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Ron Perlman in Hellboy

When asked about planning for Memorial Day Weekend, some say the beach, the lake or barbeque cookouts. All good options, but what about something a little different this year?

Houston’s homegrown Space City Comic Con returns this weekend beginning Friday, May 27, and running through Sunday, May 29, at the NRG Center. It includes gaming, exhibitors plus a plethora of writers, cosplayers, comic writers, voice actors, pro wrestlers and, of course, plenty of famous folk. It’s a pop-culture expo for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, literature and art.

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Texans no longer have to drive across the Louisiana border to get their gambling fix. Now, in the heart of The Big Thicket, just 17 miles east of Livingston, is a 15,000-square-foot gaming facility operated by Naskila Entertainment on the Alabama Coushatta Indian Reservation. A soft opening was held Tuesday, May 17, and a grand opening is set for Thursday, June 2.

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Highest bidder … The Art Museum of Southeast Texas recently hosted its bi-annual Treasure Auction. This year’s theme was Pop Art, and almost 30 local artists did their best to channel Andy Warhol.

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The Outdoor Association of Texas Heroes (OATH) will host its inaugural Memorial Day Bash on Sunday, May 29, at Kountze High School (1488 FM 1293 Road) from noon – 10 p.m. There will be barbecue cooked up by the Kicked Back Cookers BBQ Team, as well as cotton candy, snow cones, face painting, a dunking booth, a petting zoo, a washers tournament, a horseshoes tournament, live music from Pat Overstreet, Back Creek Band and Chad Stone, plus much more.

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Classic Movie Night resumes with the 1951 drama A Streetcar Named Desire on Friday, May 27, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. A winner of five Academy Award, the film follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter), and her husband, Stanley (Marlon Brando), in New Orleans.

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