March-April 2017

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Welcome Back to Tuna, Texas

For 26 years the two-man show, Greater Tuna has celebrated small-town silliness.

Miley Gets Big Birthday Surprise

Ten-year-old Miley Henderson got a big surprise.

Treasures Abound at Lolli & Pop’s Farm

From East Texas author V.W. Moreland comes this sweet tale of life on the farm with daily adventures.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

March 9-12.

Explore Longview World of Wonders

Kids are invited to Longview World of Wonders on March 14.

Follow the Adventures of Seri and Abi

Seri and Abi take a snack break along the Tyler Azalea Trails.

Student Athlete Recognized For Leadership And Giving Back

As an athlete and member of UT Tyler’s women’s basketball team, Michelle Obach is known as a leader and a hard worker.

Second Annual East Texas Giving Day Set For April 25

For the second year, East Texas Giving Day raises money for local charities with an online campaign, scheduled this year on April 25.

An Artistic Blend

In a family-run business, an old sawmill cranks out furniture designs with a new vibe .

The Rooster Café Brings World Flavors to Winnsboro

The Rooster Café opened recently in Winnsboro to rave reviews.

Cace Kitchen Opens in Longview

Folks missing Johny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse will want to try the new Cace Kitchen.

It’s Slim Chickens for McKay

Greg McKay, Slim Chickens’ first-ever franchisee, recently opened his fourth restaurant in East Texas.

Yaya’s Café Opens in Greenville

Uptown Forum in Greenville welcomes Yaya’s Café.

Kiepersol Named Top Texas Winery

Recently named the “Top Texas Winery” in one of the award in one of the largest wine competitions in the world, East Texas' Kiepersol will serve its winning wines at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March.

A Side of Farm-to-Table Freshness

Piada Italian Street Food introduces Tyler residents to its hearty salads and flavorful signature wraps.

Kevin Galloway Returns to East Texas Roots for Charity Jam Weekend

Uncle Lucius and East Texan Kevin Galloway returns to the Upper East Side of Texas April 7-8 for the fourth annual Family ReULion Charity Jam.

Music Studios in East Texas Specialize in Recording Dreams

Local recording studios in Commerce and Tyler are making it easier for area musicians to record their own soundtracks in order to share their songs with the world.

Hayes Carll

Singer Hayes Carll is on tour and has two upcoming shows in East Texas.


Kevin “Key Marcus” Sylvester and Wil Baptiste perform a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass.


Super-charged roots music man Brooks Williams performs April 21.

Highway Prayer Honors the Music of Adam Carroll

Tribute albums are for “late” in a musician’s career or even life, right? Well, not necessarily.

A Fourth Novel For TJC Writing Professor

Tyler Junior College writing professor, Traci Borum, publishes her fourth contemporary fiction book this spring. It is part of her Chilton Crosse series, and the author says a fifth is already planned.

Witty Novel Teaches Life Lessons

A warmhearted book told with witty humor and brilliant insight, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is the latest offering of Swedish writer Fredrick Backman.

Students Debut Local Gun-Slinging Western

After completing filming in Nacogdoches, Lufkin and Center, Southern Methodist University film students plan to debut a feature-length post-apocalyptic western in Dallas this spring.

DVD Reviews

The Kill Hole and Closed Circuit reviewed.

Carthage-Born Filmmaker Pays Tribute To Underdogs Director

Filmmaker Derek Johnson, who grew up in Carthage, has made a documentary about director John G. Avildsen, known for underdog blockbusters like "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid."

Hamilton Comes to Dallas

Lin Manuel Miranda and the award-winning cast of "Hamilton" will bring the 2016 Pulitzer Prize -winning stage drama to Dallas during the 2018-19 Dallas Summer Musicals Broadway season.

Bingo Musical Closes the Season Curtain

Palestine Community Theatre (PCT) finishes out the 2016-2017 season during the last two weekends of Dogwood Trails with its production of Bingo!

Broadway’s Spector and Barrett Explore Music Greats

On April 20 at the Pines Theater in Lufkin, newly married Broadway veterans Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett perform storied love songs in their Music's greatest Marriage's show.

Life Well Lived Sculpture Keeps Inspiring

“Life Well Lived” is a hand-carved sculpture by artist Christi Barrett. The wood is thought to be more than 50 years old.

LMFA Showcases Diverse Artists With One-Man Shows

From April 8 to June 24, two Dallas artists display their creativity at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.

Langham Turns Lens on Tylerites at Brickstreet Anthology

On display at the Tyler Museum of Art through May 14, Brickstreet Anthology: Photographs by Robert Langham showcases the distinct personalities of more than 50 Tylerites.

Local Artist Shows Celestial View

Texarkana painter and tattoo artist Joel Wright displays a selection of his paintings at TRAHC starting in mid-March. The exhibit is entitled "Everything Returns To Nature."

Azalea Trail is a Labor of Love

The bloom-infused garden of Joan and Guy Pyron is a mainstay of Tyler’s Azalea & Spring Flower Trail, and the couple will show off their 800 azalea plants and other outdoor treasures during the three weekends between March 24 and April 9.

Swept Away By A Nostalgic Hobby

Sheryl Hartz, co-owner of the General Mercantile and Oldtime String Shop in Nacogdoches, makes and sells old-fashioned brooms.

Slices of History

Franklin County’s Little Alamo Mission Museum Takes Guests Back in Time.


MOMIX, an inventive troupe of dancer-illusionists, performs at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Center.

Texas Folklore Fans Gather in Tyler

Tyler is the destination for the annual Texas Folklore Festival, held this year April 21-23.

Take Your Daughters (or Sons) to Work Day

Acting on research that showed adolescent girls received less attention thanboys, this day was initiated in 1993.

Angelina Helped Early East Texas Explorers

It was 1690 when Spain’s Franciscan Fathers founded Mission San Francisco de los Tejas in East Texas.

Scott Joplin Honored on 100th Anniversary

Linden-born, Texarkana-raised Scott Joplin is honored March 31-April 2 in an international centennial celebration of the jazz legend who passed away April 1, 1917.

Upper East Side of Texas Blooms

Here's a round-up of East Texas flower trails, gardens, festivals and celebrations where local residents can take full advantage of springtime's blooming beauty.

Remembering New London’s Longest Night 80 Years Later

The Town That Lost Its Future With America’s Deadliest School Disaster.

Spunky Women Made a World of Difference

Someone with more knowledge than most about the accomplishments and histories of local ladies in the Piney Woods is Cherokee County author and historian Deborah L. Burkett, who spent two and a half years learning about women whose stories intrigued her.

Pioneers of Prominence in East Texas

Women of East Texas carved out their own places in the history books, and Women’s History Month in March begs for an informal listing to prove it.

Take a Walk Amid the ART

Outdoor Sculptures enhance the views at East Texas venues like Palestine's Main Street Art Tracks and the Sculpture For All Exhibition and Competition at Stephen F. Austin.

Sunny Sweeney Grows Up With "Trophy"

Longview-raised, singer-songwriter Sunny Sweeney releases her fourth album, "Trophy," in March 2017.