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.

Dustan Louque at Marigny Opera House

This will be a holiday/winter solstice show in New Orleans by Louisiana songwriter Dustan Louque.  He was once signed by Atlantic records and has had many songs in film/tv.  On this night, he will be joined by Margaret Hebert on grand piano and other instruments.  They will play the St. James Parish Christmas songs they have written for the Bonfire tradition.  They will be joined by Andrea Villien of Lafayette on violin and mandolin.  Don’t miss this night.

Deck the Rails – Covington

Holiday entertainment, Christmas craft activity, visit with Santa and movies at the Trailhead.
It’s a great time for the whole family!

Winter on the Water – Mandeville

City of Mandeville’s Annual Winter on the Water close out an entire day of festivities kicking off he holiday season in Old Mandeville. Join us for an evening of fun for the entire family beginning at 4:00 p.m. with the Santa Parade, Lighting of the Oaks by Mayor Villere, Lighted Boat Parade, live music at the gazebo featuring Fadra White, Zondra Jones & Wynton Pennington of Soul Revival, facepainting, Mandeville Elementary School’s Bell Ensemble, pictures with Santa and so much more!

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


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.

An Evening with St. Tammany Greats – Covington

Join us for an evening celebrating internationally acclaimed musicians Ronnie Kole, John Perkins and Bobby Ohler. Each is a Parish President’s Music Award Recipient and all of them call St. Tammany “home.”

Kole, a New Orleans Jazz legend, continues to tour the United States, Europe and Asia, tickling the ivories for sold out audiences. He holds the distinct honor of having performed for six U.S. presidents and Pope (now Saint) John Paul II.

Perkins is the former lead crooner of the Crew Cuts, a band credited with being among the pioneers of rock ’n’ roll. He has been inducted into the Canada Music Hall of Fame, and is best known for the band’s chart topping hits, “Sh’Boom” and “Earth Angel.”

Ohler has enjoyed time in the spotlight with appearances on Hollywood’s All American College Show, the 1969 version of today’s nationally televised talent shows. Through the years, he has shared the stage with Tony Bennett, Doc Severson, The Temptations, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and many more. He currently fronts The Harbor Band, enjoying popularity on both the north and south shores.

The event will include a cameo performance by Tee Augustine, a favorite in the local theatre community. This is the Shop Local Artists Week event you won’t want to miss!

Presented in the Fuhrmann Auditorium by the City of Covington in partnership with St. Tammany Art Association.

13th Annual Christmas Past Festival

Join us as we celebrate Old Mandeville’s favorite Holiday Tradition! Our 13th Annual Christmas Past Festival will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am-3:00pm. The festival will begin at the Mandeville Trailhead and work its way down Girod Street towards Lakeshore Drive. The streets are lined with art, crafts and food vendors, etc.

Special music performance featuring Amanda Shaw at 12:30, facepainting, Games, Superheroes, Disney Characters, Irish Dancing, Northshore Roller Derby, and so much more!