Dance, lectures, music and art highlight Fanfare's second week

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Dance, lectures, music and an art exhibit are some of the events highlighting the second week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fall arts festival.
     First up is Southeastern Dance’s presentation of “DanceInterwoven: A Night of Improvisational Dance and Music” on Oct. 10. Scheduled at 6:30 p.m., the event begins outside of Pottle Music Building and evolves into a night of live music and dance on stage.
     Tickets to the 60-minute concert are $8 for students, seniors and children and $10 general admission and will be available one hour prior to the performance in the Pottle lobby.
     For more information, contact Costa at    
     On Oct. 11, the Department of History and Political Science’s “Then and Now Lecture Series” continues with the second presentation of the free series. Southeastern HIPS faculty member Keith Finley will present “Local World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories: The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Interviews” at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     “World War II veterans often were reluctant to talk about their experiences when they first returned home. But approaching old age, many began to tell their stories for posterity,” Finley said. “Dozens came forward to do so at Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. I will describe that process and recount some of the best anecdotes the center collected.”
     Also on Oct. 11, Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery will open a sculpture installation by Jamey Grimes, an instructor of drawing, sculpture, and 3D design and engineering at Alabama. The free opening reception will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. in the gallery.
     The exhibit, “Fragments of a Conversation with Nature,” will be uniquely tailored by Grimes for the CAG’s space, has been described by the artist as creating an environment of organic forms that are both alien and familiar. The exhibit will remain open until Nov. 10 and is free and open to the public.    
     The final lecture of the free series, “Generations of Struggle: Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present,” is scheduled Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hammond Library.  
     The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will present “Evening at the Cinema” on Oct. 13. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia Theatre, the concert includes Verdi’s “Overture to La Forza del destino,” Bock’s “Fiddler on the Roof for Violin and Orchestra,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Suite from Swan Lake.”
     General admission tickets are $37 and $20 and are available at
     Rounding out the week is a free book festival at the Hammond Library, located at 314 East Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. Scheduled Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will have an autumn adventure theme featuring a canned and nonperishable food drive benefiting the Tangi Food Pantry, as well as a pumpkin decorating station, where children can decorate a free pie-sized pumpkin from the library. Local non-profits and other organizations will be in attendance to provide the public with giveaways and information items. Everyone will be provided with a free book.
     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. to 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

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