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
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.