Entertainment

Culture, commerce intersect in Texas craft beer movement

 

The craft beer craze is hopping its way into Southeast Texas. Events popping up like the Art of Beer exhibition at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and beer tastings at Del Papa Industries and Winestyles, all in Beaumont, seem to show an interest among a rising number of folks in the area in exploring something different when it comes to a cold brew.

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Fresh off his third solo comedy special on HBO, It’s Not Me, It’s You, the multi-talented George Lopez is back on tour doing new material and will perform two shows in two nights at the Bayou Music Center at 520 Texas Ave. in Houston on Aug. 10-11 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $61 or $49.50 and can be purchased at the venue or online at livenation.com.

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Driving to 1147 Boston Ave. in Nederland provided a surprise like no other encountered on recent assignments. Arriving at my destination, a new restaurant, Finch Hutton, I had no idea what to expect. A gracious welcome to our party by an attentive staff impressed me right off the bat, but when I saw the menu offered at this French-American bistro, shock is a mild word to describe my feelings.

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The Stark Museum of Art will sponsor forensic artist Lois Gibson for a presentation “The Art of Catching Criminals”, on Thursday, Aug. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Gibson’s presentation will take place at Lutcher Theater, located at 707 W. Main Avenue in Orange. This event is free and open to the public and is followed by a reception and book signing at the Museum, along with an exhibition celebration of Explore Art: Materials and Methods Revealed.

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A seasonal sensation … Once again, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual fundraiser Spice of the Season to raise money for Leadership Beaumont. This year’s soiree, Cartoonmania, was catered by Carrabba’s Italian restaurant with celebrity waiters dressed as their favorite cartoon characters. As they served guests appetizers, salads, a main course and dessert, they earned tips in Looney Loot.

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