The hot ticket for the second weekend of January was ArtWalk, with exhibits running the gamut from scapulars and work boots to Francis Pavy-esque zydeco figures and skin blemishes. The weekend began with the Acadiana Center for the Arts' preview party of Sustained Winds, its newest exhibit of works by regional artists inspired by last year's hurricane season. Featured artists were invited to peruse the works and enjoy live Cajun music, before the public opening the next night. The Art Center's Sarah James says almost 800 people turned out for the big opening, a definite ArtWalk feat. The Ind's own Terri Fensel has two photographs in the exhibit, but Delaina LeBlanc's 80 Percent scapulars and Elizabeth Wright's work boots are also must-sees. The crowds continued down the street, checking out Galerie Eclaireuse's exhibit of paintings by Colleen McDaniel ' and spread of crawfish Ã©touffÃ©e cooked up by her husband John Chappuis. Across the street at Jefferson Street Market, Jean Rosen's paintings struck a chord with most Acadiana natives, some resembling Francis Pavy's style, filled with dancers, music and local figures.
But the exhibit ArtWalk patrons are still talking about is New York artist Kevin Klein's "realistic" pieces hanging at Grand Contemporary. And by realistic, I mean feet, scabs, lips and plenty of bruises and varicose veins. Pretty gross, but also pretty interesting! There was no shortage of wide eyes or expanded minds at that exhibit, and Party Girl commends Jennifer Grand and George Marks for being brave enough to show it to us. The Grand was also celebrating its one-year anniversary that night, so I hope Kevin's works are only a preview of what's to come in 2006. If you missed meeting Kevin ' perfectly normal and adorable in a corduroy jacket and jeans ' he's already headed back to the Big Apple, but the exhibit will be up through the end of February.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.