Where to Celebrate Selena’s birthday in Austin

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / American-Statesman archive

While not all of us snagged a limited-edition reusable Selena tote bag at H-E-B last month (sniff), we can still celebrate pop culture icon Selena Quintanilla Pérez at April birthday celebrations in her honor across Austin.

The Tejano superstar — who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market before she died in 1995 — would have turned 47 on April 16. Selena’s legacy lives on as new generations learn about her life, career and achievements. In the past couple of years, Selena has received numerous posthumous awards such as a spot on the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Here are some Austin events where you can honor Selena’s memory:

April 14: Son de Rey Selena tribute concert from 9-11:30 p.m. at Sahara Lounge (1413 Webberville Road)

April 15: Selena Drag Brunch from noon to 3 p.m. at Micheladas Cafe y Cantina (333 E. Second St.)

April 15: Bidi Bidi Brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at El Chilito (2219 Manor Road) with dance contest, look-alike contest and singing competition. There will also be a taco-themed photo booth plus art for sale.

April 16: Alamo Drafthouse “Selena” movie party and screening at 7 p.m. at South Lamar and Village locations, 7:20 p.m. at Lakeline location. Arrive early for a pre-show featuring Selena music videos and rare interviews with the late star. Props and a lyric sheet to sing along with her music will be provided.

April 16: Selena-themed painting class from 7-9 p.m. at Painting with a Twist (6705 US-290 #501) with door prizes, games and Tejano music playing during the two-hour class. Reserve your spot online. Class costs $35 per person.

April 17: TuezGayz annual Selena tribute party at Barbarella (615 Red River St.). Doors open at 10 p.m. and small hourly dance tributes will happen at 11 p.m., midnight, 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

April 18: Selena Trivia night hosted by Get it Gals from 8-10 p.m. at Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe St.)

If you feel like a road trip, head to Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi for Fiesta de la Flor, the annual two-day music festival that celebrates the life and legacy of the Queen of Tejano. Headliners include The Mavericks and Los Palominos April 13 and Becky G and Elida Reyna April 14. A fireworks finale tribute to Selena wraps up the festival.

Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Nov. 3

On the heels of a popular Google Doodle this week honoring Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the pop culture icon will now posthumously receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3.

“Before there was JLo, Shakira or Beyoncé, there was a transformative female artist called Selena,” said Otto Padron, president of Meruelo Media and sponsor of the tribute, in a statement. “Selena is one of the most influential music icons of the 20th century. Her music, style and smile are timeless and now her star will grace (Hollywood, Calif.) forever.”

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce last summer selected to honor Selena in its recording category along with other performers including John Legend, Clarence Avant, Ice Cube, a posthumous honor for Jerry Goldsmith, Hall & Oates, *NSYNC and New Edition.

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

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On Selena’s Facebook fan page, music lovers expressed a similar sentiment that the honor was long overdue. “A dream come true,” wrote fan Hadeer Sinawe. “She deserved this even before her death.”

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Texas native Eva Longoria will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to proclaim Nov. 3 as official “Selena” Day in Los Angeles.

On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot Selena at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on.

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In honor of her Walk of Fame honor, check out our playlist of Selena songs:

‘Selena’ summer movie screening, plus ‘Anything for Selenas’ happy hour

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

Summertime in Austin means movie lovers can enjoy the annual Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount Theatre, which will bring films such as “The Graduate” and “Singin in the Rain.” But this year the beloved series, which has been running for 42 years and goes through Sept. 2, will also honor two iconic musicians – Loretta Lynn and Selena Quintanilla.

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On June 20-21, fans of both women can catch a double feature of the 1997 movie “Selena” as well as the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Before the screenings on June 20, Selena fans will be treated to a special “Anything for Selenas” happy hour from 6-7 p.m. featuring live music by Austin-based Selena cover band Bidi Bidi Banda. Fans are encouraged to wear bustiers, which Selena wears in the movie much to her father’s dismay. “Selena” begins at 7 p.m., followed by “Coal Miner’s Daughter” at 9:25 p.m. General admission tickets cost $12. On June 21, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” will screen at 7 p.m. followed by a 9:25 p.m. screening of “Selena.”

