The Maker Faire is a great place for you to see the diversity of talent and education that exists right here in your own community. There are other ways for the community to get involved other than being a Maker. It takes a large team of volunteers and sponsors to make this event successful each year. Volunteers assist with greeting, registration, ticket taking, manning the information booth, plus setting up and tearing down. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, California in 2006 and was organized by “MAKE” magazine. According to “MAKE,” in its simplest form, Maker Faire creates conversations with Makers. It is a show-and-tell format for people of all ages that brings out the “kid” in all of us. “MAKE” magazine states, “Maker Faire is a communitybased learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is also a ‘fair,’ which should be fun and engaging.” Last year, the San Mateo event drew 1,100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance at its 10th year celebration event. Maker Faire events now take place in more than 120 communities around the United States and the world including our very own community. Tyler started its Maker Faire in 2012 and has seen the event grow each year in popularity. Never attended the Tyler Maker Faire and don’t know what to expect? Well, get ready for a family-friendly event that you’ll have a hard time describing to those who haven’t attended,” Raby said. “Is it about robots? Yes. Is it about technology? Yes. Is it about craftsmen? Yes. Is it art? Science? Creativity? Weird? Fun? All yes!” For more information on how to apply to be a Maker, volunteer for the event, be a sponsor, or for more information go to If you would like to become a Discovery Science Place member in order to take advantage of the cheaper price for this event, as well as other member benefits, visit Come out and create! And experience the new world of imagination at it’s finest.

Society’s High School Roundtable Program. The winning PSA will be screened before every film. • April 28th (7pm) - “The Empowerment Project” • April 29th (1pm) - “Miss Representation” • April 29th (7pm) “Mona Lisa Smile” This spring there is something for all ages • April 30th (1pm) - “The Hunting Ground” at local movie theaters. Join the fun! • April 30th (4pm) - “Unslut” • April 30th (7pm) - “Belle” Liberty Hall • May 1st (7pm) - “Escalation’ Classics and family movies are planned this spring. Catch a show in Downtown Tyler’s • May 2nd (7pm) - “Abortion: Stories Women Tell” historic theater, Liberty Hall located at 103 E. • May 3rd (7pm) - “English Vinglish” Erwin, Tyler. Movies scheduled are: • May 4th (7pm) - “Hidden Figures” • April 8th - “Some Like It Hot” Classic Sci-Fi • April 15th - “Ten Commandments” Relive your favorites on the big screen • May 12th with our SMG Classics series! All Classic Sci-Fi “Mamma Mia” films begin at 7:15pm. Sing Along • April 5th - “Blade Runner Final Cut” • June 29th • April 12th - “The Matrix” - “Jaws” • April 19th - “Inception” • July 13th • April 26th - “Mad Max Fury Road” (Black & - “Bernie” Chrome edition) • July 20th - “Sordid Lives” • July 27th - “Bubba Ho-Tep” “Special Needs • August 3rd - “Mean Girls” Screenings” • August 10th - “Fast Times at Ridgemont Family friendly High” movies are free for • August 17th - “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” children with spe• August 24th - “Hoop Dreams” cial needs and their • September 7th - “The Graduate” siblings, with adult tickets available for before• September 14th - “To Sir With Love” noon price. Special Needs Screenings are • September 21st - “American Graffiti” shown with the lights up and the volume low• October 5th - “Frankenstein and The Bride ered, and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the of Frankenstein” movie. Special Needs Screenings are shown at • October 12th - “The Evil Dead” 11am. Parental guidance is always suggested. • October 13th - “Friday the 13th” The scheduled movies are: • October 19th - “The Thing” • April 8th - “The Boss Baby” • October 26th - “Nightmare on Elm Street” • April 15th - “Smurfs: The Lost Village” • October 27th & 28th - “Rocky Horror Pic• May 13th - “Guardians of the Galaxy” ture Show” • October 31st - “Halloween” Doors open at 6pm, and movies start at 7pm. Tickets are available online at or at the door for $7.

