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No plants equals no life. Humans can­not breathe, eat, nor drink without culti­vating plants. The earliest gardens were grown in ancient Egypt for those needing rest in the shade under trees. Persians, Greeks, Romans – who many said they introduced cabbages – and even those in the Middle Ages grew gardens for medic­inal herbs, vegetables, orchards and vineyards. Fast forward to 2019.

Daily gardening chores like watering, weeding, trellising, mulching and har­vesting are fantastic ways to exercise.

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Twisted Throttle has carved a unique rock niche in Southeast Texas. After debuting in January of 2018, vocalist Mindy Bell and bandmates Aaron Williams (guitar), Ben Sanders (bass) and Nathan Currie (drums) have generated plenty of regional buzz in a competitive industry.

Live music fans can check them out on Saturday, March 2, at Madison’s on Dowlen at 9 p.m. 

Expect to hear catchy originals like “How You Like Me Now” as well as arena-rock covers from Boston, Kansas, Heart, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

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Giddy would be an understatement. I remember buying Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album in 1991 on cassette tape and playing it to all my classmates in high school.

Songs like “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” “Hand on the Pump/Real Estate,” “The Phunky Feel One” and my personal favorite from the album, “Latin Lingo.” I was the guy in my class who other students would come to and ask for new music, but this time, it was different. I was the first to introduce Cypress Hill to my entire school. Probably a lie, but I told myself I was.

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The West Coast High Tour was announced last September and the time has officially arrived for Cypress Hill and Hollywood Undead to take the stage at the House of Blues in downtown Houston (1204 Caroline) this Sunday, Feb. 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets remain on sale with prices starting at $34.50 and can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

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At the turn of the century several members of our congress proposed that we do away with the patent office.  Can you only imagine what has been invented since that time? The non-forward looking members of Congress with no vision decided that everything worthwhile had already been invented; therefore, there was no need to keep the patent office open.  It is easy to make a list of things we use daily that are a result of scientific research done to put a man on the moon.

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Having your own boat and being able to go fishing when and where you like on any given day is the only way to fly. The only glitch is knowing what kind of boat you need. Obviously, if you are into bass fishing you’ll want to get a bass fishing boat. But if you like to fish on the inland lakes and along the coast you’ll definitely do best with a center console. This type of boat is pretty much the best one to use in Southeast Texas. Having a boat that can be used for both bass fishing and going after trout and reds on the coast gives you a lot of options.

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Known for its Cajun flavored menu that features depth and variety as well as classics and standards, Reel Cajun has moved beyond its Port Arthur location and expanded into Lumberton.

Because its current location is so close to a school, Real Cajun Lumberton is BYOB, which allows customers to bring their own beer and wine. However, liquor is prohibited, as are personal coolers, though the Reel Cajun team is happy to provide ice buckets for any diners that need to keep their drinks cold.

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Movies didn’t disappoint over the holidays. There was literally something for everyone with everything from rom-coms to super heroes to family fare. If you define family as anyone from 7 to 70 and beyond then “Mary Poppins Returns” was high on the list of must-sees. It was a true Disney production in the grand old fashion from the full orchestrations of the score to the elaborate set design and costumes. That much did harken back to the glory days of Disney.

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And one of the most highly anticipated yearly events is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at NRG Stadium and this year’s entertainment lineup features a fabulous mix of musical genres, which includes country, hip-hop, rock, pop and EDM.

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Beaumont is no stranger to Cajun cuisine. From Sabine Pass to Newton, Southeast Texans are sure to find at least one Cajun eatery available near them. However, in an area where Cajun flavors are so accessible, there are bound to be restaurants that stand above the rest. One of these is Bayou Café. Nestled on Major Drive in Beaumont, this café straight from the bayou, is filled with flavor and personality. From seafood specialties to offbeat offerings this Cajun café is sure to impress. 

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