Art Talk Monday: The Search for Talent

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by John Emory, Programming Director for the Dixie Center for the Arts. 

In addition to the upcoming Dixie Horizon Entertainment Search, the Dixie stage will be busy this weekend, Saturday, March 15, with Krewe of Swing, a group of super talented jazz musicians. Tickets are on sale now, and will also be sold at the door. Admission with a Dixie season ticket, $10 general, or $5 for students. Call the Dixie Box Office for more information at (318)255-1450.


The Dixie Horizon Entertainment Search will be held on Friday, March 21 at 6:30 at the Dixie Theater in Ruston this year. Contestants from all over north Louisiana will compete for cash prizes and a chance to perform at the Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase. The Host for this years show will be Johnny Mohawk and The Fly N Lion. Johnny's dog, Austin, was stolen 2 years ago. Then last summer, Johnny received a call from northern California saying Austin had been found in a shelter there. Dog and owner were reunited and have since been featured at several shows in this area. Johnny is a very talented singer/songwriter and will perform at the piano as well as MC the show. Admission to the event is $7 for adults and children under 12 free. Contestants are encouraged to sign up early as it is first come first serve. Contestants may pick up an entry form at the Dixie. More information and forms are available at The $40 entry fee and entry form is due by March 19 at 3pm. Contestants will be judged on talent, showmanship and stage presence. The top two winners will receive cash prizes of $100 and $50. And the winner goes on to appear in the Joe Wildwood Express Show April 12, 6pm For more information, contact Melinda Thigpen, Director at 318-609-1001 or email at All types of acts are invited to participate!! Thanks for keeping the Dixie star shining bright!!