Who let the dog in? The marble halls of the New Orleans Museum of Art have been turned into a kennel for the most famous dog in America. George Rodrigue’s iconic Blue Dog is on display in all his many transformations, from loup garou to anti-David Duke political statement. “Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Forty Years of Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina” opened March 1 at NOMA to rave reviews from art critics like the Times-Picayune’s Doug McCash, who came out of the closet as a Rodrigue fan. There are scoffers who denounce the Blue Dog’s popularity as kitsch; some feel a soul connection to the penetrating stare of the pup; others cheer on the artist for his success in a society that doesn’t ordinarily value art. Whatever your stance, this is a blockbuster show for the New Iberia native and a great opportunity to see some of his early, haunting, pre-Blue Dog work. To watch Rodrigue paint a Blue Dog, click here .
“Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Forty Years Of Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina”, a 40-year retrospective, is open Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through June 8, at the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park, (504) 658-4100.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.