A cult classic and lectures highlight Fanfare's upcoming week


Wednesday, October 11, 2023 Rocky Horror Picture Show
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

FANFARE TIME WARP - Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is hosting two screenings of the cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Back by popular demand and scheduled as part of Fanfare, the screenings will take place at 9 p.m. each evening.


     HAMMOND – Two lectures and a movie screening highlight the events scheduled during the upcoming week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fall arts festival.     
     First up is the next History and Political Science Fanfare lecture on Oct. 17. Scheduled at 2 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium,  “The Legacy of Slavery and Opposition to International Security Cooperation” will be presented by Southeastern graduate and Florida State Ph.D. political science candidate Damian Boldt. He will argue that international security cooperation is a potent tool for limiting violence throughout the world.
      “The United Nations is one of the most important forums for such cooperation, but despite the United States’ ability to shape UN peacekeeping missions in a unique way, it does not have a strong record of cooperation, and the legacy of slavery in the American South makes it more difficult for nations to cooperate against violence,” Boldt explained.
     Next on tap is a movie screening of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Oct. 20 and 21. Back by popular demand, the screenings are scheduled in the Columbia Theatre at 9 p.m. each evening.
     “Hosted by master of ceremonies Dr. Joe Burns, our two screenings of this cult classic feature a shadow cast, costume contest and…dare we say it…absolute pleasure,” said Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Director Jim Winter. “VIP tickets include a throw bag filled with all the interactive props you need and a surprise from our shadow cast!”
     Tickets are $25 VIP,  $20 for adults and students, and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond, or by calling 985-549-2787. For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 985-549-2999.
     Oct. 25 brings another History and Political Science Fanfare lecture. Southeastern’s own internationally recognized philosopher Jeffrey Bell will present “Living in Dialogue: Philosophical Practice and Politics” at 12:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     Bell will challenge Stephen Hawking’s claim that “Philosophy is dead” because it “has not kept up with modern development in science;” argue that philosophy is not a science but rather a discipline whose goal is to teach us to live and to look at the world differently and in a better way; and suggest how traditional philosophical practices, especially dialogue, can help us  address problems in an age of hyper-partisan politics.
     Fanfare events are free, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-549-2999.

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