Festival International's Amis du Festival event at Blue Moon Oct. 1 was a huge success, raising close to $4,000 and donating part of the proceeds to displaced New Orleans musicians. The stellar lineup included children's activities with guest artist Stephanie Patton, aka Renella Rose Champagne. Stephanie was in for a surprise when artist Elemore Morgan Jr. visited her table and painted a noisemaker along with the kids. Michael Juan Nunez gave an excellent performance, as did Richard Revue and a compilation of funk musicians, including Loyola music composition teacher Dr. Jimbo Walsh. And in a surprise guest appearance, singer Jacqueline sat in with the compilation band for "It's Your Thing." That girl could give Aretha a run for her money! Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers satisfied all the zydeco appetites and closed out the festivities.
Renowned Southern artist Daren LeBlanc Tucket launched a new venture last week called PETpeople Portraits at a reception at The Frame Shop & Gallery 912 in the Oil Center. Live music by a Red Stick Ramblers combo and wine and hors d'oeuvres from Ã la carte made for a wonderful evening. Friends and animal lovers attended, including Darellyn Burts, Hardy Edmiston, Helen Barnes, Michael Doumit, Steve Edmiston and UL kicker Drew Edmiston. The artist will donate 5 percent of all commission revenue to various animal welfare organizations through participating veterinarians, including Toby Wexler, Andy Plauche, Donald Doiron, J.W. Lambert Jr. and Richard Broussard. Tucker's Web site, www.petpeopleportraits.com, explains it all.
And congratulations to professional speaker Aileen Bennett, who's getting ready to launch her book, Notes on Shining, which offers tips on presentation skills and public speaking. Friend Debbey Ryan was kind enough to host a pre-launch party. Aileen's heading to London for three weeks, so her official launch party takes place when she returns. The book's currently available at Amazon.com. Y'all check it out!
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Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
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.
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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?