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Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Ken Hulse, repair department manager at Lafayette Music, is surrounded by instruments to be repaired--some donated as part of the Acadiana Center for the Arts Play it Again! instrument drive and some regular work orders--as he works on instruments Monday, June 6, 2016, at Lafayette Music in Lafayette, La.

Leslie Westbrook

Instrument drive continues

Acadiana Center for the Arts continues its instrument drive through July 18.

The nonprofit will be collecting and repairing instruments through the Play It Again Instrument Recycling program, giving the tools to students who may not have the financial means to buy an instrument of their own.

Instruments may be donated at Acadiana Center for the Arts or Lafayette Music Company. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information, contact Paige Krause at (337) 233-7060 or email

Youth “Les Mis” performance

A youth musical performance of the Victor Hugo’s epic novel, “Les Miserables,” opens Thursday in New Iberia.

The Iberia Performing Arts League presents the summer youth musical from Thursday through July 24.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. An additional matinee is scheduled for July 23, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available for pre-sale or at the door.

Performances are at the IPAL theater at 126 Iberia St.

For more information, contact (337) 364-6114.

Free concert at Horse Farm

The GrassRoots music series at the Park at the Horse Farm resumes Thursday and features Karnival Kreole, local musician Cedric Watson’s Latin and world music group.

The free concert starts at 6 p.m. at Lafayette Central Park, located at 2913 Johnston St.

Weekend watercolor workshop

Achilles Print Studio will host an intensive watercolor workshop for adult painters, regardless of skill level, from Friday through Sunday.

Instructor George Loli, a world-trained painter who taught for more than three decades at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette architecture department, will teach the class. The cost is $350 for the weekend. Easels and chairs are provided, although students will provide their own materials and registration fees.

For more information, contact or call (337) 534-8491.

Barbecue teams to face off

The fifth annual Bayou BBQ Bash is scheduled July 22-23 under the U.S. 90 bridge in downtown Morgan City,

Rain or shine, the championship barbecue competition invites competitive, local and corporate teams to participate in the event, which will include a children’s barbecue competition.

Entry fees are $165 for competitive and local teams and $250 for corporate teams. Child entry fees are $20.

The event includes live music, arts and craft booths and food and drink.

For more information, visit or contact the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce at (985) 384-3830.

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