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GULF COAST>Corpus Christi
Como la Flor
Luminaries of Latin and Tejano music will take the stage April 17-18 in Corpus Christi for Fiesta de la Flor, a tribute to the late hometown star Selena Quintanilla Perez. Twenty years after Selena died tragically in the prime of her career, the festival will celebrate the life and legacy of the “Queen of Tejano” at North Bayfront Park. The lineup of about 12 bands includes A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia King All Starz, Los Lobos, Clarissa Serna, and Little Joe y La Familia. The event will also feature a screening of the biopic Selena, food trucks, children’s activities, and a fireworks finale. Tickets cost $5.
PRAIRIES AND LAKES>Eagle Lake
The Booming N Blooming Festival at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge in Eagle Lake offers the chance to observe the unusual courtship ritual of Attwater’s prairie chickens in their native coastal prairie habitat. Held April 11-12, the event includes viewing tours to see the endangered ground-dwelling birds on their “booming grounds,” where the males inflate their bright yellow air sacs, hold their tails erect, stomp their feet, and charge at competitors. Birding tours, native plant tours, biologist presentations, and a children’s art contest round out the weekend.
The American Quarter Horse is prized for its versatility, from ranch work to its speed on the quarter-mile track—the inspiration for its name. And for 75 years, breeders of the popular horse have registered their foals with the Amarillo-based American Quarter Horse Association. To celebrate the association’s diamond anniversary, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is honoring the 16 ranches and individuals—10 from Texas—who have registered an American Quarter Horse every year since 1940. See historic photos, biographies, saddles, awards, and equipment from the breeders’ private collections. Through July 25.
In its 100 years, Austin’s Paramount Theatre has hosted everyone from Harry Houdini in 1916, to the world premiere of Batman in 1966, to President Barack Obama in 2014. The Paramount is celebrating its centennial throughout 2015, including a free April 1 screening of the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera, the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival April 22-25, a Centennial Gala featuring Lyle Lovett and Patty Griffin on May 9, and in October, the installation of a 47-foot-tall electric sign to replace the long-gone original. www.austintheatre.org/100.