Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 5:59 pm
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Of course. It sounds so inevitable, you might assume it's existed since time immemorial: a museum to celebrate the food and drink of the American South, to enshrine barbecue and grits, showcase the heritage of Louisiana shrimpers and Kentucky bourbon.
Meet The Neighbors introduces you to some of the remarkable people who live and work in the Baton Rouge area. Do you know someone we should meet? E-mail us at email@example.com and keep up with Meet The Neighbors, follow us on Tumblr.
Carlos Roldan came to Baton Rouge from Argentina more than ten years ago. He started playing tennis at the age of nine, and started competing by age 13. By the time he was 18 he was competing semi-pro and coaching on the side, which took away from his training time. He loved to coach so much that he decided to stop competing and coach full time. In 1998, after coaching for many years, it turns out he had something new to learn.
Â Â "By accident I received a flier for something called wheelchair tennis that Iâ€™ve never seen before, even though Iâ€™ve played tennis all my life, never seen before. So I approached the person who gave me the flier and thatâ€™s how it started," Roldan says. "I went there one time to see their practice and I really was impressed with what they do and how they do it, and the coach told me 'Would you be interested in coaching some players?' and I said 'Well, absolutely, but I donâ€™t know much about this, and he told me 'If you know how to coach tennis you can start' and thatâ€™s how it started."
Now, Roldan coaches wheelchair tennis every Saturday at BRECâ€™s Highland Park. Heâ€™s also helped kickstart similar programs elsewhere in the state. He teaches beginners, intermediate and advanced, with students as young as six, and as old as 65.
Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:37 am
Jay Grush explains his formula
The first home game for the New Orleans Saints is this weekend â€“ and hungry fans all over will no doubt be enjoying a tailgate party classic â€“ a big pot of jambalaya.Â But what happens when you have to feed hundreds of people, and your Jambalaya recipe was written to feed only 5 or 6? Â
The first annual Teche Fest is happening in Breaux Bridge on Saturday, September 20 from 10AM-6PM.Â It will feature an art walk, food, and a floating Cajun jam session.Â Elizabeth Eads spoke with Susan Brazell about the festival and all that's gone into it.
Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:59 pm
The Cosby Show celebrates its 30th birthday on Saturday.
It was a monster hit inspired by the comedy and life experiences of its star, Bill Cosby, as shown in the new biography Cosby: His Life and Times. In the book, author Mark Whitaker makes a strong argument that Cosby's comedic style and approach to race issues turned The Cosby Show into television's most quietly subversive program.
Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 8:03 am
When naming a child, some parents opt for one of the parents' last names, some hyphenate the two. Still others invent a hybrid surname for their kids â€” though one Tennessee family discovered that state law bars them from doing that.
Kim Sarubbi runs a digital consulting firm. Her husband, Carl Abramson, is a chiropractor. The couple moved to Nashville from Santa Monica, Calif. Their first two kids were born outside Tennessee, and their last names are a blend of their parents' surnames, Sarubbi and Abramson.
Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 8:17 am
It's unclear what Michael Sam's future in the NFL will bring. He is only on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys, which means he's unlikely to take the field any time soon. As everyone has heard many times by now, he will be the first openly gay player in the league. No matter how exhausted some are with reports about Sam, his sexuality and what it does or does not mean for his football career, his story matters.
Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 8:50 pm
One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two. They were there for speed dating.
The women sat at separate numbered tables while the men moved down the line, and for two solid hours they did a rotation, making small talk with people they did not know, one after another, in three-minute increments.
Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 10:42 am
Anyone thoughtful â€” no matter what their spiritual leaning â€” can appreciate the art of the hymn: the rhythm, the sonorous language, the discipline and structure. My first encounter with that power â€” despite having been part of a youth group as a teenager â€” came when I was a freshman at a dignified religious institution. I remember cigarette smoke and a song, a somber little something blaring from a nearby room. Three of us stood in the parking lot with Newports hanging from our teeth.