Saturday, October 14, 2017

This week, the Lauren-Reilly Eliot Company resurrected Tennessee Williams’ iconic tale of New Orleans dysfunction and love, "A Streetcar Named Desire." To herald the occasion, a Stella! Shouting Contest was held, a pirated version of the one stage…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What the world needs most, better men. And five good men answered the call to benefit Hearts of Hope and victims of sexual abuse at the second annual Studs in Stilettos. Hosted by The Grouse Room and presented by Dr. James and Susan Arterburn amon…

Saturday, October 07, 2017

I have always worked on site by writing in cursive in a reporter’s notebook. Recently a mother who watched me do this lamented the fact her child “would never learn cursive now.” She is likely correct.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017

With fall officially here, New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn is offering the Jack Reacher Jacket for men. A modern update of the bomber, it’s a casual Harrington jacket made of imported Italian cotton, and it's PU-coated, understated and versatile. It…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hurricane Harvey relief took the form of Banded Together, a special benefit concert held in the River Ranch town square. The Red Cross, Acadiana Hospitality Foundation and Double R Restaurant Group joined forces for those in need, while LUS sponso…

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Wine critics take an extremely dim view of supermarket wines. These are the wines most Americans drink, and, according to industry publications, mass-marketed varieties easily rake in hundreds of millions per year, although they sell for less than…

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Agave River Ranch hosted Zonta Club for their 39th anniversary celebration. Members seized the opportunity to wear their signature orange “Zonta says no to violence to women” shirts as part of their campaign against domestic violence and human tra…

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"Advanced Style" is Ari Seth Cohen’s blog and book tribute to the femme d’un certain age, and the idea that confidence, beauty and fashion can be achieved only through a life lived boldly.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

There are always great dresses at this one. The Eta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha hosted its third annual Zydeco Jazz Brunch, Pink Pizzazz, at Le Pavillion. Guests enjoyed the Petroleum Club elegance and a sumptuous Sunday spread, all to …

Saturday, September 09, 2017
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Imonelli played host to the Lafayette Parish Medical Society and its auxiliary for cocktails and more. “The alliance donates a scholarship to a medical student,” Christine Landes said. “This is just a get-together to get people past and present to…

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Following a recent public survey, Australia has pronounced a certain shade of olive “the world’s ugliest color.” Their intentions were good, hoping to use color psychology to discourage their citizens from smoking by placing that color on cigarett…

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017

I was reminded recently by attorney and bastion of French culture Warren Perrin that it wasn’t so long ago Texas state Rep. Dennis Bonnen compared Hurricane Katrina evacuees to refugees from Central America. The Lone Star lawmaker decried the lang…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Basin Arts and Runaway Dish featured movement and a meal, all hosted by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. A dance performance linked with food paired choreographers Frances Barker, Clare Cook, Gina Hanchey, Paige Krause and Sharon Leahy with chefs…

Saturday, August 12, 2017

“It is said that one can tell during a conversation that lasts not longer than a summer shower whether or not a man is cultivated,” explains a 1921 book of etiquette. Often it doesn’t take that long.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Despite decades of progress and hit songs to the contrary, it is a truth universally acknowledged that any woman in possession of a job and her freedom must be in want of a husband. It’s "Pride and Prejudice" reversed, and with two centuries since…

Friday, August 04, 2017
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Never underestimate art or a woman. Painting with a Twist partnered with Caroline & Co. and the Vera Bradley Foundation on behalf of breast cancer. To the tune of “Come Together,” artists painted into the evening under the guidance of Shannon …

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Michael Scott Myers hosted his Cane Fire Film Series “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea” on a recent evening at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. “This is the third animé film we’ve had,” said Myers, kicked back during prescreening. The f…

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bonefish Grill hosted a two-day martini-thon with Tuesday falling on the Fourth this year, but bartender Chase Prejean was happy to shake up his pomegranate-sage martinis to benefit Healing House just the same. “It’s one of our seasonal cocktails;…

