Arts and Culture

Elf the Musical

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Lutcher Theater in Orange as Elf the Musical takes the stage for two shows on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$60 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or at the Lutcher box office at 707 Main Ave.

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The Lamar University Department of Theatre & Dance presents Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti, translated and adapted by Beverly Cross, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best revival of a play, on Thursday, Nov. 3 – Sunday, Nov. 6. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. for Nov. 3-5 and 2 p.m. for Nov. 6 at University Theatre (4400 S. MLK Jr. Parkway).

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The Texas Energy Museum will host its annual Dinosaur Day on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lamar University Earth Science faculty and students plan to help attendees unearth actual fossils by washing excavated dirt through screens, and analyze fossils through microscopes, as well as exhibit other fossils. Presentations from paleontologists and other hands-on activities, such as cleaning dinosaur bones and practicing field techniques to unearth fossils are also scheduled.

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The city of Vidor invites members of the public to stop by the Vidor Public Library to take a quick photo and “put the ‘I’ in Vidor.”

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The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) is taking the magic of music to the next level by performing three very different concerts at three different locations within the next two weeks, giving everyone in Southeast Texas the opportunity to experience live orchestra music at its best.

“Our theme this season is ‘SOST Fantastique’ and we want to perform great and memorable music that everyone can enjoy at the Julie Rogers Theater and around the community,” said SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton II.

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Curtain Call: Ann Wood

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) presents Curtain Call: Ann Wood, an aesthetically captivating exhibition that will transform the museum galleries into an enchanting wonderland with an opening reception, which includes an appearance by the artist Ann Wood, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 6-8 p.m.

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Family Arts Day at AMSET

Back-to-school is right around the corner, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) invites children and their families to finish their summer with a bang by joining in a stimulating art adventure at “Don’t Mess with Texas, Mess with ART” Family Arts Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this Family Arts Day, visitors will learn how to use recycled materials to create innovative works of art to take home. The event is free and open to the public.

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Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist will host “Painting with a Purpose” charity event Friday, Aug. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $35 per person, and it’s open to ages 14 and older. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit more than 700 local Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes. Register online at paintingwithatwist.com or calling (409) 866-0399. No painting experience is required. You’ll receive step-by-step instruction from local artist Jamie Gonzalez.

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Alley Theatre artistic director Gregory Boyd has announced the cast and creative team for Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, Christie’s only comedy thriller, set to run through Aug. 14 in the Hubbard Theatre. The run time is 2 hours and 40 minutes with two intermissions. Recommended for general audiences, the series is the perfect introduction to live theatre for first-timers.

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Gaming fans will want to don their nerdy bowties and experience the Houston Symphony’s Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy on Saturday, July 23, at Jones Hall (615 Louisiana St) in downtown at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $22 and can be purchased online at houstonsymphony.org.

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