Arts and Culture

The excitement is building for Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts’ 39th season with 14 incredible events, including nine national tours of Broadway shows, one “Pub Concert,” one Christmas musical drama, one onstage radio play and two Grammy-winning recording artists. The lineup offers a world-class experience to every audience member, along with unforgettable memories.

shadow
Melton Murphy stands at attention in uniform

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.” It is this notion that embodied the second annual Veteran Fest held at the Downtown Event Centre on Sunday, Aug. 5. Veterans of Southeast Texas and beyond were celebrated at the veteran focused festival hosted by Young Americans Overseas (YAO) and sponsored by Humana and Marvic International LLC Construction. The event was free and also offered street tacos, drinks and live music with a petting zoo and face painting available for children at no charge.

shadow
Author Alan Gann

We Americans sure do love our entertainment. Summer is the season of blockbuster movies, concerts, and binge-watching our favorite television series. And what’s the harm in a little distraction, right? Alan Gann’s poetry collection, That’s Entertainment, examines American culture, both past and present, and entertainment’s influence on our everyday lives.

shadow
Beaumont with fireworks

It’s a long-standing event like no other as the City of Beaumont presents its 32nd annual Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Wednesday, July 4, but with a brand new location. The Downtown Event Centre (700 Crockett St.) will become the hub of activity for the yearly tradition, which will include live entertainment, food trucks, a Budweiser beer garden and an unforgettable fireworks display. This year marks the addition of a spectacular laser light show on the lake, presented by JK Subaru, to kick off the fireworks presentation.

shadow
Park Ranger Alex and a group of students on the Sundew Trail

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 170,649 visitors to Big Thicket National Preserve in 2017 spent $10,690,600 in communities near the park. That spending supported 136 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $13,515,500.

shadow

Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is now open through July 31. With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced in their original sizes using state of the art technology in the Corinthian Houston.

The visitor can explore the artwork up close at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel.

shadow

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) hosts Treasure Auction: The Art of the Abstract on Thursday, May 10 with dinner and cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the live auction following at 7:30 p.m.

shadow
Jefferson Theater

The historic Jefferson Theatre has been a mecca of entertainment since its inception in 1927 when noted architect Emile Weil designed the building for Jefferson Amusement Company by the tune of $1 million.

The Jefferson has hosted all the stars who have come to Beaumont including James Stewart for the movie premier of It’s a Wonderful Life, along with director Frank Capra, in 1946.

shadow
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.

shadow
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.

shadow