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.