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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 on movies call (903)5086991. Along with the hot new movies, SMG offers classic movies and special showings. Shared Stories Film Series Studio Movie Grill hosts its brand new film series to educate, enlighten, and inspire women of all ages. Raising awareness of issues impacting women, the film series includes films about women as well as panel discussions and guest speakers from local nonprofits for women. Many of the films will have proceeds donated to the nonprofit co-presenting. The film series’ Shared Stories PSA Competition is done in partnership with Dallas Film

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TheTyler10th New Play Festival 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 to have a full production the following month on September 14th-17th in the Rogers Theatre. After the play readings on July 8th, the audience members that have enjoyed all the play readings will have the opportunity to vote on which play they would most like to see produced. Voting will be done by secret paper ballot. Votes will be tabulated immediately after all ballots are submitted by the New Play Festival Coordinator. Only those audience members that have seen all plays in the reading will be eligible to vote. An honor system will be used to qualify the voters. Scripts for consideration must be emailed to no later than May 8th. Scripts should be emailed as an attachment in an accessible format (MS Word or pdf). They may also be mailed or delivered to 400 Rose Park Drive, Tyler TX 75702, on or before the deadline. For more info and to register go to

Events & Productions

March 30th-31st, April 1st (Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm) - Apache Belles Spring Show: “Love Train” - The TJC Apache Belles present the always entertaining and engrossing performance each spring. For tickets go to Wednesday-Saturday, April 5th-8th(7:30pm Saturday Matinee - 2:30pm) - “The Wizard of Oz” will be on stage at Pollard Theater Center. “The Wizard of Oz” musical is based on the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” that was based on the book by L. Frank Baum, with an adaptation by John Kane. The musical uses the music from the MGM classic of the same name. Pollard Theater Center is located at Founders’ Center on Pollard UMC’s campus. Seating is limited.

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The Founders Center is located at 3030 New Copeland Rd., Tyler. For more info or tickets call (903)521-0069 or go to or Friday, April 7th (7:30pm) - “Greater Tuna” will be on stage at The Cowan Center. Welcome back to Tuna, Texas! “Greater Tuna” is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children, and animals alike - are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful. The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Tickets start at $27 and are available at the box office by calling (903)566-7424 or go to Public ticket sales begin March 6th. Friday-Sunday, April 7th-9th, ThursdaySunday, April 13th-April 16th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) “Godspell” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, “Godspell” is the first musical theatre offering from composer Stephen Schwartz who went on to write such well-known hits as “Wicked,” “Pippin,” and “Children of Eden.” The show features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age through parables, games, and tomfoolery. 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 Saturday, April 22 (7:30pm) - Adam Trent, the Futurist will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Adam Trent has been described as “Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield.” Adam is taking the magic world by storm, blending dancing and singing to his own original pop music with innovative stage illusions, charming wit, and emotion to create an experience that is part magic show, part concert, and part stand-up comedy. The Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly,

