Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011

20110921-weekender-0101Thursday, Sept. 22
September is Hunger Action Month and the Second Harvest Food Bank is holding its annual drive to bulk up its food supply for the needy — plenty of children go to bed and to school hungry, as do their parents, and these families need our help. Grant Street Dancehall has partnered with Second Harvest for a fundraiser concert featuring Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Come dance to zydeco and bring a food donation to get admitted to the fun for only $6 ($8 if you come empty handed). If you can’t come but want to drop off food, Second Harvest will start accepting donation in Grant Street’s parking lot starting at 4 p.m. They are looking for dry and canned goods and any other non-perishable food item you think could help. You can opt to donate money or boxes of food by calling 991-0798 and arranging a pick-up. — Anna Purdy

Sept. 23-25
You kill ‘em, they grill ‘em: Roadkill Diner: An Original Musical Comedy is running all weekend, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. matinée at Cité des Arts. This is (as of this writing) its last weekend of performances. Opelousas-based playwright Dennis Ward wrote this colloquialism-packed comedy about a dysfunctional Southern family, fittingly enough with the last name Nutt, the diner they own and the wedding only family members want to happen. Think Tennessee Williams characters on Jerry Springer after a bender in Branson, Mo. All of the original songs are by Roddy Barnes. The first weekend’s performances nearly sold out so it is recommended that you get tickets in advance. Tickets are available online at citedesarts.org or by calling Cité at 291-1122. — AP

Saturday, Sept. 24
This Saturday Lafayette gets to be one city in 450 participating in “100 Thousand Poets for Change.” Across the world in 600 separate events in more than 95 countries, the aim is for poets to “get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world,” according to the official website for this movement. “100 Thousand Poets for Change” wants to get dialogues going between poets, not only about art but about the world around them. At 7 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ Moncus Theater, Lafayette will be part of this worldwide effort. Local writers Jessica Bordelon, Jonathan Penton, Rhonda Robison and Lana Wiggins are hosting a poetry festival with poets from around the state. Former poet laureate of Louisiana Darrell Bourque will read with LSU’s Laura Mullen as part of a spoken word troupe, Revolution Theory. All events will be recorded and archived at the University of California at Stanford. Six bucks to attend and the money raised will go to local non-profits. There will be a cash bar because Dylan Thomas would have wanted it that way. — AP

Saturday, Sept. 24
LAfestival is put on every year to raise money for the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper organization. The Basinkeepers do just that — protect and preserve the approximately 885,000 acres of forested wetlands and 517,000 acres of marshland from pollution. The more pollution, the more erosion. The more erosion, the quicker south Louisiana becomes the Gulf of Mexico. So LAfestival 2011 is here to raise money for this non-profit organization that loves the basin and wants to keep it around for the next several generations. Musicians from here to New Orleans are donating their time to perform this night. The line-up is The Revivalists, The Botanist, Royal Teeth, Eric Lindell and Dax Riggs. If you buy tickets in advance of the show they are only $8. However, if you or your workplace are feeling generous, a VIP package is $500 and comes with 2 VIP passes and your logo airs on a commercial on KATC-3 for two weeks. Check out lafestival.net for more information on the festival and tickets and basinkeeper.org for more on our increasingly precious and precarious swamp. — AP

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