This tale as old as time gets an extravagant makeover in the live action version that Disney is poised to make box office history with this weekend. Bill Condon, the director, goes full tilt and it’s as overdone as Neil Simon plays in community theater.

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The Humane Society of Southeast Texas marked the one-year anniversary of last year’s fire on Wednesday, March 15.

The staff held the memorial service with a blessing of the pets and a prayer from Pastor Dan Tatum, chaplain at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Monica Lee, development director at the Humane Society, opened the ceremony.

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It’s a gala evening of art, fine dining, dancing and entertainment as Lamar University hosts the 42nd annual Le Grand Bal on Saturday, March 25. This year’s theme, “Lamar University in Black and White,” features a musical retrospective of LU through the decades. Guests are encouraged to dress in black and white. Activities include a silent art auction at the Dishman Art Museum, as well as a gourmet buffet, libations, music and dancing in the Montagne Center.

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It’s two classic rock bands for the price of one as Golden Nugget in Lake Charles hosts Average White Band with special guest Tower of Power on Friday, March 24, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are available online at ticketmaster.com or at the venue for $40-$50.

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