Art Rocks! Season 6

Art Rocks - Episode 605

On Art Rocks! Friday, October 12 at 8:30PM and Saturday, October 13 at 5:30PM, we remember artist Floyd Sonnier, who created intricate pen and ink drawings depicting rural life in Acadiana. His illustrations live on in many homes and businesses, including his gallery in Scott, Louisiana, where Sonnier’s widow continues to share the stories behind his work. We hear from members of The Los Angeles Unified School District, whose mission is to put instruments in the hands of students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn music. Then, we will share the story of Saint Peter United Methodist Church in Donaldsonville, built for former slaves after the end of the Civil War. That’s this week’s Louisiana Treasure. These stories and more on Art Rocks!

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Art Rocks - Episode 604

On Friday, October 5 at 8:30PM and Saturday, October 6 at 5:30PM, we share the story of A. Hays Town, the late architect, highly regarded in south Louisiana for incorporating reclaimed materials and architectural styles of the past into modern homes. We meet composer and performer Eddy Kwon, who brings music education to the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. Our Louisiana Treasure is the Ascension Parish Courthouse in Donaldsonville, a Romanesque revival style building, constructed in 1889, that is still in use today.

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Art Rocks! - Episode 603

Shreveport writer and Poet Laureate of Caddo Parish, Ashley Mace Havird speaks with us about her book, Lightningstruck, which won the 2015 Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction. Diane Paulus, director of Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil, shares why fans are flocking to the enchanting production. Plus, this week’s Louisiana Treasure is the Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette.

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Art Rocks! - Episode 602

Meet Ruston, Louisiana painter Nick Bustamante, who uses surrealism to tell stories that harken the passage of time. Filipino-Americans in Tampa Bay, Florida celebrate their culture through dance; we visit with some of the talented performers. Plus, take a tour with us of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport. Its dioramas depict how people in Louisiana have lived over the centuries.

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Art Rocks! - Episode 601

This week’s season premiere includes a story about St. Francisville, Louisiana native Thomas Dawson of the Commodores and international opera star, Ivan Griffin. The pair recently collaborated on Griffin’s CD, “Finding My Way Back to Me.” Griffin and Dawson first performed music from the album at Easter services at Hemingbough this year and Art Rocks! was there. The season premiere will also include a segment on the Gardens of the American Rose Center located in Shreveport, Louisiana. Art Rocks! is LPB’s weekly series, hosted by James Fox-Smith, publisher of Country Roads Magazine that explores the broad spectrum of art! The series spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. Art Rocks! features Louisiana stories as well as segments from across the country. Each week, the Louisiana Arts Calendar highlights current events throughout our state, and Louisiana Treasures – offering a glimpse of items, styles and themes that are unique to Louisiana. The series aims to capture your imagination, introduce you to new artists, and offer close-up views from communities around the country and our own backyard, places where art truly rocks! Major production funding for Art Rocks! The Series is provided by Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Operations. Special thanks to media partner Country Roads Magazine.

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Art Rocks

Art Rocks! is LPB’s weekly series, hosted by James Fox-Smith, publisher of Country Roads Magazine that explores the broad spectrum of art! The series spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. Art Rocks! features Louisiana stories as well as segments from across the country. Each week, the Louisiana Arts Calendar highlights current events throughout our state, and Louisiana Treasures – offering a glimpse of items, styles and themes that are unique to Louisiana. The series aims to capture your imagination, introduce you to new artists, and offer close-up views from communities around the country and our own backyard, places where art truly rocks!

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