Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
THE SON IS UP
Lafayette’s rising Creole prodigy Cedric Watson and his laudable Creole, Cajun and zydeco ensemble Bijou Creole are ready for the reinstatement of the Cajun/Zydeco category at next year’s Grammys with the release of Cedric’s first self-produced album, Le Soleil Est Levé. Cedric’s latest album contains an incredible mix of the melodies found in the Louisiana heartland and serves as an undeniable example of what it has to offer the Afro-Caribbean genre. Le Soleil Est Levé is now available on Cedric’s website cedricwatson.com for $15. But if you would rather hear it live, check out Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole at their CD Release party this Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Blue Moon Saloon. — Wynce Nolley
BIG BURGER, SMALL TOWN
Don’t let the construction around downtown Youngsville’s effort to save the live oak thwart your travels to Roundabout Tavern on Iberia Street. On Sundays it might just be Acadiana’s newest and best secret. There is a breakfast brunch with amazing waffles and all the usual breakfast fare, including mimosas. If you are in the mood for something more substantial to quell either your hunger or your hangover, try one of the burgers. The standard burger is made with Angus beef and topped with the usual condiments and a thick, ripe tomato and lettuce. The Cali Burger is served with pepperjack, Thousand Island dressing and avocado. It’s served with hand-cut steak fries thick enough to initiate a mock sword fight, or you can get an order or lightly battered fried pickles instead. Live zydeco on the stage to boot. Only $8 for burger and fries. — Anna Purdy
MAKING A SPLASH
Aftershave often garners countless naysayers with all those suffocatingly, headache-inducing versions out there. Men often tuck away this product of their grandfathers in exchange for generic, mass-produced scents or au natural odors. However, Genterie Supply Co. in downtown Lafayette is resurrecting the glory days of aftershave with Whiskey Aftershave Splash. Just don't correlate it with a dark liquor in which it shares a name. It stands worlds apart from emitting a fermented grain mash odor. Instead, Whiskey Aftershave Splash is an ode to masculinity, with intermingling woodsy and amber fragrances. With subtle notes of flowers and spices revealing themselves over time, this aftershave is the modern mystery man’s go-to fragrance. Let those pheromones channel the original mavens of mystery — Marlon Brando and James Dean — when you dash on this $15 aftershave.
— Emily Henagan
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more news for today, April 24, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.