St. Tammany arts and entertainment briefs for June 26, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Danny Blackburn - Leadership Northshore class of 2014, Team Pride sponsored a raffle for a mini-pelican that was painted by artist Mandie Manzano for their project. Team Pride members Danny Blackburn, Chad Duffaut, Lauren Gibson, Charnetta Robinson and Tommy Benasco created a project to replace the Fire Safety Smokehouse Training Trailer. The traile is the one that has gone to all the elementary schools in Fire District One over the past 16 years, taught more than 80,000 children about residential fire safety. Mandie Manzano, left, holds the pelican statue won b Lonnie Favre, who is shown with her grandchildren Sarah and Liam Favre. For information, visit


COLUMBIA STREET BLOCK PARTY: The city of Covington Columbia Street Block Party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Covington. The party is held on the last Friday of the month from March through October.

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP RELOCATED: The location of the June 28 songwriting workshop has been changed because of the expected attendance. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St., Slidell. The workshop will be led by Greg Barnhill, along with Jim McCormick and Kris Bergsnes. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Topics covered in the workshop will include: basic songwriting tips, today’s music market, making a living locally, social media and music, and an overview of the business of music.

Participants should bring a notebook, pens, pencils or anything needed to record information. To register, call (985) 898-3011 or email For information, visit

LAGNIAPPE ROCKIN’ THE RAILS: Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders will present a free concert from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 12 at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington.


‘WHAT A RELIEF’: An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday for the “What a Relief” exhibit sponsored by the Olde Towne Arts Center at the Slidell Cultural Center Gallery in Slidell City Hall, 2055 Second St. The exhibit will be up through Aug. 1 and will showcase the artwork in relief of artists Rick Brunner, Charlotte Collins, Ben Diller, Suzanne King, Paul Kronlage, Nelle Landry, Nolan Lefort, Andy Leonard and Martin Needom.

Exhibit viewing hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. For information, email OTAC at

MAJOLICA: Steve Hasslock will teach a class in majolica from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. Students will hand-paint their own design on an oval bisqued platter, creating a colorful, one-of-a-kind piece of ceramic serving ware.

The fee is $150 for members and $160 for others. For information, call (985) 892-8650.

ST. TAMMANY ART ASSOCIATION: The St. Tammany Art Association will hold elections for its board of directors during its annual membership meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. Nominations are not accepted from the floor during the annual meeting.

‘THE WETLANDS’: “The Wetlands,” an exhibit of the work of sculptor and painter Robert Warrens, will be on display July 8 through Aug. 30 in the Atrium Gallery at Christwood, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington.

The opening reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 19 in the atrium. The free exhibit will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

In February, Warrens was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the President’s Art Awards for 2013 presented by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs.

POTTERY WHEEL THROWING: Vanessa Hock will lead a series of three classes in pottery wheel throwing from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 10-31, at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington.

The fee is $95 for members and $105 for others. For information, call (985) 892-8650.

JURIED ART EXHIBIT: The opening reception for the St. Tammany Art Association’s 49th annual juried artists exhibit, “The Summer Show,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 12 at 320 N. Columbia St., Covington.

The juror this year is Beth Batton, who serves as the curator of the collection at the Mississippi Museum of Art, where she has worked since 2005.

The show will be on view until Aug. 9, when STAA also will host a closing reception Art Talk with the juror and exhibiting artists.


COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Dave Bandrowski and Friends will perform at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market. Chomper’s BBQ will be on hand for a smoking hot cooking demo.

The market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St.


‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’ AND ‘SHREK’ AT COVINGTON HIGH: The Covington Louisiana Actors Playhouse System summer theater program for high school students will present morning and evening productions for general audiences at the Covington High School Performing Arts Center, 73030 Lion Drive, Covington.

CLAPS presents “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. ” at 10 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. This updated adaptation of the 1951 Disney film is intended for young audiences, ages 4 and up, with a total performance time of 60 minutes and no intermission.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults and are available one hour before curtain.

Also, CLAPS will present “Shrek, the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Covington High School Performing Arts Center. This is a full-length musical that runs 2 hours, 45 minutes with intermission.

Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10 and are available at the door one hour prior to curtain. Credit card advance tickets are available by calling (985) 893-9843.

‘FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’: Auditions for the Slidell Little Theater production of “Fiddler on the Roof” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at First United Methodist Church, Slidell. The director, Paula Thompson, has created a Facebook page for the production.

PLAYMAKERS THEATER: A patron party for members of Playmakers Theater will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. For information, visit

SLT EARLY BIRD SEASON TICKETS: Slidell Little Theatre is selling early bird season tickets through Monday for its 2014-15 season. For information, email or visit

SUMMER THEATER CAMP: The St. Tammany Art Association will present a summer theater camp focused on the production of “Robin Hood” from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 7-11 at the Mandeville Trailhead Museum, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. Frank Levy and Caree Angelle Llewlyn will be the directors.

The cost is $175 for association members and $185 for others. To register or for information, contact the Arthouse in Covington at (985) 892-8650 or

BROADWAY BOOTCAMP: Creative Arts of St. Tammany will hold a Broadway Bootcamp for ages 12 to 18 the week of July 7-11 at The Swan, 70326 La. 59, Abita Springs.

The program is for serious performers ready to up their level of showmanship, character, singing and dancing for the stage. For an interview, call (985) 276-9727.

FRANK LEVY SUMMER CAMP: Playmakers Theater will hold drama camps for children beginning July 14 and July 21. The director will be Frank Levy, and the material will include “Rock ’n’ Roll Middle School.”

For information, visit or email

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