Johnny Sabastian, Jordan Judice, Brian DeHart, Rubens Mesa, Christian Hererra, Stacey Fabre, Dax Allen, Dawn LeFever, Mike Hindelang and Blaine McManus
Tiffany Lamson and Blaine McManus
Monika Muñoz and Nidal Balbeisi
David White and Mallori Whitfield
The 2009 LCHCC Foundation's new board members are (from left) Lynne Durel, Cherie Hebert, Phena Guidry, Rae Brodnax, Susan Slocum, Bobbi Mendez and Dr. Jerome Alesi (not pictured)
MAXIM Entertainment gave insiders a first look at its inaugural feature film, Macumba, March 12 at the Carmike Cinema. Maxim reserved the entire theater for the event, which filled the lobby with chatter and laughter. Virtually all the local actors, most of whom had little or no acting experience and many of whom double as zombies in the movie, attended the red-carpet gala. Many of these locals also doubled as production technicians during filming last year mainly in Opelousas. Rubens Mesa, co-owner of Guamas Restaurant downtown along with wife Julieta, also attended. Mesa has a small role as a medical examiner in Macumba. Travel agent, rock musician and Chamber big wig Robbie Bush, who also has a role in the movie, attended as well. City-Parish President Joey Durel, tourism chief Gerald Breaux, and LCG entertainment liaison Marcus Brown were among those who turned out to support the movie. Notable in attendance among the Mexican television actors at the premiere was Monika Muñoz. The screening of the movie was a bit rough due to some technical problems, but Macumba producer Blaine McManus acknowledged before the lights went down that what the partisan crowd was about to see was a “rough draft.” A rousing ovation followed the final credit, and an after party at Agave Restaurant downtown went well into the night.
The Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic Foundation recently announced that its Eleventh Annual Silver Bell Soiree raised $165,000. The Lafayette Parish Medical Society Alliance worked with the foundation’s board to put on the December event at the Cajundome Convention Center, which was beautifully decorated by Ted Viator. The Icarus Trio played for the chairman of the board’s private reception for sponsors, and the soiree entertainment was provided by the Neighborhood Stars. The foundation’s role is to raise funds, through events like the Silver Bell Soiree, for the long-term sustainability of the clinic.
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.