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The Louisiana Opera is holding its fundraiser in true Mardi Gras style. The opera, Fledermaus, will be performed at the Ouachita Grand Plaza Ballroom on Friday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. 

This Mardi Gras-themed event will include masks, cabarets, dinner, dessert, and surprises. The Louisiana Opera along with the University of Louisiana Monroe's Chorus, and guest singers from across the United States will be lending their voices to the production. 

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The University of Louisiana Monroe's Visual and Performing Arts program is hosting its lecture and concert for the Spring 2017 Composer- in - Residence this Tuesday, February 21st. The lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Biedenharn Recital Hall. The concert will also be held in the Recital Hall from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sydney Guillaume, the composer - in - residence for this semester, currently lives in Portland, Oregan, but is originally from the country of Haiti. His lecture will focus on the Haitian influences that are found his musical compositions. 

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Saturday, February 18th the Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade will take place at 6:00 p.m. The floats will make their way through downtown West Monroe and Monroe throughout the course of the night.

While the main parade does not start until 6:00 p.m. Saturday night, Mardi Gras activities will be going on throughout the day. There will be a Kid's Parade at the Pecanland Mall starting at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Pet Parade at 2:00 p.m. in downtown West Monroe. 

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Friday, February 17th, Geneva Academy is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Wig and Stache Bash. This 1920's themed party will be held at the Vantage Banquet Hall in downtown Monroe from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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Who knew a clarinet could be glorious?

Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m., the Monroe Symphony Orchestra will be holding its Glorious Clarinet concert in the Brown Auditorium on campus at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

The concert includes four works of music with German and Italian influences. Before the concert, at 6:15 p.m., the Conductor's Chat features a panel discussion featuring Conductor Clay Couturiaux, Soloist Scot Humes, and Monroe Symphony Chorus Director Deborah Chandler.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is hosting a screening of Run Carlos Run Thursday, February 9th, in collaboration with ULM Speech and Debate Forum's Traveling Scholar Series. The film, made by Carlos Ibarra, shows the journey of one man running across the United States.

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Strauss Theatre's opening night of French farce, Boeing Boeing, is Friday, February 10th. Boeing Boeing will run from February 10th to February 18th with afternoon and evening shows. 

Boeing Boeing, set in the 1960's, is the story of a French bachelor, Bernard, who is engaged to three different stewardesses, none of whom know about the other. After a visit from an old school mate, Bernard's life finds itself becoming complicated. Stories and lies tangle when all three stewardesses end up in town at the same time. 

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Thursday, February 2nd the Downtown Gallery Crawl is starting back up for the new year. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  downtown Monroe and West Monroe will be open for those searching for artwork and a good time. 

This month's crawl will include ten galleries across the Monroe and West Monroe area. The Big Room Gallery and the Upstairs Gallery are collaborating to display artwork from some of Louisiana Tech's art students. Other galleries in the crawl include, the Outside Gallery, the Palace Gallery, and the Arender Gallery. 

Cheryl Hales

Sunday, February 26th, Crosley Elementary School is inviting all alumni to celebrate its 100th anniversary. This event will start at 2 p.m. in the Crosley Auditorium. 

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One in five people in northeast Louisiana struggle with hunger.

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is hosting "Empty Bowls" on Saturday, January 28 to raise money to provide food for the people of northeast Louisiana. The event is will be at the Ouachita Candy Company Warehouse in downtown Monroe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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