A RIVER RUNS BY IT
While St. Francisville is less than a two-hour drive from Lafayette, it would take days to explore its magical places with the same depth and curiosity as Bevil Knapp’s lens. In St. Francisville: Louisiana’s Historic River Bluff Country (LSU Press), the photographer revels in the interplay of light and shadow, distressed wood and craggy brick sun-dappled beneath beneficent live oaks. The slant of light — illuminating a dogwood in its full, frothy bloom or lazy, gauzy Spanish moss — is a recurring theme in Knapp’s rich photography of the West Feliciana town. With an introduction by Danny Heitman, St. Francisville forays north from the town to the plantation homes mainly along the Mississippi River — Live Oak, Rosedown, The Myrtles, they’re all represented — and even makes a quick pass through Angola State Penitentiary. St. Francisville is positively and precisely antebellum, and in that sense it is timeless. This welcome addition to the coffee table retails for $34.95 and is available at all major booksellers. — Walter Pierce
Composed of ex-members of The Good Captain, the dudes in The Botanist take a detour away from the funk that characterized their former band and head down the Heavy Dude Rock Highway. Their debut CD About Ghosts lays out a Southern noir landscape of highways, darkness, full moons, monsters, ghosts, the devil, and a host of other useful cinematics that lend themselves to heavy rocking tunes by dudes looking to rock freely and transcend the monosodium cold hash of bad trips. Don’t try to bring down their Sagittarian stroll; they’ll beat you back with weighty doses of prog riffery and fables of the desert moonchild sun star. It’s that kind of darkness that illustrates this disc. Hey, they even have a moody acoustic bongo tune on this thing reminiscent of the junk-tinged languor of Layne Staley. Buy it at: www.myspace.com/thebotanist. — Dege Legg
HALL OF FAME
New Orleans hot jazz stalwart Preservation Hall Jazz Band has assembled a dream list of collaborators for its latest album, simply titled An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program. Tom Waits lends his raspy baritone to revitalize the early Mardi Gras classic “Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing” and Danny Barker’s “Corinne Died on the Battlefield.” Ani Difranco revs up “Freight Train,” Merle Haggard gets “Basin Street Blues,” Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket tries on “Louisiana Fairytale” and “St. James Infirmary,” while Angelique Kidjo and Terrence Blanchard guest on “La Vie en Rose.” All 18 tracks were recorded live at Preservation Hall. The album is available through most major music outlets or online through preservationhall.com. — Nathan Stubbs
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
NOLA Bowl ready prints
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.