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The 2020 Azalea & Spring Flower Trails, Events & More

They’re Living Their Best Life: 2nd Childhood

Spring is Here: Fun For The Young & The Young At Heart


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“EGuide Tyler TX”

March 1, 2020 • Issue 3, Volume 8

Contents 5 To Do

��������� The 2020 Azalea & Spring Flower Trails: Events include The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House Tours, Tyler State Park Dogwood Days Driving and Walking Tour, “Gone with the Wind” at Liberty Hall, Cotton Belt Train Show, Azalea Arts and Crafts Fair, Roseland Plantation Historic Tour & Afternoon Tea, Mingling in the Garden at Goodman Museum, Tyler Quilt Show, 24th Biennial Needleart Show, Historic Tyler Candlelight Tour & Party, East Texas Symphony Orchestra Concert: Symphonie Fantastique, Rose City Artisans and Flower Market, and Adults Easter Eggs Hunt ��������� The Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival Returns to Downtown Tyler ��������� Question: Where Is Dr. Factenstein Appearing In March? ��������� At True Vine Brewing This Month: Celebrate 6 Years of Brewing ��������� Hit the Bricks March 14th: St. Patrick’s Day Bikes and Parade ��������� At Liberty Hall: Cash & King in Concert, Interactive: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Gone with the Wind,” Penny & Sparrow in Concert, Card 53 March Show, and Ruthie Foster ��������� At Tyler Public Library This Month: Spring Break Movie Week, Mario Kart Tournament, Saving for Retirement Workshop and More ��������� At Tyler State Park: Spring Is Here, So Get Out To The Park ��������� 2020 5K’s, Fun Runs: 7th Annual FRESH 15, Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour, 2020 Azalea Run, True Vine’s Beer Run, 9th Annual Run for Autism, The Diva Du 2020, Taco Trot 5K Presented by Southern Multifoods, and Tyler Rose City Miracle Run ��������� Cowan Center: Have A “Beautiful” Time With The Music Of Carole King, “Menopause: The Musical,” and Carly Fiorina ��������� Foodie Events: Different Board & Charcuteries with a Twist Workshop, Lindale Rotary Club 4th Annual Wild Game Dinner, St. Patrick’s Vintner’s Brewer’s Dinner & Pairing, Fish Fry Fundraiser Supporting Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Dept., Waking of the Wines in the Vineyard, and The 2020 Taste of Tyler ��������� This Month at the SPCA of East Texas: The Return Of Pints & Pups ��������� More Events: All-Ages Comedy and Magic with Eric Eaton, EVOLVE Women’s Conference, Seniors Mardi Gras Dance, Movies in the Park presented by Tyler Athletic and Swim Club, Rain Barrel Workshop, Ben Wheeler Barstool Races, “I Am Patrick” Movie Premiere, Women in Tyler Luncheon, and Heaton Hope Open

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��������� “Living Their Best Life: 2nd Childhood” by Johnny Griffith ��������� At Old Firehouse in Edom: Friction Farm and Adler & Hearne ��������� Townes Van Zandt Tribute Scheduled In Ben Wheeler ��������� Special Concerts: Red Not Chili Peppers Tribute, “Night of Nostalgia” with Cee Lo Green, Jamey Johnson and Wade Bowen, I Am They in Concert, Blue Louie, Blacktop Mojo, and Band of Heathens ��������� Live Music Gig Guide

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��������� Fit for Life Coloring Contest Offers Cash Prizes ��������� At Discovery Science Place This Month: Learn At The DSP Spring Break Camps and Science Cart-A-Palooza ��������� At TJC Earth and Space Science Center: Spring Break Camps ��������� 2020 Census Art Contest at Tyler Public Library ��������� At Caldwell Zoo This Month: Make Your Summer Plans Now ��������� Opportunity Fair at the Career and Technology Center & LitCON

MARCH 7TH (7PM):

Cash & King in Concert MARCH 13TH (7PM):

Interactive: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

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��������� Inside the Artist’s Studio: The Dreamcatcher: Ray Sikes ��������� Van Go Art Fair in Van ��������� This Month at Tyler Museum of Art: “Lone Star Impressions II: Prints by Flatbed Press” Opens ��������� A New Name: The Plaza Gallery, Downtown Tyler ��������� On Stage This Spring: “The Mark Twain Show,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories,” “The Drowning Girls,” “Godspell,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and “9 to 5: The Musical”

MARCH 24TH (2PM):

“Gone with the Wind”

(1939) In honor of true Southern hospitality, sweet tea and lemonade will be served, the Azalea Belles too! MARCH 26TH (7PM):

Penny & Sparrow MARCH 28TH (8-10PM):

Card 53 March Show Save the Date: April 10th (8pm): Ruthie Foster April 30th (7pm): John Conlee

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TO DO You are invited to enjoy the vivid colors and sweet scents that only an East Texas Spring can provide. Make plans to take in these special Azalea and Spring Flower Trail events! The 2020 Azalea and Spring Flower Trail will be held March 20th-April 5th, 2020. This annual spring event has been described as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise. Enjoy springtime in Tyler... stroll the beautiful gardens, join one of the many community events, and visit the city’s offering of fine and performing arts. The Azalea & Spring Flower Trail travels through ten miles of residential gardens and historic home sites. The two trails have been routed to maintain an orderly traffic flow so visitors can see as many flowers as possible. Follow the specifically marked Azalea Trail signs southward to enjoy this outstanding celebration of Spring in East Texas.

(903)849-0205 or go to roselandplantation.com. Admission is $35 per person for Tea & Tour or $10 per person for tours only (reservation required for both).

March 26th-28th, April 2nd-4th (10am-5pm):

Spring into Bergfeld Center

There are special events and spring sales in the various stores throughout Bergfeld Shopping Center, located at 7th, 8th, & 9th Street in Midtown Tyler. For more info call (903)504-5557 or go to BergfeldCenter.com.

March 27th (11am-1pm):

2020 Azalea & Spring Flower Trail

March 20th-21st, 27th-28th, April 3rd-4th (10am-4pm):

The Bonner-WhitakerMcClendon House Tours

This historical home was built-in 1878. The McClendons had 9 children. The youngest was Sarah McClendon, noted Washington, D.C. news journalist, whose career spanned the terms of 12 presidents. Admission is $7 per person. The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House is located at 806 W. Houston St. For more info call (903)592-3533 or go to McClendonHouse.net.

March 20th-22nd, 27th-29th, April 3rd-5th (10am-5pm):

McC Rider’s Shuttle Service

Let someone else do the driving through the Azalea Trails in an open-air touring shuttle. Tours will depart from Broadway and Dobbs St. Tickets are $10 per person; children 5 and under are free. The shuttle leaves every hour. For more info call (903)330-8262 or go to VisitTyler.com.

March 20thApril 5th (Daily 8am to sunset):

Tyler State Park Dogwood Days Driving and Walking Tour Take a self-guided vehicle tour or enjoy one of the many trails at Tyler State Park to see beautiful blooming dogwoods and other

Spring flowers. Saturdays, you can also enjoy fun Ranger programs. Admission is $6 per person 13 and older; 12 and under are free. Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Rd. 16. For more info call (903)597-5338.

March 21st (2-6pm):

“Gone with the Wind” at Liberty Hall

Kick-off the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail with southern sweet tea and the classic Civil War epic, “Gone with the Wind,” at the historic Liberty Hall, located at 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. Some of the Azalea Belles themselves will be there, so don’t miss it! For more info call (903)595-7274 or go to libertytyler.com for tickets.

March 21st-22nd (10am-5pm):

Cotton Belt Train Show

This is a celebration of all things railroading! There will be lots to see and do for the entire family. Many clubs will be displaying their inspiring layouts. Join the vendors selling memorabilia and check out all sorts of modeling supplies for your home layout. Come for the fun at “The Largest Train Show in East Texas” and a memorable day for the entire family! This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door.

March 21st (7pm) and 22nd (3pm):

New Texas Sinfonia

First Presbyterian Church, located at 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler, has long been a hub for the fine arts in East Texas, and this season is no exception. This program features a chamber orchestra that has a wide appeal to audiences with diverse musical tastes. For more info call (903)5976317 or go to fpctyler.com. Admission is $10.

March 22nd (9am-5pm) and 23rd (11am-5pm):

Azalea Arts and Crafts Fair

Visit the annual Azalea Arts and Crafts Fair at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College St., Tyler! More than 70 booths are expected and as well as live entertainment on the stage. Kids Zone and food trucks will be available for a fee. For more information, call (903)531-1214, email DIsham@tylertexas.com, or go to TylerParksandRec.com.

March 23rd, 25th, and 27th (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2pm):

Roseland Plantation Historic Tour & Afternoon Tea

Mingling in the Garden at Goodman Museum

It’s a garden party! Enjoy refreshments while you take advantage of the beautiful atmosphere of the park. Bring your picnic blankets; there will be fun classic yard games and ambient music. Remember to bring a plant for the plant swap at 12 noon. The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler. For more info call (903)531-1286 or go to GoodmanMuseum. com. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per group.

March 27th-28th (9:30am-4pm):

Tyler Quilt Show

Enjoy shopping with vendors and viewing the beautiful quilts. This will be held at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., in Tyler. For more info call (903)747-7072 or go to QGETX.org. Admission is $8 per person.

March 27th (10am-5pm) and 28th (10am-4pm):

24th Biennial Needleart Show

This is a historic-themed four-course Afternoon Tea and Historic Plantation Tour is held at Roseland Plantation, 2591 State Hwy 64 W. (6 miles west of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport), in Tyler. For tickets or more info call

This will be a display of many types of needlework involving a threaded needle, canvas work, drawn thread, counted cross-stitch, surface embroidery, stumpwork, blackwork, beading, and more. Boutique items will be available for sale. This will be held at Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr., in Tyler. For more info call (903)531-1212 or go to TylerParksandRec.com. Admission is $3 per person.

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March 27th (7-9pm) for Tour & Garden Party (7:30-10:30pm):

Historic Tyler, Inc. Candlelight Tour & Party

Best Seafood in East Texas!

The Candlelight party features the impressively preserved The ConnallyMusselman House and is a one night opportunity to experience this piece of history. Both the exterior as well as the interior of the Connally-Musselman House holds many beautiful surprises with its eclectic architectural style. For more info call (903)5951960 or go to HistoricTyler.org. Admission for members is $100; non-members is $125; at the door, tickets are $135 per person. This will be held at The Connally-Musselman House, 700 S. Broadway Avenue in the Charnwood Residential District.

March 28th (Gates Open at 1pm, Tours start every 10 minutes with the last tour at 4:30pm):

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April 4th (6:30-9:30pm):

Rambling Roses Anniversary Dance

Enjoy a guided walking tour through Historic Oakwood Cemetery. Historians will be dressed in period clothing portraying notable Tyler and Smith County citizens buried in this beautiful old cemetery. Oakwood Cemetery is located at the corner of Oakwood and Palace in Tyler. For more info call (903)316-2201 or go to oakwoodcemeterytyler.com. Admission is $10 per person, children 12 and under free.

March 28th (7:30pm):

April 4th (1-4pm):

Enjoy Hector Berlioz’s musical masterpiece, exploring the life of a troubled artist. Symphonie Fantastique was described by Leonard Bernstein as “the first musical expedition into psychedelia.” Guest conductor for the concert is the internationally acclaimed Yoav Talmi. This will be held at UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd., in Tyler. For more info go to (903)566-7424 or go to ETSO.org. Admission is $18-$65.

Proud Positive Women Association is having a fundraiser. Tickets are $20 if you would like to participate in this event. They will have 20 gift cards from local businesses which will be placed in 20 eggs. Also, two 32-inch TVs will be given away that day, and there’s much more. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Get your tickets at events.ticketprinting.com/event/Adults-EasterEggs-Hunt-37151.

Historic Tyler on Tour

Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Visit the fresh, upscale artisans and flower market on the front lawn. Find unique pottery, gifts, and paintings. Need flowers or plants? They will have what you need, and the vendors are experienced growers. Goodman Museum is located at 624 N. Broadway, Tyler. This market is dedicated to “all things gardening for garden lovers” and will feature bedding plants, flowers, garden décor, produce, herbs, and hand-made specialty items. For more info call (903)5311214 or go to goodmanmuseum.com. Admission is free.

Rambling Roses 48th Anniversary Dance will be with the dynamic duo Tim Tyl calling and Fred Ayers cueing. Food will be served at 6:30pm, and dancing starts at 7pm. The best “tin can auction” in East Texas is right here. Try your hand at winning a super gift. Admission for dancers is a $7 donation, and spectators can watch for free. This will be held at the Tyler Senior Center, 1915 Garden Valley Rd. in Tyler. For more info call (903)566-4538 or go to ETSRDA.com.

March 28th-29th (Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm):

Live Music

The 2020 Rose City Artisans and Flower Market

Spirits of Oakwood Tours

East Texas Symphony Orchestra Concert: Symphonie Fantastique 4803 Old Bullard Rd, Ste 1, Tyler, TX 75703 (903) 581-6700 — dakotasintyler.com

April 3rd-4th (10am-4pm):

See the lovely historic architecture from the outside and inside. Tour guides will tell you the story of the homes and their unique architectural elements. Homes on tour are: • The Enmon House: 1401 Belmont Drive in the Azalea District • The Farrell House: 1308 South Donnybrook Avenue in the Azalea District • The Fisher House: 1617 McDonald Road, Bruce Goff House • The Fite-Heines House, 612 Tremont Place in the Azalea District • The Odom House: 607 West Rusk Street in the Azalea District For more info call (903)595-1960 or go to HistoricTyler.org. Admission for members is $15 and non-members is $25.

Adults Easter Eggs Hunt

The Smith County Master Gardeners Free Lecture Series:

Get Growing Season Advice From The Experts The Smith County Master Gardeners free lecture series will begin at 11:30am at Tyler Public Library’s Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. It is free to attend. Dates, topics, and speakers are: • March 20th: “Changes to Birdlife in Texas” by Cliff Shackleford, Texas Parks & Wildlife ornithologist • April 17th: “Blooms” by Andi Rathbone, Smith County Master Gardener • May 15th: “Pollinators and Herbs” presented by Elizabeth Waldrop, Smith County Master Gardener For more information, visit the Smith County Master Gardener Facebook page or call (903)590-2980.


The 2020 Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival Returns to Downtown Tyler

At True Vine Brewing This Month:

Celebrate 6 Years of Brewing True Vine now has two locations! The original True Vine Brewing, complete with onsite brewery, is located at 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler. The new location is Downtown Tyler! True Vine On The Square is now open for business bringing their “love of craft beer and community to the downtown area.” Downtown, they are not stopping with just beer - in addition to having all of your favorite beers on tap, True Vine On The Square will also carry an extensive selection of red and white wines.

