1. RED FEET NO MORE
OK, really, why didn’t we think of this sooner? Red Foot Shoes has launched a line of flats with bendable soles — that’s right, they fit in handbags — and even clutches. They’re the "original after party shoe," which means when your heels start to kill your feet you just switch ’em out for these lightweight slip-ons. Imagine all the aches and foot conditions Sarah Jessica Parker could have avoided while still looking stylish! The shoes originated in Europe and have just made their way to Lafayette’s Shoefits, which notes that some night clubs are even offering Red Foot Shoes in vending machines. The shoes, which resemble ballerina flats and come in a variety of styles, some with jeweled accents, retail for about $45. They’re also durable enough to wear all day. Call Shoefits, located in the Shops at Martial, at 216-0200. — Leslie Turk
2. THREE LITTLE EGRETS
Once upon a time there were three little egrets, begins a fairy tale by Lafayette artist Roslyn Fouin. This new fable, about how Louisiana’s beautiful waders evade a hunter seeking the bird’s plumage, is filled with watercolors depicting the swamp, the marsh and the prairie, the three watery worlds we all inhabit. Fouin credits her love of nature and French Acadian culture to her parents, who raised her in Vermilion Parish. To order a copy, $30.50, go to lulu.com and search for Three Little Egrets. — Mary Tutwiler
3. MAEDGEN CAJUN
Lafayette native Clint Maedgen has to be one of the hardest working men in show business. Leader of the multi-media cabaret game-show lounge act The New Orleans Bingo Show!, Maedgen also moonlights with the band Liquidrone and frequently turns up as guest vocalist with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Yes, Maedgen is now a full-blooded New Orleanian, having been adopted by the Crescent City pre-emininent jazz outfit. Late last year, Maedgen and PHJB put out an iTunes-only album under the name Preservation Hall Hot Four, that has generated buzz for Maedgen, who adapts to faithful renditions of standards ("I’ll Fly Away") as well as bringing the Preservation Hall in new directions (a cover of the Kinks’ "It’s Complicated" and a DJ Britt-remixed version of "St. James Infirmary" with an accompanying Fleisher Brothers-inspired cartoon video). The Preservation Hall Hot Four’s St. Peter Street Serenade contains five songs and three videos and sells for $3.99, only on iTunes — Nathan Stubbs
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.
Three bedroom traditional or two bedroom Victorian cottage
Snuggle worthy wear
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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Fifa under fire for fake turf plans; freed journalist back home; corporate conversions rising and more national and international news for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
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."
Five bedroom Acadian style home or four bedroom traditional home
Cutting edge if you dare
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.