Longview. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to April 22nd-23rd (Saturday 2pm and 7pm, Sunday 2pm) - Dancefest featuring “Snow White” on stage at TJC Wise Auditorium. For more info go to April 27th (7:30pm) - A 90th Anniversary Music Extravaganza - Celebrate 90 years of excellence at TJC as their bands, choirs, students, and faculty perform a concert of selections from throughout history. This performance will dazzle and delight as we showcase the best of TJC music. Alumni and friends of the music and band programs are especially invited to attend. This is free to attend and will be held at the Jean Brown Theatre on the Tyler Junior College campus. Wednesday-Sunday, April 26th-30th (FridaySaturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm) - Peter and the Starcatcher will be presented at the Jean Browne Theatre. This play is based on the 2006 novel of a similar name by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. The play provides a backstory for the character Peter Pan and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy.” The Jean Browne Theatre is located on the Tyler Junior College campus. The box office opens one week prior to performances, with hours 10am-6pm, weekdays only, throughout the run of performances. For more info call (903)510-2212 or go to Saturday, April 29th (7:30pm)- East Texas Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Back to the Beginning.’ Their final concert of the season is inspired by Lee’s first concert with the orchestra in 2011. Jan Lisiecki returns for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and the orchestra again performs Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7. ETSO concerts are performed at the UT Tyler Cowan Center located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. Subscriptions and tickets are sold through the Cowan Center Box Office, (903)566-7424. Season information is available at the orchestra’s website Saturday, Sunday and Friday-Sunday, April 29th, 30th, May 5th-7th - “One Song” will be presented at Cherokee Civic Theatre. Spend a month with the students and families of a small-town school who’ve been given a special assignment - to share their own stories with a toy bear that will become a gift for a terminally ill schoolmate. Funny, touching, and all so true, enjoy this World Premier musical with book and lyrics by Minette Bryant and music by Seth Lord. Cherokee Civic Theatre is located at 157 W. 5th St., Rusk. For tickets or more info call (903)683-2131 or go to

May 4th-5th (7:30pm) - Harmony & Understanding “Broadway Blast” - This spring production is a high-energy performance of selections from stage and screen. This is free to attend and will be held at the Jean Brown Theatre on the Tyler Junior College campus. Friday-Sunday, May 5th-7th, ThursdaySunday, May 11th-14th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) - “The Second Time Around” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. Senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow, strike up a love affair. When they announce plans to live together without marrying so they can keep social security benefits they’d otherwise lose, their children hit the ceiling even though they were never close to their deceased parent and their own marriages leave a lot to be desired. 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 Tuesday, May 16th (7:30pm) - The Celtic Woman will be presented at The Belcher Performance Center. Celtic Woman first rose to acclaim with an energetic stage show that shared much in common with similarly minded productions like Riverdance (whose music director, David Downes, was the driving force behind Celtic Woman’s formation in 2004). The Belcher Performance Center at LeTourneau University is located at 2100 S. Mobberly, Longview. Box office hours are MondayFriday, 10am-5pm. For more info call (903)233-3080 or go to Friday-Sunday, June 22nd - 25th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) - “Rock of Ages” will be on stage at Liberty Hall. Presented by the Tyler Civic Theatre, “Rock of Ages” takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award -nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. This show will be performed at Tyler’s Liberty Hall, Downtown off the square. For more info call (903)592-0561 or

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Art The TJC April Arts Festival By Derrick White Tyler Junior College is again offering an arts festival packed with happenings and performances collaborating between multiple departments and partnering with the Tyler Museum of Art the entire month of April. The festival is a celebration of the dynamic arts programs at Tyler Junior College providing rich learning experiences. This event is a collaboration of The Bell Tower Arts Journal, International Day, the Tyler Museum of Art, and the Art, Music, Theater, Speech, Dance, and Visual Communications departments. This year again has the support of media underwriting from local CBS 19. The Annual Arts Festival germinated from the notion of TJC Dean of Humanities, Communications and Fine Arts, Dr. Linda Gary, a couple of years ago. “Since we have all these great departments conducting all these great activities, coordinating the things we are already doing will allow us to better share them with our students and our community,” Dr. Gary said. There are some entertaining, cultural, and enlightening events taking place right here. Find the ones you are interested in, check them all out, and reconnect to the shared human condition. Art Festival events include: • TJC at the TMA - Robert Langham Photography and 13th Annual High School Art Exhibits at the Tyler Museum of Art (Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm). For more info go to • April 1st–28th - A Visual Communications Exhibition will be displayed in the Pirtle Technology Building (Pirtle Phase 4) each day.

