Freeze doesn’t slow celebrations
I hope you and yours survived the freeze that paralyzed South Louisiana recently. It tried to dampen our fun, but we still managed to get in some partying during the warm-ups.
Supporters of the historic Lincoln Theater gathered at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center on Jan. 25 to celebrate its 65th anniversary. The fundraising dinner featured music by The Smokey Notes, a silent auction and special appearances by theater historians and musicians.
The evening was hosted by the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame Foundation, founded by Brenda Perry Dunn.
‘Opera & Operetta’
Arias filled Boudreaux’s on the night of Jan. 19 as the Patrons of the LSU Opera hosted its “Opera & Operetta, s’il vous plaît!” and Operatic Juke Box fundraiser.
The evening began with LSU voice students thrilling attendees with selections from the past year’s productions. They included tenor Pedro Willis-Barboso, baritones Jonathan Bryan and Samuel Carroll, soprano Ariana Douglas, mezzo soprano Chelsey Geeting, tenor Charles Moore and soprano Betsye Usehkrat.
The stage was turned over to voice faculty performers Sandra Moon and Loraine Sims, sopranos; Lori Bade and Terry Patrick-Harris, mezzo sopranos; tenor Robert Grayson; and baritone Dennis Jesse for the juke box portion of the night. Kind of like the real thing, patrons paid to hear their favorite songs. Accompanying all of the performers was pianist Michael Borowitz.
Thanking everyone for their support were Grayson, who chairs LSU’s Opera Division, and Dugg McDonough, director of LSU Opera. The gala was chaired by Linda Green, with assistance from Adrienne Aronstein.
Nine Baton Rougeans were recognized for their “excellence in leadership” at the MLK Leadership Awards held on Martin Luther King Day at the Baton Rouge Marriott. The event was hosted by the Insight Business Group.
The honorees included Jarvis Brown, Visionary Award; John G. Daniel, Mentorship Award; Jason Gardner, Entrepreneur Award; Wendell James, Community Activism Award; Michael W. McClanahan, Leadership Award; Keith Richard, Community Service Award; Tonya G. Robertson, Coretta Scott King Heroine Award; Bernard Taylor Jr., Education Award; and Greg Williams Jr., Arts & Culture Award.
The evening also included tributes to the late Rev. T.J. Jemison and Nelson Mandela.
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