Category: Get Involved!


Janice Fox will be our Louisiana Heart Beats Show guest for Wednesday October 2, 2013. She will share with our viewing audience of what this event will offer.

Grand Coteau, Louisiana will hold its inaugural ‘Sweet Dough Pie Festival’ on Saturday October 26, 2013 from 9-3pm.

This event will be celebrate the unique culture and history of this wonderful town. There will be food, arts, crafts, music…and of course pies and more pies…event pie contests.

Be  sure to mark your calendars and get out and go see for yourself!

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We are now 3 years old and still airing strong and interesting show guests and their talents.

We have now created a new youth show ‘Acadiana’s Kids Got Talent’…It is ‘Kids Helping Kids’…Check us out on Facebook for more info.

If you know of local youth talent that would like to be on our show, have them email praisemusicpro@cox.net…Sudie Landry/Show Producer.

Want to see all of the AMAZING talent we’ve had on our show over the last few years?

Click here and watch any of them as many times as you want on our LAHB USTREAM page!

Do you have a gift or talent to share with the world?  Do you know someone else who deserves to be seen and heard for what they do each and every day to change lives and affect our community?  Let us know – we’d LOVE to have you on our show!

Do you Mishmash???

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t offer our services out to all our readers who may include artists and authors looking for INEXPENSIVE ways to promote their work!

So, let me give you a brief history of Mishmash Promotions:

We are also Surge Productions, a company that organizes, facilitates and promotes both local family-friendly music events AND a quarterly magazine here in Acadiana.  Owner, Danny Dardeau, works with 2 local graphic artists to create each and every promotional piece (including our website, http://www.surgefest.com), for every event we’ve had, SO it was only logical that he find both the BEST and most cost-effective designers and method for printing what we needed to keep within our  OWN event budgets.  As a result, other local businesses took notice (most of them either volunteers, friends, or sponsors for our events), and ask if we could provide the same service to them.

Since our heart is to HELP people, the answer was “YES!”  Now we are expanding and offering it to YOU!  We also have discounted rates for NON-PROFITS, both because we love what they do in the community and want to help them spread the word about their services, but ALSO because we know how limited funding is within a charity organization.

Please email me at cori@surgefest.com to schedule a quick 15-min appointment, so I can assess your needs and help you save some money!

Arts for January

If you’re like me, you don’t make any resolutions you feel you won’t keep anyway – but I do try to make a promise to myself to see new things in the community whenever I can, support local talent, and try to keep on learning each day.  Here’s a list of what’s going on this month for the Arts in our area!

*Acadiana Center for the Arts  – www.acadianacenterforthearts.org

Did you know the stats reported about the galleries and shows they’ve had?                                                                     

25 Exhibits/132 Artists/536 Artworks/9,935 Art Walk Patrons/11,233 Audience

Sounds like there’s a lot to see, right? Yep – look below. (See their website for $/more details!)

  • Sat., January 8, 2011;  8:30 PM-9:30 PM

 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers – features film called Dive

By Producer/Director Jeremy Seifert – follow Jeremy and his team as they dumpster-dive and show the amount of food thrown away in our country…very interesting!

Films like this are supported by the Southern Arts Organization (www.southarts.org), “a regional arts org. making a positive difference in the Arts throughout the South since 1975.”  Southern Arts serves 9 Southern states.

  • Sat., January 8, 2011;  12 Noon

The Met Live in HD (The Metropolitan Opera broadcast), in the James Devin Moncus Arts Theatre

See Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (run time approx. 3hrs/30mins)

  • Mon., January 17, 2011;  2PM

Film @ the Center – “Thunder Bay” – 103 mins./no rating

This is a FREE film series offered by the ACA, to show films portraying Louisiana people & LA life.  Shown in the ACA’s Art House.

Creativity @ the Center – Hands-on workshops given by professional artists, educators, and lecturers.

Sample Classes:

Beginner’s Guitar Class – 6 Saturdays;  January 22 – February 27 (see website for details!)

Louisiana Folk Roots/Home Music Singing Workshop – Louisiana Cultures theme – January 22,    10AM-12Noon

ACA’s Education in Arts

Did you know the following stats about the educational programs offered by the ACA? 

30,367 children/2,085 teachers/8,346 activity hrs/80 performances/15 teacher events/10 teaching artists

Pretty amazing, right?  They have far too much to offer to list it all here, so be sure to visit their “Education” tab on their website today!  

