Music, lectures and a film festival highlight Fanfare's fourth week


Monday, October 14, 2019 Kaveh Akbar
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

Photo credit: Marlon James
POET TO VISIT SOUTHEASTERN - Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar, author of “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” a confessional collection of poetry that follows a path through addiction to recovery, will visit Southeastern for the Common Read Program on Oct. 21 as part of Fanfare, the university’s annual fall arts. During Akbar’s visit to campus, he will take part in three events in the Student Union Ballroom. All events are free and open to the public.

     HAMMOND – Music concerts, poetry, lectures, and a film festival highlight the fourth week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fall arts festival.
     The week begins on Monday, Oct. 21, with the Common Read program. Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet their contemporary authors.
     This year Southeastern students are reading “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” a confessional collection of poetry written by Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar. The poetry collection is a personal narrative that follows a path through addiction to recovery.
     During Akbar’s visit to campus, he will take part in three events in the Student Union Ballroom. The program includes student presentations from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., a question and answer session with the author from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and a reading, reception and book signing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
     The next segment of the free Fanfare lecture series “Your Best 10 Minutes,” the series that brings in four professors to speak about anything they choose, is also scheduled Oct. 21.      Featuring Southeastern’s Claire Procopio of Communication and Media Studies Department, Sherri Craig of the English Department, Erin Horzelski of the Biological Sciences Department, and Carol Madere of the Communication and Media Studies Department, the event is set at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     On Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., Joe Burns of the Communication and Media Studies Department will present the next Then and Now Lecture “The Summer of Love. Woodstock to Altamont. 50 Years On.” Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication and Media Studies, the lecture will offer a different look at two of the most iconic music events in history.
     “The year 1969 was 50 years ago, yet the memories of August through December loom large. Woodstock was a brilliant success in retrospect. It represents peace and love, as well as the technological achievements in sound that allowed a quarter of a million people to hear the music,” said Burns. “But if Woodstock opened the Summer of Love, Altamont closed it with violence. The story is well known, but new research suggests it was not exactly what we thought.”
     Also on Oct. 23, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present An Evening with Clarence Gilyard, Jr., at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     The star of “Die Hard,” “Top Gun,” “Matlock,” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” will share his life experiences as a film, television and stage actor.
     Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for students 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.
     A $40 VIP ticket package is also offered for this event and includes a post-show meet and greet with Gilyard.
     On Thursday, Oct. 24, Southeastern’s own Jack Bedell will lead “Poetry and Art: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop.” Scheduled from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., the free workshop will be held in the Contemporary Art Gallery.
     Also on Oct. 24, “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. at Southeastern’s Student Union Annex, located at 303 Union Ave. A bonus film is available at 5:30 p.m. featuring the “Manchac Swamps: Then and Now.”
     Sponsored by Citizens Climate Education, Sierra Club Delta Chapter, Louisiana Growers and Rittwood Farms, the Hammond film festival is kicking off its inaugural year and features award-winning short films focused on adventure, advocacy and education.
     Tickets are $18 and are available at Hammond Wild and Scenic. Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D. on a first come, first served basis. After the allotment of free student tickets has been exhausted, tickets are $10 for Southeastern students at the door.
     The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will open up its Columbia Theatre season on Oct. 25 with a concert titled “Romantic German Masters.” Scheduled at 7:30 p.m., the concert program opens with a serenade of wind instruments and features Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn.” Guest conductor for the concert is Gemma New, and featured cellist is Lynn Harrell.
     General admission tickets are $37 and $20 and are available at
     The week culminates with a free performance by the U.S. Army Field Jazz Ambassadors: The Greatest Generation Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre. The U.S. Army’s premier big band, the Jazz Ambassadors is a 19-member ensemble that formed in 1969. The band has received great acclaim, both at home and abroad, performing America’s original art form, jazz.
     For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit

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