Entertainment

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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Courville’s has announced a trio of concerts that will likely sell out sooner rather than later. Known as the “Bruce Springsteen of Canada,” Fred Eaglesmith returns on April 14. The Black Lillies of Knoxville, Tennessee, will perform April 21, and the one and only Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros take the stage May 19.

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The Gig on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont will come alive Saturday, March 26, when Grammy nominated blues musician Tab Benoit performs along with special guests Mike Zito and Scott McGill, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at outhousetickets.com or area Florida Tans. Ages 18 and up are welcome. From Houma, Louisiana, the 46 year-old Benoit recorded his first album in 1993 and went on to win two B.B.

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Orange and the surrounding region were hit hard by the recent flooding, and the Stark Cultural Venues know many of their neighbors are deeply affected by this disaster and remain out of their homes. As the community attempts to assess the impact of flooding and begin recovery efforts, the Stark Foundation is reopening — with free admission — Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and the Stark Museum of Art through Saturday, March 26.

The W.H. Stark House will reopen Tuesday, March 29, at 9 a.m.

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The Southeast Texas Arts Council and Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce to present The Example, a short film produced by CGL Studios, LLC & G Sharp Productions, which will premiere Saturday, March 26, inside the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin) in downtown Beaumont at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at the venue.

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The City of Beaumont’s Jazz at the Lake series kicks off this month with the Lamar University Cardinal Jazz Orchestra and the Jimmy Simmons Quintet. The free concert takes place Thursday, March 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Event Centre (700 Crockett).

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It’s not saying much when the best movie I’ve seen so far in 2016 is “Deadpool”—and that was weeks ago. What was more memorable than the show was the theater itself. The new iPic theater in Houston is one amazing place, beginning with the seats. Not seats really, more like your own personal lounger complete with pillow and blanket. But it doesn’t come cheap.

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Catfish Cabin's seafood gumbo

Each week in the Weekly Dish, we try to introduce you to restaurants and their menu offerings. Anything from burgers to catfish and barbeque in Southeast Texas — we try to give the reader different options, but we sometimes find that a dish is so good that we tend to find ourselves going back for seconds, sometimes thirds.

Great China

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