• April 20th (1pm) - The TJC Wise Auditorium Art Gallery will host the “East Meets West – Angelo State University Art Faculty Exhibition” through April 20th. Artist’s talk and closing reception with Chris Stewart, Department of Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair and Associate Professor. • Through April 28th - Art Club Canned Food Drive benefiting East Texas CARES Food Pantry. Donations may be dropped off in the Jenkins Hall Art Department Lobby. • April 1st (2pm and 7:30pm) - “Apache Belles Spring Show: Love Train” will be held in Wise Auditorium. • April 1st (9-11pm) - The Venue Saturday in Jean Browne Theatre will host “Good Coffee and Good Performance Art.” Free admission. • April 3rd-6th - The Art Club’s 14th Annual Silent Art Auction Fundraiser, sponsored by and benefiting the Art Club. Proceeds help fund scholarships, allow the art club to make charitable donations (such as MakeA-Wish), and pay for field trips, events, and supplies. The auction will end Thursday, April 6th at 2pm. Works by students, faculty, and local artists will be displayed in the Art Department Hallway of Jenkins Hall. Winning bids will be contacted after the close of the auction. You do not have to present to win, but it sure helps. • April 5th – Coffee House at TMA Lobby. Among the beautiful works at the Tyler Museum of Art, enjoy a performance while sipping a cup of hot coffee and eating delectable pastries and cookies. Concert and museum admission is free during the time surrounding the concert. • April 6th (7:30pm) - Piano Recital at Jean Browne Theatre. Guest artist will be JovanniRey de Pedro. Free admission. • April 10th–21st - TJC Annual Art Competition will be displayed in the Jenkins Hall Art Wing. A reception is Wednesday, April 12th at 11:30am-1pm and will be located at the Jenkins Hall art department lobby. • April 10th-21st - Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition in the Vaughn Library. This is an art exhibition displaying the many talents of different TJC personnel including folks from campus safety, administration, support staff, non-art professors, and maintenance employees. • April 12th – Coffee House at 12 noon at TMA and later. Open mic at 7-10pm in the Rogers Student Center.

• April 17th – The Bell Tower Arts Journal Launch Party will start at 2pm in Pirtle T 127. The unveiling of the latest edition of the Bell Tower Arts Journal includes selected artwork, poetry, and prose. • April 11th (2–4pm) - “Be a News Anchor” in Potter Hall 203. • April 18th (9am–5pm) – TJC’s Annual International Day celebrates diversity and worldwide cultures with an amazing lineup of events and activities in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center. • April 18th (7:30pm) – Percussion Ensembles and Symphonic Band located at Wise Auditorium. Enjoy an evening of great music performed by students in the TJC Percussion Ensembles and Symphonic Band. Free admission. • April 19th (2:30pm) – Student Film Contest screenings in the Apache Rooms of the Rogers Student Center. • April 19th (5:30pm) – Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team Showcase Jean Browne Theater. • April 21st (10am) – “Rock the Garden” outside Potter Hall near the Genecov Building. • April 22nd (2pm and 7pm) – DanceFest featuring “Snow White” in Wise Auditorium. • April 23rd (2pm) – DanceFest featuring “Snow White” in Wise Auditorium. • April 24th (2pm) – The Philosophy of “Star Wars” located in Vaughn Library, Quest Classroom. • April 25th-May 4th– Performance Grant Student Showcase Art Exhibition in Wise Auditorium Art Gallery on view. • April 26th (12 noon) – Coffee House in the TMA Lobby. • April 26th (12 noon) – Thunderdome – Art competition with only one winner, all other entries are destroyed by the annihilator. BYOT (Bring your own tears). Located in Jenkins Courtyard. • April 26th-30th (7:30pm) – “Peter and the Star Catcher,” a play by Rick Elice, will be at Jean Browne Theater, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, music by Wayne Barker, directed by Rebecca Faulds-Howard.

