Entertainment

The 88th Academy Awards have come and gone, so let’s recap.

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CharLee Hanna-Rule and her staff at iRule Dance in Beaumont are inviting the public to join them and their troupe of prancing princesses at the West Brook Auditorium this weekend for special performances of their production, “Once Upon a Wish.”

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The Beach Boys are the most iconic American band ever to take any stage with more than 80 songs that hit the music charts, with 36 reaching the Top 40.

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Four-time Grammy Award winner Jewel will perform at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Friday, March 4, with the show beginning at 8:30 p.m. as opening act JD & The Straight Shot take the Grand Event Center stage. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster for $25-$40. The 41-year-old singer/songwriter is touring in support of her 12th album titled Picking Up the Pieces.

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Classic Movie Night continues with the 1995 comedy Clueless on Friday, March 4, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Clueless stars Alicia Silverstone as Cher, a shallow, rich and popular high school socialite who decides to play matchmaker with two teachers and two of her friends. The movie also stars Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash and the late Brittany Murphy. Clueless also spun off a hit television series and several books.

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Ubi Caritas will host a first ever St. Patrick’s Festival on Saturday, March 5, at the St. Mark’s Park Garden at 680 Calder Ave. in Beaumont from 4-8 p.m. In year’s past, Ubi Caritas has organized a Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance fundraiser, but this year is switching directions and bringing new light to the organization.

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It’s that time again to “Go for the Gold,” a fundraiser for the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET), on Thursday, March 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each, which includes admission for two, food, cocktails and one entry for the Go for the Gold drawing. One lucky ticket holder will watch their $100 entry turn into $10,000 in gold.

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The only thing the Academy Awards could take a back seat to is a crazy election year. While politics dominate the news, the whole Oscar hype has been oddly off its game. And then there was the nominations scandal that left many actors of color out of the running, a disgraceful error that this institution must address in the future.

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The ninth annual Boomtown Film & Music Festival is Feb. 25-27 at multiple venues throughout Southeast Texas.

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‘Deadpool,’ starring: Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin; directed by Tim Miller; Rated R

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