Entertainment

Adair Stephens painting

Ad Hoc Beaumont will bring the first mobile pop-up art show to Beaumont on Thursday, April 7. Inspired by the success of food trucks, Ad Hoc Beaumont is taking art out of the galleries and into the streets.

“We want to help people think about art in different ways and reach more communities of people, especially the young and old that may not have access to local art spaces,” said Michael Mason, founding member of Ad Hoc Beaumont.

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The Museum of the Gulf Coast will host a free Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a day filled with arts, crafts, science experiments, hands-on demonstrations of Victorian and quilting crafts, plus learn how to spin, weave and knit through traditional art forms. The Museum of the Gulf Coast is at 700 Proctor in Port Arthur. For more information, call (409) 984-6453. The Museum of the Gulf Coast combines conventional and unconventional methods to tell the exciting story of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast region.

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Like a car limping along on under-inflated tires, this gets to where it’s going, but the ride is pretty bumpy. Revisiting the Portokalos family was probably a better idea on paper than it actually is on screen. Back in 2002, the original movie written by its star, Nia Vardalos, was a phenomenal hit with its fish-out-of-water cross culture story.

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Classic Movie Night continues with two movies over the next six days, beginning with the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World on Friday, April 1, followed by the 1970 documentary Woodstock on Tuesday, April 5, both inside the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont.

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One of New York City’s hottest jazz groups, The Hot Sardines, will perform at the Lutcher Theater (707 Main Ave) in Orange on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$37 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or by calling (409) 886-5535.

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Combining a Philadelphia soul sound with a strong appreciation of Marvin Gaye, the legendary R&B group Maze featuring the voice of Frankie Beverly will perform at the Beaumont Civic Center on Friday, April 1, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$75 and can be purchased at the Civic Center box office or ticketmaster.com. Forming in 1970, the band released eight albums, all of which reached gold status, selling more than 500,000 units each.

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Known as a “three-piece thunderflash of rock excitement,” Beaumont’s own Purple returns home Friday, April 1, to perform at the Gig on Crockett Street. This will be a CD release concert promoting their forthcoming album, Bodacious.

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Andy McCall, Chuck Houston & Joe Fontanna

The Beaumont Community Players invite you to laugh along with their latest production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple beginning Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts at 4155 Laurel Ave. Show dates are April 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 9.

The Odd Couple debuted in 1965, won a Tony Award, and spawned multiple revivals, including a popular network television show, movie and even a female version of the show.

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Country stars Tracy Byrd and Neal McCoy, along with up-and-coming artist Harrison Swift, will take the historic Jefferson Theatre stage Saturday, April 2, with Swift going on at 7 p.m. 

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The Anayat House’s fourth annual superhero-themed fundraising gala will be held at the Event Centre (700 Crockett Street) in downtown Beaumont on Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m.

While dress is casual fun, this year’s gala promises to be special as those who attend can dance the night away with Southeast Texas’ favorite party band, Champagne Room.

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