Spring weekend full of music

first_imgFriday, April 12Jimmy Kaiser @ Jack Daniels Bar and GrillJamie Talbert and the Band of Demons @ Honky Tonk TexasMixx Fixxer @ The Gig Steel Shot @ Gator LoungeAlternate Route @ Logon CafeMoe Haynes Band @ Starvin’ Marvin’sJustin Judalet Band @ Pacesetter Thee Andys, We Are Wombat, The Bonnies, The Marvelous Wonderfuls, Hithchikers @ Dharma3 Way Switch @ Thirsty’sLeaving Sundown @ Doug’s Bar and Grillcenter_img JAG @ Dylan’sRedbone Cookin’s @ Cotton’s CayCarl Richardson @ Tibideaux’sPaul Gonsoulin @ Otis and Henry’sT-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers @ Caribbean CoveJohn Guidroz and Kevin Lambert @ Ember Grille and Wine BarDavid Lee Kaiser @ Okee Dokee’sSteve Riley and the Mamou Playboys @ Yesterday’sDavid Joel Band @ Double H Bar and GrillFlava @ Cafe Del RioBronco Jr. @ Luke’sGreg “Spanky” Baldwin @ Cigar ClubKay Miller @ Suga’s Deep SouthBryan Fontenot @ Jacky’s Western BarEazy @ Larry’s French Market3CG @ Mackenzie’s PubCenter Stage @ Tropical GrillTexas Thunder @ Benoit’s Louis HallSaturday, April 13Travis Tritt, Shooter Jennings and The Triple Crown @ Nutty Jerry’sWayne Toups and ZydeCajun @ Delta Downs Event CenterAshes of a Martyr, Neil to Aldrin, Etyma, Avaris, Hear N Ade, Behelit, Skanky Dave, Social Bomb, Eviscerate the Proletariat, The Kingdom Mafia @ Tequila RokRevelation @ Orange Trade DaysDickie and the Tornadoes @ The PlaceChaos featuring Tony Faulk @ Big Nasty’sThe HFA’s @ Okee Dokee’sOld Trick @ Lucky Longhorn CasinoWayne Cook @ New York Pizza and Pasta (Beaumont-downtown)The Alley Kats @ Thirsty’sLeaving Sundown @ Doug’s Bar and GrillSteel Shot @ Gator LoungeThree Legged Dawg @ Eagles LodgeRoy Mannino Band @ Starvin’ MArvin’sVegas Stars @ Dylan’sIllusion Five @ Club 87Skeeter Jones @ Major League GrillJAG @ Madison’sAlex Rozell @ Beau ReveKris Harper @ Tibideaux’sJohn Guidroz and Kevin Lambert @ Ember Grille and Wine BarDerryl Perry @ Caribbean CoveTwangster’s Union @ Yesterday’sWayne Dylan @ Miccis Piano BarCenter Stage @ Cafe Del RioLongtooth @ Tammy’sBayou City Rollers @ Jake’s PlaceLee Pelly @ Luke’sPaul Gonsoulin @ Cigar ClubEarl Collins @ Suga’s Deep SouthLarry Tillery Band @ Capri ClubGregg Martinez and the Delta Kings @ Larry’s French MarketCrossroads @ Mackenzie’s PubRay Solis and Spectrum @ Tropical GrillSunday, April 14Herbie Stutes and Grand Shin @ Pine Tree LodgeWarren Storm, Willie Tee and Cypress @ Yesterday’sRonnie Stallworth @ Suga’s Deep SouthMonday, April 15Night and Day Orchestra @ Logon CafeTuesday, April 16El Floppy Tacos @ Madison’sEd Dix and Friends @ Mackenzie’s PubLee Pelly @ Dylan’sAlex Rozell @ Tradewinds TavernWednesday, April 17Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons @ Starvin Marvin’sJimmy Kaiser @ Tradewinds TavernAlex Rozell @ Luke’sMarty Monte Band @ Caribbean CoveKris Harper @ Miccis Piano BarBlake Sticker @ Cafe Del RioRyan Bunch @ Cigar ClubFix Bayonets, The People’s Temple, Delicious Fuzz @ Texas Rose Saloonlast_img read more

