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Albert Nolen

Taylor made … The oh-so-talented James Taylor was a huge draw at the recent Christus Southeast Texas Foundation 36th Annual Gala. The sold-out fundraiser was held at the Beaumont Civic Center with guests seated at 150 different tables (a huge coup for any fundraiser in this day and time). This humble velvet-voiced gentleman wowed the gigantic crowd for over an hour, and sang a career’s worth of favorite hits that brought back tons of memories for many.

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A special Classic Movie Night will be held Thursday, April 28, with the showing of the 1984 rock musical drama Purple Rain, which stars the late Prince, who passed away April 21. Inspired by Prince’s album by the same title, Prince plays “The Kid,” a young musician tormented by an abusive situation at home who must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise. The film is 1 hour and 51 minutes and Rated R.

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Lamar University’s Cardinal Jazz Singers will perform Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rothwell Recital Hall on the campus of Lamar University. The free concert will feature a variety of contemporary jazz selections from aartists such as Bobby McFerrin and Kerry Marsh, and new music composed by faculty member Rebecca Windham, all performed a cappella or with a live rhythm section.

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Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Milsap will perform at the 13th annual Gulf Coast Gala on Saturday, April 30, at the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State College – Port Arthur beginning at 7 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of Lamar University

They’ve traveled thousands of miles for the opportunity to study with Lamar University faculty, learn with LU students and experience as much local Texas flavor as they can. And now that they’re here at Lamar University, their journey has just begun. For the next two weeks, 16 dance students from Taiwan’s Tainan University of Technology will be on campus to take classes, perform in three dance concerts, present a Taiwanese dance exhibition and perhaps even take in an Astros game.

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