Entertainment Resource Guide Issue #16 •Jan. 6-19, 2014 Bi-Weekly
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is
NOT YOUR AVERAGE
JGL makes his return to TV, but this time he’s running the show, and it was created by you.
ALSO VERONICA R. HERNANDEZ SPEAKS A $2,000 SOUTH TEXAS IS PARANORMAL ACTIVITY IN THIS ISSUE INDIE FILM INTERVIEW SHOWDOWN SCARED TO DEATH? Bee County • Karnes County • Live Oak County • McMullen County • Nueces County
JANUARY 6-19, 2014
Do you have what it takes to be the next Teen, Miss and Mrs. Beeville 2014?
Let the search begin! Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Miss Teen Beeville, Miss Beeville and Mrs. Beeville International. All the women competing in the pageant have the honor of representing their area at the Granville
So, you think you can sing? Sure, your mom or significant other may tell you that you have a voice of an angel, but are they willing to give you $2,000 to prove it? T h e S o u t h T e x a s Singers Showdown is doing exactly that, plus weekly cash prizes. Here’s the deal. Come out every Tuesday and Thursday to Bar @ Three Rivers, 201 N. Harborth Ave. in Three Rivers, and sign up to sing some karaoke. And every time you sign up to sing on either Tuesday or Thursday, your name will be entered
Arts Center in Dallas at Texas International. “This the Texas International is the kind of system that Pageant March 14-16. rewards women for who “The Texas International they are and what they system is something that want for themselves and dads and husbands can their families.” be proud of their daughters and wives participating in,” said Rachel Hedstrom, director of
for a chance to win $100 every Thursday. That’s a chance to win $100 every week until the end of February when the contest ends. And don’t forget that you have to be present Thursday at the time of
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petition. Married women compete in interview, fitness wear and evening gown, where they are escorted by their husbands on stage. Previous pageant expeTeen and miss contesrience isn’t necessary, and tants compete in interthere is no talent or swim- view, fitness wear and suit division in this com- evening gown, as well as “fun fashion,” a category devoted to showing off their own personal style in an age-appropriate outfit of their choosing. “It’s all about celebrating women as they truly are, and showing a level of confidence as they sparkle the drawing to win. on-stage,” said Hedstrom. Doesn’t sound like Mrs. applicants must be married and between the a bad deal. But ages of 21 and 56 as of what about that July 1, 2014. $2,000? Miss applicants must be Well, the unmarried and between c o n t e s the ages of 19 and 30, and tants with teen applicants must be the most unmarried and between entries the ages of 13 and 18 as of after the July 1, 2014. entire conThe winning women test will who are selected as Miss c o m p e t e Teen Beeville, Miss for the final Beeville and Mrs. Beeville showdown and will serve as ambassadors a chance for what could eventually be well more than $2,000. All that cash just for singing a few nights a week. If only life could be that easy. The competition is hosted by Cisneros Music Entertainment, which hosts music events all over South Texas as well as local karaoke gigs. You can get more information at facebook. com/cisnerosmusic.
Miss Teen Texas International 2012 Briana Daughtry from the Beeville area with an official title and sash. Other area titles are also available.
package valued in the thousands of dollars and the opportunity to represent Texas at the 2014 The women crowned International Pageant in will each receive a prize Florida in July.
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P. 3 Americans next? Ghosts in the hood? Or maybe they’ll go back to where the genre started and do “The Blair Witch vs. the Paranormal”.
