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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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2017 Dodge Journey
Dodge Journey offers seating for five or  seven passengers.

The Dodge Journey enters 2017 with a starting MSRP of $21,195, five available trims: SE, SXT, Crossroad, Crossroad Plus and GT (note: GT is new for 2017, replaces R/T), a choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine, and a choice of five- or seven-passenger seating.

Under the hood

Journey features a standard 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 173 horsepower and 166 foot-pounds of torque, and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy averages are 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on highway.

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For the first time in her career, senior pitcher Ciara Luna was named the Southl

Fans of Lamar University athletics not only have several opportunities to cheer on their favorite teams on Saturday, April 15, but also have the chance save lives by helping to delete blood cancer.

As part of the Students vs. Blood Cancer national campaign, stations will be set up at Provost Umphrey Stadium, Vincent-Beck Stadium and the LU Softball Complex to allow Lamar fans to register to be a life-saving match to a blood cancer patient in need. The process takes just a few minutes, as fans would have their cheek swabbed to determine if they are a potential match.

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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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Boudin Jalapeno pizza

The MCM Eleganté Hotel is hoping a new concept will entice guests to order pizza in-house and also capitalize on sales opportunities outside the hotel.

Itza Pizza, which opened Saturday, April 1, is serving hotel guests, dine-in customers, and delivering to a whole new market through the Waitr app.

Located inside Hemmingway’s Café, Itza Pizza sold over 300 pizzas in its first week, said Matt Peterson, food and beverage director at the MCM Eleganté.

The concept is the brainchild of hotel GM Steve McGaha.

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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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Olivia Newton-John

MAGIC! One of many words to describe Olivia Newton-John's standing room only performance April 7 at the Grand Event Center inside the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles.

Though many know her for her role as Sandy Olsson alongside John Travolta in the 1978 iconic musical-film Grease, Olivia had a string of seven No. 1 songs before she ever stepped foot on the movie set including "Please Mr. Please" and "I Honestly Love You," which she ended the 21-song set with.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd

Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Southern rock superstars Lynyrd Skynyrd featuring Johnny Van Zant on vocals performed a sold out show in the Grand Event Center at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on April 8. The band opened up the concert with “What’s Your Name” and kept the crowd on their feet for more than two hours. The concert also featured all their hits including “Saturday Night,” a version of Merle Haggard’s “Honky Tonk Night Time Man,” “That Smell,” “Simple Man,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and closed with their classic, “Free Bird.”

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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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