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July, 2014

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August, 2014

strauss mainstage August - August 1-3 - The Strauss Theatre Center Mainstage production of
Les Misérables: The Concert promises to be the hottest fundraiser of the summer! Epic, grand and uplifting, this sung-through pop opera, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, about the quest of Inspector Javert to capture escaped convict Jean Valjean, originally an honest man who was jailed for stealing a single loaf of bread to feed the family of his starving sister. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, this Broadway classic tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. (NOT part of the season membership) For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

biedenharnAugust 8 - Moonlight in the Garden returns to the
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
featuring tours of the first floor of the Biedenharn home, Coke floats and of course evening strolls in the Garden. This year each Moonlight in the Garden features a different aspect of the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, for August guests can get an introduction to the Biedenharn Home.
   The house located at the corner of Riverside and Forsythe in Monroe's Garden District was built by Joe Biedenharn celebrates its 100 Anniversary this year. The walk through tour of the home's first floor will feature eight main rooms including the Fountain Room, Dining Room, and Kitchen. Upon exiting the house guests will find themselves in ELsong Garden, where they are encouraged to take an evening stroll and enjoy a Coke Float.
   Museum Director Ralph Calhoun says Moonlight nights are one of his favorite events. “The garden takes on such a different personality when the full moon shines upon it. Shadows are deeper and many pale flowers take on a unique hue when illuminated by the moon. There is a different feel when the paths are lit and the fountains are glowing.” Even the museum’s most frequent visitors appreciate seeing it at night. The crepe myrtles and hydrangeas alone take on a completely different look.
   Coke floats are a popular part of many Moonlight nights at the Biedenharn. The Creamery provides Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and Coca-Cola Refreshment has provided Coke for this year's Moonlight events. Guests should enter through the Riverside gate.
   Admission for this event is $5 per person. Annual passes are valid for this event. 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. For more information call 318-387-5281 or visit www.bmuseum.org.



Thu, Aug 28 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Wake Forest at Monroe, La.
6:00 p.m. ESPNU
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September, 2014

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Sat, Sep 6 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Idaho* at Monroe, La.
6:00 p.m. (*conference game)
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biedenharnSeptember 9 - The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens presents
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Soprano Bonalyn Nelson Boyd in concert with accompanist Julian Jones. Bonalyn returns to Monroe to present "Homeward Bound," a vocal concert featuring a variety of songs include several from Broadway musicals, opera, as well as sacred hymns. 7:00 p.m.
   Garden gates open for guests at 6:15 p.m. There will be a reception in the garden immediately following the concert.
   Advanced tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Biedenharn Museum Store at 2000 Riverside Drive in Monroe or by calling 318-387-5281. Seating is limited, so reserve your seat early.



Sat, Sep 13 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
LSU at Baton Rouge, La. TBA
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rose theatreSeptember 19, 20 & 21, Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
September 26, 27 & 28,
Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
The Rose Theatre presents Who's Wives Are They Anyway? 
Friday & Saturday Performances – 7:00 P.M.
Sunday Performances – 2:00 P.M.

   The Ashley Maureen Cosmetics Company has been sold and two of its vice presidents, David McGrachen and John Baker, have planned a weekend off before the new C.E.O. arrives on Monday. With their wives safely off on a shopping spree in New York City, they check into The Oakfield Golf and Country Club intending to "golf their brains out." They unexpectedly encounter their new boss, Ms. Hutchison, and she insists on meeting the wives, commenting blithely "no one who went golfing for a weekend without his wife would ever work for me." So ... David and John have to produce wives. John persuades Tina, the hotel's sexy receptionist, to play the role of his wife, but the only one who can pretend to be David's wife is...JOHN! Inevitably everything goes wrong as John moves in and out of bedrooms, changing from male to female at a frantic pace. Hilarious chaos ensues when the hotel phone system goes on the blink, Tina has too much champagne and can't keep her clothes on, and, yes, the real wives arrive! 7:00 p.m.  Bastrop; For more information call (318)-283-0120 or visit http://www.rosetheatre.org/


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strauss September 26-28; October 3,4 - Strauss Theatre Center opens its 83rd Season with the outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL
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a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era.  Featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, the story focuses on three female co-workers who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do - even in a man’s world.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

 



Sat, Sep 27 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Troy* at Monroe, La.
6:00 p.m. (*conference game)
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October, 2014

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Sat, Oct 4 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Arkansas State* at Jonesboro, Ark. TBA (*conference game)
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nlac logoOctober 10 & 11 - Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and Chef Cory Bahr present
"A Weekend of Fine Food" featuring 6 of the South's preeminent chefs.
Friday evening Meet the Chefs with cocktail and hors d'oeuvres at Nonna;
Saturday evening Chefs Table seated dinner at Cotton. Stay tuned for details!!



