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Exhibit links battles, revolts in Atlantic using historic paintings, artifacts

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Napoleon's death mask, which has left New Orleans for the first time since 1834, is part of the new exhibit, 'Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn,' at the Capitol Park Museum.

The story starts with the American Revolution and ends with the 200-year old Battle of New Orleans. And Napoleon Bonaparte is the bridge connecting the two. Which is why the Louisiana State Museum ceremoniously transported the French emperor’s bronze death mask from the Cabildo in New Orleans to the Capitol Park Museum to serve as the… Continue reading →

Author discussions, music, kids’ crafts on tap for annual literary event at Capitol

Advocate staff photo by Beth Colvin -- This year, the Louisiana Book Festival is dedicated to the late George Rodrigue. Several of his paintings will be on display at the State Library of Louisiana.

For Rick Bragg, the Louisiana Book Festival is like coming home. “I’ve been coming to the Louisiana Book Festival for almost as long as I’ve had a writing life,” the bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner says. “It’s like old home week for me. And it’s in one of the most interesting places on Earth.”… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random” : Older writers show how to be brief

This month, quite by coincidence, I’ve been reading three books written by men who are all well past retirement age. Experience has taught them to write concisely about big topics, a skill that no writer ever really perfects. In “The Meaning of Human Existence,” 85-year-old scientist Edward O. Wilson discusses what he’s learned about why we’re here… Continue reading →

School spirit appropriate for every kind of dress code

When Travis and I moved to Crowley from New Orleans in 1984, we were able to obtain LSU season football tickets. What a delight that was for two alums! The last time we had attended an LSU game was in the early ’70s. Everyone dressed up for the occasion — men in ties and coats and women… Continue reading →

Southeastern hosts ‘Orphan Train’ showing

Provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- Riders of the Orphan Train -- From 1854 to 1929, the so-called Orphan Train transported homeless children from the Northeast to other parts of the United States to find new homes. A program on the train will be presented Oct. 28 at Southeastern Louisiana University.

The highly acclaimed multi-media presentation “Riders on the Orphan Train” will be presented at Southeastern Louisiana University in a free public showing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Teacher Education Center KIVA auditorium on campus. The showing is limited to 300 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program chronicles… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 26, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Seats for Seizures --- Serving on the Epilepsy Foundation's Seats for Seizures Gala Committee are, from left, Susannah DeNicola Babin, Leigh Wilson, Kim Bount, Jolie LeBlanc, Allison De Battista and Cyndney Wilson.

. You have to love it when an event goes from great to stupendous in just a year. That’s what happened with STAR’s Hunks in Heels after its debut last year. That and the announcement that Johnny Mathis is coming to town to perform with the Baton Rouge Symphony made for one great week.Seats for Seizures Price LeBlanc Lexus literally… Continue reading →

Stripping away the myth: Author shows real ‘Killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis

'Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Jerry Lee Lewis picked up the nickname Killer as a boy, sent to the principal’s office for fighting his teacher. He spent a lifetime more or less living up to the name, as Rick Bragg shows in “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.” The legends of violence around the rockin’ piano man from Concordia Parish aren’t… Continue reading →

Reader becomes judge of ‘Ghostly Evidence’

'Ghostly Evidence' by Kelly Milner Halls

“Ghostly Evidence: Exploring the Paranormal” by Kelly Milner Halls. Millbrook, 2014. $20.95. Do you know the definition of the word ghost? What is a shadow figure, a spirit orb or a ghostly mist? How about a residual image? In “Ghostly Evidence,” Halls tells us the difference… Continue reading →

‘Eurydice’ opens LSU Theatre’s lab season

LSU Theatre will open its lab season with a production of “Eurydice” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Studio Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 2. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each day with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 2.… Continue reading →

Dance company to perform ‘Pas de Dix’ more

Ashley Murphy and Taurean Green _1, Photo by Rachel Neville (1)

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will host Dance Theatre of Harlem at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Dance Theatre of Harlem is celebrating its 45th year. The multicultural company is known for bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression… Continue reading →

LSU to showcase synchrotron work with fall photo exhibition, lecture

LSU is hosting a scientific photo exhibition and a lecture this fall, showcasing both the SOLEIL synchrotron research facility at the Campus Paris-Saclay in France and LSU’s own Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices. Through Nov. 14, the lobby of LSU’s Middleton Library is hosting the photographic display, while a lecture in conjunction with the exhibit… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Oct. 26, 2014

Here’s what’s going on in this week’s area arts and cultural scene: ■ The Art Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Arts Market will celebrate its 16th anniversary from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at Fifth and Main streets downtown. The market will move to the Galvez Parking Garage, 500 Main St., in inclement… Continue reading →

App allows tourists to experience ‘12 Years a Slave’

Photo provided by Frank EakinA smart phone app guiding visitors to the historic sites associated with 'Twelve Years a Slave' was released recently released.

