Entertainment

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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Photo by Kevin King

How well do you perform under pressure? A new real-life adventure game in Beaumont will answer that question by testing your ability to solve puzzles, find clues, and escape the apartment of a serial killer within an hour’s time.

The Experience, a new, fun teambuilding exercise brought to you by the masterminds of horror at The Haunted Hotel, is not a haunted attraction but it is fun as hell.

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Funnel cakes, turkey legs, alligator-on-a-stick. Have some pork kabobs, donut burgers, candy apples, popcorn and a plethora of fried snacks. Just about anything you can think of to eat is available from more than 75 food vendors at the 73rd annual South Texas State Fair on the grounds of Ford Park, which begins Thursday, March 24, with the 11-day festival of fun ending Sunday, April 3.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. next Thursday and there is literally something for everyone. Some come for the food. Some come for the games, carnival rides, exhibits, live music and the rodeo.

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