Entertainment

Two prominent fiction writers will read from their works at the Lamar Literary Festival this month on the Lamar University campus in room 108 of the Maes Building.

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You can’t ask for better gumbo weather. It’s the perfect time for the 22nd annual Girls’ Haven Gumbo Festival, set for Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., once again held in the Parkdale Mall parking lot.

There will be plenty of activities for the kids, including a special performance by the one and only Sonny “The Bird Man,” an expanded kids area including carnival games, bounce houses and much more.

Did we mention gumbo?

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America’s Jewish Troubadour Kinky Friedman will perform at the Logon Café on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m.

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Soon to set up residency in Las Vegas, musician Pitbull will perform inside the Grand Events Center at Golden Nugget in Lakes Charles on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m.

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The Jefferson County Go Texan committee is heading to the World’s Championship Barbecue Contest on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

This group of volunteers promotes the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the county level and has been involved with the event since 1972 as one of the original counties to participate in the Go Texan program.

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This year’s honorees are Iris and Jerry Nathan.

It’s been 33 years and counting, but rest assured the annual “Taste of the Triangle” is far from stale. In fact, this year’s event sponsored by the Sabine Area Restaurant Association will feature a few fresh faces along with the time-honored traditions associated with the area’s premiere foodie event.

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Classic Movie Night continues with the 1976 monster film King Kong on Friday, Feb. 5 at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont.

Directed by John Guillermin, this film is a remake of the 1933 classic starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin and Jessica Lange. An exploration for oil leads to an isolated island inhabited by a monster gorilla who is captured and taken to New York City for display.

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Competition barbecue and “regular” barbecue. Although some folks cook at competitions the same way they cook in their backyards and/or restaurants, the competitors at the highest levels certainly do things differently.

Competition barbecue is often referred to as “one bite barbecue” because the judges typically take one bite and competitors are challenged to insert the most flavor and dynamic taste in that one portion. Judges typically taste dozens of samples during a competition, and the winner must stand out in a very crowded field.

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Something I’ll never understand. For instance, who wrote the rule about rewarding movies no one gets to see unless you live in a “major city”? By the time Oscar night arrives, the general public is lucky to have seen about half the nominees. Andsomewhere it must be written that only the crummy movies can be released in early winter or late summer.

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Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform together for the first time in Beaumont on Saturday, Feb. 20, inside the historic Jefferson Theatre at 8 p.m.

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