Queen of Tejano music and pop culture icon Selena Quintanilla Pérez would have turned 46 this weekend. In Austin, the celebrations in her honor began earlier this month with everything from an interactive screening of the “Selena” film at Fusebox Festival to the annual TuezGayz Selena tribute party at Barbarella.
But Austinites can still celebrate with more festivities from trivia night to dance contests leading up to her April 16 birthday. Last month marked the 22nd anniversary of Selena’s death and her legacy is still growing strong. Selena received numerous posthumous awards recently including a Madame Tussauds wax figure, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a spot on the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
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Last fall, MAC Cosmetics launched a limited-edition “Selena” makeup collection that drew scores of fans to MAC retail stores across the country. Here’s a look at some Austin events where you can keep her memory alive.
Selena Movie Parties at Alamo Drafthouse
April 13: Alamo Drafthouse Village Only a few tickets left for the 7:30 p.m. show, so hurry up and buy online if you want to watch the film here.
April 15: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz at 11:45 a.m.
April 20: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz at 10 p.m.
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Other Selena celebrations:
April 15: Selena Tribute at Sahara Lounge with Son de Rey
April 16: SelenaFest! at The Highball (1120 S Lamar Blvd.) will celebrate the Queen of Tejano music with performances from Austin-based Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda and Su Madre plus cumbia dance lessons, and a Selena lookalike and dance contest.
DID YOU KNOW?
- It takes about 1,500 rhinestones for Stephanie Bergara, lead singer of Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda, to complete a Selena-style bustier.
- In 2012, Selena’s husband, Chris Perez, released his book, “To Selena, With Love.”
- The Selena museum in Corpus Christi was built in 1998 by the Quintanilla family.
- Selena appeared in the Mexican soap opera “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.”