May 2nd, the 7th annual Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival presented by Hyundai of Longview will be held in Downtown Tyler, and with it comes the best of barbecue in Texas and top of the line music all day. The Red Dirt Rock on at True Vine’s BBQ & Music Festival has proven to be one 6th Year Celebration! of the most premier and Raise your glass - Tyler’s first craft brewery is unique music and food expeturning 6! “It’s almost unbelievable that our little riences in Texas. The festival takes place on the brewery has been rocking on for six years. We are brick streets of the Downtown Square in Tyler honored by all the support we’ve had from you every May, with the 2020 edition featuring at least 30 of the most celebrated barbecue restaurants in Texas. Music happens for nearly 12 hours on two stages, with the main stage highlighting the biggest names in Texas and Red Dirt Music. This year’s festival will also feature the state’s most celebrated barbecue restaurants providing samples of their smoked meats to attendees. Barbecue joints from as close as Tyler and as far as Amarillo converge on the Rose City to showcase their smoked meats to thousands of barbecue enthusiasts, while thousands more pour onto the brick streets for the concert. Performances this year feature Parker McCollum (10pm), Josh Abbott Band (8:15pm), Jason Boland & The Stragglers (6:45pm), Charley Crockett (5:15pm), and Chris Colston (3:45pm). “Top to bottom, I don’t think there’s ever been a Red Dirt lineup we’ve been more excited about. Having these names join our incredible barbecue joints was a huge honor for our festival,” Red Dirt promoter Chase Colston said. “We’re can’t wait to get back on the brick streets for another great Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival.” The festival is sold out. Watch reddirtbbqfest.com in case any more tickets are released. The Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival is presented by 101.5 KNUE, East Texas’ No. 1 country music station, “Radio Texas, LIVE! With Check the facts...we mean weekly schedules (plus a few clues, too) Buddy Logan,” and Hyundai of Longview.

guys and we want to celebrate this milestone with you,” said owners Ryan and Traci Dixon. Join the fun Saturday, March 28th at 5pm for a night of partying and rocking. This year, there is free entry with the option to purchase a specialty glass. All beers are available for purchase as normal or you can purchase a tasting card and glass. $20 will get you an 8 oz. glass to keep and six 8 oz. samples to put in that glass. One card/glass per person. Once your card runs out of samples, you can continue purchasing half-pours or full pours. And of course, there will be lots of singing and dancing. All the way from San Antonio, Texas, Howl At The Moon dueling piano bar band will be taking the stage for a night of music requests and all your favorite songs. If you’ve never experienced a dueling piano show, just know you are in for an over-the-top night of fun.

Also, 90’s Grunge tribute band Nevermind will open the night starting at 5pm. Come ready to eat! Sola Bread Co. will be offering its full menu of pizza and appetizers as well as their legendary Brazilian steak and bread plates. Plus, the Sola Cafe will also be serving up original recipe sandwiches made on their delicious house-made bread. True Vine’s friends from The Porch at ETX Brewing Food Truck will be on-site as well. This free event (no tickets required for entry) will start at 5pm and rock all the way until 11pm. Grab your friends and come celebrate six years with True Vine!

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Trivia is all over Tyler these days and Dr. Factenstein is offering a good time for all ages. Trivia is free to play. Dr Factenstein is a family-appro“Funny and Fun!!! Great family time! priate trivia and entertainment company that strives to improve local businesses by providing fun and exciting events. For more info go to facebook.com/pg/ DrFactenstein or instagram.com/drfactenstein. Here is the schedule this month: • Every Monday (7-8pm): Trivia Bingo at Republic Icehouse, 3807 University Blvd., Tyler We’ll Trivia Come attoTwisted You, too! • Every Tuesday (7-8pm): Themed Trivia Nights Schools Root, 4601 S. Broadway, Tyler Fundraisers • Every Tuesday (7-8pm): Peer ReviewWeddings Trivia at DJ & Emcee Hwy., Collegiate Crust, 7428 Old Jacksonville Tyler Corporate Events Youth Groups • Every Wednesday (7-8pm): Trivia at Fuzzy’s, A/V Equipment Family-Friendly 6361 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler 903)Trivia 326-9937 • Every Wednesday (7-8pm): Night at ETX Brewing, 221 S. Broadway, Tyler • March 25th (7-8pm): Bingo Trivia at ETX Brewing, 221 S. Broadway, Tyler. This is held the last Wednesday of each month.

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Download the FREE app EGuide Tyler TX and click “Hit the Bricks” for a complete list of everything going on! Hit the Bricks March 14th:

St. Patrick’s Day Bikes and Parade

On the second Saturday of every month, people from all over converge on Downtown Tyler for Hit the Bricks. Downtown Tyler will be bursting with family fun, entertainment, music, food, history tours, art, and of course, the chance to check out a great locally-owned restaurant, bar, or retail establishment. This month will feature a Tyler annual favorite: Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour. This year, the tour will begin Downtown at ETX Brewing Co. Register before March 4th for a t-shirt. Check out their Facebook event for registration information. There will be fun activities on the Square including music by DJ Bring That Beat Back, a Kid’s Corner with activities, Irish-themed food and green beer, local retail and artist vendors, and more! The launch spot behind ETX Brewing will also have fun things to do. If you are a vendor and interested in setting up a booth on the square for free, contact MainStreet@Tylertexas.com. Events that will be going on around Downtown Tyler are: • 9am-3pm: Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour, staging will be behind ETX Brewing Co. on College St. • 10am-4pm: “Springtime at the Goodman” at Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum. Explore the grounds, see archival garden photos, and make and take seed planters. • 10-11am: Family ASL Class held at the Tyler Public Library; signup is required. • 11:15am-12:15pm: Adult ASL Class held at the Tyler Public Library; signup is required. • 10am-6pm: Tyler Vinyl Record Expo, located at 324 E. Locust (beside Ye Olde City Antique Mall), tickets are $3-$5. This is a buy, sell, or trade show featuring all things music and music-related with an emphasis on vinyl records. • 11:30am-5:30pm: East Texas Sip & Shop St. Patrick’s Day event; the adventure will begin at ETX Brewing Co., spots sell out quickly; get your tickets here: sipandshoptexas.com. • 12 noon-4pm: The Smith County Historical Society’s newest exhibit is “The Success of Smith County Texas Women.” Currently featured are six women from our past: Marietta Crowder Walker, Alliene

Gaston Coker, Willie Lee Campbell Glass, Sarah McClendon, Ann Collins Campbell (Earl Campbell’s mom), and Bess Robinson. Come learn more about this Doctor, Banking ExecuDowntownTyler tive, Educa.org tor, Reporter, Independent Rose Grower, and Deputy Sheriff. Also on display is art by local artist A.C. Gentry, Jr. and the “20th Century of Progress Exhibit.” • 6-7:30pm: Murder Mystery Dinner at Goodman Museum; the theme is “Road Trip Nightmare on Route 66;” tickets are $40 per person. • 6pm: Live Music at ETX Brewing with Ansley, no cover. All ages welcome. Pets, too outside. • 9pm-1am: Decades will be playing at Rick’s on the Square. There is a cover charge at the door.

Shopping Fun While you’re in Downtown enjoying one of these special events, be sure to check out some of the Downtown businesses. These stores offer unique items that can only be found in Downtown Tyler. • Artfix Cultured Studios offers a place to view and purchase items from a variety of local artists as well as take art classes. • Backbone Hair + Beauty, located at 235 S. Broadway, is open 9am-5pm. Get a stylish new hairdo along with experiencing a downtown jibe in this hip new hair salon. They also sell a line of cool t-shirts and hair products. • Moss: Where Flowers are Fair features local and fairly traded

fresh flowers, plantings, locally-made apothecaries, and vintage finds. • Ridiculously Good Branding and Thread Co. offers a design studio and retail store specializing in branding, print materials, and social media. Their shirts are printed inhouse using eco-friendly inks on fair trade shirts with a lot of love. • The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, located at 723 N. Broadway, offers the bargain hunter tons of gently used stuff plus a load of bargains. They feature everything from furniture to clothing and kitchen gadgets to electronics. • Ye Olde City Antique Mall, 302 E. Locust St., offers great treasures, antiques, and a world of memories.

Eat Your Heart Out Sink your teeth into one of the local Downtown eateries. These are open on Saturdays: • Andy’s Frozen Yogurt, located at 110 N. College, Ste. 103, will be open soon! • Black Pearl, located at 106 W. Erwin St., is open 4pm-12 midnight. • Culture ETX, located at 118 W. Erwin St., Tyler, is open 11am10pm. • Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 113 E. Erwin St., is open 12 noon-10pm. • El Lugar on the Square, located at 111 W. Ferguson St. • The Foundry Coffee House, located at 202 S. Broadway, is open at 7am-11pm. • Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse, located at 102 N. College Ave., is open 5-10pm. • Mi Mexico Lindo, located at 232405 W. Front St. • The Porch at ETX Brewery, located at 221 S. Broadway, is open 7:30am-12 midnight. It is pet-friendly outside on the patio. • Rhea’s Hot Links, located at 204 S. Fannin Ave., is open Saturdays 9am-5:30pm. • Rick’s on the Square, located at 104 W. Erwin St., is open 4pm1am. • SportsZone, located at 115 E. Erwin St., is open at 3pm-1am. • Strada Caffè, located at 302 E. Front St., is open 8am-10pm. • Taqueria El Lugar, located at 111 W. Ferguson, is open 10am8pm. • True Vine Brewing Downtown, Located at 110 N. College, Ste. 102 is open 11am-11pm. There are usually a few food trucks hanging around Downtown as well so there’s no excuse to leave hungry with all of the dining options because in Downtown you can have your cake and eat it too. Hit the Bricks is held rain or shine, cold or hot- there is always something to do Downtown on the second Saturday of every month. For more information go to visittyler.com/HitTheBricks, find the event on Facebook, or download the FREE app “EGuide Tyler TX.”

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At Liberty Hall This Month:

See “Gone With The Wind” On The Big Screen

Liberty Hall is located at 103 E. Erwin St., Tyler. Tickets are available online at libertytyler. com.

March 7th (7pm):

Cash & King in Concert

Stardom Entertainment is proud to present ‘Cash and King,’ a production that pays tribute to two of the biggest icons ever in the history of music, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. You will be entertained as the classic hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s come alive in this all-new rock ‘n’ roll show with award-winning performances by Bennie Wheels (Johnny Cash), Andy King (70’s Elvis Presley), and Moses Snow (50’s Elvis Presley). Shake, Rattle & Roll, a local Texas Doo-Wop Girls Group, will have you toetappin’ & singin’ and will be the back-up singers for the entertainers. Cash and the King is backed by one of the top tribute bands, Edge of Reality Band. They have backed many Elvis Tribute Artists and other Celebrity Tribute Artists around the United States for many years. “Cash and King” is a great performance for all ages, very entertaining, and the newest tribute show in the DFW area and is not to be missed! This is a public rental. Liberty Hall is not in charge of ticketing. For ticket assistance, please call (817)2511738. Tickets are available now at LibertyTyler. com and range from $20-$40. Doors open at 6pm.

before the film starts for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity in the lobby. Tickets are available now at LibertyTyler.com. General admission tickets are $7, children under four years old are $4. Doors open at 1pm and the show starts at 2pm.

March 26th (7pm):

based duo Sawyer, comprised of Kel Taylor and Emma Harvey, that can be described in no other way than “Indie Sparkle Pop.” Tickets are available now at LibertyTyler.com. Tickets are $28 and up.

March 28th (8-10pm):

53 March Show Penny & Sparrow in Concert Card Card Joy and pain walk hand in hand on “Finch,” Penny and Sparrow’s magnificent sixth album. Written during their first major break from the road in years, the record finds the band reckoning with a prolonged period of intense personal transformation, a profound awakening that altered their perceptions of masculinity, sex, religion, divorce, friendship, vanity, purpose, and perhaps most importantly, self. The resulting songs blur the lines between indie-folk and alt-pop, with dense string arrangements, soaring melodies and airtight harmonies from Andy Baxter and his longtime musical partner Kyle Jahnke. Opening the concert is the Nashville

53’s monthly show will be held March 28th at Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler. You never know what will happen at a Card 53 show! The laughs are all made up on the spot, plus there’s free beer and wine! Card 53 Comedy brings their unique style of improv “makemups” back to the stage of Liberty Hall. They are excited to create for you an experience like

no other in Tyler, made up entirely on the spot based off your suggestions. Card 53 strives each show to be what they consider “clean-ish” however due to the unpredictable nature of improv they risk embarrassing their wives, girlfriends, dogs, employers, and total strangers with their unique style of improv “makemups.” Tickets are $15 in advance and available at libertytyler.com. These shows usually sell out.

April 10th (8pm):

Ruthie Foster

See Ruthie Foster up close and personal! Foster is a three-time Grammy-nominated singersongwriter of blues and folk music. She mixes a wide palette of American song forms, from gospel and blues to jazz, folk, and soul. She has often been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin. Tickets are on sale now.

Save the Date

• April 30th (7pm): John Conlee • April 25th: Card 53 Comedy

March 13th (7pm):

Interactive: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

Liberty Hall brings you the classic comedic sendup, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” But this is no ordinary movie showing: with your ticket, they will provide a hilarious quote-along script and a pair of coconut halves so you can laugh and clip-clop your way through one of the best British comedies of all time. The fun doesn’t stop there. Be sure to brush up on your trivia because we will be giving out exclusive Liberty Hall prizes before we start the film. Tickets are available now at LibertyTyler.com. General admission $10. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm.

March 24th (2pm):

“Gone with the Wind” (1939) Liberty Hall is the best place to experience the classics, and it doesn’t get more classic than the Southern Civil War epic, “Gone with the Wind.” In 1940, Liberty Hall was the only theatre in Tyler to premiere the film, and 80 years later, it is being brought back to East Texas audiences, most of whom have never seen it on the big screen. In honor of true Southern hospitality, sweet tea and lemonade will be served, which is included with the ticket price. Liberty Hall will also host special guests the Azalea Belles, to celebrate the start of the Azalea Trail season. These lovely Southern ladies will be in full costume, swishing up and down the aisles to usher patrons to their seats. Come

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At Tyler Public Library This Month:

Spring Break Movie Week, And Much More

The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to tylerlibrary.com. For more information about programs, call (903)593-7323 or email idesk@tylertexas.com. Most of the events are free unless noted.

Weekly Storytimes

Families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to the Library weekday mornings for age-appropriate storytimes that include reading, singing and playtime. For sessions starting before the Library opens, please enter through the auditorium’s external door. See below for more program information. • Mondays at 10:30am: Leeme un Cuento (ages three to six, but all ages are welcome) • Wednesdays at 10am and 10:45am: Toddler Time (18-36 months) • Wednesdays at 9:15am: Infant Lap and Play Time (ages 0 to 18 months) • Thursdays at 10:30am: Read Aloud Crowd (preschoolers ages three to six, but all ages are welcome) • Thursday, March 5th (10:30am): A Special Dr. Seuss Story Time will be presented, geared for ages 2 to 6 years, but all ages are welcome. Storytime will feature reading, singing, and a Dr. Seuss-themed activity. • Thursdays, March 5th and 19th (11:30am): Sensory-Friendly Story Time - Presented in partnership with BlueSprig Pediatrics, this is a storytime for children of all ages on the autism spectrum, with attention deficits or other differing abilities. Story time will feature reading and sensory-friendly activities. Please note, there will be no sessions of Infant Story Time or Toddler Time on Wednesday, March 4th. Additionally, there will be no storytimes for any storytime sessions during the week of March 9th-13th. Talking Tales will not meet in March.

Book Sale

The Spring Book Sale will open Wednesday, March 11th and run through Sunday, March 15th in the Library lobby. The sale begins daily when the Library opens and will end 30 minutes before closing time. Most items are priced at $1 or less. On Sunday, they will have their Bag & Box Sale. Paper grocery bags can be filled for $4 a bag and cardboard boxes can be filled for $7 per box. There will be a large selection of children’s materials at this sale, which will be featured closest to the front doors. Items for sale include donations that do not meet the Library’s current needs as well as gently-used resources that have been withdrawn from circulation. Stock will be replenished each day of the sale, so new items may be found daily.

