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This weekend, there will be a plethora of barbecues and celebrations in honor of the proverbial beginning of summer season, graduations and such. However, there also will be several local events recognizing those who have died in honor of our great country.

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Disney has taken a desperate approach to revive one of its longest running and high grossing franchises. “Pirates of the Caribbean” returns with a fifth installment (they swore the fourth was the final), titled “Dead Men Tell No Tales.” New directors, new musical composer, but the same old s…

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Back by popular acclaim is the UnGala II Cabaret at Galveston College! Party Planners met at the beautiful mid-island home of Charli Rohack, her husband, Jim, and daughter, Elisha. Their remarkably beautiful oasis home is a certified wildlife habitat and respite. It was an absolutely perfect…

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Director Ridley Scott is trying to refurbish the “Alien” series which he began back in 1979. Unhappy with sequels that followed (“Aliens” directed by James Cameron, “Alien 3” directed by David Fincher, “Alien: Resurrection” directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet). Scott (“Gladiator,” “The Martian”) …

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The eighth annual Red, White & Bayou Crawfish and Texas Music Festival, sponsored by the city of Dickinson, will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of FM 517 and state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

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Hilarious comedy and secrets galore take the stage in Island East End Theatre Co.’s production of “The Foreigner,” which will make its debut at 8 p.m. today at 2317 Mechanic St. in Galveston.

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The opening credits to Guy Ritchie’s expensive “King Arthur” revision, features cheap looking fonts and perplexing imagery. A large tower with fire coming out the top and no accompanying sound. A second opening sequence is a prologue to the tale we are about to watch and then finally, twenty…

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Three-time Grammy Award nominee Ruthie Foster will be back on the island performing her blend of soul, blues, gospel and rock opus at 8:30 p.m. today at the Old Quarter Acoustic Café, 413 20th St., in Galveston.

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Significantly better than the first one, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is still Marvel’s sitcom, but “Vol. 2” uses emotion in the third act and inserts more dynamic female characters to its benefit. While the plot line still involves saving the universe (something I keep hoping Marvel writers wi…

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The city of League City may be the largest city in Galveston County — but don’t tell the League City Lions Club that as they are gearing up for the annual League City Music Fest set for May 5 and May 6 at Walter Hall Park, 807 state Highway 3, in League City.

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When your film is directed by a former reality star, you can only expect so much. “How to be a Latin Lover” opens like a Ferrell/Stiller type comedy, with an explosive death scene played for laughs rather than heartbreak. That low brow comedy remains through the entire film, nearly mirroring…

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Grab the family — and the furry friends — for the inaugural Pet-A-Palooza, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds and the streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and 25th streets on Winnie Street, in Galveston.

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"Galveston 1900, Indignities, Book Six: The Altercation," by N.E. Brown, N.E. Brown Publisher, Copyright 2017, paperback, 320 pages, $12.95

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Editor’s Note: Trond Saeverud, conductor and musical director of the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, talked about the Sunday concert, the final performance of the season.

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“Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich,” by Norman Ohler, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 304 pages, hardcover, $28

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The 79th annual Galveston County Fair and Rodeo kicks off today and will run through April 29 at Jack Brooks Park, FM 2004 and state Highway 6, in Hitchcock.

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Cory Morrow has been performing his blend of soulful, feel-good, honky-tonk music for over 20 years now and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. The “pied piper” of Texas country music is just one of the featured performers at the 79th annual Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, which is s…

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Mr. Calvin’s will celebrate its 27th annual Easter weekend with its Good Friday celebration from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at 6020 Martin Luther King Ave. in Hitchcock.

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The ‘Fate’ of the series is secure. There will always be an audience for these films regardless of what implausibility they launch on screen or how poorly the actors deliver their lines. Universal’s mammoth franchise has even started to pull in Oscar winners like Charlize Theron (“Mad Max”) …

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“Greater Tuna,” which debuted in 1981 in Austin, is back and better than ever with a new cast and production. The new tour will make its island debut in its “new” look/format at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

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Zach Braff (“Garden State”) is behind the camera on this elderly buddy film, which is a remake of the George Burns picture of the same name from 1979.

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Theatre Under the Stars will present the Broadway musical production “Dreamgirls” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through April 16 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., in Houston.

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Well, I found it! No, not the best film of the year, but the yearly pre-award season movie I get excited for, based on an impeccable trailer and cast (that Sigur Rós music sealed the deal).

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International Jewish Blues touring artist, Saul Kaye, will make his island debut this weekend as a part of a special performance at Congregation B’nai Israel, 3008 Ave. O, in Galveston.

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At the rate Hollywood is turning out space films, there isn’t much left to discover in the genre it seems. Director Daniel Espinosa (“Child 44”) certainly makes a run at it though, re-teaming with his “Safe House” star Ryan Reynolds.

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Christopher Lowe has never turned down an acting gig he didn’t like — especially challenging ones, such as his role of the “ghost of John Barrymore” in Bay Area Harbour Playhouse’s production of “I Hate Hamlet,” which makes its debut at 8 p.m. today at 3803 state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

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If you want to experience a plethora of emotions this weekend, then make sure you check out Island East-End Theatre’s premiere of “Next to Normal” at 8 p.m. today at 2317 Mechanic St. in Galveston.

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Editor’s note: The Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s next concert includes a Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto. Music Director Trond Saeverud talked about the program.

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Disney’s third live action remake continues their quest to update the beloved cartoons for modern audiences. Oscar winner Bill Condon (“Chicago,” “The Twilight Saga”) returns to the world of the musical, introducing new songs in the fairy tale and more information on the characters.

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In a limited engagement, one of the world’s oldest touring Shakespeare theater companies, Actors From The London Stage, will present William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday in the Bayou Theater of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in …

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Aside from that embarrassing Cruise/Diaz action flop Knight & Day, director James Mangold has a solid track record working with actors. Both Angelina Jolie (“Girl Interrupted”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) won Academy Awards under his direction. Mangold was the ideal choice to…

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Zombie movies are a dime a dozen these days, but this British production offers something slightly off the beaten path. Mike Carey’s novel and screenplay takes ideas from superhero films like “X-Men” and expects the audience to already know quite a bit of zombie history from other films.