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Setting sale: Rotary Inner Wheel Attic Trash, Treasure sale this weekend

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Earl Turner, left, and Warren Boren, five and 20-year veterans, respectively, of the  annual Inner Wheel Attic Trash and Treasure Sale, were part of the crew of men who verified the working condition of the plethora of electric appliances in the sale, to be held at the old Mervyn's department store building at Cortana Mall.

It’s natural to think the Inner Wheel Club of Baton Rouge started the annual Attic Trash & Treasure Sale, which takes place for the 25th time this weekend. However, the reverse is also true. It was the sale that created Inner Wheel. The Rotary Club of Baton Rouge started holding garage sales in 1988 to… Continue reading →

LSU fans can buy with purpose: Blanket purchases benefit homeless

Photo provided by JOSH HELLAND -- LSU is one of the schools that has logo blankets sold by With a Purpose, which donates a plain blanket to ministries to the homeless for every one purchased.

There are plenty of things LSU fans can buy to keep warm. One company offers a blanket designed to provide a warm feeling, too. In 2013, Josh Helland, of southern California, started With a Purpose, which sells blankets in school colors and logos. For each blanket sold, mostly through the company’s website,, it donates… Continue reading →

‘Madame Butterfly’: Opéra Louisiane brings Puccini’s grand opera back to Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gwendolyn Jones, left, plays Butterfly's maid, Suzuki, in the Opera Louisiane production of 'Madama Butterfly.' Travis Richter, center, plays Goro, and Chauncey Parker, right, plays Pinkerton.

For the first time in 25 years, Giacomo Puccini’s grand opera “Madama Butterfly” will be staged in Baton Rouge. Opéra Louisiane will stage the performance Sunday, March 8, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. The production, performed in Italian with English subtitles, will be the company’s first grand opera since… Continue reading →

Community News, March 3, 2015

Photo provided by CHAUNA BANKS-DANIEL -- Baker Junior Buffs -- Bunkie High School football coach Reginald Davis, a former Baker High player, and Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel spoke to the Baker Junior Buffs Youth Organization on Feb. 24 at the Baker Municipal Center. Shown are, from left, Vice President Sandra Hayes, Davis, Banks-Daniel and President Montero Bradford.

The Acacia Shriners of Baton Rouge started the St. Helena Shrine Club on Feb. 6 at St. Helena Masonic Lodge 96 in Greensburg. The club’s officers are President Joe Landcaster, First Vice President Eddie Reynolds, Second Vice President Kevin Thompson and Secretary Chuck Coburn.… Continue reading →

The Rouge Roubaix: This Louisiana-Mississippi event gaining reputation as longest, hardest bike race all year

Photo provided by Will Jones -- Racers attack a gravel-and-dirt road during the Rouge Roubaix bike race, which tackles some of the toughest roads in West Feliciana Parish and Wilkinson County, Mississippi.

There’s only one bicycle race so hard that Robert Lee dismounted his bike to walk — the Rouge Roubaix in St. Francisville. The 103-mile race, now in its 17th year, has earned a reputation as one of toughest one-day events in the country as it traverses the rural roads and steep hills of West Feliciana… Continue reading →

LSU theater group to perform ‘Carrie the Musical’, yes... that ‘Carrie’

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Playing high school students in 'Carrie, the Musical' are, from left, Sarah Fruge, Jacob Voisin, Alexander Adams and Emily Heck, with Haley Schroeck, who plays Carrie's mother,  and Abigail Tatum as Carrie in the LSU Department of Theatre's production.

Get ready for Carrie. Yes, that Carrie — the one whose high school prom climaxes with a bloody finale. She’ll take the Reilly Theatre stage Wednesday, March 4, to begin LSU Theatre’s Main Stage run of “Carrie the Musical.” That’s right. Carrie White’s story will be told through music. And there will be blood.… Continue reading →

Famous African works on display at Southern

Photo by Robin Miller -- Benny Andrews' piece, 'Turtle Dove,' is part of the Irvin Jones Collection of African American Art in Southern University's Visual Arts Gallery.

