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Wednesday, M arch 14, 2018

This edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal is a printed recap of our online stories from the past week. For timely updates on Lewisville happenings, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LewisvilleTexanJournal or Twitter at twitter.com/LewisvilleTexan.

New Tin M an Diner br ings L HS student ar rested pizza, ice cream to Old Town for threatening to shoot another student on campus M arch 8, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP Knopp@LewisvilleTexan.com

Update 3/9: Lewisville Police Capt. Kendall Lynn said last night that, to his knowledge, the student did not have access to a firearm. Update 3/8: Lewisville High School principal Jeffrey Kajs sent an email to

LHS parents informing them that the campus was not impacted at all by the situation and all other students went about their business as usual. He said he was grateful for LPD?s handling of the situation. LISD spokesperson Continued on P5

M ultiple char ges levied in wee hour s chase M arch 13, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP Tin Man Diner opened its doors late last month. It specializes in pizza and ice cream, as well as milkshakes. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)

M arch 14, 2018 By JAM ES NORM AN Norman@LewisvilleTexan.com

Last month, the Tin Man Diner opened in Old Town. Specializing in pizza and ice cream, the diner is looking to expand on its menu, while keeping the Old Town tradition and feel. Owner Craig Jennings said his inspiration for the restaurant came from his passion for pizza and having been in the business prior. ?Probably my two favorite things to eat in the

world are pizza and ice cream,? Jennings said. That pizza is namely specialty pizza, with names such as ?Chicken off the Rails,? ?Hawaiian on the Hook? and ?Marguerite.? Jennings said his pizza is built with quality ingredients and heavy on the toppings. ?We have fresh dough made daily and import our flower from Naples,? Jennings said. ?It?s cooked on bricks ? veggies are cut fresh daily and the cheese is prepared fresh daily.

Another main component of his restaurant he is introducing is something he called a Freak Shake. ?We haven?t rolled them out yet,? he said. ?But they?re just off?the?hook shakes.? Jennings described it as family style. They coat the inside of the rim with a cream, depending on the shake, then stick in the chosen topping, be it Oreo or Continued on P3

Elm For k r unning high M arch 14, 2018 Staff Repor t

Two weeks after record February rainfall in the DFW area, Lewisville Lake is on its way back down after

cresting just a couple inches over the 525?foot mark. As of Wednesday afternoon, it was 523.29 feet and falling, on track to reach the 522 conservation pool level by

UPDATE 3/14: Affidavits for both Sierra and Balderas say they led officers up and down Railroad Street in an attempt to shake them off. Dispatch had advised that two young men in a dark colored SUV had burglarized a white Chevy Tahoe. As the officer was responding to the initial call to the Somerset Apartments, he saw a Black Cadillac EsContinued on P5

Mike Fidencio Sierra. (Image courtesy LPD)

Jonathan Cruz Balderas. (Image courtesy LPD)

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Sunday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the Lewisville Dam, was reContinued on P4

Tan Par ker announces candidacy for house speaker M arch 8, 2018 Staff Repor t

State Rep. Tan Parker (R, Flower Mound) announced Thursday that he would run for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Parker represents District 63, which includes part of Lewisville and Flower Mound in southwestern Denton County. He has served six terms in office and ran unopposed in the Republican primary. ?I am ready to continue to serve Texas in a new leadTan Parker. (Image courtesy Tan Parker)

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Seven-year council member Fer guson r uns for four th ter m M arch 14, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP

City Council member Neil Ferguson had been looking forward to this reelection campaign. He said he knew that there was a large number of newly registered voters who didn?t know him, despite his six and a half years on council, and to get their vote, he was planning on doing something he hadn?t done in previous campaigns ? block-walking. Those ambitions were torn into on Black Friday, when an 850?pound motorcycle fell on his left leg in his garage. The vehicle pinned him down for 20 minutes as he called for help and then waited for an ambulance after finding his phone. As it was falling, the motorcycle carved an angled gash deep into his leg that he would refer to simply as ?the wound.? Ferguson said it was the worst pain he?d ever felt, and it was far from over. He was unable to get the treatment he needed immediately, and the wound would stay painful for months. He experienced staph and strep infections and might have lost the leg if he didn?t cut down his city involvement. According to his schedule, last September he attended 29 city events in the 30-day month. In January, he attended just seven. These included both council meetings that month ? Ferguson takes pride in having missed only one meeting during his tenure as council member. ?I?ve kind of been off the radar for a lot of people,? he said. ?My wife went to Christmas dinner with family, I didn?t go. There was a New Year?s Party, there were several but there was one in particular, I didn?t go.? With block?walking out of the question, Ferguson said campaign season would be difficult, but he remembered why he was in the position in the first place. Ferguson points to sev-

