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Ferry Tale: The City of Baton Rouge to turn 100 years old … in Iowa

Photo provided by West Baton Rouge Museum -- The City of Baton Rouge ferry, which ran between Baton Rouge and Port Allen from 1916 until 1968, turns 100 this year and its owners in LeClaire, Iowa, are throwing a party

For more than a half century, the ferry named City of Baton Rouge daily crossed the Mississippi River from its downtown landing to Port Allen and back. Then, shortly after the Interstate 10 bridge opened, the City of Baton Rouge was gone. But not forgotten. The venerable steamboat, without its engines or paddle wheel… Continue reading →

Southeastern dance company plans auditions

Southeastern Louisiana University’s resident student dance company, Dance Performance Project, will hold auditions for Southeastern students and community dancers on May 6-7 for an upcoming dance concert. Auditions for high school juniors and seniors are scheduled 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the dance studio in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. The fall event… Continue reading →

Spring Open Exhibition planned in Hammond

Photo provided by the Hammond Regional Arts Center -- Nancy Lowentritt's "White Fleet at Sunset" will be featured in the exhibit at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.

The Hammond Art Guild is celebrating its 54th annual Spring Open Exhibition beginning with a public reception at 5 p.m. May 6. This show will feature work chosen as part of a judged exhibition with several different mediums. Selected entries will be on display through May 27 in the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St.,… Continue reading →

19 presented at Alpha Kappa Alpha cotillion, ball

Photos by Miles Photography -- AKA Debutante Cotillion -- At the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Nu Gamma Omega Chapter's Debutante Cotillion and Spring Ball on April 2 are, from left, Mia Kleinpeter, Errin W. Gaines, Deedra Wilson, Chandra Stacie, Vanessa Caston Lafleur, Gloria London and Brandy Johnson.

Nineteen young women were presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Nu Gamma Omega Chapter, at its annual Debutante Cotillion and Spring Ball on April 2 at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium. President Chandra Stacie welcomed and lead a toast for more than 400 guests. Deedra Wilson, WVLA anchor, served as mistress of ceremonies for the… Continue reading →

Trees have memories: Hole in the world filled with change

Camphor trees are invasive noxious, weeds that damage sewers and drain systems and are actually outlawed in some places. I knew and cared nothing of that at 10 years old and, in fact, loved the large camphor tree that grew directly behind my maternal grandparents’ home. That tree anchored the large yard of the cozy… Continue reading →

The Advocate wants your travel photography

The Advocate Eat, Play, Live section’s Way to Go feature spotlights photographs of Louisiana residents taken on their travels within the past two months in the United States and abroad. The photos must contain the travelers and a landmark that shows the travel destination or activity (such as climbing the Eiffel Tower or… Continue reading →

‘My Mother’s House’ warm tale without all the anger

“My Mother’s House” by David Armand, Texas Review Press, $18.95, 192 pages, paperback Author of the recent memoir, “My Mother’s House,” David Armand has worn many literary hats in his mere 36 years. He’s published three novels, a collection of poems and various short stories and essays around the country.… Continue reading →

La. writer captures Best Mystery Award

Louisiana mystery author BJ Bourg has won the 2016 Best Mystery Award from The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition. Bourg, who lives in Mathews, received the honor for his debut novel, “James 516.” The annual EPIC eBook Awards is an international competition and has been recognizing excellence in e-book publishing since 2000. Bourg’s Louisiana-set mystery… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Community remembers man of ‘faith’

Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter’s name has appeared on more than 1,000 articles in The Advocate since 2004, mostly on these religion pages. Behind the byline was a dogged, skilled and unbiased reporter. Behind the prolific writer was also a loving husband, friend and man of faith. Hunter died Sunday after suffering a heart attack at Istrouma Baptist… Continue reading →

Denham Springs Prayer Breakfast set

The Denham Springs Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held May 5. The breakfast, which starts at 6:30 a.m. with the program starting at 7 a.m., is sponsored by Mayor Gerard Landry, the Denham Springs Kiwanis Club, the West Livingston Kiwanis Club and the Livingston Council on Aging in recognition of the National Day of Prayer. The… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for April 30, 2016

Bishop Charles E. and First Lady Gladys Wallace

WORSHIP SERVICES: 11 a.m. New Covenant Christian Center, 6515 Myrtle St. (225) 775-3127. HOUR OF POWER PRAYER: 6:30 p.m., New Covenant Christian Center, 6515 Myrtle St. (225) 775-3127. Bible study follows at 7:30 p.m. PRE-MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH: 9 a.m., Shady Grove… Continue reading →

With marble fountain, silk rugs, George Rodrigue art, this Edwin Edwards relative's home style eclectic

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Penny Edwards' home in Le Triomphe retains its villa elements.

