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The Banzai Special

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” No establishment proves this more than Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. 

The Japanese eatery in Beaumont, which first opened its doors on Dowlen Road in 1996, has proved in its more than 20 years of business that excellence takes time and commitment. Tokyo’s offering of delicious food and unique experiences to Southeast Texas has been a staple to the area, and for good reason.

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Amy Schumer and Rory Scovel in I Feel Pretty

‘I Feel Pretty’

Starring: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams

Directed by: Amy Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Rated: PG-13

Just hearing the title of this makes me want to break into the song from “West Side Story.” It’s Maria’s big number as she sways and preens in front of the mirror. There is a lot of that going on in this movie, too, but it may be just an illusion and not a celebration of love at first sight.

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a face painter paints at Med Fest

Discover the Mediterranean in Southeast Texas with one of the most anticipated yearly events of the spring with the annual St. Michael Mediterranean Festival. St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church (690 N. 15th St) in Beaumont will be the center of all activities with traditional cuisine from Greece and other Mediterranean countries from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along with a variety of unique ethnic goods on sale at the bazaar and diverse entertainment. Admission to the festival is free and will take place rain or shine.

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Joette Reger

I’ve always thought that the fuchsia flower was one of the most beautiful things that gardeners could put into a hanging basket but then I learned that they have a history too. A most interesting English article at www.fuchsiaflower.co.uk opened my eyes to the background of this plant.

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Baile folklórico dancers

Dancers at the Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet perform baile folklórico, literally “folkloric dance” in Spanish. According to the book “Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zócalo” by Eric Zolov, Amalia Hernandez pioneered baile folklorico in the 1950s with her establishment and leadership of the Ballet Folklorico Mexico. Additionally, she founded a school in Mexico City for the study and practice of classical and folkloric dance techniques.

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The Aroma app team

The craving hits and the pang of hunger deepens. You want enchiladas with onions, avocado and a cup of coffee, but are tired of the same old haunts. Thankfully, there is an app for that. Or there will be.

Aroma, set to be released May 19, helps users search for food on an open playing field. Users can search for restaurants by dish and can even add multiple filters to find the place that is just right.

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Bob Schneider

Tickets are still available for Bob Schneider, who performs at Courville’s on Thursday, April 19, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling (409) 860-9811. Schneider, 52, is no stranger to Southeast Texas as he played Courville’s in early 2017. He sings, plays the guitar as well as the keyboard, trumpet and harmonica, and has been releasing music since the early ‘90s when he sang for bands like Joe Rockhead and Ugly Americans. He’s recorded more than a dozen albums and was honored numerous times at the Austin Music Awards.

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Mickey Gilley

At the age of 82, country music legend Mickey Gilley will perform at Honky Tonk Texas in Silsbee on Saturday, April 21, with doors opening at 7 p.m. From Mississippi, Gilley has recorded 39 Top 10 hits including 17 No.

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Albert Nolen

The NRF Queen and her court … Queen Neches LXX Jordin Bourg, daughter of Vonnie and Eric Bourg and a senior at West Brook High Schol, was crowned queen Saturday evening, April 14, at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont.

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Tito's Tacos' Tacos Plate

Texas — the home of the cowboy boot, Bluebell Ice Cream and, of course, the best tacos in the United States. Case in point: Tito’s Tacos of Beaumont. 

Tito’s Tacos was born from the family of Norman and Ashley Pitman, who took the expertise and recipes of Norman’s family and brought them to Southeast Texas, while also adding their own flair to the family recipes.

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