|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 fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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