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  • By CHRIS SMITH GONZALEZ
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Ever have that moment when you walk by the mirror and you do a double take? It’s happening to me every time I see my reflection today. I can hardly recognize the face staring back at me.

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Well it’s finally time for the rubber to hit the road — or in my case, for the scissors to meet the hair.

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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75 models are participating in the Glamour for Grammar fashion show, according to show coordinators. The 75 represent a mix of pros, amateurs and some community leaders who decided to help out.

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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The new 2-Steppin Saloon in Galveston is celebrating it's grand opening. 

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College of the Mainland cosmetology student Randy Shannon to shares some hair styling tips with The Daily News.

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Fashion runs its course in circles. We’ve seen many styles come and go, and when they come around again, designers make a few little updates to trends of the past.

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All of the money raised for the Glamour for Grammar show will go to The Daily News’ Newspapers in Education program.

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Summer is in full swing now and that means there is no better time to dip into a cool bar, restaurant or coffee shop for a break from the heat and some live music.

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This week's fashion tip comes from cosmetology student Deidre Clarke: Leather, studs and biker jackets in true punk style are just a peek of the next fashion phase.

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There’s a new country music joint on the island and it’s jumping into what can only be described as Galveston’s entertainment district.

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Fashion show and makeover plans are moving right along. Meanwhile, battle lines are being drawn over ... well, me.

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Paula Nelson, the daughter of Texas’s Red Headed Stranger, is back on the island to play a free show at Pier 21.

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So what do I know about fashion or, even better, a fashion shows? Not a thing, but I’m going to have to learn a thing or two pretty quick.

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As summer quickly approach there is no shortage of live music on Galveston Island. 

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The League City's Boogie Blues and Brews Music Festival announced this year's music line up and it includes a Grammy winner.

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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Summer is nearly here and Galveston is ushering in the longer days and parties on the beach and backyard barbecue with plenty of free music. East Beach is Galveston party place and this weekend it's sure to be hoping.

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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The festivals and the chances to see and experience music in the beautiful outdoor music keep rolling in.

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It's a music and food kind of weekend. On Galveston Island, you can catch Yaga's Wild Game BBQ Cook-off and, along with some great barbecue, you can catch a couple of local country acts.

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So much to do, so little time. The good thing is that you can pretty much just walk outside at some point this weekend and stumble onto something fun.

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As you've probably already read, the music world lost another one of its true greats when George Jones passed away today.

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If it was a bit of publicity and notoriety League City elected officials wanted when they passed a resolution on gun rights then that’s what they got.

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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I wonder if there are any dreadlocked cowboys out there because if so this is their weekend to be in Galveston County.

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There is a new music festival coming to town in September. There aren't many details yet but The Galveston Park Board of Trustees approved a contract for EcoFest at Apffel Park on Sept. 13 and 14.

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LEAGUE CITY — Donald Mize, the 62-year-old firefighter cadet who died during a training exercise March 6, was buried last week. The city put together a video honoring Mize.

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Only about week until spring break and with it comes some grew opportunities for local musicians and music lovers.

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Mardi Gras has come and gone and while most folks, including yours truly, could use some time to recover. But as the great Sam Elliot said in Road House, "I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead." And if you are looking to stay up, this weekend there is plenty to do.

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It's amazing to just think the number of really great music you can listen to on the island during Mardi Gras.

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The carnival is setting up, roads are getting blocked up and krewes have their floats ready. The stage is set and I can practically hear the amps clicking on and the sound check coming from the main stage and bars across the island.

  • By Christopher Smith Gonzalez
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Galveston metal band Melovine will be heading to the studio soon to begin work on a new album. Before they do that, the band will release a music video showcasing one of their new songs.

  • By Christopher Smith Gonzalez
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We are a month away from the start of Mardi Gras in Galveston. Mardi Gras isn’t a music festival, but music is a big part of the celebration.

  • By Christopher Smith Gonzalez
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The new year is almost here and I can't wait. I'm ready to see 2012 fading away in the rearview mirror and I'm excited about what's coming up in 2013.

  • By Christopher Smith Gonzalez
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I’m not big into Christmas shopping mainly because I’m not big into shopping or holidays. But if you are going to participate in our grand tradition of spending money to buy things for the ones you know and love, you should be spending it locally.

  • By Christopher Smith Gonzalez
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So how influential can a room full of police officers in uniforms and side arms at their hips be? My guess is plenty influential.

  • By Christopher Smith Gonzalez
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We've got them coming and going. Hard working Galveston band Come See My Dead Person is playing in Houston this weekend. Meanwhile, we have great bands from Houston and Austin coming to the county.

  • By Christopher Smith Gonzalez
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The Dickens on the Strand festival, besides being a great chance to use tools as a fashion accessory, is also a chance to listen to some old timey, and sometimes odd, music.

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The holiday are upon us. While I'm sure that for most of you out there that means warm and fuzzy memories of big meals and then Christmas trees and presents soon after, I'm not quite so jolly.