Entertainment

The City of Beaumont’s annual Rocktoberfest will take place Friday, Oct. 27, at the Jefferson Theatre with both inside and outside events. Sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewing Company and 2-Row/Del Papa Distributing, gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and feature food, beer and musical entertainment from the John Evans Band along with Cranford Hollow. There will also be a screening of the 1975 iconic musical screwball comedy The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 9 p.m.

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The Commodores, the United States Navy Band’s premiere jazz band from Washington, D.C., will perform a free concert open to the public Sunday, Oct. 29, in downtown Beaumont at the Julie Rogers Theatre with doors opening at 3 p.m.

Tickets can be picked up at the Beaumont Civic Center box office (701 Main St), limit four per request.

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Head to downtown Orange for the biggest day of fall fun this year at Stark Cultural Venues’ Community “Fun Day” at the Stark Museum of Art on Saturday, Oct. 21. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy loads of activities throughout the museum, and on the porch and in the newly opened Walter G. Riedel III Education Center.

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Beaumont Children’s Museum will host its seventh annual Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center. This is a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types — public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery — all in one place. Children will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Accompanying personnel will teach the children about the equipment displayed and how the machines help the community.

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Seeing “The Battle of the Sexes” and “Victoria and Abdul” back to back proves that sexual harassment has been around for ages. Not in same manner as being locked in a hotel room with Harvey Weinstein, but the more garden variety harassment women have put up with for, well, centuries.

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Classic Movie Nights at the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin St.) looks to have you up out of your seat and singing Friday, Sept. 22, with a Grease sing-a-long at 7:30 p.m. The 1978 musical stars John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. The two meet in the summer then happen to attend the same school, Rydell High, back in the 1950s.

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First things first. This is not a horror film in the true sense of the genre. It’s masquerading as a horror movie because it defies any kind of traditional category other than “carnival ride.” I haven’t had this kind of “WTH” response to a movie since Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” which in the end, I decided, was an elaborate practical joke executed purely by the filmmaker for his own pleasure.

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It must be in the genes because Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the director of “Home Again,” is also the daughter of Nancy Meyers, otherwise known as the queen of romantic comedies — albeit upper middle class and beyond. Everything about a NM rom-com is pretty — pretty people leading pretty privileged lives in pretty homes — and now her daughter offers the same heaping helping of unreality.

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Robert Cray

With Harvey dominating our lives and canceling most events, even delaying the start to school and high school football, there are plenty of coming concerts to help ease your mind, if only for a few hours, in downtown Beaumont.

Only a handful of tickets remain for a unique concert titled “An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October” on Saturday, Sept. 30, inside the historic Jefferson Theatre at 8 p.m.

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Dame Evelyn Glennie

This weekend is a perfect time to get away from storm issues and we suggest you hit the town this Saturday, Sept. 16 to grab dinner from one of our great local eateries and enjoy the Symphony of Southeast Texas as they open their 65th season.

Festive Beginnings kicks off the Classic Series at the Julie Rogers Theatre in downtown Beaumont.

“It says a lot about our orchestra and even more about the community because they have come out and supported us many, many years,” said Maestro Chelsea Tipton, who is serving in his eighth year as music director of the SOST.

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