LAUNCH! That’s our theme this episode, taking you on a journey into new horizons. Meet Plano resident Phil Pollacia who played a key role in the early days of NASA’s space program – and two women launching the Plano pickleball craze. Finally, we take you behind the scenes at North Texas Performing Arts – as one of us attempts to launch their community acting career in Scrooge- the Musical.
We’re headed to the library … and we’re not going quietly! Find out why the Plano Public Library is more than books – way more – and how the library can help you find a job, research your ancestors, meet new people, learn a language, take up a new hobby AND save you money. Plus, meet the super-sorters getting ready for the annual book sale … and get on board the library’s sweet new ride.
In this episode, we turn the spotlight on MEN GONE WILD in Plano. Meet a few of Plano’s hardest working, standout males … Starting with a visit to Metroflex Gym – where the workouts are old school and hard core. Next, a sneak peek at Drag Queen Bingo, an event attracting sellout crowds to downtown Plano. Finally, meet Keishon Ireland, Plano ISD’s elementary school teacher of the year for 2018 — and learn why kids love having this guy in the classroom.
Plano night life – no, it’s not an oxymoron! Brixton, Scruffy Duffies, Brick Road Theatre, Hyena’s Comedy Club and even the Texas Pool- we catch the Friday night vibe. From 80’s hair band Metal Shop; to a Patsy Cline tribute performance by Julie Johnson; as well as American Idol finalist Josh Wright – music makes the scene in this episode. Plano Firefighter Marco Banuelas is our featured character, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes, and plenty of entertainment. Chiborken, anyone?
Does the early bird REALLY get the worm? Does “early to rise” truly make you healthy, wealthy and wise? For some answers, we dragged ourselves out of bed before the crack of dawn to talk to some Plano early risers. By the time the rest of us are awake, they’ve been up for hours. Find out what they’ve been doing and how it affects their careers, bodies and minds.
Twenty years ago, we were in the middle of the Plano heroin crisis. Before it was over, nineteen teens and young adults in Plano were dead – killed by heroin overdoses. We tracked down those who were brave enough to say, “My name is Plano. I’m an addict” and to tackle the crisis. This is the extraordinary story of the Plano heroin shutdown.
In Plano, the holidays get hilarious with Theatre Britain’s annual panto production. This episode opens the curtain to a raucous family holiday treat. It’s a fractured fairy tale called the “panto,” and it’s performed every year by Theatre Britain in downtown Plano. The Plano theater company’s production features all the traditional elements – the dame who’s actually a guy, a ghostly cameo, and lots of audience participation. We go behind the scenes to hear from the director and meet some of the actors, plus, an extensive wrapup with performing arts critic Mark Lowry of TheaterJones, who weighs in on growing diversity of theater and arts productions in Plano.