Party Girl experienced true VIP treatment on Thursday, March 27, at the Lafayette Young Lawyers Associations’ exclusive event at downtown’s newest, largest social venue: Karma. The event was open to all Lafayette Parish Bar Association members, guests and vendors. Of course when my friend Susan Holliday invited me, I couldn’t say no. The social was only for a limited time — 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — so Party Girl had to hurry downtown to treat myself to an after-work walk on the wild side — everyone knows how young lawyers are! At least 100 of the VIPs mingled in the upstairs area of Karma, and everyone seemed to enjoy the food from WOW Café and Wingery. There were also lots of smiles from the free-flowing cocktails, including Party Girl’s personal favorite: a vodka tasting compliments of Karma.
George Rodrigue was in Lafayette a couple of weeks ago and was on the restaurant scene at his Blue Dog Cafe, where he ran into acquaintances Arlene LeBlanc and Katy Hinze of Advancial Federal Credit Union. To the Advancial ladies’ surprise, I was there having a leisurely lunch with a group of friends. Add a mid-afternoon martini and a camera and you’ll have a true Party Girl experience. My camera is like my MasterCard; I never leave home without it.
I left home for Baton Rouge with Dirk Thomas and some gal pals on a recent weekend after pulling some strings to get a reservation at the Red Stick location of Tsunami, located atop the downtown Shaw Center for the Arts. We got the best table with a perfect view from the roof to watch the sunset. That night, the place was filled with A-listers like Sunnie Fontenot, Marisa Huynh, Julie Stansberry, Anya Moaveni and Kim Huynh and plenty of the jet-set types. Since I am quite the gabber, I didn’t even get a chance to sample the food, but I did take in the wonderful ambiance and will make it a point to come back when I can sit down and get the full Tsunami experience. That’s a road trip I’ll never tire of. Party On! — PG
Kelly McArdle, Nicole Breaux, Kiisha Cooper and Maggie Simar
Penny Rogers, Susan Holliday, Danielle Cromwell and Stephanie Opry
Remy Jardell and Hoai Hoang
George Rodigue, Arlene LeBlanc and Katy Hinze
Dirk Thomas, Sunnie Fontenot, Marisa Huynh, Julie Stansberry, Anya Moaveni and Kim Huynh
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 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.
Prepare yourselves for sun
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?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
IND Style does Gabriel
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