eral little touches in his time on City Council. He said the city?s preference toward concrete as a more expensive but longer?lasting construction material over asphalt was his preference, as were the visibility stripes and lights on the steps of the MCL Grand. His most visible contribution, however, was his work lobbying against the Camelot Landfill?s expansion in a legal battle that would last years and eventually see a state law passed to address the situation. The Farmers Branch?owned landfill, which now exists in Lewisville city limits, wanted to expand without updating the landfill to comply with newly Ferguson is quickly recognizable around town for his everpresent cowboy hats, some of which he?s owned since the ?70s. He passed city ordinances, said he picked it up from his father, who did a Western show at the State Fair every Christmas when he was growing up. which is a usual require- (Photo by Leopold Knopp) ment for new construcgoals, protecting the air local planes,? he said. ?But I don?t never spoken to outside of a tion on an old installation. residents breathed and the know how that applies to the council meeting, died of sud?The overall idea that water they drank. Protecting city.? den heart failure. Ferguson they were going to expand water, wildlife and local conFerguson initially rose to said Thornhill?s wife, Maupart of the landfill on top of prominence in Lewisville as reen, approached him at her an old landfill where the trol, even at a neighborhood level, is a theme of Fergua neighborhood organizer, husband?s funeral three days liner at the bottom was an son?s work going back to berallying the local community later and asked him to run for old?fashioned liner and alfore he was on City Council. against proposed natural gas his seat. ready had a lot of weight on Ferguson holds a Bachedrilling in the area across the ?Leading up to it, I it and was already leaking lor?s degree from the Universtreet from Memorial Park, mean, I kind of lost count of and so we put more weight sity of North Texas at Arwhich will soon be converted people saying, ?why don?t on it, it was just going to get lington with a dual major in into a nature trail in conjuncyou run for city council? You worse,? Ferguson said. psychology and computer tion with the Multiought to be on city council,?? Ferguson took the lead science. He had an eclectic Generational Center. Ferguson said. ?That was a representing Lewisville in career. He served as an execFerguson used his mandate.? the project, working directly utive for Atlantic Richfield, knowledge of the business as Ferguson said in the with State Rep. Ron Simand oil and gas company that a former oil and gas execuyears since, the best part mons (R, Carrollton) and teshas since been bought by BP, tive to take neighborhood about working in Lewisville tifying before house and senthen worked for E?Systems protests that were simply was the Lewisville 2025 ate subcommittees numerous doing government work that saying ?no? and instead have plan. He said the city has a times. required top secret security them suggest a better drilling roadmap that residents are Some nights, he said, he clearance. He also worked site ? one that wasn? t in the fully behind, and every diswould take a change of for MPSI, Inc. doing retail neighborhood? s backyard. cussion they have and every clothes to a Monday night site analysis. Publicly speaking on that item they bring up is thought City Council meeting, drive Ferguson said he would and other issues and rallying about through that lens. down to Austin afterward, realize after being on council residents behind him, Fergu?We haven?t taken 2025 check into a hotel at 2 a.m., how valuable all of his expeson was asked often if he? d and said ?when can we get to be at the capital by 8 a.m. rience was. His work with thought about City Council it,?? he said. ?We?ve taken and end up not speaking until MPSI, for example, gives himself, but said he was get2025 and said, ?how fast can 2 p.m., then drive right back him context for what retailers ting so much done as a citiwe get this done.?? to Lewisville. are looking for and how the zen he didn?t feel the need to Ferguson is running The state law he helped city can make itself more atrun. against former council mempass gave Lewisville the bartractive to them. Then David Thornhill, a ber Ronni Cade and Mary gaining power it needed to ?It?d be one thing if I, council member Ferguson Smith. The local election get a landfill expansion deal said he admired but had will be May 5. that fit within the city?s you know, repaired air-

