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The Arts Council of Central Louisiana is proud to present to the Central Louisiana region our twelfth consecutive year of quality professional entertainment. Call 318-484-4474 for more information.

Romeo is Bleeding - Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Friday, November 17, 2017  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $8

 

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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Friday, November 17th at the Hearn Stage for a screening of Romeo is Bleeding. This film is part of the 2017 – 2018 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

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 Arts Council of Central Louisiana is one of only two screening partners in Louisiana. 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.

 

About the film:

Donté Clark is a young poet who transcends the violence in his hometown by writing about his experiences. Growing up in Richmond, California, a city haunted by a fatal turf war, Donté and the like-minded youth of his city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’  With the hope of starting a dialogue about violence, will Richmond crush Donté’s idealism? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?

 

Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents Cirquetacular: Snowkus Pocus

Thursday, November 30, 2017  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $18, Seniors (65+): $12, Students: $10, Family (2 adults and 2 children): $45

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After enjoying the opening ceremonies of Alex Winter Fête, prepare to be enchanted by Cirque-tacular’s Snowkus Pocus!

Based in New York City, with artists nationwide, Cirque-tacular Entertainment is considered one of the premiere acrobatic production companies in the United States. In Snowkus Pocus, young Brianna is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. This tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire, and enchant your imagination.

This snow show for all ages will melt your heart! This incredible event will take place at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center during the first night of AlexWinter Fête! More information coming soon!

Snowkus Pocus – Off Broadway Theatrical Production from Cirquetacular Entertainment on Vimeo.

 

A-Town Jazz featuring Tiffany Pollack & Co.

Friday, December 08, 2017  7:00 PM

Admission: $25 in advance. $30 at the door.

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Join the Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Hurst Loft on Washington Street for a great evening of jazz featuring Tiffany Pollack & Co.

Tiffany Pollack is a New Orleans vocalist specializing in jazz and blues. Also with experience in other genre such as funk, soul, and rock n roll. She has has performed with numerous groups throughout New Orleans, including New Orleans Steamcog Orchestra and the Dapper Dandies. She and her band promise a night of unforgettable Jazz music!

 Enjoy the beautiful Hurst Loft decorated for the holidays, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvre! Pre-sale tickets are $25 and at the door tickets will be $30.
 
 
 

Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents Lightwire

Saturday, January 20, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $15, Seniors (65+): $12, Students: $10, Family (2 Adults and 2 children): $40

 

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Lightwire Theater has been featured as semi-finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and winners of Tru TV’s Fake Off.  The group combines theater and technology to bring stories to life in complete darkness and are internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry.

Lightwire co-creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met in New York City while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s ‘Movin’ Out’ on Broadway. An immediate connection was made between the kindred spirits as they discovered their mutual love of art, theater and technology. After coming across a product called, “el wire,” the lights turned on and the possibilities seemed endless. Together, with their wives Eleanor and Whitney, they began to experiment with shapes and designs to develop puppetry-based neon creatures that quickly came to life.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), $10 for students, and $40 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).

 

Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents Shana Tucker

Thursday, February 08, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $15, Seniors (65+): $12, Students: $10, Family (2 Adults and 2 children): $40

 

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Shana Tucker is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots interwoven with 80’s & 90’s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.

Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers. ChamberSoul™ best describes what the listener should expect when experiencing Shana’s music. “I’m intrinsically drawn to “real” instruments, with resonance, tone and depth that can sound without amplification. Whenever and however possible, I always try to set a tone of acoustic intimacy with my colleagues on stage, and also with the audience, so that the music, performers and audience feel close and tangible, no matter the size the venue.”

Growing up on Long Island, NY, Shana began taking piano lessons with her great-grandmother at home while discovering violin in fourth grade, later switching to cello in junior high school.

A beneficiary of public school arts education, Shana’s cello talents awarded her a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC, where she was first introduced to jazz and a wealth of essential musical resources in faculty, peers, visiting artists and the community at-large. While at Howard, Shana initiated her improvisation chops and honed her songwriting skills as a member of HUE, a singing piano trio that received critical acclaim within the DC music scene in the mid-1990’s, and later on, in New York City, where she completed her cello studies at CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music before moving to North Carolina to raise her son.

