Tyler Civic Theatre is staging an original play written by a junior at Robert E. Lee High School.

"A Mind of My Own" is a comedy about what happens when the voices inside a teenage boy's head speak up as he tries to begin a relationship with a girl he has a crush on. 

The play by Lila Katz is being staged because it is the winner of the theater's playwriting contest this year. Her play was chosen best by those who attended a reader's theater presentation of all the finalists' plays.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29-31 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at 400 Rose Park Drive.

Tickets cost $12.50 and are available at tylercivictheatre.com.

'Floating Life' ending at Tyler Museum of Art

Sunday is the final day that "Floating Life: Mississippi River Drawings by Liz Ward" will be on view at Tyler Museum of Art.

"Floating Life" is the first large-scale museum exhibition of Mississippi River-inspired works by San Antonio artist Ward.

The museum at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College campus will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Marty Haggard to perform in Palestine

Marty Haggard is set to perform Saturday in Palestine in a concert that pays tribute to his famous father, country singer Merle Haggard.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Museum for East Texas Culture, 400 Micheaux Ave. Tickets cost $26 in advance and $30 door and are available at martyhaggard.com.

Haggard performs his own songs and songs that were hits for his father. He has been paying tribute to his father on albums and in concerts for about 10 years. 

Texans at the Texan coming to Athens

The Texan, a venue at 209 E. Tyler in Athens, will host Texans at the Texan, a concert series featuring Texas musicians, an announcement said. 

The series will open Sept. 13 with the Austin-based duo of Carolyn Wonderland and Shelley King.

Wonderland is praised for her talents as a blues singer and musician. King has been appointed by the state Legislature as an official state music artist. 

An opening act, yet to be named, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. VIP tickets cost $32 and general admission is $16. Tickets are available thetexanathens.com

Ellis Paul to give two concerts in Winnsboro

Ellis Paul, a folk singer and songwriter who is known for making music for children, is set to give two concerts on Saturday at Winnsboro Center for the Arts.

A family show is set for 2:30 p.m. with all tickets costing $10. A show geared toward adults is set for 7:30 p.m. The cost of tickets to this show range from $15 to $22. 

Tickets can be purchased at winnsborocenterforthearts.com.

Paul has performed folk music for decades in clubs, concert halls and at the Wood Guthrie Festival and Newport Folk Festival among other places. His newest album is "The Storyteller's Suitcase." 

After becoming a father, he began to concentrate on making music that would appeal to children. His CD "The Hero in You!" was selected by Parents Choice for being inspirational to children. 

Winnsboro Center for the Arts is at 200 Market St. 


Danny Mogle has covered news in East Texas for decades. He currently focuses on arts, entertainment and human interest stories and serves as the editor of Lifestyles Magazine.

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