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Gourmet Galley: Healthy, hearty soups a good start for a family Halloween

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- For Corrine Cook's Gourmet Galley Eat Your Veggies Column:

Let’s face it, everything gets a little hectic on Halloween, especially if you’re getting children ready to go trick-or-treating. Make it easy on yourself and put on a pot of soup early in the day. Serving them something nourishing beforehand, like a few vegetables, you won’t feel so bad when the children get into their bags… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Magazine columnist’s Louisiana cookbook worth a look

Fans of Stanley Dry’s “Kitchen Gourmet” column for Louisiana Life Magazine will want to read his first cookbook, “The Essential Louisiana Cookbook,” which is based on the New Iberia resident’s column. The author emphasizes using quality local ingredients for preparing the book’s 50 scrumptious recipes, which… Continue reading →

Three authors to discuss music books they penned

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.'

The authors of three LSU Press books about music will discuss their books at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lagniappe Records, 705 St. Joseph Street. Barbara Sims, author of “The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records,” joins John Wirt, author of “Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia… Continue reading →

Scream for good: Stephen Herrera stages an annual haunted house for a local charity

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Stephen Herrera, photographed with one of his latex masks, annually turns the Baton Rouge home of his parents, Tara and Esteban Herrera, into a haunted house in support of a charitable cause, this year the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Haunted houses is a family tradition for Stephen Herrera. And, for his neighborhood near Jefferson Terrace, that means an annual event. Herrera, 22, says he has been putting on Halloween scare-fests at 10437 Oakline Drive, Baton Rouge, for more than 10 years, raising money for charities for the past five years. Thursday through Saturday will be… Continue reading →

Shucking and thriving: BR’s Duke Landry heading to world oyster shucking show-down

Photo by REID SILVERMAN -- Duke Landry of Louisiana backs away from his tray during his championship match-up Sunday against Lisa Bellamy of North Carolina during the U.S. Oyster Shucking Contest at the 48th annual Oyster Festival. Landry would go on to claim the title, 2014 United States National Oyster Shucking Champion.

Shucking oysters is like riding a bicycle for Duke Landry. Landry won the National Oyster Shucking Championship Oct. 18-19 in Leonardtown, Maryland, qualifying him for next year’s world championships in Galway, Ireland. Since he’d won three previous U.S. titles, that’s not a shock. But the last of those championships was 25 years ago. “I really… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground, Don't ignore workplace check-ups

If your job offers health checkups, go ahead and sign up. When my workplace offered its employees a free flu shot, health evaluation and a wellness game plan, I signed up with no hesitation. That — coupled with a chance to win an HD television and cash for our respective school — made it more appealing.… Continue reading →

LSU Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’ seductive, raw

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- LSU Theater Professor Nick Erickson, second from left, choreographs a sword fight scene


​ There will be sword fights, seduction, mistaken identities, romance and raw emotion. But Don Giovanni won’t add any notches to his score card when LSU Opera opens Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’sDon Giovanni” Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre. “As in his previous operas, ‘Figaro’ and ‘Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: A lifetime of achievement

Photo provided by LAURA GILLILAND --- Red Stick Kiwanis --- Gerard Ruth, left, seen here with wife Selma, receives a lifetime membership in the Red Stick Kiwanis Club at its annual banquet at the City Club.

Charter member Gerard Ruth received a lifetime membership in the Red Stick Kiwanis Club as well as its Zeller Award at the club’s annual Installation and Awards Banquet Oct. 2 at the City Club. Gary LaBauve and Philip DiVincenti were named Kiwanians of the Year. Special guests for the evening, presided over by… Continue reading →

Taking a hike: But not just any hike, BR’s SU Joffrion Trekked all 2,160 miles of the Applachian Trail

Photo provided by SU JOFFRION -- Su Joffrion stands on McAfee Knob in Virginia along the Appalachian Trail.

