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This weekend’s slate of Lafayette Activities Forum (LAF) programming includes musical and visual artist J.G. Boccella, performing 10 p.m. tomorrow at Gilbert’s, and Happy Cole, performing standup comedy 9 p.m. Saturday at the Farinon Center snack bar.

In addition, the film Vertical Limit will be shown in the Farinon Center Limburg Theater tomorrow through Tuesday. Show times are 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 p.m. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Admission costs $2.

The founder of Modo Mio Records, Boccella spent three years writing, recording, arranging, and producing his debut CD, The Divided States of America. Loosely translated from Italian, modo mio means “my own path.”

The Divided States of America confronts society’s ills with a mix of styles ranging from jazz to reggae, with lyrics that are unabashedly hopeful,” writes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Cole began his stand-up career in Tampa, Fla. His high-energy delivery, rubbery face, and fast-paced humor have long made him a favorite at comedy clubs, colleges, and corporate events, as well as on cruise ships.

Cole’s television credits include “Caroline’s Comedy Hour,” “Comic Strip Live,” “Evening at the Improv,” and “Comedy on the Road.” Cole headlines over 300 live dates annually and has been featured in concert with acts ranging from Sinbad and Jim Carrey to the Temptations and Julio Iglesias.

Future LAF events include:
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Colton Chapel: Former skinhead Frank Meenik will talk about the dramatic changes in his life since serving in prison

Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Farinon Center Limburg Theater: Barry Drake, one of rock music’s foremost historians, will use hundreds of slides and musical selections from the decade to give a history of 1980s rock.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Kirby Sports Center atrium: Beau Sia and Derek Chase will present “Colors,” giving their opinions on “culture, politics, and life in general” through poetry.

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