Benny Andrews’ painting, “Turtle Dove,” reminds Randell Henry of a trip to Africa. Henry was on his way to Africa and Andrews was at home in New York, where Henry had to change planes before flying overseas. Henry brought along a few photos he’d taken of Andrews at an exhibit of his work at the Ogden Museum… Continue reading →

River Road’s National Charity League to honor 10

Emily Iledah Aucoin

The River Road Chapter of the National Charity League will recognize 10 Baton Rouge area high school seniors at its annual Senior Soireé on March 7 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. The event will honor the young women for their service hours and volunteer work throughout the community. The 10 seniors to be honored have volunteered… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for March 1, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Sweethearts --- 2015 Beta Sigma Phi Sweethearts are, from left, Sally Ann Collins, Dixie Gregory, Linda Grabski, Bobbie Ramsey and Anna Marie Burns.

The first week made for a slow social calendar but that’s OK, it gave us all time to catch our breaths after a whirlwind Carnival season. We don’t get to rest too long, though. Check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at see what’s coming up. For all they did for… Continue reading →

At Random: Sacks’ books help keep wonder alive

After reading the newspaper each morning for years now, I’ve grown accustomed to getting bad news over breakfast. Or so I thought. Nothing could really prepare me for taking my first sip of the day’s coffee last month and learning that Oliver Sacks is dying of cancer. Sacks, the 81-year old neurologist and author,… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for March 1, 2015

HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE AREA ARTS AND CULTURAL SCENE: Tickets are on sale for the LSU Museum of Art’s Masquerade on the Mississippi, set for 7-10 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the museum in the Shaw Center of the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The event celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary at the… Continue reading →

Sousa-style concert set at The Bayou Church

Nostalgia reigns at 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the Lafayette Concert Band stages a concert in the style of John Philip Sousa, the most influential band leader of the early 20th century, in The Bayou Church, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette. “Known as ‘The March King,’ Sousa possessed a larger-than-life persona,” conductor Gerald Guilbeaux says. “His charisma, musicianship… Continue reading →

About Town for March 1, 2015

WHAT: Training sessions for beginning and advanced farmers WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, for beginners class; 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, for advanced class. WHERE: Ira Nelson Horticulture Center, 2206 Johnston St., Lafayette REGISTRATION/INFO: (225) 578-1037 or DETAILS: The speaker will be Alex Hitt. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited.… Continue reading →

Human Condition: Old hunter learns to enjoy new technology

Big George and Barbara have iPhones. They can call, text, take photos, check the weather, use the calculator and flashlight, and even read the Bible on the Holy Bible app. They are 83 and 82 years of age. They are also lifelong learners. Big George deer hunts with a group of men, younger and more… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge First Baptist deacon attracts youth with exotic sports cars like Lamborghinis

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- A Lamborghini Murcielago was one of the cars youngsters got to see up close at the February Lamborghini Youth Training Academy.

As deacon chairman at First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Kimuel Lee was looking for a way to attract young people to church. He found it in his garage. Of course, it’s no ordinary garage. Lee, a car enthusiast, has acquired all manner… Continue reading →

Louisiana cook practices basics for Food’s ‘Academy’ TV show

Photo provided by Food Network -- Competitors gather before their first 'All-Star Academy' challenge. Fmo left, are August Dannehl, Joseph Harris, Vanesssa Craig, Bill Joerger, Sharon Damante, Thomas Mann, Angela George, Mike Castaneda, Mimi Turbitt Chang and Sherri Williams.

Thomas Mann crafts brilliant baubles by day and dazzling dishes by night. The nationally known New Orleans jewelry designer and metalsmith takes his personal culinary expertise to the Food Network’s new reality cooking competition series, “All-Star Academy,” starting Sunday night. For “Academy,” network casting culled 10 skilled home cooks from around the country. They’ll… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge businessman’s devotional book inspired by scenery

Photo provided by FRANK PHILLIPS -- Author Frank Phillips shot this photo of Bryce Canyon, which he says illustrates Jesus Christ standing in front of an open theater addressing a large group of people. It is the cover of his new book, 'Living Life.'

