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The Creature Feature: Swine Palace opens its season with Shelley’s classic horror ‘Frankenstein’

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The Creature, played by Brendan Averett, comes alive in a scene from Swine Palace's Frankenstein, the first production of the 2014-2015 season.

Most people know the Mary Shelley story. The young Dr. Frankenstein breathes life into the dead through a scientific experiment. The resulting creature ends up wreaking havoc on his search for acceptance and even love. This search is the focus of Swine Palace’s production of Victor Gialanella’s stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s 1818 best-selling novel,… Continue reading →

Shining light on Sun Records: La. author tells behind-scenes story of her days at cradle of rock ’n roll

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Barbara Barnes Sims, who worked at Sun Records in the late 1950s, recounts her years at the Memphis hit maker in her new book 'The Next Elvis:Searching for Stardom at Sun Records.'

Sun Records left the music world all shook up. During the mid-to-late 1950s, the Memphis-based Sun released the early recordings of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. Louisiana author Barbara Barnes Sims was there. LSU Press published her account of the record company, “The Next Elvis: Searching… Continue reading →

Community news, Sept. 30, 2014

Photo provided by CARL STAGES -- LEAF Award -- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation received the 2014 LEAF Award from the BREC Foundation on Sept. 15. Shown are, from left, BREC Foundation Secretary Bill Palmer, BREC Commissioner Evelyn Ware-Jackson, BREC Foundation Treasurer Robert Daigrepont, BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight, BREC Foundation President Kim Hunter Reed,  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Executive Director Christy Reeves, 2013 LEAF recipient Bill Cocreham, BREC Foundation Board Member Audrey Nabors-Jackson, BREC Foundation Vice President Forrest Mills and 2012 LEAF recipient Sue Turner.

Thomas honored with Claver Silver Award The Most Rev. Shelton J. Fabre, bishop of the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese, congratulated Theresa Harrell Thomas as a Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary Silver Award Medalist on Sept. 7 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. This award is presented to members who have made significant and… Continue reading →

Reducing diabetes through YMCA

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Wayne Wallace is taking part in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. He is changing his diet, attending informational classes and working out. He has lost 7 percent of his body weight, which is one of his goals. Cycling and working out have been a big part of it.

This February, Wayne Wallace got a little help keeping his New Year’s resolution. Wallace, 64, had recently retired when his insurance company called to recommend he join a diabetes prevention program the YMCA of Greater New Orleans was starting. “It was a time when we all have those New Year’s resolutions in the… Continue reading →

LSU sophomore living his dream, broadcasting LSU games for Spanish-language radio stations

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mario Jerez, a 20-year-old LSU sophomore, is living is dream, calling the LSU football games in Spanish for radio stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Voices throughout the pressbox rose to screams as radio and television announcers described the LSU Tigers’ 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Mississippi State game. But only one screamed in Spanish. Mario Jerez, a 20-year-old sophomore at LSU, calls the games for Spanish-language radio stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, reaching out… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Worn out by visit with Teddy

Like soccer fans who exhaust themselves during World Cup season, staying up past their bedtimes to watch the latest televised match, my wife and I grew groggy and red-eyed over several nights this month as we screened “The Roosevelts” on PBS. New episodes of Ken Burns’ seven-part series on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt quickly piled up… Continue reading →

Throwing the book at health issue

Modern medicine tends to make some diagnosis and treatments tenuous. A friend recently commented that she had taken her pre-teen son to the doctor because of a cyst on his wrist. She went into detail on the doctor’s suggestion of X-ray, blood samples, the possibility of minor surgery, recovery, insurance coverage, etc. It seem… Continue reading →

About Town for Sept. 28, 2014

WHAT: Meeting of Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 WHERE: Drusilla Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: (225) 766-4900 DETAILS: Speaker will be Alejandra Juan, executive director of the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum. WHAT: “Art and Soul… Continue reading →

New Orleans changes boy’s life in new book

“New Orleans Spirit: A Tchoupitoulas Life” by Richard Edgar Zwez. Createspace, 2014. $15. Tired of moving from town to town with his artist mother, Johnny Smith begs his mother to consider New Orleans as one of their future destinations. The move would put them close to family… Continue reading →

‘Based on a Totally True Story’ hits LSU Theatre

LSU Theatre presents its second lab show of the season, “Based on a Totally True Story,” written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Scott Mitchell, with performances scheduled for Oct. 7-12 in the Studio Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. A contemporary comedy that moves at the… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Sept. 28, 2014

HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON THIS WEEK IN THE AREA ARTS AND CULTURAL SCENE: ■ TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR THE PENNINGTON DANCE HEADLINER: Los Angeles Ballroom Studio Dance at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Elena Grinenko, star of five seasons of ABC’s… Continue reading →

