Arts and Culture

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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Michael Wolf's great-grandparents and cousins with Herbert Liebmann

Michael Wolf was born a month before World War II ended into a Jewish family that narrowly escaped Berlin just a few years before.

“I’ve never told this story before,” he said, “[I’ve] never been asked.” He said his mother told parts of the story and he shared some of it with friends, but not publicly.

Temple Emanuel hosted a film screening last October of “Persona Non Grata,” about the life of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat posted in Lithuania known for issuing visas to Jewish refugees against orders.

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One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

It’s your last chance to see Beaumont Community Players rendition of One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show on Feb. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. Don Evans’ comedy explores the clash of values between middle-class and working class African-Americans living in the 1970s.

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Artwork by Ryan Gist

The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of paintings by Ryan Gist from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, inside the Victoria House at 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont. Works on display will include ink and marker portraits, large paintings on panels, and a few wall sculptures, which the artist describes as “a fun swirl of contemporary abstract expressionist folk art.”

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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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