Monday, March 24, 2014

Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival Poster Unveiling

On Tuesday, April 1 at 3pm, the DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival, in partnership with Associated Louisiana Artists - Gallery by the Lake, will hold a Press Conference and will unveil its 2014 Official Festival Poster while announcing and acknowledging the 2014 Festival sponsors, activities and line-up. The public is invited to attend. This will take place at Gallery by the Lake at 106 West Pryce Street, Lake Charles. Refreshments will be served.

The top finalist posters will be on display at the gallery during the month of March and April, including during the annual SWLA Arts and Humanities Art Walk in late April.

The DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival, which is recognized as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast and one of the top 55 Gulf Coast destinations in the month of April, will be April 11-13 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  Steamboat Bills will be on site boiling thousands of pounds of crawfish. There is great Zydeco and Cajun music at its best, as well as great food and exciting family fun at one of the largest indoor/outdoor Crawfish Festivals in Southwest Louisiana. There are activities for everyone, including a pageant, parade and midway carnival! This is southwest Louisiana at its finest!

For more information, to become a sponsor or vendor, enter the pageant or parade, or purchase pre-sale tickets, please visit

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Onlies to Perform at Wild Beast Feast

The Lafayette based band, The Onlies, will highlight the Lake Charles Symphony’s annual Wild Beast Feast on Sat., Mar. 29, 2014, with its special blend of folk and bluegrass music. With the release of “Open Road” in 2013, the group has discovered that the road truly has opened up for them.   Their album was produced by Grammy nominated producer and engineer Terry  DuPuy who has worked with Hunter Hayes, Roddie Romero, and Feufollet among many others.   Though The Onlies started out as a duo with Fawn Larson and Will Harrison, they have since added music veteran Gary Newman on upright bass and Luke Andrus on drums.  “Larson’s siren-like vocals will sweep you in with the ebb and flow of her carefully crafted lyrics while Harrison’s playful yet rough edge becomes softened as their melody and harmonies intertwine.”   

The Onlies continue to stick to their folk roots while borrowing from bluegrass, old country, Cajun, blues, indie and pop to make one incredibly enjoyable and diverse album.   Guests at this popular symphony fundraiser will be tapping their feet and singing along while sampling the savory dishes of more than 20 cooking teams.    Doors open at 5:00 p.m., a live auction begins at 7:00 p.m., and music will be played until 9:00  p.m.   Tickets are $50 for ages 14 & up, $25 for ages 7-13, and 6 & under are free.    For ticket info, call (337) 433-1611 or go online at  


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Free Screening of Los Viages del Viento

There will be a free screening of Los Viajes del Viento (The Wind Journeys), a 2009 Colombian film, on Friday 21 March, 7 p.m., at the Historic Central School in Lake Charles.  The winner of a Cannes award and numerous others, this work from filmmaker Ciro Guerra shows the travels of Ignacio, who plays an accordion that is rumored to have been the devil’s.  After the musician’s wife dies, he journeys to return the accordion to its original owner.  

Ignacio’s loneliness is broken by a young man who wants to learn from him, and they explore the music of the Caribbean.  But Ignacio’s self-imposed solitude has become a hard-to-break shell.  Director Guerra says, “This is the story of a journey….into something unique….like the music that was born.  For centuries we’ve asked ourselves:  What keeps us apart?  Now is [the] time to ask what brings us together.”  

Sponsored by Dr. Carrie Chrisco, Los Viajes is presented by Calcasieu Cinema International, a branch of the Council for International Concerns, in partnership with McNeese State University’s Banners Cultural Series and the Office of Equal Opportunity, The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, Common Ground/Culture Fest Louisiana, Lake Area Psychiatry, and Coca-Cola. A moderated discussion will follow, and free drinks and popcorn will be served!  For more information, email or .

Monday, February 3, 2014

Jazz in the Arts

Jazz In The Arts will host its next concert on Sunday March 16, 2014 at Central School's Benjamin Mount Theatre at 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door.

