1. GYPSY OVERDRIVE
Call it operatic, gypsy world music or Euro-freak folk, but the quasi-European, Fishtank Ensemble kicks out a fiery mix of vaudevillian ragtime, Parisian folk, and hambone chicken scratch. Fueled by a Transylvanian twin fiddle attack, they formed in 2005, playing everywhere from hipster clubs in L.A. to folk festivals to street busking hoedowns. Their CD Samurai Over Serbia contains 13 tracks of all the above hybrids plus a few songs that some might describe as high-octane, gypsy bluegrass. Not sure if that makes any sense. But it’s definitely different … and pretty interesting music. Buy it at www.fishtankensemble.com.
— Dege Legg
2. WEAR A TIARA
If you’ve ever succumbed to the temptation to rubber-neck the road wreck that is America’s beauty queen culture, The Rhinestone Sisterhood (Crown Publishing — a fitting imprint) will have you from the first two words: Chelsea Richard. That’s Richard as in Ree-shard — a nerve-racked Cajun girl from the Acadia Parish countryside vying, in the opening pages of the David Valdes Greenwood’s new book, to be the next Frog Queen and reign beatifically over the annual Rayne Frog Festival. Greenwood’s tome, as the subtitle indicates, is a tour of small-town America as seen through the bejeweled eyes of its tiara-wearing femme fatales, and as the author notes early, “If you want to find America’s small town festival queens, the best place to look is Louisiana.” Acadiana’s queens of crawfish, cattle, buggies and mayhaws populate this fun, funky celebration at the nexus of blind ambition and heavily rouged discomfiture. The Rhinestone Sisterhood retails for $25 and is available at most book sellers and on-line. — Walter Pierce
A year ago, Jeremy Broussard debuted his documentary film, Little Houses, about a mysterious and unique burial tradition of the Acadian settlers. Small, above-ground houses still stand in the Istre cemetery, the remnants of a folk tradition that once filled graveyards in Acadia, Evangeline and Vermilion parishes. Broussard’s film explored the lost tradition, and raised money and awareness to help restore the last three remaining grave houses. Expanding on his film, Broussard, along with photographer Gwen Aucoin, has produced a small book, Grave House Legends, which continues to explore the folkways and burial traditions of the Cajun people’s ancestors. Little Houses will screen Wednesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. as part of Soirees du Cinema at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Grave House Legends will be on exhibit as well, and can be purchased, $14.95, from TheLittleHouses.com, or at Amazon.com. Proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration efforts of the last three remaining Cajun grave houses.
— Mary Tutwiler
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
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It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
Summertime floral with panache
Three bedroom St. Martinville traditional or three bedroom Lafayette contemporary cottage
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The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
Meat, cheese and veggies piled high on Texas toast
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
Three bedroom River Ranch cottage or four bedroom Youngsville traditional home
The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
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LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.