What will forever be known in Lafayette as "The Rauschenberg Week" is a terrific entry in the PG diary. Who could resist spending as much time as possible in the presence of greatness? And who would have thought that the 79-year-old artist could keep up such a pace? So I made every event, from the Donald Kuspit lecture on Wednesday through the "Conversations with the Artists" on Thursday and especially enjoyed some private moments with artist Darryl Pottorf during Kay Dore's lawn party for sponsors and members of The Curators Circle on Friday. Hostess-of-the-weekend Jeanie Rush turned to her son Chuck to pull together a cochon-du-lait for the group, who were also treated to the first sampling of Monitos' tapas menu. I know I'm not the only one in town who can't wait for the restaurant to open! Dwight and Nedra Andrus, Marshall and Sandy Mugnier (a true fan in her black suit and Rauschenberg t-shirt), Joyce and Sherman Scott and Daryl and Laura Byrd enjoyed the food, music and full moon ' which also shone brightly on the opening gala at the museum the following night. Imagine the culinary creations from Ã la carte and the musical art of BeauSoleil playing against the backdrop of the museum's luminescent water wall. Joyce Bonin and her friends harvested magnolias from Bendel Gardens for the elegantly simple centerpieces, and the gala guests were equally stunning. Sue Dinkins' shirred white dress was a Party Girl favorite, and she looked great on the arm of beau Pat Mould. Mart and Marvita Hudson, Dr. Ray Authement and his wife Barbara, Jim and Rosey Adams, Jerry and Kay Prejean, Steve and Paulette Landry and Paul Hilliard (of course!) strolled through the museum crowd. I felt like I was on the red carpet with all those photographers and Rauschenberg collectors came from as far as Miami and Los Angeles. All were impressed by the museum, which was still full when the lights went down at 9 pm.
It's hard to top that, but as dedicated to my profession as I am, Party Girl headed to Lafayette's first Iron Chef party for some more edible art. Hosted by Naomi Celestin, who recently launched a group for young professionals called Like Minds Network, and her fiancÃ© Craig Cordell, the event brought together a like-minded group of amateur chefs to battle it out for the title of Iron Chef, the popular Food Network Japanese cooking show. Honorary Chairman "Ming Comeaux," played by none other than David D'Aquin, got the evening off to a great start by entertaining the crowd with his own Iron Chef comedy show and ceremonially biting into the bellpepper. The secret ingredient for the evening was mango, and guests started off the night with mango margaritas and mojitos, before sampling the many mango dishes and voting on their favorites. Deer Caught in the Headlights Sausage with Mango Sauce, Mango Chutney Stuffed Pork Loin and Mango Guacamole on Cucumber Rounds all competed for the Iron Chef title, but it was the Curried Mango Shrimp created by Linda Dupuis and Mike Geyer that stole the show! Linda and Mike will go on to face off against a new crew of Iron Chefs at the next event.
Party On! ' PG
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by adding five additional buses to its shuttle run between Cajun Field and campus.
Four bedroom traditional or three bedroom French home
Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.
The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.
Hot prints and cool wolves
The Alabama game is sold out but tickets for all other homes games can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper.
The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."
Many laws are minor, though some impact health care options, change educational programs and reach into people's everyday activities.
Responding to Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in Jackson.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette’s first-ever Whole Foods Market will open its doors in September.
In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Breakfast favorites served on a bubbly crust pair with a crisp salad
NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
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Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Four bedroom traditional Youngsville home or three bedroom traditional Broussard home
On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.
Louisiana agriculture officials say prices for long-grain rice are projected to drop this year.