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FANFARE EXHIBIT – Sculpture installations by 2002 Southeastern graduate
Jessica Weaver will be on display at Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Sims Memorial Library Oct. 1-30. The opening reception for the exhibit,
which is part of the university’s annual Fanfare arts festival, is scheduled
for 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5.
GUEST AUTHOR – Southeastern Louisiana University alumnus and acclaimed
novelist Olympia Vernon will read from her works, sign books and answer
audience questions as a special guest of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual
arts festival, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Sims Memorial Library.
TRAVELS TO MARITIME MUSEUM – Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s
October festival of the arts, will travel to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin
Maritime Museum in Madisonville on Sunday, Oct. 3, for a free 3 p.m. concert
by the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra. The popular New Orleans
group recreates spirited American pop music from the Roaring '20s.
LECTURES EYES FLORIDA PARISHES -- Samuel C. Hyde Jr., Ford Chair in Regional
Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University, will present “Seventy-Four
Days a Nation: Louisiana’s Florida Parishes,” the first of eight history-related
lectures during the university’s October Fanfare celebration. The free
lecture is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 in the Pottle Music Building
“THRILLER” -- Odyssey Dance Theatre will present its popular Halloween
dance extravaganza, “Thriller,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Columbia
Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the performance, which is
part of the university’s Fanfare arts festival, are available at the downtown
Hammond theater’s box office, 5493-4371, and online through TicketWeb (www.ticketweb.com).
TO CATECHISM CLASS – The Oct. 7 Southeastern Louisiana University Fanfare
presentation of “Late Night Catechism” will make audiences nostalgic for
the days of Catechism class and the Latin Mass. The show’s star, “Sister,”
will be rapping knuckles and provoking laughter at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia
Theatre for the Performing Arts.
SECOND-LINE – Fanfare gets in the spirit – Southeastern Louisiana University’s
green-and-gold spirit, that is -- when New Orleans’ famed Olympia Brass
Band adds its tuneful second line strut to the university’s annual Homecoming
parade through downtown Hammond at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 and its soulful, sassy
sound to pre-game festivities in Strawberry Stadium.
FANFARE 2004’S FIRST WEEK PROMISES
TO BE A “THRILLER”
HAMMOND – Music by masters of
jazz and ragtime; a “thrilling” evening of dance; a witty, groundbreaking
comedy; and a Hitchcock film classic: those are just some of the treats
in store for audiences when the curtain goes up on the 19th season of Fanfare,
Southeastern Louisiana University's annual October arts festival.
Fanfare, the opening act for
the 2004-05 season of Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts, gets underway at noon on Friday, Oct. 1 with the Brown Bag Concert
at noon in downtown Hammond's Cate Square. The traditional festival kickoff
will feature an ensemble of Southeastern jazz musicians conducted by Richard
Schwartz, director of jazz studies.
The highlight of the first week
is “Thriller,” a unique dance experience presented by Odyssey Dance Theatre.
Scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the university’s Columbia Theatre in
downtown Hammond, “Thriller” is one of the eclectic dance company’s most
popular works. Containing everyone’s spooky Halloween favorites from Frankenstein
to Jason, “Thriller” provokes thrills, chills, laughs -- and total entertainment.
Tickets for “Thriller” are $22,
adults; $20, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni; $18,
group rate; and $10, non-SLU students. Southeastern students are admitted
free with their university I.D.
Saturday, Oct. 2 will feature
two community events. At 10:30 a.m. at the Tangipahoa Parish Library Hammond
branch, 314 E. Thomas Street, talented storyteller and children’s librarian
“Miss Karen” Plauche will treat area children to “stories with a beat.”
The free program, “Books to Songs and Songs to Books,” is open to all ages.
Also on Saturday, the annual
Hungarian Harvest Celebration, centered at the Hungarian Settlement American
Legion Hall on Hwy. 43 near Springfield, will join the Fanfare schedule.
The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with food booths featuring Hungarian-style
cuisine and music by Eletfa. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., patrons can enjoy the
music of the Baton Rouge International Folk Dancers and colorful pageantry
of the Hungarian Harvest Dance. The Boudin Cajun Band, featuring12-year-old
accordion player Dane Monic, takes the stage from 8-10 p.m.
Harvest Dance admission is $10
in advance and $15 at the door for ages 13 and older and $5 for ages seven-12.
Children under seven are admitted free. For additional information, contact
Jim King at 222-567-9670.
New Orleans’ popular New Leviathan
Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra will open Fanfare’s “Music for a Sunday Afternoon”
series with a 3 p.m. Oct. 3 concert at the Lake Pontchartrain Maritime
Museum, 133 Mabel Dr. in Madisonville. Known for lovingly re-creating the
cakewalks, rags, rumbas, two-steps, and jazzy sounds of American pop music
from the Roaring '20s, the popular group plans to perform on the museum’s
dock on the banks of the Tchefuncte River. A reception and museum tour
will follow the performance.
