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The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Music Department will host the 12th annual Percussion Festival this weekend. It kicks off with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. today, featuring the UMHB Percussion Ensemble and guest percussion artist and award-winning composer Casey Cangelosi, in Hughes Recital Hall. Cangelosi will teach a master class to area percussion students at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Hughes Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Local Music

The Mark Richey Band performs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. today at Bo’s Barn Dancehall at 4984 W. Farm-to-Market 93 in Temple. Cover charge is $8.

The People’s Choice Band is Saturday night’s featured entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover charge is $10.

Catch karaoke every Thursday night from 8:30 to 11:30 with a DJ until 1:30 a.m. For more information, go to or call (254) 939-7131.

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Tickets are on sale for the Three Days Grace and Shinedown concert with guest P.O.D. March 19 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. Get tickets at the expo center box office, select H-E-Bs, Fort Hood ITR, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or online at Fees may apply.

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Tickets are on sale for Eric Clapton’s March 17 concert at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin and for Bon Jovi’s April 10 concert at the Frank Erwin Center. Tickets are available for both shows at all Texas Box Office outlets including select H-E-B stores, Fort Hood ITR, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386 or online at Fees may apply.

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At 4 p.m. Jan. 27, the Central Texas Orchestral Society presents Spanish Brass in Temple at the Cultural Activities Center. Explore the sounds at A reception begins at 3 p.m. in Strasburger Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door. Call (254) 773-9926 for more information or buy tickets online at

Farmers Markets

The Water Street Farmers Market in Belton is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Local vendors will have a variety of vegetables, foods and crafts. The market is downtown on Water Street in front of The Gin.

Arts & Theater

The Harker Heights High School Choir presents The Knight Club Feb. 8-9. Students will perform musical hits with a live band and professional light show at 7 p.m. in the HHHS Auditorium. Tickets range from $10 to $25. For information, contact Cheryl Loughran at (254) 291-9487 or

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The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Department of Art present Cross/Purpose through Feb. 10 in the Art Gallery at the Baugh Center for the Visual Art, on the corner of Ninth and Shine streets in Belton. The free exhibit is on view from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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From 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Central Texas poets and writers of prose will grace Tablerock’s inside stage to read their works. An open mic at 8:15 p.m. encourages new poets and writers to read two minutes of their works. Guest poet will be Thom Woodruff. Admission is free and refreshments will be for sale. Tablerock Amphitheater is on Royal Street in Salado. Call (254) 947-9205 for more information or go to


Join In the Mood for dancing at 13 S. Main St., Temple. Tonight is the Country Western Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. for $5 a person. Come at 7 p.m. for a dance lesson, pay $8 and stay for the dance for free. Attire is dressy casual. Dances classes are available throughout the week. For more information, call (254) 773-7088, email or go to

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Free line dance classes are offered at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday. For more information, call Brenda Smith at (254) 690-5540.

Bars, Clubs

Enjoy Christian karaoke the second and third Saturday of every month from 7 to 10 p.m. at 103 Avenue D in Copperas Cove. All ages are welcome. A refreshment stand is open as well. For more information, contact Sandra Andrews at (254) 547-4546.

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Catch live music and other events at The Gin, 219 S. East St. in Belton. For upcoming events, go to or text GINEVENTS to 96362.

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Don’t miss live music Fridays and Saturdays at The Lounge Upstairs at The Range Restaurant, 101 N. Main St., Salado, with martinis and manicures on Thursday nights. For more information, call (254) 947-3828 or go to

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The Legend Club in Salado presents live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Mondays include a poker tournament, happy hour all night, and blues on the big screen. Thursday is singer-songwriter night. The club is at 11333 1670 Lane in Salado at exit 286. For more information, call (254) 947-2582 or go to

Book Signings

Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin, author of “Build Your Own Wire Pendants,” will sign copies of her book from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bead Bistro, 2501 S. W.S. Young Drive, Suite 404, Killeen. She also will teach wire techniques during a “Basic Twisted Frame” class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the store. Cost for class is $45. For more information, call (254) 432-5307 or go to

Family Fun

The Central Texas ALL-STARZZ AAU basketball team will take on the Harlem Ambassadors in a fundraising game at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Copperas Cove High School Gym 2. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors older than 60. Tickets at the door are $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. Children age 4 and younger are admitted free. Advanced tickets may be purchased at

Clubs, Meetings

The Killeen Civic Art Guild has open studio time from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and offers various workshops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Killeen Art and Activity Center, 802 N. Second St., Suite D 100. For more information, contact Samra Thompson at or (254) 698-2009 or go to

Festivals, Events

“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” is on display through March 9 at the Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St., Belton. On Feb. 9, attend a “birthday bash” with Lincoln-related activities and a giant cake. Admission and activities are free. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (254) 933-5243.


The following films are now showing at the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater at Central Texas College:

Today’s shows

Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe at 7 p.m.

Astronaut at 8 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 9 p.m.

Saturday shows

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth at 11 a.m.

The Little Star that Could at noon.

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion at 1 p.m.

Kalouka’hina: The Enchanted Reef at 2 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 3 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 4 p.m.

Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe at 7 p.m.

Astronaut at 8 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 9 p.m.

Sunday shows

Kalouka’hina: The Enchanted Reef at 2 p.m.

Tales of the Maya Skies at 3 p.m.

Cosmic Collisions at 4 p.m.

Weekday matinees

Pangea at noon Monday.

Laser Beatles at 1 p.m. Monday.

Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef at 2 p.m. Monday.

Coral: Rekindling Venus at 3 p.m. Monday and Thursday (a Sundance Film Festival New Frontier selection).

For a show description, upcoming schedule and ticket prices, go to or call (254) 526-1800.

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