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Autumn Daze Returns Saturday

As perennial as the change of fall colors, the 16th annual Ennis fall event, Autumn Daze, is back next Saturday, Oct. 21. The downtown event for children and families runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The popular hay maze has expanded to the corner of Baylor and Main where the old Safeway was located. […]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ as good as the original

What does it mean to be human? This was the question Ridley Scott asked with his 1982 film “Blade Runner.” The neo-noir style film made its audience question who was real and who was an android, but it did more than that. It questioned the essence of human-ness, or what characteristics give us our humanity. […]

Midlothian dance hall celebrating 50 years of fun, live music

Owners and patrons alike are celebrating a milestone later this month at Western Kountry Club in Midlothian. The dance hall celebrates 50 years of fun, live music and dancing and to help celebrate the club has a heavy lineup of entertainers set for Sunday, Oct. 15. The event is free and open to the public. […]

EPT fundraising gala a hit

The annual gala fundraiser for the Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St., took place last Friday. The theme for the party was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” with guests dressed in costumes from the 1920s and ‘30s and other fashions inspired by the era. Over 135 guests attended the benefit dinner provided by […]

Son of music legend visits local B&B

Terry Jennings (top left photo) the oldest son of legendary country western outlaw Waylon Jennings, signed copies of his book: “Waylong – Tales of my Outlaw Dad” (below) at Winding Ridge Bed & Breakfast Thursday evening. Read the full story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today! https://www.ennisdailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/12-Month-CD-Flyer-9.1.17.jpg

Cruise flies into a good role, fun flick

If you’ve never heard the story behind the new movie “American Made,” you’re not alone. In real life Barry Seal was an innovator in the world of drug trafficking. He flew cocaine, plastic explosives, money and other contraband to and from the United States under the hire of people like famous drug cartel Pablo Escobar. […]

Theatre Rocks! Auditions

Theatre Rocks! will hold auditions for “A Christmas Carol”, the classic novella by Charles Dickens, on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 505 N.W. Main St., Ennis. There are multiple roles for men, women & children, ages 8-80. There will be sides available at the time of your audition. Those actors […]

Theatre Rocks! to hold auditions for A Christmas Carol

THEATRE ROCKS! in Ennis announces auditions for “A Christmas Carol,” the classic novella by Charles Dickens. The story centers around Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly and miserable old soul whose one goal in life is to acquire and hoard as much wealth as he can while giving no thought to anyone or anything else. In one […]

‘Mother!’ a risky, imaginative horror

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 4 Tubbs The newly released film “mother!” is easily the strangest film you will see this year – and maybe ever. Venturing into the extended metaphor, Darren Aronofsky takes on a complicated film even by his standards – the standards he set in pictures like “The Fountain,” “Black Swan” and […]

August Coloring Contest Winners

Jonathan Kubena of HEB, sponsor of the August Color Contest, presents donated prizes to the winners. From left to right: Jonathan Kubena; winner of the 9-12 age group: Zachary Torrez, 12; winner of the 5-8 age group: Sierra Ventrca, 7; overall winner: Victoria Duarte, 9. https://www.ennisdailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/12-Month-CD-Flyer-9.1.17.jpg

‘It’ is no laughing matter

This is by no means the first time Stephen King has enjoyed an eventful year. Following the box office flop of “The Dark Tower” in July, one of Stephen King’s more well known classics, “It,” received an adaptation that was release in theaters this week. If you remember, around this time last year, clown craze […]

Ennis choir takes wing into new school year

Building up to what is expected to be a year of new heights, the Ennis Choir is set to soar according to director Lauren Trojacek. In fact, their Oct. 12 performance in the EHS Auditorium is titled “Take Flight.” Trojacek, a bird watching enthusiast herself as well as the owner of a vocal baby parrot […]

Weekend crowd welcomes EPT comedy

A full house greeted the situation comedy “Moon Over Buffalo” last Friday night, directed by Shelley Aubrey. The funny play about backstage antics kept the sold-out audience in their seats. Set in a Buffalo, New York repertory theater in 1953, it follows the slapstick of a married couple who are has-been stage stars planning a […]

The history of the Jodie Mikula Orchestra

Veteran Czech band, the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, did not start with the idea of becoming who they became. One of most beloved polka bands in Ennis history began after Mikula’s three sons, Ken, Nick and Andy took up playing horns. Jodie, who began to play an accordion his father purchased for $12 when he was […]

Comedy alive and kicking in ‘The Cemetery Club

Theatre Rocks! of Ennis has another hit on its hands in its production of Ivan Menchell’s bittersweet comedy, “The Cemetery Club.” This story of three Jewish widows in Queens, N.Y., who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves, opened last weekend and continues through Aug. 27. Read the full […]

Grim picture of riot lacks some depth

Movie Review by Justin Tubbs – 3 out of 4 Tubbs “Detroit” is, if nothing else, a grim image of the racism that tormented black people only a few decades ago. Between the harsh images of riots and violence, however, it struggles to find its voice or its direction other than showing the horrors of […]

Ain’t No Two Ways About It

When Larry Penny moved to Nashville in 1991, he quickly realized he was just one small fish in a vast sea of like minded musicians and songwriters, all vying to have their music recorded, all fighting to make a name for themselves. He found the motivation to move to the Country Music Capital of the […]

Movie Review “The Emoji Movie”

Movie Review by Justin Tubbs The premise begs the question. Are we really this attached to our phones that we need a whole movie dedicated to the emoticons we swap in texts?  Sure, Emojis are a cultural phenomenon, I’ll admit, but the fact that producers funded “The Emoji Movie” should be treated as a critique […]

Comedy opens Friday night

Opening Friday at Theatre Rocks is the delightful and fun comedy The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell. Three widowed friends meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands graves. When one of them finds a new love the other two try to squash it. Read the full story and more in […]

King film adaptation a fast-paced mess

Movie Review by Justin Tubbs – 2 out of 4 Tubs People either like Stephen King, or they don’t. I like to think I’m on the side that enjoys his work, but when a film adaptation of his writing comes out like “The Dark Tower,” it’s hard to remember why I ever thought this would […]

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