Art enthusiasts came together with members of the AcA to celebrate the grand opening of the center’s theater and a café. Guests toured the space and mingled over plates piled high with hors d’oeuvres provided by The French Press and drinks from the AcA’s new bar. Among the guests was businessman and patron of the arts James Devin Moncus, who made a gift of $1.5 million to the AcA (the theater is named for him).
Feathers, frills and fine art abounded Oct. 21 for the UL Lafayette College of the Art’s first ever Beaux-Arts Ball. The black tie masquerade affair took place at the Petroleum Club where 200 guests helped themselves to fine food, wine and spirits. The Nouveau String Band plucked away new and old tunes to set a lively tone for the fundraising event, which also kicked off the residency of Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet with the College of the Arts. Several guests sported elaborate headdresses or costumes to reflect the theme “Re-new, Re-Vision, Re-cycle,” but most simply sported a mask with their finery.
Lafayette held its first ever Fashion Week Preview, showcasing New York Fashion Week Designer Luis Machicao, local businesses Stella & Dot, Pink Paparatzi Couture, Andreé Greig, Indrea Gordon, artist Hope Hebert and the UL Fashion Department. Held in conjunction with a scholarship fundraiser for a Lafayette senior to attend a local university in art, fashion or design, the event was hosted by Lafayette’s Ashley Jolet and Tyler Hebert. Among the surprising (and shocking) fashions were cocktail dresses made from garbage bags, metal rings and newspapers, and jackets constructed with bubble wrap.
|Renee Roberts, Sharon Moss and Sarah Moss||Ruth and James Moncus and Ed Abell|
|Art theater ribbon cutting||Ashley Bell (front), Philippe Callais, Sunnie Diaz,
Abigail Comeau, Gabe Andrews, Alison Zerangue,
Megan Merriman and Collette Prudhomme
|Burton Durand||Rob Davis, Jan Davis, Rob Guidry, Belinda Guidry,
Rob Bush and Julie Bush
|Dane Castille, Samuel Richard, Mariah Comeaux
and Debbie Quebedeaux
|Dustin Hebert, Emily Gautreaux and Cameron Blake|
|Lance Gardner and Thomas Simmons||Giorgio Russo, Beau Nunez and Matt Thibodeaux|
|Marlow Veillon, Amy Rider, Chandra Trahan,
Dawn Landry and Melanie Carrier
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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.
Our View: It’s reasonable, temporary and invests in Lafayette’s future.
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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.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
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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