‘Selena’ summer movie screening, plus ‘Anything for Selenas’ happy hour

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

Summertime in Austin means movie lovers can enjoy the annual Summer Classic Film Series at the Paramount Theatre, which will bring films such as “The Graduate” and “Singin in the Rain.” But this year the beloved series, which has been running for 42 years and goes through Sept. 2, will also honor two iconic musicians – Loretta Lynn and Selena Quintanilla.

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On June 20-21, fans of both women can catch a double feature of the 1997 movie “Selena” as well as the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Before the screenings on June 20, Selena fans will be treated to a special “Anything for Selenas” happy hour from 6-7 p.m. featuring live music by Austin-based Selena cover band Bidi Bidi Banda. Fans are encouraged to wear bustiers, which Selena wears in the movie much to her father’s dismay. “Selena” begins at 7 p.m., followed by “Coal Miner’s Daughter” at 9:25 p.m. General admission tickets cost $12. On June 21, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” will screen at 7 p.m. followed by a 9:25 p.m. screening of “Selena.”

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More than 20 years after her death, Selena’s legacy lives on. Last fall, MAC Cosmetics released a limited-edition Selena makeup collection. The pop culture icon also received numerous posthumous awards recently including a Madame Tussauds wax figure,  a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a spot on the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Each year, a two-day music festival called Fiesta de la Flor celebrates the life of Selena in her hometown of Corpus Christi. Selena fans can already save the dates for next year’s festival, which will be on April 13-14.

Check out the rest of the Summer Classic Film Series movie schedule by visiting austintheatre.org.

 

 

Madame Tussauds unveils Selena Quintanilla wax figure

Madame Tussauds Hollywood's unveiling of singer Selena immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on August 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)
Madame Tussauds Hollywood’s unveiling of singer Selena immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on August 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)

Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Tuesday unveiled the highly anticipated wax figure of the “Queen of Tejano” Selena Quintanilla, who more than 20 years after her death continues to influence music and pop culture. Now fans can see, hug and take photos with Selena’s likeness in California along with other iconic lifelike figures including Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga.

“On behalf of our family we would like to express a huge amount of gratitude to Madame Tussauds in creating such an amazing lifelike wax figure of our beloved Selena,” Selena’s sister Suzette Arriaga said in a news release. “This is yet another step in making sure that her legacy lives on and that her fans new and old can appreciate her as a person, an artist and one whom we can all identify with.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 30: Selena's husband Chris Perez (L), sister Suzette Quintanilla (2nd-L), and brother A.B. Quintanilla (R) onstage during Madame Tussauds Hollywood's unveiling of Singer Selena immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on August 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)
Selena’s husband Chris Perez (L), sister Suzette Quintanilla (2nd-L), and brother A.B. Quintanilla (R) onstage during Madame Tussauds Hollywood’s unveiling of Singer Selena immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on August 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)

Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced plans in July to immortalize the legend with a wax figure after more than 10,000 Selena fans signed a Change.org petition requesting the honor. Madame Tussauds worked in partnership with the Quintanilla family as well as a team of sculptors and artists to recreate a 1993 stage look from Selena’s concert performance at Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi. The Grammy-winning album “Selena Live!” was recorded there.

On Selena’s Facebook page, fans poured in with their thoughts about the new wax figure. “It’s so amazing as a fan to see this happen,” wrote Clarissa Ramirez. “Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, makeup line, (and now) her own wax figure. She’d be so proud of all her accomplishments if she was alive to see it today.”

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This fall there will be more posthumous honors for the pop culture icon. In October,  Selena will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and MAC cosmetics will release a limited-edition Selena makeup line.

“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena,” Colin Thomas, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, said in a news release. “Her influence has transcended generations and her passionate fans continue to be inspired by her to this day. We recognize this and in response, we are proud to join her fans in celebrating her legacy by immortalizing her.”

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Selena Quintanilla to be inducted into Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994.  Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / Austin American-Statesman

Pop culture icon and the “Queen of Tejano music” Selena Quintanilla Pérez  will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame this fall.

