AIMF experiences “A Taste of Cajun and Creole Louisiana”
Consul General leads introductions.
Video courtesy of Dwight Jodon.
Association Internationale des Maires Francophones members were welcomed March 30 to NUNU Arts and Culture Collective for an evening of music, food and social enjoyment.
AIMF was created in 1979 and serves as a forum for dialogue between mayors and as a means of networking for the purpose of strengthening local democracy. It carries out projects that contribute to improving the well-being and modernization of municipal management.
Members traveled to NUNU’s following a tour of Lake Martin and completion of 2015 meetings in Lafayette.
Creative Placemaking guru joins 2015 Semaine Française d’Arnaudville
SFdA is honored to host Ann Markusen as keynote speaker and invite all to participate who are interested in community building and promotion of creative expression – as means for entryway to prosperity for individuals and communities.
Markusen is Creative Placemaking’s leading authority. Her area of expertise is arts, culture and economic development; regional economics and planning; industrial organization; economic development, local, state, regional; industrial and occupational planning; economic impact of high technology, military spending.
Markusen is the director of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’s Project on Regional and Industrial Economics and currently, her research focuses on occupational approaches to regional development, and on artists, arts organizations, cultural industries, and cultural activity as regional economic and quality-of-life stimulants.
Markusen has been an economic policy fellow with the Brookings Institution; a Fulbright Lecturer in regional development economics in Brazil and has written on European, Korean, and Japanese regional economies as well as on North American cities and regions.
Markusen recently served three years as the Harvey Perloff Chair in the Urban Studies Department at UCLA and is currently serving a six-year term as A. D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University.
Visit www.semaine-francaise-arnaudville.org for program and registration information.
Tea time joins NUNU monthly calendar
“All in the golden afternoon …” begins the poem that introduces us to Alice in Wonderland, and on April 12, to Francesca Kennedy – tea enthusiast.
Kennedy heads NUNU’s most recent addition to its monthly calendar : Second Sunday, 1:30 pm, Golden Afternoon tea demonstration.
For $7 you learn of, and taste, various teas of the English Empire and indulge in homemade traditional tea-time treats.
Participants under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
Partner member events
Tom’s Fiddle and Bow monthly jam, 1-4 pm, first Sunday of the month. Event is a potluck social, so bring a dish along with a musical instrument. Tom’s provides the refreshments. 204 Fuselier Road, Arnaudville
Bayou Teche Brewing Cajun Jam, 2 pm, Saturdays at brewery.
1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville
Poetry and short story readings, 7 p.m., last Wednesday of every month at the Grand Coteau Ballroom in Grand Coteau
Public invited to bring own work and share via open mic.
Demonstration takes center stage on Second Saturdays
Every Thursday – 1:30 p.m., Les Coudre Points, needlework “en français.” Quilting, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, needlepoint. Work together and share knowledge. All ages welcome. Rejoignez-nous.
For more information call Loretta Bourque at 337-754-7115.
First Wednesday – 9:30 a.m., April 1, Demi Tasse short story
club discusses Rebecca Wells’ “E-Z Boy War.” Join members for discussion. Demi Tasse short story club is a Bouki Books sponsored event. Open membership.
First Weekend – 11 a.m.-4 p.m., April 4-5, Artist Retreat, a dedicated two-day work time for visual artists. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to set aside time to work within a creative space. Bring paints, canvas, whatever you wish to work with, or on. $5 members/$15 non-members. Call 337-453-3307 to register. Space limited.
Second Sunday – 1:30 pm, April 12, Golden Afternoon tea demonstration. Francesca Kennedy introduces the brewing and serving of classic British teas. Monthly event provides historic insight into the practices that surround the international enjoyment of tea. Cost is $7. Participants under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
Second Sunday – 2-4 p.m., April 12, Blues Jam with Gitlo Lee, a grassroots guitar Blues man from the Okefenokee Swamp. Lee currently plays at Paragon Casino through July and while in the area invites students of blues and lovers of blues to join in for “Gitlo” exchange. Blues Jam is a free Artists as One Voice sponsored event.
Third Sunday – 3 p.m., April 19, Drum Circle, all ages 10+. Bring percussion instrument and join in the creation of sound through improvisation and exploration. One hour. Participants under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact Clare Hernandez at 337-593-0166.
Third Friday – 7 p.m., April 17, Potluck social. À la bonne franquette. Join us for our monthly Potluck gathering. Meet Deux Bayous featured artist Ann Joubert and enjoy traditional French music jam lead by Byron Boudreaux. Cost is contribution to communal dinner. Non-alcohol refreshments available for purchase. Dining begins 7:30 p.m.
Fourth Thursday – 7 p.m., April 23, Cinéma Français, a monthly French language (with English subtitles) movie night. Bring your favorite snacks and refreshments.
Last Saturday – 9 a.m.-noon, April 25, La Table Française. Popular Francophone gathering. Coffee and homemade treats served alongside fun topics and group conversation. A true cultural immersion experience. No cost.
May (Planning ahead)
First Weekend – 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 2-3, Artist Retreat, a dedicated two-day work time for visual artists. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to set aside time to work within a creative space. Bring paints, canvas, whatever you wish to work with, or on. $5 members/$15 non-members. Call 337-453-3307 to register. Space limited.
First Wednesday – 9:30 a.m., May 6, Demi Tasse short story
club discusses Valerie Martin’s “Spats.” Join members for discussion. Demi Tasse short story club is a Bouki Books sponsored event. Open membership.