Southeastern Theatre, a symphony and art exhibit highlight Fanfare's third week
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt
ART EDUCATION– Southeastern Louisiana University alumna and artist Georgia Polkey is creating an art installation and presenting a free lecture during Homecoming Week and as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual fall festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
HAMMOND – A theatre presentation, lecture, a musical concert and an art exhibit opening
are just some of the events on tap for the third week of Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Fanfare, a month-long celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
First up is Southeastern Theatre’s presentation of “Distracted,” a portrayal of a family dealing with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and the problems it creates. The play will run Oct. 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre located in D Vickers Hall.
Authored by playwright and screenwriter Lisa Loomer, who co-authored the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning film “Girl, Interrupted,” the play blends comedy with a heightened sensitivity to an issue in society. The play revolves around a married couple’s attempts to handle their nine-year-old son who may or may not have ADD.
General admission tickets are $15; $5 for seniors and non-Southeastern students; Southeastern faculty, staff and students are admitted free with ID. For more information, contact Southeastern Theatre at (985) 549-2115.
The Then and Now Lecture Series continues with “How Technology Changed Music” by physicist Daniel McCarthy. Scheduled Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., the free lecture will be held in Pottle Auditorium. Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Professor of Physics, and Impaired Faculties guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist, McCarthy will present a discussion of temperaments, including music, history, mathematics, philosophy, and religion all in one lecture.
The Southeastern Wind Symphony will present “Strange Humors” on Oct. 20 at Columbia Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature the music of American composer John Mackey. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for faculty/staff/seniors; and free for all students with ID and children. Tickets are available at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances.
On Oct. 22, Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery will open the Homecoming Alumni Exhibit and present a lecture by Georgia Polkey at noon. An opening reception will also be held that day from noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 10. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Georgia Polkey’s artwork is an investigation about ‘self’ and ‘body’ turned inward. She is transfixed by the unavoidable binaries that are set-up by societal powers—she aims to blur the lines between feminine and masculine, beauty and grotesque, personal and public,” said Dale Newkirk, director of Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
Polkey received her bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in drawing and painting from Southeastern and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of Connecticut-Storrs.”
Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.