Frank and Sandy Phillips were on a vacation out west when a scenic Utah vista became, he said, a geologic description of Jesus Christ. The vast Bryce Canyon amphitheater, crowded with eroded rock formations called “hoodoos,” appears to have a lone, pale-colored figure facing the rest of the red-rock geological formations, Frank Phillips said. The scene stirred… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge religious bulletins for Feb. 28 - March 13


RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS WOMEN’S GROUP: 6 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1. A support group for women seeking mental freedom from destructive habits. (225) 776-1652 or RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS MEN’S GROUP: 7 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1 S. A… Continue reading →

Books can make versatile and meaningful home-design elements

Associated Press photo by Beth J. Harpaz -- A solid wall of 4,000 paperback romance novels spelling out the word forever in an art installation at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The work by John Salvest was part of a major contemporary art show at the museum in late 2013. Salvest said there was an 'underlying sadness' to collecting the discarded books from thrift shops in an era when fewer people read physical books.

— Some people love the look of a bookshelf stuffed with books, and what that represents. Others see books as clutter, and wonder why anyone owns them in the digital era. But the “well-chosen book,” or an artfully displayed stack of books, “can be as powerful as any other design element,” said… Continue reading →

Garden News: Ball-like moss plant cropping up in Louisiana, generally not a threat to trees

Photo by RAJ SINGH -- Ball moss is being seen more and more in local landscapes. Fortunately, it is not usually a danger to trees.

Louisianians are probably familiar with Spanish moss, but they may not be aware of ball moss. Like Spanish moss, ball moss is an epiphyte and belongs to family Bromeliaceae, says LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh. It’s an air plant that’s not a true moss but rather a small flowering plant, Singh said. It is neither… Continue reading →

Community column for Feb. 27, 2015

Photo provided by MANDY LEGRANGE -- Plaquemine Garden Club -- Sarah Rogers Shields, an expert on planting spring perennials and herbs, spoke to the Plaquemine Garden Club Feb. 10 at the Iberville Parish Library. Ann Joffrion created a Valentine's Day arrangement. Cynthia Gum and Marvo LeJeune were hostesses. Shown are, from left, President Nancy Delahaye, Shields and First Vice President Katherine Desselles.

Wilson Foundation holds reentry event The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation hosted a prisoner reentry and reintegration roundtable event Feb. 13 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The event focused on challenges people face when leaving jail or prison and reintegrating into the community. It is estimated that… Continue reading →

A joyous Jewish occasion of feasting, Purim also remembers intolerance

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Families often give platters of sweets and fruit to friends or people in need during the Jewish holiday of Purim. A typical platter contains, clockwise from top, Pecan Squares, Travados (Jerusalem Cinnamon Nut Cookies), Outrageous Brownies and Hamantaschen, the traditioinal Purim cookie.

Beginning at sundown on March 4, Jews around the world will celebrate Purim, a holiday often compared with Mardi Gras for its feasting, drinking and masquerading. The roots of Purim, as related in the Biblical Book of Esther, go back to ancient Persia, where the Jews were prosperous and prominent. King Ahasuerus, believed by scholars to… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Everyday meals for the family

Lorraine Wallace believes it’s important that families sit down together for supper. But as a home cook she knows getting supper on the table is easier said than done, the wife of “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace writes in her third cookbook, “Mr. & Mrs. Sunday’s Suppers.” While an empty-nester now, she says she spent years… Continue reading →

Literary world in a frenzy over themes of sequel to Harper Lee classic

Associated Press file photo -- Harper Lee

When Harper Lee’s previously unknown book is published this summer, many readers will look to see what it says about an adult Scout Finch. One LSU professor is more interested in how it reflects on a coming-of-age civil rights movement. Like every fan of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Michael Bibler, professor of Southern studies in LSU’s… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 25, 2015

Photo provided by NEIL ANN PARKS --- French Friends --- At the Friends of French Studies at LSU annual dinner meeting are, from left, Jacqueline Labat, CODOFIL President William Arceneaux, Allison Roark and CODOFIL Executive Director Charles Larroque.