A 21st-century technology is helping tourists experience a 19th-century tale. Visitors following the Solomon Northup Trail — 20 locations featured in the 1853 memoir “Twelve Years a Slave” — can download a smartphone app designed to supplement their trip with maps, historical photographs and readings from the book. Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery to… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Women and that age-old question

Judy Kennedy, Kat Movassaghi, Amy Hanks

Sadly, it’s still depressingly popular for women in society to decry their age, to demur and refuse to announce the arrival of Father Time, to hide from him like he’s some kind of bad date come to pick them up in a beat-up Cadillac. Ladies, he knows where you live. Granted, America is a tough… Continue reading →

How you can help: Drive seeks warm clothing for homeless in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by DEBBY GAUTREAUX -- Debby Gautreaux visits with women at a downtown bus shelter. She and husband Russell are working to aid the homeless in Baton Rouge. 'We help them find resources, to find a job, to get transportation to a job or to get bus tickets to get home,' says Debby Gautreaux.

With the first stings of cold weather in the air, two ministries to Baton Rouge’s homeless men, women and children are teaming up to collect 1,000 coats in the next few weeks. Catherine Comeaux, of Signs and Wonders Outreach Ministry, and Russell and Debby Gautreaux, of Fire House Ministries, are asking for for coats,… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: For King & Country to play Istrouma Baptist Church; check out the band’s plans for the show

Photo provided by King & Country, a duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, will be bringing their 'You Matter' tour Nov. 1 to Istrouma Baptist Church.

Two Australian brothers who found themselves in Nashville, Tennessee, as young people want to make sure that others know “You Matter.” Joel and Luke Smallbone are the band For King & Country, which released its second album “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.” in the past month. The “You… Continue reading →

Religious bulletins for Oct. 25, 2014, in Baton Rouge

CRAFT SHOW, TRUNK OR TREAT: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Road. Craft show on Saturday. Trunk or Treat on Sunday, with trick or treating out of cars and lots of games. No scary costumes please. or (225) 261-4646.… Continue reading →

South Louisiana Youth Federation set to hold ‘WIFI: Are You Connected?’ rally in Baton Rouge

The South Louisiana Youth Federation, which represents 16 Seventh-day Adventist churches from an 11-parish region, will meet Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, in Baton Rouge. The theme is “WIFI: Are You Connected?” and will include a discussion on “We’re in Final Introspection, Intervention & Investigation.” The gathering begins the night of Oct.… Continue reading →

‘Roots & Promises’ musical set for First Presbyterian in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by First Presbyterian Church -- Steve Rushing, left, as God and Ray Gaspard as Abraham will perform in 'Roots & Promises: A Genesis Musica,l' which will be staged Nov. 1-2 at First Presbyterian Church on North Boulevard.

First Presbyterian Church Baton Rouge will present two free performances of “Roots & Promises: A Genesis Musical.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the church, 763 North Blvd.. The musical was co-written by Gerrit Dawson, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and the production will be in celebration… Continue reading →

Professor, author to lead discussion, worship services at University Baptist in Baton Rouge

The Rev. Canna Carter Florence will speak about vocation at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at University Baptist Church, 5775 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary. Her research focuses on testimony, feminist theology, the performative dimensions of worship and the role of experience in… Continue reading →

Jealous of the Holloways? They have indoor, outdoor kitchens; brick fireplace in pool house

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Derrick and Tessa  Holloway enjoy their pool house, which contains a large brick fireplace, several seating areas, a modern kitchen and a marble-topped island with seating on one side.

Derrick and Tessa Holloway started with the idea of adding an outdoor bathroom by their pool so their two little boys wouldn’t have to come into the house in their wet bathing suits. By the time they finished, they had a large pool house with both indoor and outdoor kitchens, a brick fireplace,… Continue reading →

Community column for Oct. 24, 2014

Photo provided by Annette Marie -- Ramblin' Readers -- Former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his biographer, Leo Honeycutt, spoke to the Ramblin' Readers Book Club on Oct. 13 at Ruth's Chris Steak House. Show are, from left, Becky Patterson, Linda Green, Sondra Pilgreen, Donna Lerma, Gypsye Bryan, Honeycutt, Edwards, Sherry Brock, Pat Addison, Gail Nettles, Annette Mire and Donna Jenkins.