Tai Chi

The Library is excited to offer a new weekly health and wellness class. Tai Chi begins March 5th and will be held every Thursday at 5:30pm in the 3rd-floor Makerspace. This program is free and open to anyone interested. Occasionally, some classes will be held on the large patio outside the Library, weather permitting. Come ready to move, breathe, and find your inner balance. Tai Chi is a form of martial arts that is especially good for health and meditation. To get started, all you need to do is sign a health waiver.

Family Game Day

Thursday, March 12th at 2pm in the auditorium, families, and children are invited to a special game day featuring Nintendo SwitchTM games and board games.

Kid Buzz

Thursday, March 5th at 4pm, kids in grades Kindergarten to 4th grade can make their voices count by entering the “Every Body Counts” art contest sponsored by the League of Women Voters. This contest will help educate and raise awareness about the upcoming United States Census. All students who enter the contest will receive a book that has been gifted and funded by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. Kid Buzz attendees will be able to create a work of art to enter into the contest. All participants are eligible to win prizes.

Tweens “Every Body Counts” Art Contest

Tuesday, March 17th at 5pm in the auditorium, tweens in Grades 5th to 7th can make their voices count by entering the “Every Body Counts” art contest sponsored by the League of Women Voters. This contest will help educate and raise awareness about the upcoming United States Census. All students who enter the contest will receive a book that has been gifted and funded by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. Tween attendees will be able to create a work of art to enter into the contest. All participants are eligible to win prizes.

Parent-Child Workshops

Fridays, March 6th-April 3rd at 9am, The Parent-Child Workshop will take place. This is a five-week program series geared for children ages 0 to 3 years and their parents or caregiver. Each one-hour weekly session is a fun, play-based program that provides a rich environment of toys, books, and art activities. Families will have the opportunity to spend time together, make new friends, and talk one-on-one with a different community resource professional each week. This Parent-Child workshop will also be bilingual, featuring community resource professionals who speak both English and Spanish. Registration is required. Visit the Library’s website to register.

Spring Break Movie Week

Families and children are invited to enjoy movie matinees in the Library’s audiGreat Decisions torium during The Tyler PubSpring Break. Spelic Library in partcial afternoon feanership with the tures will be sensory-friendly. During these feaAmerican Assotures, the lights will be left on and the sound will ciation of Univerbe turned down, so families and children can sity Women and get up, move around, dance or even sing. CarLeague of Women pet-friendly snacks, blankets, and pillows are Voters are hostallowed at movies. Visit the Library’s website to ing the annual Great Decisions lecture series. view movie titles. Movie times are: The 2020 Great Decisions Lecture Series wraps • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, March 9th, up on Wednesday, March 4th at 12 noon in 10th and 12th at 10:30am the Taylor Auditorium. The topic is “Artificial • Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10th-11th Intelligence and Data” presented by Dr. Robert at 2pm, there will be a sensory-friendly showSchumaker. time, but all are welcome to attend. 10 EGuideMagazine.com • Download “EGuide Tyler TX” App for Free!

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Family Movie Matinee

Saturday, March 21st at 10:30am, families and children are invited to enjoy a movie matinee in the Library’s auditorium. Carpet-friendly snacks, blankets, and pillows are allowed. Visit the Library’s website for the movie title.

Makerspace: Popsicle Stick Car Derby

The cars have been built and the derby is ready to go! Kids who built a car in the February Makerspaces are invited on March 14th at 2pm to race! Registration for Makerspace activities is required and limited to 15 participants per class. In order to join the Derby, racers must have participated in a previous car building session and be registered for the Derby.

Nutrition Classes for Seniors

Seniors are invited to a nutrition class on March 19th at 2pm in the auditorium. This class will cover the following: benefits of good nutrition, the basics of eating for health and fitness, practical tips for making small changes that have an impact over time, resources for learning more, and focuses on nutrients that are important to older adults. Come learn some useful tips regarding nutrition on March 26th at 5:30pm in the auditorium. This class will cover the following: benefits of good nutrition, the basics of eating for health and fitness, practical tips for making small changes that have an impact over time, and resources for learning more.

Mario Kart Tournament

The second Mario Kart Tournament for adults is March 28th at 2pm in the Auditorium. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to sign-up for this event. Signup will be available starting on March 13th. Get ready to race! Kids will be allowed to enter the day of the event if space allows. All equipment is provided by the Library. This program is made possible by Friends of the Tyler Public Library.

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At Tyler State Park This Month:

Spring Is Here, So Get Out To The Park

At Tyler State Park, you can boat, fish, swim in the lake, hike, mountain bike, picnic, geocache, camp, birdwatch, and study nature. Tyler State Park is a place year-round to explore nature and experience the beauty of east Texas. Tyler State Park is located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler. All events are free with a fee paid for admission into the park. Adults are $6 daily and children 12 years and under are free. For more info go to tpwd.texas. gov/state-parks/tyler, call (903)597-5338, or email boyd.sanders@tpwd.texas.gov. Dress for the weather and check-in at the front gate for locations of classes. This month’s events are:

March 7th, April 7th

10am: Dutch Oven Cooking: History in a Black Pot - This simple black pot tells the story of America. Learn the basics of the fine art of historic camp cooking with cast iron! 2-4pm: Backcountry Hike Series - Don’t give up on that New Year’s resolution yet. Escape into the forest with a backcountry hike. You can learn about the East Texas forest and discover the health benefits of being outdoors.

March 11th & 18th: Spring Break Fun

10-11am: Knotty-time for Kids - Come learn some basic camp knots every camper needs to know. Knots have “tied” together civilizations throughout history and they are still important today. Learn knots important for camping and one that can be a lifesaver! 11am-12 noon: Kid’s Wilderness Survival Create a survival guide with hidden messages! Learn how to keep from getting lost, what to do if you are lost, and how to make a handy survival pack. 2-3pm: “Lost” in the Forest - Explore the definitions of what it means to be “lost in the forest.” Learn how to keep from getting lost, what to do if you are lost, and how not every kind of “lost” is a bad thing.

March 12th & 19th

10-11am: Critter Scene Investigations Walk Put on your nature detective’s hat and use the evidence before you to develop theories about what may have happened in your scene. 2-3pm: Home Improvement: The Beaver Pond - The rodent that changes its world! The often misunderstood rodent, the beaver, changes its environment to meet its needs.

March 13th & 20th

Why is it important to save for the future? When should you start saving for retirement? How do you develop a savings plan for your retirement? If you’ve asked yourself these questions (or others related), then you should attend this program on March 31st at 5:30pm in the Auditorium. Regions Bank will be presenting answers to all of these questions and more. Affiliation with Regions Bank is not required to attend. This is a program open to anyone.

10-11am: The Boys in Green: The Civilian Conservation Corps - Who were the CCC? Who were the Civilian Conservation Corps? What did they do at Tyler State Park? What was camp life like? Discover the answer to these questions. 2-3pm: Caddo Culture: Everyday Life and Epic Legends - Explore the Caddo Confederacy. Learn about their culture, stories, trade routes, moundbuilding, ceremonies, and agriculture.

Recurring Programs

10-11am: Zombie Apocalypse - What happens when things go wrong? Can you survive without cell phones, electricity, or transportation? Come and play this light-hearted game of survival and see if you make it through the apocalypse. 2-3pm: Historic Games: Having Fun the Old Fashioned Way - Can you come out to play? Amazingly enough, people used to play outdoors and with other people. Try out some of the games and discover they really did know how to have fun!

• Yoga: Mondays and Wednesday from 5:306:30pm in the Library Auditorium • Quilting: Tuesdays from 10am-1pm in the third-floor Makerspace • Meditation: Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm in the third-floor Makerspace • Writer’s Club: Wednesdays from 12 noon-2pm in the third-floor Makerspace • Chess Club: Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm in the third-floor Makerspace • Crochet: Saturdays from 11am-1pm in the third-floor Makerspace • Ham Radio Classes: First and third Saturdays of the month, 2-4pm • East Texas Genealogical Society Meeting: Second Saturday of the month at 2pm in the Library Auditorium • Computer Classes: First and third Fridays and fourth Saturday of the month 9-10am in the Library Computer Lab. Sign up online or by calling the Library.

March 14th & 21st

March 28th

8:15-10am: Tyler State Park Birding Tour - Let’s Go Birding! You will travel into the park to find birds, observe them in the wild, and add them to your lists. 11am-12 noon: Wildfood Walk - Learn to identify edible wild plants and how to prepare them. 2-3pm: Nature Navigation - Find your way through the outdoors without a map and compass. Read nature through subtle clues to find directions, understand weather, water, and more.


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2020 5K’s, Fun Runs & Much More

To add a walk, run, or biking event, please send to eguidemagazine@gmail.com. It is always free to list any event.

March 7th (7:30am):

7th Annual FRESH 15

The 2020 FRESH 15 is going to be bigger and better! The race starts and finishes at the flagship grocery store, FRESH by Brookshire’s, located in Tyler. The race features a 15K, 5K and a Lil’ FRESHie 1K. There will be a staggered start for easier traffic flow. All runners should line up by 7am in the corral according to the projected finish time. FRESH by Brookshire’s is located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler. Register now at bgcracing.com/fresh-15/registration/ or facebook.com/events/356951975215859/. There is always an awesome after race party!

March 14th (9am):

Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour

This year’s event will be hosted in Downtown Tyler at the ETX Brewing Co.! TBC’s event is back in the heart of Tyler and will continue to grow into the ride it was many moons ago. The tour name, Beauty and the Beast, depicts a beautiful bike ride in the rolling hills of East Texas, with the “Beast” being a hill on Old Omen Road as you leave Lake Tyler. Participants earn a medal if they can “slay the Beast” and pedal to the top of the hill. Staging will be behind the brewery on S. College. The Bicycle Tour features three routes of 26, 43 and 62 miles that will all begin at College Avenue and Erwin Street. The cyclists will make their way east of town and head toward Overton. Register at

itri365.com. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to support the Salvation Army and the maintenance of the Mountain Bike Trails at Lindsay and Faulkner Parks. For more info, call (903) 372-4511 or email lewislandman@gmail.com.

March 21st (8am):

2020 Azalea Run

Join the 37th annual Tyler Azalea Run, run along the Azalea Trails, and support a great cause! Registration includes a t-shirt and finisher medals. This is a chiptimed race with awards and a 10K finisher beer mug. Registration is available at facebook.com/ events/682650248804703/. This will be held at Bergfeld Park, 1510 College Ave., Tyler.

March 28th (6:30am-12 noon):

True Vine’s Beer Run

It’s that time again...time for the annual True Vine Beer Run - and this year, it is promised to be the biggest Beer Run ever! This year the Beer Run course will take you across Tyler as runners will start at True Vine On The Square in Downtown Tyler and make their way to the True Vine Earl Campbell location! The course this year will take you through the beautiful Azalea District, up the wooded road of Old Noonday Road, and finally to the front entrance of True Vine on Earl Campbell (about 3 miles in total). Along the way, runners will be greeted by “course stations” set up on the route by our friends from around Tyler. Course stations will be handing out things like water, beer, swag, donuts, playing hype music (there may be a drum line showing up) and other general overthe-top motivation to keep you going. This

year’s Beer Run will benefit and highlight the meaningful work that the East Texas Food Bank is doing for Tyler and the surrounding communities. To register go to eventbrite.com. You must be 21+ to participate in this year’s Beer Run. Tickets are $35. Prizes will be given for best costume, best group outfit, best dog, and last place (yes, we’re serious).

April 4th (7:30am):

9th Annual 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. They are excited to once again have El Charro on the Ridge as presenting sponsor for this 8th annual event. 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.). To register go to facebook.com/ events/2346737202205460/.

April 18th (7:30am):

The Diva Du 2020

The Diva Du 2020 will be held at Kiepersol’s Winery and Distillery, 4120 FM 344 E, Tyler. The Diva Du is East Texas’ first and only exclusively women’s event. Sprint and Olympic distances are offered, in addition to relay teams and a 5K for those who want to join the fun without a bike involved. This is a beginner’s distance run. Divas have continued to rock it out and earn the bragging rights that come from climbing East Texas hills. The Sprint duathlon will consist of a 1.5-mile run, 10-mile bike, and 1.5-mile run. The Olympic distance, 3ish mile run, 25ish mile bike, and 3ish mile run. Register at divadu.love/ bullard-texas-diva-du.

April 25th (8am):

Taco Trot 5K Presented by Southern Multifoods

It’s time to “taco” bout a 5K in Downtown Jacksonville! Join for the first-ever Taco Trot 5K, sponsored by Southern Multifoods and benefitting the American Cancer Society. Get ready for a family-friendly event where kids 12 and under can run the 5K for a reduced rate of only $15! All participants will receive a super soft shirt, finishers medal, and TACOS (duh)! Register at active.com/jacksonville-tx/.

April 25th (8am):

Tyler Rose City Miracle Run

Run for THEIR Lives! Lace up your shoes and join the community to run, walk, jog or stroll to help save local kids’ lives through Children’s Miracle Network. A chip timed 5K and Family Fun Run will take place. All registrants receive a run t-shirt. Help make miracles happen for the kids in our community. Registration price goes up March 1st. This will be held at Rose Rudman Park behind Woodcreek Athletic Club, Tyler. For more info or to register go to miraclerun5k.org.

Save the Date

• May 2nd (8am): Tyler’s The Fast & The Furriest Fun Run • May 2nd (8am): 2020 Fire 5K in Edom • May 9th (7am): More Than Pink Walk • July 4th (7:30am): Freedom Fighter 5K • September 12th-13th: Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose City Triathlon • October 10th (9am): 2020 Corkscrew Half, 10K & 5K • October 10th (8:30am): Harvest Hustle 5K

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Cowan Center Rocks the 2020 Season:

This Month at the SPCA of East Texas:

The Return Of Pints & Pups

Have A “Beautiful” Time With The Music Of Carole King

It’s springtime, and the fun continues at Cowan Center in Tyler. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cowan Center box office at (903)566-7424 or visiting in person 9am-4pm MondayFriday. You can also purchase tickets online at cowancenter. org. All events are performed in the Cowan Center located on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler, 3900 University Boulevard – FAC 1120, Tyler. More information can be found at CowanCenter.org. Upcoming productions are:

Thursday, March 26th (7:30pm):

“BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical”

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” tells the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music: she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Thursday, April 2nd (7:30pm):

“Menopause: The Musical”

“Menopause The Musical®” - COME JOIN OUR SISTERHOOD! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night

Have fun and make a difference at these fun events this month benefitting the SPCA of East Texas. The SPCA of East Texas rescues, fosters, rehabilitates, and adopts homeless pets from our community. They provide affordable spay/neuter and vaccination services at the SNIPPET Clinic. Their mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals and reduce pet overpopulation.

sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 18 years! It’s the “Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®”

Tuesday, April 14th (7:30pm):

Carly Fiorina

A true leader, Carly Fiorina is a passionate advocate for problem-solving, innovation, and effective leadership. Starting out as a secretary for a 9-person real-estate business, she eventually became the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company. Recruited to lead HP in 1999, Carly’s leadership lifted HP to become the 11th largest company in the U.S. With Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Carly co-founded the One-Woman Initiative to engage and empower women in Pakistan, Egypt, India, and the Philippines. Carly was appointed by President Bush and CIA Director Michael Hayden to serve as the Chairman of the External Advisory Board of the CIA after 9/11. In 2015, Carly launched a campaign for President, focused on empowering and engaging citizens to take back government from a political ruling class that has failed to deliver results.

