Fanfare 2004, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October arts festival, again offers an outstanding month-long schedule of music, dance, theater, lectures, films, exhibits and children’s events. The festival has been a highlight of the northshore’s cultural calendar for almost two decades.
Featured are the Chicago City Limits improvisational comedy revue; “Earl Long in Purgatory,” a spiritual comedy/drama; a lecture by environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; the Carter family gospel trio; the Italian chamber music ensemble Milano Classica; the Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller;” the D’Vine gospel trio; the Fab Four quartet; and the Missoula Children’s Theatre “The Jungle Book.”
Community events such as Hammond’s Art & All That Jazz downtown gallery stroll; the Hungarian Cultural Celebration in Livingston Parish; Sweet Home Folklife Days, a celebration of the Kentwood area’s African-American heritage; Hammond Square Mall’s Family Arts Festival; and the BerryPatch Quilt & Art Expo in Ponchatoula add additional local interest.
This year, Fanfare’s “Earl Long in Purgatory” also opens the year-long season for the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, the university’s beautifully renovated downtown Hammond theater. The 2004-2005 Columbia schedule includes concerts by vocal legends Lou Rawls and Judy Collins; the Broadway hits “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Forbidden Broadway Shoots for the Stars;” a musical review featuring the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber; the European-style Moscow Circus; and a trio of concerts by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Additional information is available online at www.selu.edu/columbia. Tickets can be purchased through TicketWeb online at www.ticketweb.com, by phone at 543-4371, or at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, Hammond. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays.
White Light Night
On Thursday, November 18, the Baton Rouge Mid-City District will celebrate “White Light Night.” During this festive start to the Christmas shopping season, dozens of galleries and other mid-city merchants open their doors from 5 to 9 p.m. to display all the talent and beauty that local area artists have to offer—and area restaurants serve tastes of their specialties. The event is free.
Mid-city encompasses Government Street to Jefferson Highway and from N. Foster to Clay Cut. A shuttle is planned for transportation from one location to another.
For more information, call Chuck Booksh at Nature’s Treasures, (225) 387-2188.
Slidell Arts Evening 2004
Arts Evening 2004, Slidell’s celebration of visual and performing arts, dance, music, antique shopping and dining, returns for an 11th season Friday through Sunday, October 8-10. Admission is free to this national-award-winning event.
This year’s festivities begin in Heritage Park on Friday at 8 p.m., with a live presentation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by the Dog & Pony Theatre Company. Bring blankets and chairs, picnic baskets and ice chests for a dinner theatre experience beneath the stars on the banks of the bayou.
On Saturday, more than 100 artists will exhibit their work throughout Olde Towne. Some locations will participate in Jump Start Art, a new feature, by opening their doors at 4 p.m. The remaining businesses will start at 5 p.m. All will remain open through 9 p.m. An outdoor dinner dance from 9-11 p.m. in Griffith Park will end the evening, with on-site catering and soft drinks available for a nominal charge.
The festival will close in Heritage Park on Sunday with a 6-8 p.m. Bayou Jam Concert by After the Fact.
Complimentary transportation will be provided along designated routes throughout Olde Towne via Slidell Regency Limousine and Old Town Slidell Soda Shop’s classic fire truck.
For a free brochure, call 646-4375.
Covington Fall for Art
Stroll the streets in historic downtown Covington during the annual Fall for Art Coordinated Gallery Openings on October 16 from 6-10 p.m. Peruse galleries and shops while enjoying live entertainment and great food throughout the city.
Be sure to check out the Kiwanis Art in Service Show at Mike Storm’s Karate Studio at 228 N. Columbia. It will feature photos from the New Heights Therapy Center Garden Party fundraiser, as well as Habitat for Humanity photos. Special exhibits will highlight art from the children at Lyon Elementary and Covington Elementary schools, and from the YMCA Early Childhood Development programs.
New this year is the Geaux Arts Ball, a fundraiser for the St. Tammany Art Association. This event will immediately follow Fall for Art, starting at 9 p.m. It promises to be something different. An exhibit will feature living art; guests are invited to dress as their favorite painting or just be famous, formal or funky.
Rivers Art Festival
The parade of white tents heralding the eighth annual Covington Three Rivers Art Festival will soon form in downtown Covington. The free, family-friendly event will be held November 13-14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One-hundred-fifty artists will display their works in a variety of categories and media during the highly respected festival, which attracts more than 32,000 art lovers. Chosen by jury selection, the artists will be judged again to determine winners of cash prizes. All artists will be on-site both days.
The festival also offers an eclectic mix of music, education and fun in typical northshore style. The Main Stage will be the live music center, where local talent and performers will entertain the crowds.
On the City Hall grounds, the Children’s Discovery Area will be the scene of ongoing events for kids. In addition to presentations by well-known musicians and storytellers, students from around St. Tammany will perform at the Children’s Performing Stage. Many other fun activities will help children further their interest in the arts. A festival highlight, the Student Art Competition in the City Council chambers features art by students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Food Court will offer the usual favorites and a spread of local Louisiana specialties for hungry festival-goers to enjoy.
For additional information, visit www.ThreeRiversArtFestival.com, or call Maria Burkhardt at 871-4141 or 727-2699.