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
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.