Nov. 4, 2009 05:00
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STAGE SIGHT
The late Elemore Morgan Jr. was world-renowned for his wide, wonderful south Louisiana landscapes. But Morgan was also a big fan of the performing arts, and was a frequent presence — pencil and sketch book in hand — at the foot of the Heymann Performing Arts Center stage during presentations of the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana. That’s a lot of performing arts, and Morgan captured a wide array of artists brought to Lafayette by PASA. “For the last 15 years of his life he was at almost every PASA event,” recalls PASA Executive Director Jackie Lyle. To mark its 20th anniversary of bringing big-city performing arts to the Hub City, PASA has collected 50 of Morgan’s stage-side drawings into a special-edition book, Drawn to the Stage. From big names like Itzhak Perlman (pictured) and Tony Bennett, to the obscure performers only PASA finds, this rich collection underscores Morgan’s artistry. “The book resembles the sketchbook that Elemore used,” adds Lyle. Drawn to the Stage is $40 (plus tax and shipping and handling); pre-orders can be made through PASA, 237-2787 or pasa-online.org . — Walter Pierce

SUPER STUFFED
For those of us who like to eat on the fly, there’s a new breakfast biscuit in town that’s got all the drive-thrus beat. Poupart’s breakfast biscuit comes in five flavors including combos like egg, bacon, ham and jalapeños. The dough is homemade with a buttery farmhouse flake, wrapped around a healthy scoop of filling. Or go for the personal size quiches, my fave is the creamy classic Lorraine, filled with bacon and swiss. Add in a cup of the best coffee in town and you’ve got a breakfast worth getting down for, which you do have to do, Poupart’s is old school. Hey, a little exercise never hurt anyone. One biscuit or quiche, $3, is enough fuel to keep you full long beyond the lunch bell. Call 232-7921 for more info. — Mary Tutwiler

NOLA BEAUTY
As frontman of the the Philadelphia-based indie rock outfit Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Alec Ounsworth’s squawky, erratic vocal stylings have inevitably lead to David Byrne comparisons. On his first solo album, Mo Beauty, Ounsworth hasn’t completely departed from form, but with an A-list New Orleans backing band including bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Stanton Moore, and keyboardist Robert Walter, Ounsworth seems surprisingly at ease, and shines on both stripped-back acoustic ballads (“Holy, Holy, Holy Moses [song for New Orleans]”, “What Fun”) and jazz-influenced, horn-tinged anthems (“Idiots in the Rain”). Hopefully, there’s more to come from this band. Mo Beauty is available at most record stores and online retailers. ­— Nathan Stubbs

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