Hey everyone out there! The year has finally come to a close, and whew, what a busy one. So busy, in fact, the “update blog” item on my to-do list kept getting pushed farther and father back. At any rate, I’ll keep it quick and introduce to you my favorite stories of the year! I’m doing a second list about the Blues Heritage Project I’m working on (capitalized emphasis is my own, because that’s how I’ve been thinking of it…), so for now, here are the stories I did in 2013 that I’m most proud of or had the most fun doing.
What do you think?
- 2-9-13: Edwin Edwards, polarizing former La. governor, still a force to be reckoned with
- 3-1-13: Baton Rouge’s young entrepreneurs increase in number for a bigger footprint on business, culture
- 3-28-13: Photographer Steve Schapiro’s work captures key figures, emotional moments of modern America
- 3-30-13: Elton John returns to Baton Rouge with full band for first time in more than 20 years (review)
- 4-29-13: Edward Pramuk’s paintings to be paired with Herman Leonard photos in LSU MOA exhibition
- 5-20-13: Field at LSU’s Tiger Stadium must be replaced every year after Bayou Country Superfest
- 07-15-13: Noel Rockmore exhibit at LASM puts focus on arts patron Shirley Marvin and love of the undiscovered genius
- 09-13-13: Baton Rouge cricket farmer still looking for ways to innovate after 60 years in business
- 10-17-13: With Triumph Kitchen, Chris Wadsworth hopes to help Baton Rouge’s at-risk youth succeed
- 11-17-13: As head of LSU’s spirit squads, Pauline Zernott becomes ‘mom’ to nearly 75 college athletes
- 11-18-13: JFK owes credit to La. for winning 1960 presidential election
- 11-24-13: Joan Baez kicks back with intimate show at Baton Rouge’s Red Dragon Listening Room (review)
- 12-6-13: Kids Orchestra helps children meet new friends through music in Baton Rouge
- 12-21-13: Local food trend on the upswing in Baton Rouge, but area farmers can’t keep up
As a reporter, I feel like checking out these stories is the best way to know what I’ve otherwise been up to this year, though it’s not to mention the festivals I had a hand in covering. Those include the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, LSU’s Groovin’ on the Grounds, Essence Festival and, of course, Festival International, for which I arranged all coverage.