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New eater y br ings hear t, soulfood to Old Town Continued fr om P1

Reese?s. Finally, they drizzle chocolate on top. His restaurant will serve Henry?s Homemade Ice Cream, an ice cream store based out of Plano. His menu will also expand over time to items, such as pizza with lobster topping. Jennings entered the restaurant business in southern California around 16 years ago, taking over a pizza restaurant called First Class. This one restaurant eventually turned into three. ?I had three pizza places and I had three young kids,? Jennings said. ?My kids wanted my nights and my weekends and so did the restaurant business.? Jennings either sold or shut down the three locations. At the end of November last year, he saw a for?lease sign on the unit. Within the

week he had a lease agreement with the landlord. By the end of December, he knew what he wanted to serve. He ordered equipment, and by the end of February, they were open. ?This thing has come really quick and really fast,? Jennings said. Tin Man manager Jay Lovejoy said his experience so far at the restaurant has been great and spoke highly of his boss. ?He will spend the extra money to make sure it?s a quality product,? Lovejoy said. ?It?s so rare.? Lovejoy also explained the restaurant is part of a ?pay it forward? program, where people can donate money with their bill. This allows people who are in need to have access to free slices of pizza. ?I think it?s responsible for a community,? Lovejoy said.

Since the restaurant is a few weeks old, it is still developing its menu and identity. One area Jennings was big on was it helping the identity of Old Town. ?We want to have that Old Town feel and develop and bring people down here,? Jennings said. ?It?s a destination.? To do this, Jennings has done a couple things to his decor, which includes having his wooden tables burnt on their edges to give them an old?time look. He also brought up the possibility that his restaurant might be home to a couple Lewisville apparitions, as he saw ghost tours occurring on his patio. He also commended the city on their plan and vision for Old Town, as well as how easy it was to work with them. To see directions to Tin Man and see their menu, visit their website.

Annual Funny Bunny Easter egg hunt set for M arch 24 M arch 9, 2018 Submitted Repor ts

Lewisville Parks and Recreation will hold its 31st annual Funny Bunny Festival 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 24 at Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park ballfields, 1301 S. Railroad Street. Entry to the event is free. Three different egg hunts will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with other activities including a petting zoo, carnival games and pictures with Mr. or Mrs. Funny Bunny. Food and beverages will be available for a minimal charge at the concessions pavilion.

The egg hunts are designated for children under 13. Each participant will only be allowed entrance into one egg hunt time. The egg hunt gates will close five minutes prior to start of each hunt. To ensure the safety and quality of the experience for all, there is a maximum number of participants allowed in each hunt. Strollers will not be permitted to enter the gates of the egg hunts. Only one parent per child will be allowed to accompany participants ages 2 and under. No parents will be allowed to enter gate area for other age groups. Parents can enter after hunts begin for photos.

One specialty the restaurant has is a ?Freak Shake.? (Photo courtesy of Craig Jennings)

Parents and children scramble for eggs in the annual Funny Bunny festival in March 2015. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

One week away from St. Paddy?s Texas Style M arch 9, 2018 Submitted Repor ts

We are one week away from the City of Lewisville?s St. Paddy?s Day Texas Style celebration. The event takes place 2 to 10 p.m. March 17 at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church Street, and combines Texas Independence Day and St. Patrick?s Day into one big party. This free, family-friendly event will feature an Irish dance troupe, two Irish musical acts, a Texas?country act, carnival attractions, lifesized games and plenty of food. The evening closes with the showing of the Scotland?set Disney Pixar movie

?Brave.? Students from the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance will perform at 2 p.m. The dancers perform around the state at major cultural events to promote and keep alive the art of traditional Irish dancing. Reel Treble will perform at 3 p.m. Their passion is playing Up?tempo Irish, Scottish, Old Time and Bluegrass tunes. Their friendship grew through their passion for playing up- tempo Irish tunes at local sessions, to busking, and then starting their new band Reel Treble to perform at local venues and events.

