October 16, 2009

Things to do in Alexandria, Louisiana

FALL FEST ANTIQUE SHOW is scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2009 at the Jena Fair Grounds just off Hwy 84 next to Walmart in Jena, LA. Friday, Oct 16 will be a set up/swap meet day. Saturday, October 17 starting at 8 am will be the day of entertainment – Tractor Pulls, Antique tractors, car/trucks, hit & miss motors, and all type of heritage displays. Games for all ages, Kids tractor pull, Kids barrel race, grass sack race, adult tractor games, women skillet toss and much more. Live music all day with group jam sessions. Arts & Crafts booths. Don’t miss out - . Free Admission. For more information you may call 318-992-2206.
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FALL ARTWALK: 5 – 8pm, Friday, October 16, 2009, Downtown Alexandria. The Artwalk is a free, family-oriented walking tour that features visual art and live entertainment. Downtown sidewalks, green spaces, and the alleys will come alive as local artists display and demonstrate their works of art. Artists will have booths set up in the Alexander Fulton Mini-Park. Qualifying items may be purchased free of tax. Visitors can tour our various museums, studios, and galleries to view exciting exhibits and live music within a few city blocks. Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs will play on the steps of City Hall. For more information, please call the Division of Community Services at (318) 449-5051 or the Arts Council at (318) 443-4718.
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Don't Miss...
A progressive Gypsy Jazz band from Buffalo, NY inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Babik has the ability to bridge passionate jaw-dropping virtuosity, with a rare toe-tapping danceability that keeps its audiences enthusiastically engaged.

Sunday, October 18, 2009
3 pm
Jewish Temple, 2021 Turner St.
Free & Open to the Public
For info., call 445-3655

Sponsored by the Bindursky-Fuhrer Cultural Fund
A program of the Rapides Parish Library Big Read

FREE concert at the Jewish Temple this coming Sunday, October 18 at 3 pm ., 2021 Turner St.
There is no charge.
It is open to the public and there will be a reception with food and a chance to meet the performers afterwards.
If someone plays guitar, this concert is not to be missed.
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City Park Players presents BlackJack : A Thief of Possession, October 15 -18 at the Hearn Stage in downtown Alexandria, LA.
Performances are scheduled Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 and on Sundays at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Black Jack is a play by Rosary Hartel O’Neill, directed by Dan Forest. It follows an eccentric New Orleans family as it is squeezed into the close quarters of a Mississippi Riverboat cruise for the New Year’s holiday. Irene, the matriarch of the family, suspects a rift in her estranged daughter's second marriage. Her Latin assistant sets her sights on the grandson, a successful rock star. Kaitlyn, the daughter, is convinced that she is channeling the poet Baudelaire, and certain that her husband, Beau, a brilliant novelist, is having an affair with a larger-than-life character, Rory DeBango. Everyone dons costumes for a New Year's Eve Party, casting off their old identities. As fireworks explode, cracks are revealed in the family’s fa├žade and ugly truths belie frivolity.

Theresa Louviere is the wealthy New Orleans Garden District matriarch, Irene Soniat DuBonnet. Her daughter, Kaitlyn Dubonnet Ellis, is portrayed by Kim Patton. Beau Ellis is played by Casey Scarbrock and Susan Hathorn is Rory DeBango. Bunky Dubonnet Legere is played by Danny Higdon with Christal Workman as Luisa.

In the continuation of our Community Connections initiative we salute Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, a not for profit organization whose mission is to bring innovative arts experiences into healthcare settings. They work to enhance the environment of hospitals and healthcare facilities by providing public performances in lobbies and waiting areas, rotating art galleries, and in-room healing arts experiences for patients and families. We invite you to view the "Chairs For Charity" exhibit on display in the lobby of The Hearn Stage. Twelve chairs creatively decorated and painted by Studio Artists at Ethel Dixon's Studio are being auctioned (final bidding takes place Oct. 16). Proceeds will go to help Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare continue its healing arts programs.

Reservations are urged. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office before the show. Ticket prices: Adults $12 – Seniors (over 65) $10 - Students $5. The Hearn Stage is located at 3rd & Johnston in Downtown Alexandria in the Rapides Foundation Bldg. Discounted group ticket sales are available. Please contact City Park Players at (318) 442-1800 or email cityparkplayers@gmail.com. Our blog is also a good source of information. http://cpptheatre.blogspot.com

A premiere community theatre, City Park Players is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to offering quality cultural activities and experiences to the entire Central Louisiana community through live theatre productions, programming, and education. City Park Players’ programs are supported, in part, by grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Roy O. Martin Foundation as administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.

Additional support comes from our patrons and donors and people like you who believe that community theatre enriches our lives and enhances our quality of life.
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FALL ARTWALK TO BE HELD IN DOWNTOWN ALEXANDRIA OCTOBER 16

The City of Alexandria along with the Arts Council of Central Louisiana will host the Fall Artwalk on October 16, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 pm.

The Artwalk is a free, family-oriented walking tour that features visual art and live entertainment. Downtown sidewalks, green spaces, and the alleys will come alive as local artists display and demonstrate their works of art. Artists will have booths set up in the Alexander Fulton Mini-Park. Qualifying items may be purchased free of tax.

Visitors can tour our various museums, studios, and galleries to view exciting exhibits and live music within a few city blocks. Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs will play on the steps of City Hall.

Local businesses open for Artwalk include: Alexandria Museum of Art, River Oaks Square Arts Center, Finnegan’s Wake, Diamond Grill, Emmanuel Baptist Church Art Gallery, T.R.E.E House Children’s Museum, and many, many more. Also, students from Bolton High School will take over downtown sidewalks as a canvas for their chalk art.

For more information on the artwalk, please call (318) 449-5051.