Photos: Weekly Gallery, 4/21/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Resting place -- A dragonfly lands Monday on the end of a bottlebrush plant that has yet to flower on Castle Kirk Drive.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Dr. John takes the Acura stage Friday on the opening day of the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He will play a rare solo show Thursday, Feb. 6, at the House of Blues. Dr. John is among several performers appearing at the benefit for House of Blues monitor engineer Gary Druilhet.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Melissa Braud and Robert Gale dance in front of the Fais Do Do stage Friday on the opening day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Gale, with his colorful hat, is a regular at the stage.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Marco Calliari gets the crowd pumped up on Friday night on the Stabil Drill Stage at Festival International de Louisiane in downtown Lafayette. On the trumpet, behind Calliari, is Lysandre Champagne. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.festivalinternational.com.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Zoological event -- Friends Kendall Joseph, 6, left, and Isabelle Merlin, 7, both of New Orleans, do the limbo Friday during Zoo To Do for Children at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The event featured live music and performances geared for children, inflatables, face painting, crafts, games, food and a special party for patrons. The annual Zoo To Do events are the top fundraisers for the zoo. The Zoo To Do for Adults will be held Friday, May 3, from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a patron and sponsor's party beginning at 7 p.m.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDChildren line up to jump on an inflatable Friday during Zoo To Do for Children at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The Zoo To Do for Adults will be held Friday, May 3. The annual Zoo To Do events have raised more than $25 million for the zoo.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Alexandra Roberts, left, gets reading help from tutor and education major Michelle Decou Wednesday evening at Maxim Doucet Hall on the Unversity of Louisiana at Lafayette campus. The tutoring program is part of the College of Education's Reading Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Education major Jamie Guillory, left, tutors Naomi Perkins Wednesday evening at Maxim Doucet Hall on the Unversity of Louisiana at Lafayette campus as part of the College of Education's Reading Center tutoring program . Behind the two are tutor Sarah Walz, left, and student Morgan Landry

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Financial literacy exercise -- 'Doughnut Shop' assembly line workers Makayla Stevenson, 7, left, Taisha Williams, 8, and Trashay Watts, 8, make 'paper donuts,' Thursday during a production efficiency exercise at Children's Charter School. Cracker Barrel Convenience Stores Chief Financial Officer Janice Chiasson, standing, helped the students during a day of education about financial literacy.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Members of the Namibaya Women Drummers kick off the music Thursday at the Scene Stabil Drill International stage in downtown Lafayette during Festival International de Louisiane. The festival ends Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Christiaan Mader, with the band Brass Bed, performs Thursday night at the Lafayette General Scene Fais Do Do stage in downtown Lafayette during Festival International de Louisiane.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Swing in the Oaks concert event featured the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marine Corps Band New Orleans at City Park Thursday, April 25, 2013. Carlos Miguel Prieto, right, conducted.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Remembering crime victims -- Alice Carter, center, hugs Kristen Raby, left, Thursday before an annual ceremony in downtown Baton Rouge sponsored by several groups in law enforcement agencies and local victim service providers. Carter was shot by her ex-boyfriend. Raby, the Domestic Violence Victim's Assistance coordinator for the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office, helped Carter cope emotionally while she was in protective custody. Behind the women are investigator Mike Vicari, Juvenile Outreach Coordinator Kelly Bonaventure and Human Resources staff member Laurie Englade, all with the District Attorney's office.