SATURDAY, Oct. 22 Let’s not quibble, okay? Marcelle Bienvenu is the Queen of Cajun Cooking. She has a food column, she’s written many cookbooks, she teaches cooking and she schools other celebrity chefs about what’s what in our cuisine. So who better to be a judge at the 4th Annual Boudin Cook-Off? Bienvenu sits on the judging panel with folks from New Orleans to Texas who love boudin. And maybe you? This year the Historic Preservation Alliance of Lafayette, which the cook-off benefits, is auctioning off a seat on the panel to a layman who loves cased meats. You can also see what else is planned for this year’s gastronomical feats, like fun jumps, cooking demonstrations and music by Sons of Voodoo and The Howdies. Or just show up on that blessed day, buy some raffle tickets and start oinking out on the many varieties of boudin. The Cook-off begins at 10 a.m. in Parc San Souci. Come eat you some.
SUNDAY, Oct. 23 There are those whose doodles look like masterpieces and those whose doodles look like doody. For the latter, Painting With a Twist at 1812 W. Pinhook Road comes to the rescue. It is an “art as entertainment” studio. You go in and basically are given enough succinct instruction and such a steady template to work from that you walk out with your own masterpiece. Every class is different, but this day is special because it goes to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The gold fleur-de-lis entwined with the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon combines the Acadiana spirit with the awareness that although many women die every year from this cancer they won’t always, because a cure is around the corner. Class is $45, and reservations can be made online at paintingwithatwist.com or by calling 234-9783.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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