A classic opera, a lecture on the Middle East and a puppet theater performance are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 30th season of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October arts festival in Hammond.

From Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 6-9, the Southeastern Theatre Department will present “No Exit,” a 1944 play by French playwright Jean-Paul Sartre about three damned souls conversing in hell. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. nightly, the production will take place in Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall.

Tickets are $10; $5 for faculty, staff and non-Southeastern students; and free for Southeastern students with university ID.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Department of History and Political Science’s “Then and Now Lecture Series” officially kicks off its 15th presentation of free lectures. SLU history Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez will present the first lecture in the series “The Return of the Reel Middle East” at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.

Next up Friday, Oct. 9, is Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre in a production of “Princess Thimbelina.” Scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre, the production is the first of two Pajamas and Play performances scheduled this year for the theatre’s youngest fans.

Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. For a complete schedule, call (985) 543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.