SEVEN-MILE YARD SALE
It’s the king of all garage sales. The annual Seven-Mile Yard Sale, between Arnaudville and Grand Coteau is back. The sale stretches along Hwy. 93 and takes place throughout both towns. Everyone is invited to set up tables to sell anything — kitchen appliances, tools, plants, handmade gifts, whatever. Vendors are invited to call and reserve a space. A yard sale could be a great fundraiser for church and school groups or even a gang of jokers looking to go on a road trip. In addition, many of the gift shops along the route will feature special sales as well as food and fun stuff. The Seven-Mile Yard Sale takes place on March 19, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 662-4002 or 662-1032.
ATTN doom boys, underage speed wheelers, snuff dealers and feeble fish squeezers. Here’s a killer show to attend. It will make you feel less alone in the world and stave off “feelings of sadness, anxiety, emptiness, hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, irritability or restlessness.” Tombs is black-heavy, charbroiled blast furnace plunge. Wormrot is Asian fusion grind meets wolfburger. Louisiana bands Wildfires, This Horrible Machine and Survive the Musical – rotor heavy, drill bit rumble to beef queef – open the show on March 21 at Frankie’s on Jefferson Street. This is an all ages show, starting at 8 p.m. Cover is $6 till 10 p.m. After that, it’s $8. Go.
They’re monster trucks. You like them big, loud, and crunchy. Why have it any other way? Sure you like to write poetry, read Proust, and sip tea in the late afternoon with friends but secretly, what you really want to do is drive a monster truck. Park that thing outside the poetry reading, rev the engine, and then hop out with your book of poems and read them to the enlightened folks. That’s the way to go. This is a little poem I call “Ground Pounder,” formerly known as “War Wizard.” Cajundome hosts the Monster Jam monster truck show on March 19 & 20. Grave Digger, Ice Monster and all the other famous monster trucks will be there tearing it up. Bust it, fool.
POST-DTA / ANTLER’S
He’s the cool duke of backroad blues and ragged roots and he’s come to melt faces, move buttocks, and slang guitar licks. That’s how he works. Since releasing his deconstructed blues masterpiece, The American Electric, Michael Juan Nunez and his band have been burning up the road miles in the Deep South, playing numerous shows in the region. He brings it all back home to Antler’s on March 18. There is no better restaurant bar to hang out at after Downtown Alive is over than Antler’s. Good food. Good people. Good music. And I’m not just saying that because they hook me up with bacon now and then when I’m hungry in the mornings. Do it.
Here’s a challenge. Make a three-minute movie in three days, using three plot points, a random person, an off-the-wall place and an obscure object. If that sounds like the kind of creative challenge you’d be interested in, head over to AOC on March 18 and sign up to participate.
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
UL hosts Festival of the Arts March 20-26. The annual festival, which takes place at various locations in Lafayette, includes a fashion runway show, a SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award, live music performances, workshops, plays, panel discussions and more. For more info, call 482-1426.
UL Lafayette Wind Ensemble Concert
Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall, 3 p.m.
Fashion Runway Show
Acadiana Center for the Arts’ James D. Moncus Theater, 6 p.m.
Encore performance of “Picnic”- a play by William Inge
Burke Theatre in Burke-Hawthorne Hall, 7:30 p.m.
3-D Arts Atelier and Marais Press Printmaking, Fletcher Hall
Animation and Media Screening
Fletcher Hall 5:30 p.m.
Cajun/Bluegrass Flat-Picking Guitar Picking Summit
With David Doucet and David Sonnier. Angelle Hall Choral Room 7:30 p.m.
PASA Master Classes by Bela Flek, Zakkir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer
Angelle Hall Room 153, 2-3:30 p.m.
Moving Image Arts Panel Discussion
Fletcher Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Symposium on Traditional Music
Angelle Hall Room 153, 1:30-5 p.m.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with the UL Symphony Orchestra
Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day
448 Carver Street, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gala Festival Finale
Dupre Library, 7 p.m.
Bust out the glow sticks and disco bits, Nitetown goes full-on raveonaut when it hosts the titans of dance, techno and electronic music: DJ Trashy, DJ Johnny Cage, Cupid and DJ Super Dave on March 18.
Riffs of Griff, the magical wizard of space spirals, earthen sod and psychotronic guitar displays, returns to the hippie haven of Artmosphere. If you’re not down with UL professor Griff Blakewood, you’re probably not down with universal love, peace and truth. To each his own. Riffs of Griff works his special magic with Blue Squirrel on March 16 at Artmosphere.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular McKinley Street bar, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue -- the second in the last four months.
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:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
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.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.