Party Girls knows everything there is to know about crawfish ' or so I thought until I received an invitation to the Krewe of Bonaparte's "Great Krewefish Round-Up." At the Townhouse Restaurant in late April a number of krewe members seized the opportunity to rekindle the spirit of Mardi Gras with a crawfish boil. The springtime gathering was in full bloom under the courtyard tent; most krewe members wore attire fit for a western movie, decked out in cowboy hats and boots. Carrying on the western theme, horses were available to taxi each guest from the parking lot across the street to the front entrance of the restaurant. I must say, the boiled crawfish were delicious and plentiful as were the drinks. With perfect weather and music playing comes a perfect time to put on my dancing shoes, and Da Ja Vue kept the dance floor full for hours. Hats off to Renee Reaux, the chair, and her committee for a spectacular party.
Speaking of good taste, the taste of success is always sweet. On Friday, April 20, the Louisiana Technical College Greater Acadiana Region Foundation held the fourth annual "A Taste of Success" event at the Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center. The evening was filled with mouth watering food prepared by the alumni of the LTC-Lafayette Campus Culinary Arts & Occupations program who are now serving as chefs in fine restaurants in the Acadiana area. The LTC alumni chefs included Roy Angelle of Oakbourne Country Club; Kevin, Greg and Bryan Dalcourt of Pa Pa's Catering; Patrick Gabriel of Sodexho; Michael Hebert of Hedgehog's Kitchen; Lonnie Pope from Townhouse Restaurant; Keith Sonnier of The Ballroom; and independent contractors Eleanor Curol and Kim Viator.
Of course Party Girl swooned over the beautifully displayed food, which also served to whet my appetite for the beautiful original jewelry pieces designed and fabricated by the instructors and students of LTC Campus Jewelry Manufacturing department. They were part of the silent auction, and KLFY TV-10 news anchor Darla Montgomery served as mistress of ceremonies. Guests enjoyed the musical entertainment of Louisiana Rhythm Katz and a performance by special guest and Tina Turner tribute artist Connie Garrett. The event was a triumph, with proceeds of the evening being dedicated to funding the greatest needs of the LTC Greater Acadiana Region campuses. The night was definitely a success story!
Party On! ' PG
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SEP 2 North Carolina's film tax incentive is about to expire, and Louisiana is getting the first benefit, this story on the Wilmington NC newspaper's website tells us. 'Banshee,' a Cinemax series from the same guy who created 'True Blood,' is moving production to New Orleans, the story says.
SEP 1 The Washington Post calls Bobby Jindal on his latest effort to get his name in the national media. In this editorial, the newspaper says Jindal's Common Core lawsuits are just aimed at "burnishing his conservative credentials for a presidential run." The paper, of course, reminds its readers that Jindal was a staunch supporter of the curriculum back when he first brought it to Louisiana.
SEP 2 Huff Post takes a look at a project by a California university which mapped hate speech on Twitter. The project counted derogatory words for homosexuals, people of different races and people with disabilities, then used colors to show where the tweets using these words originated. Spoiler alert: We don't look too good.
SEP 2 Blogger Lamar White Jr. offers this commentary on Bobby Jindal's recent comments about the current US policy toward ISIS. Jindal's sudden, shrill interest in the subject can only be attributed to his desperate desire to be president, Lamar opines. All this begs the question: Do we really want someone in the White House who is willing to say anything to get what he wants?
SEP 2 St. Mary Parish homegirl Julie Hébert lets us in on the next step in her career in this blog post. The writer/director, who has worked on shows like ER, West Wing, Numb3rs and Third Watch, has teamed up with John Ridley, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, for a new ABC series that will be filmed in Austin.
SEP 2 Here's another round of crazy on the Scott Rogers shooting from the Advocate. The Baton Rouge television personality was killed last week by his son-in-law (and alleged sexual abuse victim) who then turned the gun on himself. The story gets worse and worse.
SEP 2 This post on Deadline Hollywood outlines the massive tax incentive package passed by the California legislature last week. As one California solon put it, the move is a response to years of seeing movie and TV work "cannibalized by states and other countries poaching tens of thousands of good California jobs." Hey -- is he talking about us?
SEP 1 This photo essay on the NOLA Femmes blog examines homelessness in New Orleans. There are pictures of familiar intersections which look very different during tourist events than they do no a normal day in the city, and an account of the issue since Katrina. The post makes a good point: When the city rousts homeless people the day before a tourist event but calls it a "health issue," the claim rings false, doesn't it?
AUG 29 Everyone who cares about Louisiana should take time to peruse this story about coastal loss from Bob Marshall of The Lens. It's not enough to call it a story; it's an interactive experience packed with data and amazing graphics, timelines, history, photos and excellent writing. Set aside some time, because you can't go through this one in a few minutes.
AUG 29 Huffington Post has a blog called Love Letters, which is grandly described as "an anthology of reflections on places the world over." This entry is from LSU Football Coach Les Miles, who, it appears, loves Baton Rouge. (Of course he does; he's a rich straight white man.) And certainly Baton Rouge loves him - unless he loses (ask Curley "Golden Flake" Hallman about that) or leaves (ask Nick Saban).
AUG 29 This story by WVLA tells us about a guy who got busted for speeding in Baton Rouge. Who cares? This guy took that infraction to new heights by going 129 miles per hour on Nicholson Drive. Poor fella - he probably has spent so much time sitting in Baton Rouge traffic he just had to cut lose.
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