N eil Ann Parks was elected president of the Friends of French Studies at LSU at its 18th annual dinner meeting Feb. 5 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Special guests were Stacia Haynie, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Studies, and Jill Roshto, former director of… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Little pitchers always have their ears on

I found out the hard way that not everything you say in your home is going to stay within its walls, particularly if you have Wi-Fi and internet. As the old saying goes, “watch what you say around your children.” Sometime during the Mardi Gras break, I tripped on the shower curtain and the… Continue reading →

James Achee, Alex Bates rule Livonia Carnival Association’s parade

Photo by TOMMY COMEAUX -- King James Achee and Queen Alex Bates reign over the Livonia Carnival.

James Achee and Alex Bates reigned as king and queen of the Livonia Carnival Association’s Mardi Gras parade which rolled on Feb. 15. Achee is a lifelong resident of Livonia and is a 1982 graduate of Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee. He is married to the former Lori Beth Bizette,… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: All Hail the King

Josh and Lindsey Billeaud, Becky Voorhies, Sport Voorhies

His Majesty King Gabriel LXXVI Pothier Jean Voorhies III held his royal luncheon at the Cajundome Convention Center amid family and loyal subjects. The Second Line played outside to welcome one and all, while inside security was heavier than the White House as dukes and maids posed for portraits upstairs. Among those awaiting their boutonnieres and… Continue reading →

New Orleans man proud of his 1950s music, memorabilia collection

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- in New Orleans, La. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Gabriel Puccio holding a signed 45 of Fats Domino's first album, The Fatman.

When Gabriel Puccio walks through his front door at 4 p.m. every day, the ritual is always the same. “Hello, Elvis! Hello, Fats! Hello, Ernie!” That’s Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Ernie K-Doe to most of us. Does Puccio live in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame?… Continue reading →

Port Hudson museum gets model of Civil War-era gunboat

Photo provided by Office of State Parks -- A scale model of the Union gunboat USS Essex is being added to the Port Hudson State Historic Site museum. It's inaugural sail will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, during a program at the historic site, which is on U.S. 61 near Zachary.

Port Hudson State Historic Site is adding a 1:32 scale model of the Union gunboat USS Essex that served during the Civil War to its exhibits collection. The model was created and donated by Robert Seal, of American Battlesite Productions, and Baton Rouge-area artist Bill Toups and is on display in the… Continue reading →

Community News, Feb. 24, 2015

Photo provided by JOYCE PLUMMER -- Ascension Parish Voters League -- Sarah Holliday-James, state director for Urban Game Changers, was guest speaker when the Ascension Parish Voters League met Feb. 16 at St. Paul Baptist Church Annex in Gonzales. Shown are, seated from left, Holliday-James, Chairman Roy Quezaire, Clint Cointment, William King, and Harold Stewart; and, standing, Mark Peters, Derrick Coco, Vice Chairman Timothy R. Riley, Jerri Williams, Neka Fowler, Ron Alcorn and Cynthia Buggage.

Caleb Manning and Connor Matthews, students at the Runnels School, have been named finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, the school has announced. As National Merit finalists, they remain in competition for about 7,600 National Merit scholarships valued at… Continue reading →

Ignatius comes home with ‘One Book’ read

Photo provided by LSU Press -- The One Book, One Community Kick-Off Event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at  North Boulevard Town Square.This year's selection is 'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole.

Grab your cheese dip. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s One Book, One Community project’s selection is John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces,” a love letter to New Orleans that contains a famously sharp line about Baton Rouge. One Book, One Community kicks off Saturday with a New Orleans-style street party in Town Square,… Continue reading →

Eric Holowacz out as CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Eric Holowacz

Eric Holowacz is no longer president and CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Brian Haymon, chairman of the arts council’s board of directors, said Holowacz resigned. However, Moffitt Aycock, former interim director of the Community Fund for the Arts Campaign, said Haymon announced Friday that Holowacz had been fired. “Brian… Continue reading →

Testing young hearts: Student-athlete deaths have doctors urging cardiac evaluations

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Harris McKey, a Dunham High School sophomore who plays on the basketball and football teams, gets an ultrasound Wednesday at the Our Lady of the Lake Medical Plaza.

