downtown Beaumont

The Symphony of Southeast Texas will wrap up its spectacular 64th season with an extraordinary evening of great artistry fulfilling the season’s “Symphony Fantastique” theme on Saturday, April 1, inside the Julie Rogers Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Piano soloist Christopher O’Riley joins the Symphony featuring Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a theme by Paganini” and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”

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One of the most anticipated Classic Movie Nights will be held Friday, March 31 at the Jefferson Theatre, with the 1980 romantic drama that created a movement and lifestyle while putting the town of Pasadena, Texas on the map — Urban Cowboy. Directed by James Bridges, the movie tells the story of Bud Davis (John Travolta), a country boy who moves to Pasadena to start working alongside his Uncle Bob in a refinery, then gets introduced to the Gilley’s night club.

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The Tri-County Disproportionality and Disparities Committee, a group aimed at driving change and improving disparities for minorities in our community, is hosting Beaumont’s third annual LGBTQIA Summit, according to a release from the committee.

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Classic Movie Night continues on Friday, March 17 at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont  with the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time — Space Jam. The 1996 live-action animated sports comedy stars Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters. The movie tells the story of a fictional story of the time in which Jordan spent during his brief years of retirement. Bugs Bunny and crew recruit Jordan to their team in order to win a basketball game against the Nerdlucks The movie is 1 hour, 28 minutes and is Rated PG.

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Classic Movie Night continues on Friday, March 3 with the seven-time Oscar winning 1962 historical drama film Lawrence of Arabia at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by David Lean, the 3 hour and 36-minute film stars Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led Arab tribes during World War I to fight the Turks. The movie is considered by many as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema. In 1991, selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress Film Registry.

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The Art Studio will host Positive/Negative Space, an exhibition of photographs by The Studio’s “Darkroom Friends,” from March 4-24. In this digital age, a group of like-minded individuals are stepping back in time to create works in an old-fashioned style. Techniques on display will include silver gelatin, albumin and tintypes.

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Eight-time Grammy Award winning Gospel singer Kirk Franklin will perform at the Beaumont Civic Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$50 and can be purchased at the Civic Center box office or online at ticketmaster.com. From Fort Worth, Franklin has released eight solo albums with his latest, Losing My Religion, which just won a Grammy for Best Gospel Album. No. 1 songs include “Looking for You,” “Declaration,” “I Smile,” “Wanna Be Happy” and “123 Victory.” Also performing is James Fortune & FIYA.

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