The new location has advantages Jennifer Grand didn't anticipate when she first looked at the unfinished space. The large building goes all the way through the block from Jefferson Street to Buchanan, with Tsunami Sushi and the recently opened wine bar, Lounge, facing Jefferson. Lounge was still under construction when owners Sean and Michele Ezell consulted with Grand on whether she would like bar customers to have access to the art gallery. The result is a pair of double doors that connect the two businesses and are ajar for Grand's openings. For events like ArtWalk, Grand has a built-in bar, and Lounge claims shared wall space with some of the hottest contemporary artists in the region. "I used to dread ArtWalk [at my previous location]," Grand says, remembering the earsplitting volume of the music from RAIN shaking the art off the walls and worrying about red wine stains on the unfinished hardwood floors. "Now I can sit at the bar, and the floors are polished concrete. When I have an opening, I can stay open until midnight. Now it's fun."
The Grand Contemporary's opening group show will feature regional artists represented by Grand Contemporary including George Marks, Yvette Owens, Lisa diStefano, Jill Hackney, Saliha Staib, Bradley Sabin, William Lewis, Bryan Lafaye, Michael Eble and Michelle Y. Williams. The show will be held in conjunction with Downtown Lafayette's ArtWalk, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., April 14, and runs through April 20. Call 235-5252 for more info.
Amount generated by the state’s 2013 tax amnesty program, more than double some estimates
The agency previously had said the program raked in more than the $200 million used to balance the budget, but hadn't given a final tally of what was collected and what still was available for spending.
The board is scheduled to vote Friday on proposals from Alleva to make 150 different changes to prices for tickets and parking across university sports events.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased to 1,782.
This weekend’s happenings include the 25th Anniversary show of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, and holiday performances of The Nutcracker and Letters to Santa.
It took a unanimous vote of the Youngsville City Council this week to compel Mayor Wilson Viator to pay some $7,500 in bills to a host of vendors used by the city’s fire department, some of whom hadn’t been paid in months.
America is lost, says state Sen. Elbert Guillory, and that’s the reason he’ll be running for Lieutenant Gov. come 2015.
NOLA Bowl game day outfits
Accept no substitutions for homemade Eggnog
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.