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Must See, Must Hear, Must Do This Weekend

It’s dawning a weekend full of things to do. I invited Christina Casella from the Playhouse and asked her "what is the word?" She sung her response.

 

 
Grease is the word is the word is the word that you heard...”

 
She was singing that because she plays Frenchy in the Playhouse production of Grease. For those of you wondering about the hit musical's plot, here it is in a nutshell.

 
“Danny and Sandy meet each other over the summer and they fall in love.”

 
But let's face it--Grease is really about the music. Ms. Casella agrees, and describes the musical's vibe.

 
"High energy—we are dancing and singing like crazy. It’s a workout!”

 
Also tonight, week three of the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival. 
 
Here’s Festival producer Lorenzo Nastasi talking about former Tower Of Power founding member Greg Adams.

 
"In 1995 his debut Hidden Agenda went all the way to number one on Billboard and stayed there for five weeks."

 
The free festival brings smooth jazz to Wonderland Mall’s Amphitheater. Then on Saturday night, Adam Lee says you should hit the road. And here's where he thinks you should go.

 
“I-10 west, take exit 505, and continue on Junction Highway 27 west bound.”

 
He's giving directions to Hunt, to the Hunt Store, where you can hear Texas legend Ray Benson. Lee described the evening this way.

 
“Wonderful music, great food.”
 
I asked for clarification on that "great food" description. Turns out, it's a culinary as well as musical event.

 
“Oh, we’re doing a five-course meal. Appetizer, salad, great entrees, then a nice dessert to compliment everything at the end.”

 
For more on the Playhouse production of Grease, go here
 
For more on the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival, go here
 
For more on Ray Benson's appearance in Hunt, go here