Ramblin’ Readers hear Edwards, Honeycutt Former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his biographer, Leo Honeycutt, spoke to the Ramblin’ Readers Book Club on Oct. 13 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Members asked them about their collaboration on Honeycutt’s book, “Edwin Edwards, Governor of Louisiana,” which members read during their current study of Baton Rouge, and Edwards… Continue reading →

LSU Legends forum to discuss education

“Education Reform in Louisiana: Progress or Regress” is the topic for the LSU Legends Forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in 225 Peabody Hall at LSU. Panelists are Herman Brister Sr. and Ron Johnson, of East Baton Rouge Parish schools; Kenneth Fasching-Varner and Roland Mitchell, of the LSU School of Education; Derrius Montgomery, of Stand for Children… Continue reading →

Use caution with lawn winterizer

Photo by JOHN WOZNIAK -- To maintain a healthy lawn through winter, avoid applying nitrogen fertilizers after August.

Winterizer lawn fertilizers are heavily promoted and are in stores now. People often ask if they should use them. “The truth is, most winterizers sold are not really designed for southern turfgrass species such as St. Augustine grass or centipede grass but are perfect for Kentucky bluegrass or other northern ‘Yankee’-type grasses,” says LSU AgCenter turfgrass specialist… Continue reading →

Here are 10 new ways to try butternut squash

Photo by Helana Brigman  --  Butternut Squash With Dried Cranberries and Honey-Infused Vinaigrette is a takeoff on the popular carrot and raisin dish.

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas. But before we get cooking, let’s talk prep. Butternut’s thick skin and rock-hard flesh can make the peeling, seeding and chopping part of the meal a challenge.… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Savor these cookbooks over holidays

Just in time for the fall holiday season come “Southern Holidays” by Debbie Moose and “Sweet Potatoes” by April McGregor, the latest additions to the University of North Carolina Press’ delightful “Savor the South” series of cookbooks that looks at the favorite foods and culinary traditions of the American South. Like the eight previous volumes in the planned 24-book… Continue reading →

How pianist Mary Grace Gellekanao -- with only one hand and an undersized leg -- plays concerts for charities

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- A small crowd gathers to hear Mary Grace Gellekanao play at Mid City General Hospital on Oct. 3.  Gellekanao said she has been drawn to music since the age of 6, and credits God and her family for the discovery and cultivation of her talent.

Born in the Philippines with only one hand and an undersized right leg, Mary Grace Gellekanao embarrassed some in her family, who told her to stay in her room when people visited. “I didn’t have any friends. I had nobody to talk to,” she said. “As a kid, I didn’t know what was going on. When… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Southern Law Center to host event to highlight progress made in racial diversity

Civil rights lawyers have litigated for human rights through the decades, resulting in landmark decisions that have changed America for the better. There’s Brown vs. Board of Education, which 50 years ago made it unconstitutional to allow separate public schools for black and white students, and the Civil Rights Act of 1954, which outlawed discrimination based… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 22, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Live United --- Jammin' at Capital Area United Way's 27th annual Jambalaya Jam are, from left, John Turner, V Goss, Jerry Fischer, CAUW President Darrin Goss Sr. and incoming CAUW board President Ralph Bender.

Downtown’s North Boulevard Town Square was the happening spot Oct. 9 as the Capital Area United Way held its 27th annual Jambalaya Jam. It raised an additional $71,700 toward this year’s campaign. Jambalaya Jam Reigning over the festivities as Jam Queen was LSU Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux. I had fun hanging out in… Continue reading →

LSU homecoming: Meet the court, see the event schedule

Jacob Phagan

LSU Homecoming festivities are this week, concluding with the big game against the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “Louisiana State of Mind.” The Homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. Members of the Homecoming Court include queen candidates Catherine Briley, a biological engineering major… Continue reading →

‘House Hunters’ to feature Baton Rouge Realtor, Gonzales family on Wednesday

A Baton Rouge Realtor and a Gonzales family will be featured on Wednesday’s episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.” Theresa Luckett, who works for Keller Williams Realty, will help Jace and Josh Strahan and their son Sawyer find a home in Gonzales. The family has been staying with relatives since they sold their home. They’re in… Continue reading →

Essential tricks for a quick and elegant Halloween look

Photo by Chris Bynum --  Bewitching wrapture: Halloween-theme embroidered shawl, $130, Judyís at The Rink

If you are bypassing the costume party and heading out to dinner Halloween night, you can still conjure up a bewitching edge. Think Maleficent-meets-Holly-Go-Lightly. Start with a little black dress, add the color orange by any other name — pumpkin, coral, cayenne, tangelo — and stir the caldron of options. There are more… Continue reading →

4-H for the future: Agricultural group changes focus to suburban society

Photo provided by 4-H Youth and Family Development -- Alexandra Dupont, an 18-year-old archer from Lake Charles, competes in a 4-H shooting sports tournament.

