TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Enjoy an evening with Ruthie Foster on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Foster is a three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter of blues and folk music. She mixes a wide palette of American song forms, from gospel and blues to jazz, folk and soul. She has often been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin. Ruthie’s latest release, a career-defining opus entitled “Joy Comes Back,” was released in March of 2017.
Linda Gail Lewis will be in concert at Liberty Hall Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Like her brother, Jerry Lee, Rockabilly Hall of Fame member, Linda Gail Lewis, soaked up the sounds of hillbilly music and rhythm and blues in the rural areas of Louisiana as a youngster. Linda Gail’s chief inspiration was Jerry Lee, but later, as the era of rock ‘n’ roll came into play, she also tuned into the sounds of Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline and Lavern Baker.
Presented by Empowerment CDC, on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. we bring you Natural Hair The Movie. This film explores the past, present, and future of natural hair worn by women of color in America. Director, Reginald Titus Jr and executive producer, Ashanti Titus, invite viewers to experience the wonderful entanglement of hair as a symbol in education, social status, politics, history and self-acceptance.
Half of the proceeds of this event will go to Empowerment CDC.
Card 53 Comedy’s first show of the year will be just in time for Valentine’s Day. Hire a babysitter and make plans for something totally different this year to celebrate Valentine’s/ Galentine’s/ Singles’ Awareness with a night of improv comedy on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.
Disclaimer: Card 53 strives each show to be “clean-ish.” However, due to the unpredictable nature of improv they risk embarrassing their wives, girlfriends, dogs, employers and total strangers with their unique style of improv makem-ups. Viewer discretion is advised.
After many years off the road, Tracy Byrd goes on tour once more and will stop at Liberty Hall Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Tracy Byrd is an American country music artist. Signed to MCA Nashville Records in 1993, Byrd broke through on the country music scene that year with his single “Holdin’ Heaven,” which reached Number One on Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks. Although he did not land a second Number One until 2002’s “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo,” Byrd has charted more than thirty hit singles in his career, including eleven additional Top Ten hits. In 2016, the multi-platinum recording artist, Tracy Byrd, released his first album in 10 years titled All American Texan.
On Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., come watch Hidden Figures as part of Reel Talk, a program created by the Tyler Public Library and Liberty Hall, where attendees can watch timeless classics and discover new favorites, then stay afterward to connect with like-minded people by discussing the film.
In this movie, three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
The City of Tyler will celebrate Black History Month through historical videos, music and educational speakers on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. More details to come.
Bring your Tyler Public Library card and get in free!