If there’s one illusion that I must admit took a long time for me to shatter, it was the illusion of the muse. As romantic as it is to imagine you’ll come up with your next idea at a mahogany desk with a Diptyque candle burning by fresh cut roses, that’s not usually how it happens. An idea is a small seed you get a brief glimpse of, and it can evade you like dandelion puffs if you don’t nurture it. This week, the concentration is on community-centric events designed to get you thinking, or at least get you talking. Whatever you’ve been putting off – it’s time to turn it on.

Of course, if that’s not your thing, there is always a good show and a new food pop-up.


6/26: Idea Exchange: Want to brainstorm or need some inspiration?  The 24- Hour Citizen Project’s Idea Exchange will be held at The Jefferson Street Pub this Wednesday at 6 p.m. In anticipation of the annual community-focused event, the idea exchange aims to bring tenacious thinkers together then pair them with expertise and financial backing to make their idea come to life.

If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in the community but don’t know who to talk to or where to go, this is a great place to start! All ideas welcome.

6/27: What’s Right! LIA Social:  Do boring people bore you? Are you fed up with talking about what’s going wrong? Wine bar Time & Tia’s will host the Leadership Institute of Acadiana this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to share positive experiences and honor the work done by Leadership Lafayette alumni. The event will include lots of drinks, many hors d’oeuvres and no complaining.

6/27: No Waste Lafayette June Meeting: No Waste Lafayette and Deuxieme Vie Creative join forces this Thursday evening to discuss waste reduction at 5:30 p.m. Also on tap is planning for the new but popular Fix-It-Café, a pop-up style fix-it station for various items conducted by volunteers. No Waste Lafayette is a nonprofit dedicated to educating residents in Lafayette how to minimize waste, and Deuxieme Vie Creative is another nonprofit that strives to provide affordable creative materials and education that inspires artistic reuse of items that would otherwise be discarded into an Acadiana landfill.

6/28: Chicago the Musical: Shelby Have Productions presents the ‘20s-centric classic musical “Chicago” to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Burke-Hawthorne Hall Friday at 7:30 p.m. The jazzy production is led by Michelle Colón as Velma Kelly, a nightclub singer with a murderous past and a promising soliciting lawyer, Billy Flynn, played by Casey Robichaux. Tickets are available at Shelbyhaveproductions.com for $21.

6/30: Taco Pop-up with Chef Kris Allen of Pamplona: The revamped Carpe Diem! Gelato – Expresso Bar has brought numerous positive changes since opening its doors under new ownership, including a new pop-up concept coming Sunday at noon. Chef Kris Allen, who makes delicious dishes in my favorite spot, Pamplona, will make an inspired selection of tacos for the afternoon from a surprise menu. Pamplona makes the most delicious Spanish food I’ve had outside of my family’s kitchen, so I can’t recommend it enough. But don’t take my word for it. Feel free to stop by Carpe for a taco any time before 5 p.m.