Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Nidal Balbeisi opens his most ambitious restaurant in Lafayette. And he’s not done yet.
By Anna Purdy • Photos by Robin May
Standing on the corner of Polk and Vermilion streets with Lafayette’s Gay Fire Fighter statue pointing toward it, there was Stan’s Downtown. For years it was a boisterous dance club with a second floor that was terrifying to see bow and sway with the weight of Jager-soaked dancers. It hosted DJs and comedy shows, maintaining a loyal happy hour crowd.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Lafayette’s creative class weighs in on what makes us a vibrant community. By The Independent Staff
Cool Town. The concept is borrowed from urban theorist and author Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class. The idea is fairly simple: “Cool” cities like Austin, Athens, Ga., Portland, Ore., and Raleigh, N.C., attract creative people — painters, writers, musicians, architects, actors, techies — by embracing things like public spaces, the arts and transit that includes walking and biking. These livable communities, these cool towns, in turn attract entrepreneurs and businesses.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Smoking in bars — is 2011 the year a ban comes to Louisiana?
Health nuts, privacy whacks, cigarette lobbyists and all of our favorite lawmakers will be throwing down during the spring regular session over how much smokes should cost and where they should be burned down. (Plus $18,430 in donations worth knowing about.) By Jeremy Alford
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
After 35 years and multiple incarnations, Francis X. Pavy remains a work in progress. By Anna Purdy
Photos by Robin May
Francis Pavy’s studio is impossible to miss. Located in Freetown — Lafayette’s answer to the East Village — it is a bright fusion of color with a carefully crafted amalgam of small squares coating the front doors, each with its own backdrop color and center circle of contrasting color. In Chinese custom the entrance to a home is designed to tell the guest who the person inside is, how they live, what’s important to them. Pavy’s studio is a candied dot among the greenery and Acadian architecture. Like his studio, Francis Pavy stands out.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
How a Louisiana chef took the long way back. By Anna Purdy. Photos by Robin May
“Call me Donald.”
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