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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Jindal describes the privatization as a cost-cutting move to save the state more than $100 million this year, while improving services and medical training.
A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.
Ambassador François Delattre will also receive an honorary doctorate of francophone studies at the commencement at the Cajundome.
During the past seven games, the Saints have forced two turnovers — a league low during that span. Now they're trying to figure out what has changed since their first seven games, when they forced 15 turnovers.
Choice cuts from Acadiana’s news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013:
For many fans, it was their third consecutive year participating in French Quarter parade.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 20, 2013:
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Jaryd Lane channels Bob Seger and his inner modern cowboy on ‘78.’
Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday’s meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.
The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a district court ruling out of Opelousas that could have wide-ranging effects on the tax burden of the Louisiana oil and gas industry.
Eat your way through New Orleans over the bowl weekend with this guide to local dining. Go hungry, leave satisfied.
The Pediatric Clinic is housed in the same location previously closed by state budget cuts in June 2012.
Chitimacha Tribe celebrates humble beginnings to becoming Louisiana's first land-based casino.
Lafayette businessman Mike Moreno’s Green Field Energy Services announced Tuesday a plan to sell the business and assets as part of its bankruptcy reorganization effort.
Three-term Louisiana senator facing tough re-election battle is next in line for Energy Committee chairmanship.
In a letter distributed during Wednesday night's meeting, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb, in his final meeting as board president, called on his fellow board members to start focusing on the children and stop battling Superintendent Pat Cooper.