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.
Party On! - PG
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:
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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.
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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.
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Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
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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
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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.