Chad Falgout’s heart pounds when he sprints down the basketball court, but the 14-year-old doesn’t pay much attention to his most important muscle. Even when he hears stories about student-athletes collapsing on the court or dying in a locker room, he never considers his heart. “You should, but I haven’t really thought about it,” said… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Feb. 22, 2015

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Great Performers --- At the VIP gala prior to the Baton Rouge Symphony's Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation Great Performers in Concert featuring Johnny Mathis are, from left, Debbie and Julio Dumas, Alice Kronenberger, Becky and Jack Harris, Paula and Jack de la Bretonne, Rena and Todd Ledet, Leslie and Scott Berg and Diane and Johnny Tate.

This Valentine’s is one I’ll never forget. It started out in Spanish Town and ended up with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Irene & C.B. Pennington Great Performers in Concert. BRSO Executive Director Cary Byrd promised a magical evening and everyone involved delivered. Great Performers More than a few of us got “Misty” listening… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s At Random: Lesson from a master of trees

Franklin Williams, the arborist who took care of my trees, died recently, and I’ve been missing him as spring approaches. Franklin was good at cutting down trees but disliked removing healthy ones. He was fond of a Latin expression, “arbor vitae,” which means “tree of life.” It was a reminder to him that each tree has its own… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: We’re all one in the etiquette sun

Charlie and Maggie Justus, Mark Broussard

Sadly, etiquette hasn’t caught up with same sex couples. It has its hands full at the moment with straight people and social media. Society is desperately trying to hold the etiquette line, period, and you are in for an awful disappointment if you believe otherwise. So what to do? Couples will need to graciously lead the way and set… Continue reading →

Magnolia Mound presents annual black history event

Photo provided by Magnolia Mound -- Oneal Isaac will give a dramatic presentation of 'In Their Own Voices: American Slaves Tell Their Story' at Saturday's Black History Month program at Magnolia Mound Plantation.

A dramatic presentation of what life was like for slaves in Louisiana and a performance by OperaCreole of music by African American composers are part of the 10th annual celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Magnolia Mound Plantation. The program, presented by The Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation in association with BREC, is… Continue reading →

Society meets scandal: UpStage Theatre invites all to ‘Nacirema Society’

Photo provided by Maddgame Entertainment -- Crystal Jefferson plays Marie Dunbar, Mercedes Wilson plays Janet Logan and Myesha McGarner plays Catherine Green in UpStage Theatre's production of Pearl Cleage's 'The Nacirema Society.'

Even Grace Dubose Dunbar’s name matches the role of doyenne. It’s elegant yet regal. Most of all, it’s flush with status, because Grace’s name is part of a legacy founded in 100 years of the Nacirema Society. Her grandmother founded the organization in Montgomery, Alabama, alongside Catherine Green’s grandmother. Now it’s their responsibility… Continue reading →

LSU Library showcase set on La. black history

In recognition of Black History Month, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections’ next “Afternoon in the Archives” will feature a sampling of publications, documents and photographs that span more than 200 years of African-American history. The event, which will be from 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m. Tuesday in Hill Memorial Library, is free. On display will be… Continue reading →

Human Condition: Love of reading passes to the next generation

As soon as my granddaughter was able to sit up, she would babble happily away “reading” her books aloud, her small fingers turning the pages. I was reassured that the love of reading, a treasure given to me by my parents, was passing to a new generation. The smell of old… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for Feb. 22, 2015

Here’s what’s happening this week in the area arts and cultural scene: Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive, has scheduled several events in celebration of Black History Month: “An Evening with Dr. Calvin Mackie,” 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 24, Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion; a jazz workshop with Stephanie Jordan and Eric Baskin, 1… Continue reading →

Festival of Words to host evening of oral history, poetry

Clemonce Heard

The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective is holding an evening of oral history and poetry at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event will feature poet Clemonce Heard, of New Orleans, and siblings Allen Charles, Earline Duplechaine and Rose Marie Perry, who will share personal stories. The event takes place at the… Continue reading →

About Town for Feb. 22, 2015

WHAT: The Baton Rouge Area Military Officers Association of America’s monthly luncheon WHERE: Drusilla Restaurant, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: (225) 766-4900 DETAILS: Guest speaker will be Maurice Roan, director of the Louisiana National Cemetery Complex.… Continue reading →