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¡Las Sandinistas! Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films

Wednesday, October 24, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $5

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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Wednesday, October 24th for a screening of ¡LasSandinistas! . This film is part of the 2018 – 2019 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with filmmaker Jenny Murray will follow the screening. 
About the film:
 

¡Las Sandinistas! uncovers the untold stories of women who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution, and the ensuing US-backed Contra War, as these same women continue to lead the struggle for justice today against their current government’s suppression of women’s rights and democracy.

The film is centered around the personal stories of Dora Maria Téllez, the young medical student who became a Sandinista General, and four of her revolutionary allies – Nicaraguan women who overcame traditional gender barriers and subverted stereotypes to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reform.

¡Las Sandinistas! exposes a watershed moment in history whenthousands of women transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership before facing renewed marginalization by their male peers after the wars ended. Now, 35 years later, amidst staggering levels of gender violence in Nicaragua, and while their own stories are being erased from the history books, these same women brave the streets once again to lead the popular movements for equality and democracy.

 

 

 

Southern Circuit is the South’s only tour of filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Southern Circuit provides organizations with the opportunity to screen work from emerging filmmakers and some of the medium’s most respected directors.  The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Gina Chavez

Friday, November 09, 2018  7:30 PM

Admission: Adults: $15, Seniors (65+): $12, Students: $8

 

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A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a 10-time Austin Music Award winner. Her bilingual record, Up.Rooted, topped both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, and Texas Monthly.

Her Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015. Fresh off a 10-country tour as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, blending the sounds and rhythms of the region with tension and grace. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D” (Grand Prize winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest) recounts her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she is a co-founder of The Niñas Arriba College Fund for young Latinas.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), & $8 for students/children (ages 3 & up).

Contact julie@louisiana-arts.org for info about member discounts!

See for yourself, and if you don’t know her already, I dare you to walk away and not become a fan.”— NPR TINY DESK
 
 
 

 

Austin musician Gina Chavez never thought she’d see the day when two women could marry in Texas. Then again, she never thought she would marry a woman.

“Heaven Knows,” the first single off her upcoming five-song EP, Lightbeam, is the musical journey of twelve years in love; a love Chavez never thought she would experience.

“I was 24, staunchly Catholic and I’d had great, healthy relationships. But I’d never been in love,” Chavez said. “Then I met this girl with a smile that made me question everything I thought I knew.”

Lightbeam, set to release on Friday, September  14, 2018, is a sonic departure for Chavez who is known for her signature style of bilingual Latin folk-pop that topped the iTunes and Amazon Latin charts with her award-winning album, Up.Rooted. The 2015 Austin Musician of the Year traded her acoustic guitar for the smooth tones of a Gibson hollow body, and called upon producer Dwight A. Baker (MISSIO, Alpha Rev, The Wind and The Wave, Josh Abbott Band) to lay down five soulful and diverse songs, that expand upon her previous work with same lively and sophisticated spirit that her fans have grown to love.

Lightbeam boasts intensely personal lyrics — heaven knows our souls, our story / the shape of your heart when you hold me / wouldn’t tear us apart or disown me” — strong melodic hooks and a pop aesthetic that showcase Chavez’s versatility as an artist.

“These are songs my heart has been wanting to sing for so long,” Chavez said. “To shout from the rooftops that I am in love! To tell the world about this incredible woman who lights me up and calls me to my best self, and show that our love is more than tolerable. It’s the kind of love we’re made for.”

Recorded in eight days at Matchbox Studios in Austin, Texas, the EP features some of Austin’s finest — Dave Boyle (keys), Conrad Choucroun (drums), and Steve Terebecki (bass) — on five unapologetically personal tracks that explore longing, faith, beauty, and sacrifice.

“I took some time to allow myself to write,” Chavez said. “No boundaries, no genres, just me and my guitar, and I was pretty surprised when these soul-tinged songs bubbled up. But this is the story my heart wanted to tell; the story what it means to be a Catholic Latina and fall in love with a woman; the story of what it means to live your heart no matter what the world says.”

Chavez and her wife, Jodi Granado, met at the University Catholic Center at UT Austin. The next decade would see the couple through the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship, coming out to friends and family, hiding their love while volunteering in El Salvador, and building a life together in Austin. Last year, Chavez and Granado, still practicing Catholics, tied the knot at Tiny T Ranch just east of Austin — two years after marriage equality became legal in Texas.

With 10 Austin Music Awards, an NPR Tiny Desk with more than half a million views, frequent tours as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, being named an official 2018 SXSW artist for the fifth year in a row with her six-piece band and a trip to Kyrgyzstan in April 2018, Chavez and her wife, Jodi, have embarked on a European mini-tour that kicks off the couple’s honeymoon and the release of “Lightbeam.”

