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There's always something big happening in Beaumont, Texas! With our well-known fairs and festivals, each change of season offers another must-see event. And when it comes to food & shopping, we get serious. We don't like to brag or anything, but our food is worth planning an event around - which is why we have food festivals for all of our favorite dishes in southeast Texas. Beaumont also has an eclectic mix of museums that celebrate everything from art to energy. Our quirky-ness is portrayed throughout these museums that offer a variety of arts & culture exhibits and events. Parents, the kids will love Free Family Arts Day offered quarterly by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Plenty of other events just for kids can be found happening year 'round as well.

In Beaumont, we tend to do things a little bigger than other places in Texas. That's especially true of the performing arts you'll find here. Spread throughout the city are world-class concert halls, theaters and arenas that bring the best in performing arts to Beaumont. These same great facilities, along with nightlife hotspots, also support a host of live entertainment acts that can be enjoyed regularly.

Fan-friendly Beaumont has a true love for the game. From watching the Lamar University Cardinals football team bring home a win, to experiencing the hard-hitting action of the Spindletop Roller Girls roller derby team, there are plenty of sporting events to be found in Beaumont. Beaumont may owe its prosperity to oil, but it's not the only natural resources we're blessed to have. With dense forests, sandy beaches and shallow wetlands, southeast Texas is overflowing with outdoor activities. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Beaumont, and experience Texas with a little something extra! 

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Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias Exhibition

November 28, 2014 – January 04, 2015

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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In the Garden of Ozymandias, includes a selection of Celia Eberle's surreal mixed media sculpture of diverse and mesmerizing materials highlighting the basic nature of the human experience. Her media, which include animal bones, wire, marble, jasper, agate, wood, coral, brass, newsprint, cardboard and other found objects communicate the artist's quirky imagination with technical proficiency in a myriad of materials.

For over two decades, she has drawn on an expanded concept of explanatory mythology in an effort to understand many complex phenomena concerning the human condition. She chooses imagery based either on its ubiquity or the pervasiveness of an attendant idea. Over the years, she has used many mediums and approaches to tackle this core issue. In the Garden of Ozymandias is a survey of these efforts.

Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias is organized by AMSET and is funded, in part, by the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey

Locke Charitable Trust, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Beaumont.

Opening Reception: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014.

 

 

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Create! Holiday Ornament Workshop

November 28, 2014 – November 29, 2014

10:00 am, 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Students (w/ID), & Youth (10-17), $5. Children (4-9), $2.

Stark Museum of Art
712 Green Ave
Orange, TX 77630
409-886-2787
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Connect with art, take part in a hands-on activity this holiday season and create your own ornament inspired by the Collection of the Stark Museum of Art. All ages welcome. Sign-up to save your seat.

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Dornith Doherty: Oasis Exhibition

November 28, 2014 – January 04, 2015

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Free admission. Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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This exhibition documents two international seed banks with microscopic precision and ethereal beauty. Focusing on x-rays at seed bank facilities where research is conducted and routinely used for viability assessments of accessioned seeds, Doherty documents and subsequently collages the seeds and tissue samples that are maintained in these research collections.

The amazing visual power of magnified x-ray images, which springs from the technology's ability to record what is invisible to the human eye, illuminates her considerations not only of the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in relation to gene banking, but also of the poetic questions about life and time on a macro and micro scale. Doherty is struck by the power of these tiny plantlets and seeds (many are the size of a grain of sand) which generate life and endure the time span central to the process of seed banking.

"As landscapes around the world become more arid due to climate change, seed banks play an important role in ensuring the future survival of our plant life and food supply," states Doherty. "These facilities can be regarded as a type of oasis; a verdant island surrounded by desert which provides a safe place of refuge and rejuvenation."

Oasis is part of a larger project, Archiving Eden, which Doherty has been working on since 2008 in an ongoing collaboration with renowned biologists at seed banks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Norway, Australia and Brazil.

Dornith Doherty: Oasis is organized by AMSET and funded, in part, by the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Beaumont. 

Opening Reception: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014 

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Finding Light: Works on Paper by Rob Clark in Café Arts

November 28, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.
Suggested donation, $2.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-832-3432
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Much of Rob Clark's work from the years has been derived by exploring paper as the light source with a carving away process to permit the light to define the work. This includes works in ink, pencil and water color which are included in this show. Most of the work is figurative and consistently part a story connection: mentor, family, friend, and ten second interactions on the street......sometimes the story is obvious while others are private. Clark's grandfather was a pastor and story teller. His gifts are passed on through these drawings and their stories. It is spiritual to tell the story accompanying a drawing.

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Flowering Pages: Illuminated Books of Hours

November 28, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Last tour, 4:00 pm.
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Students (w/ID) & Youth (10-17), $5. Children (4-9), $2. Members, Free.

Stark Museum of Art
712 Green Ave
Orange, TX 77630
409-886-2787
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Guests will have the rare opportunity to see an exhibition of imagery contained in hand-crafted prayer books from the 15th and 16th centuries. This exhibit will be on view October 7, 2014 through January 10, 2015, and will highlight the significant ways in which flowers were used as symbols, decoration or part of a story.
 

Also on View: Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. The Newcomb Potter Enterprise is a traveling exhibition that highlights the extraordinary variety and quality of work that sprang from the simple guiding principles of Newcomb: beautiful, hand-made, utilitarian objects decorated with the indigenous flora and fauna of the Gulf South, easily recognizable as the products of a single enterprise. Drawing from public an dprivate collections, the Exhibition includes dozens of critically acclaimed Newcomb pottery pieces that have never traveled before, along with examples of the Art School's other craft disciplines.

