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Mardi Gras ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.

Tuesday, March 8, marks the day when everyone celebrates rich food, wine, spirits, friends and fellowship before they bid the Mardi Gras festivities farewell. For those who follow the Catholic rituals of the Lenten season, this is also a chance to feast freely before the 40-day fast leading up to Easter. It’s Fat Tuesday, folks.

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His royal highness … Everyone’s friend Brad Klein, by channeling Elvis at the Mr. Habitat 2011 competition, won the crown. His first costume was as Elvis in white, and the second Elvis costume was in black and silver — with blue suede shoes! First runner up with his beer-can tool belt was Clark Winslow, and coming in second and third were Ronnie Ramirez and Mike Blueitt. People’s Choice award went to Kevin Steele. Also working their stuff on stage were Gordon Williams, Chuck King, James Johnson and Shane Howard.

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Jesse Hasek is one of the most creative and intellectual people you will ever meet. Though his name may not ring an instant bell, his voice and work does the job.  The Knoxville, Tennessee native is the vocalist for Universal Republic recording artist 10 Years that have released several singles including “Through the Iris,” “Beautiful,” “So Long, Good-Bye,” “Actions & Motives” and “Wasteland,” which reached atop of the alternative rock chart.

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Mississippi is known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music.” Of course one of the first things that comes to mind is that Tupelo was the birthplace of Elvis and dozens of blues musicians honed their skills in the state including Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Muddy Waters.Faith Hill, Mickey Gill, Jimmy Buffett and Jerry Lee Lewis also call Mississippi their home state.

Rockers Saving Abel have added their name to long list of influential musicians that hail from the southern Gulf Coast state.

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Gulf Coast Power Pro Wrestling returns to the National Guard Armory in Port Neches on Feb. 26 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The armory is located at 511 Grigsby, which is near Port Neches-Groves High School. Tickets are available at the door for $10 (adults) and $7 (kids). Seating is based on first-come first-serve. Fan favorite Max Muscles is scheduled to defend the GCPPW heavyweight title against Zen Zen. The cruiserweight title will be up for grabs when Avarice defends against two opponents — Hector Montoya and Jen Alise. The Rough Riders are also set to return.

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Most Southeast Texans would probably agree with columnist Doug Larson’s comment that “life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”

However, they just might settle for a fresh, raw, green vegetable drink that tastes like lemonade.

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It seems this is only the beginning for the band Civil Twilight, but the band has literally traveled the globe to get where they are at today — on the way to stardom.

From Cape Town, South Africa, brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar along with Richard Wouters decided some six years ago that in order for them to be successful, they would need to leave Cape Town for Los Angeles.

Once there, the three-some began playing just about everywhere, including a restaurant, just so they could scrape up enough money to pay rent.

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I’m too sexy for my clothes … In the name of fundraising (or is that fun-raising?) nine generous gentleman will vie for the title of Mr. Habitat 2011. Our divine diva Barbara Quinn will emcee, making sure the audience is aware of all of the contestants’ attributes as she keeps the show moving along. It all happens Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Rockin’ A Café. Plan to attend as you support your favorite Habitat guy — Clark Winslow, Mike Blueitt, Gordon Williams, Shane Howard, Kevin Steele, James Johnson, Ronnie Ramirez, Chuck King and Brad Klein.

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Beaumont has heart … Saturday night, Feb. 12, at the MCM Eleganté Hotel, the third annual Golden Triangle Heart Ball was held in a packed house. The 2011 Heart Ball — “I Left My Heart in San Francisco: A Golden Gate Affair” was chaired by Christina Delgadillo.

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