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Alfredo Rosas

first_img Next Up Alfredo was born on March 3, 1931 in Lopeño, Texas to parents Isabel (Lopez) and Melquiadez Rosas. He had served his country, in the 1st Calvary, during Korean Conflict in the US Army and retired from Great Lake Carbon after 23 years as a welder. He was member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church; he was an usher for many years. Alfredo enjoyed going fishing, hunting, listening to music and playing his guitar. Alfredo was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who will be missed dearly, who loved spending time with his family.He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Mary Louise Rosas Garza; his brothers, Adan Rosas and Eduardo Rosas.Alfredo is survived by his wife of 60 years, Irma Ruby Rosas of Port Arthur; sons, Alfredo Rosas Jr. of Port Arthur, Mario Rosas and wife, Jessica of Silsbee, his daughters, Blanca Garcia and husband, Alfredo of Harper, Cynthia Rosas of McAllen, Dora Lynn Maldonado of Edinburg; Toni Arthur-Sifuentes of Port Arthur, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his nieces who help lot with his care, Elda Molina of Bridge City, Elena Carroll of Port Arthur, and numerous nieces and nephews.A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 5 pm until 8 pm at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, with a rosary to be prayed at 6 pm by Rev. Urbano Sáenz. Cremation will follow the services. Alfredo Rosas, 85, of Port Arthur passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at his residence.last_img read more

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Rangers: We are not investigating

first_imgBy Ken [email protected] Melvin and his supporters have ratcheted up the pressure since then.Last week, members of the chief’s civilian advisory board rallied in front of the Port Arthur Police Station, calling for Billiot’s resignation, insisting the words were particularly insensitive to African Americans and lamenting that Billiot has not apologized.On Tuesday, Melvin said he spoke with Texas Rangers investigators over the phone last week and in his office this week. He said after the criminal investigation of the purported remarks ends, there would be an administrative review.Meanwhile, Sgt. Stephanie Davis, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Tuesday in response to a Feb. 1 emailed inquiry from the Port Arthur News, “An investigation is not being conducted at this time.”Asked about that statement Tuesday, Melvin called it “bad information” and confirmed his two earlier conversations with investigators.Davis was informed by email about Melvin confirming an investigation and asked to clear up the confusion. At 7:51 p.m. Tuesday she responded simply, “The Rangers are aware of the allegations, but there is not an investigation into this matter at this time.” The initial dispute arose over a suggestion that Port Arthur Sgt. Chris Billiot told the Police Association’s executive board in a Jan. 18 meeting that,  “Chief is bleeding and we should step on his neck and cut his head off.”An association spokesman said later no direct threat was made or intended toward the chief.But days later, Patrick met with two city lawyers and the city manager to request that the Texas Rangers investigate those words attributed to Billiot, suggesting they posed a physical threat to the chief and his family.The Port Arthur News learned about the perceived threat and Melvin’s response when City Council member Willie “Bae” Lewis brought to the newspaper a copy of the written communication from Melvin to city officials detailing the complaint and his request.center_img Next UpMaybe it’s a matter of perception.Or maybe it’s a matter of timing.But a spokeswoman for the Texas Rangers insisted late Tuesday there is no current investigation of a continuing imbroglio involving Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin and the city’s Police Association — even as the police chief insists there is one.last_img read more

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Texas passed bills to combat patient confusion and price gouging in ERs

