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 the tune of the Bunk Johnson Brass Band from New Iberia. The event is a major fundraiser that provides scholarships to Acadiana students in addition to funding ASCEND, a program designed to motivate high school students. “We’re certainly excited about the turnout,” said Vice President Dr. Marilyn Marshall. And who wouldn’t be, when coming through the door was MeGan Caesar, Andrea Brew and Hollywood handsome Jonathan Edmond and Brian Mouton.

Art Talk

Artist Joan Tanner addressed an erudite crowd at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum on a recent Wednesday evening. The crowd turned out for some Domino’s Pizza and Acadiana Bottling soda, and well, art. Who better than Tanner to address the subject, whose exhibit “CONTINGENt” will be up until mid-September and whose body of work spans decades. Tanner met the press with her Nola friend Laura Mullen, who said, “They should have issued everyone in New Orleans Xanax this week for Katrina’s anniversary.” Lafayette, too, Laura. Enough of the hurricanes already.

Give My Regards to Broadway

We’re not often envious, but we were this time. Chip and Jennifer Jackson were in the audience at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC for "Hamilton" recently. “You can see why it won 11 Tony awards,” said Jennifer Jackson. “It was ingenious how Lin-Manuel Miranda came up with this concept, telling the story in Broadway musical style, but incorporating rap, hip-hop and a variety of races.” Tickets opened up last November and sold out, Jackson said, adding, “We spent more than we should, but life is short.” Clearly, there are no regrets.

New Kids on the Block

The provisional class of the Junior League of Lafayette was treated to scavenger hunt at the Miles Perret Center as part of Super Saturday and their new member orientation. What better way to get to know your new girls. Provisional members attend a monthly meeting in addition to general meetings, and each class determines its fall and spring projects.


Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.