Greenwood to headline Texas Bar-B-Q Festival

The 30th annual Texas Bar-B-Q Festival presented by the Vidor Chamber of Commerce will be held Sept. 14-16 at Claiborne West Park (4105 North) located between Vidor and Orange, just off I-10.


When you have a great cast, great music and a script filled with mistaken identities, chases, and love, you can’t go wrong. And the Beaumont Community Players production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is all of that and more.

  • ‘The Words’
  • Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons
  • Directed by: Brian Klugman
  • and Lee Sternthal
  • Rated: PG-13


  • ‘Lawless’
  • Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf
  • Directed by: John Hillcoat
  • Rated: R

Mark the date of Saturday, Sept. 29, when The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program presents a wonderful opportunity to help a truly good cause in the community and to have some fun guests will not soon forget. The second annual Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run/Walk will take place in downtown Beaumont, and internationally renowned health and fitness guru Richard Simmons will be the celebrity guest of the event. Simmons will be joined by Yvonne Washington, Queen of Rhythm and Blues, back by popular demand.


A pretty hilarious off-the-wall crime comedy

  • ‘Killer Joe’
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey,
  • Emile Hirsch
  • Directed by: William Friedkin
  • Rated: NC-17

This indie film playing now at the River Oaks Theater in Houston is gaining more attention for the NC-17 rating it earned rather than the movie itself. Yes, there are a couple of scenes that are ultra violent, but honestly, I’ve seen worse on cable television.


With the summer film season coming to a close, the box office winner will be “The Avengers” with “The Dark Knight Rises” a close second; both earned $100 million-plus. Already trailers for fall and holiday season movies are popping up in theaters, signaling that it’s time to look ahead.

September has never been a strong month for movie openings. Vacations end, school starts and the box office take goes down. The releases for September are usually weak, with one huge exception for 2012.


Gift of Life promotes ovarian cancer awareness.


Saving lives can be hard work, and nobody works harder than the staff and volunteers at the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program. Aug. 13 they were honored by the Jefferson County Commissioners Court for their efforts to boost ovarian cancer awareness.

  • Hope Springs’
  • Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones
  • Directed by: David Frankel
  • Rated: PG-13

If you are expecting a light-hearted affair about the golden years of marriage, that’s a fair expectation. But this dramedy defies the standard definition of romantic comedy with its frank look at intimacy issues.