WeekINDer 10.12.11

by Walter Pierce

From the world's most prestigious stages to the Heymann Performing Arts Center, Complexions Contemporary Ballet - America's first truly multicultural ballet company - brings its exquisite mix of classical and contemporary ballet to Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Beaux Arts Ball

Porgy & Bess


Museum of Fear

Join UL artist in residence Joe Stewart for a rich, raucous evening of music and medieval pageantry during the Beaux Arts Ball. Held at River Oaks Center in Lafayette, this cavalcade of creativity will feature special guest Kate Linder, a mainstay on the cast of long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless since her debut in 1982 - a role that earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Linder joins longtime friend Stewart, an Emmy Award-winning set designer who is a native of Lafayette and attended our local university before earning a BFA at Carnegie Mellon University.

Your $75 ticket entitles you to music by The Nouveau String Band, a top-rate dinner served cocktail buffet-style and a host of special guests and surprises. Proceeds benefit the UL Lafayette College of the Arts. Call 482-6224 to find out more.

From the world's most prestigious stages to the Heymann Performing Arts Center, Complexions Contemporary Ballet - America's first truly multicultural ballet company - brings its exquisite mix of classical and contemporary ballet to Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The company has been hailed for its athleticism and choreography, bringing audiences to their feet at international dance festivals and at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Bolshoi in Moscow and the Paramount in Seattle.

But true to the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana's mission, Complexions will also conduct a student performance and master class on the UL campus preceding the Heymann performance, and Co-Artistic Director Dwight Rhoden will host along with Acadiana Center for the Arts Artist in Residence Paige Krause a Creative Conversation with Heymann Patrons one hour before the 7:30 p.m. show in the Heymann Center's mezzanine. It's called community outreach, folks. For tickets or further information, contact PASA at 237-2787 or log on to Pasa-OnLine.org.

If ballet is a little too "high" culture for you, get down to the Vermilionville Performance Center at 7 p.m. Thursday for Fiddlers on the Bayou. Famed Louisiana fiddler and former Mamou Playboy David Greely has teamed up with Bayou Vermilion District to bring six fiddlers - Mitch Reed of Beausoleil; Anya Burgess of Bonsoir, Catin; Feufollet's Chris Segura, fiddle champ Curry Perkins and Nova Scotian Carmen D'Entremont - together for an exploration of fiddles and fiddling styles unheard of before in these parts. The evening will also include ecology presentations devoted to water quality in the Bayou Vermilion. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at FiddlersOnTheBayou.com or by calling 233-4077.

Ragin' Cajun alumni are coming home on Oct. 15 when the Cajuns square off against the North Texas Mean Green at Cajun Field, but a melodious homecoming can be had the night before at Angelle Hall when the university's music department hosts the UL Lafayette Homecoming Concert.

This year's homecoming theme is "Have No Fear, The Cajuns are Here!" and the musicians will cleave to that lofty sentiment by celebrating heroes and superheroes including comic book icons, athletes and America's service members. Program highlights will include John Williams' 1996 Olympic score, "Summon the Heroes" as well as music from the film The Dark Knight. The homecoming concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. To find out more call 482-6016 or go to Arts.Louisiana.edu.

Get the hell scared out of your butt on Fridays and Saturdays in October at the Lafayette Science Museum with the return of Acadiana's scariest haunted house experience: Museum of Fear. Stroll through more than 8,000 square feet between 7-11 p.m. as gruesome ghouls and ghastly goblins pop from the shadows and the hair pops up on the back of your neck. Museum of Fear is drawing crowds from afar, at once dazzled and terrified by the elaborate set designs, custom sound and lighting and even scene-specific aromas combined with a cast of professional actors in special effects makeup. What does fear smell like? Find out at the Museum of Fear. For details visit LafayetteScienceMuseum.org or call 291-5544.

Singer Cory Guidry made his mark on the Lafayette music scene belting out tunes for Strawboss. Cory made a lot of friends and admirers during his years at the mic, and they're paying him back on Friday at Grant Street Dancehall with a benefit concert. Like many musicians, Cory didn't have health insurance when he was diagnosed with chronic leukemia a few months ago, so Ross Dupré, the Louisiana native now living in Nashville who manages Marc Broussard, decided to gather some of the area's finest to show Cory how much they care. The bill of performers is stellar: Marc Broussard, Baby Bee, David Egan, Brian Marshall, Rex Moroux, Richard Review and a reunion of Cory's old band, Strawboss, which he will join on stage for a few classics from the late '90s/early '00s. The music begins at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Go to GrantStreetDanceHall.com to get yours.

One man's trash is another man's ... well, you know. The Seven-Mile Yard Sale will line highways 31 and 93 from Arnaudville through Grand Coteau to Sunset beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. Residents and visitors alike are invited to set up a table or tables and move some goods - everything from vintage clothing to kitchen appliances to tools to the weird crafts you find on Etsy will be piled high and deep. Many of the gift shops in these quaint St. Landry Parish towns will also have special sales in conjunction with the yard sale, which lasts until 4 p.m. and is a great way to pass a good time. Outside vendors should call and reserve space. The Seven-Mile Yard Sale will go down rain or shine. Hopefully shine. To find out more, call Brandy at the Arnaudville Chamber of Commerce, 754-5316.

Head back to the Heymann Performing Arts Center, where this installment of WeekINDer began, on Sunday when world-renowned soprano Angela Brown is the featured soloist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra for a performance of George Gershwin's immortal opera, Porgy and Bess. The concert will also feature one of America's preeminent bassists, Kevin Deas, along with the Acadiana Sings! Youth Chorus comprising members of choral ensembles from high schools across Acadiana. The Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra will provide pre-concert entertainment, with cocktails and hors doevres catered by Trynd. The event begins at 3 p.m.. Tickets are available through TicketMaster.com. For further information call 232-4277.