Public Invited to 6x6@110 Gallery Main St. This Month TMA’s 13th Annual High Gallery Main Street is an arts hub for the community throughout the year. A new and Painting Parties School Art Exhibition unique exhibit is on display at the Gallery Gallery located at 110 W. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. Main Street’s Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday 10am- Opens April 2nd 6x6@110 More than 70 aspir5pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturproject is inviting the public to participate in creating at least 1,000 6” x 6” works of art that will be displayed and revealed during the annual fundraising exhibit. There is no cost to participate in the painting parties or the 6x6 project. They will provide canvases, paint, brushes, and more - just bring yourself, your talent, and your willingness to help. • April 1st - Rose City Artists and Farmers Market, 10am-12 noon • April 8th - Gallery Main Street, 5:30-8pm • April 22nd - Strada Caffe, 2-4pm For more info go to downtowntylerarts. com, call (903)593-6905. The Sixth Annual 6x6@110 project will be held June 6th at 6pm. Each piece will be sold for $20, with all proceeds going to help fund the City of Tyler Main Street Department, which operates Gallery Main Street. This project earned the distinction of receiving the Best Promotional Event award from the Texas Downtown Association.

day 12 noon-4pm, closed Sunday. For more info call (903)593-6905 or go to 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. Gallery Main Street 2017 schedule is: • April 8th - Opening of “Pretty Ugly” Exhibit • June 6th - Opening of “6x6@110” Exhibit • July 8th - Opening of “Color Blind(ed)” Exhibit • 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.

ing artists from 11 area local schools will have their first opportunity for a full museum exhibition with the Tyler Museum of Art’s “13th Annual High School Art Exhibition,” April 2nd30th. Admission is free. What began in 2005 with 23 students representing seven local schools has grown into a major exhibition featuring 74 young artists from 11 schools this year. Through the exhibition, students display their creative works in a professional environment to be assessed by a jury composed of art professors from local colleges and universities. Five outstanding works as selected by the jurors will be presented with “Merit of Honor” awards during the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony from 2-4pm Sunday, April 2nd at the Museum. The community is invited to meet the participating artists, enjoy light refreshments, and cast their votes for the annual Viewers’ Choice Award to be presented at the exhibition’s conclusion. Ballots are available at the Visitor Services desk in the TMA

Tyler Junior College is located at 1400 E. 5th St., Tyler. The Tyler Junior College Wise Auditorium Fine Arts Building and TJC’s Jean Browne Theater in the Wise Cultural Arts Building are located near S. Mahon Ave. across from the Tyler Museum of Art. Most events are free. For more info go to lobby. “Merit of Honor” winners will receive gift certificates from Dick Blick Art Materials. All participating artists will receive Certificates of Participation and one-year student memberships to the TMA. To RSVP for the April 2nd opening reception call (903)595-1001. Support for the “13th Annual High School Art Exhibition” is provided by Community Partner Sponsor Mentoring Minds and Collectors’ Circle Gold Sponsors Agnes and Frank Ward. The Tyler Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a participant in the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), which allows TMA members to receive free or discount admission at hundreds of additional museums throughout the U.S. and Canada. For a complete list of participating NARM institutions, visit The Tyler 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 online to • 21

Inside the Artist’s Studio:

Diego Loya

We Don’t Choose Where We’re Born By Derrick White Before the beginning of World War II, many immigrants sought to escape from countries under authoritarian control. Between 1933 and 1939, German and Austrian immigrants fled to neighboring countries (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, and Switzerland). Later, escape became much more difficult. However, there were fewer countries willing to accept refugees and war conditions hindered escape. It became literally a matter of life and death. Most non-migrants neither aided nor hindered people’s escape. But some people sympathetic and motivated by their opposition to fascism, moral and religious principles, or human compassion provided assistance to immigrants, sometimes at tremendous personal risk. This opening statement is paraphrased from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website. Perhaps you and your family have lived in the same country for multiple generations or perhaps not. But try walking hundreds of miles in someone else’s shoes. Try to understand the situation of someone attempting to better the lives of their family as if it were your own. Reflect back on your own family’s genealogy and be thankful for how you got here. Joshua Adams points out in his blog from “The Huffington Post,” “The phrase ‘We are all immigrants’ intention is to recognize how the immigrant experience is deeply woven into the fabric of our country’s creation and how our diversity makes us unique. However, we really need to stop using it as a rebuttal to anti-immigrant sentiment because it erases the particular histories of two groups of Americans who did not immigrate: African-Americans descending from slavery and Native Americans. The general ‘coming to America for a better life’ narrative does not apply.” Local artist Diego Loya tackles the barbed issue of Mexican immigration with powerful