Featured are two seasoned jazz musicians that are widely known.  Sylvester "Stank" Leblanc and Charlene "Salemah" Broussard have traveled throughout the country sharing their music "Jazz".

Sylvester "Stank" LeBlanc is an electrifying musician and vocalist.  Along with phenomenal saxophone and flute playing, LeBlanc adds unique yodeling-scat vocals to the show.  

Charlene "Salemah" Broussard is a soulful, powerful, and entertaining songstress.  She is an internationally known artist who has been performing for over 20 years.  

For more information contact Pat Daigle at 794-5744, or the Arts Council at 337-439-2787. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

KMI Children's Art Contest!

Knight Media Printing is currently accepting submissions for its Children's Art Contest.  All children 18 years of age and under are eligible to submit original artwork in either traditional or digital mediums.  No photography will be accepted.  A prize will be awarded for the best in each age group (toddler, elementary, junior high, and high school). There will be a grand prize overall best and a People's Choice for the one that receives the most "likes" on Knight Media's Facebook page.  

All winners will receive 1 large print and 4 small prints of their artwork.  Original artwork will be showcased at the Arts Council of SWLA as well as featured in the Jambalaya News.  All entries must be submitted with an entry form available at Mail or drop off submissions at Knight Media Printing, ATTN: Art Contest, 412 W. McNeese St., Lake Charles, LA 70605.  All submissions must be received by February 21, 2014.  Call 337-478-8350 for details.          

Monday, January 27, 2014

Coffee House Theatre returns to Stellar Beans

The Children’s Theatre Company’s (CTC) will perform selections from Disney’s TARZAN at Coffee House Theatre on February 1 at 7:00PM.  Presented  by Kerry A. Onxley; CTC Artistic Director, Taylor Simon; CTC Associate Director and Joseph Boyette  (Vocal Director) this family musical will make its full debut on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Central School Theatre.  Coffee House Theatre is hosted by Itinerant Theatre. 

(PHOTO CAPTION:  Tarzan, portrayed by John Paul Primeaux, calms Jane, played by Abigail Guillory in a scene from Disney’s TARZAN) (Photos by Meagan Green.)

Based on Edgar Rice Burrough'sTarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN tells the story of a shipwreck leaving an infant orphaned on the West African shore, the helpless baby Tarzan is taken under the protection of a gorilla tribe and becomes part of their family. When he eventually encounters his first human--Jane Porter, a curious young explorer--both their worlds are transformed forever. This production features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart", and book by Tony Award-winning playwright,David Henry Hwang.

The Coffee House Theatre performance will be held at Stellar Beans in downtown Lake Charles (319 Broad Street).  For more information, call 337-564-5739.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gallery Talk: Suburbia Exhibition

Mr. Lynn Reynolds, Associate Professor of Art and Academic 
Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at McNeese State University, will conduct a gallery talk on Friday, January 31 from 6-7 p.m. at 1911 Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, 1001 Ryan Street. His talk entitled “Avocado Green and Harvest Gold” will provide an overview of the groundbreaking 1972 photographic publication Suburbia by California photographer Bill Owens. SUBURBIA is on national tour by Art2Art Traveling Exhibitions and is currently on display 1911 City Hall through March 8. The event will be open to all ages at no charge.

Reynolds earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 
Photography from the University of Nebraska –Lincoln in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from McNeese State University in 1992. In addition to his duties as McNeese Department of Visual Arts chairman, he serves as both the full-time Instructor of Photography as well as the Director of Exhibitions and Gallery Installations for Abercrombie Gallery and the Shearman Fine Arts Annex Grand Gallery. Reynolds own photographic works have been showcased in numerous exhibitions and collections from Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin –Missouri to the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile –Alabama and the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau –Wisconsin. In addition, he has received various grants, awards, and merit prizes for his photographic works including the 2003 -Louisiana Artist Fellowship for the photographic series Invulcra, the 2001 Cooperstown Art Association -Deborah Geurtze Graphics prize and a 2006 McNeese College of Liberal Arts endowment.   