Coronation, concert, gala, parade, game top events

Miss Southern University 2014 - Shanice Sam

Southern University continues its “Colossal: A Centennial Celebration on The Bluff,” which will culminate with its homecoming parade and game on Saturday, Oct. 4. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 84th Miss Southern University will be coronated at “The Queen of Hearts: The Crowning of the Centennial Miss Southern University.” The event will be held at 7:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

Southern celebration: Maurice senior, court to reign over activites

Miss Southern University 2014 - Shanice Sam

The 2014-2015 Miss Southern University Shanice Sam and her court will reign over homecoming activities titled “Colossal: A Centennial Celebration on The Bluff.” Sam, a 21-year-old senior biology major from Maurice, will be officially coronated as the 84th Miss Southern University at her “The Queen of Hearts, The Crowning of the Centennial Miss Southern University”… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Jim Slatten, Pat Olson, Lou Anne Greenwald, Lise Anne Slatten

Getting together face to face instead of on Facebook requires a different skill set. While no longer the primary or even secondary interaction for many, actually going out to meet people was once the way society worked. It’s just that people without the social savvy to do so are increasingly the norm and genuine conversation’s become an alien… Continue reading →

Philip: Guy who gets it done

Apostles pictured in Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper are, from left, Bartholomew, James Minor, Andrew, Peter (also called Simon Peter), Judas Iscariot, John, Jesus, Thomas, James Major, Philip, Matthew, Thaddeus, Simon the Canaanite (also called Simon the Zealot).

Philip was the go-to guy. There’s one in every group, the guy who does the everyday tasks to keep things running smoothly. That’s not to say Philip didn’t adhere to Jesus’ mission. He was just as much a part of it as his fellow disciples, and he took it seriously.… Continue reading →

Oak Grove Baptist Church celebrates 100th anniversary

Photo provided by Oak Grove Baptist Church -- The present Oak Grove Baptist Church was built under the auspices of H. Clayton Waddells ministry and completed in 1962. Renowned architect A. Hays Town designed the sanctuary.

Oak Grove Baptist Church in Prairieville will celebrate 100 years of spiritual growth and community impact with its free Celebration in the Oaks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. The event will be marked with lots of family-friendly activities, including inflatables and a petting zoo, refreshments, live Christian music and a gallery… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Crowder bringing front porch — and lasers — to Greenwell Springs

Photo provided by http://www.cmapromo.com/Musician David Crowder will be performing with his new group Crowder on Oct. 24 at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. While the show is based on traditional music, he promises lasers, too.

Get ready for some folktronica on Oct. 24 when Crowder performs at Greenwell Springs Baptsit Church. David Crowder, formerly the front man for the David Crowder Band, created the word folktronica to describe his CD and tour “Neon Steeple.” It’s “a blend of folk and electronic music. ... banjo and… Continue reading →

Musician Crowder finds football spirit

A few years ago, David Crowder was inspired to write “Rise Up,” a fight song for Baylor University, his alma mater. “That’s when things turned around for sure. I’m certain it has nothing to do with (coach) Art Briles and the quality of the program. It’s got to be music,” Crowder said.… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Sept. 27, 2014

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Baker Sunday church anniversary: 11 a.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. Pastored by the Rev. Kenneth Chandler, the church celebrates is 120th anniversary, with Dr. Jasper Roper as guest speaker. Sunday, Oct. 5 I Can, Gifted & Blessed: 9:15 a.m., Wayside Christian Fellowship, 201 Sherron Ave. Free. Baton… Continue reading →

Sacred Heart in BR sets lecture on its ‘Art and Soul’

Photo by CINDY HUNT -- 'Art and Soul of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church,' a presentation about the architectural design of the church and its historically significant murals and artifacts, will be at 6:30 p.m. in the church on Thursday, Oct. 9.

“Art and Soul of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church” will be presented in a community lecture in the church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. The lecture, which is open to the public, will feature speakers on the architectural design of the church and its historically significant murals and artifacts, as well as the guidance for… Continue reading →

The grounds of Afton Villa remain an attraction years after fire destroyed home

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A  statue of a beautiful young woman, surrounded by hanging moss from a stately oak tree, creates a vision of a time-gone-by in a section of the Afton Villa garden in St. Francisville.

— The gardens at Afton Villa are all that remain of one of the grandest homes in the Felicianas. They serve as a living tribute to the old home and two great Louisiana families — the Barrows, who built Afton Villa and established the gardens, and the Trimbles, who brought the gardens… Continue reading →

Southern Garden Symposium cultivates another crop of gardenting experts

A number of the South’s leading gardening experts will speak or present workshops at the 2014 Southern Garden Symposium and Workshops in St. Francisville Oct. 10-11. Friday’s activities include the choice of two workshops from “Floral Improvisation” presented by James L. Johnson; “A Private Tour of Intimate Gardens and Large Landscape Estates” by René Fransen; “Paradise Contained”… Continue reading →

Volunteer column for Sept. 26, 2014

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly. HALLOWEEN PARADE, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank — Bonnie Bordelon, (225) 359-9940, ext 207: Volunteers are needed to walk with the food bank truck to collect non-perishable food donations during… Continue reading →

Garden News: New disease attacks boxwood

Photo by RAJ SINGH -- Boxwoods are showing damage, including dying twigs and light tan-colored foliage, from what's being called stem canker caused by a fungus.

