Parker McCollum

Austin country singer Parker McCollum returns to Beaumont to perform at the Dixie Dance Hall on Crockett Street on Saturday, Feb. 3, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Just 25, McCollum is touring in support of his sophomore release Probably Wrong, which contains the radio single “I Can’t Breathe.” Grammy winner Lloyd Gaines produced the record. It was at 16 when McCollum began playing gigs around the Houston area before he made the permanent move to Austin.

Travis Linville

There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to The Tonight Show and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe. Linville will bring his talent to Southeast Texas to play the Neches Brewing Company on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. His acclaimed solo releases include 2012’s Sun or Moon and 2014’s Out on the Wire, called “rich, soulful and beautiful” by Jimmy LaFave. A live audition of a track from the latter even netted him a role in a William H.

New death registry rollout may improve vital statistics

The state of Texas is giving new life to a system that records how people die, and Texas doctors are optimistic it will be easier to use and will lead to more accurate death records, which collect vital data used to monitor public health.

Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird

Wait, What?

Ikea has taken advertising in a whole new direction with its recent print ad for a crib. The ad, which appears in the Swedish magazine Amelia, invites women who think they might be pregnant to urinate on the paper to reveal a discounted price. “Peeing on this ad may change your life,” the ad reads at the top of the page. “If you are expecting, you will get a surprise right here in the ad.” Adweek reported that the agency behind the gimmick adapted pregnancy test technology to work on a magazine page.

Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I am a 32-year-old married man with two children. I am trying to come to terms with my childhood. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a mother who had numerous affairs.

My elder brother, “Michael,” was my world. He is only three years older than I am, but he practically raised me. He is the one who got me dressed and ready for school every morning, fed me, helped me with my homework, and tucked me in at night.