Honoring a Literary Legend

Honoring a Literary Legend January brings the debut of a new U.S. postage stamp depicting the celebrated late author, Ernest Gaines (the former UL writer-in-residence emeritus, born on a plantation in Oscar). The stamp, which artfully portrays Gaines in his…

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Lost and Found

  Historians love to write about the Acadian diaspora, and Longfellow tells us of their “wonder and sadness.” Now, Lafayette artist Cecilia O’Keefe Neustrom shows us the faces of their “Cajun” descendants who live across the prairies and along…

Music Museum in the Making

Lafayette Acadiana Center for the Arts is launching a public capital campaign this summer to raise exhibition and curatorial funds for its new 10,000-square-foot Louisiana Music Museum, to be housed in the former 130-year-old Lafayette Hardware Store. Pending AcA’s (non-profit)…

Novel Dining Concept

Lafayette Using farm-direct American Wagyu beef (aged and smoked) and locally sourced seafood, the new Lucky’s Fire & Smoke (locally owned by Eddie Khoury and Rene Colina) sends diners on taste adventures through licks of fire and wisps of smoke.…

Music Makers

For several years, the Illinois-born singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has been travelling into natural and urban landscapes — the Coyote Gulch canyon of Utah, say, or under the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge in Los Angeles — to compose music that he bases…

Gumbo Glory

New Iberia The World Championship Gumbo Cookoff was recently touted by CNN travel contributor Jen Rose Smith, who named Louisiana gumbo in her “20 of the World’s Best Soups” roundup while plugging the gumbos served at New Iberia’s annual foodie…

Nascent Perks for Park

Lafayette Nascent Perks for Park While Moncus Park’s grand opening ceremony was postponed from Jan. 8 until a February commencement, the special events series that began in mid-January will continue throughout the spring (moncuspark.org/events). Completed to date: Lake Reaux, the…

Rouge et Blanc 2021

  LAKE CHARLES, La (press release) – The Banners Series is excited to announce the return of Rouge et Blanc on Saturday, October 30. Save the date for Southwest Louisiana’s premier fine wine and gourmet food extravaganza, a sold-out event…

25 Fun Things to do This Summer

Photos by Joseph Vidrine, Romero & Romero, Haylei Smith and Denny Culbert Summertime means fun time in Acadiana, and there’s plenty of jollification to go around. While many of Acadiana’s attractions are indoors, even more exists in the great outdoors,…

Eating Our Way Through Shreveport

  Go ahead, twist our arm! The 318 Restaurant Week, a citywide promotion of local restaurants organized by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and its partners, returns March 18 through 23 at more than 50 participating restaurants. Lunch and…

Chasing Eagles

  Years ago, on a visit to Toledo Bend I spotted a bald eagle’s nest in a remote spot of South Toledo Bend State Park. When January rolled around this year and I was in bad need of a nature…

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