 

*PASA – Performing Arts Society of Acadiana www.pasa-online.org

  • Wed., January 25, 2011;  7:30PM – at Heymann Performing Arts Center   

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca – per the PASA website – “From Madrid, the award-winning Noche Flamenca brings the fiery seductive complexity of flamenco to south Louisiana. This unparalleled night of dance, song and guitar, includes La Strada – a narrative work based on the story made famous by Fellini in his film of the same name.”

PASA also offers tons of educational workshops and other learning opportunities in the Arts – check out their website!

 

*Lafayette Art Associationwww.lafayetteart.org

  • Now till January 4, 2011 – “LAG Uncorked” – an all member, all media holiday exhibit

 

*Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum – at UL of Lafayette – www.museum.louisians.edu

This is a gem right here at our local University, so I thought I would share the hours of operation and some of the admission rates!  Be sure to check out their site, to see all the arts and classes they offer as well.

Hours of Operation:

9AM – 5PM Tues. – Thurs.

9AM – 12PM Fri. /10AM – 5PM Sat.

Closed on Sun., Mon., and all major holidays.

Admission:

$5 for Adults

$4 for Seniors (62 & older)

 

*Louisiana Crafts Guild www.louisianacrafts.org

To quote their site, this Guild “passionately teaches and promotes creative expression and artistic excellence in fine craft.”  The artists selected to be members of this Guild are carefully chosen, and their work is displayed and available for purchase on the website, and also in Lafayette at the Sans Souci Fine Crafts store.  Good stuff!!

 

 

 

So as 2011 begins, I find it appropriate that I introduce you to the special people that make up our team – something that should have been done LAST year!  Here goes…

Sudie Landry“The Cheerleader” – Without the vision of this wonderful woman, LAHB would not have happened.  Need someone to cheer you on, and encourage your dreams?  Miss Sudie is a PRO!  Not only is she Producer and the main host of our show, but she is the newly-elected President of the Writers’ Guild of Acadiana, and serves on a number of boards for local nonprofits, and volunteers for just about anything and everything anyone asked her to do!   If you want a spot on our show, be sure to contact her at praisemusicpro@peoplepc.com.

Mark Henderson“The Mastermind” – Currently the Director and Editor of the LAHB Show, Mark came to us by way of other AOC shows already in the works (Geek Bowl, Insight into Mental Health).  His creativity, technical savvy, and ability to work “on-the-fly” have been a tremendous asset to our team.  Like most creative people, Mark has lots of other additional projects in the works, including ideas for an animated series that he has been developing for a few years (worth the time to hear, especially if you are looking to invest in young talent!).  If you know of anyone with interest in financially backing an animation project, contact Mark at mhenderson683@live.com.

Danny Wells: “Jack-of-all-trades” –  If you need someone to work three cameras, direct, and do ten other things all at the same time – Danny’s your man!  Primarily our Cameraman for each show, Danny also co-directs, and edits quite a few of our shows and some of the teasers/commercials.  We also came to know Danny through another AOC show (The Extra Mile).  You couldn’t ask for a nicer guy, who is also ultra-creative and always goes above and beyond the norm.  We are very lucky to have him!

Wayne Landry: “Man-with-the-plan” – If you’re able to catch this gentleman for a few minutes to talk, you’ll see that he has a lot to say AND a lot to do.  Host of LA Gospel Beats, spin-off of the LAHB Show, Mr. Landry brings to the table his own variety of show guests with tough and interesting stories to tell.  He has years of experience in filming, editing, and producing, along with being a Pastor and a Councilman.  His heart and time also go out to helping troubled souls through the Seventh District Baptist Association Prison Ministry, which you can check out at www.sbdaprisonministry.org .

Linda Doucet: “The Connector” – This little fireball of a woman networks with anyone and everyone who gets near her!  If you need a contact, and she’s got one for you – the connection will be made before you know it.  She’s our Publicist, and produces the Newsletter for the Writers’ Guild of Acadiana.  Miss Linda has her own small company, LLD Public Relations & Marketing, and can help you promote your latest book via interviews, booksignings, and more.  Check it out at www.lldpublicrelations.com.

Frances Cormier: “Social Networking Butterfly” – If you happen to be her Facebook friend or in her email address book, you will see that she LIVES on the internet, and LOVES to share info and to tell people about our show – hence the reason she’s our Promoter!  Seemingly quiet at first, Frances is NOT quiet about spreading the word, distributing flyers, and attending lots of local events to show her support.  Long time friend of Miss Sudie, Miss Frances was part of the original vision for promoting local music acts years ago – the same vision that sparked the new season which grew, expanded and became Louisiana Heart Beats.  We’re thankful for all her support!  

