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The Amazing MaryAnne: A singing sensation moves from the Big Apple to the Big Easy

From time to time, a singer comes along with an amazing ability to transform the way we look at love and life. Singer/songwriter MaryAnne Marino is such an artist. The first time I heard her perform I sat transfixed, and realized that I was witnessing an upcoming national sensation. A young singer destined for greatness, Marino has the hypnotic ability to lure listeners into the moment through lyrics that portray love and emotional vulnerability. ...

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Frank Davis: Naturally N’Awlins a TV chef talks turkey

Best-selling cookbook author Frank Davis, who recently came out with the new Frank Davis Makes Good Groceries—A New Orleans Cookbook and The Fisherman’s Tacklebox Bible, is a humorous television personality who appears daily on WWL-TV, which airs In the Kitchen with Frank Davis during the three-hour morning show (they cut back and forth from the news to the cooking set). He also has a gourmet seasoning line. Many south Louisianans watch Frank’s ...

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The Legacy of Beth Claybourn: A world-class interior designer from Louisiana has an upcoming book, Ma Maison

A legend in her own time, Beth Claybourn is the award-winning proprietor of the elegant Beth Claybourn Interiors in Baton Rouge. For the past 40 years, she has transformed residences throughout America ranging from grand estates to sprawling beachfront properties, luxurious mountain manses, five-bedroom yachts, historic Louisiana homes, cozy contemporary dwellings, and charming European-inspired châteaus. The sought-after designer works closely with ...

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Chef John Folse: Thanksgiving tips from Louisiana’s culinary ambassador

With a lifelong passion for Louisiana culture and cuisine and an encyclopedic knowledge of Cajun and Creole recipes, internationally renowned Chef John Folse has created an ever-expanding empire with his acclaimed restaurants, radio shows and television series, food product line, and the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University. He has also authored seven voluminous cookbooks. In 1978, when he opened Lafitte’s Landing in Donaldsonville, ...

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Supriya Jindal: Louisiana’s First Lady: Holiday traditions in the Governor’s Mansion

As the wife of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the mother of three young children, Supriya Jindal is devoted to education and encouraging children to build a strong foundation in math and science as well as the arts. She visits schools throughout the state, participates in hands-on science projects, and works tirelessly to modernize Louisiana classrooms. Supriya currently serves as the youngest first lady in the nation and is the only first spouse ...

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Roger W. Smith: A publisher and entrepreneur devoted to Louisiana

Roger Smith, publisher of Louisiana Homes and Gardens, had an idea several years ago to create a magazine showcasing the state’s finest homes and gardens, interior designers and architects, builders and furniture makers, and those businesses related to Louisiana lifestyle. He had previously served as the director of sales and marketing for KMC for 17 years, traveling throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Brazil, and was also the director of strategic ...

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Garland Robinette: Nationally-renowned media icon creates 
official Jazz Fest poster

Although he is best known as a spirited media personality who battles bureaucracy and provokes officials every weekday with his Think Tank radio show, some say that Garland Robinette is actually a Renaissance man. A classical pianist who loves to sketch and paint, his true passion is creating art. Clearly, as I began researching Robinette for this article, I found that there are various sides and dimensions to this media icon, who will always be remembered ...

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The amazing Irvin Mayfield: Jazz trumpeter, bandleader,composer, arranger,and recording artist

Founding artistic director of the Grammy award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute at the University of New Orleans, 33-year-old Irvin Mayfield recently released his first book, A Love Letter to New Orleans. The coffee-table book, which contains a stunning black and white cover photo of Mayfield by the late jazz photographer Herman Leonard, provides an intimate glimpse into the people, places, and ...

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Warren A. Perrin: Author, attorney, historian, and champion of the Cajun culture

In July, I received a surprise package in the mail from my brother, Ed LeBlanc, who resides in Abbeville. Among its contents was a priceless new book, Vermilion Parish, by renowned Francophone attorney and historian Warren Perrin. A native of Vermilion Parish, Perrin has been the subject of numerous national magazine articles and interviews on National Public Radio, the BBC of London, USA National TV Network, and CBS’s morning news show, Sunday ...

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At Homewith Edwin Edwards: The former governor is enjoying life in Ascension Parish

This month, former Governor Edwin Edwards will reign as grand marshal over the 75th International Rice Festival in Crowley, his former hometown. When he first appeared as president of the festival in 1959, Edwards stood at an arms’ length from the young U.S. Senator John Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, who spoke briefly in French to a crowd of more than 130,000 people. The handsome young couple made a visit to Acadiana just 60 days before Kennedy ...

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