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More than 20 years after her death, Selena’s legacy lives on. Last fall, MAC Cosmetics released a limited-edition Selena makeup collection. The pop culture icon also 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. Each year, a two-day music festival called Fiesta de la Flor celebrates the life of Selena in her hometown of Corpus Christi. Selena fans can already save the dates for next year’s festival, which will be on April 13-14.

Check out the rest of the Summer Classic Film Series movie schedule by visiting austintheatre.org.

 

 

Where to celebrate Selena’s birthday in Austin

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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Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

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 16: Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline at 12:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.; Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 1:15 p.m.; Slaughter Lane at 12:15 p.m. and 6:40 p.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.

April 17: Selena Trivia at Dog & Duck Pub (2400 Webberville Road) It’s free to play at this event hosted by Get it Gals, but teams shouldn’t exceed six people.


A mural dedicated to Selena, the late Tejano star and cultural icon, is located along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in South Austin. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

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.”

Selena Quintanilla to be inducted into Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994.  Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / Austin American-Statesman

Pop culture icon and the “Queen of Tejano music” Selena Quintanilla Pérez  will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame this fall.

The Governor’s Commission for Women announced the 2016 inductees on Thursday, and an induction ceremony will be held on Oct. 21 at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Selena will be inducted along with four other Texas women including aviation pioneer Emma Carter Browning, entrepreneur Susie Hitchcock-Hall, University of Houston president Renu Khator and Ginger Kerrick, a division chief of the Flight Operations Directorate Integration Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

“I am honored to welcome these five extraordinary women into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news release. “Whether in public service, the arts, business or education, these leaders have inspired generations of Texans to reach new heights, achieve new goals and elevate the Lone Star State. I would like to thank each of the honorees and their families for their enduring contributions to the State of Texas.”

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For Selena, the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame news comes after a slew of posthumous honors this year. In June, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that the superstar will receive a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2017. In July, Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced plans to immortalize the legend with a wax figure.

Fans will have more to celebrate in October when M.A.C. cosmetics releases the limited-edition Selena makeup line.

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On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot her at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on. Fans will celebrate her life at the third annual Fiesta de la Flor festival in Corpus Christi on March 24-25, 2017.

“Selena’s story transcends cultural differences and continues to inspire people around the world,” according to the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women. “She is remembered as an icon for her musical accomplishments as well as for the joy that the memory of her charismatic personality continues to bring to her fans.”

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Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2017

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / Austin American-Statesman

Pop culture icon and Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla Pérez will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame more than 20 years after her death.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the honorees for its class of 2017 this week, and Selena was among the artists selected for the recording category. Other performers include Clarence Avant, a posthumous honor for Jerry Goldsmith, Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, *NSYNC and New Edition.

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Television producer and walk of famer Vin Di Bona, who serves as chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee said in a news release that “the committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world.”

On Selena’s Facebook fan page, more than 70,000 music lovers “liked” the news so far. “The first time I walked the Hollywood Walk of Fame the first thing I asked was where Selena’s star was,” fan Lauren Robinson wrote on the site. “I’m very happy to hear she’s finally getting one!”

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On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot Selena at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on.

Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi will host the third annual Fiesta de la Flor festival on March 24-25 2017.

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In honor of her Walk of Fame honor, check out our playlist of Selena songs:

Remembering Selena: Cultura en Austin’s Top 2015 Moments

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

Austinites experienced many memorable cultural moments in 2015. We saw Paul Chávez, the son of civil rights and labor leader César Chávez, join the community in the annual citywide march in his father’s honor. We saw the Harry Ransom Center open the literary archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez.

As a features reporter, I’m privileged to witness and write about many culturally significant events in Austin. From now through Dec. 31, I’ll share three of my favorite 2015 moments. All of them give a unique insight into Austin’s Latino community.

 A mural dedicated to Selena, the late Tejano star and cultural icon, is located along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in South Austin. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

A mural dedicated to Selena, the late Tejano star and cultural icon, is located along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in South Austin. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Austin remembers Selena

When Tejano music star and pop culture icon Selena Quintanilla Pérez was shot in 1995, it changed Texas music forever. Like many Selena fans, I still remember the moment when I learned of the tragic news from a junior high school classmate in my hometown of Eagle Pass.