films continue to make money they’ll keep tossing out sequels, prequels, spin-offs until they just start ripping themselves off. After the ‘disappointWho knows? ing’ opening of the “The And it may seem like Marked Ones” they might a moot point; when the just cool their jets and
The “Paranormal Activity” franchise may have finally passed away this weekend with the latest entry, “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” making significantly less at the box office than “Paranormal Activity 4.” While the highest opener of the franchise is “Paranormal Activity 3” with $52.7 million, that seemed to be the last gasp of life the series had. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” opened with about $18 million. The only problem with the series seems to be fatigue. How many times can you scare the audience with the same premise, no matter how many plot twists or jump scares you toss in the movie? And adding the Latino element in “The Mark Ones” boosted the box office a bit I’m sure, but it seemed more like a culture sucker punch than a viable attempt to entertain the ever growing Latino film market. While “The Marked Ones” is by far not a bad movie, it’s more of a “been there, seen that” type of film. What the “Paranormal Activity” franchise has done, and continues to do well, is use the found footage aspect of the films is to continue to produce low-cost, feature horror
films that are actually done well. Most people seem to think that, since it’s all hand held and shaky, it’s easy to do. How many ‘found footage’ movies have you seen since the first “Paranormal Activity”? (Or the best example, in my opinion, “ The Blair Witch Project”) The audiences seem to think that anyone can make a horror movie just because they have a camera, but that is not true. There’s a huge amount of skill in lighting and casting the seemingly ‘found’ film, and the franchise does it so well, they make it look simple. And that’s one of the many pros of the films. The only con I can seem to come up with is that they’re just beating a dead horse. I think they’ve ‘artistically’ done all they can with the franchise, and with “The Marked Ones” being more of spin-off than a sequel, I applaud their efforts. But in the end, it seemed like a straight-to-video rip off than a legitimate addition to the series— though better made than most other films in the genre. And the films have also inspired their share of spoof films, most recently “Paranormal Whacktivity”. And that’s why we’ll more than likely see
another sequel or spin-off. The films are popular. Maybe their popularity is waning, but it’s still there. And the movies are shot on the cheap, so they’re pretty much always guaranteed to make the studios some quick cash. The first “Paranormal Activity” cost $15,000 to make and ended up making upwards of $100,000,000. The sequels ended up costing anywhere from $3 million to the latest at $5 million. And in the film business, that’s pretty cheap, especially when they’re pretty much guaranteed to make their money back after one weekend. And so far, that seems to be the only motivation to keep beating the aforementioned dead horse. So, what could the studio possibly do to reinvigorate the franchise? No one seems to have a clear idea. They tossed demons at Latinos, so maybe try African-
maybe have a meeting or two to figure out how to move forward with the films or perhaps just lay the series to rest finally. I mean, it’s Hollywood. Nothing ever stays dead for long. It is a franchise about the paranormal after all.
JANUARY 6-19, 2014 challenge headon and learned a thing or two about making movies in the process. STXscene: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the movie business. Veronica Hernandez: I have always been creative, since I was a child. I am part of a legacy in film, I guess you would say. My grandfather came to the
something. So I just dove in, wrote a short script (just to see if I could do it; I still haven’t made that short), bought a camera and started creating. Now, I’ve made about 10 shorts, and four features. I’m a single mother working in my second career, doing what I love—making movies.
STX: You worked as the unit production manager on “Sanitarium” Malcolm McDowell in ‘Sanitarium’ which just got released Dec. 31 on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD. How did you yeah, I can produce. I’m to work with the Corpus pretty damn resourceful. Christi native? land that job? VH: LDP is intense. As STX: What was it like VH: One of the producwe know, he’s Filipino, er/writers/directors gave working on a film of this but we claim him as our scale? own because he has the VH: This was my first alma of the Mexicano. He time to work in an envi- really does. He believed ronment with this sort of in this film, and he gave it demand for production his all. He’s an awesome value, and I loved it. This man and actor. was the first time I got to STX: There are a few work with actors such as horror icons in this film, these. It was a wonderful most notably Freddy experience. Kruger himself, Robert STX: Everybody, Englund. How was he on of course, will always set? remember Lou Diamond VH: Robert Englund Phillips as Richie from La is a gentleman. I hope I States to play and write me the opportunity. Bamba, but he’s proven to for silent films. I retired Although I have never be such a versatile actor didn’t ruin any impresfrom Southwest Airlines, sion of the man you and the whole time feel- done the job, he believed beyond that one iconic might’ve had. ing like I was missing in me to handle it. So role. What was he like He played with the children. He was lighthearted and shared his experiences, not only acting experiences. STX: Do you have any funny or interesting production stories? VH: There are lots. What I loved the most is working with Latinos on set. We have our special way of communicating. I have to say, out of the many stories I can share, the wrap party was the best story. A toda madre, our last day, we were going to put in chingo of hours. Lou was so supportive. We shot during the night and didn’t finLou Diamond Phillips as James Silo in ‘Sanitarium’ ish until 10:52 a.m.
