Rodents of Unusual Size: The Current Calendar 11/7-11/12

Courtesy of Gabrielle Savoy/Tilapia Films
"Rodents of Unusual Size" is showing at this year's Southern Screen.

One big thing at Southern Screen — Rodents of Unusual Size

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St.

Cost: Festival pass, or $15 special event ticket. Get tickets here.

What’s the big deal? It’s a documentary that coulda been called Invasion of the Nutria. Southern Screen’s presentation of the new documentary Rodents of Unusual Size starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The screening is part of the eighth annual event that’s full of screenings, presentations, workshops and discussions taking place all weekend in Downtown Lafayette. Rodents of Unusual Size tells a particularly Louisiana-tinged tale (scored by Lost Bayou Ramblers) of giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana, and those defiant residents defending their communities from the invasive species. Following the screening is a filmmaker Q&A. Hopefully, the filmmakers don’t bring actual nutria with them. That would be just wrong.

(scored by Lost Bayou Ramblers) of giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana

invading coastal Louisiana, and those defiant residents defending their communities from the invasive species. Following the screening is a filmmaker Q&A. Hopefully, the filmmakers don’t bring actual nutria with them. That would be just wrong.

Other highlights at Southern Screen: If you’re looking to see a good short or feature-length film, Southern Screen has plenty of them. About 20 short films that were produced in Lafayette over the past 10 days will screen Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the AcA. Other film screenings include On Her Shoulders at 7 p.m. Thursday at AcA; You Might Be the Killer at 8 p.m. Friday at Cite des Arts (109 Vine St.); Night Comes On at 2:10 p.m. Saturday at AcA; Buckjumping at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at AcA; and Blaze at 5:40 p.m. Sunday at AcA. Check out the full schedule.

Read a full preview of Southern Screen here.

Also coming up

THURSDAY: Get funked up as Flow Tribe performs during an added Rhythms on the River concert. The free show starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with music from Strange Theories, following by Flow Tribe at 6:30 p.m. Get more information here.

FRIDAY: Low ticket alert! Legendary soul singer Mavis Staples performs at7:30 p.m. Friday at AcA. Few tickets remain to see Staples, so if you wanna see this show, get on that! Tickets are $70 and up. Get more information here.

FRIDAY: This weekend’s edition of Downtown Alive! features a rising star in the blues world. Samantha Fish performs a free concert Friday at Parc International. The event starts at 5 p.m. with the DTA! Happiest Hour, followed by music and children’s activities at 6 p.m. On the food side, DTA! will feature Landry Brothers Catering on the Move and C’est Bon Manger food truck. Get more information here.

FRIDAY: Improv troupes collaborate during SuperCollider at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Omni Center (227 Jefferson St.). This month’s showcase features The Weaning Process and Silverbacks Improv Troupe. $10; $8 for students, teachers, and seniors (ages 60 and up). Get tickets here. Get more information here.

SATURDAY: Second Saturdays in Lafayette means it’s time to take a stroll Downtown during the monthly, free ArtWalk. More than a dozen galleries, museums and restaurants will be open to the public with new shows, live music, and food and drink. The event runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Get more information here.

MONDAY: Joan Jett’s life of lovin’ rock ’n’ roll is on display in the new documentary Bad Reputation. AcA screens the Kevin Kerslake-directed film at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $10. Rated R. Get more information here.

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