Arts and Culture

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts Treasure Auction: The Art of the Abstract on Thursday, May 10 with dinner and cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the live auction following at 7:30 p.m.

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Jefferson Theater

The historic Jefferson Theatre has been a mecca of entertainment since its inception in 1927 when noted architect Emile Weil designed the building for Jefferson Amusement Company by the tune of $1 million.

The Jefferson has hosted all the stars who have come to Beaumont including James Stewart for the movie premier of It’s a Wonderful Life, along with director Frank Capra, in 1946.

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a face painter paints at Med Fest

Discover the Mediterranean in Southeast Texas with one of the most anticipated yearly events of the spring with the annual St. Michael Mediterranean Festival. St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church (690 N. 15th St) in Beaumont will be the center of all activities with traditional cuisine from Greece and other Mediterranean countries from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along with a variety of unique ethnic goods on sale at the bazaar and diverse entertainment. Admission to the festival is free and will take place rain or shine.

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Baile folklórico dancers

Dancers at the Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet perform baile folklórico, literally “folkloric dance” in Spanish. According to the book “Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zócalo” by Eric Zolov, Amalia Hernandez pioneered baile folklorico in the 1950s with her establishment and leadership of the Ballet Folklorico Mexico. Additionally, she founded a school in Mexico City for the study and practice of classical and folkloric dance techniques.

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The Aroma app team

The craving hits and the pang of hunger deepens. You want enchiladas with onions, avocado and a cup of coffee, but are tired of the same old haunts. Thankfully, there is an app for that. Or there will be.

Aroma, set to be released May 19, helps users search for food on an open playing field. Users can search for restaurants by dish and can even add multiple filters to find the place that is just right.

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The Stark Museum of Art will honor 108 local student artists on Wednesday, April 4, from 5–6:30 p.m. The student artists are featured in this year’s juried student art exhibition, This Land Was Made for You and Me. The reception will include light refreshments, a special performance by the LC-M Jazz Band, and an award ceremony. Family, friends and neighbors are encouraged to join the museum in celebrating the student artists’ achievements.

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Vendors at Art in the Park

Spring has officially arrived, and what better way to celebrate the fantastic weather than the 16th annual Art in the Park hosted by the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This popular family-friendly event is free and open to the public and is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Stark Park, 711 Green Ave., in the heart of downtown Orange.

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2018 Le Grand Bal honoree Albert Nolen

It’s a gala evening of art, fine dining, dancing and entertainment at Lamar University’s 42nd annual Le Grand Bal on Saturday, March 24, titled “We ART LU.”

Guests are encouraged to dress in black tie or Asian inspired attire. Activities include an art gallery auction at the Dishman Art Museum, as well as cocktails, appetizers and dinner in the beautifully renovated Setzer Student Center, followed by an after party with entertainment by Doppelganger, one of Houston’s premier party bands.

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YMBL South Texas State Fair

One of the largest fairs of its kind and now entering its 75th year, the YMBL South Texas State Fair continues to grow and make memories, whether it’s the delicious fair foods, fun rides or rodeos or the more than 75 vendors — everyone has a good time at the fair.

The YMBL South Texas State Fair will once again take place at Ford Park in Beaumont and begins Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m. with the 10-day festival of fun ending Sunday, April 1.

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Children participating in a previous Family Arts Day at AMSET

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is set to host “Miniature Magic” Free Family Arts Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 500 Main St. Beaumont.

Children and their families will participate in art activities including Shrinky Art, Mardi Gras Masks, Clay Trees of Life, President’s Beards, and Mini Paintings.

Professional storyteller Dru Woods will tell stories of Mexican folklore at 11:30 a.m. and noon. Complimentary cookies and punch will also be served. Throughout the day, AMSET will draw winners for art supply baskets and gift cards.

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