The Acadiana Center for the Arts on Vermilion Street downtown is set to break ground Thursday on a state-of-the-art — pun intended — 300-seat theatre. The structure will go up in the lot currently occupied by the abandoned LBA bank drive-thru adjacent to the ACA building.
The space will feature all the amenities of a world-class performance space, including high-definition audio/visual systems, a flexible floor plan to accommodate myriad types of performance art, studio-quality “silent” air conditioning and a design meant to maximize acoustics.
ACA staff envision a wide range of activities in the space, including traditional drama performances, dance, film screenings and daytime children’s workshops.
The ground-breaking ceremony will be conducted from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
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.