first_imgSee also: Key bills passed in Texas Legislature “We sometimes get caught into that battle because the public just sees the word, ‘freestanding ER’ and assumes it’s us,” Sandel said. “And so we made it very clear this legislative session. Every bill that was out there, if you were going to legislate the independent freestanding ER, then you must legislate the hospital-based freestanding ER.”Critics of the bill were also concerned that the disclosure could lead to patients not going through with life-saving treatments because of the potential cost. Sandel said it’s still a concern, but disclosures can be given after the procedure and there’s no penalty if patients choose not to sign it.Mark Hollis, a spokesperson for AARP Texas said the organization has been concerned about the effect of surprise medical bills – many of which come from freestanding emergency rooms. He said the bills that passed through the Legislature will protect Texans from “unexpected and exuberant charges” and make it clearer to consumers if a freestanding emergency room is in network.“As we’ve done research into surprise medical bills, we came to understand that many people were being impacted with surprise medical bills from having visited a freestanding emergency room,” Hollis said.In a 2018 survey of freestanding emergency rooms across the state, AARP Texas reported 77% of freestanding emergency rooms said they “take” or “accept” insurance on their website but were out-of-network for all major health plans. The bill strictly addresses this issue, prohibiting any sort of misleading advertising in the facility and online.Oliverson’s bill also adds freestanding emergency rooms to a list of state healthcare facilities that have to report data to the Texas Department of State Health Services such as how much patients are charged and how many patients are insured. The reporting is dependent on funding from the Legislature, which set aside over $800,000 for data collection in its next two-year budget.Lawmakers also took up the alleged issue of “price gouging” at freestanding emergency rooms. House Bill 1941 by state Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, will allow the Texas attorney general to take action against freestanding emergency rooms that charge “unconscionable” rates, which the bill defines as prices that are 200% more than the average hospital charge for a similar treatment.Phelan said the bill would go after the “bad actors” in the freestanding emergency room field that take advantage of Texans in dire situations.“As the number of freestanding ERs have increased in Texas, the complaints from constituents about charges have also increased,” Phelan said at a hearing of the House Business and Industry Committee in April. “Many consumers face large bills from freestanding emergency rooms and certain facilities must be held accountable.”The bill initially received pushback by some who argued the 200% threshold wasn’t restrictive enough. Phelan said he had to set the bar somewhere. It passed through the House unanimously and the Senate in a 30-1 vote. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown was the only senator to vote against it.Both bills are now awaiting action by the governor, who can sign them, veto them or let them become law without his signature. If neither bill is vetoed, they will take effect September 1.However, not all bills regulating freestanding emergency rooms made it across the finish line. House Bill 1832 by state Rep. Julie Johnson D-Carrollton, sailed out of the House but died in the Senate. It would have prevented insurance companies from retroactively determining an emergency procedure does not qualify as an emergency and could result in surprise medical bills.Sandel, board president of TAFEC, said the bill would have created “much-needed patient protections.”“There is more work ahead to ensure patient access to ER care without health plan interference,” Sandel said. “We remain committed to that work.”But the insurance industry, which opposed the bill, viewed it as making it easier for freestanding emergency rooms to overcharge for simple services.Jamie Dudensing, head of the Texas Association of Health Plans, said the bills passed this session will allow consumers to make better decisions for themselves.“These facilities have demonstrated a clear pattern of withholding important information or lying to patients regarding their network status, then price-gouging them for astronomical amounts after providing care,” Dudensing said in a statement. “We applaud the Texas Legislature for holding freestanding ERs accountable and equipping consumers with the information they need to make better decisions for themselves and their families.”Disclosure: The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers, the Texas Association of Health Plans and AARP Texas have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Freestanding emergency rooms are already required to display the health plans they accept on signs around the facility, per state legislation passed in 2017. However, some say the signs can be confusing and include logos of health plans that the facility doesn’t accept. When state Rep. Tom Oliverson R-Cypress, laid out his bill in the House Public Health committee, he said he had trouble on a recent visit to a freestanding emergency room, where the staff initially told him they took his insurance. A few minutes later, they let him know the facility was out-of-network with his health plan and his visit wouldn’t be covered.“In an emergency situation, patients should not be expected to have previously researched and figured out if a facility is in-network,” Oliverson said. “We think that this information should be provided upfront in an unambiguous format.”Oliverson said his bill, House Bill 2041, requires a freestanding emergency rooms to give patients a printed-out disclosure in English and Spanish that lists the in-network health plans and the average price a patient may be charged for a procedure, including facility fees. Patients can choose whether to sign it. Under the bill, freestanding emergency rooms will also be barred from advertising that it “takes” or “accepts” certain insurers or health plans if the facility is not an in-network provider.The disclosures will be required for both independent and hospital-affiliated freestanding emergency rooms. The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers, a trade organization for independent emergency rooms, was originally against the bill. Rhonda Sandel, board president of TAFEC, said the organization changed its position after learning hospital-affiliated freestanding emergency rooms would also have to comply. She said that was important because independent facilities can sometimes get a bad reputation for actions by hospital-based facilities. Ten years ago, Texas became the first state to allow licenses for independent freestanding emergency rooms. Since then, just over 200 have opened their doors around Texas, according to state data. The facilities go by names like First Choice Emergency Room and Legacy Emergency Room. They resemble urgent care clinics but some regularly charge hospital emergency room prices.State lawmakers considered several bills this session aimed at addressing complaints that some freestanding emergency rooms overcharge patients and are not clear with consumers regarding pricing or insurance coverage.One bill awaiting action by the governor will require freestanding emergency rooms to clearly disclose the in-network health plans they accept and the fees patients may be charged. By Elizabeth ByrneThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.orglast_img read more

