LONG’S STORY SHORT
Mercurial former Louisiana Gov. Earl Long went out in a blaze of ingloriousness in 1960, nine days after an unlikely win for a seat in Congress — he bet on himself and won $24,000 — and about a year removed from that infamous, spittle-flying meltdown against segregationists in the Legislature and commitment into not one but three mental institutions. Oh, and we haven’t even gotten to his lady friend, Bourbon Street stripper Blaze Starr. New Orleans native and author Jason Berry, who helped blow the lid here in Lafayette on the Gilbert Gauthe pedophile-priest scandal a quarter century ago, places Uncle Earl stage center in the two-act play, Earl Long in Purgatory ($10 softcover, UL Press). Berry is a student of Louisiana political history, and he captures in the play the linguistic and, more important, emotional cadences of the north Louisiana populist, who after his death finds himself in a holding pattern between heaven and hell, ruminating, fulminating and rambling as he comes to terms with his life and seeks salvation. Earl Long in Purgatory filters the essence of Huey Long’s little brother into a work that rages and whispers, capturing the endearing and befuddling extremes that marked the political and private life of the three-time governor. — Walter Pierce
I’M LOOKING THROUGH YOU
Since infectious is cliché, let’s call the songs on The Viatones new record contagious. Either way these British Invasion-inspired tracks pay homage to good songwriting, deft musicianship and clever arrangements. And band founder and rhythm guitarist Blayze Viator nails John Lennon’s nasal-toned tenor. Yes, the Beatles’ influence is heavy, and that’s not a bad thing. Yet these lads are non-sectarian, drawing from the sounds, tonal tendencies and instrumental proclivities of not only The Beatles, but The Rolling Stones and The Kinks, as well as the mop-topped facsimiles that followed their advance guard to our shore almost a half century ago. Derivative? Not quite. These guys were born somewhere between New Wave and grunge, far removed from contemporary infatuation with early British pop. But the style imbues the album; it is their thing, their shtick — beginning with the opening song, “I Know I’m Wrong,” which sounds like an out-take from Rubber Soul (the seminal Beatles record, in this unrepentant Fab Four fan’s opinion, thanks, as the legend goes, to Bob Dylan introducing them to marijuana). The CD-release show for Introducing The Viatones will be held April 23 at Blue Moon Saloon. The record is currently available for $10 on iTunes and can be purchased at the Blue Moon show; it will be widely available in local stores after that. — WP
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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?
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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.