San Antonio indie filmmaker
Veronica R. Hernandez
Veronica R. Hernandez is a single mother who has worked in every aspect of the filmmaking process. She’s done it all. And on Dec. 31, 2013, “Sanitarium” was released on Blu-Ray, DVD and VOD. What do the two have in common? Well, “Sanitarium” was shot in San Antonio with local folks on the production team, including Hernandez who served as the unit production manager. The movie stars Malcolm McDowell, hometown favorite Lou Diamond Phillips and horror icon Robert Englund. So, it was a huge task for first-time production manager Hernandez, but she seemed to take the
Our last scene was a stunt, all of us with gloves were holding wires, everyone was going to make this scene happen. It was teamwork, and then Kerry called, “It’s a wrap!” We went crazy in the parking lot of the studio off Hwy 281. It was all bittersweet! STX: What drives you to make and be involved in film? VH: It’s in my blood. I remember the legacy. I’m a total creative person. I’m a writer, and I love to direct, and I love to produce (yes, I’m a control freak). I have a drive to tell stories that will impact people’s lives. STX: The film industry isn’t like any other industry out there. What were some hard lessons you learned along the way? VH: LMAO!!! Oh yeah... I have done three features since “Sanitarium.” It’s hard to describe. You just have to identify signs of a possible catastrophe, and if you do, run the other way. If you don’t, as a good director and producer friend has said, “Go down with the ship.” Stay away from people who don’t listen to the voice of experience and “green” people who don’t understand production value. STX: What’s the most gratifying aspect of the filmmaking profession? VH: Seeing it on the big screen and knowing you were a part of something with great production value. That you were part of the “machine” as I like to put it. Working with brilliant people.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a very busy guy. Sure, his directorial debut “Don Jon,” in which he also starred, came out earlier this year and is nominated for a Independent Spirit award for Best First Screenplay. And not to mention he’s had roles in Steven Spielberg’s “ L i n c o l n , ” Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and Rian Johnson’s “Looper.” But why just take over the big screen when you can conquer the web and TV— all in one fell swoop? In 2010, at the Sundance Film Festival, JGL launched hitRECord; a production company which uses video, music, photography, literature, performance, spoken word and basically any art medium culled together on the site from different artists around the world to make various projects such as short films, books and DVDs. Basically, it’s a huge, worldwide community of people coming together to make art. The site now hosts more than
return to TV
80,000 members and receives about 1,000 videos, songs, stories and pieces of artwork daily. “Hundreds of thousands of artists from all over the world contribute to the collaborative projects we have going on our site — hitRECord —
where I’ve been directing each piece and performing in a bunch of them too,” JGL wrote in the YouTube trailer description. Not too shabby. But of course, that’s not enough for ol’ JGL. Now, hitRECord is headed to your television screens. Coming Jan. 18, 2014, on the Pivot channel, hitRECord will launch a half-hour variety s h o w filled w i t h s h o r t films, live performances, music, cartoons and more hosted by JGL himself. “I love variety; I like performing live,” JGL said in a recent interview. “I grew up on ‘Third Rock From The Sun’ performing live for big laughs ... Let’s just do a whole bunch of really fun s***.” Each episode will have one main theme that all the medium will revolve around, with the first episode being
stories of first times, unity and solitude. And why should you all care? Well, because you’re invited to partake in the mischievous melee of modern art and submit any and everything you feel would be a perfect fit for the website and could possibly make it on to the show, that’s why. As described on the site’s description, “Each episode focuses on a different theme as Joe invites and encourages anybody with an Internet connection to join him and contribute.” So, if you head over to hitrecord.org, you’ll find all the info you’ll need to upload your masterpiece. Feel like you’re a master editor? Everyone who joins is welcomed to mix and mash-up any artwork that’s available on the site. There’s also a list of contributors looking for help, whether it be music, animation, graphic design
— it’s all there waiting for you to play with it. And if they decide to use your work and possibly publish it, you’ll get paid for it, too. While there’s a slim chance you’ll become rich off of it, if you do get published or your work is used, it’ll be viewed by like-minded people all over the world and quite possibly end up on TV as well. HitRECord seems to be the first online artist community giving back to the artists themselves to keep making more art, which seems to be JGL’s main goal here. And, for the third time ever in Sundance history for a TV show, the first episodes will screen at the 2013 film festival the day before they hit
your television set and be introduced by JGL himself. A Rec Room also will be there for the duration of the fest to make “live art” and possibly be featured in future videos and multimedia events. As more and more creative power is handed over to the artists and backed by artists such as JGL, the art world is quickly expanding to encompass more facets of the imagination. To begin submitting today, simply head on over to hitrecord.org and sign up to begin uploading that short film you and your friends shot in high school. You never know what it might become.
