Have you looked at the calendar?!

I cannot believe it’s almost December! And I’m excited when I look at the calendar, as our community has SO MANY arts-related events to offer during this special season! Today we’ll start with the first two weeks of December, and then we’ll take the second half of the month next Tuesday.

December 2, NCLAC and Crescent City Coffee present Life Through Facets, an exhibition by Whitney Trisler

work by Whitney Trisler

Whitney is a recent  BFA graduate from Louisiana Tech University. With her work she explores memories and the distortion of those memories over time, which result in paintings bordering on abstraction. She does this by painting her subjects through diamond facets, creating a relationship between the reflective and transparent diamonds and unusual backgrounds or nostalgic objects to represent and distort the small details of life.

NCLAC and Crescent City Coffee enjoy partnering on these quarterly art shows to provide artists with exhibition opportunities, as well as to give the community a variety of artistic eye candy! Crescent City is a full-scale coffee bar serving a variety of beverages, in addition to pastries, salads, and a delicious lunch menu.

The opening reception will be held from 2-4pm.

December 4, Bank of Ruston presents work of artist M. Douglas Walton

Artist Doug Walton is a world-traveling, art-making, collector of treasures. With a background in architecture, Mr. Walton has a unique aesthetic eye, and is a maker of jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and more. He will have work on exhibit at Bank of Ruston’s annual show, with the opening reception at 5:30

December 4-8, LA Tech Theatre Department presents The Fights Before Christmas

A student-written production generated from Louisiana Tech’s Advanced Acting class, “The Fights Before Christmas” is a dark-humored, lighthearted, action-packed Christmas spectacular for the entire family! Come for the swashbuckling; stay for the Christmas cheers.”The Fights Before Christmas” is another showcase in the eight-year Food Fights project, in which Louisiana Tech competes with other schools with stage combat programs to see who can accumulate the most food for local charities here in Lincoln Parish. Last year they collected over a TON of food for the needy in our area. Can you help them break their record?

Written and produced by: Thomas Comb, Sarah Flanagan, Jake Guinn, Rowan Johnson, Rachael Pace, Taylor Pittman, and Payton Wilburn, the show begins at 7:30pm at the Stone Theatre on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. For more information, the box office number is 318.257.3942  Admission is free with a nonperishable food item donation.
December 6-9, Ruston Community Theatre presents Dad’s Christmas Miracle
Connor Murphy wants a go-cart for Christmas in the worst way  and will go to any lengths to get it. His teacher complicates things by handing out report cards just before Christmas vacation. “This is a socks and underwear report card if ever there was one,” his friend Neil tells him. With his upcoming part in the school Christmas Pageant, his siblings stirring up trouble at home, and his father haunting his thoughts in the style of a Greek chorus, the pressure is really mounting. Can Dad pull off a Christmas Miracle?
This community theatre performance is fun for the entire family, with evening performances at 7pm, and a Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door: season ticket holders or adults $12/children & seniors $6. Directed by Mitch Dufour.
December 11, NCLAC invites our members to the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party
We appreciate the dedication of our supporters throughout the year. Through memberships, donations, volunteerism, and participation, you put the twinkle in our eyes. Please join us at the Dixie Center for the Arts at 6pm for our year-end gathering. RSVP via email to nclac5@gmail.com, or call our office at 255-1450.
December 14, Lawrence Gibbs and the Russ-Town Band present Russ-Town Christmas
An annual event, the Dixie Center for the Arts will be filled with sounds of the season performed by local favorite, the Russ-Town Band.  The hour long show filled with Christmas favorites is a free community concert in support of Toys-for-Tots and Christian Community Action.  Donations of canned food, toys and cash are collected at the door the night of the concert. The show begins at 7:30
December 15, Troupe Dixie presents a Merry Movie Marathon
Troupe Dixie is a group of young professionals who support Ruston’s Dixie Center for the Arts and are working to generate awareness and excitement about the arts among Ruston’s forty-, thirty- and twenty-somethings. For this holiday season they’ll be showing Polar Express at 1pm, with $5 ticket sales benefiting Junior Auxiliary of Ruston. For the adults, there will be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7pm, with an Eggnog & Mistletoe Pre-party at 6, $10 tickets.  Tickets may be purchased at the door. A Trouper shared, “It would make a great Christmas event for work groups, instead of the typical stodgy old get together at the office!” Sounds good to me!
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