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It was a perfect day in southeast Texas. Beautiful Becki Stedman, “chief” of the weekly farmer’s market on College Street, was in place, smiling and greeting folks coming in for herbs, tomatoes, bread and more. Happily, I learned that the farmer’s market goes on for months more. I scored some veggies and squash blossoms then headed off 10 miles west to China, Texas, to pick up my new puppy and see what’s new in this town of 1,160.

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From “Kinky Boots to Cinderella slippers” the upcoming Lutcher Theater season presents 13 incredible and diverse events, including eight Broadway shows, an unprecedented musical act, contemporary dance, a spectacular holiday family event and the ever-popular fall outdoor concert event, Symphony at Shangri La featuring the Symphony of Southeast Texas.

Season tickets are on sale now, and individual show tickets can be purchased Friday, Aug. 11, at www.lutcher.org, the Lutcher box office or by calling (409) 886-5535.

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Follow a young girl and her fairy godmother into an equine dreamland and experience the majesty, splendor and amazement of the Gala of the Royal Horses on Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Ford Arena.

Brought to you by world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser, the stunning world of “Gala of the Royal Horses: Carousel of Dreams” immerses audiences in spectacular, tantalizing live performances from the most beautiful horses in the world as a young girl explores the magic of her dreams and works to find her purpose in life.

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As the Lutcher Theater prepares for the 2017-18 season, the Lutcher Theater Service Guild is seeking individuals interested in volunteering their time and talents to help promote and support the arts and the Lutcher.

This season’s membership drive is to be held Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lutcher Theater’s third-floor lobby. The drive is open to the public and all are invited to participate in a theater tour, orientation and dinner.

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Meet Dixon, a male terrier/hound mix who weighs about 25 pounds. Dixon is 6-8 months old and has been at the shelter since July 5. He is a happy, fun-loving dog who loves to play and gets along with other dogs. Beaumont Animal Care anticipates he is going to be a medium-size dog topping out at about 30-40 pounds. He is so sweet and very gentle when accepting treats! Go by and check out this guy and give him a home. Meet Dixon at 1884 Pine St., Beaumont, ID No. 30510. Adoption fee is $120 which includes neuter, DHLP, rabies, worming, and flea treatment.

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Diets are absolutely no fun. Whether it’s forced upon you or it’s your New Year’s Resolution — no fun. And the older you get, the harder it is to drop some weight. But as a living testimony, I’m here to tell you it can be done, and to the tune of 51 pounds in 5 months.

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It’s not easy revisiting the past, but sometimes it’s necessary. At least that’s how director Kathryn Bigelow felt about the epic Detroit riot of 1967. Ignited by an afterhours raid on a black nightclub by the Detroit police force, it lasted for days.

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Comedian and television host Bert Kreischer will perform five shows this weekend at The Improv in Houston beginning Thursday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Kreischer has co-hosted television programs such as The X-Show on FX and is currently hosting his own show on the Travel Channel called Bert the Conqueror. One of Kreischer’s most famous stories states that he once went on a college field trip to Russian and accidentally joined a Russian mob and participated in a robbery while intoxicated. Showtimes are Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., and two shows on Saturday, Aug.

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Rolling Stone magazine called Texas act the Drugstore Gypsies one of “10 New Country Acts You Need to Know.” Duke Ryan, Dillan Dostal, Korey Davis and Reynaldo Chapa bring their Southern honkytonk drawl to The Gig on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont on Friday, Aug. 11. Think Led Zeppelin meets Conway Twitty as a way to describe their sound.

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Record-setting rapper Flo Rida will hip hop his way to the H20 Pool Concert Series at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, Aug. 11, with gates opening at 7:30 p.m. Born Tramar Dillard, the 37-year-old Flo Rida debut song “Low” spent No. 1 on the Billboard chart for 10 consecutive weeks and set a record for most downloads at 6 million.

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