and poignant sculptures and installations relating to his own heritage and family. Diego earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from The University of Texas at Tyler and an Associate’s degree in graphic design and photography from Tyler Junior College. His recent exhibition “invisible boundaries” at the Wise Auditorium Art Gallery at TJC included installations and mixed media pieces confronting the modern day issue of immigration and all those seeking a better life. The intention of the exhibition was to allow the viewer to understand deep down that we are all human, connected by the aspects of the human condition, and deserving of the same opportunities. “We don’t choose where we’re born. We don’t choose in what pocket or form, but we can learn to know ourselves on this globe in the void. Take this mind; take this pen; take this dream of a better land. Take your time; build a home. Build a place where we all can belong,” – José González’s song “Every Age.” “I enjoy working with several different types of materials and sometimes a combination of them in one piece,” Diego said. “My most recent body of work contains several shoes and the exploration of materials such as clay, plaster, soil, and resin.” His recent installation of over a hundred shoes attached to the wall has the ability to transport the viewer psychologically into a migrant trek, sensing the mud, the dust, and the hot, unending desert of a long and dangerous walk in the hope of arriving somewhere better. The shoes are weathered, worn, and come in a wide variety of big, heavy work

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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

boots, women’s shoes, sneakers, and the ones hitting my gut the hardest, baby shoes. The work is formidable and unflinching. Diego recounts, “Ever since I was a little kid, I enjoyed using my hands to create things, even with sticks and pinecones. My interest in art was always present, but it was not until my undergraduate career that I decided to fully commit to my passion. There have been several positive things art has brought to my life. I have made many great friends and connections and had amazing opportunities and trips. Overall, I would have to say the knowledge gained and my wonderful experiences, especially from impacting other people in positive ways.” Influencing people in constructive ways is something the artist takes seriously. In conjunction with his latest exhibition Diego also conducted a shoe drive. He installed a ‘Give and/or Take’ pile of shoes encouraging viewers to donate old or gently worn shoes or if people were in need of footwear to take what they needed from the pile for themselves or their loved ones. At Diego’s standing room only artist talk, one of the students was so moved she immediately removed her shoes and donated them to the cause. Loya raised more than 60 pairs of shoes during the run of the show. He transforms the useless worn out ones into artwork, and he donates the good condition shoes to local charities. Being an artist, like all professions, comes with frustrations like a lack of time, space,

and money. However, Diego affirms, “I believe when someone tries very hard at what they want, they will get it. Nothing is impossible if you have the will and the courage.” Diego Loya admires many of the dedicated and courageous artists of the past like Pablo Picasso (famous Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, and ceramicist), Vincent van Gogh (famous Dutch Post-Impressionist painter and one of the most influential figures in the history of Western art), Frida Kahlo (Mexican surrealist painter known for her self-portraits) as well as contemporary artists like Kara Walker (African American painter using silhouettes to explore race, gender, violence, and identity in her work), and Andy Goldsworthy (British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture). Hard hitting, personal, heart-wrenching artwork like Diego Loya’s may be difficult for some. It is a challenging time to be a visual artist, with even greater challenges ahead, but it is one of the most important times to be a visual artist, questioning, and speaking up. This arts article will not likely change your political views, but if it were your mud covered baby’s shoes attached to a wall, it sure should. Diego Loya is still accepting shoe donations. If you would like to donate shoes to this cause contact Diego at or find Diego E. Loya on Facebook.