The Governor’s Commission for Women announced the 2016 inductees on Thursday, and an induction ceremony will be held on Oct. 21 at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Selena will be inducted along with four other Texas women including aviation pioneer Emma Carter Browning, entrepreneur Susie Hitchcock-Hall, University of Houston president Renu Khator and Ginger Kerrick, a division chief of the Flight Operations Directorate Integration Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

“I am honored to welcome these five extraordinary women into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news release. “Whether in public service, the arts, business or education, these leaders have inspired generations of Texans to reach new heights, achieve new goals and elevate the Lone Star State. I would like to thank each of the honorees and their families for their enduring contributions to the State of Texas.”

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For Selena, the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame news comes after a slew of posthumous honors this year. In June, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that the superstar will receive a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2017. In July, Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced plans to immortalize the legend with a wax figure.

Fans will have more to celebrate in October when M.A.C. cosmetics releases the limited-edition Selena makeup line.

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On March 31, 1995, Selena’s former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar fatally shot her at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. But for many fans of the Tejano superstar, who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market, Selena’s legacy lives on. Fans will celebrate her life at the third annual Fiesta de la Flor festival in Corpus Christi on March 24-25, 2017.

“Selena’s story transcends cultural differences and continues to inspire people around the world,” according to the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women. “She is remembered as an icon for her musical accomplishments as well as for the joy that the memory of her charismatic personality continues to bring to her fans.”

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Selena Quintanilla to be honored with Madame Tussauds wax figure

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994.  Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

It’s been a good year for fans of Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the Tejano superstar and pop culture icon who continues to influence music lovers more than 20 years after her death.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced plans today to immortalize the legend with a wax figure that will be unveiled at the famed Hollywood destination on Aug. 30.

“On behalf of our family we would like to express a huge amount of gratitude to Madame Tussauds in creating such an amazing lifelike wax figure of our beloved Selena,” Selena’s sister Suzette Arriaga said in a news release. “This is yet another step in making sure that her legacy lives on and that her fans new and old can appreciate her as a person, an artist and one whom we can all identify with.”

RELATED: SELENA’S LEGACY LIVES ON

In 2015, Selena fans launched a Change.org petition requesting a wax figure for the “Queen of Tejano.” Nearly 10,000 people signed and the outpouring of support eventually led Madame Tussauds to partner with the Quintanilla family to create a wax figure with a team of expert sculptors and artists. Together they chose the wardrobe, expression, hairstyle, pose and makeup for the Selena wax figure, according to Madame Tussauds.

Selena's stylish outfits also made the Tejano star a fashion icon. Photo contributed by Madame Tussauds
Selena’s stylish outfits also made the Tejano star a fashion icon. Photo contributed by Madame Tussauds

The completed figure, which is valued at about $350,000, will feature a recreated 1993 stage look from Selena’s concert performance at Memorial Coliseum in her hometown of Corpus Christi, where she recorded the album “Selena Live!” The album won a Grammy the following year.

Selena’s Facebook page is offering fans the chance to win a VIP pass to the launch party on Aug. 30 as well as a Selena Annual Pass. For a chance to win, fans can upload a video to the Madame Tussauds Hollywood YouTube channel explaining why they are the Selena’s biggest fan.

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News of the forthcoming wax figure comes on the heels of another important recognition for the artist this summer. In June, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Selena would receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, joining other artists such as Ice Cube and John Legend.

In October, Selena fans will have more to celebrate. The late artist, who was also a fashion and beauty icon, will be honored with her own limited-edition M.A.C. cosmetics line, which is expected to release this fall.

Selena was fatally shot by her former fan club president in 1995, but her legacy lives on as she continues to earn honors for her work and gains a new generation of fans.

“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena,” Colin Thomas, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, said in a news release. “Her influence has transcended generations and her passionate fans continue to be inspired by her to this day. We recognize this and in response, we are proud to join her fans in celebrating her legacy by immortalizing her.”

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