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0d9fb3e0-8365-46a7-af8e-e19ff919d5caThe International Center welcomes Association Internationale des Maires Francophones to “A Taste of Cajun and Creole Louisiana,”

a culinary, music and artistic event featuring presentations by artists and artisans of St. Martin, St. Landry and Lafayette parishes.

The Association Internationale des Maires Francophones 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 and has chosen Lafayette to conduct its 2015 meeting.

This final event/reception takes place 5:30-9 p.m., Monday, March 30 at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville, 1510 Courtableau Highway (La. 93E), Arnaudville. Facility use includes presentations within and among the collective’s following structures:

  • La Petite Magasin: a rustic three-stall former hay barn
    Singleton Hardware Building: a 5000-square-foot cultural art space with 17-foot ceilings and time-worn floors
  • La Pataterie:  a 2800-square-foot potato drying kiln, converted into an exhibition space.
  • Elements Village Pavilions: four open-air structures representing earth, air, fire and water and public art sculptures.
  • Viewing of Degrees of Separation, Louisiana – Bretagne art exhibit.

“A Taste of Cajun and Creole Louisiana” is a by-invitation event.

Tiny House workshop invites public to tap into special summary presentations

ARNAUDVILLE – The public is invited to join with Tiny House workshop participants at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective for three special summary presentations:

  • 4:15 pm, Sunday, March 8 – Art Cormier, Tiny House Educator with Tumbleweed Tiny House Company – Composting Toilets with show and tell.
  • 4:15 pm, Sunday March 22 – Ross Reilly and Bob O’Hara, Solar Energy Specialists with Joule Solar Energy – Solar Energy and Solar Panel Installation.
  • 4:15 pm, Sunday March 29 – Geoff Gjertson, Architect, AIA, Professor of Architecture at ULL – Efficient Space Design for Small Spaces.

The Tiny House phenomenal is a countermovement promoting reduction in living space for the purpose of a simpler life. Incorporated into constructions are varying levels of environmentally-friendly adaptations, such as solar panel, compost toilets and SIP panels.

The first of two Tiny Houses is currently under construction at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective. These Tiny Houses will become part of the collective’s growing rural artist residency program.

Summary presentation will take place at La Pataterie, the former Singleton Sweet Potato drying shed that is located east of the collective facility. No cost.

For more information on the Tiny House movement check out this recent NPR interview tiny house.

Parlez-vous français?

Classes begin March 5

055ab0bb-f1e9-443e-9d4c-6233f5ccb412Learn conversational French as it is spoken every day, no endless grammar or spelling lessons, just the essentials, with Marie Bossard, a French native, former teacher, and long time resident of Acadiana.

Class length is five weeks, conducted 6:30-8 pm, consecutive Thursdays, beginning March 5 and ending April 2. Note: class size is limited to 15 students.

And here is the real surprise, cost is a most affordable $9 per class for members and $12 per class for non-members.

Make these five weeks your start, or even restart, into French language use. To register for classes visit: NUNU yoU

Deux Bayous Gallery
features works by Ann Joubert

ac088ad6-9986-4c30-97e3-68f167a98ea2Oil paintings by Church Point artist Ann Joubert are featured in March at Deux Bayous Gallery within the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective.

“My love of color has led me down many creative paths, and experimentation with different media has taught me the benefits and limitations of each,” Joubert says. “My first love was oil but sometimes the need to use other media help me to achieve the results I was looking for. I grew to love all media, but always return to oils, the smell always brings me back to my beginning. One must never forget the first days and or years of their first love.”

Deux Bayous Gallery is open 11 am-4pm, Thurs-Sun, and is the visual arts core of the collective.

Tiny House workshop begins

dcbb071c-a5ac-44e9-8462-12bcb2d624feNUNU Arts and Culture Collective was abuzz Saturday when the Tiny House workshop team met and began its first day of work.

Tiny House completion for use in artist residence exchange project expected by first weekend in April.

40d2f5a3-0eee-467e-a705-96f9afee9018Go team!

For more information on the Tiny House movement check out this recent NPR interview tiny house

536Partner 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.

 

Events Schedule

March

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., March 4, Demi Tasse short story
club discusses Allen Weir’s “Things About to Disappear.” 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., March 7-8, 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
– 2-4 p.m., March 8, 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., March 15, 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 16 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact Clare Hernandez at 337-593-0166.

Third Friday – 7 p.m., March 20, 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., March 26, Cinéma Français, a monthly French language (with English subtitles) movie night. Bring your favorite snacks and refreshments.

Last Saturday – 9 a.m.-noon, March 28, La Table Française. Popular Francophone gathering. Coffee and homemade treats served alongside fun topics and group conversation. A true cultural immersion experience. No cost.

April preview

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.

Vendors line-up for bi-annual 7-mile Yard Sale

Two ways to know it is spring in Acadiana: pecan trees show foliage and the 7-mile Yard Sale gears up for roadies from Arnaudville to Henderson.

Venders seeking March 21 participation in Arnaudville-Cecilia areas should call (337) 754-7724 or (337) 754-5316; and in Henderson area (337) 501-6022.

Also residents along highways 93E, 31 and 347 who wish to participate, should call for route inclusion.

The 7-mile Yard Sale does not endorse the sale of mass produced, non-locally owned items. Intent of sale is to serve as attic/rummage sale opportunity.

Centre International de Lafayette
selects NUNU for AIMF social

0d9fb3e0-8365-46a7-af8e-e19ff919d5caOn March 30, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective welcomes AIMF president Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, and 20+ members including the mayors of Montreal and Quebec, to a “Taste of Cajun and Creole Louisiana.”

The Association Internationale des Maires Francophones 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 and has chosen Lafayette to conduct its 2015 meeting.

“Taste of Cajun and Creole Louisiana” is a by-invitation and limited ticketed event that showcases French Louisiana culture.