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September, 2017

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ogden museum
Until October 15, 2017

Louisiana Contemporary Presented by The Helis Foundation

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Every August the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in connection with Whitney White Linen Night, hosts its opening reception for its annual exhibition Louisiana Contemporary Presented by The Helis Foundation. Established in 2012, this statewide, juried exhibition promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of living artist’s work, and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

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Until – Thursday, October 5

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“Dry County” Prints and sculpture by Holt Brasher,
Instructor of Art, Arkansas Northeastern College.

Bry Art Gallery, ULM campus

Artist Talk/Presentation: Oct. 5th, Sandel Hall 236, 2:00-3:15pm, Reception following 3:15-4pm.

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Bry Art Gallery Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8am - 4:30pm, Fri. 8am - 11:30am.
For more information visit or call 342-1375

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October, 2017


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Tell Siri (or Alexa),
"Schedule me for fun on Wednesdays at Brown Bag Concerts Series!"

Use Siri (or Alexa) for something really important! Create a calendar entry for lunch each Wednesday in October at the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council’s noontime outdoor Brown Bag Concert Series! Pack a picnic and come on down to Monroe’s own urban oasis, beautiful Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe (across from St. Francis Medical Center). Unplug, kick back, and enjoy the ever-changing show -- country, rock, show tunes, blues, old standards, and much more. Some seating is provided, though picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Of course, the performances are FREE, thanks to CenturyLink, Origin Bank, and the City of Monroe.

Not sure? We’ll sweeten the day with free sweets! We’ve got complimentary cookies, thanks to Mulhearn Corporation, and lemonade and water, courtesy First Baptist Church of Monroe (which is also our in-case-of-rain venue)! Thanks also to Kilpatrick’s for providing a tent to shade for our performers as the put on the show! Check out the lineup, then put that digital assistant to work scheduling you to play!

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October 4
Mason Granade

A long-time series favorite, Mason 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. If your playlist includes Eagles, America, and the Beatles, Mason’s your guy! 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, then join us for this rocking series kick off at the park!

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Allen, BeDoit

October 11

Jordan and Stacey Sheppard

Husband and wife duo Jordan and Stacey Sheppard have been playing all over the southeast since 2008. Inspired by many different artists and genres, their sound is a blend of country, soul, blues, and rock ‘n roll. They have both been nominated multiple times for best vocalist in the NELA music awards, and are currently (at press time) nominated for best cover band in DeltaStyle's Best of the Delta. Come see for yourself at today’s series outing.


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October 18
The Oden Family

Another husband-wife duo, Greg and Kristen Oden are active participants in local, regional, and national music education and performance. Both are faculty at West Monroe High School, Greg as choral director and Kristen teaching piano lab and assisting in the vocal music dept. Greg has also conducted choirs in great cathedrals worldwide including at Carnegie Hall in 2016. Kristen is a sought-after soprano and adjudicator and teacher to private piano and vocal students. Not surprisingly, their two kids are following in their talented footsteps! Son Blake is a ULM nursing student, but he makes time for the ULM Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Daughter Morgan, a sophomore at WMHS, is active in the Rebel Choir and Band. Come hear for yourself as the family brings all this inspiring talent, training, and skill to the stage for our third outing of the series.

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October 25 Mike McKenzie
This opener for Tim McGraw, T Graham Brown, and Bryan White closes our series with his own unique style. Mike McKenzie is one of the busiest performers in the region, something he’s been doing since he was a kid, playing everyone’s favorite country, classic rock, and funk. Mike’s appearances are always fun and entertaining, and we’re excited to wrap up the series with this local legend!


For more information or to confirm the show will go on in case of rain, call the Arts Council office at 396-9520. Visit the Arts Council online at or find us on Facebook!

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masur ornament October 7, 2-5 PM. Children’s Drop-in Activity 
Bring your children and make an art project based on the current exhibition! Offered the first Saturday of every month, these free activities are for children of all ages. Drop by the museum any time between 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on the scheduled day. Children will work on an art project that relates either through subject matter, medium, or technique, to the exhibition currently on display. FREE. Any age child is welcome! 1400 South Grand Street, Monroe, LA

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Monroe Symphony League
Book Fair

320 North Fourth Street, Monroe, LA.

Begins Saturday, October 7,  9 am – 5 pm
($2 adult admission first day)

Sale continues

   Sunday, October 8,  1  – 5 pm
   Friday, October 13,  9 am – 5 pm
   Saturday, October 14,  9 am – 5 pm

Great Sale consists of gently used books, magazines, and more. 

Two buildings are full of hardbacks, magazines, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction.  Many books & magazines priced 25-50 cents. Also included are records, CDs DVDs, sheet music, art prints and much more.