JANUARY 6-19, 2014 Taqueria Vallarta 1611 S. Washington St. (361) 358-5948 Washington Street Seafood 1602 S. Washington St. (361) 358-8454 Whataburger 1710 N. Washington St. (361) 358-1971
Beeville Diner 2503 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 362-9724 Burger Depot 515 E. Houston St. (361) 362-2400 Chili’s Grill & Bar 400 E. FM 351 (361) 354-5600 Church’s Chicken 611 N. Washington St. (361) 358-9256 Dog & Bee Public House 119 N. Washington St. (361) 354-5871 Domino’s Pizza 414 N. Washington St. (361) 358-6871 El Charro Restaurant 601 E. Houston St. (361) 542-4572 El Jardin Restaurant 806 W. Corpus Christi St. (361) 358-2922 Gasthaus Berliner Bear 2510 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 354-5444 Golden Chick 2305 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-5525 Hensley’s Cafe 307 N. Washington St. (361) 358-8414 Hong Kong Palace 301 S. FM 351 (361) 358-2861
Jalisco Mexico Taqueria 1401 W. Corpus Christi St. (361) 362-0841 KFC 200 E. Houston St. (361) 358-7222 Little Caesars Pizza 420 E. FM 351 (361) 358-9555 The Lodge at Shorty’s Place 702 S. Washington St. (361) 358-7302 McDonald’s (Walmart) 502 E. FM 351 (361) 358-9255 2301 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 354-5215 Mi Familia Restaurant 2017 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-9255 New China Super Buffet 2003 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-8889 O’Daddy’s 901 W. Corpus Christi St. (361) 358-5945 Pantry Stores 3803 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-4965 911 S. Washington St. (361) 358-8477
1720 E. Houston St. (361) 358-8602 Pizza Hut 1103 N. Washington St. (361) 358-2970 Sammy’s Burgers & Brew 2144 Ellis Road (361) 358-1067 Scores Sports Bar & Grill 1502 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-5055 Stars Restaurant 2403 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-0020 Stone Creek Grill 4402 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 354-5189 Subway 710 E. Houston St. (361) 358-6200 1700 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-6000 Taqueria Chapala 1805 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 354-5945 Taqueria Guadalajara 622 W. Corpus Christi St. (361) 358-1971 Taqueria Jalisco 2020 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 354-5803
Agave Jalisco Restaurant 403 Nueces St. (361) 449-8899 Burger King 4059 W. Hwy 59 (361) 449-3014 Church’s Chicken Highway 281 at Burleson (361) 449-1864 Dairy Queen 1350 U.S. 281 (361) 449-1822 Nueces Street Grill 206 Nueces St. (361) 449-2030 Pizzarriffic 407 Nueces St. (361) 449-1900 Sonic Drive-In 805 Nueces St. (361) 449-2614
Blue Quail Deli 224 S. Commercial St. (361) 645-1600 Dairy Queen 243 E. Pearl St. (361) 645-3274 Empresario Restaurant 141 S. Courthouse Sq.
(361) 645-2347 Hanging Tree Restaurant 144 N. Courthouse Sq. (361) 645-8955 La Bahia Restaurant 1877 US 183 (361) 645-3900 Subway 420 E. Pearl St. (361) 645-3709 Whataburger 348 E. Pearl (361) 645-8800
Becky’s Cafe 201 W Calvert Ave. (830) 780-4339 Big Daddy’s Tarbender’s 426 CR 298 (830) 780-3202 Dairy Queen Texas 80 (830) 780-2712 El Mariachi Jalisco Restaurant 118 Texas 123 (830) 780-3350 The Market Sat. & Sun. only 208 E. Calvert Ave. (830) 780-3841 Partner’s BBQ 204 S. Hwy. 123 (830) 780-5121 Polak’s Sawsage Farm Restaurant 2835 U.S. 181 (830) 583-2113 Taqueria Vallarta 202 Texas 123
The Backyard Grill 496 N. Sunset Strip St. (830) 583-0438 Barth’s Restaurant 445 N. Sunset Strip St. (830) 583-2468 Church’s Chicken 110 N Sunset Strip St. (830) 583-9030 Jerry B’s 4531 U.S. 181 (830) 583-2500 Lucita’s Mexican Restaurant 500 W. Main St. (830) 583-9455 Pizza Hut 106 N Sunset Strip St. (830) 583-9864 R J’s Hamburgers 420 W Main St. (830) 583-2344 Rodriquez’s Tacos 205 Texas 72 (830) 583-9800
Agave Jalisco Mexican Restaurant 400 S Harborth Ave. (361) 786-2020 Bar @ 3 Rivers Bar & Grill 201 N. Harborth Ave. (361) 786-2020 Beckett’s Dugout 800 N Harborth Ave. (361) 786-3600 Brush Country BBQ U.S. 281 (361) 786-4335
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Tues. Jan. 7
and washer tournaments: along with live music and stuff for the kiddos during the day. 5425 10620 CR 535 in Paplote.
