The only fine arts festival in the state, UL Lafayette’s Festival of the Arts, begins today. The week long celebration highlights programs from the university’s fine art departments: film, architecture, music, dance, design, printmaking, painting and sculpture. Six days of activities ramble all over Lafayette, from the UL campus to River Ranch, and finally wind up at a grand finale at Iberia Bank downtown. George Rodrigue, a former student in the university’s art program, will be honored with a SPARK lifetime achievement award, says Dean of the College of the Arts Gordon Brooks.
Today, the festival kicks off with a fashion show dubbed “Cajun Flage.” Students from first-year design and fashion design studios have crafted and will model apparel based on Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline.” As a counterpoint to the nineteenth-century poem, the clothes are made out of camouflage fabric — a contemporary ode to local culture. The show will take place at 6 p.m. in the main gallery space of the ACA. For the rest of the week-long schedule, check out the College of the Arts Web site.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.