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Oliver! The Musical

November 28, 2014 – December 06, 2014

Evening Performances, 7:30 pm. Matinee, 2:00 pm.

Betty Greenberg Center for the Performing Arts
4155 Laurel Ave
Beaumont, TX 77707
409-833-4664
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"Oliver! The Musical" is an iconic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, "Oliver Twist". It includes such popular songs as "Food, Glorious Food," "You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the rousing tavern song "Oom Pah, Pah." Classic characters in the show include the orphan boy, Oliver, the Artful Dodger, the wily Fagin, and the villain, Bill Sikes. The perfect family entertainment, "Oliver! The Musical" has unforgettable characters, delightful music, and a happy ending.

Show dates: November 21, 22*, 22, 28, 29*, 29, December 4, 5, 6*, 6, 2014. 

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Photos with Santa

November 28, 2014 – December 24, 2014

Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. Sunday, Noon - 6:00 pm.

Parkdale Mall
6155 Eastex Frwy.
Beaumont, TX 77706
409-898-2222
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Santa Claus is available for visits and photos at Parkdale Mall's Sunken Court. Visits with Santa are available daily through Christmas Eve. Please note that Santa does take breaks throughout the day to “feed his reindeer” and that he leaves Parkdale Mall on December 24 at 6:00 pm.

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Reflecting the Times: Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco

November 28, 2014 – March 07, 2015

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Last tour, 4:00 pm.
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Youth (10-17), & Students, $5. Members, Free.

W.H. Stark House, Carriage House
610 Main Street
Orange, TX 77630
409-883-0871
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Visit The W.H. Stark House Carriage House for a new, special exhibition Reflecting the Times, which highlights the key components of three important art movements of the early 20th century - Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. These art movements are reflected in architecture, jewelry, pottery, clothing and graphic design and the collection of Miriam Lutcher Stark represents these movements and the blending of these styles.

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Sacred Art: An Exhibition of Local Spirituality

November 28, 2014 – November 29, 2014

Wednesday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Beaumont Art League
2675 Gulf Street
Beaumont, TX 77703
409-833-4179
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Arist Prospectus: An exploration of Sacred Art from various world cultures. This exhibition showcases the diversity of Southeast Texas artists from various cultural backgrounds. Entries reflect spirituality and sacred religious customs from all denominations and religions/non-religions with a focus on education and an emphasis on historical significance. 

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 

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Untitled Exhibition

November 28, 2014 – November 29, 2014

Tuesday - Saturday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Art Studio, Inc.
720 Franklin
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-838-5393
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With the rise of digital photography, it seems everyone can lay claim to being a photographer. But a dedicated minority has gathered to explore a process that is more hands on.

The Art Studio, Inc. Darkroom Friends is a group who have joined together to develop and print photographs the old fashioned way, using film and chemistry in a real darkroom.

The group will present the fruits of their labors in the exhibition "Untitled," opening November 1, and on display through November 29. The show opens with a free reception, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., November 1.

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Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

November 28, 2014 – January 03, 2015

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Last tour, 4:00 pm.
Adults, $6. Seniors (65+), Students (w/ID) & Youth (10-17), $5. Children (4-9), $2. Members, Free.

Stark Museum of Art
712 Green Ave
Orange, TX 77630
409-886-2787
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Organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University and SITES, Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Potter Enterprise is a traveling exhibition that highlights the extraordinary variety and quality of work that sprang from the simple guiding principles of Newcomb: beautiful, hand-made, utilitarian objects decorated with the indigenous flora and fauna of the Gulf South, easily recognizable as the products of a single enterprise. Drawing from public an dprivate collections, the Exhibition includes dozens of critically acclaimed Newcomb pottery pieces that have never traveled before, along with examples of the Art School's other craft disciplines.

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Tracy Byrd

November 28, 2014

Doors, 7:00 pm
$25

Backyard Music Hall
3871 Stagg Dr.
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-203-3147
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Tracy Byrd has always been something of a maverick. In an industry where careers are often decided in committee, Byrd has always held fast to his own creative vision and has never been afraid to take the road less traveled. That unbridled spirit again prevails on his newest release, "Different Things." Not only does Tracy continue to deliver no-holds-barred country music, he does so while embarking on a new business model that is setting the standard for artists in today's competitive music industry.

Byrd is the first country artist to partner with Artist 2 Market Distribution (A2M), the Handleman Company's independent distribution arm. A2M will sell and distribute "Different Things" to retail outlets nationwide.

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Beau Reve Annual Christmas

November 29, 2014

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free admission.

Beau Reve
4400 Atlantic Road
Port Arthur, TX 77642
409-719-7511
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'Tis the season to deck the halls, trim the trees, wrap many gifts, stuff stockings, and search for gifts to give and sweet treats to share. Join us, along with local artisans and craftsmen, and shop for unique, handcrafted, vintage & new items.

Activities include breakfast and pictures with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, and arts and crafts for the kids while parents shop. Tickets for the breakfast will be available for purchase before the day of the event to ensure your spot in the Carriage House! Vendor inquiries are also welcome.

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Group Bike Ride

November 29, 2014

Every Saturday
8:00 am

Colonade Shopping Center
6410 Phelan Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77706
409-656-3372

Three levels of ride, fast-greater than 20 mph; medium, generally a no drop ride 17-20mph; no drop 10-15 mph. Rides generally last 3-4 hours through the countryside around Beaumont and surrounding communities. The no drop group meets closest to Elena's restaurant at the Colonade Shopping center, the others in front of Goodwill. Rides may start later when weather is colder. Helmets required.

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LU A Capella Choir & Grand Chorus

November 30, 2014

3:30 pm

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
700 Jefferson Drive
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-880-8144
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Featuring selections from Handel's Messiah.

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