Sunday, April 23rd. This first program in the TMA’s 2017 Spring Lecture Series begins at 2:30pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Upcoming Exhibits • May 14th - August 20th: “Double Take: Works by Ed Blackburn” • June 4th - September 17th: “Making A Splash”

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First Friday Art Tours Join TMA on the first Friday of every month for a delightful way to wrap up your week. Meet at 11am in the Museum lobby for an introduction to the current special exhibition. Then spend up to an hour touring A project more than two years in the making is comthe exhibition with a staff member or specially trained ing to fruition with the latest exhibit at the Tyler Museum class at TJC. His avid interest in fine art photography led docent who will guide you through the gallery. Bring your of Art gallery. him to an apprenticeship with the legendary Ansel Adams, friends or fellow club members for a memorable group event. The distinct personalities of more than 50 Tylerites as cap- and eventually, wide acclaim in his own right while maintured on film are the focus of “Brickstreet Anthology: Photo- taining a successful commercial photography business in his This is ideal for senior groups. First Friday Tours are free, however, advanced registration is required, and exhibition graphs by Robert Langham,” open to the public through May hometown. admission fees apply. To register call (903)595-1001. Additionally, he has shared his passion with new genera14th. Admission is free. tions for more than two decades as a photography professor at Family Days Organized by the TMA, “Brickstreet Anthology” is the his alma mater, TJC. product of acclaimed local photographer Robert Langham’s Drop by TMA on the second Saturday of every month and Support for the exhibition is provided by Gold Level Col- enjoy a fun-filled event, perfect for the entire family. Famextensive research and travel throughout Tyler “to train his lectors’ Circle Sponsor Myrtis D. Smith. lens on numerous local personalities who are as varied as ily Days are held in the classroom, and children are invited to they are dynamic,” TMA curator Caleb Bell said. Shooting stop in from 2-4pm to participate in free art activities. Kids Special Events on black-and-white film rather than relying on digital imagSpecial events in connection with “Brickstreet Anthology” will also like the tasty refreshments provided during the event. ery, Langham’s subjects range from business and civic leadFamily Day activities enhance the current TMA exhibitions by include First Friday Tours at 11am April 7th and May 5th. ers to citizens going about their everyday business “to capture reflecting similar themes, artistic styles, techniques, and other Family Days are at 2-4pm Saturday, April 8th and May the essence of what it means to be a member of our unique artistic aspects. 13th. Admission to all special events is free, but reservations community.” Admission to all special events is free, but reservations are are encouraged. Tyler native Langham has been photographing East Texas encouraged. Robert Langham will be on hand to discuss the process subjects since 1971, when he took his first photojournalism For more info call (903)595-1001, behind his work during a lecture and Gallery Talk program

Acclaimed Local Photographer Langham Turns Lens on Tylerites with TMA’s “Brickstreet Anthology”

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Books Some Interesting Reads for April By Gini Rainey “Dean and Me: A Love Story” by Jerry Lewis and Arthur Kaplan If you’re a fan of comedy, old movies, or celebrities, this book would make a pretty interesting read for you. Written in the first person, Jerry Lewis chronicles the life of one of the best comedy teams in history. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were definitely an unlikely couple, but together they created a comedy team that was unbeatable and riotously funny. This book is not only interesting from the standpoint of the Martin/Lewis success, but also provides a great insight to the post-World War II life and times in America. There’s also a seamier side of America - the mob - that has a portion of its curtain raised. In a pretty much tell-all style, Jerry Lewis tells how he and Dean met, created a one-of-a-kind comedy team, and rose through the ranks to become one of the biggest box office draws of the 1950’s. And yes, this is a love story. While I personally have found myself not caring too much for the Lewis of later years, the open and honest way he talks about his relationship with Dean was raw and real. Without a doubt, the two of them had a deep love and respect for each other that transcended all of their professional aches and pains. Initially I was afraid this book would turn out to be the memoir of an egotistical braggart, but the humility with which Lewis writes is amazing. He had an incredibly high opinion of Martin and actually credits him with being the one of the two who had the comedic timing and talent. And, as hard as it might be to believe, Lewis was the one with the business savvy. What makes this book such an interesting read is Lewis’ honest insight into the relationship that he and Martin had. What a shame the team broke up. Separately they were good – very good, but together they were dynamite! Rating: 5 of 5, Copyright 2006, Three Rivers Press “Making Your Brain Hum: 12 Weeks to a Smarter You” by Joe Bates, MD Operating under the ageold theory of “use it or lose it,” Dr. Bates, the Clinical Director at Rusk State Hospital in Rusk, Texas, has developed a program that can help maintain or increase the mental acuity of our brains as we age. In Chapter 2 of his book he states that, although this “program is in its infancy, seven out of eleven patients in the first basic class performed higher on the RBANS (repeatable battery of neuropsychological assessment) as evidenced by pre- and posttraining testing. One patient brought his score up from 72 to 97, an increase of 21%.” While not a book that you would purchase and sit down to read for enjoyment, this book can be a useful tool to begin using, no matter what your adult age. Dr. Bates says that although you can use this book on your own, sometimes the results are even more rewarding if used in a group setting where thought processes can be shared.

