February

CROCKETT: Feb. 17 “Cinderella” by the Russian National Ballet The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association presents the Russian National Ballet’s performance of “Cinderella,” composed by Sergei Prokofiev. This performance is one of his most popular and melodious compositions, inspiring a great many choreographers since its inception. “Cinderella” is notable for its jubilant music, lush scenery, and for the hilarious double roles of the stepsisters, more mad than bad in this treatment. Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Drive. 936- 544-4276; pwfaa.org

LIBERTY: Feb. 2, 9, 23 Liberty Opry Enjoy live, family-oriented musical entertainment with a different theme on every show. Popular themes include gospel, country, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, specialties, and always a little comedy. Food and nonalcoholic beverages are available. Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St. 936- 336-5830; libertyopry.com

LUFKIN: Feb. 1 Jackie Evancho in Concert Since her debut on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010 at the age of 10, Evancho has released a string of platinum and gold albums, and has performed at a White House inauguration. Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. 936-633-5454; angelinaarts.org

LUFKIN: Feb. 21 Selah in Concert Unmatched talent, a passion for ministry, and a deep love for the church—for 20 years these have been constants for the musical force known as Selah. The group’s signature hits include “You Raise Me Up” and “Wonderful, Merciful Savior.” The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. 936-633- 0359; thepineslufkin.com

PALESTINE: Feb. 15-16 Chocolate Lovers Train Ride The Texas State Railroad kicks off its 2019 season in February. The natural romance of the rails combined with the rich flavors of chocolate make the senses work overtime. The rest of the body is relaxed and refreshed in the comfort of a classic rail car with service by an attendant. Texas State Railroad Park, 789 Park Road 70. 855-632-7729; texasstaterailroad.net

PALESTINE: Feb. 23 Mardi Gras Parade Enjoy beautiful floats and catch beads, candy, and moon pies during the Mardi Gras Parade. Kids and families enjoy the sights and sounds of this annual event. Palestine Main Street. 903-723-3014; visitpalestine.com

THE WOODLANDS: Feb. 14-18 Inspire Film Festival The festival dedicates itself to entertaining and inspiring audiences with films and stories that celebrate the human spirit. This event offers an opportunity to have one-on-one interactions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and film subjects. Various locations. inspirefilmfest.com or visitthewoodlands.com

TYLER: Dec. 16-March 17 “Lagniappe: The Art of Letitia Huckaby” This solo exhibition spotlights the family narratives and African American history themes prevalent in the work of acclaimed photographer and multimedia artist Letitia Huckaby. Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. 903-595- 1001; tylermuseum.org

TYLER: Feb. 1 “The Ugly Duckling”
The classic story comes to life in this modern stage production and offers hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan. The performance is for kindergarten through fourth grade students. R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903- 566-7424; cowancenter.org

TYLER: Feb. 4 “The King and I”
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops be- tween the king of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903- 566-7424; cowancenter.org

TYLER: Feb. 9 Hit the Bricks: Second Saturday Every second Saturday, down- town Tyler bursts with entertainment. Each month offers something new and different. Check the website for this month’s list of activities. Tyler Downtown Square, 100 N. Broadway Ave. 903-592-1661; visittyler.com/secondsaturday

TYLER: Feb. 9 Kool & The Gang in Concert With some of the greatest funky R&B tunes of the time like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” and “Get Down On It,” Kool & The Gang has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903-566- 7424; cowancenter.org

TYLER: Feb. 19 “The Magic School Bus” When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic inter- planetary field trip. But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, the young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. The performance is for kindergarten through fifth grade students. R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903-566-7424; cowancenter.org

TYLER: Feb. 26 Los Vivancos–Born to Dance An international sensation, Los Vivancos are six brothers from Spain who ignite the stage with tap dance, humor, martial arts, aerial performance, musical virtuosity, and flamenco to create a spectacular stage utopia. R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120. 903-566-7424; cowancenter.org

 

