Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
Baton Rouge-based artist Keith Andry made quite an impression on Lafayette art lovers at his first ArtWalk appearance in March. The Thibodaux native showcased his eclectic watercolors of Acadiana homes, swamp scenes, boats, fleurs de lis, wine bottles and even dachshunds at the Chase Towers show. Last fall, he suffered a personal setback when a trailer full of his works was stolen. Later, the trailer was found abandoned, wrecked and graffitied 30 miles outside of Baton Rouge. Police fingerprinting led to a known drug dealer, who spilled that some of the works were hidden in a hotel room. While detectives recovered five boxes of prints, none of the more valuable framed and original paintings was found. Since then, Andry has worked like a dog to recover his losses in order to support his wife and two teenage sons. Andry is exhibiting at Festival International April 29 through May 1. To view his online gallery, check out www.andryfinearts.com. — Lisa Hanchey
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
“It’s one thing to value tradition, to applaud efforts to preserve regional ethnic customs, and to generally respect your cultural forebears. And it’s quite another to be in the midst of a swirling manifestation of Acadian folkways in south Louisiana and be utterly turned on.” So opens Part 2, “West of the Atchafalaya,” in author Ian McNulty’s engrossing travelogue, Louisiana Rambles ($22 paperback, University Press of Mississippi). A frequent contributor to Gambit and other New Orleans pubs, McNulty set out following the destruction of the 2005 hurricane season to find the authentic south Louisiana behind the generalizations spoonfed to the country by the national media. Arranged like a literary diptych, McNulty spends the first half of Louisiana Rambles daytripping through the cities, towns and hamlets of southeast Louisiana, from the crown jewel of New Orleans through the many hidden gems dotting the bayous and hugging the coast. The second half of the book is spent on our side of the basin where the Cajun and Creole cultures reign. We may be the choir, and McNulty is definitely preaching, but Louisiana Rambles is a great hymn to the Pelican State from the outside looking in. — Walter Pierce
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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.
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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.
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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.