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Black history event, tattoo expo and music set in East Texas this weekend – Longview News-Journal

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“One Night in Memphis” will be performed March 26 at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center. The show recreates the night when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash were in a jam session together at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Longview Symphony will present a “Black History Celebration” concert Sunday at the Longview Arboretum.
Jerry Steichen is conductor of the Longview Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will perform its last concert of the season Saturday.
Journey Stories: A Celebration of Black History, Life and Culture exhibit on display at the Gregg County Historical Museum. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)
David Wesley, former professional basketball player and Longview native, is featured in the exhibit Journey Stories: A Celebration of Black History, Life and Culture on display at the Gregg County Historical Museum.
Artists and tattoo enthusiasts gather at the Ark-La-Tex Tattoo and Art Expo at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.
Tattoo artist Noah Coronado of Longview works on a forearm tattoo for Stephanie Crawford at the Ark-La-Tex Tattoo and Art Expo at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.
Artists and tattoo enthusiasts gather at the Ark-La-Tex Tattoo and Art Expo at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.

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“One Night in Memphis” will be performed March 26 at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center. The show recreates the night when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash were in a jam session together at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Longview Symphony will present a “Black History Celebration” concert Sunday at the Longview Arboretum.
Jerry Steichen is conductor of the Longview Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will perform its last concert of the season Saturday.
Journey Stories: A Celebration of Black History, Life and Culture exhibit on display at the Gregg County Historical Museum. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)
David Wesley, former professional basketball player and Longview native, is featured in the exhibit Journey Stories: A Celebration of Black History, Life and Culture on display at the Gregg County Historical Museum.
Artists and tattoo enthusiasts gather at the Ark-La-Tex Tattoo and Art Expo at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.
Tattoo artist Noah Coronado of Longview works on a forearm tattoo for Stephanie Crawford at the Ark-La-Tex Tattoo and Art Expo at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.
Artists and tattoo enthusiasts gather at the Ark-La-Tex Tattoo and Art Expo at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.
The weekend is almost here. If you’re looking for something to do, check out this list of events and activities around East Texas.
“One Night in Memphis,” 7 p.m. Saturday, LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview. The show features more than 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets: $27 to $37. Information: https://www.belchercenter.com/ .
Longview Symphony Orchestra “Black History Celebration,” 1:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Longview Arboretum, 706 W. Cotton St. Outdoor concert will feature the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Peterson Brothers Band, Wiley College Choir and Jon Starling. Admission: Free. Information: https://longviewsymphony.org/ .
“Journey Stories: A Celebration of Black History, Life and Culture,” on display through Saturday, Gregg County Historical Museum, 214 N. Fredonia St., Longview. Museum celebrates the journey stories of African Americans from the East Texas area who have made significant contributions to the community, state and nation. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: http://gregghistorical.org/ .
Ark-La-Tex Tattoo and Art Expo, 11 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd., Longview. The event will feature award-winning artists, music, tattoo seminars, side shows, hourly tattoo contests, Tattooers Art Gallery, children’s attractions, art exhibits, vendors, food and drink. Admission: $20, $40 weekend pass, free for children 12 and younger. Information: https://vanishla.com/expo/ .
Wandering Market Crafted & Boutique Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Longview Exhibit Building, 1123 Jaycee Drive, Longview. Features handcrafted items, home décor, vintage styles, modern trends, one-of-a-kind designs and gourmet food. Admission: $5, free for children 12 and younger. Information: (405) 401-7193 or  facebook.com/WanderingMarketCRAFTEDandBOUTIQUEshows/ .
Features Editor
I began my role as features editor in March 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is my second stint at the News-Journal. A Louisiana native, I also was in the Leadership Longview class of 2000.
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