Rathmore takes the stage at 4:30. This Celtic?rock band made its Lewisville debut as part of the 2017 Rocktober concert series. The band?s contemporary take on traditional Celtic tunes is one of the many ways they create a family?friendly soundscape, combining timehonored music tradition with their original take on the genre. Two Tons of Steel, the San Antonio-based band that rocked Western Days 2016, closes out the day of music when they take the stage at 6 p.m. This band rocks a sound that blends the best of musical worlds and pushes the en-

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velope of Texas sound with a signature brand of country meets punk. Carnival attractions include inflatables for the kids, a zip line and face- painting. Life- sized games include connect four and jenga. Tikiz Shaved Ice, Sandy Sue?s BBQ, Pop?s Kettle Corn and Prohibition Chicken will be onsite for attendees to buy food. Members of the Lewisville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will be available to do fingerprint kits for children. New to this festival, and something the City of Lewisville will be doing at all its outdoor events, is a

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designated bicycle parking area. This is designed to encourage alternate transportation to events to cut down on traffic, and to help residents become more environmentally friendly. For motorists, free parking will be available at Lewisville City Hall and in the public parking lots located on Mill Street, Walters Street and Kealy Avenue. Sponsors for St. Paddy?s Texas Style are Lone Star Toyota of Lewisville, City of Lewisville, Miller Lite, Top Golf, Cavalli?s and Prohibition Chicken.


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Elm For k r unning 15 feet higher than nor mal as Cor ps releases water from L ewisville L ake Continued fr om P1

leasing a roaring 3,400 cubic feet per second through the flood gate Wednesday afternoon. They?ve been releasing water since March 2. That massive release has the Elm Fork of the Trinity running about 15 feet higher than normal. Fishermen and birds alike were gathered just below the dam taking advantage of the good fishing that the release makes. American pelicans, cormorants, gulls, ducks and herons flew, perched and swam around the river waiting to scoop up the stunned fish that were sucked through the dam?s outlet works, and floating helplessly to the surface just downstream from the churning whitewater. The increased river height has large portions of Lewisville Lake Environ-

mental Learning Area?s hiking trails and campsites flooded again. Kayaking and canoeing the river is currently prohibited. For current trail conditions, visit the LLELA website. The lake level is at its highest since July of 2016, when the lake reached about 528 feet. In 2015, the lake hit a record 537.02 feet, flowing over the seldom?used spillway on the east side of the lake. Lewisville Lake?s normal conservation pool level is 522 feet above sea level. The water at this level and below is conserved for municipal water supply and recreation, with Corps officials releasing only enough water downstream to serve water supply needs downstream, including Dallas Water Utilities, which supplies Lewisville residents. From 522 to 532 feet is the lake?s flood pool, which

serves to capture the area?s excess runoff and prevent it from going downstream and flooding Dallas and points south. After a rain event like we had at the end of February, if the water level is in the flood pool, Corps officials will begin releasing it downstream as soon as the flooding situations downstream are abated. In the past, Corps officials have explained that they like to keep the full flood pool available to capture runoff from the spring storms that are likely to come. The lake?s spillway is at 532 feet, after which water begins to run uncontrolled over a concrete ogee surface into an alternate river channel on the east side of the lake. Any water level higher than this is called surcharge. During the record floods of 2015, water was running 5 feet over the top of the spillway.

A heron was wading in the shallows along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River Wednesday in Lewisville. Hundreds of large birds crowded the area around the dam's outlet works waiting to catch fish. (Photo by Isaac Southwell)

A roaring 3,431 cubic feet of water per second roared out of Lewisville Dam's main flood gate Wednesday. (Photo by Isaac Southwell)

City to hold Home Repair Gr ants Wor kshop M arch 9, 2018 Submitted Repor t

The City of Lewisville?s Neighborhood Services staff invites residents to a free Home Repair Grants Work-

shop 6 p.m. March 29 at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. The purpose of this workshop is for Lewisville

residents to learn more about home repair resources and grant opportunities. City staff members will describe the process for applying for the Property Enhancement Pro-

gram, and will provide additional information on countywide resources. This workshop is free to attend, but attendees need to reserve their spots through

the Property Enhancement Program page on cityoflewisville.com.

Sam I vie: M onochromatic exhibit opens at M CL Gr and M arch 9, 2018 Submitted Repor t

Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater presents the Sam Ivie: Monochromatic

exhibit, opening today and running through Saturday, April 21, in the North Corridor Gallery of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles

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Street. A special opening reception will be held 7 to 9 p.m. March 10. This exhibition features the paintings and drawings of

Sam Ivie. This exhibit includes mostly monochromatic stippled drawings along with some images in color. Portraits and invented

imagery are the primary subject matter of these works on paper.

