NUNU Arts and Culture Collective “supports” cockfighting culture!

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– Gameness til the End

Book Signing May 16

Third Friday – 6:30 p.m., May 16, Bouki Books presents “Bayou Country Bloodsport: The Culture of Cockfighting in Southern Louisiana,” by Jon Griffin Donlon. Reading and signing. Precedes Pot Luck social. (nunucollective.org)

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Jon Griffin Donlon author of “Bayou Country Bloodsport: The Culture of Cockfighting in Southern Louisiana” joins the May 16 Pot Luck social as a guest of Bouki books, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective’s newest partner addition.

Donlon, an artist and educator, is a specialist in cultural interpretation. He and his wife, Jocelyn Hazelwood Donlon founded the Center for Cultural Resources (CCR), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a mission to promote efforts that further the public’s understanding of culture.

Prior to start of Pot Luck social, at 6:30 p.m., Donlon provides readings from his book. autographed copies will be available for purchase.

Bouki Books is a rural access literary retail store, where you can find fiction, nonfiction, poetry and resource books by Louisiana authors.

Story of cockfighting comes to NUNU

Tonight’s potluck features area artists, writers and music

May 15, 2014 9:30 PM
Written by William Johnson

Want to Go?

What: NUNU Pot Luck Social
When: 6:30 p.m. tonight (May 16, 2016)
Where: NUNU Arts & Culture Collective, 1510 Courtableau Road, Arnaudville
Cost: A covered dish to share
Information: Call 337-484-9190

Tonight’s NUNU potluck is expected to be something special and the public is invited.

Author Jon Griffin Donlon will speak about his new book “Bayou Country Bloodsport: The Culture of Cockfighting in Southern Louisiana;” Lawtell artist Theon Guillory will be displaying his latest art works and the music is expected to be outstanding.

“We are calling it Byron’s Birthday Potluck Jam,” said Jacqui Cochran with the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective that hosts the event.

Byron Boudreaux, who hosts the music portion of the monthly potluck socials, is celebrating his 60th birthday and she said a dozen or more musicians will be on hand to celebrate.

“We are expecting a good crowd,” Cochran said. “This is all about supporting our culture and the arts.”

She said the public is invited to join the fun that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the NUNU’s studio at 1510 Courtableau Road, also known as La. 93, in Arnaudville.

The cost is a covered dish to share with the other guests.

“We will have non-alcoholic beverage for sale,” Cochran said.

During the evening, Donlon will give a reading from his new book and will have copies for sale that he will be happy to autograph.

“Donlon, an artist and educator, is a specialist in cultural interpretation. He and his wife, Jocelyn Hazelwood Donlon, founded the Center for Cultural Resources, non-profit organization in Baton Rouge with a mission to promote efforts that further the public’s understanding of our culture,” Cochran said.

Although cockfighting is now outlawed in all 50 states, it has a long history in Louisiana, which was one of the last states to outlaw the practice.

In its heyday, the “Rooster Dome” in Sunset regularly attracted visitors from throughout the state and even overseas.

“The author’s fieldwork, beginning before the ban of cockfighting and conducted mainly in south Louisiana, provides the basis for discussions of issues of society, sport, risk, spectatorship, culture, entertainment, recreation reform, gambling and other ‘purple leisure’ activities,” Cochran said.

She said NUNU’s has an extensive collection of books on local subjects that visitors are invited to checkout during the potluck social.

“They are all by Louisiana writers. We have a really nice selection,” Cochran said.

Call 337-484-9190 for more information.




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