Adam Lemoine was also in for a sneaky birthday surprise. After returning from an intimate dinner at Ruth's Chris, his girlfriend Valerie Keller drove him back to his River Ranch home. She parked under the balcony and let the top down on her convertible just as friends and family revealed a huge birthday banner with his picture on it! A surprise dessert and champagne reception awaited Adam, who turned 42. His brother Tim and wife Tonya provided the incredible homemade baklava, and other family members joining in the celebration included his mother Annabelle, brother Lenny and nephew Emile.
NiteTown's George Favaloro outdid himself by bringing the Songwriter's Tour to the Heymann Center Feb. 26. Party Girl saw just about everybody in town there, from Julie Calzone to Sheriff Mike Neustrom and his family to Marce Lacouture and Rex Moroux. And I just had to corner Judi Gunn and get a look at her new engagement ring. The pre-party at Ã la carte was just fabulous, and Party Girl filled up on cabbage rolls and shrimp remoulade before the concert. But more impressive were Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark up on stage, with only their guitars and their voices. They went down the line, each singing a song while the others watched and listened intently. Lyle Lovett opened with "Her First Mistake," which made several mentions of south Louisiana. Party Girl predicts he'll be back here soon. And John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith in Me" nearly brought a tear to my eye. That man can sing! But the lesser known Joe Ely and Guy Clark were equally as entertaining, singing about bar fights, rattlesnakes and homegrown tomatoes. Lucky Renee Ory had the pleasure of meeting the group backstage and visiting with Lyle Lovett. "He's my favorite singer of all time," she says. "I loved it."
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular McKinley Street bar, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue -- the second in the last four months.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.