By Stephen "doc" Watson, Special to the Examiner

True to its mission, the Lutcher Theater in Orange delivered professional entertainment for the enlightenment and cultural growth of people living in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana and delivered it in spades by hosting a remarkable music theater troupe known as “The Choir of Man.” 


Life Itself

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonia Banderas

Directed by: Dan Fogelman

Rated: PG-13


Let this be a lesson: what works for television doesn’t always work for a feature film. Writer and director Dan Fogelman, the architect of the NBC hit series “This is Us,” spent his summer hiatus making this film for which the more correct title should have been “Life Bummer.”


Big Thicket Association will host their 5th annual Neches River Rally on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a 7-mile paddle on the Neches River from Colliers Ferry Park to Lake Bayou set for 8 a.m.  


It will be a weekend of revving up on the river during the 11th annual “Showdown on the Sabine” featuring more than 60 tunnel boat racers from the Southern Professional Outboard Racing Tour on Sept. 14-16 at the City of Orange Boat Ramp (1000 Simmons Dr.).

“This particular event is one that I honestly look forward to each and every year,” said Brandy Judice, Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau coordinator. “It’s action packed and fun all weekend long.”


Celebrate hope and survivorship with your “Survivor Sidekick” at the eighth annual Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run Color Rush Carnaval in downtown Beaumont on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Generously supported by presenting sponsors Provost Umphrey and Quality Mat and Title Sponsors H-E-B and Jason’s Deli, the largest color rush in Southeast Texas will feature added family-friendly activities, including calypso steel drum bands, samba dancers, a Wellness Beach Village, troupes of food trucks and a Flamingo Family Fun Zone.


The football season will unofficially open for the Lamar University football team Sunday, Aug. 26 with their annual Football Kickoff Celebration. This year’s keynote speaker is football legend “Little” Joe Washington. 

The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Montagne Center with a VIP reception featuring Washington, LU head football coach Mike Schultz and Director of Athletics Marco Born. That will be followed by general admission to the event at 6 p.m. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Cardinal football team.


The romantic comedy genre has been overdue for a makeover and in this fresh new take is just the ticket. Easily, it’s one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen this summer as it carries a great storyline while allowing entry into a culture I knew virtually nothing about.

Think of a storyline as a branch, with elements of the story hung like ornaments from it. Then think of the brightest, most colorful ornaments and that is “Crazy Rich Asians,” from start to finish.


If not for recent events, which demonstrate that we still have far to go to repair racial relations in this country, Spike Lee’s new movie would be more like a history lesson — and it is, only it seems we’ve haven’t learned much of anything in the last 40 years.

Set during the turbulent ‘70s, the movie begins with a fictitious race baiter (Alec Baldwin) starring in a black and white movie touting white supremacy, but the story moves quickly to Colorado Springs where the police department is trying to integrate its ranks.

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon in Susanna Fogel's The Spy Who Dumped Me

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon

Directed by: Susanna Fogel

Rated: R


David Harris is infatuated with Bolivar Peninsula. From the Midwest, Harris found his way down south and landed on Bolivar 21 years ago and became a fishing guide. After working 300 trips every year for 16 years, it was time for something new — Bolivar promotion.

“It’s so laid back,” said Harris. “Bolivar is an undiscovered gem. Where else in Texas can you drive golf carts, vehicles and camp right on the beach, and it’s populated enough to run to a restaurant or run to the store.”