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This week’s Classic Movie Night on Friday, July 7, at the historic Jefferson Theatre will be Top Gun, and the 1997 Italian drama Life Is Beautiful will be the next installment of the Foreign Film Series, also at the Jefferson, on Wednesday, July 12.

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It’s your last chance to see the new Disney musical Freaky Friday that puts a contemporary spin on a beloved classic at the Alley Theatre in downtown Houston (615 Texas Ave.). The musical, with the book by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and score by the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then) is directed by Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis) and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys).

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It’s a free concert and fireworks celebration as the Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration Tuesday, July 4, at the Riverfront Boardwalk & Pavilion (601 W. Division) in downtown Orange.

Beginning at 5 p.m., vendors will line the area, offering food, drinks and snow cones as well as plenty of children’s activities. The sky will light up with fireworks at 9 p.m.

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The Jefferson Theatre will host Titanic on Classic Movie Night on Friday, June 30, as well as Amour for the Foreign Cinema Series on Wednesday, July 5. 

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Once in awhile, a veteran actor will connect with a role that showcases them to the degree there is talk of an Oscar nomination — maybe a win. And it can revive a career, if needed. “The Hero” will not be such a role for Sam Elliott, although it seems tailor-made for him.

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