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Discussing the people, events, and issues of our region with area writers, artists, entertainers, and news makers. From arts events to political activity, find out what's happening in northeast Louisiana.

Charles Evans / The Rose Theatre

The Rose Theatre is hosting a matinee concert featuring The Bad Monkey Brass Band September 2. The benefit concert is part of "The Blooming of the Rose," an effort to bring The Rose Theatre back to life in Bastrop.

"The Rose Theatre is a cultural venue for performing arts, such as theatre and concerts," says Charles Evans of the Rose. The theatre started as a vaudeville theatre in the 1930s and has since operated as a movie theatre and performing arts venue.

Bayou Jamb Facebook / https://tinyurl.com/y7bd89z9

Bayou Jamb is Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 at ULM Malone Stadium. The event includes football games, activities, and community involvement. 

Bayou Jamb began as a way to raise money and give back to the community. The event centers around football, but features food, activities for kids, and live music as well. Bayou Jamb is the biggest high school sports event in Louisiana.

The football game line-ups are as follows:Friday, August 24

Strauss Theatre Center Facebook / https://tinyurl.com/ybmfuwp4

Strauss Theatre Center is bringing "Young Frankenstein," which was adapted from film to musical by creator Mel Brooks, to life September 13, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22. The musical opens the 87th season at Strauss.

Monroe Chamber of Commerce Facebook / https://tinyurl.com/y7qqhhmo

Monroe Chamber of Commerce is seeking new members. Membership applications are available here.

According to Chairman of the Board Billy Haddad, the goal of the Chamber is to serve the needs of the business community throughout Northeast Louisiana. "Our mission is to lead in the creation of a thriving business environment," says Haddad. "We pride ourselves in getting new businesses."

Sarah Hoffman / Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana been chosen as one of the Top 200 nationwide finalists for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program. If the Food Bank makes the Top 40 most voted causes, it will use the $25,000 grant to expand "Smiles Pack" program to provide over 200 more low-income senior citizens with a monthly box of food.The Food Bank needs the support of the entire community to get the votes it will take to win! Here’s how to vote: click here and vote for The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.

Mayor Staci Albritton Mitchell is looking towards a greener future for West Monroe with new recycling programs.

During her first week, Mayor Mitchell worked on a new recycling program for West Monroe, which was approved by the City Council during the July meeting. "I just feel very compelled to give back and be part of the progress," says Mitchell.

CA Studio Facebook / https://tinyurl.com/y9v7fb2w

CA Studio is presenting "Much Ado About Nothing" as a dinner theatre August 18 and 25 and as a pie theatre August 19 and 25 at Lea's of Lecompte. Director Cathy Webb has put a twist on the classic play by setting in the Civil War Era.

"The show is very fitting to not only what we're experiencing right now in our cultural and political climate, but also what was going on even back into the Civil War and the 1500s," according to Assistant Director Laura Ulrich. "The issues haven't changed; the presentation has."

Doug Duffey and BADD Facebook / https://tinyurl.com/ycn4l6sd

"Doug Duffey and BADD" are hosting a release party for their latest album, "Funkify Ya-Self," Saturday, August 18, at 9 p.m. at Enoch's Irish Pub and Cafe. The 8-track CD features fresh funk tunes from the four-piece band.

US Department of Education, https://tinyurl.com/y9tsoe6t / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Kiwanis of Greater Ouachita (Monroe and West Monroe) partnered with the Ouachita Parish Public Library in Bikes for Books. The Kiwanis Club donated a bicycle to each of the ten branches of Ouachita Parish Public Library and presented these prizes to high-achieving readers at a reception held at Louisiana Delta Community College, Milhaven Road campus, at 9:30 am, Friday, August 10.

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The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and KEDM Public Radio are hosting a screening of I Am the Blues, a film about the history of blues music in the Delta, especially along the Chitlin' Circuit. The film is tonight on Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at Flying Tiger Brewery, 506 North 2nd Street in Monroe.

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