Jaws is coming to the Dixie! Art Talk Monday

This week's Art Talk Monday is by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director.

Summer Movie Night at the DixieImage

Have you heard about the movies that have been showing at the Dixie Center for the Arts? The Dixie Center is such a versatile venue: touring musical acts, community theatre, art classes, and movie showings, as well as rentals for weddings and church events. 

All of the art-related events are coordinated by a handful of nonprofits housed in the Dixie Center: the Dixie Center itself, Ruston Community Theatre, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston Civic Symphony Society and Troupe Dixie. The newest of these is Troupe Dixie, a group of young professionals who support the Dixie Center for the Arts and are working to generate awareness and excitement about the space among Ruston’s twenty-to-forty-somethings. Troupe Dixie is responsible for the super-fun movie events that have been happening, like the Merry Movie Marathon and Three Amigos.

Coming up next from the group is a summer double-feature on Saturday, June 8 with something for the entire family. Troupe Dixie will partner with the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston in showing Finding Nemo at 1:30. Then make a date for the evening when Jaws will be on the screen at 7. June marks 38years since the summer thriller premiered. Don’t miss the opportunity to see it on the “big screen” again….or maybe for the first time.

I work in the Dixie daily. I have seen numerous plays, concerts, presentations, rehearsals, etc. in the theater. However, it still feels truly “special” watching a movie there. If you haven’t been to the Dixie in a while, or if you’ve never been, use this double-feature as an opportunity to come check it out. Of course if you’re a regular Dixie visitor you’re welcome, too, and be sure to bring a friend.

Upcoming events for the group include the Loud and Live Music Spectacular: 90s edition, to be held October 17th, and the annual Reels and Chills movie event on October 26th. A Thanksgiving movie presentation is in the works, as well as a follow-up to last year’s Merry Movie Marathon.

Tickets for the Summer Movie Night are $5. They may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Dixie Box Office, or through these ticket outlet partners: Chartreuse Pear and Fine Line Art Supply. Sponsors for Troupe Dixie movie events include Celebrity Theatres, Marsala Beverage and Super 1 Foods. For more information call the Dixie Box Office at 255-1450, or visit facebook.com/TroupeDixie


In other art-related news, the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus is offering free vocal lessons. Part of a two-part series, one lesson remains on Thursday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m., in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. It is perfectly fine to attend only the one remaining lesson.

Piney Hills Harmony is one of the hundreds of Sweet Adelines International choruses that make up a worldwide organization of women who sing a cappella four-part harmony. “The free vocal lessons are a chance for area women to find your voice – or even your inner diva," said Director Sheila Nugent.

The sessions include segments on breathing, resonance, posture, expression and more. The group approach means classes are "user-friendly" and non-intimidating, Nugent said. Women of all ages and with all voice ranges are welcome; the ability to read music is not required.

Nugent, a certified director of Sweet Adelines International, is teaching the lessons. More information can be found at www.pineyhillsharmony.org or by calling Nugent at (318) 237-3331.