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The nation will officially celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday; however, there are several MLK events across Galveston County this weekend that you should take the time to attend.

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The time for questioning the motives of Liam Neeson’s choice in action movie scripts is over and now we must question his sanity. In his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop,” “Run All Night”), Neeson once again takes part in a formulaic action movie that’s predic…

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Editor’s note: The Galveston Symphony Orchestra is opening 2018 with a pops concert. Music Director Trond Saeverud talked about the program.

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In the band’s debut performance in Texas, Bumper Jacksons will bring their unique blend of bluegrass, jazz and swing music to University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 2700 Bay Area Blvd. in Houston.

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“Crazy Heart,” “Out of the Furnace,” “Black Mass” and now “Hostiles.” Scott Cooper, the actor turned director, has quickly become one of the most prolific American cinematic voices. His latest film “Hostiles,” the darkest subject matter yet, but also his most accomplished. Cooper’s scripts h…

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The Nia Cultural Center will present its 30th annual Kwanzaa celebration — “Purposely Building and Developing Our Families and Community” — Saturday at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M, in Galveston.

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There are striking similarities between Jessica Chastain’s “Miss Sloane” from last year, and her buzzy new film “Molly’s Game.” Both leading characters are unapologetic, powerful and in control of the men around them, while being investigated for illegal activity. Oscar winning screenwriter …

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The battered black leather Bible on display in the county courthouse at 722 21st St. has a story or two to tell. Printed in 1884, it was found on this island’s shore, washed up by the tides after the great 1900 Storm. Its owner, William Levy, did not survive the hurricane, but his father, Di…

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Topping last year’s, “A Bigger Splash,” Italian director Luca Guadagnino has created nothing short of a masterpiece in adapting André Aciman’s novel of the same name. In a screenplay by James Ivory (front-runner to win the Oscar for adapted screenplay) “Call Me By Your Name” is one of the mo…

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Editor’s note: Steve K. Alexander, a marine biologist and adjunct professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, recently published “Exploring Galveston: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Island,” now available locally at Galveston Bookshop. He talked with The Daily News about his book.

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The Kennedy Dance Theatre will present the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” Saturday and Sunday at the Bayou Theater on the campus of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.

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The ninth “Star Wars” film boasts not only one of the largest casts in the franchise’s history but also the longest running time (152 minutes). Fanboy director Rian Johnson (“Looper”) takes the reins from J.J. Abrams, delivering an entry that is categorically for the die-hard fan. The story …

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The Tonya Harding biopic/mockumentary came into the Toronto International Film Festival as an “also showing” flick. Yet after the first screening, it became one of the most buzzed about films and now was just nominated for five Critics Choice Awards. It was also one of the highest profile ac…

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Editor’s note: The Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s concert Sunday will feature a piano concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Music Director Trond Saeverud talked about the program.

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To help get you in the holiday mood, the Mainland Chorale and Duck & Cover A Cappella vocal groups from College of the Mainland will present a free concert “Songs of the Light” at 7:30 p.m. today at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 8200 25th Ave. N., in Texas City.

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The 44th annual Dickens on The Strand, sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation kicks off with free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the historical downtown district in Galveston.

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After her relentless on-screen presence playing the same characters in every movie, Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut. The original screenplay based on her love of home in Sacramento, is what you would expect from the “Mistress America” actress. Yet, somehow with Oscar nominated Saoir…

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With Thanksgiving out of the way, all things Christmas will be on display in “grand” fashion as The Grand 1894 Opera House presents the holiday spectacular “Christmas Wonderland.”

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What the trailer makes look like a comedy is surprisingly very sad. From writer/director Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”) comes another ambitiously vulgar, sarcastically brilliant script that audiences familiar with his work will admire. His screenplays are always the highl…

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If you're looking for a trip down memory lane that the entire family can enjoy, look no further than the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse's presentation of the timeless classic "The Wizard of Oz," which will make its debut — for one show only — at 3 p.m. Saturday at 3803 state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

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“Justice League” might be another clunky, dark comic book adaptation from the DC Universe, but its seriousness is part of its appeal versus “Thor: Ragnarok,” which feels more like junk food. If Cate Blanchett’s Hela was too much of a softy, Ciaran Hinds Steppenwolf (he looks even more ridicu…

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Director Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) has procured the leading role of famous literary inspector Hercule Poirot for himself. A former television film, based on Agatha Christie’s most popular mystery novel, “Murder on the Orient Express” gets the big screen treatment with a cast as long as the tr…

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More than 50 artists, from near and far, will be donating their original sea level rise themed artwork for the Artist Boat’s annual “Float the Boat” gala, which enables the local nonprofit to continue its work to inspire and educate people through unique coastal experiences.

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In anticipation of 250,000 motorcycles set to cross the causeway, the Lone Star Rally — the largest four-day motorcycle rally in America — kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday with a plethora of concerts, attractions, exhibits, and vendors throughout Galveston Island on the s…

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Disney is working overtime, trying to convince audiences that the third installment of Marvel’s “Thor” is better than the previous. With five appearances as the God of Thunder, Chris Hemsworth (“Ghostbusters”) gets a new look, inventive director Taika Waititi injects life to the franchise an…

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Galveston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church is gearing up for its annual Island Oktoberfest festival, a German-themed event that will celebrate its 36th year starting today. The festival will be held in the streets around the church at 2415 Winnie St. in Galveston.

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For those of you who celebrate Halloween, you’ll have a lot of choices of what you and your kiddos decide to do this weekend leading up to the holiday, which falls on Tuesday. Here’s a few events to check out:

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Here is a good reason why only the Coen Brothers should be directing their scripts. George Clooney’s first time directing a film without playing an acting role might hint at his disinterest in the material. If you know anything about Coen Brothers films, it’s their genius toying with underli…

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Live musical entertainment, food, drinks, children activities and more will be on deck at the city of La Marque’s annual Bayou Fest from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Highland Bayou Park in La Marque.

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The Grand 1894 Opera House will present the 20th annual ARToberFest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the city of Galveston’s Historic Downtown Cultural District on Postoffice Street between 21st and 23rd streets.

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The movie “Only the Brave” turns out to be a lot more than the firefighter movie. Director Joseph Kosinski (“Oblivion,” “Tron Legacy”), sidesteps many cliches and stereotypes the trailer advertises as he introduces us to real people and circumstance. Ken Nolan’s script, based on an article i…

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There comes a time in everyone’s life where they must face some degree of heartache and disappointment — but not at this level.

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The 1867 Settlement and the African-American Historic Preservation Committee will be celebrating its 150th anniversary from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Carver Park, 6615 Park Ave., in Texas City.

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You would think that a film titled “Marshall” would dive into who Thurgood Marshall was and his groundbreaking role in the American justice system.

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A team of ice sculptors from Harbin, China, has been busy transforming an enormous tent at Moody Gardens into an icy jungle while creating Ice Land: Ice Sculptures Rainforest Holiday.