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Murder Me Always is a comedy about a group of actors who are giving a bad performance in a murder mystery when the director is murdered off stage. The “fake” play comes to a screeching halt and a “real” murder mystery begins.  The “Murder Mystery Murderer” is on the loose and has struck again. Luckily, Detective Joe Mamet, a Raymond Chandler type gumshoe, has staked out the audience and rises to the occasion to begin an investigation. Could it be that one of these very bad actors is really a very bad person? Will this “real” murder mystery be any better than the fake one?  Join us for this interactive murder mystery and you’ll have an entertaining night along the way.  It’s always fun, and there are great prizes for the top five guests who solve the mystery.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  Curtain goes up on the performance at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $30 per person general admission and $25 per person for EPAF members. Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square, PadreRitaGrill, S.O.S. and online at www.elpaseoarts.org.

(See complete press release under “Current Season” in the Menu)

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs

Saturday, February 25th      1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Book discussion and signing with author, Sue Boggio

Fresh out of college, Santiago Silva begins his dream career in San Francisco, only to receive shocking news from home in Esperanza, New Mexico. A woman he briefly dated has reappeared with a three-year-old son she swears Santiago fathered. She claims they are in danger. Confronting the unfolding crisis in New Mexico, Santiago faces a soul-wrenching crossroads between the new life he has worked so hard to achieve and the undeniable pull of Esperanza. Long Night Moon continues the story of the Vigils and the Silvas, begun in the authors’ first two award-winning novels, Sunlight and Shadow and A Growing Season, depicting a complicated extended family in New Mexico’s beautiful Rio Grande Valley.

Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl grew up together in Iowa and are retired after long careers in health care at the University of New Mexico.


Friday February 24th   2017      1-3 PM

“Colors of Leaves”

Conversation and Book signing with author, Vijay Chopra

Unique insights about life gained through tragedy, loss, and new love influence the enriched views and distinctive perspectives that emerge in this collection of poems by Vijay Chopra.

Through these introspections written during the poet’s years of sorrows and pleasures, the reader is taken on a thinking man’s sensitive journey. The collection is dotted with playfulness and humor while sharing emotions devastated by lost love or drenched in new romance and at times tingled with social bias and absurdities with the inevitability of life itself.

In this first-time collection, the poetry is often tender; sometimes intense and painful. In one poem the reader may be overtaken with a simple smile of satisfaction, and on the very next page forced to confront a new intellectual or emotional self-awareness. Often, a poem in its style and word choice will reach the marrow of our being and awaken a new and unexpected feeling. The poet’s use of colorful and solid imagery help to enrich and challenge perceptions and sensitivities.

What makes this collection so pleasing is the special vision and feelings Chopra lends to the universal emotions we all have.

Besides being a life-long student of technology and working for a large corporation, Vijay Chopra has shown an unusual grasp of expressing softer and more complex human feelings equally well. This is his first published work.

Born and raised in India, he is a graduate of the famed Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He also has a Masters in Management from Lowell Technical Institute (currently University of Massachusetts at Lowell) in Massachusetts. Vijay and his wife, Aruna, live in the Chicagoland area.

All proceeds from the sale of his book go towards supporting the following charities:

1. Les Turner ALS Foundation: Hope and help for people with ALS — http://www.lesturnerals.org

2. Build On: Breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in underdeveloped world — http://www.buildon.org


These events are free and open to the public.

Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX

For information call us at 956-433-5057

Timeless Tuesdays

Classic Film Festival

January 10, 24 February 7, 21, and March 7

Island Cinema

This year, El Paseo Arts Foundation’s Annual Film Festival will feature classic films.  Many are award-winning; all are landmark films in the history of cinema or major film star careers.  The series is titled:   “Timeless Tuesdays”.  The five films are some of the best loved and most popular films ever made.  Classic film fans will enjoy seeing them once again on the big screen as they were originally intended to be viewed.  The films will be shown at 7:15 p.m. on five Tuesday evenings at Island Cinema beginning on Tuesday, January 10th and ending on Tuesday, March 7th. Tickets for the individual films are $10 each and are available at the door of the theatre on the night of each film.

February 28th, comedy is in the spotlight again, with Billy Wilder’s 1959 film, Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. 

March 7th,  a film that has achieved almost legendary status by contemporary critics and is often regarded and the best movie musical ever made – Singin’ in The Rain.  Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly and starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor.

(See complete press release under “Current Season” in the Menu)

History at Noon

Thursdays at the South Padre Island Community Center

12 to 12:45 on Jan 26th, Feb 9th & 23rd, Mar 9th

Please join us at our new SPI Community Center, (next door to the City Hall), with local author, historian, island explorer and treasure hunter, Steve Hathcock for a 45 minute round table gathering to learn about the history of Padre Island and the local area.

Feb  9 – Causeway collapse

Feb 23 – Colorful characters of South Padre Island

Mar  9 – Spring Break

Originally from Sparta, Wisconsin, Steve Hathcock is a South Padre Island historian, having lived on the island since 1980. A locksmith by trade, Mr. Hathcock writes a weekly article for the Padre Parade and hosts “Rio History: Preserving Our Past”, a historical TV show that airs on Winter Texan TV and on HotSpot TV in RV parks and hotels throughout the Rio Grande Valley. He is also the author of two books of historical essays, “Behind the Third Dune” and “Old Indio”. He was the publisher of the monthly magazine, Sandy Shores 

This event is free and open to the public

Sponsored by Island Traders and Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard

South Padre Island, TX   For information call us at 956-433-5057