Getting all the business owners and key players downtown together is no small feat, but Downtown Development Authority's David D'Aquin managed to plan quite a party. About 200 attendees packed the Acadiana Center for the Arts June 9 for the unveiling of plans for new developments downtown. The crowd got a glimpse of the plans for Jefferson Street Apartments, to be located across from Keller's Bakery. (Party Girl may have to relocate there to continue keeping a close eye on the party scene.) The excitement continued with Amy Waguespack and her theater troupe performing in the Art House and Renella Rose Champagne and Edison Figg singing in the small gallery. And the spread of food from almost every restaurant downtown was just overwhelming! Eggplant casserole from Dwyer's, fried plantains from Guamas, petit fors from Keller's, turkey and sausage jambalaya from T-Coon's ' all in one evening. Party Girl wasn't the only one in the food line though. Henry Florsheim, Kimberly Schuler, Berry Kemp, Jennifer Grand, Ben Berthelot and Melanie Lewis also had a great time, and Michele Ezell sure got a workout carrying trays of Tsunami sushi back and forth from the kitchen. David tells me more networking events are planned for downtown. I'll see y'all there!
Deserving a big congratulations is Chorale Acadienne, which recently received the Governor's Arts Award for Outstanding Small Arts Organization and had the honor of singing at Carnegie Hall. The group gathered for a cocktail party at Carolyn French and Mike Huber's home in Fernewood to celebrate, before heading to the Big Apple. Patsy Bienvenue and several other vocalists gathered around the piano for a small preview of what was to come. Upon arriving in New York City, Chorale packed the concert hall, and the group received a standing ovation for its performance. Party Girl suggests another cocktail party to celebrate!
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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 Monday, March 10, 2014:
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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.
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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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