Entertainment

Classic Movie Night goes “classic” with one of the most iconic films in movie history — The Wizard of Oz — on Friday, April 7, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Based of the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the movie was released in 1939 and stars Judy Garland as Dorothy, who gets swept away from her farm in Kansas by a tornado to the fantasy land of Oz. While there, she meets new friends the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow as she makes her way to see the Wizard to find a way back home.

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It takes a team of players both on and off the field to secure a big win for the team, so take your best shot and help the Gift of Life win the monumental battle with prostate cancer Thursday, April 20, at Champagne & Ribs “Wide World of Sports” themed event at 6:30 p.m. at Ford Park.

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Bad things can happen in deep space. We know this because films like “Alien” and the many other sci-fi horror films it inspired have engineered all kinds of extraterrestrial creatures to prey on mankind. “Life” succeeds better than about 90 percent of those due to its relentless claustrophobia and a twist ending that director Daniel Espinosa insisted on before he agreed to make the movie.

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One of the most anticipated Classic Movie Nights will be held Friday, March 31 at the Jefferson Theatre, with the 1980 romantic drama that created a movement and lifestyle while putting the town of Pasadena, Texas on the map — Urban Cowboy. Directed by James Bridges, the movie tells the story of Bud Davis (John Travolta), a country boy who moves to Pasadena to start working alongside his Uncle Bob in a refinery, then gets introduced to the Gilley’s night club.

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Greater Tuna returns to Orange for one performance only at the Lutcher Theater on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Greater Tuna is a hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children and animals alike – is portrayed by only three performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful.

Tickets are $35-$45 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or by calling (409) 886-5535.

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Funnel cakes, turkey legs, alligator on a stick. Then have some pork kabobs, donut burgers, candy apples, popcorn and a plethora of fried snacks. Just about anything you can think of to eat is available from more than 75 food vendors at the 74th annual South Texas State Fair on the grounds of Ford Park, which begins Thursday, March 30, with the 10-day festival of fun ending Sunday, April 9.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. next Thursday, and there is literally something for everyone. Some come for the food. Some come for the games, carnival rides, exhibits, live music and the rodeo.

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It’s a gala evening of art, fine dining, dancing and entertainment as Lamar University hosts the 42nd annual Le Grand Bal on Saturday, March 25. This year’s theme, “Lamar University in Black and White,” features a musical retrospective of LU through the decades. Guests are encouraged to dress in black and white. Activities include a silent art auction at the Dishman Art Museum, as well as a gourmet buffet, libations, music and dancing in the Montagne Center.

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Cha-ching! It’s time for the Art Museum of Southeast Texas annual fundraiser Go for the Gold on Thursday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Olympic AMSETTA” and everyone is encouraged to come ready to win in sporty, athletic wear in honor of your favorite Olympian hero.

One ticket, which costs $100, admits entry for one into the exciting, reverse drawing and two “athlete” entries into the Go for The Gold party with cocktails and dinner catered by Two Magnolias along with the emcee entertainment of Rocky Chase and Carlo Busceme.

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What a throwback in time—literally as one of filmdom’s most awesome monsters is resurrected for what is a fresh take on a timeworn genre. King Kong, or just Kong here, has been around since the silent films, but just when you think you’ve seen it all, the fog bank enshrouding Skull Island parts and the fun begins.

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