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The city of Lafayette has launched its eat local campaign. EatLafayette is in its ninth year of promoting the mom-and-pop restaurants that have put Lafayette on the map as a foodie town. Ben Berthelot, executive director of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, has found that over the years more and more local restaurants have pulled together for this campaign.
“We went from 19 restaurants in a two-week campaign nine years ago, to this year we have basically a three-month campaign and 73 restaurants participating," Berthelot said.
Shreveport's oldest municipal cemetery is the resting place of hundreds of Civil War veterans and thousands of residents who died during the 1873 Yellow Fever epidemic.
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Restoration projects are under way at Shreveport’s oldest municipal cemetery. A ceremony was held Friday to recognize the work to be done on roads and walkways in Oakland Cemetery made possible by a $279,000 bond issue approved by voters in 2011. The dollars won’t cover all the work that needs to be done on the cemetery that dates back to 1847.
Shreveport mayor Cedric Glover recalls first visiting Oakland on a field trip at age 14. He said many city administrations have wanted to do capital projects, but it’s never been the most pressing priority.
Airs Friday, June 14 at 9 p.m. Coming up on the next edition of the Caravan we’ll hear new music from the Swedish Folk Duo First Aid Kit, a classic track from Victoria Williams, Native America music by R. Carlos Nakai and a taste of India as well. We’ll also check out the phenomenal blues of Chris Smither and Buddy Guy and a live concert from the SXSW festival featuring Andrew Bird.
Organizers of the Louisiana Film Prize in Shreveport say this year’s entries are mostly coming from filmmakers outside the Bayou State. Executive director Gregory Kallenberg expects another big turnout for the festival weekend in October when a panel of judges and the audience decide which film will receive a $50,000 cash payout. He anticipates about 80 entries this year, on par with the first year of the contest.
Filmmakers Christopher Raines and Candace McGowen, both of Memphis, plan to use their short film made in Shreveport as a portfolio piece to show investors in their new production company.
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Over the past few weeks, a number of small film crews have taken to the streets of Shreveport. They’ve been shooting all around northwest Louisiana, like in a vacant former restaurant in the Highland neighborhood. They’re making short films – that must be shot locally – to enter into this year’s Louisiana Film Prize contest.