A new disease that attacks boxwood shrubs has been showing up in south Louisiana the past few years. Beginning in fall 2011, plant pathologist Raj Singh, the LSU AgCenter’s “plant doctor,” began seeing an increase in calls about boxwood damage. “It actually started when I received four samples of plants showing damage,” Singh says.… Continue reading →

Community column for Sept. 26, 2014

Photo provided by TASHA BERGERON PARMS -- Jack and Jill -- The Baton Rouge Chapter of Jack and Jill of America celebrated national Jack and Jill Day with a reunion picnic Sept. 14 at Greenwood Park in Baker. Shown are, from left, left Melissa McCormick, Stephanie Jackson, Leslie Vincent-Brown; standing, President Deadra Hughes, Wanda Bell, Sophia Riley, Karen Thomas, Vice President Kim Hunter-Reed, Katara Williams and Kasie Coleman.

Civic associations hear attorney Baumgartner Attorney Wade Baumgartner spoke about the importance of the covenants and restrictions for homeowners associations to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Sept. 11. He said covenants and restrictions take precedence over the Louisiana Homeowners Act and HOA articles of incorporation and by-laws. If there… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Breakfast casseroles can save the postgame day

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Gourmet Galley, French Toast Casserole

From now until the first of the year, schedules will be more hectic. The excitement of games on Friday and Saturday nights is talked about all week. A big part of the planning must center around company and meals, and the more that can be done ahead, the better. I like the planning and the decorating, but… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Gluten-free cookbook can serve whole family

Have someone in your family who needs to be on a gluten-free diet — and have young children, too? Then the cookbook for you is “Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to Feed Kids and Adults All Day, Every Day.” The book by Kelli and Peter Bronski features home-style, easy-to-follow recipes that will appeal… Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for Sept. 24, 2014

Photo provided by SUSAN POLOWCZUK --- 'Stand Up to Cancer' --- At the 'Stand Up to Cancer' viewing party hosted by the American Cancer Society at Perkins Rowe Sept. 5 are, front, Penny Cade, and, back from left, Angela Nantamu, Courtney Goodell and Amy Williams. The nationwide broadcast raised $109 million for cancer research.

On Thursday’s agenda are the Cenikor Foundation’s luncheon at Boudreaux’s, followed by Forum 35’s Viva il Vino at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Park Museum and the Blue Ribbon Soirée benefiting prostate cancer at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. Hopefully I’ll see you at one or more of these events. You… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Six million dollar memories

Anyone who watched television in the 1970s probably spent some time following “The Six Million Dollar Man.” The show was so popular in my elementary school that one boy used his show-and-tell spot to demonstrate Steve Austin’s bionic strength from the past night’s episode. He kicked and punched in the air, putting on quite… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Symphony League stages autumn coffee

Sally Burdette, Lea Carleton, David Bennett

The Acadiana Symphony League met at the Old Settlement home of Debra Sonnier, and we don’t know of a prettier setting or ladies either, for that matter. There were mimosas and more while the members chatted, and not missing a beat were Pat Olson, Executive Director Jenny Krueger, Maestro Mariusz Smolij, Veronica Rodrigue, Chorale Acadienne’s Beth Finch, newcomers Sherry… Continue reading →

Community News, Sept. 23, 2014

Photo provided by MARK CLAESGENS -- LSU retirees -- LSU President F. King Alexander spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on Sept. 8. Shown are, from left, President Ken Paxton, Vice President Freddie Martin, Alexander, Secretary Donna Day and Treasurer Don Franke.

Lakeshore Lions hold first tennis tournament The inaugural Lakeshore Lions Club Tennis Tournament was held Aug. 23 at the Pennington YMCA Lamar Tennis Center with 60 participants. Used eyeglasses were collected for the Lions Eye Foundation to be dispensed to those in need. Funds collected at the event were designated to the Louisiana Lions Camp. The Lakeshore Lions also… Continue reading →

Is DNA key to your diet?: New weight-loss concept tests DNA to tailor diet to metabolism

With its well-earned reputation for culinary — and other — excess, New Orleans seems an unlikely base for a cutting-edge weight-loss business. “Or,” said GenoVive founder Vic Castellon, “maybe that makes it the perfect place.” Or, maybe it doesn’t matter. Ever heard that some people stay trim because of good genes? Castellon’s company puts a… Continue reading →