Grammy Award winner Chris Botti, backed by his incredible band and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, will perform at the Lutcher Theater (707 Main Ave.) in Orange on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or at the Lutcher Theater box office.


Recalling that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series became darker and darker as the sequels wore on, don’t be surprised if you find that same element in this latest, promising new world created by the famed author. Directed by David Yates (who directed the last four “Potter” movies), this is Rowling’s first screenplay, and its flaws can’t override that these “Beasts” and their collector, Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) will have a lengthy run as at least three or four more films are in the works.


It’s your final chance to see Port Arthur Little Theatre adaptation of A Christmas Story from Friday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 27. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12 and can be purchased online at palt.org or at the box office at 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. in Port Arthur.


Bri Bagwell will perform at the Stingaree in Crystal Beach on Friday, Nov. 25 beginning at 7 p.m.  Though she was born in New Mexico, Bagwell, 29, moved to Austin at the age of 18 and the rest is history.


The holiday season is upon us, but you don’t have to settle for a regular turkey as your main course Thanksgiving. There are plenty of other options. It’s OK to break tradition, and you don’t have to be a Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen. Don’t forget the sides and desserts!


Honey bourbon glazed ham



1 (9 1/4-lb.) fully cooked

bone-in ham

40 whole cloves

1/2 cup firmly packed

light brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup bourbon