Fortunately, 307 Downtown owners Robert Guercio and Michael Delcambre are fiction fans. This spring, poetry recitations, creative non-fiction and short fiction readings, dramatic ensemble pieces and a little bit of comedy all take the floor in the back room at 307. UL creative writing doctoral students Patrick Crerand and Mike Jauchen stepped up to shepherd the series through its new season with a line-up of graduate students and faculty members as well as an invitation for the writing public to take advantage of the open mike. "It's important not to forget that literature does exist in common spaces," Crerand says. "We could do this at the university, but there is an ambience of place that makes it less formal, more communal."
Crerand and Jauchen decided to put a new spin on the performance aspect of the series, opening evenings with a little theatre. "Mike is the good host; I'm the evil host," Crerand says of their skits. "We're trying to make it humorous, warm up the crowd, offer theme songs for readers, get the crowd's attention."
While no one knows exactly when the reading series started, UL Creative Writing professor Jerry McGuire says it's at least 20 years old. The first presentations ' spontaneous, moveable plays created from overheard conversations at coffeehouses ' were called Eavesdrop Theatre. By the early '90s, the series found a home at CafÃ© 101 on Johnston Street, a notoriously grungy coffee house across the street from the university. Fast food pizzeria Papa John's replaced coffee and poetry, but the literary venture found a new home and identity at Chris' Poboys on Jefferson Street. Coffee was replaced by beer, and the crowd of literary cognoscenti swelled; Crerand expects no less at 307.
The UL Graduate Student Reading Series takes place weekly at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 307 Downtown, through May 4.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
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Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
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The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
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