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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.

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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."

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. 

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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."