Friday, March 11, 2016

147. Renee Sentilles, part 2

147. Renée Sentilles’ interview about Adah Isaac Menken.  Renee has written a major biography about Menken, Performing Menken: Adah Isaacs Menken and the Birth of American Celebrity. The actress grew up in New Orleans and became the United States' first celebrity, as well known for her lifestyle as for her acting. This week we interview her about Loreta Janeta Velazquez, who wrote the memoir The Woman in Battle after the Civil War describing her adventures during the Civil War.  She both dressed as a man to serve as a soldier, and as a woman to carry out her spying assignments.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. March 12, 1817. Miss. Steamboat Navigation Co. seized Capt. H. Shreve's boat, the Washington.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. Andrew Jackson Young, born March 12, 1932 in New Orleans, is an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia. He has served as a Congressman from Georgia's 5th congressional district, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and Mayor of Atlanta.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Iowa Rabbit Festival
    March 18th, 2016 - March 19th, 2016
    Burton Complex
    7001 Gulf Hwy, Lake Charles, LA 70607
    Burton Complex
    Celebrating the economic and culinary impact rabbits have in Southwest Louisiana, the annual Iowa Rabbit Festival is a one-of-a-kind event, from the rabbit gumbo to crowning the new Miss Bunny, who will go on to represent the festival at other state-wide festivals and competitions. The family-friendly event has some of the best music in the area from the Iowa High School Marching band to local Cajun favorites. This festival has it all, from great food to live music and cook-offs! All proceeds from the festival go to support the community of Iowa and various other youth organizations, schools and not for profit groups.