Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Written by The Independent Staff
B IS FOR BOUDIN If you’re trying to teach your little one about the wonders of the alphabet and maybe a little bit about the state they’re growing up in then you just might want to check out Louisiana Alphabet by Laurie Parker, her third entry in the State Alphabet Book series. This whimsical look at the Pelican State’s myriad of facets and quirks includes rhymes as colorful as the illustrations, “P: P’s for Brown Pelican — it’s our state bird. And P is for Pontchartrain, what a fun word. P is for Parish — a county of sorts, And Po Boys and Pralines and Pirogues and Ports.” Louisiana Alphabet can be found at lulu.com for around $11. — Wynce Nolley
HIPPITY, HOPPITY Lent is wrapping up, so it’s time to start thinking about Easter. Renaissance Market in the Oil Center has the most adorable assortment of Easter decorations and treats for making a basket for that special someone or creating an exquisite table display. Included in the paschal collection are a precious trio of bristled bunnies, pastel petal-covered and porcelain creatures and brilliantly hued egg trees. This beautiful collage of Easter décor is sure to inspire your child — or the kid in you. At Renaissance Market, 902 Harding St., (337) 234-116. — Lisa Hanchey
FUNDAMENTAL FUSION Cajun music is and always has been a force that stands completely on its own. But the Cajun brand’s fundamentals — the guitars, fiddles, and even the cowboy boots seen on the feet of local two-steppers — are clearly fused with the honky tonk stylings of country music, a blend that’s highlighted in the collision of Cajun and country sounds that make up The Right Combination. The latest collaboration from Cajun greats Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy, and the Caleb Klauder Country Band from Portland, Ore., takes the best of both worlds to another level of roots music with the combined band The Cajun Country Revival. “I feel that the best music is made by friends — people making music together because they want to be together and they want to share the experience of creating something unique and spontaneous,” Savoy says on the inside cover of the new album. Find The Right Combination at Select-O-Hits Distributors Network, www.selectohits.com. — Heather Miller
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.