Sat, Oct 11 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Kentucky at Lexington, Ky. TBA
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st. joseph ornamentOctober 17 - In the early 60's some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, MI, better known simply as MOTOWN & SOUL.
Saint Joseph Arts, Inc. presents MASTERS OF SOUL in a celebration of these artists, their music and style. The show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed tributes to both male and female groups backed by a live band. 7:00 p.m. 118 Arts Drive, St. Joseph; For more information call 318-766-3344 or visit http://www.stjosepharts.com

mso ornament October 18 - The Monroe Symphony Orchestra opens its 44th season with
Pictures of a Young Artist, a tribute to the impressive artistic talents of our youth. Join conductor Clay Couturiaux as he welcomes pianist John Wang, a phenomenal young talent and winner of the 2014 Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition. School children from our region will provide artwork inspired by the music to be performed, and their work will be displayed for viewing. Works performed this evening: Suppé: Overture to Poet and Peasant; Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22; Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition.
7:00 p.m., Jack Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center.
For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.



Sat, Oct 25 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Texas State* at Monroe, La.
6:00 p.m. (*conference game)
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October 25
- Twin City Ballet is once again presenting Talk of the Town, a Fall favorite production. The evening will be a mixed concert of original choreography culminating in the stunning excerpt, Act III of Sleeping Beauty, with guest artists from the world-renowned New York City Ballet. Audience members will be delighted to see the dancers of Twin City Ballet Company, with choreography by Victoria deBethencourt, share the stage with these esteemed guests. Jack Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center. For more information visit http://www.twincityballet.org


princess theatre October 31 – It’s The Cavern Beat, a Beatles Tribute Band at the Princess Theatre! Starting with founding member and drummer Alan Wagner in 2005, the initial idea was a simple one: perform the music of The Beatles as it was, by them. The band uses only guitars, drums and true voices. No computers or digital processors, no tapes or loops, no modern sounding amps... just pure original Beatles! "The Cavern Beat" may be the first group trying to sound like the actual vinyl records, along with the Beatle-type humor, bringing the magic of the past to life again. Join us for a magical, musical tour of Beatles music that you will remember for years to come. 7:00 p.m.; Winnsboro. For more information, call 318.435.6299 or visit www.princesstheatreinc.com.

 

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November, 2014

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Sat, Nov 1 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Texas A&M at College Station, Texas TBA
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Sat, Nov 8 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Appalachian State* at Boone, N.C. TBA (*conference game)
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Sat, Nov 15 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
UL-Lafayette* at Monroe, La.
6:00 p.m. (*conference game)
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Sat, Nov 22 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
New Mexico State* at Las Cruces, N.M. TBA (*conference game)
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Sat, Nov 29 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Georgia Southern* at Statesboro, Ga. 5:00 p.m. (*conference game)
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December, 2014

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December 6 -
The Christmas Gala features an evening of pure Christmas joy that will appeal to all ages.  A Winter’s Night will fill friends and families with awe and true Christmas wonder during Leaia Alsup’s beautifully choreographed spiritual tribute to the miracle of that most magical winter night so long ago. Santa’s Spy – New York-based choreographer, Joe Istre, is at it again, bringing a brand new Christmas production. Twin City Ballet Company’s Christmas performance is a long-time favorite holiday tradition for thousands of school children. This all-new mixed-media production is no exception. Join us as our mischievous elf visits children everywhere to see who is being naughty or nice.  For more information visit http://www.twincityballet.org

 

strsuss December 11-13, 18, 20 - Celebrate the Season with
Strauss Theatre Center
, in collaboration with Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, as they bring you one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man.  A fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader when he arrives in River City, Iowa.  After conning the citizens into buying non-existent instruments and uniforms, his plans are to skip town with the cash, but he falls in love with Marion the librarian who transforms him into a respectable citizen.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com



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All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentleman and the high-energy show that is "Jeremy Davis & Clay Johnson present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra." Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage at Saint Joseph Arts, Inc! Fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary entertainers lead by Frank Sinatra, Davis & Johnson are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul. 3:00 p.m. 118 Arts drive, St. Joseph, LA. For more information call 318-766-3344 or visit http://www.stjosepharts.com


mso ornament December 14 - Be there for Monroe’s favorite holiday musical tradition as the Monroe Symphony Chorus and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra celebrate the holidays with
Sounds of the Season.
Share it with family and friends, and marvel in the season.
   Clay Couturiaux, conductor; Deborah Chandler, chorus director.
3:00 p.m.; West Monroe Convention Center.