Foodie Events Every Wednesday in March (5:30-7:30pm):

Different Board & Charcuteries with a Twist Workshop

If you haven’t gotten “on board” with the charcuterie trend, now is the time! Every Wednesday in March, WorkHub will offer a charcuterie class to 25 participants. This is open to the public. WorkHub is located at 7922 S. Broadway, Tyler. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance at eventbrite.com. This is presented by Azalea Catering, M6 Winery, and WorkHub.

March 2nd (5-8pm):

Lindale Rotary Club 4th Annual Wild Game Dinner

The Wild Game Dinner benefits the Lindale Rotary Club and will feature dinner, a gun raffle, and great door prizes. Tickets are available at facebook.com/events/481725755709219/.

March 18th (6:30-9pm):

St. Patrick’s Vintner’s Brewer’s Dinner & Pairing

Held at Kiepersol Winery, located at 21558A Merlot Lane, Bullard, this Vintner’s Dinner will feature an Irish-inspired pairing dinner featuring True Vine Brewing Company beers and Kiepersol Wine paired with a delicious 5-course meal. Vintner’s Dinners are fun events where you get to try

March 5th (6-8pm): Pints & Pups will be held at ETX Brewing, 221 S. Broadway, Tyler. Grab the pups for the first Pints and Pups of 2020! A portion of the proceeds from each beer sold will be donated to the SPCA of East Texas! Also, bring an item from their wish list and receive free chips & salsa. The Wish List includes puppy pads, IAMS Smart Puppy, Large Breed, & Minichunks Dog Food, Tidy Cat Clumping Cat Litter, collars and leashes of all sizes, new or used towels & blankets, dog beds, dog and cat toys and treats, and cleaning supplies such as Clorox Wipes, Paper Towels and Clorox Bleach. Pints & Pups are held March-December at ETX on the first Thursday of every month. March 24th (6-8pm): Pooches on the Patio at Fuzzy’s - Join for a fun-filled evening on the patio at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at 6361 Old Jacksonville Hwy. in Tyler. Bring your furry friend and enjoy delicious food and drinks while also helping out animals in need. Show the flyer at facebook.com/events/2648842131831727/ when ordering and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA of East Texas.

Save the Date

• April 2nd: Pints & Pups at ETX Brewing, 221 S. Broadway, Tyler • April 11th: Wings over Pegasus at Pegasus Ranch, 7111 CR 2339, Murchinson • April 28th: SPCA’s East Texas Day of Giving • May 7th: Pints & Pups at ETX Brewing, 221 S. Broadway, Tyler • October 24th: Dogtoberfest 2020 at Downtown Tyler on the Square, Tyler

Kiepersol wine and eat some of the best food from the Restaurant at Kiepersol. Each dinner event happens at a large table where you can sit with 50 other fellow wine lovers, foodies, and Kiepersol fans. This is a great social event or date night where you can talk to the Winemaker or Brewers. The menu will be Corned Beef Wellington, Lobster Fennel Salad, and Filet Mignon served with carrots, creamed corn, peas, and mashed potatoes with toasted cheddar. Tickets are $120 plus tax per person, plus 20% gratuity. Dinner will be served promptly at 7pm. You’re welcome to come early and visit the bar, which is first-come, first-served, or you can visit the Winery and Distillery at Kiepersol. For questions or concerns, please call (903)894-3300 or go to facebook.com/events/522075138665874/.

March 21st (4-7pm):

Fish Fry Fundraiser Supporting Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Dept.

This will be held at the Ben Wheeler Fire & Rescue, located on FM 279 and FM 858 in Ben Wheeler. Come out and support the Ben Wheeler Fire & Rescue at this fish fry fundraiser. It’s $5 a plate and includes fish, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, and water. To-go orders and drive-thru are available. For more info go to facebook.com/events/189811295701465/. No advance tickets are needed. This is sponsored by Door Controls USA, Inc.

April 4th (11am-7pm):

Waking of the Wines in the Vineyard

All are invited to bring a picnic blanket and foldout chairs and come enjoy a relaxing day in the vineyard with wine, spirits, food, live music, and fun. There will be food trucks, a vineyard opening ceremony, vendor shopping, wine/ spirit tasting, winery or distillery tours (1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5pm), and a ceremony and prayer for the 2020 Vintage at 3:30pm. “Whether you’re coming by to visit for a little bit or hang out all day, we want you to have a Kiepersol experience! We will have a selection of great cocktails, Kiepersol wines, as well as our ‘Vitmosas,’ Sangria, and ‘Vineritas.’” The Restaurant at Kiepersol is open Vine Day by reservation only by calling (903)894-3300. Kiepersol is located at 21558A Merlot Lane, Bullard.

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At Studio Movie Grill This Month:

Films For The Whole Family

This month at Studio Movie Grill, there is something for everyone including Anime and Classic Movies! Studio Movie Grill (SMG) is located at 8954 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. Tickets are available at the door and studiomoviegrill.com. As always, Special Needs Screenings are held at 11am. These family-friendly movies are free for children with special needs and their siblings, with adult tickets available for before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered, and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Scheduled are: • March 14th: “Onward” • April 4th: “Mulan” • April 11th: “Peter Rabbit 2” • April 25th: “Trolls World Tour”

Anime Screenings

• March 9th: “Tokyo Godfathers” (Subtitles)

Music and Concert Films

• March 10th: “Nick Mason’s: Saucerful Of Secrets” • April 28th: “Enormous: The Gorge Story”

Big Screen Classics

• April 26th-29th: “A League of Their Own” • June 14th, 17th: “Annie” • September 13th, 14th, 17th: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” • December 13th and 14th: “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 9th (6:30-8pm):

The 2020 Taste of Tyler

Eat, Drink, Local. Join the 36th Annual Taste of Tyler 2020! Grab your friends and family and enjoy food, drinks, and a live culinary competition at this citywide event that showcases the most popular food and beverage venues around town. This annual event is brought to you by the East Texas Restaurant Association and benefits East Texas culinary and hospitality students. Taste of Tyler will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. For more info go to tasteoftyler.org, or email etrachapter@gmail.com Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance and $35 at the door.

Save the Date

April 24th-25th: Arp Strawberry Festival & Street Dance - Join the Community of Arp as they bring back one of the most celebrated and loved traditions of years past! This year’s Strawberry Festival will include a variety of Quilters and Arts and Crafts vendors along with an Antique Car Show, followed by the Strawberry Street Dance at 6pm featuring the Down Home Band and Food Truck Row on Friday. Saturday, enjoy a day of shopping local vendors and boutiques at the Festival Grounds; and let the kids play and enjoy the Kid Space at the park with bounce houses, games, Kid ID booth, train rides, and more. For more info call (903)530-7490. This is free to attend. May 9th (6-10pm): Edom Art Stroll and Long Table Dinner Come out for a lovely evening in Edom, Texas! Imagine a spring evening under the stars of East Texas, strolling through artists studios and shops while sampling a variety of appetizers and wine; then winding your way back to a field to share food and wine with friends at a long community table in the heart of Edom, Texas. Add a chef-designed menu and the sophisticated sound of soft jazz from musicians Maryah McHam & Martyn Popey to complete an evening not easily forgotten. This magical night will allow 125 guests to help celebrate and support this unique community, their local arts, food and wine. Tickets are $125 each and available at eventbrite.com. More info will be at facebook.com/events/502999893922778/. This will be held at the Edom Arts Festival Grounds. Enter on FM314 and follow the drive to the Complimentary Valet.


March 4th (7:30pm):

Enjoy this Unique All-Ages Comedy and Magic with Eric Eaton

The Magic of Eric Eaton is coming to Rando’s Comedy Store, 115 W. Front St., Tyler. Eric is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and at age 15 while performing street magic was invited to attend the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. Eric has been asked to perform at two Comic Con events in Texas and has had the opportunity to perform magic for many celebrities including Carlos Mencia, Steve Byrne, Lou Ferrigno, Designer, Jay Pharoah, Emo Philips, and many more. Eric puts on a great show that earns him high praise with his unique blend of magic, charm, and comedic wit. People referred to his amazing comedic tendencies and his ability with magic to bring the perfect combination for a compelling and entertaining show. From the show’s start to the incredible finish, audience members find themselves on stage trading barbs with Eric and having the time of their lives! Be prepared to sit back and laugh at the hilarious and incredible comedy and magic of Eric Eaton or be part of the fun on stage. Tickets are available at facebook.com/ events/394551521147274/ or at eventbrite. com.

March 5th (8:30am-3:15pm):

EVOLVE Women’s Conference

Held at UT Tyler Ornelas Center, 3402 Old Omen Rd., Tyler, this conference is held in conjunction with International Women’s Day with the theme of “Connect, Learn And Grow Professionally And Personally.” Successful women are constantly evolving. They are continually growing stronger, more vibrant, and more determined to live fuller lives. The Evolve Women’s Conference brings women with a growth mindset and positive outlook together for a full day of learning, laughter, and lifting each other up. They believe in women empowering women. No matter what stage of life you are in, this conference has something for you. They offer both lifestyle and business track presentations and workshops led by inspirational women covering issues and topics related to life as a 21stcentury woman. You can check out the breakout session descriptions and select your favorites at the time of registration at facebook.com/ events/362083857741758/. Tickets are $45 and up and available at 1in3foundation.networkforgood.com/.

March 6th (7-9:30pm):

Seniors Mardi Gras Dance

Held at Tyler Senior Center, located at 1915 Garden Valley Rd., Tyler, this will be a great night of Mardi Gras fun for seniors 55 and better! Come dance the night away during our Mardi Gras Dance! Enjoy live music with Patrick Odom, refreshments, and win some door

prizes. Tickets are $5 per person. For more info go to facebook.com/events/623864574842641/ or call the Tyler Senior Center at (903)5970781.

March 13th (7-9:30pm):

Movies in the Park presented by Tyler Athletic and Swim Club

Tyler Athletic and Swim Club, located at 2767 Oak Creek Blvd., Tyler, will be hosting a free Movie in the Park monthly. Enjoy an inflatable movie theatre with surround sound on the soccer field, complimentary for all members. Bring your blankets, chairs, and snacks for this family fun-filled night. Movie to be announced soon at facebook.com/events/2418121565071941/.

March 14th (10am-12 noon):

Rain Barrel Workshop

Held at Pollard Park, 710 E. Amherst Dr., Tyler, Keep Tyler Beautiful is hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop, thanks to support from Project Rain Barrel and Southwest Beverages. Workshop participants will learn how to put together their own rainwater harvesting barrel that they can take home after the workshop. These rainwater harvesting barrels will be made to work with a gutter system. Tickets for the workshop are $20 per person. For more info or tickets go to eventbrite.com or call (903)595-7217.

March 14th-15th:

Ben Wheeler Barstool Races Every year, people gather to experience this unique race in Ben Wheeler. People build go-cart type vehicles made from barstools and race through town. Vendors, food, music, and lots of entertainment surrounds the races. Races begin at 3pm. Music starts at 11am. This event benefits the Ben Wheeler Fire & Rescue and the Edom Fire Department. There will be a kids section as well as lots of vendors and more. Ben Wheeler is located at 1589 FM 279. The races are free to attend and also a super good time! For more info go to benwheelertx.com/.

March 17th-18th (6:30pm):

“I Am Patrick” Exclusive Movie Premiere

“I Am Patrick” is a feature-length docudrama that peels back centuries of legend and myth to tell the true story of Saint Patrick. Through historical re-enactments, expert interviews, and Patrick’s own writings, experience

the journey from man to saint. In the 5th century, the Roman empire was collapsing, and barbarians threatened civilization. In Britain, a teenager named Patrick was living a comfortable life as the son of a government official. Despite being part of the Roman Catholic Church, his faith didn’t mean anything to him until he was kidnapped by pirates at the age of 16 and enslaved at the edge of the known world - Ireland. For 6 years, Patrick was forced to work as a shepherd and was driven to the brink of starvation. It was there that he turned to his Christian faith and through divine intervention managed to escape. He was reunited with his family in Britain only to have a prophetic dream calling him to take Christianity back to the land of his captivity. Against the wishes of his family and the Church, Patrick returned as a missionary bishop to Ireland and converted thousands to Christianity. He opposed slavers, Irish kings, and possibly druids but nothing compared to the hostility he faced from his fellow Christians. After a close friend exposed a dark secret of Patrick’s, it is believed he was ordered to leave his mission and return to Britain. Patrick had to choose - obey God or obey man? This will be shown at Times Square Cinema, located at 5201 S. Broadway, Tyler. Tickets are available at tylermovies.com/tickets/.

March 19th (11am-1pm):

Women in Tyler Luncheon

Over the years Women in Tyler has honored women elected officials, women who have been pioneers in their fields, women’s organizations, women in the arts, women in business, women who are building legacies, women who have inspired, and women with passion. This year, they are honoring women who turned the tables. This luncheon is where honorees are recognized and given a special certificate from the Governor. It is attended by over 300 women and men each year. This will be held at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr., Tyler. Tickets are $30 and more info is available at facebook.com/ events/334708510748410/.

March 27th-29th (times vary):

2020 Heaton Hope Open

Come join the fun at this Charity Tennis Tournament benefiting Living Alternatives, which offers hope and assistance to young women facing unplanned pregnancies. Register to play or sponsor at hopeopen.org. You can also watch the tournament from the stands in support of this wonderful cause. With Adult and Junior levels of play, including Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles, be prepared for a competitive tennis all-in-one tournament. Special

Friday night activities will be held for players and their families. For information about this amazing organization go to livingalternatives.org. In 1996, Dr. Charles Heaton combined his passion for tennis and helping people by starting the Hope Open Tennis Tournament. Since then, the Heaton Hope Open has become one of the best tennis tournaments in the state of Texas. Tennis enthusiasts from across Texas take part in the tournaments highly competitive adult and junior levels events. This well-run tournament has all the perks that tournaments provide: great food, family activities throughout the weekend, fun games, and a competitive tennis all-in-one tournament. More info is available at hopeopen.org.

March 28th (7am-1pm):

Spring Community Sale

Held at Glass Recreation Center, 501 32nd St., Tyler, this Community Wide Sale is a thrifter’s heaven! This city-wide garage sale is open to the public. Shoppers will be able to find clothes, decorative items, furniture, books, toys, and so much more. Admission is free. Vendor booths are available for $20 per booth. For more info, call (903)595-7271, email DIsham@tylertexas. com, or go to TylerParksandRec.com.

April 7th (6pm), 9th (6pm), and 11th (12:25pm):

“Jesus” Movie Premiere at Times Square Cinema

This movie was filmed in front of a live audience! Produced by Sight & Sound, this is a spectacular original production now coming to the big screen. Experience the greatest rescue story of all time as the Bible comes to life in the theater for a special Easter event. Times Square Cinema is located at 5201 S. Broadway, Tyler. Tickets are available at tylermovies.com/tickets/.

