Louisiana Tiny House Festival

The first annual Louisiana Tiny House Festival will bring tiny houses from all over the US for touring at Slidell’s Heritage Park.  A benefit for the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, the event will showcase a  Holiday Art Market, a Children’s Village sponsored by Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Health Systems, food trucks, speakers and demonstrations,  live music from the Bucktown All-Stars and more.

Louisiana Tiny House Film Fest

In preparation for the Tiny House Festival, The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and partner United Tiny House Association will present a screening of two films about the tiny house movement, along with the HGTV unveiling of Tiny Firehouse in Duncan Plaza, across from New Orleans’ City Hall off of Gravier Street.

Tiny Traveling Theatre will be on-hand to transition from tiny house on wheels to movie theatre for the screening Tiny House Expedition’s Living Tiny Legally Part 1, Alex Eaves’s Reuse!  Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet, and John and Fin Kernohan’s episode of HGTV’s Tiny House Big Living where they unveil the Tiny Firehouse.

The event is free and open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar at Women’s Center – Abita Springs

Please come and join us for an afternoon of Holiday Cheer – meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments! Featuring arts and crafts from local female artists. Several artists will be on hand, selling their unique handcrafted items. A percentage of sales proceeds are donated by the artists to benefit the Women’s Center. Great gift ideas, just in time for the holidays!

71667 Leveson St

Abita Springs, LA 70420

985 892-8111


Sips of the Season Tour – Mandeville

Start the weekend off with OMBA enjoying holiday spirits at your favorite Old Mandeville businesses. With 33 stops in all, including non-alcoholic holiday beverages at each stop, this event is not to be missed. There is no designated order to the visits, and participating strollers are invited to enjoy them at your own leisure. Strollers receive an official mug that is filled at each stop, along with a card listing businesses dispensing the holiday-themed beverages. The mug can be taken home as a souvenir. Participants include restaurants, bars and shops, all within walking distance of the Mandeville lakefront. Mugs are $20 and available now for pre-purchase at the following locations: Cameo Boutique, Das Schulerhaus Gift Gallery & Christmas Boutique, K. Gee’s Restaurant, Varsity Sports Mandeville, The Ugly Duckling Cafe. Mugs sell out quickly, so make plans now!

Holiday Art Market 2017 – Lake Charles

Located throughout historic Central School, Holiday Art Market will return December 8-10 with an array of fine and handmade items crafted by regional artists, encouraging the Lake Area community to “Shop Local, Give Local!”.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit this year’s spotlight organization, MusicMakers2U, a locally-based organization devoted to providing area youth with access to musical instruments.

Times for the festive event are as follows: Friday, December 8 (3-7pm), Saturday December 9 (10am-5pm), and Sunday December 10 (12-5pm).

The Art Factory will host a Kids Craft room, featuring fun, holiday-themed activities.

Students of the Dr. Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra perform Saturday, Dec 9 (10am-12pm) & Sunday Dec 10 (1pm-3pm). Musicmakers2U presents performances from saxophone player Mickey Smith Jr on Sunday, Dec 10 (3pm-4pm) and all-girl trio “Foot in the Door” (4-4:30pm).

Holiday Art Market is presented annually by the City of Lake Charles and the Arts Council of SWLA. Central School Arts & Humanities Center is located at 809 Kirby Street in Lake Charles. For more details, visit www.artscouncilswla.org or contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

Over the Edge with Chris Rose feat. Dustan Louque – Covington

Raconteur, rebel and consummate storyteller Chris Rose is bringing his unique literary performances to Playmakers Theater in Covington with an all-new “Over the Edge” presentation on December 7. The Pulitzer Prize winning writer will be joined by Dustan Louque, who will complement the stories with his acoustic guitar. What results is a unique literary/music fusion that will take audiences through a myriad of emotions ranging from laughter to tears.

A former columnist for The Times Picayune, Rose became a household name virtually overnight when his introduction of Katrina survivors to the world, via an open letter titled “Dear America,” went viral. The prose became the anthem of hope amidst the post-apocalyptic despair of the Big Uneasy. Subsequent columns were compiled into a book, 1 Dead in Attic, which landed the writer on the New York Times bestseller list. Rose now serves as the tour guide of one of New Orleans’ most authentic and immersive experiences, the Magical Musical Mystery History Tour, which has become a popular excursion for both locals and visitors.

Louque is also a storyteller, turning the tales he collects during his music tours into picturesque lyrics. With a unique sound that has been described as a blend of modern and rock, the musician punctuates Rose’s readings with an electric energy that is both engaging and entertaining.

