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  • Hope Springs’
  • Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones
  • Directed by: David Frankel
  • Rated: PG-13

If you are expecting a light-hearted affair about the golden years of marriage, that’s a fair expectation. But this dramedy defies the standard definition of romantic comedy with its frank look at intimacy issues.

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The Lutcher Theater’s 2012-13 Season opens Sunday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. with An Intimate Evening with Lindsey Buckingham.

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Good reporters know if the interview is going to go well and if they will like the people, the service or, in this case, the food when they walk in the door of a business or a home. I wasn’t disappointed when I met the charming Chris and Emily Swanson, learned about their business and the relocation of the company, and then I ate lunch. There wasn’t anything not to like about the friendly people and the delicious food I sampled. I now understand why everyone is raving about what this young Beaumont couple has created.

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Ashley Burton Riley returns with ‘Doubt’

Studio 33 Theatre founder Ashley Burton Riley made a splashy debut for her fledgling troupe in an unforgettable performance as the title character in “Always Patsy Cline.” Most audience members didn’t know that she was four months pregnant when she pulled off that acting and singing tour-de-force for capacity crowds at the Port Arthur Little Theatre.

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A recent column in the Houston Chronicle by Lisa Falkenberg caught my attention. Her article centered around the pride felt and expressed by most of us Texans. She pointed out that unfortunately, in spite of our Texan bravado, Texas leads the nation in too many of the wrong things. Her article went on to point out we have been recently rated as the worst state in the union for delivery of health care.

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