Entertainment

photo by Kevin King

Is there life after death? This question has sparked debate for millennia — the fascination with spirits can be traced to the Cro-Magnon and Neolithic periods. And tracing human culture back to the cradle of civilization, one finds mention of spirits or ghosts in ancient inscriptions, papyrus scrolls and even tomb paintings.

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photo by Kevin King

With summer winding down and fall just around the corner, families looking for something fun to do while staying out of the muggy Southeast Texas heat need look no further than the Texas Energy Museum.

The museum, at 600 Main St. in Beaumont, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12 and $3 for senior adults.

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Pioneering Women is recognizing five honorees for their volunteer efforts in the community and celebrating the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, at “The Amazing Greats” luncheon Thursday, Aug. 7. The event promises to be fun and informative for all who attend, says Pioneering Women founder Georgine Guillory.

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Five performances are left for the Tony Award-winning musical The Producers at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, in conjunction with Port Arthur Little Theatre. Dates for this sly and hilarious musical are July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., and July 27 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students at other schools. LSC-PA students, faculty and staff are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, and credit cards will be accepted.

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photo by Kevin King

The city of Beaumont has an exciting string of downtown events planned for the second half of the summer featuring a variety of music in both modern and historic venues alike.

For movie lovers who have not yet visited the Jefferson Theatre at 345 Fannin St., now is the opportunity to catch some classic movies in a beautiful and historic setting as the city presents Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre.

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The Lutcher Theater has experienced much in its 35-year-history — hurricanes, recessions, a change in direction from more traditional opera and symphony shows to Broadway-style productions. Not only has the non-profit professional performing arts theater endured these challenges, but it has also evolved into one of the most respected venues in the area, offering high-class entertainment one might expect to see in Houston, Dallas and other major U.S. cities.

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The Texas Renaissance Festival will welcome the return of internationally renowned guest artist Real Musgrave, the creator of Pocket Dragons and former official artist to the grounds, for its 40th Anniversary season this October and November.

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The Mexican Heritage Society (MHS) will celebrate its 46th annual Mexican Heritage Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.

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Fans of pro wrestling are in for a treat as Clutch City Productions presents Coastal Mania — convention and wrestling event — on Saturday, July 12, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) is currently showing two exhibitions through Aug. 31 — Beili Liu: Chine and Karin Broker: wired, pressed, nailed.

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