Ooh La Las share art

St. Tammany has a new charity arts program, developed at Armbruster Art Works on North Vermont Street in Covington.

Mary Gallagher, organizer of the Ooh La Las, joined forces with several of her fellow classmates to be able to share their artwork with the community and give back philanthropically at the same time.

The first event for the group was at the St. Tammany Art Association’s Fall for Art block party in October.

Their first selected charity is the Healing Arts Foundation for St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

The group has a Facebook page and looks forward to spreading its art project throughout the area.

The Ooh La Las include Barbara Lawler, Annette Haynie, Theresa Harmon, Mary Gerry, Kathy Schroeder, JoAnn Centanni, Marguerite Kemp, Catherine Beebe, Tina Hebert, Linda Pippins, Greg Brennan, Lynn Kernion, Sylvia Bodeheimer, Jan Hubell and Valerie Thibaut.


Green Room

Soul Fiya plays at 10 p.m. Friday at the Green Room, 521 E. Boston St., Covington.

Sunset at the Landing

The city of Covington presents Sunset at the Landing, a free concert from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the foot of Columbia Street in Covington. The concert opens with Keenan Knight and Terry B.

The featured band is Feu Follet, beginning at 7 p.m.

Sponsored with St. Tammany Homestead and the Covington Farmers Market, the public is invited to bring chairs and refreshments.

Third Sunday concerts

Audience members recently mingled with the trio Encore, following their performance at the Third Sunday Summer Concerts at Christwood Retirement Center in Covington.

Encore is comprised of Denise Bayraktar, soprano; Kyle Jones, tenor; and Kristin Albarado, pianist.

Christwood will host the second Third Sunday Summer Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at 100 Christwood Blvd., off La. 21. The Vintage Trio will make a return appearance for the free concert that will bring audience members down memory lane.

The group consists of Jim Fournet on vocals and guitar, Jeff Fournet on bass and vocals, and Pat Cornacchione on clarinet and saxophone.

Mandeville Trailhead

In His Company performs at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, visit www.mandevilletrailheadmarket.com or call (985) 845.4515.

After hours at Coscino’s

The band 5 Finger Discount plays an after-hours concert at 9 p.m. Saturday at Coscino’s Italian Grill, 1809 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville.

Mike Coscino has a summer concert planned for every weekend in August.


Slidell Photo Club

Photographs taken by the members of the Slidell Photo Club will be on display Aug. 23 to Sept. 20 in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 Second St.

An opening reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 23. Admission is free.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

For information, call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375.

‘Works of Whimsy’

Olde Towne Arts Center presents an invitational art exhibition titled “Works of Whimsy” through Sept. 8 at the OFFstage Gallery at Slidell Little Theater, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell.

It features the works of Jose Maria Cundin, Patricia Hart, Suzanne King, Ginger Pine and Bibbet Robinson.

OFFstage Gallery is a collaborative effort by Slidell Little Theatre and Olde Towne Arts Center to bring year-round art exhibits and cultural arts opportunities to the community.

For information, email OTAC Director Charlotte Collins at info@OTACenter.com or call (985) 326-6822.



Slidell Little Theatre will launch its 51st season with the largest cast in its storied history in the family-favorite musical “Seussical,” starring Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and many more of the celebrated children’s author’s whimsical creations.

Directed by Scott Sauber, the cast of 65 features a top-notch group of singers and actors led by Josh St. Cyr as the Cat in the Hat, Ronald Brister as Horton the Elephant, Melanie St. Cyr as Gertrude McFuzz and Alvin Jackson as JoJo.

Rounding out the cast are Madelyn Thomassie, John Kirkpatrick, Pam Lisotta, Theresa Sharp, Scott Osborne, Jackie Coleman, Katie Gallinghouse, Allison Comeaux, Kaitlin Griffin, Olivia Alley, Caitlin Hotard, Joel Sweetland, Mitchell Rogers, Trey Harkins, Alex Hyde, Joseph Hyde, James March, Samantha Harkins and Emma St. Cyr.

“Seussical” opens Friday and runs each weekend through Sept. 8. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. at Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, off the Interstate 10 exit at Fremaux Avenue.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youths.

For reservations, call (985) 641-0324 or visit slidelllittle theatre.org.


‘Duck Hunter Shoots Angel’

Slidell Little Theatre will hold auditions for Mitch Albom’s “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” on at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the theater, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. The show will run Oct. 4-20.

“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” tells the story of a burned-out tabloid writer and a reluctant photographer who are dispatched to the swamps of Alabama to find two duck-hunting brothers who claim to have shot an angel.

The team from the Weekly World and Globe do not believe the brothers’ story until they start to find evidence that suggests otherwise.

A love story, quick wit, tabloid humor, sibling rivalry, the North vs. South dichotomy, and cultural stereotypes are interwoven throughout the play.

Throw a half-man-half-alligator into the mix and the play becomes a hysterical and heartwarming story of redemption.

Directed by Travis Brisini, auditions are open to the public.

The cast of characters are, in order of appearance and with age: Phil (age 18-older); Sandy (30s-40s); the Voice/Lilith Salt (age 30-older); Lester (20s); Duane (18-older); Duwell (18-older); Lenny (mid-20s to 40s); Girl (17-25); Boy (19-25); Kansas (17-22).

License plate contest

The deadline to submit a design for the new state Cultural License Plate has been extended to Aug. 30.

The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation has issued a call for entry for Louisiana artists to submit an original design that best expresses Louisiana’s unique culture to feature on the new license plate.

Whether the focus is art, music, food, architecture or some combination, the design should speak to Louisiana’s vibrant heritage and culture.

The design must be large enough to see and something people will want to buy and put on their car.

Sales of the new license plate will provide operating support for Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.

The winning artist will receive a $250 cash prize; two complimentary patron tickets to LA Fête Louisiane on Nov. 2, a $300 value; public relations opportunities; and their artwork featured on a Louisiana license plate.

A complete description of requirements and a sample license plate template is available at the LCEF website at tinyurl.com/lb7sykg.

Finished artwork can be submitted online at the website.