Entertainment

Southeast Texans are connoisseurs when it comes to gumbo. Ask anyone who the award-winning cook is in their family, office or church group and you’ll get 10 different reasons why their favorite is the best. The folks at Girls’ Haven take tasting and enjoying the Southeast Texas staple to the limit. Come on out and enjoy the best gumbo on the planet Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the parking lot at Parkdale Mall in Beaumont in front of Macy’s and behind Logan’s.

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In a year when movie attendance was at its lowest, so is my interest in Oscar, despite the good news that Billy Crystal will host the show. More than ever, this evening devoted to film excellence is becoming a popularity contest, and all attempts to correct the course are failing. The addition of five more films in the Best Picture category, a move designed to be more inclusive of popular films, only succeeds in omissions in that the Best Director category still limited to five nominees. Case in point: “The Help” received a nomination but director Tate Taylor didn’t.

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Thrill car racing is just a video game away.

This week, I had the pleasure of getting into the driver’s seat with an expert on car racing video games, a 9-year-old third-grader who has been a car enthusiast since he could talk. When it comes to video game playing, he plays car-racing games almost exclusively. His collection of racing games is so extensive that we could only compare his favorite five.

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‘The Vow’

Starring: Channing Tatum,

Rachel McAdams

Director: Michael Sucsy

Rated: PG-13

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Gears of War 3 is a gamer’s game. This award-winning third-party shooter plays like an action movie with superb graphics and realistic special effects drawing both the old and the too young!

Although rated M for mature audiences, tweeners can’t seem to stay away from Gears’ aliens, chainsaws, tough-talking macho men, guns, blood, guts, decapitations and curse words — f**k, sh*t and a**hole, specifically.

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What better way to celebrate Fat Tuesday this year than by attending one of the most anticipated events in all of Southeast Texas? The Sabine Area Restaurant Association will be putting on quite a show with the largest number of booths ever for a tasting in this area. Ford Park Exhibit Hall is the site once again for this amazing gathering of locals who cook, and more importantly, of those who like to taste the tempting morsels offered.

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Tale” (PG, 2011), this fact-based marine animal saga will entertain all ages on all levels

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Mark your calendars, get out your colorful finery, feathers, and jewels, and plan to party in Port Arthur on Saturday, Feb. 11, through Saturday, Feb. 18, when the Majestic Krewe of Aurora kicks things off with the Grand Ball and ends with the electrifying parade on the 18th. These folks know what they are doing, as well they should, since they have been putting on the ritz and partying heartedly for more than 20 years.

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As much as I dislike horror movies, I can’t object to an old-fashioned fright, and there are plenty of seat-jumping moments in this throwback to the good old days of scary movies. There is nary a drop of blood spilled in this, not to mention the merciful overall lack of gore. This is one of those movies that plays with your mind instead of grossing you out. Every time a door creaks open or a candle blows out it telegraphs what is to follow, giving you just enough time to steel yourself before something jumps out — in good old 2-D.

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The plight of Sackboy, the main character in Sony’s LittleBigPlanet2 video game, rated E for everyone and available on the PlayStation3, is simple but brilliant.

It’s obviously envisioned by a parent who, like me, dreams of a super toy-sucking device to rid the living room of Nerf bullets with one sweep.

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