Don’t miss Gina performing live at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 9th. 

 

 

Farmsteaders Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Wednesday, November 14, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $5

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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Wednesday, November 14th for a screening of Farmsteaders This film is part of the 2018 – 2019 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with director Shaena Mallett will follow the screening.

See the film at the beautiful Inglewood Plantation home located at 6287 Old Baton Rouge Highway, Alexandria.

 

 

About the film:

Farmsteaders
 is a love story, a farm story, and a story of contemporary rural America. Nick Nolan, his wife Celeste, and their young family are on a journey to resurrect his grandfather’s dairy farm – fighting to keep this homeland from “drying up and blowing away,” something that has happened to about 4.7 million farms in the U.S. as the pressures of corporate-driven food have left deep scars in the region.

“People don’t really understand the beauty of life if they don’t understand the tragic side of it,” Nick says. “Everything beautiful is created out of pain.” Nick and Celeste’s meditations on life, legacy, and resistance offer an unexpected voice at a time when the country is so deeply divided. With much of the current rift falling along demographic lines, there is a deepening discussion about the rural white American. And yet here they stand in contrast to all of our expectations – heroic, benign, accessible.

Farmsteaders points an honest and tender lens at the beauty and hardship of everyday life, as the Nolans work to balance their fears and hopes with so much at stake. For the Nolans only three things remain certain: family is everything, nothing ever stays the same, and the land holds it all together.

“It’s not just a story about farming, but of standing up to live one’s life in accordance with one’s beliefs, no matter the sacrifice.” – HUFFINGTON POST

 

Southern Circuit is the South’s only tour of filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Southern Circuit provides organizations with the opportunity to screen work from emerging filmmakers and some of the medium’s most respected directors.  The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Cirquetaculars Shimmer

Thursday, November 29, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $20, Seniors: $15, Students: $10, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): $50

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If you enjoyed Cirque-tacular’s performance of Snowkus Pocus last year, you will love Shimmer – A Winter Cirque Reverie!

Journey to a shimmering winter wonderland of circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her glistening snow globe. Find yourself aglow as the aerial snow ballet mesmerizes your senses. Astonishing acrobatics, dazzling specialty acts, and glittering costumes abound in a warm and whimsical world the whole family will enjoy!

This incredible event will take place at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center during the first night of AlexWinter Fête (Thursday, November 29th)!

 Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), $10 for students/children (ages 3 & up), and $50 for a family (2 adults & 2 children).
 
Contact julie@louisiana-arts.org for information about Member discounts!

 

Aquila Theatre’s Frankenstein – Arts Council of Central Louisiana

Friday, February 22, 2019  

Admission: Adults: $20, Seniors: $15, Students: $10, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): $50

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Aquila Theatre, based in New York City, is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, visiting 50-60 American cities per year.  

The Arts Council is proud to present Aquila Theatre performing the classic Frankenstein at Coughlin-Saunders PAC on Friday, February 22nd. Time TBA.

Written two centuries ago in 1818 by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, is the first true science fiction novel. Years ahead of its time, the story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations. Frankenstein is a living, breathing, gruesome outcome of scientific discovery. The piece raises an important universal question about the nature of innovation- just because it can be done, should it be done?

Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results. After wandering the world alone, the monster eventually comes for Frankenstein’s family. Horrific events unfold until the doctor tentatively agrees to create a mate for the creature. Ultimately, the doctor refuses in an effort to spare humanity but bears the terrible and personal penalties of his decision. Two hundred years later, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling – while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), $10 for students/children (ages 3 & up), and $50 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).

Contact julie@louisiana-arts.org for info about member discounts!

 

 

Tiempo Libre

Friday, April 19, 2019  7:30 PM

Admission: Adults: $18, Seniors (65+): $15, Students: $10, Family (2 adults and 2 children): $45

Tickets Available Soon!

Three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today.  Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages, and dance venues, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms.

Throughout the past 14 years, the band has appeared around the globe and has been featured on television shows including The Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center, and Dancing with the Stars as well as many entertainment programs on Univision and Telemundo. Since the group’s formation in Miami 2001, its members have been on a mission to share their Afro-Caribbean heritage with as wide an audience as possible, reinterpreting and reinvigorating music born from the meeting of their musical origins with their new American experience.

“Dance Music of Sophistication and Abandon” – The New York Times 

 

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), $10 for students/children (ages 3 & up), and $45 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). Contact julie@louisiana-arts.org for info about member discounts!Click here to read more about Tiempo Libre.

 

 

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