There’s more to do than a body can hope to achieve this weekend in Acadiana.
Starting at 11 a.m. today, Les Freres Michot will fiddle up some traditional Cajun music at Bach Lunch, in Parc Sans Souci, downtown Lafayette. In conjunction with Bach Lunch, at 11:30, the traditional Cutting of the Boudin, the opening ceremonies for Festivals Acadienes et Creoles will take place.
Stick around downtown. At 2 p.m., Québecois filmmaker André Gladu will present excerpts from the film La Veillée des Veillées, based on the historic concert that he organized in Montréal in 1975, which helped to launch the career of a young Zachary Richard, and also presented Marc Savoy, Lionel Leleux, Don Montoucet and D. L. Menard, along with musicians from all over the French-speaking Americas. He will also present three episodes from his landmark series, Le Son des Français d’Amérique, including “Réveille,” which also featured Zachary Richard, who will be on hand to participate in the discussion with Gladu. This presentation will be followed by a reception at Lafayette’s International Center, in collaboration with the Québec Government Delegation in Atlanta, from 5-6:30 p.m. . Gladu’s films will also be playing in a special tent during the festival, on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Then amble over to Parc International for a Downtown Alive! special festival performance. Feufollet and a special guest will kick off DTA, followed by a Cajun Country Homecoming featuring Doug Kershaw, Jo-El Sonnier, Jimmy C. Newman.
Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Festivals Acadiens et Créoles commences in Girard Park. Check out the Web site for a schedule of music, food, crafts, dance and a chance to become a festival sponsor. The festival continues through Sunday.
Saturday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., ArtWalk takes place downtown.
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St. / 233-7060
Main Gallery: October 10–December 19, 2009
John Geldersma: Spirit Poles & New Work
Also at AcA
The Lafayette Photographic Society will open their show, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” at The Acadiana Center for the Arts, during Art Walk on Saturday, October 10, 2009. The show will run until the end of October.
Side Gallery Series: October 10-November 6, 2009
Bryan Lafaye: Around Corners
Louisiana Crafts Guild
Terry Palmer’s exhibition, Clayvoyance, will be featured in the AcA vault October 10-December 19, 2009.
Adrian Fulton’s Fine Art Gallery
302 Jefferson St. / 658-3274
Architects + Artists Gallery
200 Jefferson St. / 234-4166
“Stronger With Each Other,” an exhibit of digital photographs by New Iberia photographer James Edmunds, will be on display Oct. 10- Nov. 10, 2009.
Cité des Arts
109 Vine St. / 291-1122
Francis Pavy Gallery
210 Gordon St. / 232-6682
549 Jefferson St. / 593-0796
538 Jefferson St. / 337-233-2589
“New Realm” by Amy Guidry
535 ½ Jefferson St. / 234-5492
Galerie Eclaireuse presents Tom Secrest’s “At the Temple of Ozma”, which is an artist’s studio look at his work going back 30 years.
Gallery R (at The Russo Group)
116 E. Congress St. / 769-1530
Susan David at Gallery R
Lafayette Science Museum
433 Jefferson St. / 337-291-5544
If it is a clear night, look for the Lafayette Science Museum’s telescope in Parc Sans Souci near the Vermilion Street sidewalk for a great view of Jupiter and its moons.
Lounge Art Gallery
402 S. Buchanan St. / 236-5570
205 ½ W. Vermilion St. / 267-4453
Pottery Alley is having an open studio and “play in clay” day! People can visit the studio, watch potters at work and play with clay.
Sans Souci Gallery
219 E. Vermilion St. / 266-7999
Sans Souci will feature Cindy Adams’ twisted wire jewelry and handmade candles with pressed flowers.
Whoojoo Stained Glass
532 Jefferson St. / 269-9310
Whoojoo Glass will be featuring new pottery by artist Tanya Schulze, and metal sculpture by Russell Whiting for the October Artwalk. Jewelry, metal arts, paintings, photography, drawings by area favorites David Alpha, Annette Aucoin, Diane Pecnic, Janet Himbert Nehrbass, Niel Nehrbass, Colleen Lastrapes, and glass work by owner Craig McCullen will also be on display.
Down in New Iberia, the 20th annual World Championship Gumbo Cookoff takes place in Bouligny Plaza. Music, crafts, food of all sorts except Gumbo is on tap for Saturday, and on Sunday, be prepared to taste some of the best gumbo in the land.
Come nightfall, all three nights, clubs around town will be jammed and jamming. Check The Grid (click Calendar, then Grid) at The Ind for detailed info.