Entertainment

Nutrition and Services For Seniors is holding its Deliver the Difference Luncheon on Thursday, May 4, at the Event Center at 11:30 a.m. The annual event benefits the nonprofit’s Meals on Wheels program. Individual tickets are $50, and sponsorships start at $250. Food will be catered by Bando’s.

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center celebrates Earth Day with its annual Eco-Fest celebration and Butterfly Release on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a full day of family fun.

Enjoy releasing native pollinators during butterfly releases and visit exhibitors to browse eco-friendly products, learn about environmentally conscious services and see live animal shows. Local and regional organizations as well as businesses will have booths that provide information about earth-friendly products, services, and opportunities.

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The documentary genre never gets its due unless one wins an Academy Award and garners a lot of attention. Rarely are they released to theaters, so filmmakers have to rely on other platforms for their work to be seen. Netflix and cable outlets have been haves for documentaries, widening viewership and bringing attention to subject matter that is as relevant as it is provocative.

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The 2017 Jefferson County Go Texan Cook-Off is set for April 21 and 22 at the Elk’s Lodge, 11431 Highway 90, Beaumont. The two-day event will raise funds for local youth.

“This is the last major event of the year for us (JCGT),” said Jay LeBlanc, Jefferson County Go Texan ambassador. “We want everyone to come out, grab a great meal and help us in giving our stand-out local youth scholarships.”

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International comedy/ventriloquist sensation Jeff Dunham will perform at Ford Arena on Sunday, April 23, with an afternoon showtime of 3 p.m. The Perfectly Unbalanced Tour will feature his cast of characters, which includes the puppets Walter, Peanut, José Jalapeño on a Stick and others.

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In 1981, the Texas Legislature designated Mauriceville as the “Crawfish Capital of Texas,” and 37 years later, the Mauriceville Crawfish Festival has become the “go-to” festival for all things crawfish.

One of the oldest running festivals in the state, the 37th annual festival will begin Friday, April 21, and go through Sunday, April 23. Sitting on 15 acres, the festival also celebrates music, art and culture, highlighting the unique heritage of Mauriceville and the surrounding areas.

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Consider this a little in-between-seasons truffle before the summer movies hit theaters. Spring is always a mixed bag of movies that range from pretty good to awful and run the gamut of genres: horror, humor and animation. Some recent ones have been surprisingly good like “Life,” the sci-fi horror movie, and “Boss Baby,” the DreamWorks animated feature with Alec Baldwin.

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There’s still time to purchase tickets to the Champagne & Ribs “Wide World of Sports” themed event on Thursday, April 20, and help the Gift of Life win the monumental battle with prostate cancer. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Ford Park (5115 Interstate 10 South) in Beaumont.

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The Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts is in the midst of hosting “Steel Magnolias” for three shows this weekend beginning Friday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. and two on Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Written by Robert Harling as a play, “Steel Magnolias” made its Off-Broadway debut in 1987 then was adapted as a big screen release in 1989 starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirly MacLaine, Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah. It finally made its Broadway debut in 2005 at the Lyceum Theatre.

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Once

Once has been touted the musical that “breaks the rules, challenges expectations and delights audiences with something they didn’t realize they were longing for.” The eight-time Tony Award winner for Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album will play the Lutcher Theater in Orange for one performance only — Saturday, April 15, at 6 p.m.

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