Fri April 19, 2013

Centenary student plans maker's faire, denounces bullying

Centenary College sophomore Sara Whittington is bringing awareness to bullying in connection with sexual orientation and gender identity.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Centenary College student has organized a maker's faire Saturday in recognition of National Day of Silence. The student-led event denounces bullying in connection with sexual orientation or gender identity. Sara Whittington, a sociology major from Pineville, La., wanted to organize a creative outlet to mark the day. Whittington said 23 vendors will sell their handmade goods.

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Wed April 17, 2013

Jefferson, Texas, history tour benefits old city cemetery

Jefferson schools superintendent Sharon Ross plays a freed slave in Jefferson's annual Twilight Cemetery Stroll. Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the event.
Credit Riverport Ambassadors

Historical figures who lived in Jefferson, Texas, during the Civil War era will come to life during an annual walking tour of the city’s Old Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday. The Twilight Cemetery Stroll features community actors dressed in period costume. Surrounded by Victorian monuments and fading tombstones, they act out the lives of six notable townspeople. Jefferson schools superintendent Sharon Ross plays a freed slave.

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Mon April 8, 2013

Barbershop Harmony Week proclaimed in Shreveport and Bossier City

The mayors of Shreveport and Bossier City have proclaimed April 7 - 13 Barbershop Harmony Week. It coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker presented the proclamation to the River Cities Jubilee Barbershop Chorus on Sunday. The northwest Louisiana chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society was formed more than 60 years ago.

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Fri March 22, 2013

Northwestern State piano series features "From the Top" host

Pianist Christopher O’Riley, the host of the NPR music program “From the Top,” will perform Saturday, March 23, at Northwestern State University as part of its Louisiana Piano Series International. O’Riley is finishing up a three-year residency at LSU School of Music. Northwestern State associate professor of music Christine Burczyk Allen said the series brings in big artists, and it just so happens that this one wasn’t too far away.

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Mon March 18, 2013

Alexandria youth orchestra prepares for Carnegie Hall date

Classical guitarist John De Chiaro head's up the Alexandria Strings Program in several public schools. He says 20 students will play Carnegie Hall on Dec. 1.

Rapides Youth Orchestra is on a roll. The students are preparing to play concerts at Carnegie Hall and the White House in December. But before then, they’ll compete in the Crescent City Classic National Orchestra Competition on March 23. Later this month, they’ll perform the National Anthem at a New Orleans Hornets game. Classical guitarist John De Chiaro teaches string instruments at three public schools in Alexandria. He says it’s easy to spot the kids who will stick with music. It’s not their raw talent that stands out; rather, it's their accountability.

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