Arts and Culture

Obama, the 44th President by Ted Ellis

The Museum of the Gulf Coast’s popular Children’s Art Competition is open this year to artists of all ages. Artists may enter up to two pieces in any medium.

Entry forms can be downloaded on the museum website or picked up at 700 Procter St., Port Arthur. Children’s entries (17 and younger) are free. $10 per adult entry (18-plus) will go toward a cash prize for “Best in Show.”

Deadline for entries is Feb. 3. Have your art seen by thousands during Southeast Texas Mardi Gras!

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La Soirée

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation’s annual gala La Soirée will be held Jan. 27 at the Beaumont Civic Center. Guests who appreciate the nostalgia of days past will especially enjoy this year’s theme — A Roaring La Soirée.

Music from the ‘20s and fantastic food from Bando’s will keep the party going.

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Harvest House Gala 2018

Harvest House is asking you to put on your boots and Western glamour for the second annual “Under the Texas Stars” Gala on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Compro Event Center in Beaumont.

Tickets are $75, and tables of 10 are $1,000 with all proceeds used to invest in a safe house and aftercare programs for adolescent victims of sex trafficking. Approximately 79,000 minors and youth are victims of sex trafficking in Texas

Harvest House is a Christ-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded to respond to the heart breaking epidemic of child sex trafficking.

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Officer Bryan Hebert

With a style probably best described as “Mardi Gras” and a sound that’s nothing if not eclectic and cool, New Orleans “super pop” group Bag of Donuts will headline the annual Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation concert at the IBEW Local Union 479 hall at 1430 Spindletop Ave. in Beaumont on Saturday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m.

Rounding out the night of special performances, the stage will also boast crowd favorites Spencer Marks, Jimmy Kaiser and Lee Pelly.

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Emily-Lauren Neild with the cast of Houston Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Wednesday, Jan. 4, Emily-Lauren Neild of Beaumont (above at right) received her wish from The Make A Wish Foundation. She was taken by limo to the Houston Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” where, after the performance, she got to have a personal meet-and-greet with the cast.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit that arranges experiences described as “wishes” for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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Art on display at the Big Thicket

Big Thicket National Preserve has announced the installation of a new temporary art exhibit in the park’s visitor center. Titled “All the Little Things,” this art installation, a part of the Dream Rocket Project, encouraged students throughout Texas to create more than 70 pieces of art highlighting the vast array of plants and animals found in the Thicket. Each piece represents the student’s unique perspective on the diversity of the natural environment throughout this region.

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Rodney Carrington

The return of the multi-talented comedian, actor, singer and writer who recorded eight major record label comedy albums — Rodney Carrington — takes place Friday, Jan. 12, at the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin St.) in downtown Beaumont.

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Visitors in period costume celebrating the Lucas Gusher event

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum will mark the 117th anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop with a day packed with re-enactments, activities, craft demonstrations and entertainment on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game'

‘Molly’s Game’

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Rated: R

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Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour

‘Darkest Hour’

Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James

Directed by: Joe Wright

Rated: PG-13

It’s not often that I’m not ready for a movie to end. I really wanted this one to go on and instead of taking us up to the point that England entered World War II, take us all the way through. Of course, the caveat would be that the incomparable Gary Oldman would continue in the part of a lifetime as Winston Churchill.

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