Party Girl can always spot the signs of a good party, no matter where it is. Of course, it's easy to do when it happens right outside your door. That was the case recently when two huge trucks ' one advertising a DJ and the other a TV station ' surrounded by yellow caution tape appeared right outside The Independent Weekly's offices on Jefferson Street. What was our neighbor Antlers up to? A quick call to my friend Johanna Villarreal at Downtown Development confirmed Cardiovascular Institute of the South was presenting a live taping of some Nashville songwriters that evening, with hopes Country Music Television would air the filming. I had to be there! When Party Girl arrived, Antlers was packed with tables and guests, all intently watching the three songwriters on stage. TV cameras strolled the room, while Alex Harvey, Georgia Middleman and Tony Haselden entertained the crowd with songs about champagne, Billy Ray Cyrus and the thrills of being single. His head covered in a red bandana, Harvey received a standing ovation for his version of "Delta Dawn." And Middleman's "Dearly Beloved," recorded by Faith Hill on her new album, was just as well received. The highlight of the evening was a performance of "New Orleans Ladies" by special guests Louisiana LeRoux. In the words of Haselden, "It's usually hard to train an audience to be quiet and still enjoy the show, but you guys already knew how to enjoy the hell out of this."
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.