It’s a rare woman who can bring together East and West, but Penny Edwards does. Wife of the late Marion Edwards, her home in Le Triomphe is an homage to the globetrotting life they led during brother Edwin Edwards’ political reign and a testimony to her transition. Built in 1998 and purchased… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: A full calendar

Photo provided DAVID VARDAMEN --- Faculty Appreciation --- Attending Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity's Faculty Appreciation Dinner March 31 at the LSU chapter house are, from left, LSU professor Doug Weimer, graduate assistant Emily Rose Jacobsen, SigEp President Christopher Dedo, LSU Provost Richard Koubek, chapter member Christian Vardaman, Assistant Dean of Students & Associate Director of Greek Life Jonathan Sanders and Vice President for Student Life & Enrollment Kurt Keppler.

Spring is a busy time here in Red Stick, evidenced by all the events on our calendars. Everyone wants to get together one last time before graduations, weddings and summer vacations. Be sure and check out Pam’s Party Calendar at under the Eat Play Live Pam’s Party Line banner to see what’s on the horizon.… Continue reading →

Friends of LPB will honor 6 Legends at annual gala

Photo proviided by LPB -- Charlie Cook

This year’s Louisiana Legends Gala and Auction, a fundraiser for Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, will take place Thursday, May 5, at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Honorees are Hollis Conway, two-time Olympic medalist and National Track and Field Hall Of Fame inductee; Charlie Cook, political analyst and editor and publisher of the Cook… Continue reading →

Red Stick Hibiscus Show, Sale set for LSU campus

Photo provided by DAMON VEACH -- Hibiscus of all colors and sizes, like this Peppermint Parasol, can be seen and bought at the Red Stick Hibiscus Association's annual show and sale Sunday.

The Red Stick Hibiscus Association will hold its annual Show and Sale from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1. “Honoring Dupont Nursery” is the theme for this year’s event, which will be held at the 4-H Mini Farm Building adjacent to the John M. Parker Coliseum on the LSU campus. Flowers from growers throughout the South will… Continue reading →

Young actors sink their teeth into Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

Photos provided by Playmakers of Baton Rouge -- Jarrett Labonne,left, and Sierra Moran will be among the young actors staging 'Twelfth Night' at the industrial space at 19th Street Studios.

As some Playmakers actors grow into their teens, they want to sink their theatrical teeth into something more serious, classical — something Shakespearian. “So, we’ve added ‘Twelfth Night’ to our season,” says Colt Neidhardt, artistic director of the young acting troupe. “This wasn’t something that was planned, and we’re not just giving the kids… Continue reading →

LSU to hold ‘Robert Grayson Tribute Gala’

Advocate file photo -- Robert Grayson

The LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts will commemorate Robert Grayson’s longtime voice career with the “Robert Grayson Tribute Gala” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the LSU Union Theatre, Raphael Semmes Drive. The event recognizes Grayson’s 45-year career as a professional opera tenor, 40-year teaching career and 30 years teaching voice, directing… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man says he's better equipped at 68 to tackle challenging Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Photo provided by DAVE TULLIER -- Dave Tullier, a 68-year-old Baton Rouge bike mechanic, will be riding the lower half of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this summer. Last summer, he started from Helena, Montana, and rode 988 miles of the trail's nothern route.

The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is one of America’s best big adventures, traversing thousands of miles of remote dirt roads and high-altitude trails through the Rocky Mountains. And 68-year-old Dave Tullier is tackling it alone. A Baton Rouge bicycle mechanic, Tullier rode 988 miles of the route’s northern half last summer and is training… Continue reading →

LSU professors pry open new world with Triple N Oyster Farm

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU biology instructor  Steve Pollock checks the oysters growing in floating mesh bags in his family's Triple N Oyster Farm in Caminada Bay near Grand Isle.

With a 20 mph north wind whipping up whitecaps on Caminada Bay, it’s a Saturday where most small boat owners have second thoughts about venturing from shore. But not Steve Pollock. He has to check his oysters. If Pollock’s 19-foot pleasure craft seems an unconventional commercial fishing boat, he and his… Continue reading →

World-renowned violinist Ilya kaler to perform at SLU

CUTLINE slu_kaler.jpg RENOWNED VIOLINIST TO PERFORM  Performances by internationally-recognized violinist Ilya Kaler will highlight the Southeastern Louisiana Universitys Chamber Orchestra spring concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The concert will be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra’s Spring Concert on Monday, April 25, will feature world-renowned violinist Ilya Kaler, a three-time gold medal winner at international competitions. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. General admission tickets are $12; $8 for faculty, staff and seniors;… Continue reading →

“Harlequin in the Ghetto.”: LSU brings history to the stage

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Erin Sheets and Scott Anthony Don Bosco Mitchel, right, rehearse for 'Harlequin in the Ghetto,' coming to LSU's Studio Theatre April 26-27.

