General Tso’s Chicken is served on a bed of broccoli.

When Mike Mak’s father, S.K., and mother, Nancy, emigrated from Hong Kong to the United States, the couple was looking for the perfect city to start a new restaurant. After living in Chicago for a short time, S.K. hoped to find some place with a little more temperate climate.

“He didn’t like the cold weather,” Mike says.


Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m., Avril Falgout will unveil new work at the Museum of the Gulf Coast she has created in honor of Janis Joplin, whose birthday would have been Jan. 19. Birthday cake and refreshments will follow. Guests are encouraged to dress like rock stars, and a prize will be given for the best party attire.


Big League Productions presents the award-winning comic sensation The Producers on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Lutcher Theater (707 Main Ave) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65-$45 and can be purchased at the Lutcher box office or online at lutcher.org.

The Producers took Broadway by storm in 2001 and went on to win a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards.

So what is all the fuss about?

Beef fajitas

In Southeast Texas, there is no shortage of options to satisfy a salsa craving if you have a hankering for Mexican food. Carlito’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 890 Amarillo St. and facing College Street, is one of Beaumont’s best options for a quick, filling lunch at a great price — and has been for two decades.


In a year when gay issues have been at the forefront, coincidentally there were at least four movies released in 2015 dealing with issues relating to gay rights. “Freeheld,” with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page playing a real life lesbian couple who fought for partner benefits, never achieved much buzz. “Stonewall,” the Roland Emmerich movie about the eponymous riot that sparked the gay rights movement, barely made it into theaters.