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Fanfare

2017

Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s month-long celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences, offers a variety of cultural events that appeal to the entire region. Each October, patrons experience a unique festival program of over 50 events, including art exhibits, films, concerts, dance, workshops, master classes, theatrical productions, literary readings and lectures presented by emerging and established artists, scholars and companies from around the world. One of Fanfare’s many goals is to inspire students to incorporate the arts into their lives by exposing them to artistic diversity and introducing them to high standards of artistic excellence. In view of the fact that arts programs are somewhat limited in many schools, we are always searching for innovative ways to involve students and stimulate their interest in various art forms. For more than two decades, Fanfare’s guiding vision has been to make the arts accessible to audiences of all ages. Our programming offers cultural experiences not only to today’s patron, but also to tomorrow’s audiences, young people who may otherwise be isolated from the arts. 

Fanfare 2017 Events

All events are free unless price is noted


Thursday, September 21


Generations of Struggle: 

Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present

A four week series facilitated by Dr. Kodi Roberts of the History Department of Louisiana State University.

6:30 to 8 PM, Hammond Branch Library


Thursday, September 28


Generations of Struggle: 

Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present

Lecture 2 of Series. Dr. Kodi Roberts, History Department of Louisiana State University

6:30 to 8 PM, Hammond Branch Library


Southeastern Wind Symphony

"There's a First Time for Everything"

7:30 PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Hammond

The first concert of the year for the Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony is “There’s A First Time For Everything,” and will feature a variety of music from Gustav Holst, Samuel Barber, and American composer Andrew Boss, all linked by a common theme.

Tickets: General Admission

Adults - $10 • Faculty/Staff/Seniors/NonSLU students - $5 • SLU students FREE with ID


Tuesday, October 3 - Friday, October 6


Southeastern Theatre Department presents:

For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

7:30 PM, Vonnie Borden Theatre, DVickers Hall

Tickets: General Admission

Adults - $15 • Faculty/Staff/Students - $10 • SLU students FREE with ID





Tuesday, October 3


Southeastern Phi Kappa Pi Intramural Quiz Bowl

2:00 - 5:30 pm, Student Union Theatre


Wednesday, October 4


Then and Now: The Pelican State Goes to War - Louisiana During World War II:

The Special Exhibit at the National World War II Museum 2017-18

James Linn, Curator, National World War II Museum, New Orleans

1:00 PM, Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

When America entered World War II, Louisiana was already front and center in the country's defense preparations and consistently 'punched above its weight' between 1940 and 1945. The war effort triggered massive and lasting changes and the state and nation. Hear all about it from the curator of a new exhibit celebrating the Pelican State's contribution to the Allied victory.


Thursday, October 5


Generations of Struggle:

Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present

Lecture 3 of Series. Dr. Kodi Roberts, History Department of Louisiana State University

6:30 to 8 PM, Hammond Branch Library


Southeastern Opera/Music Workshop

"A Night on Broadway"

7:30 PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Hammond

Come out and hear some of Southeastern's finest for one night only, performing Broadway solos and ensembles with an on stage orchestra.

General Admission

Adults - $21 • Faculty/Staff/Seniors/NonSLU students - $18 • Children 12 and younger - $8 • SLU students FREE with ID


Friday, October 6 - Friday, October 27


"Seldom Seen"

Art Exhibit hosted by the Hammond Regional Arts Center

Opening reception, October 6, 5:00 PM

This is the fifth installment in the series, which showcases artwork from private collections in the Florida Parishes. Curated by Pat Macaluso and Denise Tullier-Holly, this exhibit will include works from several significant Louisiana artists. 


Tuesday, October 10


"DanceInterwoven: A Night of Improvisational Dance & Music"

Southeastern Dance Department, Artistic Director Skip Costa

6:30 PM, Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

The event will begin at sunset outside of the Pottle Music Building and will evolve into a night of live music and dance ending on stage of Pottle Auditorium.

