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Wonderful world: The idea of “soul music” only came into being with the arrival of Sam Cooke, the Mississippi-born crooner who made it big singing out of secular concerns, but whose style never strayed far from his gospel roots. In the years between 1957 and his controversial death at age 33…

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Play on: In James McClure‘s “Lone Star,” a big-talking Vietnam vet, his brother and their no-account friend get rip-roaring drunk in the backyard of a West Texas bar until secrets start spilling out. A prized pink Thunderbird eventually comes into play in the one-act comedy, which opened on …

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Deep winter is a quiet time for nature. Our recent cold spell has left greenery mostly on live oaks and evergreens. In winter, trees display their structure rather than their foliage. So what are trees doing at this time of year? Do they sleep? There is more than meets the eye.

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As we look to the New Year, Seaside Scenes reflects on notable happenings that rounded out the holiday season, including: the Rev. Ray Pinard Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament at the Galveston Country Club; Jim Nonus’ Historical Clubs Christmas Social at the Antique Pavilion; Dr. Vivian Hernan…

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Radio days: Turn off TCM for an evening and tune into something along a similar wavelength: Galveston College’s Theatre Department presents the Holiday Vintage Radio Hour, a free online production of the 1940s radio dramas “The Bishop’s Wife” and “Christmas In Connecticut,” available Friday …

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Independence Village recently held its second annual Ghostly Gala at Doyle Convention Center in Texas City. Susan Bailey served as the 2022 gala chairperson. The event coincided with the 30th anniversary of the “village,” sponsored by The Cameron Foundation. Emken Linton and Randy Dietel ser…

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After a two-year hiatus, Galveston Arts Center revived its popular Sunset Soirée on Nov. 19, honoring several longtime board members. The event was held at the Tasting Room, 3316 Church St. on the island. Guests enjoyed dinner, drinks and live music by the Sync or Swim Trio and Electric Viol…

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Life would be a dream ... if you would take home Dreamsicle. This gorgeous girl is ready to graduate from GIHS and go home for the holidays. She’d love to snuggle under your tree. With her sparkling color she’ll be the prettiest ornament. Make her dream come true. Come adopt her today.

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Joy to the World: More than 20 large sculptures of various types of marine life — whales, sharks, starfish, sea turtles, etc. — are headed to Galveston, with a twist: the material comes from the nearly 35 million metric tons of plastic discarded into the globe’s aquatic ecosystems, according…