Arts and culture


After more than three years of renovations costing over $100,000, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum’s Van Cliburn Auditorium will be dedicated Sunday.

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The Alexandria Museum of Art is hosting workshops this month to prepare Rapides Parish high school students to compete in the Poetry Out Loud initiative that will lead up to the national finals in Washington, DC in May.

The South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado is moving forward to develop a youth theater program, staging a production of Disney’s “101 Dalmatians KIDS” next year.

The audition-only, performing arts youth theater class is under the direction of husband and wife team Shelton and Victoria Harden. The Hardens have taught youth arts programs in El Dorado for years.

Shelton Harden says he hopes this musical, based on the classic animated film, will be the first of many productions of this kind.

Shreveport native Cathey Graham Nickell was driving carpool in Houston when the idea for a children’s book dawned on her.

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Shreveport vocalist Kimmie Perales’ first memory of singing was as a toddler with her grandmother.

“We would take a toilet paper roll and hook it to the dog leash to create the microphone,” Perales said with a laugh. "I would sing the ABC song."