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Annie Dee Jacobs Sinegal

first_img Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery. Employed as certified nurse’s aide at the former Doctor’s Hospital and Park Place Hospital, is where she found her passion for taking care of others.Annie was the founder and owner of “Jacob’s 24 Hour Sitting Service” for 15 years.Preceding her in death are her parents; brothers, Melvin, Elbert, Hilton and Polite Jacobs. Annie Dee Jacobs Sinegal was born September 3, 1941 to the late Abraham and Lucille Bonton Jacobs in Goudeau, LA.She moved to Port Arthur, TX in 1958, where she remained until her death, two days before her 78th birthday.Annie Dee loved traveling to Las Vegas and celebrating her birthday’s with family and friends.center_img She is survived by her children, Albert “Lou” Jacobs (B. Midge), Renda Jacobs, Marjorie Broussard (Joseph), Jackie Antoine (Gilbert), twins Robert and Rhonda Jacobs; sisters, Helen Jones of Cottonport, LA, Jessie Paul and Betty Jacobs Comeaux; brothers Leslie Jacobs of Lake Charles, LA, Marion Jacobs and Harold Jacobs (Betty); 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Thomas Blvd. Church of Christ, 2948 Thomas Blvd., Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.last_img read more

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THE MOVIE GUY — ‘The Current War’ can’t live up to hype

first_img“The Current War” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival two years ago. Critics and film buffs were keeping an eye on the movie because of its juicy historical premise and notable cast, but it fell off the radar when a sex abuse scandal took down producer Harvey Weinstein. Without a powerful studio backing the film, it disappeared into the trash bin of cinematic history.Not so fast.Director Alfonso Gomez-Rajon has been tinkering with the movie during these past two years and found a way to convince newly-founded Studio 101 to bring this forgotten title back into theaters. Was it worth the wait? That probably depends on your predisposition toward the story or the actors that made the film notable in the first place. In “The Current War,” Benedict Cumberbatch plays Thomas Edison as he is working to bring electric lighting to the world. His direct-current form of electricity offers great promise, but his competitor, George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) favors the alternating-current method. The two inventors lock horns as they promote their proprietary technology while vilifying the competition.This is truly a fascinating story—one that certainly deserves a great movie treatment. Unfortunately, “The Current War” is not that great movie. The story gets bogged down in the details, when it’s the portraits of these titans of industry that need to take center stage. These are fascinating, larger-than-life, quintessential American characters that deserve a much stronger artistic effort.Cumberbatch and Shannon (and Nicholas Hoult playing Nikola Tesla to a lesser extent) are good in their roles, but not so much that they rise above the level of solid competence. These are all acclaimed actors who are known for their abilities to portray great characters and elevate their movies with their on-screen charisma. They simply don’t rise to the occasion this time out. I will give the producers credit for trying to make this into something of an arthouse film. The cinematography and production design are nice, but the constantly-swooping camera is overused, the screenplay is overwritten and the music is frequently intrusive. I appreciate that the filmmakers took a big swing here, but they just didn’t connect in this movie.There are still plenty of things to admire in “The Current War.” I suspect that fans of Cumberbatch and Shannon will enjoy the film, and the real-life story is certainly intriguing. This is simply one of those occasions when a filmmaker’s best intentions don’t quite live up to the hype behind the movie.center_img Movie reviews by Sean, “The Movie Guy,” are each week in The Port Arthur News and seen weekly on KFDM and Fox4. Sean welcomes your comments via email at [email protected]last_img read more

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MICAH MOSLEY — Many thanks deserved during National Teacher Appreciation Week

first_img Our Technology Staff continues to step up big by distributing devices to those in need. NISD provided our students that needed a device to complete the year with Chromebooks and/or iPads. Kudos to all of you, especially our Tech team getting everything ready for distribution.Our Teachers and Administrators came together, developed and rolled out a flexible education program to keep our students engaged and learning throughout the remaining school year.They continue to develop lessons weekly, all the while supporting their own families at home.Our team stuffs and mails over 1,200 paper packets to students that are unable to do the online learning or do not have Internet access. The online virtual meetings, coordination, frustration and questions to result in the best outcome possible for our students… all unprecedented! Coronavirus, Covid-19, “The Rona,” etc.There are many different names, but we will all remember the same pandemic for the rest of our lives. Whether it’s the many extra weeks off from school or work, the extraordinary safety measures or the terrible deaths of many, many Americans and people around the World, the virus and its effects will forever be ingrained in our memories.On a more focused local scale, one thing I will always remember is how the Nederland ISD Teachers, Support Staff and Administrators responded during the crisis: Our Child Nutrition Staff has passed out over 35,000 meals and continues daily. This exceptional team prides themselves on taking care of our students, especially those that may not have access to a solid meal day-to-day.They continue to come in, put together two solid meals for our students, distribute meals while wearing all of their PPE in rain or shine, show up the next day to repeat and all with a proud smile. Awesome job!Our Custodial Staff and Maintenance Team continues to keep operations going by regularly cleaning and sanitizing our buildings and working to ensure they are safe for essential work. We appreciate you!center_img So many times I have seen and read of parents and guardians thanking all of you for your video lessons, feedback and “thinking outside the box” to keep students engaged. Amazing work!I want to also thank the parents, grandparents and guardians for stepping up, assisting and keeping track of their student’s progress. Your efforts to keep them on track are more than appreciated!Last but certainly not least, our students. Their lives have been turned upside down.All of the schedules, rules and familiarity they have known are gone.They are experiencing something none of us ever had to experience at their age. I am proud to see their resiliency and ability to adapt to online learning, having parents as teachers, and spending more time with siblings than I am sure they would like.Being a part of hard discussions regarding the pandemic, family financial situations, and so much more. They will be leading our country one day and I, for one, can’t wait to see what they do!These are unprecedented times with unprecedented responses. I am so thankful and grateful to all of the Nederland ISD staff for rising up to the challenge, committing to excellence, and following Mr. Mallory’s mantra of “Adjust and Overcome.”When all of this is behind us, I look forward to seeing our District continue to excel, raise the bar, and exceed our motto of “Every Student. Every Day!”In the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week and on behalf of the NISD Board of Trustees, simply but sincerely… Thank You!”Micah Mosley is president of the Nederland ISD Board of Trustees. He can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

