Music and lectures highlight Fanfare's final act


Thursday, October 18, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – A music concert and lectures highlight the final days of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fall arts festival.
     Fanfare’s finale begins on Monday, Oct. 29, with the first of two final lectures in the Louisiana Journeys: A Local History Series. James M. Perrin’s “James B. Clarke and the Founding of Ponchatoula” is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Ponchatoula Library.
     A native and long-term resident of Ponchatoula, Perrin has authored numerous articles on local history and genealogy that have appeared in local newspapers over the past 20 years.
     On Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., Department Head of History and Political Science William Robison will present the final Then and Now Lecture “Black Cats, Gold Bugs, Madmen and Ravens: Edgar Allen Poe in Prose, Poetry, and Film.”
     “The free, more-or-less annual Halloween lecture returns with the usual mix of scholarship, silliness, surprises, and sweets as Bill Robison examines the strange, sad life of Edgar Allen Poe, his macabre prose and poetry, his legacy in high art and popular culture, and films based on his works, especially those directed by Roger Corman and starring the inimitably creepy Vincent Price with guest appearances by Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre,” said Columbia Theatre Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood. “Weird things are bound to happen. Costumes, especially based on Poe’s characters, are welcome.”
     Sims Memorial Library and Friends of Sims Library will host Wine with Friends on Friday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Sims Library on the second floor. The annual fund raising event offers food and wine pairings and a silent auction with prizes ranging from artworks, gift baskets, and wine to crafts, event tickets, and wine accessories. Now in its 10th year, the tasting includes live music and door prizes and has become a sell-out event, Blackwood said. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402.
     Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Missoula Children’s Theatre in Alice in Wonderland, an original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.
     “The story begins with Alice following a rabbit to a strange and wonderful place,” Blackwood said. “In the course of her adventures, Alice meets the King and Queen of Hearts, the Knave and the rest of the suit of cards, a giant caterpillar, the Chesire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and many other characters form the classic story.”
     Tickets for Alice in Wonderland are $17 adults and $12 children and are available at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances.
     The last lecture in the Louisiana Journeys: A Local History Series is scheduled Monday, Nov. 5. Antoinette Harrell will present “Images of America: African Americans in Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes at 6:30 p.m. in the Amite Branch Library. Harrell celebrates and documents the priceless images of African American people in the two Louisiana Florida Parishes, telling the undocumented history of a people who called the Florida Parishes home.
     The annual Veterans Day Lecture is scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Samantha Cavell will present “The Bonus Army: Tear Gas and Terror in Washington – A World War I Veteran Experience.” The event is free and open to the public.
     “In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, 17,000 desperate WWI veterans and their families came to Washington to demand bonuses promised when they enlisted in 1917,” Cavell said. “President Herbert Hoover evicted them with troops led by General Douglas MacArthur, leaving two dead and hundreds injured. This left deep scars but helped prompt the 1944 G.I. Bill that aided veterans’ transition back to civilian life after WWII. Treatment of veterans continues to be a major issue in America.”
     Also, on Nov. 7, Fanfare’s final act will come in the form of a concert by Southeastern’s Wind Symphony. Scheduled at the Columbia Theatre, tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $10 adults; $5 faculty, staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university IDs.
     For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit

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