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Less than meets the eye in Clemens’ comeback spectacle

 

In his famous soliloquy, Macbeth described life as “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” While I’m not a particular friend of Bill S., it seems there is often something from Shakespeare to describe events in this human comedy.

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Ashley Burton Riley returns with ‘Doubt’

Studio 33 Theatre founder Ashley Burton Riley made a splashy debut for her fledgling troupe in an unforgettable performance as the title character in “Always Patsy Cline.” Most audience members didn’t know that she was four months pregnant when she pulled off that acting and singing tour-de-force for capacity crowds at the Port Arthur Little Theatre.

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Zombie Voodoo Fest 2012 invades Southeast Texas July 7-8

 

A mere 43 years after Woodstock, the promoters of a music and culture event to be held in Beaumont are hoping for an influx of mostly young people looking to have a good time. The peace signs and love beads and other relics of the Summer of Love have been consigned to the dustbin of history, replaced by the walking dead.

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When the fifth annual Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival electrifies the Procter Street Pavilion in downtown Port Arthur on June 8 and 9, there will be no induction ceremony for the late jazz guitar genius at the nearby Museum of the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame. That’s because the Port Arthur legend was enshrined there years ago, alongside fellow musical prodigies Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter and others who caused the name of Port Arthur to be writ large in the pantheon of stars.

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When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 – only five days after Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War – it marked the end of a giant of a man who led the fight to preserve the Union. But it was the beginning of a remarkable cult of personality unprecedented in American history.

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