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Until May 1, 2015

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18th Annual
ULM Juried Student Art Exhibition


Bry Art Gallery, ULM campus

 

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Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8 - 4:30, Fri. 8 - 12. For more information visit ulm.edu/art or call 342-1375

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Celebrate Spring (finally!) each Wednesday with Brown Bag Concerts!

The snow was pretty, but sunny spring days are way more fun! Say farewell to the former while you're lovin' the latter every Wednesday in April at the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council’s noontime outdoor Brown Bag Concerts series. Pack a picnic, round up some company, and come on down to laze on the lush green grass of Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe (across from St. Francis Medical Center). The performances are different each week -- a mix of show tunes, country, rock, blues, old standards, and much more! Some seating is provided, though picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Free tea and lemonade will be provided courtesy First Baptist Church of Monroe which is also our in-case-of-rain venue! Of course, it's all FREE, thanks to CenturyLink, Community Trust Bank, and the City of Monroe. Take a look at who's on and join us!

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April 8 –

Tommy Fields and Tyler Christiana

You’ll find a song for everyone from the guitar-flavored duo of Tommy Fields and Tyler Christiana! This duo kick off our Series with a wide variety of influences and an eclectic catalog of classic and alternative rock, country, swamp, pop and blues spanning from the Allman Brothers to Incubus, with an occasional original song in the mix as well. You may have seen them playing around town or in the contemporary Christian rock band at the ULM Catholic Center. Come hear this talented twosome to get your spring and our Series off to a great start!

 

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April 15 – Mason Granade

Like the Eagles, America, and the Beatles? Mason’s your guy! He’s been performing for over thirty years and is a regular at such diverse venues as regional cafes and night spots and as Worship Leader at Bethel Baptist Church in West Monroe. You may also have heard his popular album recorded with Matthews-Granade on the radio or in R-Squared movies, “New Hope” and “Flag of My Father,” where he even had a cameo! Sneak a listen online at www.masongranade.com, then join us at the park as our Series rocks on!



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April 22 –
Bob Durden
Bob's back to give our Series some country flair with gospel roots! Singing Cowboy Bob is taking time out from working on his new album, "Baby Steps," at Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to sing for us today. Bob's style is mellow, and his voice is a beautiful, smooth baritone that makes any song his own. You can sample his music on Itunes or Amazon, then come on down to the park to see the performance!


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April 29 – Lisa Lee Trio

This popular group is back to wrap up our Series. Favorite local vocalist Lisa Lee Phifer is joined by bassist Danny Allen and guitarist Boyce Free. The trio are known for their eclectic range including easy listening classic country, soft rock, blues, pop and fifties tunes, and much more! Come check out how good harmony can be at this final outing as we close out the Series and head off into summer!

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April 16-18
- The Duck Commanders' "BeardFest."


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Thursday, April 16th at 4pm.
  "Decoding the Blues:
Sex and Symbolism in the Dirty Delta"

by Lesli Rambin in the ULM Library's Special Collections Room (5th Floor).
Thursday, April 23rd from 6-8pm
  "Diversity in the Delta:
The Influence of Roots Music on the World"

by Brian Sivils and Kirby Rambin in Stubbs 100.
Monday, April 27th at 6pm
  "Film Night:
A Series of Short Films"
with VAPA faculty in Bry 111.
Wednesday, April 29th at 5pm
  "The World of the Blues"
with Dr. Dan Sumner and the ULM Guitar Ensemble in Biedenharn 134.


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June 5 and 7 - The new Louisiana Opera, presenting fully staged performances at ULM, presents the sparkling beloved comedy
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Rossini, in the
Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall on Friday, June 5, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 7, at 2:00 p.m.
 

Tickets will be on sale in April, and will be $25 for general admission, with a $10 student ticket.  For more information, call 342-3247.