For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.

la delta ballet December 15-19, 2014: “The Ice Palace” This all new ballet
takes place in a “frozen” kingdom with all of your favorite icy characters that will bring this enchanting story to life.

Based on the popular Hans Christian Anderson story, “The Snow Queen”, this ballet is sure to please all bringing love and Compassion to your hearts this Christmas season.
It’s must see! Jack Howard Theater. Louisianadeltaballet.com



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st. joseph ornamentJanuary 23 - Originally from the UK and now based in Dallas, David Howarth is one of the most versatile and exciting young pianists around today. Trained at the Royal College of Music in England, he is sure to dazzle you as Saint Joseph Arts, Inc. presents David with his uncompromising virtuosity on all 88 keys of the piano. He has performed for Royalty and Celebrities all over the world including George Clooney, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow and David Beckham. David has also composed, produced and arranged music for some of the world’s finest musicians and singers, and his unique style of music can be heard on radio stations all over the world. 7:00 p.m. 118 Arts drive, St. Joseph, LA. For more information call 318-766-3344 or visit http://www.stjosepharts.com

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February, 2015

mso ornament February 8 - Travel with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra to Hollywood for
Music to our Eyes: Blockbuster Film Scores as we experience the sounds of the past 75 years of great motion picture scores. From uplifting Rocky and epic Lawrence of Arabia, to the adventurous and fantastical Pirates of the Caribbean, Braveheart, Back to the Future, as well as the great Westerns The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, Silverado, and Dances with Wolves, re-live music of the big screen from legendary composers Henry Mancini, Maurice Jarre, John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, James Horner, and more.
   Clay Couturiaux, conductor; 3:00pm, Monroe Civic Center Arena.
For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.


masur museum February 13 - The Twin City Art Foundation’s
Off-The-Wall Fundraiser
returns to the Masur Museum of Art. In addition to the Off-The-Wall silent auction of wonderful artwork, the evening will include live music, door prizes, and the Bon Voyage Trip Raffle. Proceeds from Off the Wall support exhibitions and educational programs at the Masur Museum of Art. 6:30 P.M. 1400 South Grand Street. Call 318.329.2237or visit www.masurmuseum.org for more information. 


la delta ballet February 13, 2015: “Dancing With the La. Stars”
Now in its 7th season, this popular Louisiana Delta Ballet fundraiser is the party of the year! Salsa your way to the Monroe Civic Center Arena and watch local personalities and celebrities compete for the 2015 championship. Reserve your Corporate Table today! Louisianadeltaballet.com

st. joseph ornamentFebruary 13 - Before a single note leaves his lips or one chord is strummed from his acoustic guitar, Kevin Mac convinces you to love him. His style is refreshing and honest, guaranteed to thrill the Saint Joseph Arts, Inc. audience. His words speak of love, heartache, happiness, and appreciating the small things while his fingers confirm that each song tells a story of the life he’s lived by way of his guitar. 7:00 p.m. 118 Arts drive, St. Joseph, LA. For more information call 318-766-3344 or visit http://www.stjosepharts.com

 

strauss February 20-22, 27, 28 - The Futrelle Sisters are in trouble again in Southern Hospitality with a problem that is bigger than ever!  Their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction.  Promises made to a woo salsa manufacturing company’s representative as he scouts the town as a possible location for the factory are not to be believed!   But how the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro pull together and save their town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity - and a recipe for total hilarity.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

 

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March, 2015


mso ornament March 14 - Le Bonheur: The Monroe Symphony Orchestra welcomes spring with Bach, Haydn, and Mozart. Virtuosic cellist, Cicely Parnas, will perform Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major. Also performed this evening: Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047; Haydn: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in C Major; Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201.
   Clay Couturiaux, conductor. 7:00 p.m.; West Monroe High School Auditorium.
For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.



la delta ballet March 26-28, 2015

Louisiana Delta Ballet hosts the
Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival!
Twenty-three Regional Companies and six hundred dancers from Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, & New Mexico will travel to Monroe to showcase three amazing performances.
Ticket packages available! Louisianadeltaballet.com


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April, 2015

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



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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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May, 2015


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.

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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