Entertainment

An Evening in Tuscany is the theme for this year’s Heart Ball hosted by the American Heart Association on Saturday, March 11 at the MCM Eleganté beginning at 6 p.m. The Heart Ball is a black-tie event that attracts several hundred community leaders in medicine, business and philanthropy, and is the American Heart Association’s premiere fundraising event in the region to drive critical ongoing cardiovascular and stroke research.

It’s dinner, dancing and an exciting auction as the AHA celebrates local volunteers, supporters and honors individuals dedicated to serving the community

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Comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo will perform at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles on Saturday, March 11, at 8:30 p.m. Caliendo was best known for his work on the FOX weekly comedy show MADtv then for two seasons on his own weekly comedy sketch show Frank TV, which aired on TBS. He also headlined in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo. Some of Caliendo’s most famous impersonations are of Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Morgan Freeman, William Shatner, Charles Barkley and Bill Clinton. Tickets are $45-$55 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.

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‘Logan’

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

Directed by: James Mangold

Rated: R

 

This franchise might be aging, but don’t count it out. At least, not with this installment that is equal parts brutal and poignant to the point that, hold on, tears might be shed. Fair warning, X-Men fans.

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Everything is bigger in Texas and to prove it there will be a triple threat of Guinness World Record attempts on Saturday, March 4 headlining the inaugural Spirit of Texas Festival in College Station. 

More than 5,000 pounds of the Texas State food cooked up in a custom 14-foot wide, 4-foot deep pot. It is the Brazos Valley’s attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest serving of chili, which is now held by North Dakota. Sanctioned by the Guinness Book of World Records, a Guinness Adjudicator will be onsite. 

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Montana Repertory Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary season with the play that put Neil Simon on the map over 50 years ago. Through comedy, Simon explores love, relationship, marriage and family — the pangs of loss and the joy of reunion.

Barefoot in the Park is headed to the Lutcher Theater in one performance on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$37 and can be purchased online at lutcher.com.

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Classic Movie Night continues on Friday, March 3 with the seven-time Oscar winning 1962 historical drama film Lawrence of Arabia at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by David Lean, the 3 hour and 36-minute film stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led Arab tribes during World War I to fight the Turks. The movie is considered by many as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. In 1991, selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress Film Registry.

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That’s a wrap, although not without an unprecedented bit of controversy when the wrong envelope was, well … if you don’t know by now. Then you probably don’t care. Let’s just say it was a moment that will live on in Oscar history for all the wrong reasons. To recap: Casey Affleck, despite some last minute scandals involving sexual harassment suits, held off Denzel Washington in the Best Actor category. The other big ones went as predicted, right up to “La La Land” being announced as Best Picture.

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A highly anticipated event on the crowded festival calendar arrives in Mid-County on March 14. The 44th annual Nederland Heritage Festival welcomes 100,000 friends and neighbors through March 19 for an annual outpouring of fun, entertainment, music, crafts and carnival rides, as well as a delicious array of fair food.

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The 25th annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas will be bigger and better than ever when the festivities kick off on Thursday, Feb. 23, and last through the weekend ending Sunday, Feb. 26. All the festivities take place in downtown Port Arthur.

There’s plenty of food with more than 40 vendors, which include pork kabobs, corn dogs, pizza, funnel cakes, burgers, anything on a stick and of course plenty of pistolettes.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday and the first parade will be the Lamar State College Port Arthur Parade that starts at the Carl Parker Center. 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for me, anyway. Not the Christmas holidays, but the annual Oscar ceremony coming up this Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC beginning at 6 p.m. Year after year, I hang in there through the bloated three-hour-plus running time filled with superfluous silliness while celebrities in their designer gowns and tuxedos suck up to one another as the precious gold statuettes are doled out.

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