Entertainment

It’s not easy revisiting the past, but sometimes it’s necessary. At least that’s how director Kathryn Bigelow felt about the epic Detroit riot of 1967. Ignited by an afterhours raid on a black nightclub by the Detroit police force, it lasted for days.

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Comedian and television host Bert Kreischer will perform five shows this weekend at The Improv in Houston beginning Thursday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Kreischer has co-hosted television programs such as The X-Show on FX and is currently hosting his own show on the Travel Channel called Bert the Conqueror. One of Kreischer’s most famous stories states that he once went on a college field trip to Russian and accidentally joined a Russian mob and participated in a robbery while intoxicated. Showtimes are Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., and two shows on Saturday, Aug.

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The less fortunate in Beaumont rely heavily on the many programs Some Other Place has to offer. Founded in 1968 by the local religious community to address the unmet emergency needs of local residents, Some Other Place was created to give people looking for assistance somewhere to turn when they were told by other entities to go to “some other place” for relief.

Now, Some Other Place will turn to the community for help at the 15th annual A Tasting for Some Other Place fundraiser Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 5-7 p.m.

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Where were you when the wall came tumbling down? In the fall of 1989, Reagan was in the Oval Office and Eastern Europe was in a free fall. Frankly, I don’t remember where I was when the Berlin Wall finally fell, but as the premise for this movie, it intrigued me from the beginning.

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Music fans can relive “Beatlemania” on Saturday, Aug. 5, as the Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute returns to Beaumont to play the Jefferson Theatre at 7 p.m.

The four talented musicians and actors were handpicked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. Louise’s involvement with Liverpool Legends makes them the only band in the world with a close, direct biological link to the original Fab Four! 

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Port Arthur Little Theatre presents All Shook Up – The Musical, inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, from Aug. 4-6 and 11-13, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

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The city of Beaumont will host a “Dive-In” movie night at Alice Keith Pool on Saturday, Aug. 5, with the showing of the 2016 animation comedy Sing at dusk. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and John C. Reilly, Sing tells the story of a city of humanoid animals, where a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same. Alice Keith Pool is at 4050 Reed St.

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Considered one of the greatest films of cinema, the 2001 epic fantasy adventure The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will be shown at Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin St.) on Friday, Aug. 4. Directed by Peter Jackson, The Fellowship of the Ring is based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and is the first installment of the three The Lord of the Rings series. A meek hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

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Britt Godwin

Food, fun and plenty of good music are scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Thin Blue Line benefit concert at Courville’s from noon – 6 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians including Britt Godwin & Company, Scott McGill, Tim Burge & The Reckoning, Bill Brooks & Stone Cold, and Ray Ybarra & The Fabulous Hellcats. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.833tips.com. Price includes lunch, which will be served from noon – 2 p.m.

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Tickets are now on sale for “An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the downtown Jefferson Theatre. This rare and intimate show features Furstenfeld, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for the rock band Blue October, playing an acoustic set of songs never before heard, as well as stripped down and softer versions of Blue October fan favorites. The evening will also consist of spoken word and a Q&A session, allowing the audience to interact with him.

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