Entertainment

Express Children’s Theatre presents ‘Ransom of Red Chief’

Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m., the O. Henry literary classic “The Ransom of Red Chief” comes to life in this hilarious adaptation by Patricia Barry Rumble. This is the story of two crooks, Bill (Alan Gardiner-Atkinson) and Sam (Brandon Morgan) who plan a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap the very energetic child of a local banker. But they get a lot more — and a lot less — than they bargained for. Their 10-year-old victim, who refers to himself as an Indian named Red Chief (Nicholas Lewis), is barely missed.

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Larry Jene Fisher

The Jefferson Theatre has endured nearly a century of wear and tear. It has outlasted hurricanes, floods, downtown deterioration and even an overzealous congregation who decided to destroy its original statuary, deeming the nude artwork unholy.

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It’s time to get metaled up. VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming, That Metal Show is returning for its 12th season. The acclaimed hard rock and heavy metal talk show hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine kicks off the latest season on Saturday, June 1 at 11:00PM ET/PT.

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The Kinsel Lincoln Jazz+Blues Fest was held Saturday, May 18, on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont featuring 14 bands performing on three stages. All funds raised will benefit the Museum of the Gulf Coast.

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Orange Community Players will close the 2012-13 season with “Nunsense A-Men” May 16-19. Times are 7:37 p.m. on May 16-18 and 2:37 p.m. on May 19. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Directed by Diana Hall and dedicated to Jeff Hattman, five talented voices from Kevin Doss, Doug Rogers, Paul Burch, Justin Sanders and Jonathan McCollum are involved in this hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Think Mrs.

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“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” Rated PG-13 — Big, loud and in 3-D (3-D/IMAX at some theaters), “Star Trek Into Darkness” offers teens a jolt of fun and parents and grandparents many nostalgic pleasures. One could wish the villain — though his roots lie in the 1960s TV series and the 1980s movies — weren’t cast as a terrorist. That’s a tired trope for today. But despite this, director J.J.

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Kree Harrison

Four contestants remain in Season 12 of “American Idol,” and one is from Southeast Texas — Kree Harrison of Woodville. If Harrison makes it through this week’s elimination round and is in the final three, a slew of events will be held Saturday, May 4, and expect the “American Idol” cameras to be in town for the homecoming concert and activities.

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