Ali Owens

Lagniappe Producer

Originally from West Monroe, Ali Owens is a Junior Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She intends to graduate in the Spring of 2019 and go on to pursue a degree in Arts Administration.

 

Ali is very involved in music at ULM and currently holds the position of Choral Librarian for the Choral Department. She has appeared in several ULM Theatre productions, including Pirates of Penzance and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She has also performed at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts and West Monroe High School.

 

In her free time, Ali enjoys live music, painting, and spending time with her friends.

Ways to Connect

Evelyn Stewart / Masur Museum

The 9th Annual Off the Wall is April 13 from 6-9 p.m. at the Masur Museum of Art.

"Proceeds from Off the Wall support our educational programming, exhibitions, and collections," says Evelyn Stewart, Executive Director of the Masur Museum of Art. Tickets include entrance to the auction, live music, and a chance in the Bon Voyage Trip Raffle.

Emerald McIntyre / Downtown Arts Alliance

The next installment of the Downtown Gallery Crawl, April 5 from 6-9 p.m., continues to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Crawl. Resident guest artists are on hand to talk with patrons about their art at this free event.

The Downtown Gallery Crawl is an opportunity to check out what local artists of all media are creating. The Downtown Arts Alliance is pulling together nine shows in galleries across the Twin Cities, with live music, food, and drink around every corner. The Crawl is entirely free to any patrons interested in what regional artists have to offer.

ULM Photo Services

The Wine Over Water Bridge Party is Thursday, April 5 from 7-9 p.m. on the Northeast Drive Bridge. Proceeds from the bridge party go towards the Spirit of the Warhawk Scholarship.

Danielle Kelley Tolbird / NELA Arts Council

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council is hosting the Brown Bag Concert Series each Wednesday in April at noon. The series showcases local musicians in a free outdoor setting open to the public.

At each of the concerts, there are cookies, lemonade, and water available in the park. Chairs are provided, but the public is also encouraged to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs as well. This year's concert series has a food truck at each of the concerts.

ULM Photo Services

ULM International Week is March 26-29. International Week celebrates the culture of international students at ULM through the sharing of food and festivities.

While moving to a different country can be hard, the International Student Center helps ease the transition. "The international students really become a big family," says Kaile Finies, an international student from Bonaire, an island off the cost of Venezuela. "It's important to have this big group because otherwise, people feel alone."

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is giving a new option for date night by hosting The Do Good Date Night Friday, April 6 from 6-8 p.m. This event combines date night and volunteer work to create a night of fun and philanthropy.

Emerald McIntyre / ULM Photo Services

The ULM Visual and Performing Arts Department is presenting Bye Bye Birdie! March 22-25 in the Brown Auditorium. The show features the comedy, confusion, and love that comes from rock star "Conrad Birdie" being drafted in the army.

The show follows struggling songwriter Albert Peterson and his longtime girlfriend, Rosie, as they work out how to get out of debt after rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted in the army. "Albert is a bit of a mama's boy, and his love interest Rosie doesn't like that," says Gray Hall, one of the two actors playing Albert Peterson. 

Howard Lifshitz, flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is celebrating spring by opening a new exhibit, Images of Christ, and hosting several new events.

"Images of Christ" is a new major exhibit on display from March 22, 2018 to January 5, 2019. The exhibit features both two and three-dimensional depictions of Jesus created by artists of various national and ethnic origins. Artwork comes from museum collections and private collectors.  There are three public programs by outside scholars and multiple presentations concerning the exhibit by Museum Director Ralph Calhoun.

zaimoku_woodpile, flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Louisiana Delta Ballet is presenting Power & Grace, The Easter Celebration, Palm Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center Theater.

Power & Grace tells the story of Easter through dance and music. "Most of the performance is through the dancers and their interpretation of the music, as well as lighting and costumes," says Jeanine Patton, the Vice President of the Board of Directors at Louisiana Delta Ballet. "You are watching that person on stage dance, and you literally feel the emotion as if you were right there with them."

KEDM

ULM is joining with NOAA, the National Oceanic and Administrative Administration, to study tornadoes this season.

The Verification of the Origins of Tornadoes Experiment-Southeast, or VORTEX-SE, focuses on improving understanding of the unique characteristics of storms and tornadoes in the Southeast United States. The project is funded by NOAA. VORTEX-SE has brought together researchers from two dozen organizations, including ULM, to study the environmental characteristics around storms in the region. 

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