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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 2016

All Events Free unless ticket price noted. Call 543-4371 or 543-4366 for more information on Fanfare events.

Information on the Fanfare 2016 Events:

  • Then and Now Lecture: Ralph Wood

    Dirty Basements & Crowded Vans: American Punk Rock in the 80's

    October 5

    Get in the van and take a ride as the Assistant Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science, Professor of Health Studies, and Impaired Faculties Drummer visits the bands, independent labels, and dirty basements that shaped American punk rock in the 1980's and set the stage for the alternative rock explosion of the early 1990's. From Black Flag and the mighty SST Records to Sub Pop Records and Nirvana, explore what happened when punk rock went back underground. No skinny ties allowed.

    1:00 pm Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

  • Southeastern Dance Performance Project

    Bayourella: A Story of Forgiveness

    October 5-7

    An InterARTS (tm) performance approach to movement creation that is being developed by Mr. Costa that fuses the elements of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts for a true kinesthetic experience for the audience usually within a very emotional journey through the human condition. In this production, one of the aspects that we are focusing on is the complexity and cruelness of Bayourella's step-mother's life in order to define her treatment towards Bayourella. The production will also include original music performed live, original costume designs, and a set which includes a 25 foot dock over the bayou.

    9:30 am Education Outreach Matinee $4 Student Admission. Contact Martie.Fellom@selu.edu for more information. 

    7:30 pm Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers Hall

    $5 Admission

  • Lecture: A Journey Through Slavery at Whitney Plantation

    Dr. Ibrahima Seck

    October 6

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm Cate TEC Building, KIVA Room 239

  • Film: Preview of Hamilton's America/PBS Arts Fall Film Festival

    October 6

    Louisiana Public Broadcasting in collaboration with the Columbia Theatre in Hammond present a preview on Thursday, October 6 of HAMILTON'S AMERICA and the PBS ARTS FALL FILM FESTIVAL. The event will take place from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the Columbia Theatre and will include a 30 minute excerpt of HAMILTON'S AMERICA, as well as a preview of the remaining Arts Festival line-up. Special guests from Center Stage Performing Arts Academy in Gonzales will perform musical theatre inspired by HAMILTON'S AMERICA. The event is free and open to the public.

    7:00 pm Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

  • Lynn Trefzger, Ventriloquist

    October 7

    Lynn Trefzger is a comedic ventrioloquist with a box full of amusin characters that have stuck by her side as she toured the country. Campus Activities Magazine named her the Funniest Female Performer in 2006 and the following year she was crowned the Funniest Female by American Entertainment Magazine. Her one of a kind audience interplay is riotously funny, and her performances are fit for both family and adult audiences. She has appeared on ABC, TNN, A&E, Lifetime Television, and now we have the pleasure of having her appear here at the Columbia.

    7:30 pm Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Tickets are $15-30

  • Then and Now Lecture: Randy Settoon

    Marketing Music to the Masses and Managing the Musicians Who Make It

    October 12

    The former Dean of the College of Business, Professor of Management, and Impaired Faculties Bassist/Guitarist/Keyboardist/Vocalist presents a discussion of managing, recording, producing, and marketing musicians, including examples of his own experience with all of these facets of the music industry.

    1:00 pm Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

  • Art Exhibit

    Paintings by Aaron Collier/Sculpture Installation by Samantha Burns/Video by Designer Silas Munro/New Artwork from the SLU Fine Art Collection

    October 13 - November 10

    Opening Reception: October 13, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Contemporary Art Gallery, SLU Campus

  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

    Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 1

    October 14

    7:30 pm Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Tickets $20-37

    Tickets available at lpomusic.com

  • SLU Theatre Department: "Distracted" by Lisa Loomer

    October 18-21

    What's wrong with nine-year-old Jesse? He can't sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can't get him in - or out of - pajamas. His teacher thinks it's Attention Deficit Disorder. Dad says, "He's just a boy!" And Mama's on a quest for answers. Is Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? A hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma.

