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


The Goo Goo Dolls are one of the most successful rock bands of the last three decades, and for the first time, they’ll perform inside the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Tickets for the Sunday, Dec. 4, show start at $49 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at the Beaumont Civic Center box office.

From Buffalo, New York, singer John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac got together in 1986 and have gone on to sell more than 12 million albums and secure many Grammy nominations.


Director Denis Villeneuve heads for the stars after the drug-fueled border wars of “Sicario” early this year. Even that movie, filled with violence and an unrelenting tension, was in its own way understated, a hallmark of this director’s style. So, too, is “Arrival,” a thoughtful, almost meditative movie that is as much about the limitations of the heart as it is about the outer limits.


The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) continues its Classics Series at the Julie Rogers Theatre (765 Pearl) in downtown Beaumont on Saturday, Nov. 19, with “Triumphant Tchaikovsky,” featuring wonderful triumphs from one of the greatest composers of all time. Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” Bizet’s Symphony in C and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto make for an international program of time-honored classics. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.


Singer, songwriter and master guitarist Hamilton Loomis returns to Madison’s on Dowlen this Friday, Nov. 18, for ages 21 and older. “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it,” says Guitar Player magazine.