Entertainment

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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Rico Vasquez

Your favorite songs, dance numbers, and scenes from popular, classic animated films will come to life on stage June 12-14 as Orange Community Players (OCP) presents its 10th annual Fun for Funds: An Animated Musical Review. Audience members can expect to see nearly 30 songs performed from Shrek, The Prince of Egypt, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Beauty and the Beast and more.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Ivan Vargas of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, a real-life superhero. He’ll soon soar into Beaumont and wants Southeast Texans to come out to the show to learn how they too can become superheroes and to watch the fearless feats of circus performers who astound and amaze Children of All Ages in the newest Greatest Show on Earth, Super Circus Heroes.

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Direct from Jinan, China, one of the world’s most awarded acrobatic troupes — The China Circus featuring FenMo Acrobatic Troupe — will be perform two shows at the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont on Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

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What does it feel like to experience a mine cave-in? Trapped in total darkness, with a dwindling supply of oxygen, food and water and perhaps a diminishing stock of trust, patience, and sanity as well, five struggle to survive in a 1973 West Virginia coal mine in Butcher Holler Here We Come.

The production is available to Southeast Texas audiences thanks to a unique collaboration between Brooklyn-based theater group Aztec Economy, local independent theater group Ad Hoc Beaumont and Beaumont Community Players.

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Summer is here and kids are out of school, leaving many parents faced with the often daunting task of providing summer entertainment. Southeast Texas families need not worry; Elise’s Family Fun Center in Winnie is here to relieve summer boredom.

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Before it hit the screen, it hit the stage, and now Les Misérables is coming to Southeast Texas. Orange Community Players presents the musical for eight performances: May 1-3, 8-10 at 7:37 p.m. and matinees on Sunday, May 4, and Sunday, May 11, at 2:37 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for stu­dents. Reservations are required; call (409) 882-9137 or go online at orangecommunityplayers.org for details.

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The international hit show Meno­pause The Musical returns to the Lutcher Theater for two performanc­es on May 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $42-$39 via the venue’s box office, online at lutcher. org or by phone at (409) 886-5535.

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