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, however, with a parting downpour complete with thunder. But every cloud has a silver lining — The Advocate completed its Christmas shopping in under 10 minutes.

Les Vues

One of Vermilionville’s best-kept secrets is Les Vues, a cultural film series held the last Monday of the month. The latest featured Rachel L. Emanuel and her documentary, “Journey for Justice: The A.P. Tureaud Story.” An erudite audience showed up to hear the saga of the civil rights attorney who filed suit successfully and ended Jim Crow segregation in New Orleans. “We like to show it everywhere and to everyone,” said filmmaker Emanuel. “It ended up being my life research.” Emanuel, retired from the Southern University Law Center and former chairman of the Baton Rouge Film Commission, conducted a follow-up discussion. “I wanted something cool for the summer,” said Vermilionville curator Anne Mahoney. Looking cool were Anthony Cherry, birthday girl Elaine Taylor and beautiful-in-black Mimi Methvin.

The Don

Not the Godfather but nearly as good. Louisiana oil and gas legend Don Briggs made a rare appearance at, where else, La Fonda, where all the oilfield goes. Lunching at the restaurant where a steak is named in his honor, Briggs brought The Advocate up to speed on how that came to be. “We used to play tennis at Red’s and the loser had to buy dinner,” said Briggs. What happens at La Fonda stays at La Fonda, but equally good was the time Briggs made an entrance by driving his Harley to the restaurant’s front door and revving the engine. “The only time I really got in trouble was when I pretended to be a waiter.” Those were the days.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at