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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Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
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:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
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
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
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.