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

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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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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.

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The Galveston Historical Foundation is inviting you and me to a night of food, fun, music and frivolity as it gears up for its Mardi Gras kickoff with its “Menardi Gras Celebration” at 7 p.m. today at the Michel B. Menard House — which just happens to be the island’s oldest residence — at 16…

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The biggest sporting event in the world will take place Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston. However, before those festivities start, there’s a chance for you to get your praise on in a “super” way when the NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration kicks off Super Bowl LI with a star-studded…

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Most people like attending theater productions and movies to escape the reality of their everyday lives. The Broadway musical “Pippin,” presented by the National Touring Co., will allow you to do just that in two spectacular performances.

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Island East End Theater will present John Pollono’s “Small Engine Repair,” which will make its debut at 8 p.m. today at 2317 Mechanic St. in Galveston.

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Swedish director Lasse Hallström has made a career out of hit-or-miss feature films. One minute he has delivered Golden Globe nominated “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” an international romantic comedy.

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The eighth annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest will kick off with a Night Party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Yaga’s Café, 2314 Strand St., in Galveston.