|The Jam Des Amis with the Louisiana Folk Roots||Lou and Barbara Connor and Kathy Reed|
|The Painted Instruments exhibit||Brian Reso with his painted violin|
|Lauren Reviere and Laura Guillory||Damian Williams and Millicent Norbert|
|Vernon Moret Jr., Yvette Egle and Debbie Moret||Artist Susan Shaw and Jessie Guidry of AcA|
|Emily Kean and Connie Smith||Paisley Stoot and Chris August|
|Cue’s paintings||Cue’s paintings|
|Kelly Sonnier and Sheena Buruzs||Carey McCue and Kalien Fenerty|
|Jason Broom and Cully Firmin||John Arcenaux, Carey McCue and Cindy Arceneaux|
|David Hebert and Charles Mouton||Cody Dugas, Jenny Camel and Jonathon Cazayoux|
The unrelenting cold weather seems to finally be letting up, just in time for the first Art Walk of the year. Party Girl just had to get a glimpse of what was going on at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. It is still undergoing renovation, but once you step inside you would never know. My first stop was the Jam Des Amis with the Louisiana Folk Roots, where everyone was invited to dance, sing and even contribute to the music if they had an instrument. Then I made my way to the main gallery, where I was amazed by Susan Shaw’s latest series, “Moving Violations,” a compilation of works done in oil and acrylic. After a long and pensive walk through the paintings I ended up in the side gallery, where much to my delight was the Painted Instruments Collection. Local artists paint everything from cellos to horns, and then the pieces are sold to raise money for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
After my lovely time at the ACA, I was in the mood for something a little more edgy, so I went down the street to Greenroom for a glimpse of Cue’s new stuff and a pint of my favorite brew, Double Chocolate Stout. If you have ever been to Greenroom before, you have probably noticed that it has some rather loud and fascinating artwork on the walls. The main man behind them is Carey McCue, or simply Cue as he is known in the right hand corner of his paintings. It has been years since he has done an Art Walk, but he decided to bring a few of his new pieces in to showcase. He has an interesting mix of paintings, seemingly influenced by everything from comic books and Japanese anime to Warhol. There was a raffle and an auction of his “8 ball” painting, but sadly, Party Girl did not win. I have my eye on the red headed gal in “Absolutely,” so maybe next time.
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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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
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.
Prepare yourselves for sun
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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.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.