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L ocal representative vies to be Texas Speaker Continued fr om P1

ership role bringing a unified effort for the betterment of our members and this great state. I am also very proud of my record as Chair of the Texas House Republican Caucus and the trust my fellow colleagues placed in me over the past three years. During this time, we have focused upon the successes of our members while advancing the Republican principles

that have built a stronger Texas. Today, our caucus is seen as one of the most effective, conservative bodies among legislatures in the entire country. Yet, we have much more work ahead, and I am prepared to lead. Together, we will keep Texas the leading state for prosperity, liberty and opportunity,? said Parker. The position of speaker was previously held by Republican Joe Straus, who an-

nounced last year that he would not run for reelection. Parker will vie for the gavel with Phil King, who announced in September of last year, and Rep John Zerwas, who announced last November. In December, Parker announced on behalf of the Republican caucus that they had unanimously adopted a bylaws change that would allow Republicans to select an endorsed candidate by secret

ballot in caucus. Straus had been elected with the support of Democrats and moderate Republicans. ?I am proud of our caucus members working collaboratively as a body over the past four months to address this issue and I look forward to us working together during the next legislative session,? said Parker, who was chairman of the caucus at that time. In his announcement,

Parker noted that he had reached the decision after much thought, prayer, and reflection. He said he also decided to resign from the chairmanship of the caucus in order to focus on the effort. Parker must first win reelection to his seat in the house. He faces Democratic challenger Laura Haines of Flower Mound in the November election.

Student char ged with har assment after alleged threat Continued fr om P1

Amanda Brim said the police department?s investigation was ongoing. Original storyA Lewisville High School senior has been arrested for harassment after allegedly threatening to bring a gun to

campus today to kill one student and possibly others. The student, 17, was arrested today after two interviews with the Lewisville Police Department. Lewisville ISD administrators called the police around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening March 7 after re-

ceiving the alleged threat that he was going to bring a gun to school. The police interviewed him and the alleged victim that evening. Today, the student was immediately put into inschool- suspension. Officers interviewed him a second time during the school day,

after which they procured a warrant for his arrest. The student was charged with harassment and is being booked at Lewisville Municipal Jail. In Texas, 17- yearolds are treated as adults in criminal cases. Harassment is a Class B misdemeanor that carries a

fine not to exceed $2,000, confinement not to exceed 180 days, or both. The Lewisville Texan Journal will update this story online with more information as it becomes available.

Police lead up and down Railroad in high-speed chase Continued fr om P1

calade, driven by Balderas, pulling into the nearby Arbor Creek apartments. It did not pull into a parking spot, and was stopped next to a pile of pillows and blankets. The officer suspected the occupants may have been dumping items they deemed not valuable. The officer turned into the parking lot in his marked patrol car, and pulled in behind Balderas, and Balderas began to drive away. The officer found this suspicious, and followed. He activated his overhead lights to pull the Escalade over, and it came to a stop at a green light on the intersection of Corporate and Lake Point Drive, but did not pull over. When the officer approached the vehicle, it sped off down Corporate. The officer pursued with his lights and siren on and called for backup. Balderas blazed down Corporate and

north on Railroad Street at about 75 mph, eventually turning into Andes Metal Processors just south of Old Town. Balderas did a u- turn and started driving toward the officer?s car, almost hitting it, and continued down Railroad Street, now going south. As the officer continued pursuing, Balderas turned east onto SH 121 Business and then made another u-turn, heading back to Railroad Street going south. At this time, the affidavit says, the Escalade?s rear passenger tire blew out and it continued driving on three tires and one wheel, still getting as high as 70 mph. The officer observed a package, which would later be identified as 0.32 ounces of marijuana, being thrown out of the window as they crossed Corporate Drive again. The pursuit continued until Balderas crashed in the grassy area at the intersection of Hebron Drive and Rail-

