Entertainment

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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Thursday, April 28, for the first time since 2004, comedic legend Gallagher is set to perform in the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont with the Joke’s on You Comedy Tour featuring fellow comedians Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson.

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Donnie Darko

Classic Movie Night continues with the 2001 fantasy film Donnie Darko on Friday, March 18, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Donnie Darko stars Jake Gyllenhaal, a troubled teen who see visions of a rabbit who tells him the world will soon end and manipulates him into doing crime. The film is 1:53 in length and Rated R. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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James McMurtry

Courville’s welcomes James McMurtry on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes Big Rich’s famous buffet dinner. McMurtry, 53, is the son of the Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. James, who impressed fellow musician John Cougar Mellencamp during his early years, has released more than a dozen albums with his last, Complicated Game, coming in 2015. It charted in several Billboard Top 10s and received high praise from critics. For tickets, call (409) 860-9811.

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 ‘The End of the Tour’ is based on five days that Rolling Stone reporter David L

Now that 2015 movies are moving aside for the 2016 slate, there are some that shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle. Most of these received very little attention or screen time, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be seen.

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Lamar Institute of Technology will host its ninth annual LIT Foundation Shoot-Out on Saturday, April 2, at the 1-in-100 Gun Club (1228 FM 421) in Lumberton. The event raises money for scholarships for students at Lamar Institute of Technology. Teams of four shooters will traverse the course, trying their skills at shooting clays and flights will begin at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded by the Lewis System, which gives any shooter an opportunity to be a winner. Individual cost to participate is $175.

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Phoenix all female punk rockers Doll Skin will perform at The Gig on Crockett Street on Thursday, March 17, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets for this 18-and-older show are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All in their teens, the band consists of vocalist Sydney Dolezal (16), guitarist Alex Snowden (16), bassist Nicole Rich (17) and drummer Meghan Shea Herring (19) under the guidance of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. They are touring in support of their debut record, In Your Face.

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Taken from journalist Kim Barker’s lively account of covering the war in Afghanistan, this walks the line between comedy and drama somewhat clumsily, with comedian Tina Fey in the lead role. Kim Baker (name altered slightly for the movie version) isn’t as desperate as, say …. Elizabeth Gilbert when she wrote “Eat, Pray, Love,” but the trajectory is pretty much the same.

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Christopher Adkins

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University will present a guest artist recital featuring Christopher Adkins, principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m, Monday, March 7, in the Rothwell Recital Hall.

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Labeled “Too Big To Miss,” Orange will be buzzing this weekend with events featuring Broadway, art, and bugs. Yes, bugs.

Stark Cultural Venues will be right in the thick of things beginning Saturday, March 5, with David Rogers’ Big Bugs grand opening at Shangri La Gardens from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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