Saturday, July 08, 2017

I have always belonged to the George Thorogood School of Drinking: “One bourbon, one scotch, one beer.” Believing that alcohol is best alone, pure and unadulterated, and other ingredients only muddy the water and hide the true purpose, I am theref…

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Marietta Zeringue and Cajun Connection celebrated the departure of Tropical Storm Cindy in true New Orleans fashion — with a hurricane party. And what better way to beat the cabin blues than Champagne and shopping. Cindy had the last laugh, howeve…

Saturday, July 01, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Schilling wined and dined its private guests with a four-course dinner and le vin to go with it. Robert “BJ” Brankline did the cooking, pairing up butternut squash soup with Custard Chardonnay, mushroom bruschetta and pinot noir followed by rib ey…

Saturday, June 24, 2017

According to designers, the tradition of painting one’s porch ceiling blue has spread across the country, the idea being it imparts a cozy Southern charm and confuses wasps. Decorators are fielding requests for the color, known popularly as “Haint…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Connections, a professional women’s networking group, held its June luncheon at the Petroleum Club. Naturopathic physician Dr. Krystal Shelmire talked about “A Naturopathic Approach to Stress Management for the Professional Woman,” and if beauty a…

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mother Nature takes a dim view of males who can’t manage fatherhood. You see it in the tarantula, whom she dooms to run around the desert until he either finds a mate or starves to death.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It was good times at Vermilionville for Creole Culture Day, a day of music, demonstrations and corn maque choux. The celebration lasted for hours and attracted a crowd including many from abroad, and Joseph Cluse, a true Creole, gave guests the gi…

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The ladies and gentlemen of The Inseparable Friends Benevolent Society of Prairie Laurent held their 19th annual Senior Citizens Luncheon recently. The Rev. Borgia Aubespin received recognition for his 52 years of service both here and abroad, pre…

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Since parents now get from the internet their how-to information — how to talk so little kids will listen, what to do when preschool friends aren’t playing nice, to intervene or not to intervene, how many adult worries should be mentioned to child…

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Breizh Amerika made its second sojourn to Lafayette and landed at the Wurst Biergarten for a Friday concert. “The second mission is bigger, more musicians and more film crew,” said Le Centre International trade manager Philippe Gustin. “It’s a bri…

Saturday, May 27, 2017

As the season of weddings is upon us, many will be called upon to propose a toast. Toasting is an ancient tradition, dating back to Greek and Roman times when both sought to reassure their drinking brethren the wine wasn’t poisoned. Wine back then…

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The United Way of Acadiana Women’s Leadership Council held its power luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton, where women gathered for mimosas and more, including a silent auction of purses. Soon to undergo a national rebranding as Women United, UW’s…

Saturday, May 20, 2017

It’s spring. That time of year when young men’s fancies turn to love and backyard bar sheds. According to many, these man bunkers are the best thing since riding lawnmowers, and, speaking of those lawnmowers, you will have to re-home that machine …

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Faith House hosted the “Spirit of Hope” luncheon at the UL-Lafayette Student Union ballroom to educate, empower and inspire all to say no to violence. Speaker Frances McIntosh shared her personal story, and Rosie Roy was honored with the inaugural…

Saturday, May 13, 2017

It’s true, females with young are fierce. It ensures the survival of the species. If mothers of any kind surrendered their young without a fight, all life on the planet would have died out long ago.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Shining Light Foundation hosted its annual Zydeco/Cajun Bash at Vermilionville, with all profits to benefit students in the Lafayette Parish Public Schools system. Dance man John Broussard was master of ceremonies and tambourine player extraor…

Saturday, May 06, 2017

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, those who’ve yet to earn their maternity badge will be made to feel left out by those who have. The world can be cruel to females traveling alone, and the girls club leans heavily on anyone refusing to buckle do…

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration broke ground Wednesday for a new facility, thanks to a $2.5 million gift from Lafayette businessman Michael P. Maraist, a 1971 business administration alum. The money will fund the initial cons…