Don’t miss Shana performing live at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), $10 for students, and $40 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).

 

Deej Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Friday, February 23, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $8

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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Friday, February 23rd at the Gem (1014 Third Street) for a screening of Deej, a documentary about a nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. This film, with its insider view of autism, challenges us all to live inclusion.  This film is part of the 2017 – 2018 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

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 Arts Council of Central Louisiana is one of only two screening partners in Louisiana. 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.

About the film:

Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese (“Deej”) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a tect-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean. In this first-of-its kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism. Deej, the result of this often difficult partnership, is a story told largely from the inside, by DJ — not by his parents or autism experts or even the camera. At its core, Deej reflects the level of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.”

 
 

Arts Council of Central LA presents Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix

Saturday, March 10, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $15, Seniors (65+): $12, Students: $10, Family (2 Adults and 2 children): $40

 

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Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Meet Johnny Peers and his clown partners, the Muttville Comix!

Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix is a slapstick comedy act like no other. Johnny leads over a dozen dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks as Johnny plays the straight man role in this wonderful show. 

Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone! A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Johnny Peers has been working with dogs since he got his first puppy, Freckles, a Beagle mix, from the Humane Society. Since their debut, the Muttville Comix have appeared on David Letterman, Primetime Live and Circus of the Stars, and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House! A show for the whole family and the dog lover in all of us, the show stars mostly dogs rescued from shelters or pounds, like Noodles, the world’s only skateboarding Basset Hound; Murphy, the ladder climbing Fox Terrier; and Willy, the Border Collie who only answers to “Sir.” The 2003 Animal Planet Pet Star Winners, the Providence Journal-Bulletin calls the show, “…a truly funny, slapstick dog act.”

This family-friendly show will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 7:00 PM at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center!

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), $10 for students, and $40 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).

 
 

Purple Dreams – Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Friday, March 23, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $8


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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Friday, March 23rd at the Hearn Stage for a screening of Purple DreamsThis film is part of the 2017 – 2018 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

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 Arts Council of Central Louisiana is one of only two screening partners in Louisiana. 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.

About the film:

Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down in the feature documentary film Purple Dreams. A two and a half year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion while embracing the transformative power of their arts education.

“Purple Dreams” Trailer from GreyHawk Films on Vimeo.

 

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Friday, April 20, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $8

 

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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Friday, April 20th at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center for a screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. This film is part of the 2017 – 2018 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

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 Arts Council of Central Louisiana is one of only two screening partners in Louisiana. 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.

 

 
About the film:

Look and See is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry. The first documentary about Berry, undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers, Look and See was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky – where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960’s.

Filmmaker Laura Dunn skillfully weaves Berry’s poetic and prescient words with gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors, all of whom are being deeply affected by the industrial and economic changes to their agrarian way of life. Often called a prophet for rural America, Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media.

Look and See subverts biopic conventions and immerses audiences into Berry’s world, providing a space for talking about the land and those who sustain it. It’s a conversation that is more urgent now than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided nation where so many Americans are disconnected from the farmers who feed them. Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman served as producers on Look and See, which, following its award-winning March 2016 premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, was retitled and updated to reflect the conversations that have emerged since the election.

Click here to view the film’s trailer.

 

ATown Evenings: Smithfield Fair

Friday, May 11, 2018  7:00 PM

Admission: $15

 

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Smithfield Fair returns to the A-Town Evenings stage on Friday, May 11, 2018. Tickets are $15.

For over four decades, the focus of Smithfield Fair has been harmony, vocals, and original songs deftly placed over acoustic instrumentation. Smithfield Fair has presented its heartfelt original music and arrangements of traditional songs across the United States on concert and festival stages; in historic venues and theatres; at large events such as the World’s Fair, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival; as well as in the most intimate coffeehouses, cafes and house concerts. Flowers In Her Hair, Longships, James of the Glen, God Never Sleeps, Flying High and other Smithfield Fair songs have become popular internationally through constant radio, satellite and internet airplay. Smithfield Fair continues to be a true original, creating hopeful and imaginative songs, and performing them with passion, honesty and humor.

 

 
 

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