Arts and Culture

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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Paul Kane (1810-1871), ‘Mount St. Helens with Smoke Cone,’ 1847, oil on paper, 8

The Stark Museum of Art features Paul Kane: Intrepid Artist and Adventurer, a special exhibition of an artist who overcame obstacles in his artistic quest. Paul Kane (1810-1871) wanted to record the landscape and the people of North America before they changed. From 1845-48, Kane camped and canoed across the continent, sketching in watercolor and oil paints along the way. The exhibition includes over 120 rarely seen works of art and manuscripts. It will be on view through June 2, 2018.

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the cast of Kinky Boots performing

Kinky Boots has won every major Best Musical Award offered, and now the smash-hit comes to the Lutcher Theatre for one night only on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m.

With songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

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the cast of Kinky Boots performing

Kinky Boots has won every major Best Musical Award offered, and now the smash-hit comes to the Lutcher Theatre for one night only on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m.

With songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

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Elaborate gingerbread project at L'Auberge

L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles celebrates the holiday season with an elaborate gingerbread house designed by its award winning pastry team. Pastry Chef Bill Foltz and his team of elves designed and constructed the sugary sculpture after months of planning and sevens days of preparation and assembly. It is now on display at the casino entrance in front of Ember Grille & Wine Bar.

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Mellie Bevilacqua presents a check of $45,000 to Scott Doss of Nehemia's Vision

The Foundation for Southeast Texas announced the recipients of the grants from its Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at a check presentation Friday, Dec. 8. Thirty local organizations received over $250,000 to support hurricane relief efforts in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties.

The grants ranged from $1,770 to $45,000. The foundation’s grants committee reviewed each application from 60 organizations and made recommendations to the board of directors for final approval, said Mellie Bevilacqua, executive director of the Foundation for Southeast Texas.

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"Murf the Surf" Jack Murphy and Julie Simpson

Middle-aged and retired women walk single-file down the narrow sidewalk between barbed wire fences on a cold December morning. Headed to prison.

But only for a visit.

The Winning Edge’s biggest annual volunteer-based prison ministry event kicked off Friday, Dec. 1, at several prisons, including the Gist State Jail and the LeBlanc State Jail in Beaumont and the Lucile Plane State Jail in Dayton, about an hour outside of Beaumont. Only male volunteers entered men’s prisons while the women headed to the Plane Unit. 

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