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Las Vegas continues to dazzle me, no matter how many times a year I get to visit the entertainment mecca of the world. Whether it’s a week stay, a short weekend, or two-day mid-week trip, there’s something for everyone on any day. Though my recent trip was supposed to be three full days, it turned into just two because of flight cancellation due to weather. We made the best of the situation and spent nearly all 48 hours outside the room.

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Follow a young girl and her fairy godmother into an equine dreamland and experience the majesty, splendor and amazement of the Gala of the Royal Horses on Friday, Aug. 11, at Ford Arena.

Brought to you by world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser, the stunning world of “Gala of the Royal Horses: Carousel of Dreams” immerses audiences in spectacular, tantalizing live performances from the most beautiful horses in the world as a young girl explores the magic of her dreams and works to find her purpose in life.

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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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