Entertainment

Stand-up comedian, talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor and television and radio personality Dennis Miller will perform at the Grand Event Center inside the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Saturday, July 8, at 8 p.m. From Pittsburgh, Miller, now 63, joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1985 and later became the host of its Weekend Update segment. Miller then went on to host his own weeknight talk show, then Dennis Miller Live on HBO. From 2007-15, Miller hosted a daily talk radio program.

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Follow a young girl and her fairy godmother into an equine dreamland and experience the majesty, splendor and amazement of the Gala of the Royal Horses on Friday, Aug. 11, at Ford Arena.

Brought to you by world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser, the stunning world of “Gala of the Royal Horses: Carousel of Dreams” immerses audiences in spectacular, tantalizing live performances from the most beautiful horses in the world as a young girl explores the magic of her dreams and works to find her purpose in life.

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It’s a free concert and fireworks celebration as the Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration Tuesday, July 4, at the Riverfront Boardwalk & Pavilion (601 W. Division) in downtown Orange.

Beginning at 5 p.m., vendors will line the area, offering food, drinks and snow cones as well as plenty of children’s activities. The sky will light up with fireworks at 9 p.m.

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Once in awhile, a veteran actor will connect with a role that showcases them to the degree there is talk of an Oscar nomination — maybe a win. And it can revive a career, if needed. “The Hero” will not be such a role for Sam Elliott, although it seems tailor-made for him.

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It’s your last chance to see the new Disney musical Freaky Friday that puts a contemporary spin on a beloved classic at the Alley Theatre in downtown Houston (615 Texas Ave.). The musical, with the book by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and score by the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then) is directed by Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Memphis) and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys).

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The Jefferson Theatre will host Titanic on Classic Movie Night on Friday, June 30, as well as Amour for the Foreign Cinema Series on Wednesday, July 5. 

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Five-time Grammy Award winning blues musician Robert Cray will perform at the Jefferson Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 15. Ticket information for the show will be released soon. Cray, who has been performing since 1974, has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades. A member of the Blues Hall of Fame, Cray has recorded more than 20 albums with his latest titled, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm. He traveled to Memphis to record the albums with friend and fellow Grammy winner Steve Jordan.

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Independence Day is right around the corner, and with the Fourth of July this year falling on a Tuesday, it might not be bad to plan ahead as several cities will celebrate the holiday with plenty of activities.

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The City of Beaumont’s Recreation Division will host “Movies in the Park” on Saturday, June 24, at the Athletic Complex at 950 Langham Road. The event is free to the public and will begin at dusk. The feature film that will be shown is the 2016 3D computer animated comedy The Angry Birds Movie, voiced by the likes of Jason Sudekis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn and Bill Hader, among others.

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‘Rough Night’

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell

Directed by: Lucia Aniello

Rated: R

 

My sister and I have an ongoing debate about the role of movies that revolves around art vs. entertainment. I fall into the latter fold because I have hard time seeing movies like “Booty Call” as art. But sis, a graduate of Cal Arts, holds that movies must teach us something in order to have succeeded. We rarely agree — until now.

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