General Admission

Adults - $10 • Students/Seniors/Children - $8.00


Wednesday, October 11


Then and Now: Local World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories:

The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Interviews

Keith Finley, Department of History and Political Science

1:00 PM, Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

World War II veterans often were reluctant to talk about their experiences when they first returned home. But approaching old age, many began to tell their stories for posterity. Dozens came forward to do so at Southeastern's Center for Southeast Studies. Hear Assistant Director Finley describe that process and recount some of the best anecdotes the Center collected.


Contemporary Art Gallery Art Exhibition

Sculpture Installation by Jamey Grimes

October 11 - November 10

Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Campus

Opening Reception, October 11, 5:00 - 7:00 PM


Thursday, October 12


Generations of Struggle:

Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present

Lecture 4 of Series. Dr. Kodi Roberts, History Department of Louisiana State University

6:30 to 8 PM, Hammond Branch Library



Friday, October 13


Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Evening at the Cinema

7:30 PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Hammond

Spend the evening at the cinema with some classic favorites - all featured in movies.

Tickets: General Admission

$37/$20 • Available at lpomusic.com


Saturday, October 14


Free Book Festival

10 AM to 2 PM, Hammond Branch Library

The Free Book Festival will have an Autumn Adventure theme featuring a canned and nonperishable food drive benefiting the Tangi Food Pantry and a free Pumpkin Decoration Station. Local nonprofits and other organizations will be in attendance providing giveaways and information items. Attendees will be provided with a free book.



Wednesday, October 18


Then and Now: Don't You Know There's a War On?

Sustainability, Self-Sufficiency, and American Simplicity in World War II

Charles Elliott, Department of History and Political Science

1:00 PM, Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

World War II is the ultimate example of total war. While Americans on the battlefront faced the greatest danger and often paid the ultimate price for their patriotism, all citizens sacrificed for the war effort. Charles Elliott will explore national, public, and private initiatives enhancing virtuous austerity as a strategic mandate in the fight against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.


The Heart Behind the Music: Songwriter's Showcase

featuring John Berry, Lauren Duski, Teddy Gentry, Lenny LeBlanc

7:30 PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Hammond

Since 2011, "The Heart Behind The Music" has been bringing to the stage some of the world's best singers and songwriters who share the meaning and...music behind their hit songs. This show provides an up close, and personal insight into some of the greatest music ever written, and performances by some of the music industry's most talented musicians.

Tickets: Reserved Seating

Loge - $40 • Orchestra/Balcony - $30


Friday, October 20


Common Read

7:00 PM, Tangipahoa Parish Library, Ponchatoula Branch

Author Tom Franklin will speak about his book Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, read and autograph copies for those who attend. 


Saturday, October 21


Common Read

10:00 AM, Hammond Regional Arts Center

Author Tom Franklin will speak and sign copies of books brought by those who attend. Following the program with Mr. Franklin, there will be a program for those interested in writing and publishing their work.


Building Blocks: If Kids Ruled the City

10:00 - 2:00 PM, Hammond Recreation Center

An interactive experience where kids ages 7-10 get to build a small scale version of their ideal city. Bring a cardboard box! Visit aiabr.com for more details.


Wednesday, October 25


Then and Now: Blowing Eight to the Bar:

American Music During World War II

Joseph Burns, Department of Languages and Communication

1:00 PM, Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

Music played a major wartime role. Troops got 'V-Discs' with patriotic songs, and today's events became tomorrow's hits. But soldiers returned to a different musical landscape in 1945, as big bands gave way to small groups led by pop singers, instrument factories retooled to manufacture weapons, and musicians went on strike. And Hitler hated jazz! Find out why!



Tuesday, October 31


Then and Now: Martin Luther, Halloween, and the Sexy Witches of World War II:

Uncovering Unlikely links Between the Reformation and Modern History

(The More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture)

William B Robison, Department of History and Political Science

1:00 PM, Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

October 31, 2017 is not only Halloween but also the 500th anniversary of German monk Martin Luther publishing his 95 Theses and beginning the Protestant Reformation, an event with long-term significance for World War II and even Louisiana history. Where do the sexy witches fit in? That is a mystery you can only solve by coming to the lecture! Candy will be thrown as usual.