Calico & the Off-Brand Band are some new cats on the scene. Rookies? Sure. Folky? Yes. Quaint and adorable like little puppies in a sleeping bag? Check. Their debut CD, Pictures, is packed with sparsely arranged and understated earnest folk-type tunes peppered with tasteful doses of piano, harmonica, fiddle and acoustic guitars. Good stuff that was produced by Jason Valdetero and Brian Marshall of Jivin’ Sister Fanny and Strawboss fame. The album plays like Celtic, country, barn-dancing music for conscientious twee types and woodsy pine dwellers, which is a good thing. If that sounds like something you can dig, go to Barnes & Noble’s music section and buy a copy of Pictures. — Dege Legg
THE VIEUX FROM HERE
In the mid to late 1960s, civil rights and Vietnam were front and center for many in New Orleans, but for historic preservationists the Mississippi river front was at the center as federal, state and local planners finalized details on an elevated Interstate 10 expressway cutting along the side of the entire French Quarter at the river’s edge. Can you imagine that? The Expressway Battle, as it came to be known, pitted the Crescent City’s money and political interests in favor of the project against some of its oldest, most influential families. Even the archbishop, horrified at the thought of an elevated freeway spewing exhaust onto St. Louis Cathedral, entered the fray. The French Quarter won — at the expense of the century-old live oaks lining Claiborne Avenue. The Expressway Battle is just one shade in the changing complexion of the French Quarter, detailed in Scott S. Ellis’ Madame Vieux Carré: The French Quarter in the Twentieth Century (University Press of Mississippi), an engrossing chronology of the events and people that shaped — and failed to shape — the most enduring image of New Orleans. Madame Vieux Carré retails for $28 and is available at all major book sellers. — Walter Pierce
POBOY, VIETNAMESE STYLE
If south Louisiana thinks it owns the franchise on the poboy, it better get ready to defend the title. Banh Mi, a traditional sandwich from Vietnam, is as much at home in the Louisiana swampland as it is in the rice paddies of southeast Asia. That’s because of Louisiana’s and Vietnam’s mutual French heritage. We are both colonies of France and hence her cooking — in this case the common denominator is French bread, which defines a poboy, no matter what shows up between the crusts. At the Driftwood Diner, alongside the catfish and shrimp poboys, is a gem of a sandwich unlike anything on menus in town. Owner Dao Bui stacks bright pink marinated sliced pork, Vietnamese ham, pickled dikon radish and carrots, fresh spears of cucumber, bright sprigs of cilantro, and another glory of French sauce making, mayonnaise. The crusty loaf is hot, and the sandwich is bursting with flavor. It will set you back exactly $4, for a fiver you can add in a fountain drink. Makes the drive, out past the Mall of Acadiana, worth it. Call the Driftwood, 981-4544, for more info. — Mary Tutwiler
Red from head to toe
Joshua Dore of Breaux Bridge was sentenced Tuesday to 1.5 years in prison for counterfeiting, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office on Wednesday.
Last month, 19,629 passengers boarded planes at the airport, and another 19,627 passengers deplaned, also the highest number on record for the month, according to the airport’s figures released Wednesday.
School super Pat Cooper alleges Lafayette Parish School Board member Mark Allen Babineaux, an attorney, publicly disclosed the details of a closed-door executive session.
The Silverbacks Improv Theatre presents their annual “holiday” show tonight at Theatre 810.
A legal tug-of-war continues in a state levee board's lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies over the erosion of wetlands.
A former BP drilling engineer was convicted Wednesday of deleting text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sun Belt commissioner presents title and practice gets under way in preparation for Saturday
In Louisiana's latest tax amnesty period, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration added a new twist, letting companies settle their back-owed taxes with unused tax credits, instead of paying cash.
Kerry Bertrand’s charge was upgraded Tuesday by an Acadia Parish grand jury from manslaughter to second-degree murder for his alleged role in the drowning death of his stepdaughter, Skylar Credeur.
Sean Payton announced Wednesday that veteran Shayne Graham was New Orleans' new kicker, and that rookie Terron Armstead would get his first start at left tackle.
It’s the season for saving by helping Lafayette Animal Aid
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 18, 2013
NOLA Bowl outfits with flowy pieces
The lawsuit filed in New Orleans alleges that more than half the Social Security numbers on Mikal Watts’ client list were fake — either dummy numbers or numbers belonging to someone else, living or dead.
Industry veteran named GM and CEO of Cypress Bayou's casino and hotel operations.
The IND's directory, the most comprehensive in the market, includes health clubs, gyms, health and sports drinks, medical fitness facilities, and studios and classes to keep you healthy and fit in the new year.
More local companies expected to take advantage of economic boom.
Should new parents be required by law to attend special classes before being permitted to raise their child? It’s an idea state Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, is seriously considering.
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates $800 million of sales tax revenue annually in Louisiana is not collected and remitted by internet vendors.