ART Around Town: Upcoming Season

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Today is the day to get out your calendars and mark down your entertainment for the upcoming arts season in downtown Ruston! While it may seem quiet inside the Dixie Center for the Arts during the summer, we’ve actually been busy working to get our performances and events prepared for the community. We hope our “regulars” will return, and we’d love to see lots of new faces through the doors of the Dixie Center for the 2018-19 entertainment season.

First up, on September 11, the Dixie Center for the Arts will present the Shreveport Regional Wind Ensemble, with guest vocalists Denene Stringfellow and Jane Givens, sponsored by Annette and Johnny Maxwell.  September 18 there will be a special welcome event for Travis Fontenot, who’ll be joining the Dixie Center for the Arts as its new Executive Director. NCLAC will again host the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, with our first film to be held September 20 at 7pm. The Unafraid, sponsored by Gale and Willis Reed, is a documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities, and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. We will also bring back our Lawn Party series before the films, with food and music in Intermission Park beside the Dixie at 5:30.

October will begin with Ruston Community Theatre’s Greater Tuna, October 11-14. This will be directed by Mitch Dufour and sponsored by Graham Real Estate and Property Management. Brand new for this season is RCT’s online ticket system, which can be accessed through rctruson.org.  October 19 is NCLAC’s 9th annual ARToberfest, our craft-beer-tasting, live-music-listening, tasty-food-eating fundraiser at the Norton Building. Tickets for ARToberfest will go on sale September 1. On October 23, the Dixie Center will present The Life and Music of Chet Atkins by Dr. Richard Hood, sponsored by Gap Farms Travel Center and Port Au Prince. October 25 will be NCLAC’s next film, ¡Las Sandinistas! sponsored by The Lewis Family. This is a feature documentary telling the story of the women who fought in Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution and their struggle for justice.

NCLAC is bringing something exciting and new to the Dixie on November 1, with a concert by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, sponsored by Peter Jones. You’ll definitely need your dancing shoes! Tickets for this will be on sale later in the fall. Our next film will follow soon after, with Farmsteaders, sponsored by Louisiana Tech’s College of Liberal Arts, on November 8. This beautiful documentary is about a young family who resurrect the family’s dairy farm. Another music performance presented by the DCA is set for November 13, with The Victory Bells, sponsored by The Children’s Shoppe. November 15-16 will be NCLAC’s Holiday Art Crawl, sponsored by Fine Line Supply, in 25 locations downtown. We will also hold Sprout Hour and Holiday Art Brawl the following morning, November 17, at the Historic Fire Station.

December will begin with RCT’s Christmas production, Miracle on 34th Street, directed by Mary Watkins and sponsored by Green Clinic, December 6-9. The Dixie will also host the annual RussTown Band Christmas Concert later in the month.

Of course we have our spring season planned as well, but we’ll save that for another time. There’s a lot going on in this beautiful historic theatre, so be sure you’re taking advantage of what we have to offer!

Article by Jessica Slaughter, Executive Director of NCLAC