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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. 

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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.

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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."


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. 

Spring ULM Art Crawl

Mar 20, 2018
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The ULM Art Crawl is Thursday, March 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The crawl is a free chance to see the art being made at ULM.

The exhibits on display are composed of oil pieces, acrylic pieces, sculptures, and gathered photos and cultural items. Much of the works are by ULM students and professors, with the exception of some of the pieces. 

Mark L. Windham / GO CARE

GO CARE is a source of healthcare and supportive services for the LGBTQ community and for people living with HIV. The organization is celebrating 30 years of serving the Ouachita region.

"We've expanded our mission over time, and our goal now is to provide affirming, comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality healthcare and supportive services for people in an inclusive setting with a particular emphasis on people who are LGBTQ and people who are living with HIV," says Mark L. Windham, CEO of GO CARE.

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March is Irish-American Heritage Month, and St. Patrick's Day is March 17. To celebrate, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual St. Paddy's Day Bicycle Parade & Festival from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kiroli Park.

The parade and festival celebrate the rich Irish heritage present in the Northeast Louisiana region. The event features live Irish music from Emerald Accent. There are costume contests for all ages, as well as pets and bikes. The bike parade rolls around noon.

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Ouachita Green is hosting Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center.

The Household Hazardous Waste event is a free opportunity to keep hazardous materials out of local waterways and the natural environment in the Northeast Louisiana region. This service is for households only.

Volunteers are collecting the following waste items:

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The Monroe Symphony Orchestra is hosting "An Evening with Hitchcock and Spielberg" Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Neville High School Auditorium.

Jorenda Stone / Monroe Symphony League

Looking for a good read? You might find one at the second weekend of the Monroe Symphony League bi-annual book sale, which is March 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

"The Monroe Symphony League is a non-profit group of people whose main goal is to promote the cause of good music and music education," says Monroe Symphony League member and volunteer Jorenda Stone. The group supports local organizations and events such as the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Sound Safari, the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, and New Music on the Bayou.