The folks at PASA know a thing or two about artful presentations — their gala was no exception. The same night The Great Gatsby opened nationwide, The Victorian in Broussard was filled with Gatsby-era flappers, gents in bops and dapper dudes in tuxes Mr. Jay Gatsby himself may have envied. Prissy Wilson (who was honored with husband David and six others) killed it with red lips and a 20s-era hat. Richard Young’s venue was filled with black and white drapes, a Prohibition Era vibe (we loved that bathtub filled with ice and booze) and a lotta ladies with feather headbands. Elizabeth Bernard was stunning in a shimmering dress and sparkling headpiece. Crystall Coroy also sported a sparkling headpiece with her sequin-covered dress. And Roxanne Graham was at home in her flapper dress — the absolute Cat’s Meow.
1 - Jillian and Keith Landry 2 - Anne Falgout 3 - Audrey Mallia and Amber Champion 4 - Jason Guilbeau and Mallory Broussard 5 - Olivia Regard and Robin Hebert 6 - Amy Lewis, Mandy Grayson, Crystall Coroy, Jimmy Mallia, Lindsay Mallia, Amber Champion and Stephen Barker 7 - Nathan Norris and Brittany and Jeremy Broussard 8 - Misty Herpin, Robbie and Stephen Stefanski and Elizabeth Bernard 9 - David and Prissy Wilson
Downtowners, out-of-towners and All-Stars were dressed to the teeth for the Acadiana All-Star Kickoff Gala held at Acadiana Center for the Arts May 18. The red-carpet, star-studded event allowed fans to come together and meet sports celebrities, such as hosts Kyries Hebert, former Ragin’ Cajun defensive MVP and NFL record holder, and Saints Super Bowl Champion Roman Harper. A silent auction, live entertainment and plenty of mingling kept the party going. Proceeds raised help benefit the Ky Cares Acadiana All-Star Weekend Football Cheer and Dance Camp that provides area children with an opportunity to learn skills and mentoring from the pros.
1 - Laurie Collins, Candace Ford and Toya Lacy 2 - Troy Leger, Grace Bouillion and Marius Haydel 3 - Paulette and CJ Langlinais 4 - Michael Gallien and Dayne Huval 5 - Tim LeGros and Morgan Russell 6 - Melissa Payne, Tammy Dismuke and “Magic” (radio personality at WJTT Power 94 in Chattanooga) 7 - Former WNBA star Brittany Jackson and Ronnie Arnaud
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JUL 23 This post on Mashable says Louisiana is poised to be the next (and better) Hollywood. Sure, blogger Travis Andrews is talking Louisiana in general, but the focus really is on New Orleans. And that's fine, because if NOLA and Hollywood get into a ambiance/food/style/crazy contest, we like NOLA's chances.
JUL 23 Here's New York Magazine's profile of Edwin Edwards, a well-written, thoughtful (and still unvarnished) look at Louisiana's most famous felon. There's a lot of history, but author Mark Jacobson doesn't get bogged down in pedantic rehashes here. It's a really good read.
JUL 23 Tom Aswell turns over his blog to Fred Aldrich for this post, in which Aldrich offers his critique of State Police Commander Mike Edmonson's recent radio appearance. During that visit, Edmonson commented upon the 11th-hour bill that added $30K to his annual retirement income. Spoiler alert: Aldrich was not impressed.
JUL 23 Blogger CB Forgotston has more on the Edmonson retirement issue in this post. This time, he's trying to ascertain exactly who offered the 11th-hour amendment that added $30K to the State Police chief's annual retirement check. Six legislators are claiming that a Senate staffer stuck it in, CB says.
JUL 23 Choice Foundation, which owns and operates charter schools, filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Bobby Jindal of overstepping his bounds in cancelling Common Core, the Washington Post reports here. The lawsuit (there's a link to it here) alleges that Jindal does not have the authority to remove the curriculum from Louisiana.
JUL 23 Here's an interesting perspective on the 2015 governor's race from Picayune reporter Julia O'Donoghue. She's looking at David Vitter, John Bel Edwards and Jay Dardenne. But instead of looking at their differences, she's examining their similarities.
JUL 23 Here are the first jewels unearthed from the Vault, a new database of public records that The Lens is making available. In this post, The Lens is taking a look at what municipal employees are paid over in NOLA. There's some pretty interesting stuff here.
JUL 23 Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky is attempting to clear away some of the smoke that Bobby Jindal's been blowing about our economy. The press releases and "presidential campaign claims" of Jindal notwithstanding, the outlook is not that rosy, Sabludowsky says. He's got some comment here from the head of GNO Inc. as well.
JUL 22 This is a fascinating piece in the Picayune about the murder of a doctor in her St. Charles Avenue home 50 years ago. It's fascinating because of the mysteries and myths that have swirled around the incident for those decades, and because of the possible connection to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. There are a lot of interesting names in here, including Ochsner and Marcello, and as usual the comments below the story are nearly as entertaining as the story itself.
JUL 22 The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is "a lock" to win the Sun Belt Conference in football, Fox Sports opines in this post. There's a rundown of the other teams in the conference, but ULL is predicted to win the conference, thanks in large part to an "explosive" offense. Is it football season yet?
JUL 22 Columnist Stephanie Grace says Gov. Bobby Jindal may be meeting with state education officials (hey - you mean HIS education officials, don't you, Steph?) but it is clear he's not looking for a solution in the Common Core fracas. Bobby wants an issue he can take on the road, and this one seems to be it, she says.
JUL 22 Here's a love letter from New York Daily News' Alex Palmer to Louisiana. In some ways it is the typical tourism article (with pronunciation guides and food definitions) but in another way it goes beyond that to list lesser-known spots to visit for food or tours.
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