April 13thMay 1st:

Tyler Corporate Challenge

The Corporate Challenge is BACK! This event is designed to bring local businesses together to offer opportunities for networking with other professionals and to engage in friendly competition. Thirteen athletic and non-athletic events are being offered. Tyler’s Corporate Challenge strives to be inclusive to businesses of all sizes for participation in the following events: 5K Run (Men/Women), Co-Ed Basketball, Corn Hole, Darts, Dodgeball, Dominoes, Disc Golf, Horse Shoes, Co-Ed Kickball, Ping Pong, Bowling, Trivia, and Co-Ed Volleyball. Beginning with a $50 entry fee per company, each event has a small additional fee that corresponds with the type of event that companies can choose from. Registration is open to the public at TylerCorporateChallenge. com with sponsorship packages available to all companies. The registration deadline is March 21st. Registration is now open at facebook.com/ events/2634566360155406/ or call (903)5311374.

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MUSIC Living Their Best Life:

2nd Childhood By Johnny Griffith Childhood is typically a time associated with fun and laughter, and usually great memories when we think back on it. As we grow older, we don’t necessarily have bad times, in fact we still make great memories, but we typically look back on those times in childhood as some of our best memories and wish we could relive those days. Well, there is a duo from East Texas who are doing their best to make this time of their life just as fun as those childhood days. So much so that they’re even calling the band 2nd Childhood. A pairing up of Tim Letsch on drums and Scott Garrison (Scotty G) on keys, 2nd Childhood serves as a creative conduit for these two friends who were both originally from the Metroplex, but got to East Texas as fast as they could and are finding themselves on more and more stages in the area. I was able to catch up to them this month to get a little more info on 2nd Childhood. Johnny: So what do you guys do when you’re not on stage? Scotty G: Tim is the lead pastor of his own church, Crossroads Community Church of Lindale. I was a worship leader for over 23 years and just recently retired from that profession. Johnny: How did you two first meet? Scotty G: Tim preached (as a guest speaker) one night for the youth group that I was leading worship for at Christ Central Church in Lindale, Texas. I later found out he was an incredible drummer and had him sit in with me a few times when he was available. It was as if we could read each other’s minds musically! Johnny: How did you each get started in music, and give us a quick summary of your musical experience before 2nd Childhood. Scotty G: The day I was being born, February 29, 1960, my dad bought a little Les Paul Jr. guitar that looked exactly like a mini version of his Fender Melody Maker guitar. When I was four years old, he sat down and taught me the 4-5 chords that he knew. I fell in love with it! By the time I was 6 years old, I was showing my dad complex riffs that I had been teaching myself. Guitar became a huge part of me. While other kids in my neighborhood were sniffing glue and smoking pot, I was writing puppy-love songs to the girls at my elementary and Jr. high schools. I began playing organ at the age of 9, drums by 12, and was producing my own multitracks by using two cassette tape recorders side by side. I would record the drum track on one machine, then play along with that recording while adding guitar onto the other cassette recorder and repeated this process till all the instruments and vocals were laid down. The quality of the finished product was just awful, but the songs were well received. I started playing piano and singing at Tony Romas House of Ribs in Dallas, Texas in 1979. Every check I got I would spend on a new piece of musical gear. I started out using their piano and after a couple of years I had acquired two more keyboards (playing bass on one of them with my left hand), a four track tape recorder, (for when I wanted to play guitar), and a huge sound system that would easily put me in the hospital today if I tried to move

it. However, by 1985, I would be moving that stuff around to NINE gigs every week! I played gigs at six different locations and played seven nights a week and two afternoons. Tim: Well, I started singing when I was five, and in spite of several attempts by many people to get me to shut up, I am still singing (totally kidding!). I, in all seriousness, started in church at age five singing. I tried instruments when I was younger, but was always too hyper to focus. I concentrated on singing through my high school years. I even quit the football team to join choir. The coach wasn’t too happy with me. I went to a school called Southwestern Assemblies of God University (AKA SAGU) and majored in Vocal Performance. I travelled the country with a college group called the Harvesters. While I was at SAGU, I got inspired to learn the piano. It was a total God thing. I had wasted so many opportunities to learn, and I asked God if He would allow me to have one more shot. To this day, I know He birthed the desire in my heart and gave me focus to learn. So at age 17, I locked myself in a practice room and didn’t come out until I knew I could play a couple of tunes. That led to me leading worship in the dorms for a while. I took a youth pastor job in the summer of my 17th year, and eventually took a Music Director spot at a church when I turned 20. There was one Sunday when a drummer didn’t show up to play (I was about 21 years old), and the team needed a drummer, so I practiced for a while and filled in the best that I could. I got a taste for drumming and never put it down. I picked up a little guitar and bass, and started a contemporary Christian band called Fadestrange. We put out two projects, and then broke up, mainly due to people moving away. You can still find our project “Back There Again” on Spotify and iTunes. My first “professional” gig was with an oldies band called Bongo & The Point. Right around the time I left that band, I met Scotty helping him out with worship, and it was an incredible time filled with musical chemistry. Like he said, “It was like we could read each other’s minds.” We’ve been playing music with one another in some capacity ever since. We both took a dueling piano job, and wound up gigless. I play drums and sing now for a living. If you would have told me that even 10 years ago, I would have laughed in your face in disbelief. Johnny: When did the idea of you two starting a two-man wonderband first come up? Tim: I think Scotty had an offer in Lindale to play a solo gig. He asked me to join him and it went so well, we decided to pursue it further. Johnny: What was behind the decision to just go with a two musician lineup? Tim: I don’t think we ever set out to keep it a two man lineup, it just sort of happened that way. We haven’t really needed a third due to Scotty’s mad bass skills on his left hand. When the situation calls for it, we have brought in a bass player,

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but we just haven’t needed the third that often. It has been to our advantage, though. You can play for a lot less money, and fit into a lot tighter spaces than a four or five piece band can. Johnny: And the name? Whose idea was that? Scotty G: That was my idea. We’re both born again Christians with a second chance at life, but we’re also reliving our childhood by playing great old songs that we grew up with. Most of those songs bring back fond memories for people our age and a little older. I had actually formed a three piece band years earlier with the name 2nd Childhood, but when I was offered a good paying, full time position as a pianist at a dueling piano bar, I couldn’t say no. The band went one way and I went the other. Soon after that, I would realize that I had made a very poor decision and wound up with no job after a few months. But the other guys graciously brought me back into the band, now named The Tuxedo Cats which Tim and I are both proudly a part of to this day. Johnny: You guys have a pretty eclectic mix of sounds in your extensive catalog, but if you had to categorize yourselves, where would you say your wheelhouse is, sound-wise? Scotty G: I would call us a Baby Boomer Dance Band. We don’t really appeal to college age kids much. They don’t seem to relate to awesome lyrics, great chord changes, and stuff you can easily sing along to. But I guess every generation of musicians before me probably said the same thing...“These kids today!” Tim: We have just grown up with these tunes that we are playing. They are a part of us. It’s hard to pour yourself into a song when you don’t identify with it. I think that goes both ways…for the artists playing and the audience listening. If it doesn’t speak your musical language, you aren’t going to be able to understand it. That being said, there are songs that we do play that college age kids love. Artists like Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, George Ezra…but they are songs that we as performers can identify with and put ourselves into. We have nothing against the other artists, we just have preferences like everyone else does. Johnny: Are you ever trying to mix in any originals? Scotty G: I do some of my old country original stuff from time to time, but most of my original songs are contemporary Christian. I was a worship leader for so many years, I can really only write about my first love, Christ. Tim: I empathize with Scotty. The only thing that ever comes out of me when I write original tunes is Christian music. I have even tried to write love songs for my wife and I can’t. The songs just end up being a love song to Jesus. Johnny: About how many shows does the band try to play a month? Scotty G: We are the house duo every Wednesday night at Texas Music City Grill

(formally Coyote Sam’s) in Tyler and every Thursday night at Texas Music City Grill in Lindale. We also work with the Tuxedo Cats every Friday and Saturday night. On top of that, I play several solo gigs at retirement homes all over Tyler. So for 2nd Childhood, it’s a steady eight gigs per month, but I’m doing about 25-30 gigs every month. Johnny: Any challenges specific to having just two members on stage? Scotty G: We haven’t come across one yet! Tim: I mean obviously it’s difficult when someone asks for Bohemian Rhapsody with just two guys. We just can’t, and won’t, even try. We love the tune, but it just isn’t meant for a two piece band. Other than that, we haven’t found many musical mountains that we aren’t willing to climb as a two member band. Johnny: Are most of the gigs in the East Texas area or do you travel out of the area at all? Scotty G: Most of our gigs are right here in Tyler and Lindale, but if the money’s right...have keyboard and drums...will travel! Johnny: What are you most proud of, as a band, at this point into it? Scotty G: Our friendship is first and foremost. Tim: I wholeheartedly agree! Scotty G: I know if I lost both my arms and couldn’t play music anymore, Tim would duct tape a kazoo to my face and figure out a way we could still work together. Tim is a great musician, and an even better friend. Tim: We both want our friendship to show the faithfulness of the wonderful God we serve; I am most proud of that. Yes, I got my big break from my buddies in Bongo and the Point, but it was Scotty that introduced me to the boys in the Tuxedo Cats. If it wasn’t for Scotty, I don’t think I would be playing professionally. Scotty is my best friend on and off the stage. We believe in and trust one another. That is something that I am also extremely proud of. Johnny: What has been your favorite moment, on stage or off, as a duo so far? Scotty G: 7pm every Wednesday and Thursday night! That’s the time we take the stage and look out at the same die hard fans who never disappoint, plus a few new faces every week. Johnny: What is in the works for 2020? Scotty G: Tim tells me he wants to start writing again, so we may have a little something put together this year. Finding the time between gigs is my biggest challenge but you’ll never hear me complain about that. Tim: Yeah, I am getting the itch to write and record again. We definitely plan on developing the awesome relationship that we have with Tyler and surrounding areas. We love this area! We love the people! We are so excited for what the future holds, and you never know, an original project may be on the way, but until then we would love to entertain you every Wednesday at Texas Music City Grill in Tyler’ and Thursday at Texas Music City in Lindale, formerly known as Love & War at 7pm. Johnny: What experience do you hope first timers will have at one of your shows? Tim: We want everyone who comes to have a blast. We love to see smiles and laughter. We want first timers to experience good music and a friendly couple of guys that they can relate to. There are so many incredibly talented bands out there, we are just one of the many. We know people have a choice when it comes to entertainment. We want first timers to experience the appreciation we have for every person that comes to hear us, and to leave a little, or a lot happier than when they came. Check out 2nd Childhood at facebook. com/2ndChildhoodtheband/.


Second Annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute Scheduled In Ben Wheeler

At Old Firehouse in Edom This Month:

Friction Farm In Concert On March 7th

Modern-folk duo Friction Farm, will be in concert at Old Firehouse in Edom. This husband and wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay, combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. Their lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, and South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter winners. Friction Farm’s latest CD “So Many Stars,” which reached #6 on the Folk Radio Chart, was inspired by travels across the country witnessing the collision of strong political polarity with personal kindness, the intersection of fragility and breathtaking beauty.

April 4th: Adler & Hearne

Also this month, from Texas’ upper east side, award-winning singer-songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne will be in concert. They connect with audiences coast to coast. Their music is a signature blend of original folk, jazz, and blues with deep Texas roots. With more than 12 recordings and decades of touring between them, their repertoire is playful, poignant and poetic including sparky love ballads, historically based tributes, children’s music, quirky story songs, modern-day spirituals, and anthems of justice and peace. Raised by musical families and nurtured by choirs through college, the two met in Nashville, and now pay it forward together in performances from listening-room venues, festivals, and community events to churches, libraries, and schools. Lynn co-wrote the theme song for the hit PBS children’s TV series “Wishbone.” Her diverse writing background brings added experience to the duo’s workshops and presentations. Lindy sang in the famed Texas Boys Choir as a child, and for several years he and his band were Roy Clark’s backup group performing with

Roy from Las Vegas to “Hee Haw” to Carnegie Hall. How to describe Adler & Hearne’s music and vibe? Think ‘song circle’ between Johnny and June Cash, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto, and Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.

About Old Firehouse

The Old Firehouse in Edom is the only “listening room” in the area where audiences can enjoy a “coffee house” atmosphere of the ‘70s, with national and international singer/songwriters performing their own music up close and personal. Concerts feature folk genres typically described as Americana, Orchestral Folk, Traditional, and Mountain. Every performance consists of strictly original songs that are both composed and performed by the musician who has created them. Admission prices for concerts are usually $12 in advance and $15 and the door beginning at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm so the audience can enjoy coffee and desserts that are always available during the “schmooze hour.” Info, tickets, and more are at theoldfirehouse.net, info@theoldfirehouse.net, or by phone at (903)852-ART1 (2781).

The Van Zandt Arts & Cultural District Foundation presents the second annual Tribute to Townes Van Zandt from 6-8pm, Saturday, March 7th, at The Forge Bar & Grill in historic downtown Ben Wheeler. The late Townes Van Zandt is often referred to as the most influential Texas songwriter of the 20th century. Musician Steve Earle says he was “the best songwriter in the world.” Performers imbedded in Townes Van Zandt’s music will honor the legend in song swap style during the tribute event. They include Matt Harlan, Chris Edwards, Shane Rendon, Grady Lee, Nick Brumley, and Cole Allen. Other musicians are invited to bring instruments and continue the tribute in an open jam session after the show. Last year, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Van Zandt’s birthday on March 7th, his family’s record company, TVZ Records, along with Fat Possum Records, released a new album, “Sky Blue,” a collection of unreleased songs created 47 years ago. Newly released this year are other records including a double LP compilation, “The Best of Townes Van Zandt;” reworked artwork and lyric sheet and remastered 180-gram vinyl, “Townes Van Zandt: 50th Anniversary Edition;” and “Our Mother The Mountain: 50th Anniversary Edition.” A limited supply of vinyls and CDs are available at the tribute with proceeds benefiting the arts foundation. A larger variety are available online at townesvanzandt.com. The Van Zandt family - former wife and literary executor Jeanene, and children J.T., Will, and Katie Bell - continue to illuminate his songwriting process and evolution. Townes Van Zandt died January 1, 1997, at the age of 52 from cardiac arrhythmia while recovering from hip surgery. He is buried in the

Van Zandt family plot in Dido Cemetery near Fort Worth. He came from a long line of Texas nobility. His three times great grandfather, Isaac Van Zandt, was a prominent leader of the Republic of Texas and the namesake of Van Zandt County in the Upper East Side of Texas. His great-great uncle Khleber Miller Van Zandt was one of the founders of Fort Worth. Although he was born into an affluent family, he endured poverty and often sang of folks living on the edge. He was a poet and songwriter beloved by his many fans and peers. Don Williams and Emmylou Harris had hits with his song “If I Needed You.” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard reached No. 1 with their version of his song “Pancho and Lefty.” His influence on Americana music is immense and continues today. Artists who cite Van Zandt as a source of inspiration include Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, and Garth Brooks to name a few. For more information on the Tribute to Townes Van Zandt March 7th at The Forge Bar & Grill, go to theforgebenwheeler.com or call (903)833-5970. To learn more about the Van Zandt Arts & Cultural District Foundation, go to vanzandtacd.com.

