Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Written by Dege Legg
ROOTS & ROLL
If you’re going through post-Mardi Gras withdrawal and need a quick musical fix, head out to Grant Street on March 11 and get a dose of some rootsy rock and roll. Julian Primeaux & His Royal Rowdy Company team up with Philadelphia transplant Paul Edelman’s new New Orleans band Pick Your Switch.
The Lafayette Science Museum has some cool stuff cooking. “Giant Worlds” is their latest exhibit. It explores the extraordinary giant planets like Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, orbiting our sun. Visitors will be able to peer through a replica of the telescope used by Galileo, seeing the giant planets as he did over 400 years ago. This exhibition promises to engage visitors of all ages through educational videos, games, interactive elements and scale models. The Lafayette Science Museum hosts the Space Science Institute exhibit “Giant Worlds” through May 13. The entry fee is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors age 62 and up, and $2 for children age 4–17. Younger children are admitted free. There is no extra charge for planetarium programs. The Lafayette Science Museum is located in downtown Lafayette at 433 Jefferson St. For more information, call 291-5544 or visit the museum’s website at www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org .
Friends of Elemore is a new organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds in support of the Elemore Morgan Jr. Visual Arts Endowment. They present the Turtle Island Quartet with a special guest appearance by Michael Doucet at the AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theatre in downtown Lafayette on March 11. Since its inception in 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has been a force in the creation of bold, new trends in music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles.
LAUGHTER IS THE RELIGION
Laughter is the greatest religion. And laughter returns to Lafayette in two official capacities this weekend. Comedians Ricky Briggs and Joseph Lymous host a two-man show at AOC on March 11 & 12. Tickets are $10. On the other side of town, Goodwill Industries of Acadiana is presents Cajun Comic Relief XIX: Good Laughs for Goodwill on March 12. All proceeds from the event go to various services that Goodwill provides. Pre-show entertainment will be provided by Matt Ewing and Sean Vidrine & da’ Classics. Performing for the show are Marvin Lee, T-Frog and John Paul Morgan (aka “Ragin Cajun”) as well as the three finalists from the Last Couillon Standing.
Brooklyn band The Lisps traffic in roots music and quirky pop with an indie rock sensibility. They’re touring in support of their sophomore CD Are We at the Movies? The Lisps play Artmosphere on March 12.
Photo man Phillip Gould has got him a band called Rio Luminoso. They play “romantic music from exotic places.” That conjures visions of coconut-umbrella drinks and sarongs. I can dig that. Rio Luminoso play Café des Amis March 9.
Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters will be performing at the new NuNu’s facility in Arnaudville. The show will feature 13-year old fiddle player Zack Fusilier with a guest appearance by Creole accordion legend Nolten Simien. The address of the new NuNu’s location is 1510 Hwy 93 in Arnaudville.
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.
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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.
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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.
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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.