Music and lectures highlight Fanfare's final act


Monday, October 21, 2019
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 Wednesday, Oct. 30, with the first of two free Then and Now Lectures. At 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium, Department Head of History and Political Science William Robison will present the Then and Now Lecture “Hatfield, Holyrood, Hollywood, and Halloween: Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots Go to the Movies - Again.”
     “This may be my greatest historical and rhetorical challenge – relating filmic incarnations of Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart to Halloween. Do I still have what it takes? Could this be the end of the More-or-Less annual Halloween lecture and its usual mix of scholarship, silliness, surprises, and sweets” asked Robison. “Okay, a bit melodramatic perhaps, but in the year of The Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, what do you expect? Remember that costumes are not only welcomed but encouraged.”
     Also on Oct. 30, the Centennial Women’s Suffrage Project and the National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, Va., join forces in a panel discussion to commemorate 100 years of women’s suffrage. Free and open to the public, the discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     Co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Education and Sims Memorial Library, the panel discussion will be moderated by Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Samantha Cavell. The discussion will look at how the Civil War era affected the Women’s Movement and early calls for voting rights in the South.
     Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will host Durand Jones and the Indications on Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     “Durand is a Southeastern alumnus who is a rising star. His fantastic, soul-influenced band recently played on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ and ‘CBS This Morning,’” said Artistic Director of Columbia Theatre Jim Winter. “We are thrilled to have him returning to his roots. My staff and I are currently working very hard to make Nov. 1 a special night celebrating some of Southeastern’s most successful alums.”
     In celebration of Jones’ return to Southeastern, Columbia Theatre will be serving Gnarly Barley, a beer brewed by Southeastern alumni Zac and Cari Caramonta, offering a special discount for alumni that night, and hosting additional surprise guest alumni for the curtain speech and lobby greeters.
     Ticket prices are $45 loge and $36 orchestra or balcony and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond, or by calling 985-543-4371.
     The second Then and Now lecture will be presented Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. University of Exeter Department Chair and Professor of History Jeremy Black will present “Why the Allies Won World War II.”
     “A renowned authority on military history and eighteenth century Britain and the world’s most published historian – including numerous books and articles about World War II - Jeremy Black will discuss how America, Britain, the Soviet Union and the rest of the allies overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to defeat Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan in the great conflict that engulfed the world between 1939 and 1945,” Robinson said.
     Also on Nov. 7 the Columbia Theatre will present “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” in one performance only at 7:30 p.m. The show has been performed for over a million Star Wars fans from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai, and the Sydney Opera House, Winter said. Charles Ross single-handedly plays all the characters complete with voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of three films into one comedic production.
     Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for students and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond, or by calling 985-543-4371.    The show is performed with the permission of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All “Star Wars” elements are property of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All rights reserved.
     Sims Memorial Library and Friends of Sims Library will host Wine with Friends on Friday, Nov. 8, 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 featuring art and photography, themed gift baskets, wine, and gift certificates to local restaurants,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “Now in its 11th year, the tasting includes live music and door prizes and has become a sell-out event.”
     Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402.
     For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit

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