All was glitter and gold for Michael Lavergne’s 35th Age of Aquarius Golden Gala & Dance Party Extravaganza at the Blue Moon Saloon. Admission was a gold item of clothing or accessories, and boy, did the guests outdo themselves with disco-inspired attire and out-of-sight afro wigs. The dance floor was transformed into a discotheque with tiered gold foil chandeliers and glitzy kitschy décor. By midnight, dance-frenzied guests had torn down the chandeliers and were using them as hoola hoops (including Party Girl, naturally) and wearing Crime Scene tape as accessories. What a wild scene! Dancing the night away in the packed house were Lavergne’s PASA colleagues and his closest friends.
|Paige Krause and Amy Venable||Heather Newman, Michael Lavergne, Jason Crooks
and Kate Lemoine
|Ross Fontenot and Michael Lavergne||Michael Lavergne and Jason Crooks|
|Paige Krause, Kevin Ancelet, Corey Faul,
Jason Crooks and Colin Miller
|Jason Carroll and Regina Reviere|
|Paul Cockrell, and Tricia and Stafford Barnett||Lian Cheramie a/k/a Cookie Bouillion
and Mandy Migues
Karen Lippman’s outdoor poolside patio was the scene for the King Cake, Champagne and Super Bowl party co-hosted by Lippman, Karmen Blanco and Lisa Hanchey. Big game hunter Duaine Demny cooked up a tender venison backstrap cut in strips, stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeno and wrapped in bacon. Hanchey served up a massive pot of taco soup with fixings, and a cheesy black eyed pea dip in honor of the halftime entertainers, The Black Eyed Peas, and chef John Panaro went the gourmet route with spicy deer sausage over creamy polenta. For dessert, Gail Wolf prepared an exquisite chocolate éclair cake, served alongside an assortment of king cakes from Southside Bakery and Gambino’s.
|Brad Colgin and Duaine Demny||Duaine Demny and Karen Lippman|
|Patti Reed and Michelle Strohe||Janice Hebert, Gail Wolf and Teri Stelly|
|Karmen Blanco, Duaine Demny, Emily Guilbeau,
Brad Colgin, Karen Lippman, Johanna Villarreal
and Gail Wolf
|Jason Rhodes, Kris Wartelle and
Teri Stelly (front row); Johanna Villarreal
and Brad Colgin (middle row); Duaine
Demny, Karen Lippman, Karmen Blanco,
Amy Romero and Stephen Fournet
Breakfast favorites served on a bubbly crust pair with a crisp salad
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
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Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
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On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
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A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
Times Square impersonator crackdown; Israel shells Gaza school; Russia hit with sanctions and more national and international news for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.
Louisiana agriculture officials say prices for long-grain rice are projected to drop this year.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 19 decreased from the previous week's total.
A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
Here's how one nationally recognized conservative political pundit reacted upon hearing the news Monday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was leaning toward an endorsement of Louisiana’s lone Democrat senator.
If President Barack Obama’s poll numbers, and those for his health care law, haven’t yet bottomed out in the Bayou State, then Democrats surely don’t want to know what the statistical floor actually looks like.
Midsouth Bank has released its second quarter earnings report, showing a year-over-year increase for shareholders.
The comeback of the Wayfarer
Two bedroom New Iberia ranch style house or two bedroom Lafayette condo
The deadline to purchase tickets for the 2014 ABiz Top 50 Business Luncheon featuring top-selling author, political activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is only two weeks away.
With the qualifying deadline for Lafayette Parish School Board elections quickly approaching, a series of candidate forums have been announced by the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council.
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.