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
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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.