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Cox Communications Executive Director of Operations for Acadiana Julie Dronet shakes the hand of Milton Elementary Middle School student Hunter Bouillion Wednesday as he accepts his Cox Inspirational Heroes award.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Two pedestrians cross Decatur Street in New Orleans during a break in the deluge Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --High Water -- Liz Fontenot, left, and Marykay Norwood wade through flooded streets after moving their cars to higher ground following a wave of thunderstoms that swept through the Baton Rouge area Wednesday. They said neighbors call the area where St. Joseph and Grandpre streets and Louisiana Avenue intersect "The Triangle." Downhill slopes there cause frequent flooding, they said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- In her recent appearance at LSU, Giuliana Rancic, a breast cancer survivor and E! News anchor, speaks candidly about her career, her health and life lessons she's learned.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- James Paul, of Baton Rouge, tosses a flower into the water at BREC's North Sherwood Forest Park on Tuesday during the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office's annual Flowers on the Lake event in recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Paul was shot and paralyzed during a robbery at Rite Aid pharmacy on Plank Road in 2008. Two other people were shot by the robber.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Jeremy Le Vivant, a student from France on a musical tour of Louisiana, plays his guitar outside of Angelle Hall Tuesday on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus. Le Vivant said he was waiting on a friend to finish her class inside.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Jerry Markley, center, a Baton Rouge resident since 1978, gives some background on the USS KIDD to his sister Robin Neumeier, left, and her husband Fred Neumeier, who were visiting from Dublin, Ohio, Tuesday,on the 70th anniversary of the date when the USS KIDD was commissioned and officially joined the U.S. Navy's fleet back, April 23, 1943. The USS Kidd (DD-661), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died on the bridge of the USS Arizona, his Flagship, during the surprise attack by the Japanese on the American fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Staff, volunteers nd other enthusiasts celebrated the occasion with a cake earlier in the day at the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial, where the ship is moored in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- As part of the Autism Speaker Series, hosted by the Junior League of Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation, parents from the area were invited to submit pictures of their children who are on the autism spectrum. Their photos as well as those of photographer Timothy Archibald, a guest speaker here earlier this month, are on display at the Shaw Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- In the computer lab with new Mac Desktops, 2nd grade math teacher Claire Louviere, top, answers the question of Jackson Primeaux, bottom, during exercises ona computer in the classroom at Crescent Elementary.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Ashlyn Prejean, left, and Kevin Bosley, right, use a microscope to examine regular salt, sea salt and sugar crystals using a microscope at Crescent Elementary School in Iberville Parish as Braxton Whittenberg, center foreground, asks 3rd grade science teacher Heidi Guillory, center background, a question.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Chitimacha Tribal Police Chief Blaise Smith hugs fallen police Sgt. Rick Riggenbach's daughter, Mary Riggenbach Thompson, during a Voices of Innocent Citizens Empowered rally at New Iberia City Hall Monday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- District Attorney Phil Haney of the 16th Judicial District, standing, speaks Monday during a Voices of Innocent Citizens Empowered rally at New Iberia City Hall.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- From left, Aron Young, 16, Malik Bridgewater, 16, and Trey Trusclair, 12, play basketball in the Jewel J. Newman Community Center Monday. The Metro Council this week will consider transferring funds designated for such centers to accounts controlled by Mayor-President Kip Holden's administration.

