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Classic Movie Night continues on Friday, March 3 with the seven-time Oscar winning 1962 historical drama film Lawrence of Arabia at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by David Lean, the 3 hour and 36-minute film stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led Arab tribes during World War I to fight the Turks. The movie is considered by many as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. In 1991, selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress Film Registry.

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Everything is bigger in Texas and to prove it there will be a triple threat of Guinness World Record attempts on Saturday, March 4 headlining the inaugural Spirit of Texas Festival in College Station. 

More than 5,000 pounds of the Texas State food cooked up in a custom 14-foot wide, 4-foot deep pot. It is the Brazos Valley’s attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest serving of chili, which is now held by North Dakota. Sanctioned by the Guinness Book of World Records, a Guinness Adjudicator will be onsite. 

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Bobby Sanabria, seven-time Grammy nominated drummer and percussionist, will be the featured artist at the upcoming Lamar University Percussion and Jazz Weekend, scheduled for Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, at the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University.

The festival will feature workshops, symposiums and master classes, and will conclude with the gala concert featuring Sanabria on Saturday at 6 p.m., in the University Theatre. The Cardinal Jazz Orchestra and percussion ensembles will perform with Sanabria.

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Montana Repertory Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary season with the play that put Neil Simon on the map over 50 years ago. Through comedy, Simon explores love, relationship, marriage and family — the pangs of loss and the joy of reunion.

Barefoot in the Park is headed to the Lutcher Theater in one performance on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$37 and can be purchased online at lutcher.com.

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That’s a wrap, although not without an unprecedented bit of controversy when the wrong envelope was, well … if you don’t know by now. Then you probably don’t care. Let’s just say it was a moment that will live on in Oscar history for all the wrong reasons. To recap: Casey Affleck, despite some last minute scandals involving sexual harassment suits, held off Denzel Washington in the Best Actor category. The other big ones went as predicted, right up to “La La Land” being announced as Best Picture.

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