Entertainment

photo by Kevin King

The city of Beaumont has an exciting string of downtown events planned for the second half of the summer featuring a variety of music in both modern and historic venues alike.

For movie lovers who have not yet visited the Jefferson Theatre at 345 Fannin St., now is the opportunity to catch some classic movies in a beautiful and historic setting as the city presents Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre.

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The Lutcher Theater has experienced much in its 35-year-history — hurricanes, recessions, a change in direction from more traditional opera and symphony shows to Broadway-style productions. Not only has the non-profit professional performing arts theater endured these challenges, but it has also evolved into one of the most respected venues in the area, offering high-class entertainment one might expect to see in Houston, Dallas and other major U.S. cities.

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The Texas Renaissance Festival will welcome the return of internationally renowned guest artist Real Musgrave, the creator of Pocket Dragons and former official artist to the grounds, for its 40th Anniversary season this October and November.

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The Mexican Heritage Society (MHS) will celebrate its 46th annual Mexican Heritage Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.

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Fans of pro wrestling are in for a treat as Clutch City Productions presents Coastal Mania — convention and wrestling event — on Saturday, July 12, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) is currently showing two exhibitions through Aug. 31 — Beili Liu: Chine and Karin Broker: wired, pressed, nailed.

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Southern Summer Night is an event that Southeast Texans have become accustomed to each year — enjoying delicious food, hearing fabulous music and just having a great time. The event, scheduled for Saturday, July 19, at the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center in Port Arthur, is formerly known as Cayman Night and is in its third year with its new name and theme. Proceeds benefit the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and the Port Arthur International Seafarers’ Center.

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Louis McNeeley

Kountze Trade Days has been a fixture of the “The Big Light in The Big Thicket” since 2010, offering a wide array of unique vendors and some of the best festival-style food Southeast Texas has to offer.

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The vision for Independence Day celebrations can be traced back to a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, in which Adams speaks of dreams of “pomp and parade, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” Although Adams originally thought America’s independence would be celebrated July 2, Congress delayed the signing of the Declaration of Independence by two days. What would transpire thereafter would change the world and shape a nation.

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photo from goodwillmudrun.org

We’ve all heard of good clean fun, but what about good dirty fun? Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum on the Lamar University campus will transform into a 23-obstacle mud run on June 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the museum’s second annual Great Outdoors Day.

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