HAMMOND � Performances by Southeastern Louisiana University's own performers, a visiting artist lecture and a French film highlight the third week of Fanfare, the university's annual October arts festival.
Fanfare's third week begins with a guest lecture by visiting artist Maya Erdelyi-Perez on Monday, Oct. 15, at noon in the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery.
"Erdelyi-Perez is a video animation artist whose love of art has taken her around the globe and introduced her to a myriad of influences," said Dale Newkirk, gallery curator and professor of art. "She did not begin studying animation until she took an animation course on a whim in graduate school at Harvard. She was entranced by what she describes as the 'freshness and freedom' of the medium."
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Department of Languages and Communication will present the French film "My Best Friend," at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. The film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 95 minutes.
The film features an unlikable antiques dealer who always gets what he wants, but he has never had a friend. Enlisting the assistance of a charming taxi driver, he goes to outrageous lengths to be sociable, smiling and sincere.
Also on Oct. 16, Southeastern Theatre opens its season with the world premiere of "Murderous Innocent." Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre, the production will run through Oct. 19.
The play is a contemporary drama that tells the story of a husband, wife and his long lost daughter from an extra-marital affair years before.
Tickets are $10 general admission; $6 Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID. Tickets are available at the Vonnie Borden box office in D Vickers Hall, 985-549-2115. The box office will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting October 8. Sales will resume at 6:30 p.m. on performance nights.
The Louisiana Connections: Fiction and Poetry Readings by English Department Faculty continue with faculty members Richard Louth and Alison Pelegrin at 12:30 p.m. in D Vickers, room 383. Louth won the Country Roads 2012 creative nonfiction contest and 2007 short story contest. Pelegrin is the author of poetry collections "The Zydeco Tablets," "Big Muddy River of Stars," and "Hurricane Party."
Also during Fanfare's third week:
? Then and Now Lecture features Southeastern Communication faculty member Joe Burns who presents "Invisible Airwaves Crackle with Life: The History and Future of Radio" on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. In the free lecture, Burns will discuss radio's brilliant history of leading the way in news, sports and especially American popular music. He will also discuss the fact that radio has started to fall out of favor, especially music radio. The presentation is free.
? The Teaching and Learning Department will present the next installment of Forum on Milestones � Forty Miles of Courage 120 Years Later. "Our Forefathers: Their Voice and Their Vision" is scheduled at 11 a.m. in the Teacher Education Center Lecture Hall, room 1022. The session introduces the impact of slavery on the Reconstruction Era. The presentation is free.
For more information or for a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.