They were Jews who had been forced into an overcrowded ghetto that would become more crowded as time passed. Some would be forced on a train, maybe even the day after a harrowing performance of “Harlequin in the Ghetto.” And they never knew where that train was going. So, they chose rehearsals and performances over worrying,… Continue reading →

Fundraiser promises unique dining experience based on George Rodrigue painting 'Aioli Dinner'

"Aioli Dinner" by George Rodrigue (PP)

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is hosting a one-night fundraising event on May 4 at Longview in Baton Rouge. The Aioli Dinner Supper Club, which is inspired by George Rodrigue’s famous painting “Aioli Dinner,” starts at 6 p.m. The five-course dining experience by chef Peter Sclafani, of Ruffino’s, with wine pairings by Moët… Continue reading →

Crowds celebrate in style

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'On the Rocks' --- Serving on the committee for this year's Best Dressed Ball are, front from left, Jenny Murphy, Jamie Lewis, Shannon Rasbury, Lindsay Madatic, Chairwoman Katie Baron, Julio Melara, Marsha Baker, M'Elaine Jumonville, Tonya Toups and Mandy Samson; and, back, Michelle Lanoix, Mehann Tullos, Janay Giblin, Melissa Campbell, David Duggens, Brenda Phillips, Marcy Maurer, Heather Kleinpeter and Dave Roberts.

What a fun week! Some of my favorite events filled last week’s calendar, and two of them had record-breaking crowds. The city’s most fashionable were in the spotlight at the annual Best Dressed Ball April 16 at the River Center. Strutting… Continue reading →

French-language kids programming offered on LPB2

Photo provided by LPB -- Beth Courtney

Young viewers will be able to watch, discover, and learn en français at home via 14 hours a week of French-language kids programming launched last week on LPB2 (cable Channel 122). Louisiana Public Broadcasting, CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) and Groupe Média TFO (Télévision française de l’Ontario), the leader in French educational… Continue reading →

Brontë biography as compelling as author’s own tales

“Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart” by Claire Harman, Knopf, $30, 480 pages, hardcover April marks the bicentennial of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, and Claire Harman’s new biography offers a compelling look at the famed novelist. One of six children of a Methodist minister and his wife,… Continue reading →

Mütter inspired a revolution in medicine

“Dr. Mütter’s Marvels” by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Gotham, 371 pages, h ardcover What comes to mind when you think of having surgery? Perhaps a kindly doctor sitting down to explain your condition and the surgery. A sterile operating room, and likely a mask to deliver anesthesia. And being… Continue reading →

Characters take readers through culture

"Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal. Viking, 2015. $25 Before I start this review, you should know: I love food. I love making it, eating it, reading about it … you get the idea. I pretty much picked up “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” for… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Pretty Girls’ a not-so-pretty thriller

“Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter, William Morrow, 394 pages, $29.99 hardcover Yikes. This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is rife with graphic descriptions of violence, torture and sexual sadism. However, I felt the author handled the material with respect, and… Continue reading →

Strong heroine, historical tidbits make for fun read

‘Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante’ by Susan Elia MacNeal, Bantam Dell/Random House, $15, paperback “Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante” is the fifth book in Susan Elia MacNeal’s series about Maggie Hope, a special agent for England. In this story, she travels with Winston Churchill across the pond as he negotiates wartime business with Franklin… Continue reading →

‘Fallen Land’ has something of a ‘Cold Mountain’ feel

“Fallen Land” by Taylor Brown, Macmillan, 288 pages, $25.99, hardcover During the last year of the Civil War, Callum and Ava, a young teenage couple brought together under unusual and dire circumstances, are running from a group of nefarious bounty hunters through the land of Sherman’s March in its aftermath.… Continue reading →

Nyad’s book proves you’re never too old

“Find a Way” by Diana Nyad, Alfred A Knopf, 308 pages, 26.95, hardcover Many people 60 or older are doing things not attempted by past generations. Meds, exercise and a new attitude are helping to accomplish no small feats. Ever thought about swimming from Cuba to Florida? “Find A… Continue reading →