House of Blues Art Exhibit, an original play and the First Amendment highlight Fanfare's first week
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
1) SANDERS OPENS THEN AND NOW LECTURE SERIES– Southeastern Louisiana University’s Fanfare will present the first lecture in the 10th annual Then and Now Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville. Historian Randy Sanders will present “Delivering Demon Rum: Prohibition Era Rum-Running in the Gulf of Mexico.”
2) READINGS IN POETRY AND PROSE – Writer in residence in Southeastern’s English Department, Tim Gautreaux will present Fanfare’s first “Louisiana Connection: Readings in Poetry and Prose” reading Oct. 5, 12:30-1:45 p.m., at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern’s campus.
HAMMOND – The 10th annual International House of Blues Foundation Art Exhibit, an original play, and a lecture about the first amendment are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 25th season of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October arts festival.
Fanfare’s first full week also includes three art opening receptions, a lecture about rum-running in the Prohibition era, a Spanish film, a faculty percussion recital, and a reading by English Department Writer in Residence Tim Gautreaux.
On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre, Southeastern Theatre will present “Only in Louisiana: The Not-Quite-True Story of the West Florida Revolt,” an original play by Southeastern Theatre Assistant Professor James Winter. Designed to appeal to a broad audience, the play mixes modern humor with history of the revolt. Winter said the play was written to spark interest in learning more about this important part of the region’s history.
“A mysterious trapper from the swamp decides to play a magical trick to settle an old score, and two young, modern day students end up in 1810 as leaders of the now famous revolt,” Winter explained. “Meanwhile, a rebellion leader, General Philemon Thomas, somehow finds himself trapped in a 2010 classroom. Both the present and past will be altered forever if the accidental time travelers don’t play their roles.”
Tickets -- $15, adults; $10, senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni, non-Southeastern students – will be available at the theater box office in D Vickers Hall. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour before performance times.
On Oct. 4 the Then and Now Lecture Series officially kicks off its 10th series at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive in Madisonville. Southeastern’s Randy Sanders will present “Delivering Demon Rum: Prohibition Era Rum-Running in the Gulf of Mexico.” A reception will follow the free 7 p.m. lecture.
Also on the Fanfare lineup during the first full week are:
▪ An opening reception at the Oak Street Gallery, 111 Oak Street in Hammond is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. The free reception officially opens the exhibit “Inspiration Surrounds Us,” which features the work of three artists – Janet Gildermaster, Gloria Ross and Lark Smith. The exhibit is open through Oct. 31.
▪ Oct. 4 is the opening of the International House of Blues Foundation Art Exhibit, showcasing entries in the 10th annual Fanfare art competition for school children, who use “found” materials to create their artwork. The exhibit will be on display 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Oct. 29 in the Columbia Theatre lobby.
▪ Encore presentations of “Only in Louisiana: The Not-Quite-True Story of the West Florida Revolt” are scheduled Oct. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Border Theatre. Tickets -- $10, adults; $5, senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni, non-Southeastern students – will be available at the theater box office in D Vickers Hall. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D. Vonnie Borden box office, 985-549-2115.
▪ A Faculty Percussion Recital is scheduled Monday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Pottle Auditorium. The free concert features Kevin Estoque and Guy Gauthreaux, assisted by pianists David Evenson and Kenneth Boulton.
▪ The first in a series of readings for “The Louisiana Connection: Readings in Poetry and Prose: Tim Gautreaux” is scheduled Oct. 5 from 12:30 – 1:45. Gautreaux ranks among the nation’s most honored fiction writers. The free reading is scheduled in the Contemporary Art Gallery on campus.
▪ An opening reception for two exhibits in the Contemporary Art Gallery on campus is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. The free reception officially opens “Anita Jung: National Juried Printmaking Exhibition” and “Carlos Ferguson: Tiny Circus, Workshop, Animation Video and Installation.” Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays and Wednesday until 8 p.m. The exhibits run through Nov. 13.
▪ The Spanish film “Broken Embraces” will be shown Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Complete with English subtitles, the 127-minute, R-rated film features a luminous Penelope Cruz starring as an actress who sacrifices everything for love. The free film is the first in Fanfare’s popular Foreign Film Series.
▪ A “Then and Now” lecture by Southeastern philosopher Barbara Forrest: “The First Amendment: The Good, The Bad, and the (Really) Ugly” is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m., at Pottle Auditorium. The lecture is free.
▪ The opening reception of the Art Station’s 3rd Annual Art Exhibit, 146 W. Oak Street in Ponchatoula, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m. The free reception will honor the artists of the Art Station and their more than 150 works.
Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday, Wednesday and 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.