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Every Tuesday:

Square Dance Lessons

Rambling Roses dance club has announced it is holding square dances 7-9pm each Tuesday in the Family Life Center at Green Acres Baptist Church, 1607 Troup Highway in Tyler. No experience or partners are needed and people of all ages can come and dance. The fee is $5,

March 5th: (7pm)

Red Not Chili Peppers Tribute Red Not Chili Peppers Tribute will be on stage at Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, 525 S. Beckham St. in Tyler. Tickets are $10 and available at stanleysfamous.com. The show starts at 7pm

March 7th (7pm-12 midnight):

“Night of Nostalgia” with CeeLo Green

Join this “Night of Nostalgia” and live concert by CeeLo Green, including appearances by Screech from “Saved by the Bell,” Deebo from the movie “Friday,” and retro video games and arcade. The former Goodie Mob member and superstar behind smash hits like “Crazy” is coming to Tyler for one wild performance. Guests will take a trip back in time with retro pop culture decor, break-dancers, special guest appearances from ‘80s and ‘90s celebrities, and vintage video games including Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega, and original upright arcade machines. But keep your quarters at home, all the games will be free to play. The VIP package also includes a meet-and-greet with CeeLo Green and other celebrity guests like Dustin Diamond (Screech from “Saved by the Bell”) and Tiny Lister Jr. (Deebo from “Friday”). Challenge them on the gaming floor, get autographs and photos, and ask questions during a oncein-a-lifetime panel conversation. Appetizers and desserts are included with your VIP ticket, and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit PATH (People Attempting To Help), which provides food and medical care for over 100,000 families in Northeast Texas. Tickets are limited in order to provide a safe and interactive experience for everyone. This will be held at Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

March 13th (8pm):

Jamey Johnson and Wade Bowen at The Oil Palace

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Jamey Johnson, born in Enterprise, Alabama, is an American country music singersongwriter. Signed to BNA Records in 2005, Johnson made his debut with his single “The Dollar,” which reached a peak of #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. An album, also titled “The Dollar,” was released in 2006. Johnson exited BNA in 2006 and signed to Mercury Nashville Records in March 2008, releasing his first single for the label that month. In addition to his own material, Johnson has co-written three singles for Trace Adkins, as well as one each for George Strait, Joe Nichols, and John Michael Montgomery. The Oil Palace is located at 10408 TX-64, Tyler. Tickets are available at oilpalace.com.

March 20th (7-9:30pm):

‘I Am They’ in Concert at Flint Baptist Church

Hosted by KVNE and Flint Baptist Church, located at 11131 FM 2868 in Flint, ‘I Am They’ will be in concert for a spring break out night. This encouraging music is great for all ages. Tickets are $10-$30 and available at eventbrite. com. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the band as well as premier seating starting at 5:30pm.

March 21st (7pm):

Blue Louie To Rock Stanley’s BBQ

Blue Louie will be on stage at Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ, 525 S. Beckham St., Tyler. Blue Louie (blōō;lōō ē;) is a Texas music experience in a house-rockin’ soul shakin’ body movin’ belly rubbin’paint peelin’ roof raisin’ joint jukin’ tin rippin’ shade of Blue. Come out for this fun night! No cover charge. Music at bluelouie.com.

March 26th (8pm):

Blacktop Mojo at Texas Music City Grill

Blacktop Mojo is a hard-driving Southern rock unit based out of Palestine, Texas. Blacktop Mojo’s fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal falls somewhere between Soundgarden, Black Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Founded in 2012 by frontman Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, the band eventually morphed into a five-piece with the additions of bass player Matt Curtis and guitarists Ryan Kiefer and Kenneth Irwin. They released their debut album, “I Am,” in 2014, followed by a heavy bout of touring that saw the group sharing the stage with a wide array of heavy hitters including Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Candlebox, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Black Stone Cherry, Shaman’s Harvest, Pop Evil, Puddle of Mudd, and Drowning Pool among others. Texas Music City Grill is located at 55 Miranda Lambert Way, Lindale. Tickets are available at outhousetickets.com/Event/13047-Blacktop_ Mojo/ and start at $15.

April 2nd (7-10pm):

Band of Heathens at Stanley’s BBQ

“Duende,” the title of The Band of Heathens’ fifth studio album (and eighth overall), marks their tenth anniversary as a group, and it certainly applies to its overall theme about the collective search for connection and communion in a technology-fueled world increasingly splintered, distracted, and lonely. As band cofounder Ed Jurdi, who first learned of the term, explains, “It’s the essence of the artist,” or as partner Gordy Quist says, “It’s a word we don’t have an equivalent for in English. Artistically, that’s where we tried to set the bar, to do what this band does best.” Stanley’s BBQ is located at 525 Beckham St., Tyler. Tickets for all ages are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of show. All tickets are general admission, standing. This will be an early show starting around 7pm.

April 23rd (8pm):

For KING & COUNTRY

Two-time Grammy award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY makes a powerful statement with their much-anticipated third album, “Burn the Ships,” an epic, sweeping musical landscape that explores themes of new beginnings, forgiveness, hope, and love. The Oil Palace is located at 10408 Hwy. 64, Tyler. For tickets call (903)566-2120.


Live Music Gig Guide

The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Bubba Westly, 7-10 Manny’s - Karaoke, 6-9 Sunday, March 1st Republic Icehouse – Live Music, 8-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Kyle Park, San Pedro’s, Chandler – Otis Naron, 6-8 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – 2nd 4-8 Childhood, 7-10 Monday, March 2nd Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Logan K. Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Strong, 7-10 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Tuesday, March 3rd 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Friday, March 6th Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Karaoke, 6-9 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Matthew The Back Porch, Kilgore – Darrin Morris, McDaniel, 7-10 9-1 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Brisket Love, Lindale – Doctor Sound, Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12 8-12 Circle M Crawfish - Karaoke, 7-10 Wednesday, March 4th Dakota’s Chophouse – Joey Greer, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Cole Allen, ETX Brewery – Clint Alford, 8-10 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Colton Mathis, Dakota’s Chophouse – Darrin Morris, 7-10 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Joe Savage, Hollytree Country Club, 6-9 7-10 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store – Luke LaPrade, 8-12 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Karaoke, Rick’s – Overdrive, 9-1 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Red Not Chili 7-10 Peppers, 8-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – 2nd ChildTexas Music City Grill, Lindale – John hood, 7-10 Baumann, 8-12 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Bobby Irwin, Yamato – Open Mic, 8-11 7-10 Thursday, March 5th Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Yamato – DJ, 9-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Matthew Saturday, March 7th McDaniel, 7-10 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Cody Cooke & Flavors Daiquiri Cafe - Karaoke, 7-10

The Bayou Outlaws, 9-1 Brisket Love, Lindale – Untold Story, 8-12 The Cannery, Lindale - Back The Blue Bash, 10-5 ETX Brewery – Rafael Espinoza, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Tribute to Townes Van Zandt, 6-10 FRESH - The Grove Slaves, 6-9 Liberty Hall - Cash & King, 7-10 M6 Winery – Eric Moseley, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store – Wesley Pruitt Band, 8-12 The Old Firehouse, Edom - Friction Farm, 6-9 Rick’s – Velcro Pygmies, 9-1 WaWa’s Seafood - Shane Andrews, 6-9 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 XLN - Luke LaPrade, 9-1 Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12

Sunday, March 8th The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm

Monday, March 9th Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12

Tuesday, March 10th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Karaoke, 6-9 Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Wednesday, March 11th The Back Porch, Kilgore – Darrin Morris, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Gary Patrick, 7-10

Flavors Daiquiri Cafe - Karaoke, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Joe Savage, 7-10 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Big Funky Cloud, 7-10 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-11

Thursday, March 12th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Tyler Dudley, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Van Darien, 7-10 Manny’s - Karaoke, 6-9 Poke In Da Eye BBQ - Relevant, 6-9 Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, 8-12 San Pedro’s, Chandler – Otis Naron, 6-8 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Cody Wayne, 8-12 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12

Friday, March 13th 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Outlaw Republic, 8-12 Big Sandy Music Hall - Floyd Void, 8-10 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 Cascades Country Club - Purple Velvet Fox, 6-9 Circle M Crawfish - Karaoke, 7-10 Dakota’s Chophouse – Patrick James, 7-10 ETX Brewery – DJ, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Eden Luman, 7-10 FRESH - Johnny & The Nightcrawlers, 6-9

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Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler Chris Knight, 8-12 Oil Palace - Jamey Johnson, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – Gary Patrick, 8-12 Rick’s – Paul Shafer, 9-1 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Lucas Jagneaux, 8-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Tom McElvain, 8-12 True Vine Brewing - DeFrance, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12

Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Lee Mathis, 7-10 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Wednesday, March 18th

The Back Porch, Kilgore – Gary Patrick, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish - Serena & Friends, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Clint Alford, 7-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Joe Savage, 7-10 Saturday, March 14th Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Big The Back Porch, Kilgore – Brick Funky Cloud, 7-10 Street Blues Band, 7-10 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Jenn Yamato – Open Mic, 8-11 Ford & The Wide Eyed Devils, Thursday, March 19th 7-10 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, ETX Brewing - Ansley, 8-10 8:30-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – The The Back Porch, Kilgore – Patrick Rightly So, 7-10 James, 7-10 FRESH - Jazz Connection, 6-9 Flavors Daiquiri Cafe - Karaoke, M6 Winery – The Canals, 3-6 7-10 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Live Music, 7-10 Melissa Ratley, 7-10 Rick’s – Decades, 9-1 Manny’s - Karaoke, 6-9 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, Shinyribs, 8-11 8-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – San Pedro’s, Chandler – Otis Blues Boys, 7-10 Naron, 6-8 True Vine Brewing - PLM Band, Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – 7-10 2nd Childhood, 7-9 WaWa’s Seafood - Wesley Pruitt Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Band, 7-10 Gary Patrick, 8-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 XLN Pool Hall - Wes Jeans, 9-1 Friday, March 20th Yamato – Karaoke, 8-12 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, Sunday, March 15th 8-12 The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Noon Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, Day, 8-12 12-2pm Circle M Crawfish - Karaoke, Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – 7-10 Josh Weathers, 4-8 Dakota’s Chophouse – Dustin Becker, 7-10 Monday, March 16th ETX Brewery – Wailin Aaron Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Jennings, 8-10 Tuesday, March 17th The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Guthrie Kennard, 7-10 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, FRESH - Rafael Espinoza, 6-9 8:30-11 Hollytree Country Club - Patrick Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Karaoke, 6-9 James, 6-9

Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Poke In Da Eye BBQ - Relevant, 6-9 Red Rooster Icehouse, Hawkins – Karaoke, 8-12 Republic Icehouse – Blakbox, 8-12 Rick’s – Tyler Dudley, 9-1 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – 6 Miles To Mixon, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Paul Shafer, 7-10 Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Yamato – DJ, 7-10

Saturday, March 21st The Back Porch, Kilgore – Ambush, 7-10 Circle M Crawfish - Jenn Ford & The Wide Eyed Devils, 7-10 Club 155 - Mike Freiley & Lava Bomb, 8-12 Dakotas Chop House – daniel Rocha, 7-10 ETX Brewing - Clint & The Cosmic Wake, 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Chad Pope, 7-10 FRESH - Matt Raker Band, 6-9 M6 Winery – Scott Behrend, 3-6 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Blue Louie, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Max Stalling, 7-10 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Riley Redding, 7-10 True Vine Brewing - CoupDeMane, RSEWRLD, Kiki, The Village and Chad X. Ali., 7-10 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 Yamato – Owen & Jopi, 7-10

Sunday, March 22nd The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 12-2pm

Monday, March 23rd Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12

Tuesday, March 24th 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, 8:30-11 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Karaoke, 6-9

Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Karaoke, 7-11 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Steve Hamende, 7-10 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

Ballenger, 7-10 FRESH - Casey Martin, 6-9 Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-10 Rick’s – Live Music, 9-1 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Cross Atlantic, 8-12 Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Wednesday, March 25th Ramoth Gilead, 8-12 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Kelsi & Where’s Rufus – Karaoke, 8-12 Reece, 7-10 Dakotas Chop House – Lee Saturday, March 28th Mathis, 7-10 Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – Lee The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Joe Mathis & The Brutally HandSavage, 7-10 some, 8-12 Stanley’s Famous BBQ – Big Dakotas Chop House – Paul Funky Cloud, 7-10 Shafer, 7-10 Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 ETX Brewing - DJ, 8-10 Yamato – Open Mic, 8-11 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – JD Thursday, March 26th Cobb, 7-10 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, M6 Winery – Johnny & Kimmy, 8:30-11 3-6 The Back Porch, Kilgore – Lee Mario’s – Live Jazz, 6-9 Mathis, 7-10 Republic Icehouse – The Flavors Daiquiri Cafe - Karaoke, Haggertys, 8-12 7-10 Rick’s – Big Daddy, 9-1 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Texas Music City Grill, Tyler – Big Gus & Swampadelic, Cross Atlantic, 7-10 7-10 Time Square Karaoke, 8-11 Liberty Hall - Penny & Sparrow, WaWa’s Seafood - Jonas 8-10 Manny’s - Karaoke, 6-9 Lorence, 7-10 Razzoo’s - Al & The Long Shots, Where’s Rufus – DJ, 9-1 7-10 XLN - Jenn Ford & The Wide Republic Icehouse – Karaoke, Eyed Devils, 9-12 8-12 Yamato – Owen & Jopi, 8-12 San Pedro’s, Chandler – Otis Sunday, March 29th Naron, 6-8 Texas Music City Grill, The Grove – Chris Oliver, 11-2 Lindale – 2nd Childhood, Lago Del Pino – Dustin Becker, 7-10 12-2pm Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Texas Music City Grill, Lindale – Blacktop Mojo unplugged, Friday, March 27th 4-7 11th Frame Club – Karaoke, 8-12 Monday, March 30th The Back Porch, Kilgore – The Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 Tuxedo Cats, 8-12 Tuesday, March 31st Brisket Love, Lindale – Live 11th Frame Club – Lynn Groom, Music, 8-12 8:30-11 Circle M Crawfish - Karaoke, Brisket Love BBQ, Lindale – 7-10 Karaoke, 6-9 Dakota’s Chophouse – Gary Summerfield’s Bar & Grille – Patrick, 7-10 Karaoke, 7-11 ETX Brewery – Owen & Jopi, Time Square - Karaoke, 9-12 8-10 The Forge, Ben Wheeler – Shelby Where’s Rufus – DJ, 8-12

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At TJC Earth and Space Science Center this Month:

Fit for Life Coloring Contest Offers Cash Prizes

All aspiring artists in grades K-12 are invited to submit their original works of art in the 2020 “Fit for Life” Youth Art Contest, sponsored by the Cooperative Teachers Credit Union. Students are encouraged to submit original artwork pieces using the theme of “Fit for Life.” The contest is open to any K-12 student that attends public, private, charter, or home school in East Texas.​There is no recommended medium upon which the artwork must be presented. Entries must be an actual tangible product that can be held and viewed by our judges. There are no minimum or maximum size dimensions. Contestants will be divided into 4 age categories based on creativity in the expression of the theme: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade through 5th Grade, 6th Grade through 8th Grade, and 9th Grade through 12th Grade.​​ Artwork that cannot be sent by postal mail can be delivered to the physical office, but you must send an email first so that you can be informed where to deliver the artwork. Delivering a student’s entry does not increase your odds of becoming a winner. ​Cash prizes will be awarded at the Fit City Tyler Celebration Event May 14th, held on the lawn of the Tyler Rose Garden, when the winners of their annual community health programs will be introduced. Attendance is free and open to all ages. Download the entry form for the 2020 Youth Art Contest at fitcitytyler.com/youth-art-contest. Last year’s winners are posted at this site as well. Remember that entries must be received by April 1st, 2020. For more information go to fitcitytyler.com.

