This Week in Baton Rouge: The Best of 225, Art Exhibits, Craft Workshops and More
By Simone Riley
Discover two new historic exhibits at the Capitol Park Museum
The Capitol Park Museum features perspectives from two accomplished artists in landmark exhibits that opened last week. “Letitia Huckaby: This Same Dusty Road” explores the topics of family, faith, culture, heritage, living in Louisiana as a person of color and how they all fit into her family and matriarchal heritage. His exhibition is defined by quilted photographic works that carefully stitch together apprehensions of the past and apprehensions of the present into a beautifully intricate expression.
The second exhibition,Katrina Andry: The Rainbow Promise That Never Came“, speaks to the larger subject of the resilience of people of color and the redefinition of their history in America. Andry uses mixed media and large scale color reduction prints to paint a reimagined mythology for all the Africans who were thrown overboard on the Middle Passage voyages. It dismantles the violence that people of color face in today’s society and analyzes it in depth, asking probing and meaningful questions.
The Capitol Park Museum is located at 660 N. Fourth Street. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nothing but the best with 225 magazine tuesday
225 magazine announces the winners of this year’s Best of 225 awards, as voted on by readers this spring. Put on your best beach-inspired look and celebrate at the Best of 225 Summer Nights party this Tuesday, June 28.
Attendees will enjoy cold beverages (including a free drink from event partner Three Roll Estate), samples of local Curbside Burgers & Fries and Sno Juice food trucks, and a summer giveaway. The VIP section will also have special catering by Leola’s Cafe.
The party is held at the Three Roll Estate, 760 St. Phillip St. Tickets are $25; buy them here. You must be 21 or older to attend. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.
Hear the stories of our past this Tuesday at Varsity
Have you ever been to Mossville, Louisiana? The small community outside Lake Charles was founded by freed slaves in 1790 and has remained a bastion of African-American culture. But over time, the oral histories of the people who created this place began to fade.
This Tuesday, June 28, Ioin the LSU Science Cafe and Jennifer Cramer (the director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History) as she talks about the Mossville Oral History Project and how it brings stories from forgotten American history to life . This project is one of many oral history projects Cramer has overseen regarding the history of specific groups in Louisiana.
This is both an in-person and virtual event. For those attending in person, admission is free but a registration ticket is required for entry. You can find this event at the Varsity Theater at 3353 Highland Road. Virtual attendees also need to register first, then they can find the event on Facebook Live. It lasts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. here.
Try your hand at wooden art at the Royal Standard on Thursday
The Royal Standard has teamed up with Iron Orchid Designs to create the best workshop yet: Iron Orchid Designs 101. Go get creative this Thursday 30th June.
Learn how to create Iron Orchid Design’s iconic designs with demonstrations of how to use transfers, molds, stamps, and new paint inlays. It’s a fun way to get a taste of the world of design, but also to create your own custom design that can be displayed anywhere you like. Invite your friends over and take this opportunity to create a fabulous wooden art board with IOD’s favorite products.
The event starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Find it at the Royal Standard at 16016 Perkins Road. Tickets are $55; buy them here.
Paint with a touch Thursday
Mardi Gras comes early to Painting with a Twist this Thursday, June 30.
Paint yourself a bead-covered Mardi Gras house while enjoying your drink of choice. Those 21 or older can choose to bring an alcoholic drink, but it’s a good time open to people of all ages. You can bring whatever food or drink you want, and Painting with a Twist gives you everything except ice and serving utensils.
The event lasts from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Painters arriving more than 20 minutes late will not be admitted to the event. This is open to all ages, but children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Cups, plates, napkins and bottle openers are provided. Painting With a Twist is located at 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 3A (between Monjunis and Brew Ha-Ha!). Tickets start at $41; buy them here.
Inside the new location of Iverstine Farms Butcher, with a breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant
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