Tue January 27, 2015

Panola College in Carthage, Texas, mounts Prohibition exhibit

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Panola College in Carthage, Texas, will open its first large-scale exhibit Wednesday. 

The exhibit, “Spirited: Prohibition in America,” is organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road Initiative.

Panola’s library services director Cristie Ferguson says the exhibit came in 21 crates, and many people at the college had a hand in setting it up. They cleared almost the entire first floor of Panola's M.P. Baker Library to make room for it.

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Mon January 26, 2015

Stephen F. Austin State composer scores music born out of national park visits

Stephen Lias has been producing classical music works inspired by his national park adventures since 2009.

A Stephen F. Austin State composition professor writes music inspired by his experiences in America’s national parks.

Stephen Lias is producing a new CD of contemporary classical music featuring five works, each focused on the wonders found in national parks.

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Mon January 12, 2015

Nacogdoches to roll out pink carpet for Pulpwood Queens

The Pulpwood Queens Book Club chapter in Jackson, Mississippi, call themselves the "BB Queens," an homage to Mississippi-born blues musician B.B. King.

Hundreds of tiara-wearing women from Pulpwood Queens Book Club chapters will descend on Nacogdoches Thursday for the three-day Girlfriends Weekend. Pulpwood Queens chapters number more than 650 nationwide and have spread to 15 countries, according to founder Kathy Murphy of Hawkins, Texas. In 2000, the longtime hairdresser formed a book club with six strangers, with this motto: Where tiaras are mandatory and reading good books is the rule.

“We don’t take ourselves very seriously. We want to have fun reading books. Books to us are the highest form of entertainment,” Murphy said.

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Wed January 7, 2015

'Faith on Film' series in Shreveport to explore spiritual side of movies

Credit Robinson Film Center

The Robinson Film Center in Shreveport will begin a series Thursday called “Faith on Film,” with discussions led by religious leaders who explore the spiritual side of movies.

The first faith-based dialogue will follow the screening of “The Homesman,” about three women driven mad by pioneer life who cross the West in a covered wagon. The series could attract new patrons who are interested in discussing religious themes in movies, according to Robinson Film Center education director Meghan Hochstetler.

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Mon January 5, 2015

Louisiana film industry group to use new study to underscore tax credit program

The Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association raised almost $60,000 in its Kickstarter campaign to help pay for an economic impact study by a New York firm.

The Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association or LFEA has results of a wide reaching economic development study that probes the impact of the industry on Louisiana.

The association plans to present the findings by a New York consultancy firm to state lawmakers when the 2015 Legislative session begins.

The LFEA’s Raelynn Tammariello Loop led a successful Kickstarter campaign last year raising almost $60,000 for a study that cost the LFEA $150,000.

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