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April 24-25
The Twin City Ballet’s beautiful dancers and a beautiful setting combine to make an unforgettable evening for patrons of North Louisiana’s signature spring arts event, Ballet Under the Stars. Celebrated choreographers such as Joe Istre, Kelli Barclay, Diane Maroney-Grigsby, Leaia Alsup, along with others work their magic to produce a varied, full spectrum concert that covers many genres, including ballet, jazz, musical theatre, modern and contemporary dance. Beautiful Kiroli Park creates the perfect backdrop for our dancers to share their incredible strength, musicality, beauty and joy of dance. Kiroli Park Amphitheater.  Spring Children’s Production – After much success, Twin City Ballet will again be presenting area school children with a fun, entertaining and educational show in Kiroli Park in conjunction with Ballet Under the Stars. This production is intended to be interactive and the audience is encouraged to dance and sing along with the characters on stage. This show appeals to all generations and reminds everyone, “No one cares if you can dance, JUST GET UP AND DANCE!”  Kiroli Park Amphitheater.  For more information visit http://www.twincityballet.org


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mso ornament May 2 - Join the Monroe Symphony Orchestra
and the Monroe Symphony Chorus as we close the 2014-2015 season with a
Springtime Finale featuring one of the best-known works in the repertoire of classical music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor. This work is almost universally considered Beethoven’s greatest work and is considered by many to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.
   Clay Couturiaux, conductor, Deborah Chandler, chorus director.
7:00 p.m.; Jack Howard Theater at the Monroe Civic Center.
For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.



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Jack, Rapunzel, Red, and You…

May 2, 3, 9, 10 - It’s your turn to get into the action at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts! Jack, Rapunzel, Red, and You… follows the misadventures of our heroes and heroines as the storytellers get their fairy tales completely mixed up, turned around, and upside down. It’s up to you and the rest of the audience to help out our poor, lost characters. An original play written by resident artist and Executive Director Walter Allen, this audience participation fairy tale experience is sure to make for an afternoon or an evening of fun, frivolity, and laughs for kids from age 5 to 105. Saturday, 5/2 & 5/9 @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sunday, 5/3 & 5/10 @ 3 p.m.. 

Visit  www.syaaonline.com to reserve your tickets or call our box office at (318) 812-7922

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May 3 - The premier springtime event and fundraiser for the arts!
The crowd gathers on a perfect spring Sunday afternoon for great food, jazzy music, great artwork, a beautiful bayou-side outdoor setting and a lot of fun. 
The event can be no other than the 18th annual Blend of the Bayou by Men Who Cook, Men Who Mix & Men Who Brew, held by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council to help underwrite Arts Council projects including touring age-appropriate activities to area schools.
   The wildly popular event centers around a wide array of delicious food and beverages prepared and served by 50 prominent area professionals and businessmen who generously volunteer their time and talents for the cause.  The results of their labors are served from whimsically decorated tasting tables in a pastoral bayou-side setting.  Adding the finishing touches to a perfect afternoon is a local band to provide upbeat live music for the event, artworks from over 20 area artists for sale, the Men Who Brew sponsored by Community Trust Bank and the Men Who Mix sponsored by BancorpSouth whose officers and other celebrity bartenders provide guests with their favorite libation.  5:00 until 7:00 PM.  For ticket information call (318) 396-9520 or visit www.nelaarts.com


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strauss May 8-10. 15-16 - Promises, Promises, the 1968 Broadway musical based on the 1960 film, The Apartment, based on a Neil Simon book, closes the Strauss Theatre Center season with music by Burt Bacharach.  The story of a nice guy in a world where niceness goes unnoticed and rewarded, Chuck Baxter wants to be a romantic figure, but the girls don’t remember his names, wants a promotion in his Manhattan Insurance office, but the personnel director is oblivious to him.  Shuck soon discovers what other people consider his only asset: his apartment.  Promises are made, including promotion, marriages are broken and new loves arise.  Chuck eventually decides to be his own man and to get away from what his life is in Manhattan, but something stops him just as he is about to leave.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

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our next pARTy 318!!! Pop in after work. This free party features an open bar, door prizes, transportation to and from your vehicle in Polaris Rangers provided by JPS Equipment, Josh Madden & Jim Steele spinning vinyl, and local food trucks including Cilantro Organic Bistro by Fiesta Nutrition Center, Rhoda Brown’s Hogwash Caboose, and Slider Central (bring money for the trucks). Don’t forget KTVE 10 will do their 5 and 6 o’clock newscast live!!! Who does not like free libations and hobnobbing? We will sneak a few more surprises in too. Check us out on Facebook for more information or call 318.329.2237. 5:30pm to 8:30ish; pARTy 318 will take place at the museum, 1400 South Grand Street, Monroe, LA.