    7:30 pm Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers Hall

    Tickets $10-15, SLU Students free with ID

  • Then and Now lEcture: Dan McCarthy

    How Technology Changed Music

    October 19

    The Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Professor of Physics, and Impaired Faculties Guitarist/Keyboardist/Vocalist presents a discussion the impact of technology on music. Just as the discovery and use of electricity changed the industrial world, it also changed the artistic world, with no other art form being as completely transformed as music. Technology not only changed the way that we listen to, record and compose music, but is allowed completely different types of music to be created that would never have existed. 

    1:00 pm Pottle Auditoriumm SLU Campus

  • Southeastern Wind SYmphony with John Mackey

    Strange Humors

    October 20

    7:30 pm Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Tickets $10 adults/$5 faculty/staff and seniors/all students free with ID/children free

  • Alumni Exhibition and Lecture: Georgia Polkey, 2016 Homecoming

    October 22 - November 10

    Opening Reception: October 22, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Lecture: October 20, 12:00 pm, Contemporary Art Gallery Lecture area

  • Missoula Children's Theatre Auditions: Peter and Wendy

    October 24

    4:00 pm Columbia Theatre Lobby

    Children ages K-12 are invited to audition. Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show, which will be held later in the week. Call 543-4366 for more information.

  • Octubafest

    October 24-27

    4:00 pm Annex Recital Hall, Pottle Hall

  • Then and Now Lecture: Joe Burns

    Make the Presidency Rock Again: The Success and Epic Fails of Campaign Theme Songs

    October 26

    For as long as there have been presidential elections, there has been someone singing a song about the canidate they like...or hate. Tippecanoe and Tyler Too! Im Just Wild about Harry! High Hopes! Born in the U.S.A! And the Trump card, We Are the Champions. You would think that everyone likes a song, but it's not always the case and often what song is chosen makes more news than the candidate who chooses it. Vote to join Communication professor Joe Burns for a tour through the highest office hit parade and the controversy that often surrounds it.

    1:00 pm Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

  • department of english: COMMON READ: "GET IN TROUBLE" KELLY LINK

    October 26

    A collection of short stories in which a writer with a fertile and often fabulist imagination explores inner lies and odd corners of reality. 

    2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Fiction

    The Department of English features Kelly Link and her short story collection, Get In Trouble. She will visit campus on October 26th and will take part in three events at the Student Union Theatre. 

    9:30 am - 10:30 am Student Panels

    11:00 am - 12:15 pm Q&A with the author

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Reading, Q&A and book signing

    All events in Student Union Theatre

  • Missoula Children's Theatre: Peter and Wendy

    October 28, 7:00 pm

    October 29, 2:00 pm

    When Captain Hook sends his right-hand man Smee on a quest to capture Peter Pan, it's seemingly business as usual...at first. Little does Hook realize fantastic adventures await him and his pirate posse in their search for the elusive Peter Pan.

    Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Tickets $10-15

  • Then and Now Lecture: William Robison

    Barking Pumpkin and Zomby Woof: The Life, Music, and Surprising Politics of Frank Zappa

    October 31

    The Head of the Department of History and Political Science, Professor of History, and Impaired Faculties Guitarist/Vocalist presents a discussion of Frank Zappa - band leader, composer, musician, political spokesman, and purveyor of a plethora of memorable Halloween concerts - followed by the annual throwing of candy. Costumes welcome and encouraged!

    1:00 pm Pottle Auditorium, SLU Campus

  • The Magical Music of Disney & Friends

    November 5

    The famed Southeastern Wind Symphony in concert with the music of Disney and Friends, featuring music from The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen, PIXAR, How to Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles, Star Wars, and more! Tickets go on sale at 11:00 am at the door. Last year they sold out; arrive early to get your tickets! Sponsored by Kappa Kappa Psi.

    1:00 pm Pottle Auditorium, Friendship Circle, SLU Campus

    3:30 pm Pottle Auditorium, Friendship Circle, SLU Campus

    $4 General Admission