At Discovery Science Place This Month:

Learn At The DSP Spring Break Camps Loads of fun at the Discovery Science Place, located at 308 N. Broadway Ave., Downtown Tyler. For more info go to discoveryscienceplace.org.

March 9th-13th (10am-4pm): Spring Break Camps

Register for a single day or all five! Camp fees include snacks and all camp materials. Students must bring sack lunch. Camps are divided into two age bands: K-2nd and 3rd-5th. The cost of camps is $35 per student per camp. Camps are: Monday: Take Flight - Campers will spend the day learning what makes things lift off and take to the sky. Rockets and paper helicopters will be constructed, as well as parachutes which allow creations to come back safely to the ground. Tuesday: Race for Space - Visitors to this day of camp will get to spend some time in the new Discovery Dome portable planetarium. Space explorer campers will also construct habitats and explore new worlds on their journey across space. Wednesday: Creative Construction - Guest engineers will spend the day learning what it takes to make things strong and sturdy for humans to work with and live in. Machines, buildings, and more will be created and crafted. Ziplines and giant wall marble runs may be crafted during the course of the day. Thursday: Kitchen Chemistry - A favorite for every week of camp, campers will get to make all the gooey, messy, slimy things that you are dreading making at home! Oobleck, slime, and instant snow will all be explored during this camp. Friday: Kingdoms of Life - A new camp for the DSP, Kingdoms will allow exploration of the wonderful world of life around us. Animal studies and more will happen this day, as campers explore the different areas of the world and its wonderful fauna.

March 28th (10am-2pm):

Science Cart-A-Palooza

Join us for Science Cart-A-Palooza- a day of hands-on science at the DSP. Members of the UT Tyler WIMS (Women in Math and Science) organization will be on the museum floor with hands-on science activity and demonstration carts. Fire off an Alka-Seltzer rocket, create a cloud in a bottle, see the hair-raising effects of static electricity, and more. All activities are included with normal museum admission.

Save the Date

April 18th (9am-5pm): 8th Annual Tyler Maker Faire - Tickets are on sale now at discoveryscienceplace.org. Guests get $2 off each early-bird ticket until March 18th.

TJC Science Center Offers Spring Break Camp

TJC Earth and Space Science Center featuring the Hudnall Planetarium at Tyler Junior College is located on the Tyler Junior College campus at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler. Tickets can be purchased at sciencecenter.tjc.edu. The Tyler Junior College Earth and Space Science Center will offer a Spring Break Camp 9am-12 noon Monday-Friday, March 9th-13th. Campers in grades 1 through 4 will explore the solar system and the planets as well as journey to the moon in the center’s newly updated Hudnall Planetarium. They will also discover the science behind the changing seasons and launch their own miniature rockets. “This year’s camp incorporates planetarium shows with hands-on, interactive STEM learning experiences to engage and inspire students over their spring break,” said Dr. Beau Hartweg, TJC science center director. Each day will feature a different theme: • Monday: Exploring the Planets • Tuesday: Journey to the Moon • Wednesday: Space Rocks! Comets, Meteors and Asteroids • Thursday: Weather and Seasons • Friday: Space Exploration and Rockets Cost is $30 per day per child, and Science Center members receive a 10 percent discount. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 4th. The center is also open to the public during spring break, 9:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, and 10:30am-4:30pm Saturday.

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Other Events this Month

March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd (8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm): Star Party Saturday - This is a unique opportunity for families to view the beautiful heavens of East Texas, and is completely free! Telescopes will be set up as well (weather permitting). This is held ongoing the first Saturday of each month.

At Barnes & Noble Booksellers This Month:

Unicorns, Pugs, And Alpacas At Storytime

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For the well being, stress, noise and security of our animals, we are a closed facility and are not generally open to the public. However, if you are interested in one of our tours and pricing, or if you would like to make a special request or arrangement, don’t hesitate to contact us:

Phone: (817) 992-1253 (Text often works best.) minisexoticzoo@gmail.com www.minisexoticzoo.com

B&N Booksellers is located at 4916 S. Broadway, Tyler. For more info on this and other events call (903)5343996 or go to barnesandnoble.com. March 7th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “How to Catch a Dinosaur” and “How to Catch a Unicorn” Storytime - Find dinosaurs and unicorns at storytime! You will be reading two adorable rhyming stories followed by fun activities.

March 7th (2pm): “Wings of Fire FanWing Fan Fest” - The dragons are ready to meet their destiny! Join the fun for a scavenger hunt, activities, giveaways, and more at this special celebration for the newest book in the beloved “Wings of Fire: Legends” series. March 14th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase” - Will it be Pete the Cat’s lucky day or will he learn that luck takes work in this charming book? Find out at storytime, and stay for delightful activities afterward. March 21st (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “Pig the Tourist” - What’s the best way to behave in a faraway place? Pig the Pug teaches us at storytime. March 28th (11am): Storytime and Activities featuring “Macca the Alpaca” - Teach the value of kindness with Macca the Alpaca and entertaining activities in this special storytime.

2020 Census Art Contest at Tyler Public Library

Located at FM 2493 (Old Jacksonville Hwy) The Tyler Public Library is hosting an art contest for grades Kindergarten through 12 to bring awareness to the upcoming Off Loop 49 Inside in Tyler, Texas 2020 census. Contestants are invited to submit their interpretation of artwork for the theme “Every Body Counts” to the Library Above Ground Pools by Monday, March 20th. Recessed Pools Acceptable forms of media techniques are painting, drawing, collage, print, digital illustration, and photography. However, any Water Testing artwork that depicts copyrighted images like characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books will not be accepted. Chemicals Artwork must be no bigger than 8.5” x 11” and in 2D or with Parts & Service minimal 3D effect. A first, second, and third-place prize will be awarded in four bluecoralpools2015@gmail.com age/grade categories. Every contestant will receive a free book, made possible by the Friends of the Tyler Public Library. 903.592.POOL (7665) For more info call (903)593-READ (7323) or visit TylerLiOpen Monday-Saturdays, Closed Sundays brary.com. EGuideMagazine.com • Download “EGuide Tyler TX” App for Free! 19


April 23rd (1-4pm):

At Caldwell Zoo This Month:

3rd Annual Opportunity Fair at the Career and Technology Center

Make Your Summer Plans Now

The Caldwell Zoo is located at 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tyler. For more info call (903)593-0121 or email info@ caldwellzoo.org. Caldwell Zoo is open March-Labor Day, 9am-5pm and 9am4pm September-February. Summer is such a magical time. Free days give us endless opportunities for fun and adventure. Summer is a time to fill your days with excitement and action. Summer Camps at the Caldwell Zoo are made to engage the mind and body through programs that are packed with unique experiences that teach, inspire wonder, and fill the hours with loads of fun. Zoo camps are custom-built with hands-on activities that connect kids with the wonders of nature and the awesomeness of animals. Caldwell Zoo Camps run weekly from June 1st-August 7th. Programs are available for all children from 4-13 years old. Registration opens March 2nd. Camps fill up fast. All details are at caldwellzoo.org/summer-camp/ including times, topics, dates and registration forms. Full-day camps for nonmembers is $225; Zoo members are $200. Halfdays camps (available for ages 4-6) for nonmembers is $135 and Zoo members $120. All full-day camps run Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Half-day camps are available for children 4-6 years old and run 9am-12 noon. Other events going on at the zoo are: Daily (2pm): Penguin Encounter - Birds that can’t fly? Discover all of the amazing adaptations these creatures possess. Understand life from the perspective of a penguin and get the opportunity to have a close-up encounter with one of the zoo’s penguin ambassadors. Cost is $80 per two people. Daily (10-11:45am and 1:15-3pm): Giraffe Feeding - Stop by the African Overlook for a chance to feed lettuce leaves to the giraffes. The giraffe feeding deck is open daily, weather permitting.

March 7th and 28th (1pm):

Ranch of Dreams Bus Tours

Visit the Ranch of Dreams! The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a worldrenowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas that was founded in 1979 by author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory. The sanctuary is not a zoo but is now open to the public two times per month for small, prescheduled, guided tours to respect the peace and privacy of the animals. Tours are March 7th, 28th, April 11th, 25th, May 9th and 23rd. On these tours, you can go on an inspirational journey through 1,400 acres of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch to see and hear about more than 800 domestic and exotic animals that have been saved from lives of neglect and abuse. This bus tour will take you past dynamic enclosures and rolling pasture. Your guide will share a video presentation, and you’ll learn why many of the animals needed to be rescued and came to be at the ranch. While they can’t guarantee sightings of specific residents, you may see Penelope, a pot-bellied pig found wandering down a street after being abandoned; or Midge, a male chimp previously used in medical research. Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is located at 12526 CR 3806 Murchison, TX 75778. Tickets are available at fundforanimals. org/blackbeauty or call (903)469-3811.

This year the Tyler ISD Opportunity Fair is changing their format and will be holding the Opportunity Fair in the afternoon from 1-4pm. Businesses will be able to setup that morning from 9am-12 noon and will be provided lunch from 12 noon-1pm, prior to the event. More than 60 businesses will be in attendance that students are eager to network with. Many of the students that will be in attendance already have industry-recognized certifications and will be looking for opportunities. The event will once again be co-sponsored by Workforce Solutions of East Texas. Register today at forms.gle/ LS7fLqh4z5KLvmW59.

March 2nd (6-8pm):

LitCON

The Career & Technology Center, located at 3013 Earl Campbell Pkwy., Tyler, will host the 2020 LitCON! This evening of activities and family fun will feature all campus libraries represented and author Jonathan Reynolds of “Monster Street� books. You can also visit with reps from Therapet, Tyler Public Library, and Literacy Council & Mentoring Alliance. Be sure to check out the LEGO Brick Truck! There will be free books, free food, lots of door prizes, and Fine Arts performances. This free event is open to the community. For more info go to facebook.com/ events/535299687336300/. LitCon celebrates literacy and the love of reading and writing by showcasing Tyler ISD Library Media Services and other district resources.

2020 Festivals

East Texas is a great place for all kinds of festivals: from family fun to wine festivals, rodeos, and food galas. Plan now for these future festivals. • March 7th: FRESH 15, Tyler • March 7th: Hops. Shops. Bubby: A Wine & Chocolate Festival, Tyler • March 7th: Back the Blue Bash & Concert with Mike Ryan Band, Lindale • March 14th: Ben Wheeler Barstool Races, Ben Wheeler • March 14th: Tyler Vinyl Record Expo, Tyler • March 20th-April 5th: Azalea & Spring Flower Festival, Tyler • March 28th: Tyler Quilt Show, Tyler • March 21st: Pineywoods Music & Arts Festival with Roger Creager, Crockett • March 27th: 38th Annual Tyler Quilt Show, Tyler • April 4th: Mineola Amtrak Wine Fest, Rolin’ 20’s, Mineola • April 9th: 2020 Taste of Tyler, Tyler • April 11th: VanGogh Fair, Van • April 16th-18th: Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair • April 17th-18th: East Texas Gusher Days, Gilmer • April 17th-19th: Vintage Market Days, Lindale • May 2nd: Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, Downtown Tyler • May 2nd: Challenge Air Tyler 2020 Fly in Day, Tyler • May 8th-9th: Piney Woods Wine Festival, Lindale • May 14th: Lindale Championship Rodeo • May 16th: Tyler Celtic Fest, Tyler • June 13th: Jacksonville Tomato Festival, Jacksonville • June 13th: Tyler Cattle Baron’s Gala, Tyler • June 19th-21st: Great Texas Balloon Race & Festival, Longview • June 27th: 9th Annual Lake Palestine Adaptive Aquafest, Bullard • July 4th: Fireworks at Lindsey Park, Tyler • July 17th: Great American Arts Fair, Tyler • September 25th-October 4th: East Texas State Fair, Tyler

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FINE ARTS Inside the Artist’s Studio:

The Dreamcatcher: Ray Sikes By Derrick White “My experience with art started with Ms. Bobbin. I lived in a small, poor mining town. The school did not have an art program, but in the fifth grade, a roving art teacher was employed to conduct an art class for one hour a week for each grade. I remember being quite excited by this experience. We did soap carvings from large bars of soap. I carved a rabbit. It was great,” remembers local artist Ray Sikes. While attending college, Ray Sikes became interested in theatre and scene design. At community college, Sikes took art classes because the teacher was a famous native artist. He later transferred to a university and continued to major in theatre. Afterward, Ray enrolled at Baylor University for a Master’s degree in Theatre in Scene and Lighting Design. After graduating from Baylor, Sikes started teaching set design and lighting at a community college in St. Louis, then moved to Washington D.C. and worked as an assistant to a noted sculptor. Afterward, he ended up in West Virginia where he became Managing Director for an art complex, but resigned and moved to Tyler so he and his wife, Linda, could care for her aging mother. Ray recalls, “In Tyler, I played golf almost every day for two years. I became very bored. I told Linda I wanted to start taking some art classes. I had always wanted to just draw and paint full time, though I had been painting and drawing some during all my teaching years. I signed up for a life drawing class at the University of Texas at Tyler. Then I took a sculpture class. Karen Powell, the department chair at the time, told me if I were going to keep taking classes I should just earn a degree in painting. I told her I already had two degrees why would I need another, but she convinced me. Since I already had a Bachelors’ degree, it only took me about two years to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing.” During the time Ray was taking classes at UT Tyler, he was asked to start working for the department. Ray was the gallery director for the university’s Meadows Gallery. The Meadows Gallery is located within the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler and features rotating exhibitions throughout the year. The exhibition schedule includes nationally known guest artists, the Annual International Exhibition, faculty curated shows, Master of Fine Arts degree thesis exhibitions, and an annual student juried exhibition. The Annual International Exhibition is juried by an invited guest artist, historian or critic. The current 35th Annual International Exhibition is on view through March 6th, and was juried by independent curator Leslie Moody Castro. The Meadows Gallery will feature Jessica Sanders’ M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition March 16th-20th with a reception on March 17th. Nora Schreiber’s MFA Thesis Exhibition in the Meadows Gallery will run March 30th-April 3rd with a reception on March 31st.

“After my first few painting and drawing classes at UT Tyler, I realized I wanted to explore my native heritage through art. This started me on a research exploration about native aboriginals. This research led me to see most native arts had a spiritual/social conscience content. It just was not art for art’s sake; it had a societal purpose. I ask myself how this could be portrayed through my art. I came to use native forms like shields, deer skins, beads, and feathers. Plus, after visiting the Denver Art Museum and seeing original ledger paintings, I realized that the native style of painting was very flat and did not follow the western strictures of perspective. I have tried to paint in this way; although, there are times when I forget and revert to the Western canon. It is hard to forget how one was trained.” “One of my first shields was made from rose bush stalks tied with leather and stretched over with tanned deerskin. I painted the pictures on the shield with red clay from my yard. I then realized I did not want to take the time to find and process natural dyes, so now I paint with acrylic paint on tanned leather. I tried oil paint first, but it tends to bleed into the leather surrounding the object leaving an oil stain.” “I think calmness is a gift from my art. When I am in my studio and working on some piece, I am in the ‘flow’ much of the time. There was one noted artist who said, ‘When I go into my studio all my friends are there in my mind, then after a while, it is just me, then I leave and my work of making an art piece begins.’ I start to work on a certain piece and when I look up four hours have passed on the clock and I am calm.” “Waiting so long to do what I really wanted to do - just paint! I think this happened because I listened to a very significant person in my life long ago that pushed their agenda on me and I believed them. I learned much later one needs

TYLER CIVIC THEATRE 400 Rose Park Dr., (Next to Tyler Rose Garden Center) Tyler, TX 75702 For tickets: Box Office: (903) 592-0561 or tylercivictheatre.com Box Office: Monday - Friday 10am-1pm & 2-5pm

April 11th (10am-5pm):

Van Go Art Fair, Van

to ‘follow your bliss’ and to hell with what other people say about what you want to do.” “The first one is Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a 19th-century post-impressionism painter, who recorded many details of the late-19thcentury bohemian lifestyle in Paris. Lautrec mastered many visual art forms: printmaking, drawing, painting, caricaturist, and illustrator. Because of his title and disability, he was accepted into many levels of society, but he chose mostly to paint from the lower classes. He especially liked the people of dance halls and brothels. I find his work honest and clearly stated.” “Fritz Scholder is a native 20th-century artist, who mostly paints natives. His ‘most influential works were post-modern insensibility and somewhat pop art in execution as he sought to deconstruct the mythos of the American native.’ Fritz was a Luiseno native, part of the California Mission culture. I like his work because it pushes the edge of work by natives about natives. Since a lot of my work is about natives on this continent, he gives me inspiration and insight into what I think about what I want to paint.”