After reporting on the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death this March and seeing all the local tributes in her honor, it was clear to me that Selena’s music lives on not just among those who remember her, but also with new generations of Selena fans. Many of them weren’t even alive when Selena reached superstardom, but those fans will now help ensure that she won’t be forgotten.

I was fascinated to learn just how much Selena’s death influenced media and marketing. After People’s commemorative Selena issue sold out, the publication launched People en Español. Many other publications began noticing the untapped market as well, and magazines like Latina magazine soon launched. Texas Monthly put Selena on its cover, making it the first time that a Latina had been featured in that spot.

From festivals to tribute bands that honor her, Selena’s legacy continues to touch people from all walks of life.

 

Selena tribute events in April

 Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994.  Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman.
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman.

Update: Puro Chingón Collective’s April 10 event has changed its time and venue. The updated info is below.

March 31st marked 20 years since the world lost Selena Quintanilla Pérez, but the legacy of this Tejano superstar — who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market — lives on. In an Austin American-Statesman story last week, I took a look at Selena’s legacy, and how she’s impacted everything from pop culture to style.

Selena fans will honor her memory with tributes throughout the year, and especially during her birthday month in April when the Queen of Tejano would have turned 44 years old.

Here’s a look at some Austin-area events. Know of more upcoming Selena tributes? Contact nflores@statesman.com.

April 10: Puro Chingón Collective will present an interactive screening of the film “Selena” at 7 p.m. at The Off Center at 2211-A Hidalgo St. Guests will receive a bag of props to be used during key points throughout the movie.

April 14: TheGlitoris’ third annual TuezGayz Selena tribute party at Barbarella (611 Red River St.) Doors open at 10 p.m. Small Selena tributes at 11 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m. $5 cover

April 16: Bidi Bidi Banda Presents: A Selena Birthday Celebration concert at the ABGB at 9 p.m. (Sold-out show.)

Austin American-Statesman videographer Kelly West recently chatted with Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda lead singer Stephanie Bergara about how she interprets Selena.

April 16: Alamo Drafthouse presents a Selena Sing-Along movie screening at South Lamar and Alamo Drafthouse Village at 7 p.m.
April 17-18: Although this is in Corpus Christi, we thought you’d like to know about the highly anticipated Fiesta de la Flor festival featuring music by artists such as Los Lobos, Nina Diaz (of Girl in a Coma), AB Quintanilla y Los Kumbia King AllStarz and more.

 

Austin Selena fans, we want your photos!

We put out a call for Selena fans to snap an Instagram photo of themselves at the Selena mural at Lady Bird Lake, and we’ve received some great ones. But we need more Selena fans to submit their photos by Friday, so that we can create and share an online photo gallery in Selena’s honor. (You don’t have to dress up like her in the photo).

On March 31, it will have been 20 years since the death of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, but her music and legacy live on in the hearts of fans who watched her rise to fame and hoped to see her reach superstardom as a crossover artist.

Here’s how you can submit your photo:

Visit the Selena mural on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Find it on the west side of Pleasant Valley Road just south of the bridge over Longhorn Dam and across the street from the Krieg Softball Complex. Send us a photo of you and your friends by the mural and tag @austin360 on Instagram. Use the hashtags #SelenaForeverinATX. Your photos will appear in an online photo gallery and may also appear in print.

 

 

 

Remember Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in Austin

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On March 31, it will have been 20 years since the death of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, but her music and legacy live on in the hearts of fans who watched her rise to fame and hoped to see her reach superstardom as a crossover artist.

Show us your love of the Queen of Tejano music by visiting the Selena mural on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Find it on the west side of Pleasant Valley Road just south of the bridge over Longhorn Dam and across the street from the Krieg Softball Complex. Send us a photo of you and your friends by the mural and tag @austin360 on Instagram. Use the hashtags #SelenaForeverinATX. Your photos will appear in an online photo gallery and may also appear in print.