Also turning a good time into a fundraiser was the second annual arts event, Prelude: Overture to the Arts. Held at the Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium, Prelude provides a sneak peek of arts organizations' upcoming seasons. Entertainment included Lafayette Ballet Theater dancers, the Kabuki Dancers drumming up interest in PASA's new season and the highlight of the evening, Tower of Power's Ellis Hall performing with the Acadiana All-Stars, a group of Lafayette musicians and special New Orleans evacuee musicians. And props go to Jill Merkl, who joined Ellis on stage for "You are the Sunshine of My Life." Proceeds from the event go to an endowed Fund for the Arts at Community Foundation of Acadiana and also went to a Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund this year. There's just no end to the power of our arts here, y'all!
Before I get to my final party turned fundraiser, let me fill y'all in on another effort going on around town. The Louisiana Home & Garden Show and Acadiana Fun Jumps have been holding luggage drives on weekends and delivering the luggage to the Cajundome. The first drive gathered more than 700 pieces, and more are needed. So, as an excuse for a new suitcase, y'all bring those old ones to Acadiana Fun Jumps.
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Grads and gridiron fans gear up for game day and paint the town red
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.