Lectures, music and art highlight Fanfare's second week


Friday, September 28, 2018 Jack Bedell
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

LOUISIANA POET LAUREATE TO DISCUSS HIS WORK AT FANFARE - On Oct. 10 Louisiana Poet Laureate and Southeastern Louisiana University’s own Jack Bedell will discuss the poems in his work “No Brother, This Storm” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Southeastern Writing Center in D Vickers Hall, room 210. The lecture is part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual fall arts festival.


     HAMMOND – 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 a new Fanfare lecture series titled “Your Best 10 Minutes” on Monday, Oct. 8. Scheduled at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium, the series brings in five professors to speak about anything they choose. This edition will feature Ben Norman of the Theatre Department, David Burley of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, Matt Alford of Business Administration, Jason Landrum of the English Department, and Jerry Parker of the Foreign Languages Department.
     On Oct. 9, the 17th annual Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Matchups will include faculty versus faculty and student versus student teams in this fast-paced competition.
     Louisiana Poet Laureate and Southeastern’s own Jack Bedell will discuss the poems in his work “No Brother, This Storm” on Oct. 10, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Southeastern Writing Center in D Vickers Hall, room 210. For much of his career, Bedell has paid tribute to the people, landscapes, and traditions of South Louisiana. His poems give voice to personal and cultural histories that make up the fabric of life in his home state. Bedell’s poems do their best to find the good in the day, even in the aftermaths of storm and loss.
     Also on Oct. 10, the Department of History and Political Science’s “Then and Now Lecture Series” continues with the second presentation of the free series. Damian Boldt, a Southeastern undergraduate political science major and a recent attendee of the London School of Economics Summer Program, will present “North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and Asymmetric Revisionism: Understanding the Crisis” at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Boldt will offer a new framework for understanding North Korea’s nuclear program.
     Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery will open a new exhibition titled “What We See as Paint” on Oct. 11 with a free opening reception from 5 – 7 p.m. in the gallery.
     The exhibit is a national painting exhibition featuring the artwork of 20 artists, who work in representational and non-representational styles, and is curated by Assistant Professor of Painting Thomas Walton. A 5:30 p.m. Let’s Talk Art Lecture titled “Why Draw a Line in the Sand? A Contemporary View on the Relationship between Abstract and Representational Painting” is also scheduled Oct. 11 in the gallery.
     The Columbia Theatre season kicks-off on Oct. 12 with the Fanfare presentation of “Lonesome Traveler: The Concert Featuring Peter Yarrow” at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     “This stirring concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical presents a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture, bringing together audiences of all ages,” said Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood. “The show celebrates the music of great folk artists including Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel and more.”
     Tickets are $35 orchestra/balcony and $45 loge, and 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.
     Rounding out the week is a free book festival at the Hammond Library, located at 314 East Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. Scheduled Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will have a literary pep rally theme featuring a canned and non-perishable food drive benefiting the Tangi Food Pantry. Local non-profits and other organizations as well as local authors will be in attendance to provide the public with giveaways and information items.
     For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.

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