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April—People, Places, Events, Attractions

04.07.05

It has been ten years since my daughter SELENA was killed, and my family and I decided that we should organize a concert to remember her life and her music. Shortly after she died, I promised to keep her music alive as much as I could. So for the concert, we decided to invite many artists to sing Selena’s songs, to pay tribute to her. Artists like Gloria Estefan, Thalía, Pepe Aguilar, A. B. Quintanilla III y Los Kumbia Kings, Alicia Villarreal, and [Selena’s former band] Los Dinos—it’ll be the first time they’ve played together since she died—will do renditions of her songs. Knowing Selena’s personality, I know she would be excited about this. She probably wouldn’t believe it was all in her honor. She didn’t see herself as a star; she was a very down-to-earth person. I remember how every time we would go to play at a concert, she’d be sitting in the bus beforehand, worried, asking, “Is anyone going to come?” And it was always packed. A lot of people loved Selena. She touched so many hearts. [The tenth-anniversary tribute concert to the late queen of tejano will be held at Reliant Stadium, in Houston. ABRAHAM QUINTANILLA

(For directions and more information, see Selena ¡Vive!— Houston, Music/Dance)

COMING ATTRACTIONS | The month in baseball.

Rocket Science

Roger Clemens has a lot of reasons to go to work every day—18 million, to be precise—but this season he’s outlined two in particular: to win a first World Series for the Houston Astros and, just as lofty, to steal a base. Can he pull them off? Texas Longhorns coach Augie Garrido, who recently recorded his 1,500th career win (“A spiritual experience,” he says. “Like Jesus at the Last Supper”) and is known nationwide as a great baseball teacher, assesses Clemens’s odds.

So, can he win the World Series? No. It’s a team sport. Roger can provide leadership, but he has lots of help—Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Andy Pettitte. Every Astro is committed to making it happen.

Is he worth the money then? Yes, as a matter of fact. When you see all that he does and figure that no one else can do it, he is worth it. And when you put a dollar amount like that in entertainment-world terms, he’s pretty inexpensive compared to movie stars. You might even say he’s underpaid.

Any advice for Roger on stealing a base? Practice sliding, because the net result of that slide when he steals the base could be serious! [The Astros open with a two-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 5.] KATHARYN RODEMANN

(For directions and more information, see Houston, Sports)

OPENING GAMBITS

What to see and who to watch in April.

April 1: Houston Astros at Round Rock Express … 4: Baseball in the Lone Star State: The Texas League’s Greatest Hits, by Texas League president Tom Kayser and David King, hits stores this week (Trinity University Press, $19.95) … 5 & 6: Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals … 7: First-ever Triple-A game at Dell Diamond: Express vs. Omaha Royals … 7—10: San Antonio Missions welcome new rivals Corpus Christi Hooks; Midland Rockhounds host Frisco RoughRiders … 8: Moody High—2004’s Texas 5-A baseball champion—and pitcher Luis Flores vs. Miller High … 10: First Missions broadcast in Spanish since 2002 ( KZDC 1250 AM, 4:05 p.m.) … 12—14: Assess Texas Rangers pitching in their opening series against the Angels ( L.A. or Anaheim, flip a coin) … 16: The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History opens “Rounding the Bases: Baseball in Corpus Christi” … 18: Denton Ryan High vs. Southlake Carroll High: Watch outfielder Austin Jackson and shortstop Aaron Luna … 19: Baylor Bears visit the TCU Horned Frogs: Witness Mark McCormick’s 100-mile-per-hour fastball … 20: Rice Owls vs. Texas Longhorns … 23 & 24: Fort Worth Cats’ Big Chance Tournament … 29 & 30: Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox.

(For directions and more information, see Austin, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio)

[SMALL BALL ]

Hot tub seating, Friday fireworks, heroes close enough to touch, and mascots slow enough to tackle: Starting this month, minor

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