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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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Artwork by Zach Dubuisson in Café Arts

October 24, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 12:00 noon - 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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Café Arts regularly features artwork by local artists.

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Bat Boy

October 24, 2014 – November 01, 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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A musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave. The local sheriff brings him to the home of the local vet where he is taught to act like a "normal" boy. When Bat Boy tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of his city they turn on him and he runs away into the woods only to return with a story.

Show dates: October 24, 25*, 25, 30, 31, November 1*,1, 2014.

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Beaumont Art League Membership Show

October 24, 2014 – October 25, 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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The Beaumont Art League's annual Membership Show features the work of talented and diverse artist members who support the BAL's mission and bring talent and creativity to the organization and community. Prizes will be awarded to First, Second, and Third places, as well as Best in Show. The Best in Show recipient is honored with a solo exhibition the following year. The Membership Show will be on view in the Brown Gallery through October 25th. 

Free opening reception: Saturday, October 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

 

 

 

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Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias Exhibition

October 24, 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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Dornith Doherty: Oasis Exhibition

October 24, 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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Flowering Pages: Illuminated Books of Hours

October 24, 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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Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days

October 24, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Parking, $2.

Kountze Trade Days Center
960 No. Pine Street
Kountze, TX 77625
409-880-5667
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Kountze Big Thicket Trade Days is held the 4th weekend of each month at the Kountze Trade Days Center, located off of Hwy 69 North next door to the Super 8 Motel in Kountze, TX. With over 250 vendors, Kountze Trade Days offers all types of treasures! With plenty of food vendors also on hand, you can enjoy the best in festival & fair style foods as you browse & shop. Handicapped walkways with asphalt make wheelchairs and stroller pushing a breeze.

 

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LU Art Faculty Exhibition

October 24, 2014 – November 23, 2014

Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Free admission and parking.

Dishman Art Museum
1030 E. Lavaca
Beaumont, TX 77710
409-880-8959
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This exhibition highlights new and experimental work created by the faculty of the Lamar University Department of Art. Featuring work by Keith Carter, Kurt Dyrhaug, Xenia Fedorchenko, Rose Matthis, Donna M. Meeks, Sherry Saunders, Prince V. Thomas, Christopher Troutman and Linnis Blanton.

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

October 24, 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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Storytelling Through the Mail

October 24, 2014 – November 16, 2014

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Adults, $4. Seniors (62+), $3. College Students w/valid ID, $3. Children (4-18), $2.

Museum of the Gulf Coast
700 Procter
Port Arthur, TX 77640
409-982-7000
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Storytelling Through the Mail: Tall Tale Postcards features more than 80 examples of "tall tale" postcards from around the United States, demonstrating a unique form of humor dating back to the early 20th Century. Exhibit from Michigan State University Museum.

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The Way Back Home

October 24, 2014 – October 25, 2014

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

The Art Studio, Inc.
720 Franklin
Beaumont, TX 77701
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A collection of artwork from local artist, Mark Nesmith, which represents some of the steps along his way back home. From the local landmarks visited out of nostalgia for his youth, to the landscapes that have always formed his inner vision, to the people he's met, these drawings and paintings are a visual gumbo of Mark's new life in Southeast Texas. 

Opening reception October 4th from 7 pm - 10 pm. The show will run through Octoer 25, 2014.

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Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

October 24, 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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Woodcarvings by Former State Senator Carl Parker

October 24, 2014 – October 31, 2014

Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Texas Artists Museum
3501 Cultural Center Dr.
Port Arthur, TX 77642
409-983-4881
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Woodcarvings by former State Sen. Carl Parker ranging from working families to really tall sports performers to circus clowns are on display through the end of October at the Texas Artists Museum. The museum is also featuring an exhibit by current and former art students at Lamar State College-Port Arthur entitled "LSC-PA Art Connections."

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Scarecrow Festival

October 24, 2014 – November 01, 2014

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
2111 W. Park Ave
Orange, TX 77631
409-670-9113
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See funny, wacky and weird scarecrows designed by local businesses, groups and families at the 6th Annual Scarecrow Festival at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. The event is the largest Scarecrow Festival in Texas with dozens of scarecrow designs, and this event provides an opportunity for families and people of all ages to celebrate the change of seasons and view scarecrows of all shapes and sizes.

As in past years, the theme focuses on "environmentally-friendly" scarecrows. The scarecrows will be created from recycleable and/or repurposed items and line the walkways along with autumn flowers and decorations honoring the fall season.

Visitors to Shangri La will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite scarecrow and prizes will be awarded at the event finale, Autumn Fair, Saturday, November 1. The Autumn Fair event is fun for everyone and will include face painting, pumpkin decorating and a variety of fall-inspired games throughout the Gardens.

Entry forms to create a scarecrow are online at www.shangrilagardens.org. Group tours are available for the Scarecrow Festival and Autumn Fair events and calling ahead is strongly encouraged.

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Beaumont Buddy Walk

October 25, 2014

10:00 am
$10

The Event Centre Great Lawn
700 Crockett Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
409-838-9012
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The Beaumont Buddy Walk is a one mile Down syndrome awareness walk. Sponsored by the The Arc of Greater Beaumont. 

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