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Country stars Tracy Byrd and Neal McCoy, along with up-and-coming artist Harrison Swift, will take the historic Jefferson Theatre stage Saturday, April 2, with Swift going on at 7 p.m. 

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Known as a “three-piece thunderflash of rock excitement,” Beaumont’s own Purple returns home Friday, April 1, to perform at the Gig on Crockett Street. This will be a CD release concert promoting their forthcoming album, Bodacious.

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Combining a Philadelphia soul sound with a strong appreciation of Marvin Gaye, the legendary R&B group Maze featuring the voice of Frankie Beverly will perform at the Beaumont Civic Center on Friday, April 1, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$75 and can be purchased at the Civic Center box office or ticketmaster.com. Forming in 1970, the band released eight albums, all of which reached gold status, selling more than 500,000 units each.

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After tossing the chalk into the air, I asked, “What made the chalk fall to the floor?” I answered my own question, saying, “You think it’s gravity, but it is the little green people. They live in the air and are cleaning their homes.” I then gave a 15-minute speech on the little green people. I had one in my pocket. Part of my speech was a brief dialogue with my invisible friend, one of the little green people.

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I read much of the time, and before Hurricane Ike destroyed a great deal of the Bolivar Peninsula, I had quite a personal collection of good books. Some might not seem like significant works to others, but to me, they were old and dear friends. I might not be able to tell you the exact page number of a certain quote or story, but I could come very close to opening many of my books and pointing to the left top or the bottom right of the page where the writing nested. I had used many of these books for quote sources or good illustrations in all of these years of writing.

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