The Columbia will return to its
roots as "the most elaborate movie palace between New Orleans and
Baton Rouge" with a free 7 p.m. showing on Monday, Oct. 4 of Alfred Hitchcock’s
“Vertigo.” Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, the 1958 thriller, which
will be introduced by Southeastern English professor and film expert William
Parrill, has been described as Hitchcock's most stunning achievement.
Southeastern alumnus Olympia
Vernon, an acclaimed young novelist who joined the English faculty as an
artist-in-residence this fall, will read from her works, sign books and
answer audience questions as a Fanfare guest at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5
in Sims Memorial Library.
Since the debut of her first
novel, “Eden,” last May, Vernon has been compared to literary legends such
as Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. She has won a number of honors, including
the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation
Award. Her second novel, “Logic,” was published in May.
Another Southeastern alumnus
will be in the spotlight at the library on Tuesday. A reception is scheduled
from 5-6:30 p.m. to open an exhibit by sculptor and 2002 graduate Jessica
Weaver. Weaver’s sculpture installation will feature cut out letters draping
from the library’s ceiling to form streams of text. The exhibit will be
on display through Nov. 1
Southeastern Theatre joins the
Fanfare 2004 schedule on Oct. 5 with the opening of “[sic],” an innovative
comedy with an unusual name. “[sic]” portrays three young non-professionals
living in the city who struggle to understand art, love, money, and other
plagues of modern living. Frank has dreams of becoming an auctioneer. Theo
spends his days composing a score for an amusement park ride, and fretting
over the "mysterious disappearance" of his wife. Babette is willing to
beg, borrow, and steal to avoid getting a job and being distracted from
writing her magnum opus -- a history of significant outbursts.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. through
Oct. 8 at Vonnie Borden Theatre. Tickets, available in the theater’s box
office in D Vickers Hall, are $10 for adults and $6 for senior citizens,
Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern
students are admitted free with their university I.D.
Wednesday, Oct. 6 will see the
first of eight free "Then and Now" lectures hosted by the department of
history and political science. Samuel C. Hyde Jr., Ford Chair in Regional
Studies and director of the university’s Center for Regional Studies, will
present “Seventy-Four Days a Nation: Louisiana’s Florida Parishes” at 1
p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The lecture is inspired by Hyde’s
latest book, “A Fierce and Fractious Frontier,” which employs provocative
groundbreaking research to explain the past and project the future of Louisiana’s
unique and often-neglected Florida Parishes. A book signing will follow
Fanfare’s annual Foreign Film
Festival’s first offering, the award-winning Spanish film “Talk to Her,”
will be shown at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Music Recital Hall. Directed
by Pedro Almodovar, the film took home a Golden Globe for Best Foreign
Language Film and an Academy Award for Original Screenplay.
A second Fanfare exhibit opens
on Thursday, Oct. 7, with a reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Center
for Contemporary Art in East Stadium. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,
weekdays (with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays), and noon-4p.m.
The Southern States Sculpture
Exhibition will feature artists from six southern states. It was juried
by Ken Little, a nationally known sculptor and University of Texas-San
Antonio faculty member. Little’s work will be shown along with artists
Cliff Tresner, Louisiana; Niles Wallace, Greely Myatt, and Dan Bethune,
Tennessee; Robbie Barber, Texas; Billie Grace Lynn and R.F. Buckley, Florida;
Tad Gloeckler, Georgia; and Richard Saxton, Alabama.
In conjunction with the exhibit,
the visual arts department will host a series of free lectures and workshops
Oct. 26-28. For additional information, contact gallery director Dale Newkirk
Also on Thursday, the Columbia
will present “Late Night Catechism,” a show that will delight Catholics
and non-Catholics alike. The one-person performance is “part catechism
class, part stand-up comedy,” and is driven by the authoritarian whims
of habit-clad Sister, who doles out glow-in-the-dark rosaries one moment,
and confiscates lipsticks and candy the next. Her mock question and answer
sessions take audience straight back to catechism class. General admission
tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are $35.
Fanfare will wrap up its first week
by joining in the university’s celebration of Homecoming. On Saturday,
Oct. 9 Fanfare will sponsor the Olympia Brass Band’s participation in the
university’s homecoming parade. New Orleans’ famous band will adds its
tuneful second line strut to the parade through downtown Hammond at 2 p.m.
and its soulful, sassy sound to pre-game festivities in Strawberry Stadium
at 5:30 p.m. The Lions will take on Northern Colorado at 6 p.m.
For a Fanfare brochure and ticket
order form or for additional information about Fanfare events, contact
the Columbia Theatre, 985?543?4366 or email@example.com.
Iinformation can also be found online at www.selu.edu/fanfare.
Fanfare tickets are available at the
Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas St., Hammond, 985-543-4371. Most tickets
can also be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com.
Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays. The box office is open until
performance time for events at the Columbia Theatre.