Music, poetry and lectures highlight Fanfare's final act


Thursday, October 8, 2020 Fanfare logo
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – A poetry walk, 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. 14, with the second of three free Then and Now Lectures at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Communication Professor and perennial Fanfare lecturer Joe Burns will present “Rock and Roll Urban Myths.” Join Burns as he walks through what is real and what is not.
     “There are so many stories from the world of music, and some of them are even true, but we are not interested in them,” Burns said. “Far more intriguing are the urban myths.”
     Also on Oct. 14, Southeastern’s Writer-in-Residence Alison Pelegrin will lead a poetry walk at 2 p.m. beginning in front of D Vickers Hall. Pelegrin will lead the stroll through some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces on campus. Participants will take writing breaks inspired by prompts to be discovered along the way.
     Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will host the Columbia Famous Talent Show, the first ever Columbia Famous Fundraiser, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
Winners and finalists from the first ever Columbia Famous Talent Contest will perform and display their winning pieces. Hosted by Miss Southeastern Janine Hatcher, the event will feature singing, acting, dancing, visual art, comedy, and instrumental music performed and created by the talented members of our community.
     Although tickets are not required for entry, donations are welcomed for the fund raiser.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, also Homecoming Day, Southeastern Community Music School will host its 25th anniversary concert titled “Classics in Blue Jeans.” Scheduled at 10 a.m. at the Bass Clef Outdoor Stage next to Pottle Music Building, the free concert will showcase an entertaining variety of individual and group performances by the talented students of the CMS.
     Audience members are encouraged to wear blue jeans and bring folding chairs or blankets to this picnic-style event. Social distancing protocols will be in place for the event, including maintaining safe distances of six feet and wearing face coverings.
     Next on tap is a Zoom discussion between Associate Professor of English Claire Cowart and Albert Camp, director of ESL programs at LSU. The discussion will focus on the similarities between the loss of native speakers in Ireland and Cajun Louisiana, and of the ways in which theatre helped to preserve awareness of the value of native language and culture. Registration is required in advance for the Zoom meeting at
     The final Then and Now lecture will be presented Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. History and Political Science Department Head Bill Robison will present the More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture “Plagues, Pandemics, and Pestilential Pumpkins: Historical Horror Stories for Halloween.”
     The annual lecture returns with the usual mix of scholarship, silliness, and surprises as the Head HIPster examines the impact of pandemics on health, politics, religion, economy, society, and culture from the Plague of Athens to COVID-19, including the Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and many others. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.
     For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit

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