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.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.