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The documentary genre never gets its due unless one wins an Academy Award and garners a lot of attention. Rarely are they released to theaters, so filmmakers have to rely on other platforms for their work to be seen. Netflix and cable outlets have been haves for documentaries, widening viewership and bringing attention to subject matter that is as relevant as it is provocative.

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center celebrates Earth Day with its annual Eco-Fest celebration and Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a full day of family fun.

Enjoy releasing native pollinators during butterfly releases and visit exhibitors to browse eco-friendly products, learn about environmentally conscious services and see live animal shows. Local and regional organizations as well as businesses will have booths that provide information about earth-friendly products, services, and opportunities.

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The 2017 Jefferson County Go Texan Cook-Off is set for April 21 and 22 at the Elk’s Lodge, 11431 Highway 90, Beaumont. The two-day event will raise funds for local youth.

“This is the last major event of the year for us (JCGT),” said Jay LeBlanc, Jefferson County Go Texan ambassador. “We want everyone to come out, grab a great meal and help us in giving our stand-out local youth scholarships.”

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If you own a restaurant and have the word “barbeque” in the name, especially here in Texas, the food better be good. For those in Mid-County, Fast Freddy’s Barbeque has been one of the most popular food joints for more than 30 years. But for others who are just now hearing about it, it’s well worth the short trip to 3113 Nederland Ave.

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International comedy/ventriloquist sensation Jeff Dunham will perform at Ford Arena on Sunday, April 23, with an afternoon showtime of 3 p.m. The Perfectly Unbalanced Tour will feature his cast of characters, which includes the puppets Walter, Peanut, José Jalapeño on a Stick and others.

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