road Street. After the crash, both Sierra and Balderas exited the vehicle and laid facedown in the grass, awaiting arrest. The officer searched the car and discovered a wooden ?one hitter? marijuana pipe in the front passenger door and several plastic bags commonly used to transport narcotics, some of which smelled strongly of marijuana. He also found traceable amounts of marijuana residue in the center console and front floor mats. Sierra, the passenger, admitted that the object he?d thrown out the window was a bag of weed, and said that he alone had burglarized the car at the Somerset apartments. Police discovered he had outstanding warrants from Dallas County for property theft and from Irving for possession of drug paraphernalia. Police have located the owner of the Tahoe, who said that he will press charges. The third row seat of his vehicle was removed, but he

did not claim any of the items recovered from Arbor Creek Apartments. Or iginal stor y 3/13: Marijuana was strewn across the roadside after 2 a.m. Tuesday morning as two people tried to evade Lewisville police. Mike Fidencio Sierra, 20, and Jonathan Cruz Balderas, 18, both from Dallas, were booked after 3 a.m. this morning for burglary of a vehicle and a host of other charges. Balderas was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, and Sierra was charged with tampering with physical evidence, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, theft of property between $2,500 and $30,000 and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lewisville police Captain Casey Carter said police responded at around 1:50 a.m. to the Somerset Apartments off of Corporate Drive. When they arrived, the suspects led them on a

chase down Corporate across the highway and down Railroad Street, and they would eventually run themselves off the road at the intersection with Hebron Parkway. Radio traffic indicated that the speed of the chase got as high as 75 mph. Carter said the suspects threw what police would later find to be 0.332 ounces of marijuana out of the window as they were being chased. The drug was in a large clear bag, but separated out into nine plastic bags within that bag. Sierra?s bond was set at $108,774.10 for the combined charges. Balderas? bond was set at a combined $15,000. Both have been transferred to Denton County Jail where they were still held as of Tuesday night. The Lewisville Texan Journal will follow up on this story online as more information becomes available.

Josh Gr ider Band comes to Texas Tunes stage M arch 9, 2018 Submitted Repor ts

One- time Texas Troubadour featured artist Josh Grider comes to the Texas Tunes stage in support of his latest album ?Good People?

Mar. 10, at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, as the third performer in the Texas Tunes Concert Series. That album features an impressive collection of

catchy, substantive country tunes and draws parallels between Grider and artists like Kacey Musgraves and Steve Earle. Grider delivers a performance with a smooth baritone to rival Joe Nichols and

melodic hooks that, when they hit you just right, feel timeless on first listen. Reserve seats are $20 to $30 and can be purchased online at MCLGrand.tix.com, over the

phone at 972-219-8446 or at the door during regular MCL hours.

Stand-up Comedian L aureano M arquez coming to M CL Gr and M arch 9, 2018 Submitted Repor ts

Comedian and Venezuelan Politologist of International Fame, Laureano

Mรกrquez, brings his stand-up comedy routine to Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles, on March 16 at 8:30 p.m.

Mรกrquez makes a ?retrospective introspection? of the situation of Venezuela today. Laureano tries, from our history and contradictions, to

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find reasons for hope. It is an attempt to think of us while we laugh at ourselves. Tickets are $55 per person for general admission,

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$65 per person for VIP, and can be purchased on evenbrite.com. Show content is appropriate for age 9 and older.


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Spikes, ink on paper, 2007. This is the banner image for Sam Ivie's "Monocromatic" exhibit, which will be on display in the north hallway of the MCL Grand through April 21.

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Cellini Revisited, watercolor, 2001.

Ivie moved to Denton 17 years ago after growing up in West Texas to study art. He met his wife there, and continues to work in the archives department in Willis Library and pursues art as a hobby. He said some of the work in "Monochromatic" extends back to his days as a student. This is his ninth exhibit, and first in Lewisville. Ivie said that he doesn't really have a preferred medium. His work ranges from pencil to colored pencils to paints and even photography. He said he likes to do multiple different versions of the same work in different media, building the final product in the process. As such, thought the exhibit is called "Monochromatic" and much of it is, there are striking watercolor and map pencil pieces involved as well. (Photos by Leopold Knopp) Above: A close-up of Chris C, ink on paper, 2004. Above right: Phoenix, watercolor, 2006 Right: Girl, ink on paper, 2004. At 44 by 30 inches, this is one of the largest pieces in the display.

Sam Ivie, his wive Mary Ann (right) and coworker Connor Flowers (left) at the exhibit premiere.

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