How Houstonians can celebrate Selena's 50th birthday today

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Fans celebrated the life of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who would have celebrated her 50th birthday today.

It's been 26 years since the death of Tejano music superstar and pop culture icon, but the love for the singer is just as strong as before.

"She was a role model," said Maty Guzman, who took time out of her day to visit one of Selena's murals in Houston. "She was a strong figure that showed that there are other people like you."

Guzman said she's always been attracted to her music and her vigorous command over her life.

Before her birthday ends, maybe you want to place some flowers by her mural or learn about the singer's journey by watching her documentary. Regardless of how you decide to honor Selena, there are a few other ways to celebrate her life.

This week, Netflix dropped a new trailer for part two of its "Selena" series, and it includes scenes from her iconic Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert.

If you feel comfortable venturing out, there are a number of events commemorating Selena's 50th birthday across Houston Friday.

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From a live tribute band to a special menu featuring her favorite food, here's how you can celebrate.

Saint Arnold Brewery is hosting "Selena Day" today. Starting at 5 p.m., a live DJ is spinning your favorite songs from the Queen of Tejano. The brewery will have a special menu featuring some of Selena's favorite foods, including a medium pepperoni pizza. Entry is free.

You can also "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" to a live Selena tribute band at Neon Boots Dancehall on Hempstead. Advanced tickets are $10 and tickets at the door are $15. Doors open at 5 p.m. You must be over 21 to enter.

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In Katy, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema LaCenterra will be showing the movie "Selena." The 1997 film stars Jennifer Lopez and takes you through Selena's inspiring and tragic true story. Tickets are $12. The movie starts at 7 p.m.

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Selena's legacy lives on with her fans.

Selena's favorite food was a medium pepperoni pizza. If you want to enjoy her go-to meal, stop by Saint Arnold Brewery.

The restaurant is hosting "Selena Day" until 8 p.m. Friday with a live tribute band and a special menu with her favorite food.

"She did an interview a long time ago and said the most adorable thing," said Ryan Savoie, the chef. "They were just talking about food, that she eats and she said that she eats a whole medium pizza all by herself."
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