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A community ride celebrating the Mickey Shunick Memorial Bike Loop is this evening; get in the mood with a snappy video toast to skirting traffic on two wheels ...
Jan. 15, 2016 12:40 AM
Wherein we present then-and-now photos from historic buildings in old Lafayette ...
Jan. 8, 2016 02:09 PM
A pre-dawn photo of the Southeastern United States extending roughly from Houston to the edge of the Florida panhandle has been making the rounds on social media and it's awesome ...
Jan. 8, 2016 11:25 AM
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May 23, 2012 06:00 AM
Three local holistic medical practitioners offer insight into the growing interest in alternative therapies. By Emily HenaganHolistic. Naturopathic. Homeopathic. Alternative medicine. These words typically are not synonymous with the local medical scene ...
April 26, 2011 08:03 PM
Gaslight GastronomyTennessee Williams celebrated in words and recipes. By Anna Purdy Tennessee Williams has been unfairly relegated to the role of the gay fop mincing about the page and the hallways of community theaters and high school productions ...
March 22, 2011 10:29 PM
Tired of going out and hearing the same old thing? Cajun guys, playing Cajun? Zydeco guys, playing zydeco? Blues dudes, playing blues?... Wednesday, March 23, 2011Written by Dege Legg Tired of going out and hearing the same old thing? Cajun guys, playing Cajun? Zydeco guys, playing zydeco? Blues dudes, playing blues? Rock dudes squeezing out the same old rock and roll? Check this. Banjo master Bela Fleck, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and contemporary upright bassist Edgar Meyer have joined forces for a tour in support of their recent album The Melody of Rhythm. It's interesting stuff - like a jazz-head's dream. The result plays like a mix of world music, classical experimentalism and Appalachian jazz. Freaky, but good. And way more palatable than you'd imagine. By combing their talents as limitless creators, composers and entertainers, they have created an incredibly eclectic and unique musical experience. "It's a blend of our different and fairly strong personalities," says Meyer. "I think over the course of the evening you will feel elements of bluegrass, Indian music, western classical and jazz. But a lot of it, we hope is a hybrid or a blend of all those things. Somewhere between the three of us, those are pretty primary sources." Fleck has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map from classical halls to concert arenas around the world. Hussain is a classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order. He's like John Bonham of the tabla, playing with everyone from Ravi Shankar to modern collaborations with Tabla Beat Science. And Meyer is a master of the double bass, pushing the instrument into uncharted seas with unparalleled technique and musicianship. "Zakir ups the ante. He's such an unusually accomplished musician that it makes you shoot for things you wouldn't have ever thought were possible," says Meyer. "It just raises the bar. He's so steady and so perfect that it's often not that hard. If Bela does something that's tricky and pushes or pulls, Zakir is so fast, he'll go right with him. He's looking for ways for him to be himself, but he's also looking for ways to keep us all together."When you have three musicians of this caliber, you are sure to get some form of improvisation during the set. "We have a lot of set structures throughout the evening, but there's a lot of room in them to branch off," says Meyor. "Zakir's not locked to any parts; he's always a free agent. But there are plenty of times in the set where Bela and I are both pretty free to explore ideas." PASA presents one of its most important performances ever with Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heymann Center. Tickets range from from $8.50-$41 and are available through pasaonline.org, by calling 800-745-3000 or at any Ticket Master outlet. ...
March 22, 2011 09:48 PM
Locals strut their stuff at FWNO satellite events. By Heather MillerThe latest effort to bring metro fashion runways to the Deep South via Fashion Week New Orleans has Lafayette fashionistas flocking to the Crescent City to be a part of the showcasing ...
Dec. 7, 2010 10:58 PM
Sometimes, a community has to make a sacrifice for the greater good. That's what happened in 2003, when two downtown murals by Robert Dafford were destroyed during the renovations of LBA Savings Bank to create the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Sometimes ...

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