SWLA weekend forecast: Bayou tales, honky-tonk and soup for the soul!

Lots to do in Southwest Louisiana this weekend. Here are your highlights:

Opening reception for 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic exhibit: Jan. 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, located at 1001 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. All ages are welcome at no charge and refreshments will be served.

Bocal Adrenaline concert: Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Ralph Squires Recital Hall on the McNeese State University campus. Admission is free. Bocal Adrenaline features Sally Bohls and Joshua Hawks on English horn, Jennifer Auerbach and Sara McCallum on bassoon, and Jerime Harris on percussion.

"Tales from the Bayou: Putting Louisiana's Stories on the Screen": Jan. 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 103 of Hardtner Hall at McNeese State University. Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit will discuss their work as Louisiana filmmakers. The documentary "American Creole New Orleans Reunion" will be presented from 4:30-5:30 p.m. This lecture is being presented as part of the Senior Adult Group Encounter (SAGE) series for area adults ages 50 and over. The cost is $39 for all five lectures in the series. For more information or to register, call McNeese Leisure Learning at 337-475-5127 or go to www.mcneese.edu/leisure.

Lake Charles Community Band rehearsals: Jan. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lake Charles-Boston band room on Seventh St. Those who play band instruments are welcome to join. The band's next performance will be held on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, at Prien Lake Park.

Joel Savoy's Honky-Tonk Merry-Go-Round: Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Central School Theater, located at 809 Kirby Street in Lake Charles. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana on the second floor of Central School or at www.louisianacrossroads.org. Tickets at the door will be $12. This concert is being presented by the City of Lake Charles as part of the Louisiana Crossroads series. For more information, call 337-491-9159.

"Starting and Financing a Small Business": Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 121 of the Burton Business Center at McNeese State University. This free seminar is presented by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese. Topics will include business planning, sources of funding and small business resources. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, contact the LSBDC at McNeese at 337-475-5529 or by email at LSBDC.MSU@lsbdc.org.


SWLA Agricultural Economic Development Initiative: Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder. The Alliance of SWLA, Dr. Mike Strain, and Dr. Carrie Castille and the LSU AgCenter will hold a discussion and planning session to launch an initiative to develop Agriculture and Forestry assets in Beauregard Parish, Allen Parish, Calcasieu Parish, Jefferson Davis Parish and Cameron Parish. For more information, contact Emily Stine from The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance at 337-433-3632 ext. 211 or EStine@allianceswla.org or Avon Knowlton at 337-433-3632 ext. 215 or 337-202-7806 (DeRidder office) or Keith Hawkins from the LSU AgCenter at 337-463-7006, khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu .


Nancy Simon's School of Music, followed by Jamie Berzas and Cajun Tradition: Jan. 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre, located at 200 West Park Ave. in Eunice. This performance is part of the "Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Music Radio & TV Show. Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the ticket window of the Liberty Theater. Tickets are $5 and are general admission seating.


"The Trouble with Harry": Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, located at 432 North Main Street in Jennings. This movie is being shown as part of an ongoing Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival. For tickets or for more information, call 337-821-5509 or visit www.ablockoffbroadway.com.


27th Annual Plastic Model Show: Jan. 26 at the Managan Center, located at 1000 McKinley Street in Westlake. There will vendors, food, and a model contest. Models will be on display from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission is free. The event is hosted by the Southwest Area Modelers of Plastic. For more information, call 337-244-9938 or email wingman99@netzero.com.

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