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Contact: Christine Payton March 18, 2009
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The College of the Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will host its third annual Festival of the Arts March 30 through April 4.

The honoree for the Spring 2009 Finale and recipient of the SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award will be artist George Rodrigue. During the Festival, different activities will be themed around Rodrigue and his art. For instance, on March 30, a fashion runway show will be held at the Acadiana Center for the Arts where a Rodrigue exhibit focusing on the Acadians will be on display.

Events scheduled for Festival of the Arts include:

March 30

• Festival Kickoff: Fashion Show. Students from the first-year design studios will design, craft, and model apparel created from non-traditional materials. They will read Longfellow’s poem Evangeline, and their designs will be based on the poem. The show will take place in the main gallery space of the Acadiana Center for the Arts, amidst a backdrop of George Rodrigue’s paintings. The show starts at 6 p.m. and admission is $10.

March 31

• School of Music concert. The Faculty Jazz Combo and the Faculty Brass Quintet will join forces for a concert at 7:30 pm in the Fletcher Hall auditorium. Admission is $10.

April 1

• George Rodrigue will present a lecture at 11 a.m. in the Angelle Hall auditorium. Admission to this event is free.

• Trolley Tour of River Ranch. The tour will begin in the Town Square and continue around the traditional neighborhood development, guided by one of the key architects of the project. The tour starts at 6 p.m. and the cost is $15.

• Little Movies, Big Impact! – Screening of Rice and Gravy with creators on hand to answer questions afterwards. In addition there will be a discussion led by Charles Richard, Director of the Cinematic Arts Workshop at UL Lafayette, Conni Castille, Allison Bohl, and Donny Broussard about how small films can hit big audiences at festivals. The screening is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Fletcher Hall auditorium. Admission is free.

April 2

• Marais Press Printmaking and Fletcher Hall Studios Open House. Marais Press, coordinated by Brian Kelly, associate professor of Printmaking at UL Lafayette, is the only university-housed printmaking press in Louisiana that invites prominent local, regional, national, and international printmakers and artists to UL Lafayette. Artists will collaborate with students in the production of printed editions. Prints will be available for sale following the show. In addition to the Marais Press, several studios will be open throughout Fletcher Hall including Architecture and Design, Painting, Metal Work and Jewelry, Graphic Design, and the Wood Shop. The public is invited to the open house from noon to 4 p.m. at Fletcher Hall. Admission is free.

• Evening of Dance Opening Night. This 7:30 p.m. performance showcases student choreographers’ work with a broad range of genre. The palette is loaded, brush in hand, and imagination lit! Other performances: Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday matinee. All performances are in Angelle Hall. Admission is $10.

April 3

• Lighting for Dance: A Colorful, Collaborative Conversation. Travis Johnson, M.F.A., assistant professor of Design and Technical Direction at UL Lafayette and guest designers will present a lecture about lighting for stage, in particular, for dance. This lecture coincides with the Department of Performing Arts production of Evening of Dance. It starts at 1 p.m. in the Fletcher Hall auditorium. Admission is free.

• Special Viewing of George Rodrigue: Legends and Lives of Louisiana. The special opening will be at 6:30 p.m. at Acadiana Center for the Arts. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Admission is $20.

April 4

• Bike for Team BeauSoleil Tour. The ride will begin and end at the BeauSolieil Warehouse in the United Way Complex (215 E. Pinhook Rd.) Pre-registration and packet pickup will begin at 8 am. There will be 10 mile, 30 mile and 50 mile rides. Pre- and post-ride refreshments will be available. The ride helps support UL Lafayette’s Solar Decathlon Team in the 2009 U.S. Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. this fall. Admission is $35 on ride day.

• Rodrigue Student Workshop. This event is part of the Education Series and will be held at the Acadiana Center for the Arts at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

• Rodrigue Book Signing. This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts with free admission.

• Festival of the Arts Finale. A gala honoring George Rodrigue will be held at 7 p.m. at the IberiaBank Building downtown. There will be food from local restaurants, including, Blue Dog Cafe and Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro, entertainment, live and silent auctions. The auctions will feature work from College of the Arts students and faculty and other community. Admission is $50.

Tickets available at the door for all events. Advanced ticket purchase recommended for Festival Finale. Festival Passes are available for $75, which allows entrance into all ticketed events, including the Finale. Please e-mail arts@louisiana.edu or call (337) 482-6224 for more information.

Document last revised Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:47 PM

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