Country Mardi Gras comes to town; and other Around Acadiana items for Jan. 26, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Billy Gunn, clockwise from top left, Richard Burgess, Lanie Cook and Marsha Sills

Author T. Geronimo Johnson will give a book talk at the Ernest J. Gaines Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Johnson is the recipient of the 2015 Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his novel “Welcome to Braggsville,” which was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award and was named one of the best books of 2015 by numerous national publications.

The Gaines Center is located on the third floor of the Edith Garland Dupré Library, located at 400 E. St. Mary Blvd. on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

For more information, contact Cheylon Woods at or (337) 482-8148.

Men’s basketball registration

Adult men’s basketball registration continues in Lafayette through Jan. 29.

Registration packets are located at the administrative offices of Girard Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost to enter a team is $360.

For more information on the Lafayette Recreation and Parks Department’s adult men’s basketball league, contact the department at (337) 291-8380.

Photo submissions sought

Submission continues through Friday for the 30th annual photography Freeze Frame regional competition and exhibit sponsored by the Lafayette Art Association and Gallery.

The competition is open to photographers of all ages. Each artist may enter a maximum or three individual photo entries in two- or three-dimensional formats. Judging categories include wildlife/nature; black-and-white; color; architectural; portrait; landscape; and manipulated/enhanced/creative.

A closing reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 20.

Submit from noon to 5 p.m. at the Lafayette Art Association and Gallery at 1008 E. St. Mary Blvd. in Lafayette.

For more information, call (337) 269-0363, email or visit

Film explores Carnival balls

Emmy award-winning New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker’s documentary “By Invitation Only,” an insider’s look into Mardi Gras debutante balls, will screen at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Vermilionville performance center.

Admission to the film is free. A suggested $5 donation will go toward the cost of screening and curating.

The screening is part of Vermilionville’s Les Vues Free Film Series and runs in tandem with the center’s latest exhibit, “Bon Temps to Ashes, A South Louisiana Mardi Gras,” which explores the numerous kinds of Mardi Gras celebrations.

Vermilionville is located at 300 Fisher Road in Lafayette. For more information, call (337) 233-4077.

Youth media course offered

AOC Community Media will hold a free after-school program exploring the creative Web design program Muse.

Youth aged 12 to 18 may participate each Monday in the 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. sessions, which begin Feb. 1 and last through May 23. The sessions will focus on a variety of topics and production skills including animation, video production, graphic design and editing, among others.

Sessions are first-come, first-served, so pre-registration is encouraged.

Register at AOC membership is not required.

For more information, email Matt Roberts at

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at or by fax to (337) 269-0410.