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  • Advocate staff photo by KYLE PEVETO -- Letters from Melbourne, Australia, fill a suitcase in the Donaldsonville home of Inez Landry, 93. She enjoys her pen pal becase she loves getting letters.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Kanestra Mitchell and her children, from left, Kayla 8, Kendall, 6, and Karena, 12, listen to a presentation by Venise Ortego, who has a whooping crane puppet on her hand, Sunday during the annual Earth Day celebration in downtown Baton Rouge. Ortego is an environmental education coordinator with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Crowds line North Boulevard on Sunday during the annual Earth Day celebration in downtown Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Charlie Combe, 2, plays his guitar next to his parents, Jodi and Jay Combe, during the Earth Day Festival in New Orleans Sunday. Charlie was playing along with the music of Flow Tribe.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Dove d'Eustachio swings along to the music of Flow Tribe during the 2013 Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo at Bayou St. John in New Orleans Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Flow Tribe vocalist and trumpeter K.C. O'Rorke grabs a tambourine tossed to him while he was playing with the band, including guitarist Bryan Santos, far left, drummer Russell Olschner, and bassist Chad Penot during Earth Day Sunday in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Charles Dillon Jr., the Mohawk Hunters 2nd Flag Boy, parades past the Crescent City Connection on Sunday during West Fest 2013, also known as the West Bank Super Sunday in Algiers. The Mohawk Hunters are a west bank Mardi Gras Indian tribe.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- A swamp tour boat, piloted by captain Curtis Allemond, docks at McGee's Landing on Wednesday after a tour of the Atchafalaya Basin Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Al Dugas, of Lafayette, heads into the Atchafalaya Basin for a day of bass fishing Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --Looking for a little luck --Baton Rouge Community College freshman Samantha Frie touches the famous Apollo Theater’s ‘Tree of Hope’ before reading a poem Friday at ‘Slam Poetry!’ during Baton Rouge Community College’s Arts Fest 2013. The section of the original Tree of Hope stands on the legendary New York theater’s stage and is traditionally touched for good luck by ‘Amateur Night at the Apollo’ performers. The tree, which originally grew on Seventh Avenue in Harlem in New York, was a symbol of hope for African-American artists.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Le Petit Theatre is undergoing a major renovation, which includes everything from the orchestra pit to dressing rooms. Executive director Cassie Worley sits in the balcony as work continues below on Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Clint Joffrion carries the American flag while running with Melanie Maurin, left, and Reynolds LeBlanc, right, in the Baton Rouge Run for Boston, a 2.62 mile run downtown Saturday organized by local running clubs in support of the Boston Marathon bombing victims.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Hundreds of The Color Run 5k participants toss packets of colored powder into the air on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Ashley Gaspard tosses handfuls of colored powder into the air as she runs through the pink zone of the Color Run 5k event in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- DeAndre Beadle, right, and Derrel Wilright of Alpha Phi Alpha's Nu Psi Chapter at LSU rake and shovel burned hay at the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center with Joshua Charles, left, as a part of LSU 's Geaux BIG service project Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Patricia Thomas, right, smiles as she takes part in Zumba Gold held during the Life Begins At 50 Expo at the Baton Rouge River Center on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Kenny Kleinpeter stands next to the marker of one of his ancestors in Historic Highland Cemetery. Kleinpeter has spent the last 15 years maintaining the cemetery and trying to find the correct location of gravesites.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Chad Boutte, left and Steven Mora with the help of their dog, Blossom, hang Buddhist prayer flags from their apartment Saturday as a welcoming gesture in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is visiting New Orleans next month. Just across the street, Tulane University School of Social work held a kickoff event for the visit and distributed prayer flags to area notables.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Thien Ngo, left, of the Buddist Temple Phuoc Nguyen in Marrero, and New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond clutch Buddhist prayer flags as others wave in the breeze over their heads Saturday during a kickoff event in the French Market in honoe of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's upcoming visit next month to New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- O. Perry Walker honor society senior Gushonda Lewis paints the sign for McDonough Playground in Algiers during a NOLA for Life event in New Orleans Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Miranda Matherne and Jacob Wolfe engage in the quagmire of fun at the quad west of Milneburg Hall on the campus of the University of New Orleans Saturday as the school held its mud volleyball tournament to raise money for student scholarships. Teams playing in round robin, slogged it out in two pits. Live music and refreshments were also on hand at the event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- L.B. Landry High School students Cory Harden, left, Roderick Simon, Corey Conley, Roderick Young, and Dante Batiste, far right, clean up a baseball diamond at McDonogh Playground under the Crescent City Connection in Algiers Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Blues singer Walter "Wolfman" Washington, left, and living music legend Allen Toussaint play Saturday at Fortier Fest, a musical festival that raises money for the upkeep of Alcee Fortier Park. The pocket park that has strong community backing in Faubourg St. John in New Orleans,

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association member Patrick Remson rounds a curve on the Comite Trail during Kerry Stamey Day Sunday at the BREC Comite River Park Bike Trail System.

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