Entertainment

The Mardi Gras season is officially underway, so let the good times roll at the third annual Pardi Gras on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center. Dance the night away with local party band Champagne Room, who will be playing the best of old school Motown, R&B and funk. Beans and sausage will be served, and the cash bars will be stocked with the drinks of your choice. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased online at tickemaster.com or at the door.

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The 14th annual Mardi Gras Krew of Krewe’s Grande Parade in downtown Orange is going to be bigger and better than ever, and the Greater Orange Chamber of Commerce and Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau invite everyone in Southeast Texas to the family friend event titled “It’s a Party” on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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The biggest football game of the year is just days away as the city of Houston hosts Super Bowl LI, but there are plenty of events to attend in the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday when the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium.

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The Orange Community Players presents The Red Velvet Cake War from Feb. 2-4 and from Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinee on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2:30 p.m. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, in this riotously funny southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette — could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion.

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Oscar nominations were announced last week, and like most years, there were surprises, snubs and foregone winners in some categories. Or maybe not. The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held last weekend and there were some game-changing surprises. Because the SAG awards start with actors nominating and then voting for other actors, it can be a better predictor of what is to come at the Oscar ceremony a few weeks from now.

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The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) is proving that great music has no boundaries as they take the audience to new and creative places through the magic of inspiring orchestra music combined with amazing guest artists and continue their 64th season with styles for all tastes to enjoy.

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Geena Davis

Acclaimed, award-winning actress Geena Davis will keynote the 10th annual Christus LiveWell Women’s Conference, an all-day event showcasing the latest in health and wellness on Thursday, May 11, at Ford Park in Beaumont.

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The Watoto Choir representing Watoto Children’s Village orphanage in Uganda will give a free performance at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, 4615 S. Fourth St., Beaumont, on Feb. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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