Illustration by Andy Coughlan

Sometimes I feel like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. I’m constantly rushing around from place to place, not so much “late” as trying to get everything crammed into a busy schedule. For those who say this area is boring, I say look in the mirror — maybe the boring thing is looking back at you.

August is traditionally the dog days of summer, where arts organizations take a bit of a break to set up for the arts season that begins in earnest in September. However, that doesn’t mean things slack up.

Museums, theaters and assorted arts organizations are hosting events through the next few weeks, often opening their doors to alternative experiences.

Beaumont Community Players rounds out its “KIDmunity” summer series with “The Addams Family” musical this weekend with performances tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show features high schoolers, who always do a great job. It’s a fun show.

By way of alternative programming,BCPwillalsohostits new play festival Aug. 6. The event features the winners of a global contest, and the two winning plays will be presented at a matinee and evening performance. The $5 entry fee covers both performances, so come for one, stay for the second. Make a day of it.

Port Arthur Little Theatre is presenting the Musical “Newsies,” today through Sunday, and Aug. 5,

6. 7, 12, 13, 14. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

“Newsies” won a Tony for best original score and tells the story of a group of newspaper boys in turn-of-the-20th-century New York as they fight for better pay and conditions. It is an energetic show that has a lot of humor as well as a good message. PALT is located at 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd.

On the visual arts front, The Art Studio, Inc. will host its Summer Night Spree, Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Madison’s on Dowlen Road. The event will feature a variety of artisans of all types, from painting to jewelry and everything in-between. Proceeds benefit The Studio.

First Thursday is always a rush, with events taking place all over Beaumont.

The Music Studio will host a closing reception for its “Art of Flowers” show, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 4, at The Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Local florists have selected images from the show to create accompanying arrangements. Admission is free. The Art Studio will host its monthly Thoughtcrime Live poetry the same evening.

But wait, there’s more. The Stark Museum of Art will host “Lunch & Look @ Home,” a virtual lecture about artists Frederic Remington and Charles Marion Russell, noon to 1 p.m., Aug. 11. The talk, by curator Sarah Boehme, will show how each artist portrayed the American

West. The Zoom program is free, but participants must pre-register at

As well as theater, BCP will host “White Linen Nights, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Aug. 13. The event will include live music, food vendors and artist booths (disclaimer, I shall be there with my paintings and drawings). Visitors are encouraged to wear white. Tickets are $20, with a $5 discount if purchased by Aug.11. For more information, visit

AMSET will host a free family arts day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 13. The theme is “Don’t Mess With Texas, Mess With Art,” with participants making art from recycled materials. The activities are inspired by the current exhibition, “Documents & Dwelling” by Keliy Anderson-Staley.

Still bored? How about channeling your inner Spielberg and participating in the annual Boomtown 48 Hr. Film Race, Aug.

19. The event is free.

At 7 p.m., the rules of the race will be read, and teams will sign in and have two days to create their film. The first 12 films to cross the finish line in under 48 hours will be screened in the Jefferson Theater during the 2022 Boomtown Film & Music Festival, Sept. 9 and 10.

There is so much more than one man list. If you try to keep up with all the cool things happening in Southeast Texas, you’ll be as mad as the Hatter. But you won’t be boring, that’s for sure.

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