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The Shoeshine Boy by Melvin Sterne

Melvin Sterne writes ‘The Shoeshine Boy,’  a literary science fiction novel set in the Texas borderlands

Review by Katherine Hoerth

When you first open The Shoeshine Boy, you’ll be pulled into the Texas/Mexico borderlands in the 1920s, a world of cartels, violence and poverty. The Shoeshine Boy will keep you questioning what’s real, what’s imagined, and ultimately, what it means to be human.

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It’s not too late to reserve your spot for the 27th annual Pour Les Enfants hosted by the Garth House (1895 McFadden) on Thursday, Nov. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. Along with the great dinner will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100, and reservations can be made online at garthhouse.org or by calling (409) 838-9084. Proceeds will benefit the Garth House, which since 1991 has worked with over 7,500 children and their families.

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The cast of A Bad Mom's Christmas

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn

Directed by: John Lucas and Scott Moore

Rated: R

It’s not unusual to rush out a sequel after a hit movie like “Bad Moms.” It just struck a chord with its target audience of females, so it makes sense to go for a repeat. The three stars — Mila Kunis, Kristin Bell and Kathryn Hahn — return, and in a clever twist, this movie brings their mothers into the picture, which explains a lot about each of them.

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Kevin “Shinyribs” Ferguson will play at Madison’s on Friday, Nov. 10, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Shinyribs started his musical journey in Beaumont at the age of 14, and his style has turned into Burl Ives meets Al Green, Hank Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass, Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path, he landed in Shreveport where he formed his first band. He then moved to Austin where the Gourds were born. From that point on, Russell has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle.

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