Music, lectures, a theater production and an art exhibit are some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 32nd season of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fall arts festival in Hammond.

“With over three decades of Fanfare, we are excited to continue the celebration of arts and culture that were at the heart of Fanfare’s beginning," says Roy Blackwood, director of Fanfare and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. "Through this festival, our community has had access to many life-enriching events.”

Kicking off with the lecture series “Generations of Struggle: Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present,” the tradition of excellence will continue this year with everything from favorite events generated on campus to nationally known acts, Blackwood said.

An upcoming lecture of the four-week series “Generations of Struggle” is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 5. All lectures in the series are free and scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the Hammond Library.

Southeastern Theatre will present “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 3-6. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. each night, this award-winning and shockingly honest portrayal of the inner and outer life of an American black woman will come to Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased one hour before performance time from the Vonnie Borden Theatre box office in the lobby of D Vickers Hall. General admission tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the Department of History and Political Science’s free “Then and Now Lecture Series” officially opens its 17th presentation of free lectures. This year’s series features Louisiana and its role in World War II.

The lecture series is sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of History and Political Science, and the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.

First up is a lecture by James Linn, curator of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. “The Pelican State Goes to War — Louisiana during World War II: The Special Exhibit at the National World War II Museum 2017-18,” will be presented at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.

Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present “A Night on Broadway” on Thursday, Oct. 5. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre, the production will feature Southeastern’s finest for one night only performing Broadway solos and ensembles with an onstage orchestra.

General admission tickets are $21, adults; $18, faculty, staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students; and $8, children 12 and under. Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID.

Rounding out the week is a free art exhibit opening at the Hammond Regional Art Center, 217 E. Thomas St. Scheduled at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, the opening will highlight the fifth installment of the exhibit “Seldom Seen,” which showcases artwork from private collections in the Florida Parishes.

Curated by Pat Macaluso and Denise Tullier-Holly, the exhibit will include works from several significant Louisiana artists.

Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and one hour before Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at (985) 543-4366 or visit