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June 5 and 7 - The new Louisiana Opera, presenting fully staged performances at ULM, presents the sparkling beloved comedy
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Rossini, in the
Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall on Friday, June 5, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 7, at 2:00 p.m.
 
Returning to Monroe to sing is New York-based baritone John Brandon, singing the charming title role of Figaro, who is The Barber of Seville. Brandon, known popularly on websites as the “bari-hunk,” joins Monroe favorite Ron Ulen, who has sung three major roles for the Louisiana Opera, and is the head of the voice department at the University of Texas-San Marcos. Ulen sang major roles in Germany and Switzerland for 19 years.  A new addition to the LA Opera this year is comic-bass Robert Allen Saunders, singing the part of Dr. Bartolo. The veteran performer is on the voice faculty at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Another comic character in the opera, the servant Ambrosius, will be performed by David Zepeda, a singer-actor who has performed countless comic roles in his thirty years’ experience singing at the Wurzburg, Germany opera house. 

The female central character of the opera is Rosina, and soprano Claire Vangelisti, who has sung the leading soprano roles in the Louisiana Opera’s last three productions, sings this delightful role.  Richard Seiler is the pianist, and Mark Ross Clark stage directs and produces the opera. The cast includes ULM voice faculty members Julian Jones and Mathew James.  Joining the ULM professors is new production member Jeffrey Peterson, opera coach at Baylor University, acting as music coach and playing harpsichord.

Tickets will be on sale in April, and will be $25 for general admission, with a $10 student ticket.  For more information, call 342-3247.

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rose theatreJune 19, 20, 21, 2015 & June 26, 27, 28 - A fast-paced, wildly funny farce, "Divorce Southern Style” at the Rose Theatre centers on the zany schemes of a middle-aged divorcee who decides that the time is ripe to get back together with her ex-husband. Divorced for fifteen years, and running low on cash, Eleanor Bander decides reconciliation with her ex-husband (whose second wife died the year before) is her best hope. To lure him within striking range, she tells him that their daughter is about to be married—hinting that it is a forced situation—when the truth is that the daughter is merely engaged again (for the fifth time) to her long-standing fiancée. The ex-husband, Walter, not only arrives but brings along his current flame, a former classmate who was Eleanor's competition from high-school days. As the plot thickens, which it does with growing hilarity, Eleanor's friends and neighbors become involved in the action, culminating in a surprise birthday party where the truth, at last, comes out. But Walter is prepared to forgive and forget, and falls easily into Eleanor's trap. So easily, in fact, that Eleanor is the one who now has second thoughts—deciding that it is better, after all, to stay single and broke than to resume the bickering that drove her away from Walter in the first place.
   Friday & Saturday Performances – 7:00 p.m. Sunday Performances – 2:00 p.m. Bastrop; For more information call (318)-283-0120 or visit http://www.rosetheatre.org/


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July 10, 11, 12
- South Pacific: The Concert, a collaborative effort of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Strauss Theatre Center Main Stage and the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, brings the hit songs from thisbeloved classic musical to life.
     From “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair” to “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” to “Some Enchanted Evening,” enjoy this rare musical experience featuring the most lyrical and moving music written for the stage.. Accompanied by a live orchestra, a top-notch cast of singers will fill ULM’s Brown Theatre with some of the most lyrical and moving music written for the stage. Rodgers and Hammerstein's glorious score gets a surge of new energy in this concert spotlighting the voices of Travis Sherwood (Emile de Becque), Shelley Cooper (Nellie Forbush) and Terry Patrick-Harris (Bloody Mary) with an ensemble drawn from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Northwestern State University and the Monroe/West Monroe community. Dr. Corey Trahan (Stage & Music Director).
Friday Gala 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 7:00 p.m.; Sunday Matinee 2:00 p.m.


