There were some astonishing absences from the Oscar nominations last week, but one of the biggest has to be overlooking the star and director of “Selma.” David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay deserve to be among the nominees.

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One of the fringe benefits of living in the great state of Texas is no matter where you travel, you can find great barbecue. I recently had to make a “Cannonball Run” to the Hill Country to pick up a deer at the processor and, of course, made a few stops along the way. Altering my route in order to go eat barbecue has become the norm.

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The Lutcher Theater will present The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley on Friday, Jan. 23, with two performances at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $4 for the one-hour show and can be purchased at the box office or by calling (409) 886-5535.

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The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of mixed media artwork by three up-and-coming artists, Chris Presley, Steffen Sangster and Everett Beaujon, from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 13. The gallery is in Victoria House, 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont.

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Southeast Texans will have an opportunity to step into the heart of New York City as the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation presents “La Soirée: NY State of Mind,” a black tie gala at the Beaumont Civic Center on Saturday, Jan. 31.

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