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The classic story, "To Kill A Mockingbird", is presented by the Ruston Community Theatre this weekend.

  The story of Scout and her father, Atticus Finch, is presented at the Dixie Center For The Arts.  The play is directed by Nancy Wallace.  "The story picks up in the summer months as Scout questions her father about the trial he's involved in, and other children telling her that what he's doing is wrong," says Wallace.

Love And Laughs in "Shrek: The Musical"

Feb 19, 2015
Jay Curtis

Fairy tale characters come to life onstage in the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts production of Shrek: The Musical.

SYAA Executive Director Walter Allen says 62 youth are part of the full production.  "This crew has put in 120 hours of rehearsal in the past couple weeks for this show," said Allen.  "It's been exciting to see them not only grow their own characters, but relationships in working together as a team," he added.

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Biblical stories may be familiar to most, but the work of printers and translators of Bibles through history is rarely known.  Biedenharn Museum Executive Director Ralph Calhoun shares a number of compelling stories of their work in a presentation Thursday night at the museum's Welcome Center. 

The journey begins with the background of a Wycliffe Bible.  "The reproduction was a gift from Joe Biedenharn to his daughter, Emy-Lou," said Calhoun.  "It was really the catalyst of the Bible Museum."  Calhoun leads the audience through about 35 Bibles in the collection. 

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Four sisters go to extraordinary means to try to save their small town.  The Futrelle sisters make a big promise in Southern Hospitality.

Performances of the Strauss Theatre Center production begin February 20th.  "The sisters are in a mess, they're in trouble again," says cast member Jean Hartzog.  "The story follows the women doing what they can to save their town in this quest."  Hartzog is cast in the role of Mrs. Davidson, who is approached by the sisters near the end of the first act.

"Lovin' Broadway" Brings Romance For Valentine's

Feb 10, 2015

Love and a few laughs highlight a special Valentine's program, Lovin' Broadway.  The show is presented by Louisiana Opera on Saturday in Kilbourne Hall at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe.

Guest and locally-based artists perform memorable songs from  several Broadway productions.  Louisiana Opera Director Mark Clark says, "there's songs from 'Showboat', 'The Music Man', 'Jekyll and Hyde', just a great variety through the show." 

Music To Our Eyes In MSO Pops Concert

Feb 6, 2015
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The battles, the romance, the shock, and excitement of the big screen is stirred through the music in the movies.  The Monroe Symphony Orchestra captures some of the biggest blockbuster soundtracks in their pops concert this Sunday.

MSO's Board of Governors Chair Charles Jackson previews the performance.   From Jurassic Park to Lawrence of Arabia, and a suite of scores from memorable westerns, the music comes to life from some of Hollywood's biggest films.

Inspiring Images In "Art Of Faith" Exhibit

Feb 6, 2015
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The merging of art and faith creates moving images in an exhibition displayed at the Palace Gallery in Monroe.  Art Of Faith, is a collection curated by Cheryl Sutton.  

"It's all  about what faith and art can inspire you to do," says Sutton.  The pieces presented are from her personal collection from over the past 25 years.  The exhibition serves as a backdrop for a program at the gallery on Sunday, February 8th, at 2 p.m. 

Dorothea Lange

Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange sought out and cast a penetrating light upon the misfortune and maltreatment of Americans of different backgrounds.  She holds a unique position in the history of documentary photography.

"She captured the times of immigrant workers, sharecroppers, and farmers in that era," says Kathy Vellard, a visiting artist committee member with North Central Louisiana Arts Council.  A screening of the film, Grab A Hunk Of Lightning, about Lange's life and work is presented Friday at 6 p.m. at the Dixie Center in Ruston. 

Love And Mardi Gras Highlight Art Crawl

Feb 3, 2015
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February in Louisiana is about love and Mardi Gras.  The Downtown Arts Alliance brings the two together in an gallery crawl Thursday night. 

Passion and a parade atmosphere are felt across downtown Monroe and West Monroe.   "There's lots of works that are absolutely beautiful, colors that are amazing," says DAA's Communications Consultant Ann Bloxom Smith.

Eight galleries open their doors after hours Thursday from 5-9 p.m.  Live entertainment and light refreshments are enjoyed at several locations in the crawl.

Extravaganza Celebrates Black History

Jan 30, 2015
M. Denoux

Students from area school districts perform song and dance in a Black History Extravaganza at the Emily P. Robinson Center next Thursday.  "African-American history is so valuable, but so much has been lost in transferring that knowledge to our community," says Southside Community Involvement Association member Eva-Dianne Wilson said. 

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