While visiting Historic City Hall, don’t miss 18 Seconds: The 
Enchanted Trail and Found in Riverton by Caroline Youngblood, and Ataraxia by Jessica Gayle, all on exhibition through March 4. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit

Thursday, January 16, 2014

He Died With A Felafel in His Hand

There will be a free screening of the 2001 Australian film He Died with A Felafel in His Hand on Friday, 24 January,  at 7 p.m.  The Grand Jury Prize winner of the New York International Independent Film Festival will be shown at Central School auditorium in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Adapted from a novel and play with a cult following, this film blends youthful hijinks with literate film references.   This film also received recognition for its music.  Following the room-sharing experiences of Danny, who moves from city to city, the story reflects what one reviewer calls “a search for love, meaning, and bathroom solitude.”  Directed by Richard Lowenstein, the film is an edgy comedy-romance that includes sexual situations and drug references.  

Sponsored by The McNeese Foundation, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand  is presented by Calcasieu Cinema International, a branch of the Council for International Concerns, in partnership with McNeese State University’s Office of Equal Opportunity, Banners Cultural Series, Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Area Psychiatry, The Hearing Center, Coca-Cola, and Common Ground/CultureFestLouisiana.

The audience is invited to join in a guided discussion afterward.  Free popcorn and drinks are provided.  For more information, email or

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lost Landmarks Unveiling

The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society (CHPS) will unveil markers at three sites of “Lost Landmarks” in Calcasieu Parish on Thursday, January 30, 2014.  The markers are custom fabricated of cast metal by Southwell Foundry.

The first unveiling will be at 5:00 pm at the intersection of Enterprise Boulevard Extension and St John Street, the site of Ball’s Auditorium.  A second short ceremony will follow at the site of the Majestic Hotel at 5:45 pm, corner of Bilbo and Pujo downtown.  The final ceremony will be at 6:15 pm on the 800 block of Ryan Street, location of the Arcade Theatre, the Miller Building, the Weber Building and the Paramount Theatre.  The sites are all in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The short ceremonies will acknowledge the roles the structures played in the economic, social, and cultural history of Southwest Louisiana.  Partner organizations will assist in the unveiling.  The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors’ Bureau will represent the hospitality industry symbolized by the Majestic, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana will represent arts and culture as symbolized by the lost Arcade and Paramount theaters.  CHPS wishes to thank the City of Lake Charles, the Downtown Development Authority, and Empire of the Seed/Rick and Donna Richard for their kind and generous assistance in obtaining installation sites.

The markers are part of the “Lost Landmarks heritage education program” of CHPS made possible by an arts-and-tourism grant from the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau administered by the Arts Council.

The unveiling ceremonies are open to the public, as is the reception immediately following at the historic Calcasieu-Marine Bank building.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival Art Contest

The Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival, along with Cultural Partner Associated Louisiana Artists Gallery by the Lake,  is now accepting entries for its 2014 poster contest! 

All entries must be original and conceived by the artist. No copyrighted work, in whole or part, will be accepted.  No enhanced digital images will be accepted. Only the lettering of the poster may be digitally done.  All artwork applications must include the artist’s name, address, phone number and email.

The entries must include the words “Original DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival 2014”, and should have images of crawfish, Lake Charles, and SWLA themes.  All media, except photography and digital will be accepted.  Work should be no larger than 16 x 20”, unsigned, and unframed but ready to hang by using wire and screw eyes on canvas backs, and paper sheets should be mounted on foam core.  All entries will be judged by an experienced juried panel and the winner will receive an award and stipend gift.

The winning poster will be unveiled at the Press Conference in early April.  All entries will also be on display during the SWLA ArtWalk at the Gallery by the Lake for all attendees to see.   A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded. Last year, over 5000 people attended the festival.  This year, more will return and bring new guests with them.  

All ages are invited to participate. Images should represent crawfish, Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana themes, and/or the history of crawfish production and industry in Louisiana over the past 200 years. 

For more information, contact Eligha Guillory at 337-310-0083.