January

CONROE: Jan. 18-19 Houston Money Show The 62nd annual project of the Greater Houston Coin Club, this event features more than 120 local, regional, and national dealers in coins, currency, medals, jewelry, and bullion. The public can buy, sell, swap, trade, and get free advice on coins and related material. Quality exhibits are on display, and a Boy Scout Merit Badge clinic is held. There are many free kids activities on Saturday and hourly door prizes. Free parking. Lone Star Convention and Expo Center, 9055 Airport Road. 832-610-5313; coinshows.com

CROCKETT: Jan. 27 “Twelfth Night”
One of Shakespeare’s most delightful plays, “Twelfth Night” is a classic tale of reckless revenge, mistaken identity, and mismatched lovers. This performance is by the National Players. Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Drive. 936-544-4276; pwfaa.org

LIBERTY: Jan. 12, 26 Liberty Opry
Enjoy live, family-oriented musical entertainment with a different theme on every show. Popular themes include gospel, country, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, oldies, special- ties, and always a little comedy. Food and nonalcoholic beverages are available. Liberty Opry, 1816 Sam Houston St. 936-336-5830; libertyopry.com

LONGVIEW: Jan. 18-20 East Texas Boat and RV Show The largest boat and travel show east of I-35, this show creates a marketplace for buyers and sellers of the boating, camping, and outdoor activities industry. The event also demonstrates how the hunter, the angler, and the outdoors person contribute both environmentally and economically to a healthy East Texas. Boats and RVs from multiple local dealers are on display inside and outside. Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd. 903-237-4000; boatrvshow.com

LUFKIN: Jan. 22 “Something Rotten” This smash-hit musical comedy has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Temple Theater, 3500 S. First St. 936-633-5454; angelinaarts.org

LUFKIN: Jan. 29 The Drifters in Concert Kick off the New Year and the new season at The Pines Theater with The Drifters. These Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are celebrating 50 years of American classics, from “There Goes My Baby,” to “Under the Boardwalk.” Tap your feet along as the new voices of The Drifters take you on a trip back in time. The Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. 936-633-0359; thepineslufkin.com

THE WOODLANDS: Nov. 17-Jan. 21
The Ice Rink Enjoy ice-skating this holiday season at a 21,000-square-foot facility. The Ice Rink, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive. 281-419-5630; visitthewoodlands.com or thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

THE WOODLANDS: Jan. 17 Taste of the Town Local restaurants showcase their best dishes and compete for bragging rights in several categories, including Best Dessert. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive. visitthewoodlands.com

TYLER: Through Jan. 6 “This and That: Recent Acquisitions” The Tyler Museum of Art was the recent beneficiary of an extraordinary opportunity to bring back more than 30 works dispersed from the permanent collection of The Contemporary Austin. This exhibition showcases the high- lights of these and other recently acquired pieces for the TMA’s permanent collection, including works by Otis Dozier, Michael Frary, Larry Graeber, and Julie Speed.  Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. 903-595-1001; tylermuseum.org

TYLER: Dec. 1-Jan. 4 Santa Land Drive- Through Christmas Park Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas with more than 2.5 million lights lighting your path. Take a ride on Santa’s Trailer or remain in the warmth of you own vehicle as you drive through Santa Land’s 24 acres of un- forgettable adventure designed for the en- tire family. Before you leave, shop the 4,000-square-foot gift shop. 11455 I-20 West. 903-882-1518; santalandtylertx.com

TYLER: Dec. 16-March 17 “Lagniappe: The Art of Letitia Huckaby” This solo exhibition spotlights the family narratives and African American history themes prevalent in the work of acclaimed photographer and multimedia artist Letitia Huckaby. Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. 903-595- 1001; tylermuseum.org

TYLER: Jan. 12 Hit the Bricks: Second Saturday Every second Saturday, down- town Tyler bursts with entertainment. Each month offers something new and different. Check the website for this month’s list of activities. Tyler Downtown Square, 100 N. Broadway Ave. 903-592- 1661; visittyler.com/secondsaturday

TYLER: Jan. 24 “Something Rotten!”
Set in 1595, this play tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd. 903-566-7424; cowancenter.org

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