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James McMurtry

Courville’s welcomes James McMurtry on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes Big Rich’s famous buffet dinner. McMurtry, 53, is the son of the Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. James, who impressed fellow musician John Cougar Mellencamp during his early years, has released more than a dozen albums with his last, Complicated Game, coming in 2015. It charted in several Billboard Top 10s and received high praise from critics. For tickets, call (409) 860-9811.

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Phoenix all female punk rockers Doll Skin will perform at The Gig on Crockett Street on Thursday, March 17, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets for this 18-and-older show are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All in their teens, the band consists of vocalist Sydney Dolezal (16), guitarist Alex Snowden (16), bassist Nicole Rich (17) and drummer Meghan Shea Herring (19) under the guidance of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. They are touring in support of their debut record, In Your Face.

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Kameron is 4 months old and really sweet. He was found as a stray, so he’s a bit nervous at the shelter. At such a young age, the streets are no place for a kitten; adjusting to the shelter life is a little scary, but he’s doing very well. The shelter staff have been showing him how to get used to people holding him, and showing him affection. (It’s actually quite nice!) Once he opens up, he likes to play and be petted and loved on. Don’t forget to look at him when you come to the shelter.

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Zumba is a growing trend among those looking to get fit with flair. It combines high-energy music with cardio-boosting dance moves that make it fall into the “fun” category more than the “workout” category.  Zumba increases flexibility, coordination and is easily modified for all levels of fitness, which makes it appealing to young and old alike. The best thing about Zumba? Anyone can do it.

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If you’re anything like us, your mind is boggled by all of the different styles of yoga out there: Ashtanga, Bikram, prenatal, acro, hatha and more are styles that are thrown around on a regular basis, but what is yoga at its core? Yoga is a Hindu practice that dates back more than 5,000 years with more than 20 million practicing the art in the U.S. alone.

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