Around Acadiana for April 30, 2013

BY Richard Burgess, Marsha sills and BILLY GUNN

Acadiana bureau

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Jazz Ensemble will perform Friday in the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ Jazz @ the Center series finale.

The concert will be at Moncus Theater, which will be transferred for the evening into an intimate New York City-style jazz club for the evening.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for ULL students and faculty; ticket prices for others are $20 to $30.

The show is billed “ULL Jazz Ensemble AcA,” and is a collaboration between the ULL School of Music and the center.

Tickets can be purchased online at AcadianaCenterforArts.org, by visiting the AcA box office at 101 W. Vermilion St. in downtown Lafayette, or by calling (337) 233-7060.

Instrument recycling

The Performing Arts Society of Acadiana’s “Play it Again” instrument recycling program will collect instruments through Tuesday, April 30, to benefit young music students.

Instruments that are in good condition are needed, and can be dropped off at Lafayette Music at 3700 Johnston St., C&M Music at 5427 Johnston St., Prof Erny’s at 1508 South College Road, and E’s Kitchen at 1921 Kaliste Saloom Road.

For more information, call PASA at (337) 237-2787.

‘Gatsby’ fundraiser set

The Performing Arts Society of Acadiana will honor recipients of its 2013 Award of Excellence during “A Gatsby Affair,” a fundraiser set for 6:30 p.m. May 10 at The Victorian, 302 E. Main St. in Broussard.

The event will feature live music from the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra. Cocktail attire or 1920s-era costumes are encouraged. For more information visit http://www.pasa-online.org.

Camp taking applications

Camp Bon Coeur — Camp Good Heart — is now accepting applications for its 29th summer camp session for kids with heart defects.

The session will run from July 26 to Aug. 4 at the Acadian Baptist Center in Eunice.

Campers can participate in canoeing, horseback riding, archery, sports, arts and crafts and swimming. They can also take part in Heart Class, where they will learn about their hearts and can also dissect a cow’s heart.

The camp is open to kids ages 7 through 16.

For more information, call (337) 233-8437 or email ben@heartcamp.com.

Crawfish Festival starts

Breaux Bridge’s famous Crawfish Festival will begin Friday, the first of three days of music, dance and food.

The festival, first held in 1960, celebrates the world famous crustacean that is a mainstay for Cajuns and their guests.

Bands will play in three areas — Crawfish Stage, Festival Stage and the Breaux Bridge Tent — where thousands will congregate to converse, dance, eat the drink.

The music lineup includes Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-stars, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafosse and French Rockin’ Boogie, and Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.

For directions and a schedule, go to http://www.bbcrawfest.com.

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at rburgess@theadvocate.com or by fax to: (337) 269-0410.