Lent may be a time of penance, but there’s no suffering in south Louisiana when it comes to eating boudin. Joey’s Specialty Foods & Catering on Bertrand Drive makes seafood boudin links so tasty you might just convert from the meaty version altogether. You can still indulge your sit-on-the-tailgate habits because Joey’s will heat up the boudin on the spot. (Unlike pork boudin, the seafood version can’t sit in a rice cooker waiting for customers as the seafood is too delicate and will disintegrate.) Better yet, take it home and run it under the broiler till the casing browns and crackles and you can slice it onto crackers, or squeeze the spicy filling out and use it to stuff anything from sea bass to bell peppers. Pre-packaged as a trio of links for $3.98 a pound, this boudin has shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish, seasoned and spiced to perfection with fresh ingredients like bell pepper, onions, celery, green onion, parsley and garlic. For more information call Joey’s at 237-3661. — Leslie Turk
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, but many feel a soul connection to the penetrating stare of the pup and 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. Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Forty Years Of Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina, a 40-year retrospective, is on exhibit Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 8. For more info, call NOMA at (504) 658-4100 or visit www.georgerodrigue.com. — Mary Tutwiler
A TASTE OF ORANGE
The latest and sixth installment in Swallow Records’ Cajun Pioneer Series shines the spotlight on Joe Bonsall and the Orange Playboys (not the Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys fame). Born in Lake Arthur in 1921, south Louisiana’s Bonsall begin playing the accordion professionally in 1951 as the leader of the Orange Playboys, gigging regular at nightspots in east Texas and southwest Louisiana. The Essential Collection of Joe Bonsall & The Orange Playboys spans the band’s career with 27 tracks from the ’60s through the ’80s, and while the quality of the recordings are at times rough, the liner notes explain, “On all of the recordings, the original sound of the time was preserved.” Cajun standards abound, with one particularly unusual rendition of Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” sung in French by Ivy Dugas. The Essential Collection of Joe Bonsall & The Orange Playboys retails for $14.98 and can be ordered online at www.floydsrecordshop.com. — R. Reese Fuller
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
I was interested to hear what Lessig would say to an almost exclusively conservative audience of successful businessmen and businesswomen in the heart of what is now a deeply red area of the country.
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge."
Saints cornerback Champ Bailey has played for more than a handful of playoff teams during a career that has seen him selected to 12 Pro Bowls.
Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
Police say a 56-year-old Lafayette man walking behind a dump truck died when the truck hit him as it was backing up.
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Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a proud papa of new baby girl.
The books on Louisiana's last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work.
"This is yet another example of the failed leadership and lack of focus that Hunter Beasley has exhibited. He’s shown zero regard for kids, teachers or even passing a budget for the school year that’s already started."
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The Iberia Parish Coroner responded Monday to the attention surrounding the questionable shooting of Victor White III, a black man from New Iberia who died April 2 while in the custody of local law enforcement.
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Two months after lawmakers agreed to create a $40 million higher education incentive fund, no decisions have been made about how to divide the money.
With Drew Brees back healthy, the New Orleans Saints are free to work on the little things that can make the difference between a Super Bowl run and something less.
"Just as the devil does not deserve equal time with God, and a lie does not deserve equal time with the truth, the remarks of William Donahue have no place in any respectable journal seriously dealing with a serious story and pursuing truth."
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her lead GOP challenger Congressman Bill Cassidy are running close when it comes to money. Landrieu has $5.5 million to Cassidy’s $5.6 million in the bank.
With expectations mounting that Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon announce his campaign for president, attention is turning to not only who he will bring along with him but also what will transpire politically back home during the transition.