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Spring Market Brings Gift and Gardening Ideas

Mar 11, 2015

Jennifer Ables advises guests to get an early start on seeing what's available at the Junior League of Monroe's Spring Market.  The annual fundraiser brings an abundance of gifts and products to the Monroe Civic Center this weekend.

"We have general shopping and signature events to enjoy this year," said Ables.  "This is our second year for 'Breakfast With The Bunnies', a family-oriented event on Saturday, which was a big success last year," she added.

Proceeds from the Spring Market go toward a number of educational and assistance projects in Monroe.   

courtesy Strauss Theatre Center

All's fair in love and murder, or ist it?  The question is the premise of Murder at the Howard Johnson's, a murder mystery dinner theatre at Strauss Theatre Center.


  The suspense comedy involves a love triangle at a Howard Johnson's Motor Inn.  "What begins as a three- night stay at the motel turns very different as things start to happen," says Laura King, who plays Arlene.  The quick wit of the trio keep the audiences entertained as the cast encounters  troubled and traumatic scenarios.

Book Fair Features Paperbacks, Collections

Mar 6, 2015

The Monroe Symphony League Book Fair opens Saturday.  The Spring sale offers an array of books, magazines, and other reading materials during the two-weekend event.

"There are hundreds of paperbacks that are discounted,"  said league member Jorenda Stone. "Guests can find a wonderful assortment of collections in the book room," she added.

Some popular selections include cookbooks, military history, and Louisiana-themed books.  The fair opens Saturday at 9  a.m. at the MSL Book Room on North 4th Street in Monroe.   

Art Comes Off The Wall in Masur Benefit

Mar 5, 2015

Local artists' work is featured in the Twin City Art Foundation "Off The Wall" benefit for the Masur Museum of Art.

The sixth year for Off The Wall promises numerous paintings and works that guests can bid on during the event.  The winning bidder is able to take home the item, or items, the same evening.  "There's a broad range of works and something for everyone and every budget," says Masur Museum Director Evie Stewart.

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The classic story, "To Kill A Mockingbird", is presented by the Ruston Community Theatre this weekend.

  The story of Scout and her father, Atticus Finch, is presented at the Dixie Center For The Arts.  The play is directed by Nancy Wallace.  "The story picks up in the summer months as Scout questions her father about the trial he's involved in, and other children telling her that what he's doing is wrong," says Wallace.

Love And Laughs in "Shrek: The Musical"

Feb 19, 2015
Jay Curtis

Fairy tale characters come to life onstage in the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts production of Shrek: The Musical.

SYAA Executive Director Walter Allen says 62 youth are part of the full production.  "This crew has put in 120 hours of rehearsal in the past couple weeks for this show," said Allen.  "It's been exciting to see them not only grow their own characters, but relationships in working together as a team," he added.

Biblical stories may be familiar to most, but the work of printers and translators of Bibles through history is rarely known.  Biedenharn Museum Executive Director Ralph Calhoun shares a number of compelling stories of their work in a presentation Thursday night at the museum's Welcome Center. 

The journey begins with the background of a Wycliffe Bible.  "The reproduction was a gift from Joe Biedenharn to his daughter, Emy-Lou," said Calhoun.  "It was really the catalyst of the Bible Museum."  Calhoun leads the audience through about 35 Bibles in the collection. 

Michelle Tripp

Four sisters go to extraordinary means to try to save their small town.  The Futrelle sisters make a big promise in Southern Hospitality.

Performances of the Strauss Theatre Center production begin February 20th.  "The sisters are in a mess, they're in trouble again," says cast member Jean Hartzog.  "The story follows the women doing what they can to save their town in this quest."  Hartzog is cast in the role of Mrs. Davidson, who is approached by the sisters near the end of the first act.

"Lovin' Broadway" Brings Romance For Valentine's

Feb 10, 2015

Love and a few laughs highlight a special Valentine's program, Lovin' Broadway.  The show is presented by Louisiana Opera on Saturday in Kilbourne Hall at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe.

Guest and locally-based artists perform memorable songs from  several Broadway productions.  Louisiana Opera Director Mark Clark says, "there's songs from 'Showboat', 'The Music Man', 'Jekyll and Hyde', just a great variety through the show." 

Music To Our Eyes In MSO Pops Concert

Feb 6, 2015

The battles, the romance, the shock, and excitement of the big screen is stirred through the music in the movies.  The Monroe Symphony Orchestra captures some of the biggest blockbuster soundtracks in their pops concert this Sunday.

MSO's Board of Governors Chair Charles Jackson previews the performance.   From Jurassic Park to Lawrence of Arabia, and a suite of scores from memorable westerns, the music comes to life from some of Hollywood's biggest films.