Cori Romero (me): “The Dreamer” –  Guess you could add “Starbucks addict” and “Wannabe Mermaid” to the list too :-).  I, obviously, am the author of this post and all other posts on this blog, and I also host our show now and then, when I can be talked into it!  For all other shows, I serve as Co-Director, and help out with the cameras and whatever else needs to be done.  I call myself “the dreamer” because if you give me an idea or topic to start, I can brainstorm LOTS of ways to make it a reality.  To quote Cinderella, “A dream is a wish your heart makes…” and I believe it’s our purpose in life to take those desires God placed in our hearts and use every bit of our gifts and talents to make them real :-).  My day-job is Event Coordinator at Surgefest, Inc., Salesperson for Mishmash Promotions, and I now serve on the Board of the Writers’ Guild of Acadiana as Secretary and Publicist.  Check them out at www.surgefest.com and www.mishmashpro.com.

Now that you’ve met us, we look forward to meeting all of you on the set!

After a two-month break from our posts here, we are back!! Today is 1/1/11 – and our show is now a SERIES, to be seen EVERY TUESDAY nite @ 9PM on the Acadiana Open Channel!

We met so many WONDERFUL people in the first six months of our program, that the excitement for the new year is RIDICULOUS! For those of you reading our blog for the first time, we are a local talk show that LOVES to promote Louisiana folks with talents, incredible businesses/services, and other gifts to offer to our local community! If you or someone you like to brag about would like to be on our show in the new season, contact our Producer, Sudie Landry, at praisemusicpro@peoplepc.com, to get on our show schedule! 26 minutes each show just to talk about YOU!

Before the chaos of the sugar rush that will take over your household next Sunday, take a day out for you and any other aspiring author or book-lover you know!
Join us, as the Writers’ Guild of Acadiana brings 45+ authors together in one place to talk about their work, answer your questions and sign some books just for you! Get your Christmas book list together, then head on down early to Cite des Arts for the Acadiana Book Festival, on Saturday, October 30th at 8AM, grab a program and wander from area to area hearing from the folks that spend their time putting the words on paper that transport our hearts and minds to faraway places and into strange tales. Coffee and some snack items will be available, as well as WGA book bags to carry all your new adventures (or early Christmas presents), and books being sold by the folks of Barnes & Noble. The festival lasts till 5PM, so don’t wait!

Most of us search for a way we can give back somehow, and if that describes you – keep reading! Friend of LAHB and fellow AOC member, Richard Phelps, is on the Board of a non-profit organization called Radio Reading for the Blind, and they need your help!

The first part is easy, laid-back and fun too – just show up to listen to some amazing music at their upcoming fundraiser, “Voices of the Bayou” Music & Arts Gathering. The sounds of the likes of Selwyn Cooper, Sonny J, The Wooden Wings, The Magnolia Sisters and more, will have you chillin’ while you grab yourself a chance to win with some raffle tickets, or just make a much needed donation. Your generosity will help not only the Radio Reading for the Blind, but the Affiliated Blind of Louisiana (ABL) too. Their mission – to make the world accessible again to those who are blind, visually-impaired, and can’t access printed material.

Fundraiser details:

Date/Time: October 24th, from 1PM to 8PM
Location: The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, 308 HWY 93 North (off of exit
97 on I-10); (337)706-7079
Admission: FREE
More information: http://la-airs.org and http://affiliatedblind.org
To volunteer: email Richard at wordsmith1776@yahoo.com or call
(337)529-7109

If you can’t make it but still wish to help out, you can also may donations to these 501c3 organizations through PayPal at http://la-airs.org, or by mail at LA-AIRS, c/o 409 W. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506.

The second way you can help out the Radio Reading for the Blind, requires a little Cajun flair, and the ability to translate English to French! 🙂 I love to read out loud, but since I don’t know any French other than “hello,” “goodbye,” and some residual ballet terms, I can’t help out – but maybe YOU can! Once again, contact Richard for the details if you qualify and have a little time to read some important stuff to those who can’t read for themselves.
Contact Richard at either wordsmith1776@yahoo.com or (337)529-7109.

If you are seeking a way to begin your week POSITIVELY, come share the word of Christ and enjoy the sounds of a special guest singer at Drumbeat House of Praise!

On Sunday, September 26th at 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Carl Comeaux will share the word with the help of singer and Louisiana Heart Beats show guest, Donnie Bolden Jr.!

Location: 455 Ridge Road, Lafayette, LA

Find Carl on Facebook and RSVP to his event!  Not necessary to attend, but would certainly be appreciated!