A retired professor turns his lens on indigenous Louisiana music and compiles an impressive catalogue for posterity. By Andrea Gallo
Fiddles wailing, accordions oscillating, dancers two-stepping — David Simpson has captured it all.
The retired LSU-Eunice English professor says he started taking photographs of cultural events when he served as the university’s public relations director and local performers peaked his interest, though he “really didn’t have any training” in photography.
Youngsville’s baseball park gets a facelift in preparation for a new summer league. By Erin Z. Bass
At 7 p.m. on June 3, the Acadiana Cane Cutters will take on the Victoria Generals at Fabacher Field in Youngsville. Kicking off a summer season of wooden bat baseball, the Cane Cutters are the newest member of the Texas Collegiate League and will give college-level players the chance to showcase and improve their skills during the off-season. In turn, Acadiana gets to enjoy 30 home games of baseball and all the fanfare that comes with the sport.
The downtown fire fighter statue is due for repairs and, although he will soon be behind bars, he’ll always be out of the closet. By Anna Purdy
You may have noticed the gigantic red plastic mass on the corner of Vermilion and Lee streets that was barricaded and guarded during this year’s Festival International. Underneath it was a statue that was waiting to come out — a statue that has come to be known as Lafayette’s Gay Fire Fighter (LGFF). With hips cocked, arm outstretched as if to point to Fire Island and a hose in the other hand, the statue has earned this proud moniker via thousands of Facebook fans. LGFF now has his own Twitter feed, too. And his own controversy.
Marcelle Bienvenu’s new batch of recipes makes alfresco fantastic. By Anna Purdy
Anybody who recommends “a splash of brandy to bring along” to pour over fruit is my kind of person. When it comes from Marcelle Bienvenu, author of Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make a Roux? and co-author of several of Emeril Lagasse’s cookbooks, it sounds downright like a papal bull.
For some international musicians, five days of festival foster a lifetime connection with Lafayette. By Heather Miller & Anna Purdy
Locals lining the streets and stages of downtown for Festival International de Louisiane year after year need no recap, no stories, no explanation of what FIL means to our city. We map our music schedules in March, save couch space for out-of-town festival fans — and generally take on each day with a notion that unexpected, unforgettable happenings will unravel as we march aside the mass of familiar and unfamiliar faces.
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