Designed to be used over a 12-week period, each chapter contains a series of puzzles and brain teasers designed to give your brain a healthy workout. The end result is an enhancement of your mental agility and endurance and will add years to your cognitive life while having lots of fun in the process. Rating: 5 of 5, Copyright 2016, Brown Books Publishing Group “Sweet Child Born in Texas” by Whitney Strauss with Susan Giles and Dr. Kathleen Cooter, PhD Here’s a great idea for the Easter baskets that are going to be showing up this month. Pick up a couple copies of this book and replace some of the candy with it. This is a delightful children’s book that is a quick history, geography, and trivia lesson all bundled up into a book that will have appeal for young and old alike. While the age appropriateness level stated is 3-8, don’t let that stop you from picking it up and reading it if you are older than that. Written in verse form (with spot-on meter and rhyming) along with colorful and intriguing illustrations by Holly Weinstein, it won’t be long before your young person has a great handle on the great state of Texas. The first of the “Sweet Child” series, this book is leading the way for a promising series of books to come, in a smart and sassy way. Rating: 5 of 5, Copyright 2017, Brown Books Kids

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The book fair will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 6th-8th, 8am-6pm, at 2004 Broussard St. in Tyler. For over 46 years the volunteer members of the Smith County Medical Society Alliance have sorted, labeled, shelved and organized donated books for their two sales each year. This is the Alliance’s chief fundraiser with 75 percent of the proceeds going toward scholarships and 25 percent for Alliance-related community projects. Culling, sorting, pricing, and shelving by volunteers takes place two or more days a week almost all year long to keep up with the large volume of donated books. They have every topic represented in 25 sections: Fiction – paperback and hardback, Children’s and Young Adults (a room full of specially priced books), Biographies, Cookbooks, Travel, Gardening, Large Print, Gift Books, Hobbies, Texana, Westerns, Mystery, Science, Science Fiction, Classics, Business, Romance, Self-Help, Health, Home and Repair, Art, Theatre, Religion, Reference, History, Military…. and the list goes on and on. Most of the books sell in the range of $.50 to $5. They have initiated a new pricing system this year - all hardback are $3 and $2 for paperbacks, unless otherwise marked for books inside the main building. The back room remains at .50¢ for hardbacks and .25¢ for paperbacks. All sales are final. For the past 2 years, the alliance has partnered with Achieving Dreams. This is a day program for adults with special needs that is located at Shiloh Road Church of Christ. The SCMSA gives these young adults the opportunity to meet their goal of “giving back” to the community, as well as learning invaluable work and communication skills in a real life setting that is a non-threatening environment. They have become invaluable to the operation at the Book Fair! They also have very rare and valuable books! For additional information visit the alliance web site at or call Book Fair at (903)561-1353. Only cash and checks are accepted. • 23

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