Culture

Design
12:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Creative Louisiana Speaker Kenneth Brown on Southern Design

Interior Designer, Kenneth Brown. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Designer and reality TV star Kenneth Brown says the best way to design a space is to get a fresh start - take everything out of the room and take a good long look at it.

Brown recently moved back to Baton Rouge from Los Angeles to start a new design firm. He's the featured speaker for this month's Creative Louisiana monthly meet-up.

He talked with WRKF's Tegan Wendland about why he moved back, and what the city has going for it.


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Historical Sites
12:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Neglected Louisiana Graveyards Face Continued Disrepair

Kenny Kleinpeter at Highland Historic Cemetery in Baton Rouge. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Baton Rouge's historic cemeteries are part of the backdrop of everyday life here. You probably drive past them on your way home from work or see the above-ground tombs when you drop your kid off at school. But many of the state's graveyards have been beaten up by hurricanes and other natural disasters, and remain in a stunning state of disrepair. In fact, as WRKF's Tegan Wendland reports, there are few resources to keep them from crumbling away.


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Design
12:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Creative La. Speaker Stafford Kendall on Creative Brainstorming

Stafford Kendall, Co-founder and Principal of Covalent Logic. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Communications Strategist, Stafford Kendall, says you have to eat pie to design a proper street sign. Kendall, who is the principal and co-founder of Baton Rouge-based Covalent Logic, says she and her employees get the creative juices flowing by eating pie. WRKF's Tegan Wendland had a conversation with Kendall about the value of creative thinking for design.

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Music
12:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

An Orchestra of Laptops

Jesse Allison and Nick Hwang play in the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana. (WRKF/Tegan Wendland)

Louisiana State University's School of Music and Center for Computation and Technology have teamed up to form a "laptop orchestra."

They perform March 10 at the Manship Theatre

LSU is also hosting the first ever Symposium on Laptop Ensembles and Orchestras (SLEO) April 15-17. There will be concerts at the LSU Recital hall at 7:30 on the 16th and 17th, as well as the Varsity Theatre later in the evening.

WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with Professor Jesse Allison and student Nick Hwang about what it means to play a concert with laptops. 


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Music
12:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Louisiana Songwriter's Life Story Provides the Muse

Songwriter Mary Gauthier (Courtesy of the artist).

As Mary Gauthier told WRKF's Amy Jeffries, a phone call to the mother who surrendered her at birth in 1962 was the catalyst for her most recent album, The Foundling.


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Books
12:00 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award

Author Dinaw Mengestu (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has announced the winner of this year's Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers in honor of the renowned Louisiana author.

Dinaw Mengestu will accept the award for his novel, How to Read the Air. WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked to him about the challenges of writing fiction and the underlying message in his novel.


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Culture
12:00 am
Fri January 6, 2012

A Shantytown Music Box

A group of artists are filling New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood with an odd orchestra. They've created a whimsical village of fully interactive musical buildings on a vacant lot, and WRKF's Tegan Wendland went for a visit to see if houses really can make music.


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