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Sat, Sep 5 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Georgia at Athens, Ga.
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Sat, Sep 12 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Nicholls State Monroe, La.
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Sat, Sep 26 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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strauss September 18-20, 25, 26 - Gypsy
Referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee's sister, the actress June Havoc.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

 

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Sat, Oct 3
WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Georgia Southern * at Monroe, La.
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Tulsa at Tulsa, Okla.
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October 10 
North Delta Food & Wine Festival benefiting the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council coordinated by Chef Cory Bahr and the Council's Board of Directors.  Chefs from across the Gulf South descend on Monroe for the inaugural festival!  Begin the day with the  Dash & Dine 5K run through downtown Monroe/West Monroe ending at Art Alley for breakfast fare.  Sample some of the finest signature dishes, wines and beer from 4 until 8 pm in the Garden District venue.  Sponsorships Available.  Please Call 318-396-9520, 
Tickets will be going on sale soon so please check back with us.

 



Sat, Oct 17 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Appalachian State * Monroe, La.
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Sat, Oct 24 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Idaho * at Moscow, Idaho
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Rhapsody in Blue celebrates the opening of the 45th Season of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.  Featuring favorites by the Gershwin brothers from the Great American Songbook, including the time-honored "Rhapsody in Blue" performed by Dr. Richard Seiler, this concert is not-to-be-missed!7:00 p.m.; Jack Howard Theater at the Monroe Civic Center. For more information call 318-812-6761 of visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com


 



Sat, Oct 31 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
UL-Lafayette * at Lafayette, La.
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Sat, Nov 7 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Troy * at Troy, Ala.
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strauss November 13-15, 20, 21 - The Cemetery Club
Some relationships are so strong, nothing could possibly break them ... not even death. The Cemetery Club is a story about love and friendship and how they endure conflict and loss through time. The story, set in Queens, N.Y. in the autumn, follows the lives of three longtime friends who are all widows. They form a "cemetery club," in which they go together to visit their dead husbands' graves each month. Though they are extremely close to one another, the three women have very different personalities. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife's grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida's heart. For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com



Sat, Nov 14 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Arkansas State * Monroe, La.
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Thur, Nov 19 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Texas State * at San Marcos, Texas
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Sat, Nov 28 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Hawaii at Honolulu, Hawaii
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Sat, Dec 5 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
New Mexico State * Monroe, La.
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strauss February 19-21, 26, 27 - Next to Normal
A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards, including Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, Next to Normal was described by the Pulitzer Board as "a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.” An emotional powerhouse that addresses grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life, combined with provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact. Recommended for Mature Audiences Only.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

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masur ornament April 1 - The Masur Museum of Art and Twin City Art Foundation are excited to present the 7th Annual Off the Wall Fundraiser. OTW is the area's premier art auction featuring an excellent selection of art by artists in our community and all over the country. The 2016 OTW will feature food by Chef Pat Nolan. Our musical performer will be announced soon along with new surprises for our guests. Please do not forget the ever popular Bon Voyage Trip Raffle. The raffle is a trip to the destination of your choice for a value up to $3,000!! Support your local art museum; please join us for one of the best parties in the Twin Cities! Proceeds from Off the Wall support exhibitions and educational programs at the Masur Museum of Art. Tickets are $50 each. Please call 318.329.2237 for more information and sponsorship opportunities. 6:30 to 9:30 pm; OTW will take place at the museum, 1400 South Grand Street, Monroe, LA.

 

strauss April 8-10, 15, 16 - The Producers
Winner of twelve Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography, The Producers follows down-on-his-luck producer, Max Bialystock, who teams up with timid accountant, Leo Bloom, in a get-rich-quick scheme to produce the worst play on Broadway. Offhandedly, Leo muses that, if Max found investors for a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. Suddenly, Max's eyes light up -- and in that moment, Leo Bloom is gloriously corruptible! Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures and many show business in-jokes. For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com


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