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
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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.
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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.