Theatre + Art

Maestro Robert Lyall: New Orleans Opera 2018-2019 Season

Maestro Robert Lyall is the general and artistic director for the New Orleans Opera Company. In addition to his role as conductor, Maestro Lyall oversees every aspect of the creative process. One of the Maestro’s responsibilities as artistic director is…

Gifted

New Orleans-inspired wedding gifts

Painting with a Purpose

Inspiration doesn’t keep bankers’ hours. It’s far too fickle for that. No, inspiration comes rushing in when the rest of the world sits still. At least it does for Lafayette artist Dana Manly, anyway. To her, a celebrated painter in…

Classically Trained

For 34 years now, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has shown the region, known for its Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music, a few more uses for the fiddle and double bass. The sometimes 200-piece ASO has just begun its 34th season, themed “Orchestrating…

The Beat Goes On

It’s Saturday ­— a football Saturday — in Acadiana, a region like many in the South where the sport is equal parts game and gospel. Kickoff is just a few hours away, meaning there’s even less time than that until…

Barry Jean Ancelet / Jean Arceneaux

When CODOFIL began, James Domengeaux did not hide the fact that he favored the teaching of "standard" French to Louisiana French because it was not a written language. Despite a literary past that included many talented writers, no French-speaking Louisianans…

Tour de Force

New Orleans-based author, journalist and entertaining expert Julia Reed’s new book of essays invites readers along for an hilarious ride through the South

First Impressions

Leslie Graham and Ryan Howell master the art of letterpress in Alexandria

Guidry's Open House

In an Acadian home in downtown Breaux Bridge this Saturday night, a group of area artists’ works will be on display at multimedia sculptor Kelly Guidry’s Studio Gallery. The event is an open house, literally and figuratively, as the gallery…

Give and Take

Lafayette musician Tiffany Lamson of Givers works on solo material and tries on several new genres

Dr. William Arceneaux

  On the photo of the founder of CODOFIL, we read the following dedication: "4/11/84. To my dear and esteemed friend Wm "Bill" Arceneaux, the true Educational leader of the State who has also the responsibility of saving the French…

Anthony Bourdain Gets Spicy

  Mamou, Opelousas, Grand Coteau Globe-trotting Anthony Bourdain’s one-hour Acadiana-themed “Parts Unknown “episode, Cajun Mardi Gras, airs June 17. The characteristically blasé, 6-foot 4-inch-tall Bourdain gets loose (and a foot taller) in a fringed calico costume topped by a pointy…

Beats on the Bayou

Steve and Cezanne Nails’ Dockside Studio in Maurice is a creative haven for recording artists

The Big Easel Art Festival

(L to R: "Long Stem" and "Underneath the White" by Lauren SIbley Brasseaux) This Saturday, River Ranch will host an all-day art event, The Big Easel Art Festival, in its Town Square. Renee Matamoros, marketing director of City Club and the…

Golden Grace

The Lost Bayou Ramblers are found by the Grammys, nabbing a shiny statue on the cusp of 20 years as a band

Merci BUKU

  It was another great year for the BUKU Music + Art Project.  First off the expansion of the grounds was a fantastic addition to the festival.  The new placement of the Power Plant stage in the field in front…

Acadiana Dance Month

Lafayette Consolidated Government declared March Acadiana Dance Month, and the inaugural celebration will integrate dance-related events throughout the region. Acadiana Dance Month Ambassador Paige Barnett, who is also a company member of Basin Arts’ resident dance company Basin Dance Collective,…

Champion Jazz Opera: Old Form, New Beat

Joe McKesson is the marketing director for the New Orleans Opera Association. Audiences usually associate opera with "La Bohème," "Tosca," or other classic favorites. When McKesson thinks of opera, he focuses on the essential aspects of this beloved musical form.…

Traveling Louisiana: Spring Adventures

  Color has returned to Louisiana after a memorable cold winter, and residents across the state are welcoming spring with open arms and open windows. As life returns to the teeming bayous and flowering gardens, life also returns to communities…