Entertainment

Neches Brewing Company in the heart of downtown Port Neches will host Americana act Urban Pioneers on Monday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. From the small Texas town of Albany, the Urban Pioneers consists of Jared McGovern (banjo, vocals), Liz Sloan (fiddle, vocals) and Martin Sargent (bass). Mix one part Texas fiddle and one part Tennessee banjo, add doghouse bass and a splash of guitar, and you have a delicious cocktail for your ears.

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Southeast Texas band the Ruxpins will perform at the Rikenjak’s in Vidor on Friday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. Forming in 2011, the Ruxpins are Brandon St. John (vocals, guitar), Canaan Barborek (vocals, guitar), Cade McKay (bass), Chris Williamson (guitar) and Randall Garrett (drums). Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, John Prine, Tom Petty and Townes VanZandt, the band considers itself as Americana rock. Rikenjak’s Brewing Company South Street is at 18635 I-10 in Vidor. For show information, call (409) 233-2058 or the band’s or venue’s Facebook page.

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It’s a reunion like no other as the Charlie Pruitt Country Music Show returns for one night only on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. It’s been 10 years since the last show was held.

The Charlie Pruitt Country Music Show was a staple of Southeast Texas entertainment for over 25 years. It was a safe, family-friendly environment where young entertainers could hone their craft and develop their performance skills outside of the bar scene.

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Tickets are on sale now for the 2017-18 Beaumont Community Players’ season. Productions include the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical romance South Pacific (Sept. 8-9, 15-16, 21-23); Christopher Durang’s dark, absurdist comedy Baby With the Bathwater (Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 26-28); BCP holiday tradition Scrooge (Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 14-16); One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Jan. 19-20, 26-27, Feb. 1-3); the jukebox musical The Marvelous Wonderettes (Feb.

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Photo by Erik Kabik

Wayne Newton is an icon, a legend and international superstar who goes by many nicknames such as Mr. Entertainment, The Midnight Idol and Mr. Las Vegas. From 25,000 shows in Las Vegas to USO tours and his signature song “Danke Schoen” in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Newton has done it all.

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Everyone has a story. That’s why the memoir business thrives. In recent times, it really can be traced back to Mary Karr’s “The Liar’s Club” (1995), a raw account of her childhood under the care of two very dysfunctional parents who happened to live right here in Southeast Texas. It sparked a memoir renaissance as knowns and unknowns decided they also had stories to tell. Karr milked two follow-ups, one of which, “Lit,” has been purchased by HBO with the hopes that it will be adapted for television.

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Photo by Kevin King

Although keeping a healthy diet is important, like we mentioned last week, everyone needs a cheat day. In fact, our brains are hardwired with a desire for sweetness.

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A spot in the coveted Wrangler National Finals is up for grabs when the world’s toughest athletes compete in the Maverick International Appreciation for Industry PRCA Pro Rodeo slated for two nights at the Nutty Outdoor Arena (18291 Englin Road) in Winnie on Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9.

The top cowboys and cowgirls will compete for cash prizes in several categories including bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronco riding, calf and team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

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From “Kinky Boots to Cinderella slippers” the upcoming Lutcher Theater season presents 13 incredible and diverse events, including eight Broadway shows, an unprecedented musical act, contemporary dance, a spectacular holiday family event and the ever-popular fall outdoor concert event, Symphony at Shangri La featuring the Symphony of Southeast Texas.

Season tickets are on sale now, and individual show tickets can be purchased Friday, Aug. 11, at www.lutcher.org, the Lutcher box office or by calling (409) 886-5535.

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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 7:30 p.m. 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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