A remote island needs help to get food after a natural disaster. Planes can’t land there, and ships can’t dock. It’s up to 40 fourth- and fifth-grade 4-H club members gathered at the St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy cafeteria to find a solution. “Are you ready to put… Continue reading →

Community News, Oct. 21, 2014

Photo provided by SUSAN BARRY -- Women's Tennis Association -- The Baton Rouge Women's Tennis Association held its monthly fun tournament Oct. 13, followed by a luncheon at Oak Lodge Reception Center. Shown are, from left, Sharon Naquin, Lynn Buzhardt, Janet Babin, Amie Stagg, Stephanie Maciasz, Paula Broussard, Kay Lambert, Alicia Periloux and Liza Oaddourah.

Tom Davidson spoke about the Garyville Northern Railroad and other railroads and sawmills in Livingston Parish to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on Sept. 18. Davidson said he got a lot of his information from and recommended the site for research. There were… Continue reading →

Ziggy Marley’s reggae music follows family tradition

Photo by MALIA JAMES -- Ziggy Marley

When Ziggy Marley, son of reggae music’s brightest star, Bob Marley, performs onstage and writes songs that contain meaning and messages, he’s following family tradition. “Most of my family is musicians,” the Kingston, Jamaica, native said last week from his second home, California. “Going back to my grandmother and my grandfather, on both sides… Continue reading →

Flip your food: Cooking show gives health options to local favorites

Photo provided by Triple 7 Public Relations -- Chef Jeff Henderson shoots a segment of 'Flip My Food' in New Orleans recently while Heather Yowler watches.

Keep it simple, Jeff Henderson says. Embarking on his fourth television cooking series, the Las Vegas chef says “Flip My Food” is all about taking an original dish and making it a little healthier. And that’s possible even with the calorie-rich cuisine for which Louisiana is famous. The syndicated show, which travels to a different… Continue reading →

Snack on the go: Baton Rouge entrepreneur hopes 'Iconic' builds new genre

Photo provided by Be Well Nutrition Inc.Billy Bosch, a Baton Rouge native, markets the

A new protein drink now on the shelves in New Orleans could help establish an entirely new genre of beverage.
The Louisiana-born co-founder of the Iconic healthy “lifestyle beverage” promotes his product as a “snack drink.”
“It’s a whole new realm of drink, and one that we think is on the rise,” said Billy Bosch, a 31-year-old LSU alumnus.
Iconic is… Continue reading →

Chance visitor’s side seating at Southern game begins 40-year friendship for two families

Photo provided by LILLIAN BROWDER -- Jesse and Mary Spriggins, left, and Lillian and Walter Browder will continue their 40-year friendship that started when they sat next to each other at a Southern University - Jackson State game. The trophy goes with the family whose team wins the game, which is slated for Saturday, Oct. 25.

Forty years ago, Walter and Lillian Browder decided to introduce their 2-year-old twins to their passion for Southern University football. As it turned out, that wasn’t the only introduction that took place that day. Choosing the visitors’ side of the field because the home side was full, the Browders sat on the opposite sideline near Jackson… Continue reading →

Saints medals give the faithful something to hang onto

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Saints Medals

With the Saints at 2-3, fans are hoping and, in some cases, praying that today’s game against the Detroit Lions will change the team’s momentum. Rob Clemenz, owner of the New Orleans religious medal business Saints for Sinners, has just the thing to help: a collection of medals imported from Italy and painted with… Continue reading →

You have to start somewhere

A national holiday has come and gone with little or no notice from the public. The holiday was National Newspaper Carriers Day. I’ll go a step further — bet you didn’t know that there is a Carrier Hall of Fame! My first job was as a carrier for our hometown newspaper, the McAlester News Capital in… Continue reading →

About Town for Oct. 19, 2014

WHAT: The Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation’s Candlelight Vigil WHEN: 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 WHERE: Mount Zion Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd., Baton Rouge DETAILS: The vigil will honor those who lived with sickle cell disease. Family members are invited and welcome to bring photos of their loved ones. BRSCAF recently… Continue reading →

Grand Coteau to host Festival of Words event

GRAND COTEAU — The Festival of Words is set for Nov. 6-8 in Grand Coteau. The festival features literary readings by authors; creative writing workshops in public schools and community centers; and a community stage for open mics. Festival authors include Luis Alberta Urrea, Louisiana poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, Latasha Weatherspoon, Roddie Romero… Continue reading →