The Sale is organized by type including biographies, children’s, classics, cookbooks, crafts, humor, large print, mystery, reference, religion, romance, sports, suspense, textbooks, and travel magazines.

This October sale will offer a Silent auction for two of Mildred Swift’s Cookbooks as well as a fine art print. Also included are book donations from a recently closed local bookstore.

The proceeds from the 3 annual book sales are used to support the projects of the Monroe Symphony League including the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, The Sound Safari for elementary school age students, and the Marjorie Strickland Emerging Artists Competition held each January.

For more information contact
Jorenda Stone

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Monday, October 9 – Thursday, November 2, 2017

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“Laughter is A Risk
(and other struggles we choose for ourselves)”
Acrylic and gouache paintings by Joshua Chambers,
Bossier City, LA.

Bry Art Gallery, ULM campus

Reception: Thursday, Oct 12, 5-7pm
in conjunction with ULM Art Crawl 
Gallery talk at 6:15pm

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Bry Art Gallery Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8am - 4:30pm, Fri. 8am - 11:30am.
For more information visit or call 342-1375

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masur ornament October 12, 5:30 - 8:30 pARTy 318
The Masur Museum and Marsala Beverage present our next pARTy 318! Pop in after work for this popular event. This free party features an open bar, door prizes, transportation to and from your vehicle, live music and local eats. Bring money for the food trucks. We will have amazing art vendors as well. We will  also have giant Jenga, normal Jenga, Cornhole, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Sorry!, Pass the Pig, and some decks of cards laying around for your entertainment. 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. PARTY 318 will take place at the museum, 1400 South Grand Street, Monroe, LA. FREE.

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October 13 - 15  North Delta Food & Wine Festival

Friday Oct. 13
6:00 to 9:00 pm

A Rare Culinary Collaboration
Celebrated chefs and wine vendors share
their signature dishes and drinks.

Buy Tickets Here

Saturday, Oct 14th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Brew on the Bridge
For the first time ever, walk across the Endom Bridge spanning the Ouachita River and sample local beers and food truck fare.

7:00 p.m.
Culinary Collaborations
Local restaurants team up to provide special Festival meals and give back to arts in the community.

Sunday, Oct 15th
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Brunch at Cascio's Chateau
Finish off a weekend of stellar food and entertainment with brunch from Cascio's Chateau.

  For more info visit
  Looking for other things to do
while in town for the Festival?
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and check out the
Monroe-West Monroe
Convention & Visitors Bureau's
website for all things NELA!

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November, 2017

masur ornament November 4, 2-5 PM: Variety. Variety, like the name implies, is like a variety show. It is an inter-generational cultural experience that will take place at the Masur five times a year. Each edition will feature a new line-up each time! Expect visual and performing arts, kids art activities, and fun for the entire family. FREE admission and activities! 1400 South Grand Street, Monroe, LA

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Food Fight on the ‘Front

Saturday, November 11,
11am - 2pm

ESA Alpha Gamma Chapter is hosting the second annual Food Truck Competition,
Food Fight on the ‘Front, at the Origin Bank Riverwalk in Monroe from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This year's event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 in celebration of Veteran's Day!

    Attendees are invited to enjoy the nice weather while watching local food trucks battle it out for the best in the biz title. Entry fee is $5 or $3 with valid military ID with children 5 and under being admitted for free. Entry fee allows one vote for your favorite (People's Choice).

Try samples from The Cookout, 2 Dudes Catering, and Catfish Charlies, and many more!  

There will also be a Celebrity Judges Award. A special thank you to those judges who have the tough task of choosing the second annual Food Fight on the ‘Front Champion – Tara Ambrose and John Reynolds.

Enjoy live music, face painting, a jumper for the kids along with other vendors with items to purchase. 

Net proceeds this year will benefit the Ouachita Regional Veteran Association. Visit their website at, or their Facebook page at “ORVA Ouachita Regional Veterans Association, Inc” for more information. ESA will also be accepting donations for the Veterans Home of NELA.

About ESA:
ESA is a nonprofit service organization that makes a difference in the lives of others. We work together in support of important causes, develop meaningful and lasting relationships, and encourage personal growth.
    Since 1929, ESA has created a powerful network of more than 1,000 chapters to excel in community education, service and philanthropy. “Hands-on” philanthropic endeavors provide more than 650,000 hours of direct service to those in need. Each year, ESA’s 15,000 members also help to raise over $10 million for charitable causes.
     The Monroe/West Monroe chapter of ESA, Alpha Gamma, was formed on March 15, 1970. Today, Alpha Gamma can be best recognized for its St. Jude’s Dream Home project, however, the chapter also works diligently to provide support to other local, national, and international charities

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December, 2017




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