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Julia Annette Ducote

first_img Memorial contributions may be made to Feeding America www.feedingamerica.org. Julia was preceded in death by her husband of 33 ½ years, Thomas Herman Ducote.Surviving relatives include her daughters, Jeri Ducote Talbert and husband John of Kingwood, Texas, Ellen Ducote Scott and husband Steven of New Braunfels, Texas; son, Thomas “Bubba” Ducote and wife Cheryl of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Amanda Gillespie and husband Matthew, Whitney Ducote, Casey Talbert, Megan Talbert and spouse Jessi Moss, Khriz Williams-Rios, and Emma Scott; great grandchildren, Charles Moss-Talbert, and Thomas Everett Gillespie on the way. Julia retired from Howard’s Auto Supply where she was the Office Manager.Visitation for family and friends will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with a Rosary recited at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Shane Baxter officiating.Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.center_img Julia Annette Ducote, 80, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Caring Hands Senior Care Home in Porter, Texas.Julia was born June 13, 1939 in Bronson, Texas to Berdice Jones and Emma Maurine Click Jones.She was a long time resident of Port Neches, Texas and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.last_img read more

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Indictment: Local man shares intimate photos without other’s permission, knowledge

first_img Owens was arrested June 17 for unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material, a state jail felony. Bond was set at $30,000 and he bonded out the same day, according to information from the JCSO.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case. More than one photo was sent to the acquaintance, police said.Owens was interviewed in November at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, where he was told he was being accused of unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material.His response was to ask if the crime was a misdemeanor or felony. The accused said he needed to hire an attorney and asked if he could leave, which he did. Shortly after leaving he called the detective’s office and asked if he was being accused of a felony because he looked online and believed it to be a misdemeanor and was told, yes, it is a felony crime, authorities said.The document states Owens called back a third time, spoke about the relationship between he and the complainant and “began trying to debate the penal code,” insisting that since he and the complainant continued a sexual relationship after the offense (after the video was taken without her knowledge) it negated the offense.The detective obtained a search warrant for information about the Facebook account associated with the images and a warrant to collect subscriber information from a cell phone he believes was used by Owens.The investigation continued for several months during which the person who received the images was interviewed and told police he believed the complainant was afraid of Owens, authorities said.center_img A Nederland man whom law enforcement believe shared intimate photos taken without the other person’s permission was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury this week.According to a probable cause affidavit, Jason Kurt Owens, 33, sent a still photo from a video of a sex act between him and the complainant that was taken without the complainant’s permission.The image was then sent via Facebook Messenger to another person, who is an acquaintance of the complainant. He reportedly made derogatory remarks that led police to believe the sender was Owens.last_img read more

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Hot Shot! Twilight Heartthrob Taylor Lautner Hangs Out With the Stars of Blue Man Group

first_img Blue Man Group Related Shows View Comments Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner is back on the big screen in the newly released comedy Grown Ups 2. While visiting New York for the film’s premiere, Lautner took a night off to make friends with three bald, blue-hued off-Broadway stars at Blue Man Group. The performance combines theater, percussion, art, science, and of course, marshmallows, to create a hilarious mixed-media experience. After checking out the show (and getting covered in toilet paper), Lautner headed backstage at the Astor Place Theatre to meet the blue men in person. Check out this Hot Shot of the star and his new crew, then catch Blue Man Group off-Broadway! from $82.50last_img read more

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