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(1)Mike Rayburn(2)Harry Laver(3)William Chapman Nyaho

Guitar Vitruoso Mike Rayburn headlines Fanfare's second week

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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(1) MIKE RAYBURN AT FANFARE – “The World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso,” Mike Rayburn will be the special guest of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s October arts celebration, on Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.

(2) LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM ULYSSES S. GRANT – Southeastern Louisiana University history professor and military historian Harry Laver will present a Fanfare “Then and Now” lecture on Oct. 14, 1 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

(3) CONCERT PIANIST – Concert artist, independent scholar and teacher William Chapman Nyaho will perform as part of Fanfare in Pottle Recital Hall Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

     HAMMOND – The world’s funniest guitar virtuoso, six independent short films, two “Then and Now” lectures, a theatrical adaptation of a critically acclaimed novel, and a concert pianist headline the second week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s October celebration of the arts.
     Rayburn combines musical artists and styles in ways God never intended in his show “Some Strings Attached: Classically Trained, Comically Derailed.” Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Rayburn’s performance will highlight “Bob Marley sings Garth Brooks,” “Led Zeppelin sings Dr. Seuss,” “Dan Fogelberg sings AC/DC,” “Bruce Springsteen sings Green Acres,” and more.
     Rayburn performs more than 120 shows per year, while radio shows such as XM Comedy, Sirius Comedy and countless others nationwide air cuts from his Mike Rayburn at Carnegie Hall CD. Recently featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, Gig, American Entertainment, and Campus Activities Today magazines, the zany entertainer has performed 4,000 shows worldwide, including eight gigs at Carnegie Hall. He has been voted “America’s Campus Entertainer of the Year” three times in four years.
     Tickets, available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond (985-543-4371), are $29. The performance is free for Southeastern students with I.D.
     Fanfare’s second full week opens on Monday, Oct. 12, with the American Place Theatre’s stage version of Sherman Alexie’s critically acclaimed novel “Flight.” The bitter sweet and moving performance portrays Zits, an orphaned mixed-race Native American teen, who travels back and forth through time in a search for his true identity. The free performance, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall, is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, and Southeastern’s Student Government Association.
     On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the action moves to the Pottle Recital Hall for pianist William Chapman Nyaho. Supported by Southeastern’s Student Government Association, the 7:30 p.m. concert is free. 
     A concert artist, independent scholar and teacher, Nyaho has performed recitals of standard repertoire and piano music by composers of the African Diaspora in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean and on his ground breaking, critically acclaimed CD, “SENKU: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent.” He has won the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the Ilba Grand Prize International Competition in Italy.
     Fanfare’s second week also includes:
 ▪ Foreign film – the Italian film with English subtitles “Amarcord,” Oct. 13, 5 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre. “Amarcord, directed by Federico Fellini,” ranks as one of the most honored foreign films of the 70s. Through the story of Titta, a boy on the brink of manhood, director Federico Fellini looks back on his own youth with affection and humor. The free film is rated R.
 ▪ “Then and Now” lecture on “Leadership Lessons from Ulysses S. Grant” by Southeastern history professor Harry Laver, Oct. 14, 1 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Southeastern’s military historian argues that Gen. Grant was not born a great commander, but instead developed leadership abilities through experience and conscious effort. A book-signing will follow his free presentation.
 ▪ “Mind’s Eye: Imagination,” Oct. 14, 7 p.m., in Columbia Theatre. Alan Marsh (Department of English) and Martie Fellom (Department of Music and Dramatic Arts), both recipients of Southeastern’s President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity, present six independent short films, all with local connections. The films, including the premiere of “Rabbit Moon” and “Hope,” feature children in a variety of genres, from comedy and drama to magical realism. The presentation is free.
▪ A “Then and Now” lecture on “The Devil Is in the Lyrics” by Southeastern communication professor and rock music aficionado Joe Burns, Oct. 16, 11 a.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. The belief that popular musicians are in cahoots with the devil for their talent is nothing new, going back to the 1700s. But is it true? Are there basically really back-masked messages in rock music? What is a subliminal message and would it affect you if you did not hear it? And what exactly are the lyrics to “Louie Louie?” Burns separates fact from fiction and reveals what happened down at the Crossroads. Co-presented by the Department of Communication, the lecture is free.
 ▪ The Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial exhibit and opening reception hosted at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St. in Hammond, Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m. Morrison has been a leading supporter of the arts in Louisiana for many decades. In her honor, the Hammond Regional Arts Center has established a biennial juried sculpture show. The event is free, and the exhibit will be open through Nov. 14.
 ▪ Homecoming Day Event: Opening Reception “3x6 Annual Alumni Fine Art Exhibition,” Contemporary Art Gallery, Oct. 17, noon - 2 p.m. As alumni head to Southeastern’s campus to join in Homecoming Day festivities (, they can enjoy an opening reception of an exhibit highlighting the talents of six Southeastern alumni, each displaying three works. The reception is free, and the exhibit runs through Nov. 13.

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