Artist Thad Morgan unveiled his spectacular LAfestival Official Painting of a vivid Louisiana landscape at Village Café’s new space next door to its DeGaulle Square restaurant in River Ranch. Bodacious Productions’ Toby Doré, Gus Rezende and David Goodwyn sponsored the lively reception attended by artists and art admirers. Morgan, known for his unique portraits, says that the landscape painting was “new to me,” but wow, did he ever succeed in capturing the beautiful trees native to our state! “Louisiana’s trees have such beauty and vitality to them,” he says. Village Café Executive Chef Jude Tauzin served up incredible hors d’oeuvres, including grilled ginger marinated tuna, pepper jelly-glazed lamb chops and Portobello fries with a Tabasco aioli sauce. LAfestival, “a sustainable, renewable, environmental cause,” is set for Nov. 13 at downtown’s Parc International and features fabulous food by Village Café and music by Sonny Landreth, the Givers, Nevillution with Cyril Neville & Family, Anders Osborne, Jumpin Johnny Sansone, Chief Monk Boudreaux and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.
Lafayette philanthropists filled the elegant L’Eveche, home of the Rev. Chester Arceneaux and other clergy members, at the Opus Christi Magnum reception hosted by Kelley Gauthreaux, Dr. Kim Hardey, Randy K. Haynie, Sen. Mike Michot and Tyron Picard. Following an address by Bishop Michael Jarrell and an inspiring speech by Courtney Chapmin at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, donors adjourned next door for the fabulous gathering catered by Stacy Landry, including tomato-basil skewers, sea bass, king crab sauté and shrimp cocktails. Fittingly, a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon, Magnificat, accompanied the delicious spread. OCM, “The Great Work of Christ,” consists of six events held during the year and replaces the Bishop’s Charity Ball as the primary fundraiser for the charities of the Lafayette Catholic Service Center, including St. Joseph Diner, St. Joseph Shelter for Men, St. Joseph Transitional Housing Program, St. Michael Center for Veterans, Bishop O’Donnell Transitional Housing Program and the Monsignor Sigur Service Center. “This unparalleled fundraiser donates 92 cents of every dollar raised to these programs,” says Ed Hebert, 2010 OCM chairman.
|Gus Rezende, Toby Doré and David Goodwyn||David and Hope Hebert and Thad Morgan|
|Thad Morgan, and Olivia and Jady Regard||Katherine McCardell Domingue, Crystall Young
and Elizabeth Tauzin
|Andre Fruge, and Kelly and Gil Dozier||Carl Richard, Robbie Mahtook, Sister Eileen
Rowe and the Rev. Chester Arceneaux
|Jennifer and Ian MacDonald, Allyson and
Raymond Hebert, and Randy Haynie
|John Chappuis and Colleen McDaniel|
|Louis and Pat Michot and Sen. Mike Michot||Josh Borill, Erin Hoffpauir, Karmen Blanco and
|Tyron Picard, Joel Fruge, Bishop Michael
Jarrell and Ed Hebert
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.