The Mardi Gras season makes its flamboyant entrance with the Twelfth Night Parade Extravaganza inside the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum on Friday, Jan. 6, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Annie Davis Orchard

Artist Annie Davis Orchard will host a closing reception for her retrospective Thursday, Jan. 5, from 5-9 p.m. at Finder’s Fayre Antiques, 1485 Calder in Beaumont.

“It has been quite an opportunity to show a collection of my work that spans my life over a period of time,” Orchard said. “My work progresses. I am never finished. My art keeps changing and evolving. This is great chance for subtle shifts and twists as the art changes its form.”



Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard

Directed by: Pablo Sarrain

Rated: PG-13


Zac Wilkerson

Zac Wilkerson with special guests Midnight River Choir will perform at Courville’s (1744 Rose Lane, Beaumont) on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes Courville’s buffet dinner.


For those who want to bring in 2017 in the friendly confines of their own home or set sail to a house party, there are plenty of drink options available at your local liquor store. And of course, we recommend any of the Messina brothers’ stores, with five great locations throughout Southeast Texas including three in Beaumont (2525 College; 6666 Phelan; 1412 Magnolia) and two in Port Arthur (3748 Gulfway and 2606 Memorial).