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From left to right: Patti Lupone, Vanessa Williams and Laura Benanti

WOMEN of BROADWAY

Theater, and the arts in general, often lead the cutting edge when it comes to challenging societal norms. It achieves this by looking at what exists and then considering the question of, “What if…?” This year, the concept of what is normal has been turned on its head, forcing all of us — the arts included — to meet these challenges in new and interesting ways.

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A hummingbird takes the opportunity to sip from a vibrant orange Mexican sunflower.

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Migrating Monarchs collect nectar from this sunny blooms. Photos by Norman Winter

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The Mexican sunflower also provides nectar to Zebra longwings. Photo by Norman Winter

Mexican sunflower: Colorful pollinator champions

Flaming orange flowers always catch my eye and the old-fashioned Mexican sunflower is still one of the best. They are probably catching your eye as well wherever you drive or commute in Central Texas. There may be a revival happening with this plant that I have failed to notice.

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Above, a sampling of Black's Barbecue, which included a quarter pound of brisket, a jalapeno sausage ring, pinto beans, potato salad, pickles and barbecue sauce. Daily Record photo by Lance Winter

Foodie Friday: Black's Barbecue

Central Texas is known for a lot of things. Most significantly — culinary speaking — it’s become a haven for barbecue enthusiasts to come and see what’s smokin’.

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With a rich and savory roux, this spicy gumbo will add an extra kick, or lagniappe, to your game day feast. Free Use Photo

Lagniappe!

For many fans who love to see their favorite sports in person, tailgating is as much fun as the event itself. And no tailgate is complete without ample amounts of food. Those who want to add a touch of Louisiana homecooking to their tailgates can try the following recipe for “Chicken, Crawfish and Sausage Gumbo” from Neal Corman and Chris Peterson’s “Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook” (St. Martin’s Press).

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“Music was always a big part of my life,” says Edinburg native Matt Castillo. “I fell in love with Texas music.” Photos courtesy of Lance Cowan Media

LONE STAR COUNTRY

As a child of the 90s living in the South Texas town of Edinburg, Matt Castillo grew up listening to Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakum, George Strait and Randy Rogers on CD. Having moved to the Valley from Austin when he was in the third grade, Castillo carried the music of these next-generation legends with him, letting it seep into his bones to influence his own unique style of country.

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This large horse trough container features Hawaiian Ti, Rockin Golden Delicious on the ends and Blue My Mind evolvulus, Diamond Frost euphorbia and Superbells Coralina calibrachoa as fillers and spillers. Photos by James Winter

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Zebra longwing butterflies spar for position on this blooming Rockin Golden Delicious salvia. Photo by Norman Winter

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Rockin Golden Delicious salvia, Hawaiian Ti and Fiesta hibiscus create a Carnival in Rio atmosphere. Photo by James Winter

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Rockin Golden Delicious salvia also attracts hummingbirds with its nectar. Photo by Norman Winter

Rockin Golden Delicious Salvia: Festive for all occasions

This is the time of the year we revel in the Golden Delicious. Of course, The Garden Guy is referring to the Rockin Golden Delicious pineapple sage. While we have been loving every minute of it through the long, hot summer it is the short days of early fall that bring on the added cause of celebration.

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A Word About Recycling

Continuing from last week with information taken from an article in the E-Waste newsletter, we’ll start by talking more about a new recycling company in Nevada. This new company is aiming to become one of the major companies having an electric vehicle battery recycling operation. We find they have already raised $40 million to fund their efforts.

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