Entertainment

Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin St.) looks to have you up out of your seat and singing Friday, Sept. 22, with a Grease sing-a-long at 7:30 p.m. The 1978 musical stars John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. The two meet in the summer then happen to attend the same school, Rydell High, back in the 1950s.

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First things first. This is not a horror film in the true sense of the genre. It’s masquerading as a horror movie because it defies any kind of traditional category other than “carnival ride.” I haven’t had this kind of “WTH” response to a movie since Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” which in the end, I decided, was an elaborate practical joke executed purely by the filmmaker for his own pleasure.

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Justin Furstenfeld is not only one of the best singers in the rock world today, but he is also one of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet.

But it hasn’t always been fun and games for the 41-year-old Houston native whose band Blue October has been around since 1995 and continues to sell out shows nationwide.

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It must be in the genes because Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the director of “Home Again,” is also the daughter of Nancy Meyers, otherwise known as the queen of romantic comedies — albeit upper middle class and beyond. Everything about a NM rom-com is pretty — pretty people leading pretty privileged lives in pretty homes — and now her daughter offers the same heaping helping of unreality.

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Artist James Surls in his studio

Texas native and artist James Surls has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

“Everyone can be inspired by art,” said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair. “It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus, and art is just another part of that.”

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