The Pipeline

The Pipeline 09.29.10

by Dege Legg

The Horse Farm is back in the news. Time to make some decisions. Do you want to chill in a beautiful, centrally located park in Lafayette or do you want to drink hot beer in a sweltering parking lot while arm wrestling the local knuckleheads for kicks?

The Horse Farm is back in the news. Time to make some decisions. Do you want to chill in a beautiful, centrally located park in Lafayette or do you want to drink hot beer in a sweltering parking lot while arm wrestling the local knuckleheads for kicks? Do you want a green space to throw Frisbee and hang with your kids or do you want to stay cooped up in the apartment amongst the inner darkness where there shall be much weeping and gnashing of teeth? You decide. It's like this: concrete vs. grass. Nature vs. asphalt. Genius vs. Jackass. That's the math. At 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, the city council will vote on the Lafayette Consolidated Government budget proposal for the upcoming year. Included in this budget proposal is a measure that would provide $500,000 as a down payment for LCG to purchase the Horse Farm property at fair market value from UL for use as a passive park. Contingent on the LCG budget passing, the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority has pledged to give $2 million towards the total purchase price of approximately $5.7 million. The remainder of the balance will be paid in installments over the course of 10 years and will potentially include a land swap to further reduce this price. As citizens, we elect our public officials to represent our priorities concerning how our taxpayer dollars are spent; therefore, it's our responsibility to speak up in regards to those decisions. Take a moment to contact your city councilman and urge him to support Joey Durel's budget proposal for the Horse Farm. In addition, you can attend the council meeting at City Hall and fill out a blue card indicating your support on Sept. 30. Do it.

Here's to new energy sources. You may not have heard of zero-point energy and over-unity devices yet, but definitely know something about solar power. That is good. Local bands, DJs, belly dancers and activists are gathering to lend their talents to Sol Musica, a fundraiser for LA Clean Tech, a Louisiana non-profit working to promote alternative energy and installation training programs like those at Acadiana Tech College. Radio Discordia, Jerikaye Maria Magdalena and Bodacious Brothers are presenting the show, which will include Really Really, SILVAS, Ismonic Trybe, Habibi Bizarre, The FireMaiden from OuterSpace and One-Eyed Doll from Austin. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Grant Street on Oct. 1. Be there.

In addition to being a canned precooked meat product made in Texas, Snarky Puppy® is a funk rock, jam band. The band's ingredients include chopped pork, shoulder meat (with ham meat added), salt, water, modified potato starch, guitars, drums, keyboards and horns. Snarky Puppy's gelatinous glaze comes from the cooling of meat stock. Tell Your Friends, the band's latest album, was recorded and shot for DVD at Dockside Studios in Maurice. Snarky Puppy is sometimes sold in can form and can be ingested through any major orifice. Some critics argue that while the formula for Snarky Puppy has been changed to remove trans fatty acids, the fully hydrogenated Jamicide used to replace them may cause involuntary spazz dancing and stains. The surgeon general's reports state that casual exposure to stains is not life-threatening. Snarky Puppy play Grant Street on Sept. 29.

Don't get your cha-cha in a faux pas, but the Latin Music Festival is back. The annual music and culture fest trumpets all things Latin and groovy. Best of all it is free. There will be food, fun the family peeps, and a bunch of dance music. Live acts include Madeline and Pena Rafael, Daniel Gonzalez, Freddy Omar y su Banda, Baile Mejicano, Mary's Band, Zeni & Cuban Papi, and many more. The Latin Music Festival happens on Oct. 2 from noon 10 p.m. at Parc International in downtown Lafayette.

On Oct. 3, Blue Moon hosts "Pink Ribbon Jam: A Celebration of Life." This event raises money to pay for mammograms for the under-insured and transportation costs for those going through cancer treatment. Sponsored by the Cajun Invasion dragon boat racing team, the benefit runs 2 8 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Blue Moon. Live entertainment for the spectacularly fabulous event includes hot connoisseur and fiddler Hadley Castille, blues guitar master craftsman Keith Blair, Cajun singer and lifesaver Jamie Bergeron, Tortue, and Couillon Cajun humorist Danny Guidry. There will also be a silent auction, food and a raffle. Go.

The Fall Shadows-on-the-Teche Arts & Crafts Fair is coming Oct. 2. It will include more than 80 vendors. Science will be upheld. But fun will be had. Artists from around the state will set up along the Shadows fence and exhibit and sell paintings, prints, jewelry, candles, pottery, driftwood carvings, cypress furniture, potted meat products, stained glass & copper work, whimsical yard art, dresses and more. The fair takes place at 317 East Main St. in New Iberia from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. All funds raised will be used for the continued preservation of Shadows-on-the-Teche.

Kevin Sekhani at Blue Moon on Sept. 30.Thomas "Big Hat" Fields, Feu Follet, Geno Delafose play the Bayou Vermilionville Music Festival on Oct. 3 On Sept. 29, Marc Broussard opens up this season of Rhythms on the RiverLatin magic man of the salsa hoodoo Viváz plays DTA at Parc Sans Souci on Oct. 1On Oct. 29, the Nouveau String Band plays Café des Amis in Beaux Bridge Bobby Broussard & Friends play Somewhere's Else Lounge on Oct. 2 After DTA on Oct. 1, go check out Yazoo at Antler's on Jefferson St Horace Trahan plays the Beat the Heat series at Barnes & Noble on Sept. 30