• Ghost Police at 1301: Greedy Mouth and a Disco for Ferns will be opening up for Ghost Police which will be the first time the band performs in C.C. The music starts at around 8 p.m. 1301 Ayers in Corpus Christi.
Fri. Jan. 10 • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Aurora Arts Theatre: The Aurora Arts Theatre kicks off its musical production of “The Best Little Whore House in Texas” which runs through Feb. 22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays
Sat. Jan. 18
at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are
Dibbles, Jr.! Doors open
$12 - $14 each. 5635
at 8 p.m., and the music
Everhart Rd. in Corpus
starts at 9 p.m. Tickets
$12 advance and $15 at
Sat. Jan. 11
the door. All ages wel-
• Granger Smith at Schroeder Hall: Renegade West will be
come. 12516 FM 622 in Goliad. • Corpus Christi
opening the show. Special
Writers Meet-up at
performance by Earl
Cafe Calypso: For
the first few months of 2014, the Corpus Christi Writers will be focusing on offering unique educational workshops for the plethora of writers in the Coastal Bend. It’s free to join and open to all genres of writing, so meet up with some other writers just like you! 5425
S.P.I.D. #185 in Corpus Christi. • Papalote Cook-Off Benefit at Chasers: IBCA Sanctioned Cookoff with categories in brisket, pork spare ribs, chicken and two jackpot items. There will also be darts, pool, horseshoes,
• America’s Got Talent Auditions at Reliant Center: America’s Got Talent is hosting open auditions on Jan. 18 at the Reliant Center. The auditions kick off at 8 a.m. Preregister for your by visiting www.AGTauditions. com. 1 Reliant Park in Houston. Need your awesome event listed? Drop us a line at Info@stxscene. com with all the details, and we’ll be glad to gently place it on this page.
and bar guide continued
El Tapatio 405 N. Harborth Ave. (361) 786-3949 Pepe Boudreaux’s 3145 Texas 72 (361) 786-4938 Ranch House 100 S Harborth Ave. (361) 786-2196 Sowell’s BBQ 114 W Thornton St. (361) 786-3333 Staghorn Restaurant 1019 N Harborth Ave. (361) 786-3545 Subway S Harborth Ave. (361) 786-3308 Church’s Chicken 110 N. Sunset Strip St. (830) 583-9030 Jerry B’s 4531 U.S. 181 (830) 583-2500 Lucita’s Mexican Restaurant 500 W. Main St. (830) 583-9455 Pizza Hut
106 N. Sunset Strip St. (830) 583-9864 R J’s Hamburgers 420 W. Main St. (830) 583-2344 Rodriquez’s Tacos 205 Texas 72 (830) 583-9800
19th Hole Patio Cantina 3601 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-2837 B.O.B.W.E. 1308 S. St. Mary’s St. (361) 542-4551 Chili’s Grill & Bar 400 E. FM 351 (361) 354-5600 Club 59 1610 W. Corpus Christi St. (361) 362-0591 Dog & Bee Public House
119 N. Washington St. (361) 354-5871 The Grand Dancehall 2461 U.S. Hwy 59 (361) 358-1185 Papi’s Place 1517 W. Corpus Christi St. (361) 358-7160 The Riverbend Sports Bar 1603 N. St Marys St. (361) 362-0471 Roadside Tavern 2503 S. Washington St. (361) 362-1720 Scores Sports Bar & Grill 1502 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 358-5055
Stone Creek Grill 4402 N. St. Mary’s St. (361) 354-5189 T’s Honky Tonk 209 N. Washington St. (361) 358-1411 Tejano Highway 1205 S. Washington St.
Schroeder Dancehall 12516 FM 622 (361) 573-7002
Bar Tonik 102 N. Market St. (830) 780-5255
Coyotes Sports Bar 116 W. Main St. (830) 583-9243 Desperado Saloon 312 S. Sunset Strip St. (830) 583-0371 Jerry B’s 4531 U.S. 181 (830) 583-2500
Chasers Bar & Grill 10620 CR 535 Hwy. 181 (361) 287-3340
Al’s Friendly Bar 517 County Road 619
Bar @ 3 Rivers Bar & Grill 201 N. Harborth Ave (361) 786-2020 Beckett’s Dugout 800 N. Harborth Ave. (361) 786-3600 Pepe Boudreaux’s 3145 Texas 72 (361) 786-4938
7 Brothers Saloon 7961 Hwy, 181 N. (361) 318-5250
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