Entertainment

With about half of the Oscar contending movies already in theaters, it’s not a far stretch to begin compiling a short list of nominations for the major awards. If you’ve seen “The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Creed” and “Inside Out” then you have been keeping up. All of these features could produce nominations in directing and acting categories, not to mention best picture.

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Girl sings in front of Christmas tree

The Groves Beautification and Old Fashioned Christmas in Groves committees are inviting the public to a two-fold festive event that begins with the lighting of the City Christmas Tree presented by the Groves Beautification Committee in Celebration Park, located at Lincoln and Coolidge. The park will be decked out for the holidays with the ceremony to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

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One of the busiest shopping weekends of the year is upon us. So instead of waiting in long lines for sweaters, socks and gift cards, why not enlighten your bestie with tickets to one, or many, of the great shows coming to the Lutcher Theater in Orange?

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‘Secret in Their Eyes’

Starring: Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman

Directed by: Billy Ray

Rated: PG-13

 

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KCS Holiday Express train

Kansas City Southern’s 15th annual Holiday Express train will stop in 20 communities in seven states on 24 dates, including at the KCS Yard at 4095 S. Martin Luther King Parkway in Beaumont on Saturday, Nov. 28.

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Gingerbread House

Sweeten up the holiday season with the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET), by creating a mini winter wonderland at the Gingerbread House Workshop from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Children and their families are invited to design and decorate these sweet holiday gingerbread houses at this annual event.

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It’s a walk for a cause like no other, and the weather is expected to be nothing short of exceptional. The annual Golden Triangle American Heart Association has put another dime in the jukebox, baby, as its signature fundraiser — the Heart Walk — has this year turned into the 2015 Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K Run/Walk to be held Saturday, Nov. 14, near the Montagne Center on the campus of Lamar University.

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‘Spectre’

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Rated: PG-13

 

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L’Auberge du Lac in nearby Lake Charles, Louisiana, presents Tasting on the Terrace: An Evening on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the lush Event Center Terrace. Sample more than 50 unique wines and Louisiana beers and spirits while enjoying delicious complementary food and fun interaction with vendors knowledgeable in their field.

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Classic Movie Night continues with the 1996 musical drama Evita at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont on Friday, Nov. 13.

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