it must be Banners Series Season! Soon after my family and I moved to Louisiana, we discovered Banners, a cultural/arts organization associated with McNeese State University. Each spring, Banners presents various concerts with acts from across the country and around the world. Initially, we thought Banners was Lake Charles' best kept secret. We were astonished that, for $150.00, we got two tickets to over twenty concerts and lectures. But in recent years, the Series has become so popular, it can be difficult to find a parking spot or a seat in the theater. We've learned to get there early! The entertainment is so varied and diverse; musical acts range from classical to Cajun to country and everything in between. A few years ago, one of our favorite performers was Jake Shimabukuro, an incredible ukulele player. Dance performances vary from ballet to belly dancing. Andrew's favorite show last year was Rhythmic Circus, a group of fast flying-footwork tap dancers. The lectures discuss topics from politics and religion to the environment and social issues.
This afternoon, we saw MozART Group, a comedic string quartet from Poland. Check out their website here and see a video clip here. I found them to be massively entertaining. That's the great thing about Banners. Even when I think I'm going to enjoy a performance, I usually love it more than I thought I would. And we're just getting started with this season! See www.banners.org for more information.