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High expectations for what's coming in 2014

By Jessica Rodrigo
Dec. 25, 2013 at 6:25 a.m.


What are you looking forward to?

"I haven't even started thinking about 2014 yet."

Jonezoolyn Shorter, 24

"Everything awesome happened in 2013 - I got married - so everything else is icing on the cake."

Sean Folk, 24

"'Deadpool' is supposed to come out - it will have Ryan Renyolds in it. I'm a 'Deadpool' fan, and I hope he can pull it off."

Paul Hulbert, 19

"I'm dual enrolled in Victoria College and University of Houston-Victoria. After spring, I'll be at UHV full time."

Cassidy Marek, 20

"Looking forward to seeing what the new Ford Mustang will look like and the troops coming home."

Susanna Navarro, 30

"I'm just glad the world hasn't ended yet. It was supposed to end in 2012."

Daniel Alvarez, 26

Begin the countdown for the new year. With the new year right around corner, here are a few things were are looking forward to digging into in 2014:

Cosplay

The Victoria Comic Con will be the first of its kind here in the Crossroads and is expected to bring in all the comic book fans and gaming gurus Jan. 11 to the Victoria Community Center.

So start thinking about which character you want to portray and how you're going to pull off wearing close to nothing in January or at least sporting tights and a cape.

Grammy-award winning artists

The Victoria Symphony will present a concert with five-time Grammy award winner Wynonna Judd on Jan. 18 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. She's helping the music organization celebrate 40 years of bringing classical and contemporary music to the Crossroads with the Master Series, Spooktacular and more.

Becoming a star

In 2014, the indie film lover's festival will bring four days of screenings and panels.

"We're expanding on what we did last year," said Anthony Pedone, executive director of the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival.

The festival, slated for April 3-6, will include artists, live music recordings and producing and filming movies.

"It will star people that are here at the festival as well as other actors we bring here," he said.

New businesses, more variety

Business has its ups and downs. We've seen businesses close shop and a few open their doors. Hopefully, 2014 will bring us a few more businesses, too.

In the Crossroads, we can never have too many doughnut shops. The prospect of having a Dunkin' Donuts is music to our ears but sabotage to our waistlines. The company has announced plans to expand its coffee and pastry empire to include a store in the Crossroads area, but we just don't know yet where or when it will open shop. We can already imagine a line forming around the building at the drive-thru window for those Coolattas and Dunkaccinos.

Bigger and better comedy shows

Joey Sandoval, owner of the Golden Gecko, said people can expect to see more performances in the opera room of their downtown bar.

"We've got bigger and better names and performers coming," he said.

Sandoval also mentioned that there might be more variety to the shows hosted at upstairs. Music, comedy and magic are just a few of the things they might have hiding up their sleeves for 2014.

Aside from the Gecko's lineup, The VISD Fine Arts Center also has a few comedians scheduled for 2014.

Four-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers Terry Bradshaw is coming to Victoria for a comedy show March 1. Proceeds from his show will go toward the VTXIFF.

Festivals for everybody

The Crossroads is home to a large mix of festivals from Cuero's Turkeyfest to Victoria's Bootfest and Flip Flop Festival in Port Lavaca. That means live music, fried food, cold brews and loads of entertainment.

RezFest will feature Jeremy Camp as its headliner. Tickets are on sale now at Interstate Battery, 5210 John Stockbauer Drive, for the April 12 event.

"The biggest thing is that we're bringing it back to Victoria," said Glen Dry, founder of RezFest.

The one-day event will be at the Son Valley Ranch and will include more musicians, which he said will be revealed closer to the event. There will be limited tickets for sale this time, but Dry still expects to see about 2,500 to 3,000 people at RezFest.

Blockbusters

It looks like this year's movie lineup is going to be a good one. The movie-maker magic must've been floating in the air above Hollywood because there are a ton of flicks coming out in 2014.

The list includes "The Amazing Spiderman 2," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," "22 Jump Street" and more. There's even a sequel to "300" that left us a little puzzled about how that will pan out.

Make your voice heard

It's that time of year for some of our political officials to run for office again, so hit the polls and vote this election season. You can't complain about the government if you don't get out and vote.

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