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Elizabeth Bunch as Pamela and Todd Waite as Richard Hannay

The cast and creative team are ready for the summer chills production of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at the Alley Theatre, located at 615 Texas Ave. in downtown Houston.

Based on the classic film by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps is adapted by Patrick Barlow, directed by Mark Shanahan, and runs July 21 – Aug. 20 in the Hubbard Theatre. Tickets start at $26 and are available now at alleytheatre.org.

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Experience the magic of film with a live orchestra for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall in the downtown Houston theatre district at 615 Louisiana St. The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Houston Symphony performing every note from the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of all time with $974.8 million sold at the box office.

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The Isley Brothers featuring Ernie and Ronald “Mr. Biggs” Isley have been cited as having enjoyed one of the “longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music,” and the two will perform inside the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Saturday, July 22, at 8 p.m. They began performing in 1954, and 16 of their albums charted in the Top 40 with 13 of those having been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum.

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Texas country music stars Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will share the stage at Jerry Nelson’s Backyard Dance Hall for a special show Sunday, July 23, with doors opening at 7 p.m. in a tour titled “Hold My Beer & Watch This.” Both are lead singers of their respective bands, but as long time friends, they’ve decided to record a live album together.

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The city of Beaumont is hosting its highly anticipated third annual Beaumont Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the downtown Event Centre from 2-6 p.m. Presented by the city, Giglio Distributing, and 2-Row/Del Papa Distributing, the festival will showcase Texas and national craft breweries and is anticipated to sell-out quickly. Advance tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Civic Center box office and online at Ticketmaster.com. General tickets are $20, which includes event entry, a souvenir cup and a tasting card.

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Newsboys

Premier Productions presents the Big Church Night Out Tour at Ford Arena featuring a headlining concert by Grammy nominated group Newsboys on Sept. 30. Each night will include a time of worship, ministry and unity along with performances from Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Derek Minor, Blanca, Adam Agee from Audio Adrenaline, illusionist Brock Gill, worship leader Jamison Strain, and Jeremy Willet.

From Australia, Newsboys have been performing since 1985; the group currently features the vocals of Michael Tait, formerly of the Grammy winning band DC Talk.

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Q. I am 60 years old and my English is not very good. I usually get very nervous speaking to a group or to people I don’t know. I want to file a claim in justice court, but I am afraid I will not be able to communicate well with the judge. I know I can have a lawyer, but that will be expensive. I have a grown son who has said he will assist me, but I don’t know if that will be allowed. Can my son help me in court?

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This beauty is a perfect addition to your yard. The shrimp plant has a rather sophisticated botanical name: Justicia brandegeeana. It was named after the American botanist Townsend Stith Brandegee (1843-1925) according to an interesting article titled “Reiman Gardens” in the Iowa State University blog. The species is indigenous to Mexico, where it was discovered. Brandegee is given credit for bringing many beautiful and hardy Mexican plants to the U.S. Your grandma may have called the shrimp plant “false hop” or “Mexican shrimp.”

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

Directed by: Jon Watts

Rated: PG-13

 

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Marvel Studios has revamped “Spider-Man” for the third time. Tobey Maguire didn’t quite get it done and Andrew Garfield was just too morose to capture the character. But now, finally, I think Marvel has finally found what makes this character tick and it turns out just to let Peter Parker be himself — a nerdy teenager.

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Meet Penny, a young adult female golden patched tabby weighing about 5 pounds. This cat is absolutely gorgeous with a beautiful coat of gold, copper and brown hues! Like most cats, Penny is a gal who knows what she wants, and when it’s “Penny-time,” she wants her ears scratched ... now! Penny is showcased in the lobby at Beaumont Animal Care and is ready to go to a new owner that appreciates her beauty! The adoption fee for Penny is $90, which includes her spay, feline vaccination, rabies vaccination, worming and flea treatment. Ask for ID No. 30482.

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