Artist James Surls in his studio

Texas native and artist James Surls has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

“Everyone can be inspired by art,” said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair. “It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus, and art is just another part of that.”

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The United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County has shifted the focus of its new fundraiser called United Way Hometown Huddle scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont.

According John Rollins, the director of Public Relations and Community Impact for United Way of Beaumont & North Jefferson County, instead of funds raised going their 21 local nonprofit partner agencies, now 100 percent of proceeds will go toward storm recovery.

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Hank and Cupcakes are coming to Beaumont to perform at the Logon Café on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 9 p.m. with no cover charge for all ages. The New York Post calls Hank (Ariel Scherbacovsky) and Cupcakes (Sagit Shir) a “funky fresh sound,” so if you have never seen them live, here’s your chance. The duo flew to Berlin in 2012 to record their debut record at the famous Hansa Studios where U2, David Bowie, R.E.M, Iggy Pop and many more legends have recorded legendary music, with Swedish producer Ludwig Boss. The Logon Café is at 3805 Calder Ave.

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If you lost a pet during the recent hurricane and flood, visit Beaumont Animal Care at 1884 Pine St. Call (409) 838-3304 for more information.

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Robert Cray

With Harvey dominating our lives and canceling most events, even delaying the start to school and high school football, there are plenty of coming concerts to help ease your mind, if only for a few hours, in downtown Beaumont.

Only a handful of tickets remain for a unique concert titled “An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” on Saturday, Sept. 30, inside the historic Jefferson Theatre at 8 p.m.

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