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

Anita Breen / Strauss Theatre

Strauss Little Theatre of Monroe is presenting "Sister Act: The Musical" April 19-28. The musical is about self-discovery and finding community in unlikely places.

"Sister Act: The Musical" tells the story of aspiring singer Deloris Van Cartier and how her life changes after she witnesses her crime-boss boyfriend Curtis murder one of his associates. Van Cartier runs to the police, who place her in hiding at a convent. Although at first she feels lost, she finds her place in the convent choir leading worship.

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Quota International is hosting Waffles & Chicken Saturday, April 21 from 8-10 a.m. at Slim Chickens in West Monroe. The event is a fundraiser for Quota International, who recycles the funds raised back into the community.

Tickets for Waffles & Chicken are available at 318-372-9698. More information about Quota International is available here.

Cathy Airhart Webb / CA Studio

CA Studio presents “The Great Gatsby" April 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. at The Bridge Church in Ruston and April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.

"The Great Gatsby" is the tale of Jay Gatsby and his tragic affair with Daisy Buchanan as told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, Daisy's cousin. The play is set in the Roaring Twenties and features extravagant parties, speakeasies, and the sense of idealism present in that time.

Melanie Clark / Wellspring of Northeast Louisiana

The 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is Thursday, April 12 on the ULM campus. The mile begins in front of the school library and goes across the ULM bridge, then circles back ending in Bayou Park for the following vigil.

The Wellspring of Northeast Louisiana and the ULM Femhawks are partnering to host the walk and vigil. The event encourages men to wear heels and walk a mile on campus as a show of support to the survivors of domestic violence and women affected by gender inequality.

Melissa Kiper / West Monroe High School

The West Monroe High School Drama Department is presenting Willy Wonka April 5-8. The play showcases sweet treats and tales of family.

The play begins with famed dessert maker Willy Wonka announcing to the world that his retirement is long overdue. Wonka creates a contest to find his replacement. The five lucky children who find a golden ticket in the wrapper of a "Wonka Bar" win a chance to visit the Wonka Chocolate Factory and possibly take over the factory.

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.

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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."

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