The second annual Van Go Art Fair takes place in Van from 10am-5pm April 11th at Van City Park. The Van Go Art Fair is held at 300 VZCR 1527, Van. It is free to attend. The juried art show features hand-crafted jewelry, paintings, metal art, wood work, fiber art, glass, pottery, ceramics, and mixed media. A variety of talented musicians perform authentic Texas Jazz and Americana music throughout the day in the pavilion with gourmet coffee, wine, and chocolates. Ginny Mac adds to the “sidewalk cafe in Paris” ambience with her dynamic group that brings a fresh and exciting twist to vocal and instrumental music stylings. The food truck court features gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, authentic Mexican food with an island twist, grilled meats, popsicles, and more. The Van Go Costume Contest offers a $200 cash prize to the best “Dress Like a Famous Painting” competition. Another activity during the day includes a large Van Gogh painting backdrop for selfies. This is also a pet-friendly event. A Van Go Kids area has several projects for kids of all ages and the Van ISD STEAM Bus is on hand to give kids even more opportunities in their mobile maker space. A Young Artists Exhibition features local student artwork. The event is co-produced by the City of Van and the Van Zandt Arts & Cultural District Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that promotes the arts for education and tourism for Van ISD and the district communities of Edom, Van, and Ben Wheeler. It is sponsored by Door Controls USA, County Line Magazine, Austin Bank, Stanger Surveying, The Forge Bar & Grill, and Edom Art Emporium. For more info, go to vangoartfair.com, email info@VanGoArtFair.com, or call (903)3129556. Pets are welcome on a leash. Artists to be on-site are constantly updated plus more info is available at facebook.com/VanGo-Art-Fair or vangoartfair.com/the-arts/.

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And Then There Were None Little Women October 25-27 and October 31-November 3 (Auditions October1-2) November 21-24 with morning school shows November 19-20 On Stage March 20-22, 26-29,2020

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe December 6-8 and 12-16

An Encore by George & Anita Faber: A Soulful Christmas 2.0, A Vocal & Instrumental Concert One weekend only - December 20-22

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This Month at Tyler Museum of Art:

“Lone Star Impressions II: Prints by Flatbed Press” Opens

“Lone Star Impressions II: Prints by Flatbed Press”

TMA Gallery Talk

Sunday, March 1st at 2:30pm, a gallery talk will be held, presented by Katherine Brimberry, Co-Founder & Director of Flatbed Press. This gallery talk is free and open to the public, though reservations are encouraged. This program is generously sponsored by Center for Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art

The 16th Annual High School Art Exhibition March 29th-May 3rd

March 29th-May 3rd, the 16th Annual High School Art Exhibition will be on display in the North Gallery. The TMA offers dozens of aspiring artists the opportunity to show their work in a full-scale, professionally curated museum exhibition with this enduring program. Entry is open to all senior-level high school students as selected by their art instructors, with an average of 70 young artists participating each year. The showcase also includes an “Up & Coming” category for junior-level art students exhibiting their work outside the competition. Four outstanding works as selected by the jurors, including an overall “Best in Show,” will be presented with “Merit of Honor” awards during the Opening Reception and Awards

A New Name & 2020 Schedule Announced:

The Plaza Gallery, Downtown Tyler

Plaza Gallery, formally Gallery Main Street, is now located at 110 N. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. “We spent 10 years in the old space, growing and celebrating the Art scene here in Downtown Tyler. As the new chapter in our journey begins, we are thrilled about the new space and the possibilities it holds for our Art Community. With a new space and new initiatives, the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition (DTAC) has started the re-branding process. We will soon announce the new name and logo for the Gallery! We will also be releasing a new website with the capabilities to view and purchase the featured art online. The space will be open to the public starting March 5th,” said Amber Varona, Main Street Director. If you are interested in

March 6th (6-9pm):

“Art by A.C. Gentry Jr.” is on exhibit at the Smith County Historical Society Museum, 125 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. Admission is free, donations accepted. For more info call (903)592-5993 or go to smithcountyhistoricalsociety.org. Also on exhibit is the Smith County Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “The Success of Smith County Texas Women.” Currently featured are six women from Tyler’s past: Marietta Crowder Walker, Alliene Gaston Coker, Willie Lee Campbell Glass, Sarah McClendon, Ann Collins Campbell (Earl Campbell’s mom), and Bess Robinson. Come learn more about this Doctor, Banking Executive, Educator, Reporter, Independent Rose Grower, and Deputy Sheriff. Admission is free.

Join the opening reception to welcome artists Kelly Gowen, John Woodard, and Stacie Deslatte on exhibit through April 25th. This will be held at Gold Leaf Art Gallery & Frame Shop, located at 4518 S. Broadway, Tyler.

“The Success of Smith County Texas Women”

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 on most major holidays. For more info call the museum at (903)595-1001, tylermuseum.org, or email info@tylermuseum.org. Organized by the Tyler Museum of Art, “Lone Star Impressions II: Prints by Flatbed Press” highlights more than 30 fine art multiples created in a variety of techniques from over the years. The exhibition heavily focuses on artists that live in Texas or have strong ties to the region. The show features works by John Alexander, Keith Carter, Luis Jimenez, Melissa Miller, Liz Ward, and Joan Winter, among many others. Founded in Austin in 1989 by Katherine Brimberry and Mark Lesly Smith, Flatbed Press has worked with artists from all over the world. Their editions can be found in private and public collections around the world. This exhibition is a continuation in the “Lone Star Impressions” exhibition series showcasing Texas-based printmaking studios and promoting education in printmaking processes. This will be on exhibit through May 31st. There will be a Gallery and Artist Talk with Katherine Brimberry (Co-founder and Director of Flatbed Press) at 2:30pm on March 1st.

Ongoing this Month:

Monthly Tyler Museum of Art Free Events Ceremony from 2:30-4pm Sunday, March 29th at the Museum. At the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, you can meet the participating artists, enjoy light refreshments, and cast your votes for the annual Viewers’ Choice Award presented at the exhibition’s conclusion. All participating artists receive Certificates of Participation and oneyear student memberships to the TMA.

Coffee Talk at the TMA

Plan now to come by every Wednesday in April for live music at the Tyler Museum of Art. Concerts begin at 12 noon. Among the beautiful works at the Tyler Museum of Art (TMA), you can 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. Performances are: • April 1st: TJC Guitar Ensemble • April 8th: TJC Harmony & Understanding and Chamber Singers • April 15th: TJC Instrumental Chamber Ensembles • April 22nd: TJC Steel Pan Ensemble • April 29th: TJC Music Faculty

Free First Friday Tours (11am-12:30pm) will be held in connection with the current exhibitions at Tyler Museum of Art, featuring a full day of free admission plus guided tours of their spotlight exhibitions. Family Days (2-4pm) are held on the second Saturday. Free admission, interactive art projects, light snacks, and a festive atmosphere for all ages are on the menu.

March 3rd (11:30am-1pm):

Artist Lunch & Gallery Talk with Derrick White

Join this artist lunch and gallery talk with Derrick White’s collection “Somewhat Controlled Chaos-ism” at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Foundation Office, 100 E. Ferguson, Ste. 800 in Tyler. There is complimentary parking at the Regions Bank parking lot. This is free to attend.

Seeking Entries for 15th annual Life in Tyler Photography Contest

The City of Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is seeking entries for the 2020 Life in Tyler photography contest. Entries will be accepted from March 2nd-10th. Photos will be exhibited at the Rose Garden Center during the 2020 Azalea Trails, March 21st-April 5th. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for the “Best of Show” entry as well as first, second, and third place for each of the 12 categories. Registration forms are available online at TylerParksandRec. com, at the Parks and Recreation office at 2000 W. Front St., or at the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Dr. in Tyler. For more information, please call (903)531-1214 or email disham@ tylertexas.com.

submitting for the Spring or Fall Exhibits, go to facebook.com/GalleryMainStreetTyler/. The Caldwell Arts Academy exhibit will run March 5th-April 7th. Help celebrate the opening of the first exhibit in 2020 and at the new gallery! This exhibit will be showcasing local students from the Downtown Caldwell Arts Academy beginning on Thursday, March 5th, 5:30-7pm. This event will feature the opportunity to meet many of the artists and for you to be among the first to see the pieces from this new exhibit. Caldwell Arts Academy - Tyler ISD, is a K-6 public magnet school located in Downtown Tyler, with a focus on engaging students through the fine arts. The opening reception is free to attend. The 2020 schedule of exhibits are: • April 11th-June 1st: Open Themed Juried Exhibit • June 4th-July 7th: Tyler Shelton Exhibit, Opening reception June 4th, 5-7pm • July 11th-September 8th: John Deaton

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Exhibit, Opening reception July 11th, 5-7pm • September 12th-November 10th: “Secrets of the Garden” • November 14th-January 5th: Dolph Miller Exhibit, Opening reception November 14th, 5-7pm For more info go to downtowntyler.org or mainstreet@tylertexas.org.

Showcasing ETX Artist Opening Reception March 17th (6pm):

Opening Reception & Show for “Attach, Manipulate, Respond” by Jessica Sanders

“Attach Manipulate Respond” by Jessica Sanders, an exhibition in partial fulfillment of her MFA Degree, will be on view March 16th-20th, with an Opening Reception March 17th at 6pm in the Meadows Gallery on the University of Texas at Tyler campus. There will be free food and a gallery full of Sanders’ latest work. This is free to attend.

Save the Date

April 4th: “Under the Old Oak Tree” Pop Up Art Show & Texas Songwriters Collective will be held at The Forge, 1610 FM 279 in Ben Wheeler. For more info or to sign up as a vendor, go to facebook.com/events/504855360453651/. April 11th (9am-1pm): Brick Street Photo Walk - Sponsored by Callynth Photography, 117 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler, this Photo Walk will feature an opportunity to bring your cameras and follow along as you are led on an adventure through the brick streets of Downtown Tyler and through the Azalea District. Complete photo tasks, hunt for hidden treasures in nature, and win prizes. There are only 50 spots available and the cost for this event is $65 per person or $100 per couple. To register or for more info, go to facebook.com/ events/1431912746975743/. April 25th (10am-6pm): 2nd Annual HeARTS Fest Music & Art Festival - Now taking vendor applications for artists, performers and volunteers at heartsfound. org. May 1st-3rd: Funky Monkey Fest will be held in Downtown Edom! This unique and FUNky Art & Music Festival will be hosting The Texas Songwriter’s Collective in addition to various musical acts scheduled along the street in historic downtown Edom. Artists, crafters, vendors, street entertainers, demos, fair food, children’s area, and wine tastings will be featured. Plus, you can visit the shops, galleries, and studios while at the Fest! “Sounds + Sights + Savors = Sweeeeet Sensory Sensations.....and more fun than a barrel of monkeys!” For more info go to facebook.com/events/175760233766004/. If you would like to be a vendor go to form.jotform.com/90596933601159 to apply. For more info call (817)721-7778, email funkymonkeyfest@gmail.com, or go to funkymonkeyfest. com.

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On Stage This Spring

April 17th (5:30pm):

March 20th-29th (Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm):

Two-Part Play Playwriting Workshop

“The Mark Twain Show” will be presented on the Tyler Civic Theatre stage. This is an artful array of Twain’s most humorous writings, wittiest quotes, and even some of his most gripping drama. And, oh - Mark Twain’s hilarious political satire and even songs. This is an evening of Mark Twain’s best humor, wit, and drama, and is not to be confused with Hal Holbrook’s one-man show. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com.

May 1st-3rd (7pm nightly):

“The Mark Twain Show”

March 27th-29th (Friday-Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 3pm):

“Wizard of Oz”

“Wizard of Oz” will be on stage at Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, 1405 ESE Loop 323, Tyler. The Fine Arts Department will be presenting this production. Tickets will be available at the door.

April 2nd-5th (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm):

“Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories”

“Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories” will be presented on the Tyler Civic Theatre’s stage. Five of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories,” including “How the Camel Got His Hump,” “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin,” and “How the Elephant Got His Trunk,” are included here. The tales are brought vividly to life by Kipling’s young daughter, Elsie, and a group of new friends she has made during a visit with her aunt while her parents are away. The ending, which holds a surprise or two, is moving and uplifting as Elsie learns something about herself and her friends as well. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre. com.

April 15th-19th (Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm):

“The Drowning Girls”

This will be on stage at TJC’s Jean Browne Theatre. Tyler Jr. College Jean Browne Theatre is located on the TJC campus. The Theatre TJC box office opens one week prior to performances. Box office hours are 10am-6pm, weekdays only, throughout the run of performances. For more info call (903)510-2212. For production info go to tjc. edu.

This is a 2 part workshop to help from playwriting conception to production to publication. This class is taught by Michael Ward, who has been writing plays for over 25 years. He has a master’s degree in theatre specializing in playwriting from Texas A&M University in Commerce and will be getting his master of fine arts in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Idaho in May. This workshop cost is $75 and includes both sessions. This will be held at Tyler Civic Theatre, located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com.

“Godspell”

“Godspell” will be on stage at Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School, 1405 ESE Loop 323, Tyler. The Fine Arts Department will be presenting this production. Tickets will be available at the door.

May 8th-17th (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm):

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

This will be presented on the Tyler Civic Theatre Stage. Based on Truman Capote’s classic novella, this play tells the story of a young Southern-born writer, known to us only as Fred, who becomes infatuated with his Upper East Side neighbor: the beguiling, effervescent beauty Miss Holiday Golightly. As Holly pulls Fred into her world of spontaneous parties and luxury, he finds himself increasingly fascinated with this captivating woman. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For more info call (903)592-0561 or go to tylercivictheatre.com.

May 15th-24th (Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm):

“9 to 5: The Musical”

This will be presented on the Henderson Civic Theatre stage. Based on the 1980 movie of the same name, it features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and centers on the downtrodden working lives of three women, Violet, Judy, and Doralee. They all work at Consolidated Industries, which is presided over by the sexist, lecherous, and pompous Franklin Hart. The Henderson Civic Theatre is located at 122 E. Main St., Henderson. The Theatre is located on Heritage Square in Downtown Henderson, a National Register Historic District, in the original Opera House built-in 1885. For info call (903)657-2968 or hendersoncivictheatre.org.

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