Collectively, the duo creates a unique experience in which the lines between literature and music are blurred, and audiences hang on to every word.

Presented by Playmakers Theater and St. Tammany Art Association, “Over the Edge” will take place Dec. 7 from 7 to 8:30 pm in the theater, located at 19106 Playmakers Road in Covington. Tickets are $25 and are available via the ticket link at PlaymakersInc.com.

The performance is part of the statewide Shop Local Artists Week initiative Dec. 3 to 9, celebrating all facets of the arts and Louisiana’s creative producers. For a complete listing of events, visit www.ShopLocalArtistsWeek.com.

Playmakers, Inc. was organized in 1955 as a non-profit, voluntary amateur theater and has functioned as an organization for the promotion of dramatic interests in the Covington area.

Founded in 1958, St. Tammany Art Association’s mission is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish.

General admission tickets $25, available here:  Over the Edge tickets


Downtown Gallery Crawl – Monroe

Downtown Monroe & West Monroe’s 9 art galleries open their doors for the third installment in our ten year celebration – December 7th’s Downtown Gallery Crawl! Fine art, live music and good food make this FREE event a wonderful opportunity to view North Louisiana’s finest artists, makers and artisans.

They Don’t Eat Corn Here, at Art Klub, performance and artist talk – New Orleans

Reese Johanson Collective with Art Klub presents:
They Don’t Eat Corn Here

Wed., Dec. 6, 6pm
with artist talk back following performance
Free, donations accepted!

Thurs and Fri, Dec. 7 and 8, 8pm
(After party on Dec. 8th with Pink Lion)
Art Klub
1941 Arts St.
$10 advance – www.artklub.eventbrite.com
$15 at the door
(No one turned away policy, as always at Art Klub)

Through rich poetry, live music, dance, and video projections we travel with Beatrice, exploring her unnerving desire to fill an emptiness. How far must she go to find fulfillment and meaning of life? She combats the social impact of urban evolution, falls in love, has a child, tries to save a village from loosing it’s culture. Along the way there are many kernels of truth, leading to the meat of the matter. We are all just part of one big food chain.

This presentation will be excerpts from the full length piece.
This is a work in progress to be fully realized in 2018.

Writing and choreography, Reese Johanson;
Music by Laura Patterson;
Video by Daneeta Loretta Jackson;
Physical Dramaturgy and Rehearsal Coach, Jenny Sargent
Photo by Zack Smith

A Note From the Artist:
Reese Johanson on Cultural Anthropology.
“I think a lot about the shift in communities’ cultures due to the introduction of new inhabitants. From the simple addition to a daughter-in-law from a different country and how that affects the dynamic of the day to day life in a family, to the complexities of the influx of immigrants because of tourism, war, natural disaster, and how the overall lifestyle of a community is influenced due to this migration. Food, dress, courtship, rearing children, art, music, sports, work ethic…all of this and more will subtly and dramatically, and not usually smoothly, adapt. There is a struggle to fit in while defending one’s ways; maintaining the integrity of one’s beliefs while remaining open to new lifestyles. This dichotomy presents very fascinating subject matter for me. ”

Reese Johanson
is a producer, performing artist, writer, fundraiser for the arts and about town party girl. She has performed and produced across the US and internationally in France and Germany.

She creates theatrical works with strong physical and dance elements, while also merging other performance and art disciplines, ultimately creating a holistic theatre experience that is risky, poignant and painfully human. Noted works by RJC are the ambulatory production, UNROUTE, award nominated shows, Flashback and THEY DON’T EAT CORN HERE and M/Other with New Orleans Arts Council’s LUNA FETE.

She was a company member of Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre for 5 years. She’s worked with theatre producers Bremner Duthie and Nari Tomassetti, choreographing and performing in their productions and played with Susan Millar Boldissar in the joint ad-venture, REBOMIJO, merging live music, poetry and dance, and with Daneeta Jackson in DJ / RJ Co-Lab, interacting live theatre and dance with film and other projections.

She is the Executive Director for the non-profit artist inc., (which she founded in 2007), managing and facilitating all of the organization’s programming. Most recently she built the Art Klub, an arts and culture community center in the St. Roch neighborhood of the 8th Ward in New Orleans.

Studio Art Tour – Mandeville

Mandeville Studio Art Tour is FREE to the public. Artists participate throughout the City opening their studios for visitors to tour 5 pm. – 8 p.m. Art in a variety of media and styles—from abstract and representational painting to wood, glass, metal and ceramic—is displayed and sold by artists directly in their working studios. Many artists have live demonstrations and works in progress so visitors can see art being created and get a feel for the process from concept to completion.