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Series Showcases Roots of Delta Blues

Mar 25, 2015

Stories and history of the sound of the blues birthed in the nation's delta are presented in a series titled, "Jammin' In The Delta".  

Series coordinator Lesli Rambin says the series brings discussion about aspects of how the blues were created and it's reflection of the region and culture through generations.

The series is made possible through a collaboration of the University of Louisiana at Monroe's College of Arts, Education, and  Science and ULM's School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Spring's arrival means much anticipated events are on the way at Biedenharn Museum & Gardens.  

Executive Director Ralph Calhoun presents two Director's Talks on Saturday, March 28th.  "We'll discuss Bibles and rare artifacts housed at the museum," said Calhoun.  "I try to share different facts and highlights for each lecture.  It always interesting to see where the conversation goes as guests share their questions on items that capture their interest."

Enjoy the atmosphere of a big city backyard party in KEDM's Director's Gala on Saturday, March 28th.  

The pre-party to West Side Story features an exotic blend of Puerto Rican cuisine, a signature specialty beverage, live music, silent auction, and more.  "It's going to be fun, our third year in hosting the themed celebration honoring the ULM musical production," says KEDM Development Director Lila Strode.

Icons Honored in Benefit Gala

Mar 18, 2015

Community members who have supported and advanced organizations and programs in Monroe and West Monroe are recognized for their work in a gala benefit on Thursday, March 26th.

"These figures have made a lasting impact to our community," says BayouLife writer Michael DeVault. "We wanted to honor them for their contributions." 

Dance and Drama of "West Side Story" at ULM

Mar 17, 2015
Alison Tugwell

Things are tense in New York's upper west side.  The story of the Sharks and Jets unfolds as the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Visual and Performing Arts presents West Side Story.

"It's a commonly-known musical.  It's an iconic piece," said director Robin Stephens.  The musical has won numerous Academy, Tony, and Grammy Awards since it first opened in 1957.  The story features a blossoming relationship between two people associated with rival gangs on the streets of Manhattan. 

Orchestra Welcomes Parnas In Saturday Concert

Mar 13, 2015
C. Steiner

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra presents a concert titled Le Bonheur​, meaning happiness, Saturday evening at the West Monroe High School Auditorium.

The concert features selections by Bach, Haydn, and Mozart.  "These works all have joyful character to them in different ways and different aspects," says conductor Clay Couturiaux.   

The concert welcomes guest virtuosic cellist Cicely Parnas.  She is featured during Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major.  "It has a happy feel to it that make it a nice addition to the overall concert," she said.

Summit Explores Skills Training For Job Demand

Mar 13, 2015

Business and community leaders come together to discuss potential solutions to meeting workforce demand across north Louisiana.

The Top Skills Summit is presented on Tuesday, March 17th, in Shreveport.  The forum is hosted by North Louisiana Economic Partnership.  Senior Vice President of Communication Christine Rambo says the session hopes to address opportunities at developing skilled workers for an immediate need.  "We're seeing several fields with numerous openings, it's a matter of filling and keeping those jobs here," she said.

Green & Good Cheer For Community Pharmacy

Mar 12, 2015

The luck of the Irish and the generosity of all take hold in the 10th Annual St. Vincent DePaul Society fundraising event.  Proceeds of the St. Patrick's Day event at Enoch's Irish Pub support the St. Vincent De Paul Community Pharmacy.

"The pharmacy provides medicine and medical supplies to those who simply cannot afford some basic prescriptions and products," says society member Jo Ann Crone.  "This event provides much needed support to operate the pharmacy year-round."

Spring Market Brings Gift and Gardening Ideas

Mar 11, 2015

Jennifer Ables advises guests to get an early start on seeing what's available at the Junior League of Monroe's Spring Market.  The annual fundraiser brings an abundance of gifts and products to the Monroe Civic Center this weekend.

"We have general shopping and signature events to enjoy this year," said Ables.  "This is our second year for 'Breakfast With The Bunnies', a family-oriented event on Saturday, which was a big success last year," she added.

Proceeds from the Spring Market go toward a number of educational and assistance projects in Monroe.   

courtesy Strauss Theatre Center

All's fair in love and murder, or ist it?  The question is the premise of Murder at the Howard Johnson's, a murder mystery dinner theatre at Strauss Theatre Center.


  The suspense comedy involves a love triangle at a Howard Johnson's Motor Inn.  "What begins as a three- night stay at the motel turns very different as things start to happen," says Laura King, who plays Arlene.  The quick wit of the trio keep the audiences entertained as the cast encounters  troubled and traumatic scenarios.