Arts and Culture

The calendar for the Performing Arts Series at the Lutcher Theater in Orange is filled with 13 incredible events, and the top selling shows among season ticket holders — Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers performing on Wednesday, Nov. 3, and Saturday Night Fever set for Tuesday, March 29 — illustrate just how varied the 2015-16 lineup really is.

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The Dishman Art Museum is currently exhibiting new work, including paintings, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and graphic design, from Lamar University’s art faculty.

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The Fellowship of Performing Arts presents The Screwtape Letters at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston beginning Thursday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 16. The C.L. Lewis novel reveals spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view.

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For the 58th consecutive year, Orange Community Players will open the season with the comedy Lend Me a Tenor. Shows are Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 20-22 at 7:37 p.m., with one matinee Sunday, Aug. 23, at 2:37 p.m.

Written by Ken Ludwig, the show premiered in 1986 and on Broadway in 1989 and received nine Tony nominations, then won two including Best Actor and Best Director.

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Nederland native and Lamar alumnus Gerald Duff, 76, recently released his 19th book, Playing Custer, a novel narrated from varying points of view, illuminating personal and political events leading up to the death of General George Armstrong Custer.

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The Jefferson County Go Texan committee has scheduled its annual scholarship banquet for Tuesday, May 26 at Courville’s on Hwy 90.  A meet and greet reception will begin at 6:30

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Bill and Giuliana Rancic

The eighth Annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference offered approximately 1,500 ladies from Beaumont and beyond a day to pamper and educate themselves on a variety of topics ranging from heart health and al

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Epic Proportions cast

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville UIL One Act Play will present Epic Proportions on Tuesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 16. The Culinary Arts Department will serve dinner at 6 p.m. and the play will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20, or $5 for theplay only.

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Over the past several months you may have seen Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy (khanacademy.org) appearing in a commercial for the Bank of America, announcing its free online “Better Money Habits” (bettermoneyhabits.com) education program.  Started in April of 2013, utilizing the educational and academic expertise of the Khan Academy, and funded by the Bank of America, this free online learning program offers basic financial education to all.

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These rainy days here in our beloved Southeast Texas have been good thinking days for me. While I hunger to get outside to the water or the beach, the weather has kept me in and I can only look out the window to see the waves, but boy, can I think.

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