Especially Post-Katrina, Party Girl gets to New Orleans as often as possible to soak up the Crescent City’s charms and do my part for the recovery effort, and a recent gallery opening featuring some of Lafayette’s finest artists got my motor running on I-10 East. Plus, I can never resist a champagne brunch. The shindig was thrown at art gallery KKprojects, located in the heart of the St. Roch neighborhood. Arriving early on Sunday, April 6, I had the pleasure of quietly taking in the exhibition. The installations and art exhibit are amazing and definitely worth the trip — just ask Francis Pavy, who was duly impressed that I drove the PartyGirlmobile all the way in just for the opening. The exhibition included Star Quarters, the late Robert Rauschenberg’s four mirrored panels. Also featured are sounds and paintings by Dickie Landry and a retrospective of his collaborations with artists including Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson; paintings and a site-specific installation by Pavy; and early work by George Rodrigue. Other locals participating include Wayne Ditch, Fred Daspit, Kent Hutslar, Donald LeBlanc, Jon Smith, Herman Mhire, Keith Sonnier, Charles Bazzell, Rick Begneaud, John Geldersma, Francisco Kellman, Jimmy Macdonell and Bill Moreland.
The installation was in four previously abandoned structures: a former bakery and three 1800s houses sitting on one block area, which gave Party Girl the opportunity to walk about. If this gallery experience doesn’t cultivate creativity and inspire hearts, minds and the economy of the St. Roch neighborhood, nothing will. Party Girl toasts gallery owner, Kirsha Kaechele for a great experience.
Speaking of walking around neighborhoods, looks like Wes Boudreaux, Scott Malcolm Bussey, and Todd Green walked a couple miles in Party Girl’s shoes. Each year Lafayette and other surrounding parishes participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march, which supports the international organization dedicated to educating the community about rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Besides honoring their community spirit, Party Girl is just happy to see these men walk in high heels — it’s about time they realize what us women go through just to look good!
Party On! — PG
Katherine Bray and Wayne Ditch
Wes Boudreaux, Scott Malcolm Bussey and Todd Green
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
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:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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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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