The sinners came out to play nice, and the saints tucked growing horns under costumes at the first Acadiana Center for the Arts’ Saints & Sinners Bash on Nov. 3. Most people came in costume, and many in fine masquerade style, hiding their faces under masks and using this as a last chance after Halloween to play dress up. Money raised through ticket sales went to benefit AcA’s growing lists of art showings and performances. New Orleans’ cover band Bag of Donuts, also in costume, played the crowd’s favorite songs in the James D. Moncus Theater, which was done up in blacks and reds to resembles something more like Dante’s Inferno than a state-of-the-art performance space. A tarot card reader told fortunes, and there was a photo booth to remember the evening and auctions for the highest bidder to win local art and vacations.
(1) Kate Ferry and Brian Hagen (2) Gerd Wuestemann, Tracy Ralston and Jimmy Mallia (3) Meagan Patout, Jessica LeBlanc, Jim Phillips and Jessica Jouclard (4) Hunter Southerland, Elise Brunson, Kate Waxley and Kristina Douget (5) Meagan Patout and Kate Waxley (6) Mitch Babineaux and Meagan Frame (7) Gwen Richard and Paige Krause (8) Maddy Lowry, Lyndi Marti, Charlotte Simien, Hailey Boudreaux, Meagan Frame and Mitch Babineaux (9) Kristen Wilson, Alishia Templet, Jamey and Erin Begnaud, Danielle and Andy Guidry, and Heather and Adam Broussard
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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