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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Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.
BP says it recently obtained correspondence between Patrick Juneau's Lafayette law firm and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility showing he argued for liberal compensation, flexible documentation requirements and other terms that would help Louisiana claimants at BP's expense.
The circumstances surrounding the death last March while in the backseat of a sheriff’s cruiser of Victor White III, long a source of dispute by White’s family, have earned an investigation by federal officials.
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With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
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Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
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An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
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The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.