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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.

Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story

Wednesday, February 13, 2019  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $5

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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Wednesday, February 13th for a screening of Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story. This film is part of the 2018 – 2019 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with director John Whitehead will follow the screening.
 
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
 
 
About the film:
 
Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story is a documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson (1919—2012). The film captures how three musicians from the hip-hop generation embraced a 19th Century genre and took it to new heights, winning a Grammy in 2010. The story of the band’s meteoric rise, from busking on the street to playing major festivals is punctuated and informed by the history of the banjo’s origins in Africa and the untold story of how blacks and whites collaborated to create the earliest forms of American popular music.
 
 
 
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.
 

Aquila Theatre’s Frankenstein – Arts Council of Central Louisiana

Friday, February 22, 2019  TBA

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

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!

 

 

 

Bathtubs Over Broadway Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films

Wednesday, March 06, 2019  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $5

 
Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Wednesday, March 6th for a screening of Bathtubs Over Broadway. This film is part of the 2018 – 2019 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

About the film:

Comedy writer Steve Young’s assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night segment becomes an unexpected, decade-spanning obsession when he stumbles upon the strange and hilarious world of corporate musicals in this comedic music documentary.

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY follows Steve Young on his quest to uncover all he can about this hidden world. While delving into treasure troves of forgotten archives, tracking down rare albums, unearthing unseen footage,and rediscovering composers and performers, Steve comes to form unlikely friendships and discover show this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway.

With David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Susan Stroman, Jello Biafra, Florence Henderson, and more.
 

About Southern Circuit:

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.
 

This is Home Southern Circuit Tour of Independent FIlmmakers

Wednesday, April 10, 2019  7:00 PM

Admission: Adults: $10, Students: $5

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Join The Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Wednesday, April 10th for a screening of This is Home. This film is part of the 2018 – 2019 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Q & A with director Alexandra Shiva will follow the screening.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

About the film:

Only twenty-one thousand Syrian refugees out of five million have been accepted into the United States since 2011. This Is Home follows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016. They have just eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient. The clock starts right when they land. For Syrians like Khaldoun, who was tortured and left physically disabled, and children like Mohammad, who suffers from PTSD, their needs are vast and complicated. Halfway through the process, President Trump issues a travel ban on all refugees from Muslim-majority countries, and suddenly their lives, and the safety of loved ones still trapped in Syria, become all the more perilous. With much-needed empathy, the film reveals the inherent decency of a displaced community desperate for help within a country increasingly hostile to principles of inclusion and opportunity. This Is Home is the winner of the 2018 Sundance Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
 


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.
 

Tiempo Libre

Friday, April 19, 2019  7:30 PM

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

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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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