November-December 2016

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Coffee Bar at Lone Republic Steakhouse and Saloon

Former Arts & Espresso in Winnsboro reopens as the Coffee Bar at Lone Republic Steakhouse and Saloon.

Regional Artists Keep the Holiday Spirit Flowing

Music for the holidays: Kacey Musgraves' new release, A Very Kacey Christmas, which takes a page from Yuletide tunes of the 40s, 50s, and 60s; and Hillary Scott and the Scott Family's faith-based music from a summer release, Love Remains.

La Finca: New Digs and Classic Fare

With a new building and updated look, La Finca Mexican Restaurant in Gilmer still serves tasty, fresh Tex-Mex fare.

Singer-Songwriter John Prine Picks Local Favorites for New Album

John Prine's new LP, For Better Or Worse, features songs with female artists from East Texas, Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves.

New Tunes from Tyler’s Meredith Crawford

Tyler's Meredith Crawford and the Backhand Band have released a new EP, Get’n By Just Fine.

Local Author Captures Small-Town America

Author Melissa DeCarlo of East Texas has published her first novel, The Art of Crash Landing.

Catch Some Kid-Friendly Flicks

Adventurous, kid-friendly movies include Disney's new film, Moana —coming out Thanksgiving weekend and featuring a strong female character —and Marvel's action-packed Doctor Strange.

Trio of New Films Play on the Supernatural

Three film projects with East Texas roots — Cypress Bayou, Unwanted and The Sculptor — have East Texas roots and and feature supernatural tales.

Yucking it up with Cowboy Bill Martin

Cowboy Bill Martin and Chad Prather bring their redneck humor to Greenville’s Texan Theater on December 2, 2016.

Vintage Market Days Returns to Nacogdoches

The Vintage Market Days “Woodland Romance” returns to Nacogdoches the first weekend in November.

See She, He, Them Exhibit in Texarkana

An exhibit called “She, He, Them,” on display at the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Center (TRAHC) November 17-January 14, showcases oversized, stylistic portraits by Texarkana native Michelle Anne Holman.

Gussie Nell Davis’ Sweethearts of the Gridiron Still Kicking

A documentary film about the Kilgore Rangerettes tells the story of the famed drill team's 75-year history.

Holidays Arrive in East Texas With Theatrical Flair

Community theaters throughout East Texas welcome the Christmas season with holiday-themed musicals, comedies and dramatic stage productions, while Cowan Center in Tyler hosts the extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

Twinkle Twinkle

Festive displays at SantaLand, Christmas Park and Marshall's Wonderland of Lights illuminate the season.

Misadventure Down the Sabine

A kayak excursion on the Sabine River in northeast Texas' prairie country offers pretty scenery but unexpected obstacles.

Celebrating Nature and Texas Landscapes at the Tyler Museum

An exhibit called "Flora & Fauna" showcases Texas landscapes December through March at the Tyler Museum of Art.

Lavender Mermaid’s Holiday Brunch

A frittata for brunch is a great way to serve holiday leftovers with flair.

Local Designers Share Their Tips

East Texas design experts share ideas for creating festive tablescapes and mantel displays using natural outdoor elements.

Giving Horses Their Wings

The Pegasus Project rescues and rehabilitates abused and neglected horses, nursing them back to health on a 95-acre ranch in Ben Wheeler, Texas.

Raising Cane

In East Texas, ribbon sugarcane has been reduced to a novelty crop, but it has a sweet history that local growers and communities share each fall.

Flights of Fancy — Nutcracker Style

When fall rolls around, a surprising number of local young dancers also commit their collective energies to becoming human snowflakes, angels, sugarplums, mice and toy soldiers in regional performances of ballet’s ultimate spectacle of the season, “The Nutcracker.”

Born To Sing

Kadie Lynn Roberson stood on the stage and sang “Amazing Grace,” the seminal song by John Newton, the former slave trader who converted to Christianity and became a prominent abolitionist. The performance felt good. Right.