Entertainment

Cody Johnson

Known as the “Alligator Capital of Texas,” Anahuac will host the annual Texas Gator Fest from Friday, Sept. 11 – Sunday, Sept. 13, on the grounds of the historic Fort Anahuac Park (1704 S. Main St). It’s airboats, alligators, carnival rides, vendors, Cajun food and good music. Tickets are $15 (ages 12 and older) each day while seniors (65 and older) and children (5 and under) pay $5. Festival hours are 6:15 p.m.

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Tracy Byrd

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame artist Tracy Byrd will perform at Isle of Capri in Lake Charles on Friday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are $15-$25 and can be purchased online at isleofcapricasinos.com. Born in Vidor, Byrd has nine studio albums, more than 30 songs charted with a slew of No.

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Margarita

The margarita has been given the title of “unofficial cocktail of Texas,” and those wishing to celebrate its taste can do so at the inaugural Margarita Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon – 8 p.m. outside at the Ford Midway at Ford Park (5115 I-10 North) in Beaumont.

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Formula 1 speedboats will once again be racing down the Sabine River in Orange at speeds of more than 115 mph at the ninth annual Showdown on the Sabine, which covers three days from Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp at 1000 Simmons Drive.

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Josef Gabcik (Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Dornan) in 'Anthropoid'

This plot sounds like a lot of other Nazi war movies, but the forgotten footnote in history this movie is based on happens to be true. It’s surprising these events are not more well documented, but probably only World War II buffs will remember the assassination of “The Butcher of Prague.”

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BJ Thomas and Gary Puckett

The Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, La., welcomes BJ Thomas and Gary Puckett on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this 21-and-older show are $20-$45 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at the venue. Thomas, 74, is a graduate of Lamar Consolidated near Houston and has been performing since the early ’60s.

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Peter Rowan

Bluegrass fans rejoice as legendary performer Peter Rowan comes to Courville’s on Thursday, Sept. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes dinner. Rowan, 74, was born in Boston and became the lead guitarist of the iconic Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys in 1966. Rowan switched bands a year later joining Earth Opera and opened for the Doors. He’s released more than two-dozen albums, with the latest coming in 2014 with Dharma Blues.

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With September being Hunger Action Month, the Southeast Texas Food Bank will celebrate its 25th year on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m., with an event at the MCM Eleganté in Beaumont that will also honor local “Hunger Heroes,” followed by its fifth annual “Will Golf For Food” golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 9, at Bayou Din Golf Club. 

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Sojourn Church and The Boomtown Film and Music Festival will a host free outdoor screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Event Centre on Sept. 10, beginning at dusk, around 6 p.m.

No theater in the galaxy could hold an adventure this big, so the movie will be projected onto a gigantic 30-foot by 60-foot screen inflated on the Great

Lawn in front of Beaumont’s the Event Centre just off MLK Parkway in Beaumont.

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 “Dr. Strange” (Nov. 4)
“Trolls” (Nov. 4)

It’s hard to imagine the holidays are almost here, but in addition to fractious family gatherings and stressful shopping trips to the mall, you can also look forward to some great movies. Everything from comic books to real life characters — even troll dolls — will appear at a theater near you:

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