Downtown parties get new year going
Laurel Street Palooza
Jim Brandt and Mary Ann Sternberg, both longtime supporters of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, reigned as King and Queen Palooza over the night of merriment known as Laurel Street Palooza. They made their grand entrance on motorcycles driven by friends Rob Guercio and Bobby Smith. Now, seeing Jim on a motorcycle wasn’t too big a stretch, but the very proper Mary Ann decked out in her leathers was another story. Ya just gotta love it!!
Adding to the excitement was the Baton Rouge Flash Mob, led by the King of Dance — Leonard Augustus, in a memorable performance to “What Does the Fox Say?,” which provided the event’s theme this year. Once the dancing in the street got underway, it didn’t stop until music man Bob Blanchard pulled the plug.
Providing music inside the Old Bogan Firehouse, HQ to the Arts Council, was the Michael Foster Project. Across the street in the atrium of Chase Bank was Righteous Buddha followed by Ben Bell & the Stardust Boys.
Serving on this year’s committee were Ana Andricain, Kristi and David Aubrey, Moffitt Aycock, Christy and Chad Bacas, Dovie Brady, Mary Boston, Jenée Bourgeois, Toni Brown, Julie Cornelius Linda Dawkins, Yolanda Dixon, Karen and Glen Duncan, Nanci Janney Gatti, Jonathan Grimes, Hillary Higginbotham, Eric Holowacz, Fairleigh Cook Jackson, Maureen Joyce, Lisa Landry, Rose Landry, Robin McAndrew, Sandy Parfait, Anna Roberts, Malcolm Robinson, Kathy Scherer, Tana Vaccarella, Sarah Cortell Vandersypen and Betty Whitt.
BUST Breast Cancer
Normally, I would have been dancing in the street until lights out myself, but this year I had to help judge the BUST Breast Cancer bra art fundraiser benefiting the Woman’s Hospital Foundation. It took place at the Hartley-Vey Studios at the Manship Theatre. Helping pick the winning entries were Josh Holder, owner of Time Warp Boutique, and Casey Phillips, founder of the Baton Rouge Walls Project.
This was the second year for this really unique fundraiser, an idea of Heather Kleinpeter Savoy, and the participating artists really kicked things up a notch. After much deliberation, our selections were made. “Breast Overall” honors went to Amy Strother and Kristy Keman for “Salvage Beauty”; “Most Mammerable” to Meghan Rolfs for “defense”; “Most Titillating” to Natalie Clay for “Bright Red Lips & Big Hair”; and “Cups of Creativity” to Becky Parsons Gottsegen for “The Girls.”
Artists also included Shannon Sullivan Allen, Abby Anderson, Mellie Babin, Natalie Gillis Binfold, Tracy Bishop, TJ Black, Kate Bradshaw, Nelly Byrd, Jennifer Carwile, Lauren Collignon, Jessica Comeaux, Grace Emden, Debbie Fox, Sharon Furrate, Alex Harvie, Amy Harvie, Ashley Hodges, John Hollingshead, Chris Jarreau, Taufeeq Muhammad, Jill Mulkey, Meda Parandian, Lynne Pisto, India Byrd Rives, Sarah Rimmons, Ann Tillage, Lisa Toth, Amber Vicari, Becky Walker and Raina Wirta.
Joining Heather on the runway were models Ashley Allen, Patricia Calfee, Claire Cook, Kayla Day, Paige Day, Patti Day, Natalie Fowlker, Kellie Gerald, Autumn Higgins, Gaylynne Mack, Taylor Martty, Gabby McGlynn, Azalea Miller, Helen Miller, Laura Rolland, Brooke Stikeleather, Babin and Collignon.
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