Su Joffrion likes to be active. She ran marathons until her knees and feet objected, then chose cycling and scuba diving. “I’m always challenging myself physically and other ways,” she said. “I really think if you don’t challenge yourself, if you don’t push yourself just a little bit beyond your comfort zone, you just never… Continue reading →

Halloween 2014: The knives come out for jack-o-lantern carving time

Photo provided by Terry Palmer -- Terry Palmer, of Palmer Graphics in Lafayette, refers to the field of 32 artificial gourds in his flower beds as the Palmer Pumpkin Patch.

When night falls in October, a soft orange glow illuminates streets and yards in Louisiana. It’s pumpkin-carving time, and folks here take pride in creating the spookiest or most creative jack-o-lanterns. The Advocate summoned the spirits of the season, requesting pictures of pumpkins that might be a cut above the rest. Here’s a sample.… Continue reading →

Queen, maids lead ULL court for homecoming

Photo provided by UL Lafayette -- Madeleine Claire Ortte, 2014 Homecoming Queen for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, center, and her court will reign over Homecoming activities when the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns take on the South Alabama Jaguars on Nov. 1. On the court are, from left, Anna Katherine Devitt, of Baton Rouge; Melanie Calyn Benit, of Meraux; Kristen Michele Ashford, of Port Allen; Ortte, of Thibodaux; Alexandra Dardar, of Abbeville; Paola Mercedes Doria, of Houma, and Hallie Renee Boudreaux, of Lafayette.

Madeleine Claire Ortte, of Thibodaux, will reign as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s 2014 Homecoming queen. Maids on her court are Kristen Michele Ashford, of Port Allen; Melanie Calyn Benit, of Meraux; Hallie Reneé Boudreaux, of Lafayette; Alexandra Dardar, of Abbeville; Anna Katherine Devitt, of Baton Rouge, and Paola Mercedes Doria, of… Continue reading →

Community News, Oct. 28, 2014

Photo provided by PEGGY AIME -- Les Chapeaus Rouge -- Les Chapeaus Rouge de la Prairie Chapter of the Red Hat Society visited The Myrtles plantation in St. Francisville on Oct. 21. Afterward, members had lunch at Magnolia Cafe. Shown are, from left, seated, Snugie Parisey, Ollie Waggenspack; standing, Peggy Aime, Cheryl Fontenot, Alene Bourgeois, Jackie Sandefer, Mary Charles, Marilyn Stelly and Mary Ann Woods.

Area United Way hosts annual Jambalaya Jam Capital Area United Way hosted its 27th annual Jambalaya Jam, sponsored by Dow Chemical, Oct. 9 in the North Boulevard Town Square. Guests sampled jambalaya from 49 cooking teams, entertainment by MoJEAUX and family friendly activities such as the Knock Knock Museum’s Imagination Playground. The event raised about $71,700. Judges included LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux;… Continue reading →

Healthy in a hurry: Baton Rouge on front lines of nutrition with quick options for the health conscious

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Chilled meals are displayed at Fresh Kitchen, one of the newest healthy fast food restaurants in Baton Rouge. They have about 30 different options and their food can be eaten inside the store or taken to go. Comprehensive nutrition information is displayed on everything they sell.

Anna Bernard was considering what to eat for lunch last Monday: vegetarian chili or roast beef and green beans? Buying her weekly supply of lunches from Fresh Kitchen, Bernard scanned the labels for nutrition facts while she held a small stack of refrigerated prepared meals. “I eat healthy, and I hate cooking, so… Continue reading →

Laughing through the pain: ‘SNL’ alum Hammond to speak on mental health

Photo provided by William Morris Endeavor EntertainmentDarrell Hammond, the longest-running cast member on Saturday Night Live, will appear at the Mental Health Association of Greater Baton Rouge's 60th Anniversary Celebration.

Behind all the jokes that made Darrell Hammond a star was the suffering caused by an abusive childhood. Hammond, 59, a stand-up comedian and writer and the longest-tenured cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” lived with drug and alcohol addictions and the self abuse of cutting. He believes telling his story may help others… Continue reading →

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 http://www.cmapromo.com/For 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. blackwaterumc.org 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 →