Arts and Culture

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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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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