On Thursday night, it's an evening of food and music to benefit the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Por l’amour de la Louisiana kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at UL Lafayette's Alumni Center, with music from Chris Segura, Randy Vidrine and Peppy Camello. A live auction begins at 7:15 p.m., with Barry Jean Ancelet as the auctioneer and work by regional photographers and artists, and a silent auction runs throughout the evening. Contributions include photographs by Philip Gould and Kelly Briggs, one-of-a-kind prints from the Tabasco archives, a Don Montoucet triangle, and a traditional Mardi Gras costume by Robin Miller. Tickets are $25 and include admission, food, drink and entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the center and its Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore. For more info, contact Jennifer Ritter at the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.