• WHAT: Thirsty Thursday, a lively lecture on the history of Spanish Town Mardi Gras by Charles Fischer.
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14
  • WHERE: Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge
  • ADMISSION: $10; free for Friends members.
  • DETAILS: Join the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum and Pelican House for the lecture, complete with a signature Mardi Gras cocktail tasting and Pelican House gumbo and king cake.


  • WHAT: The inaugural Acie J. Belton Life Achievement Award presentation to Pat McCallister-LeDuff and Gregory Mitchell
  • WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16
  • WHERE: At the Jewel J. Newman Community Center’s Annual Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction, 2013 Central Road, Baton Rouge
  • TICKETS: Call Pamela Dupard at (225) 775-3935.
  • DETAILS: The Advisory Council of the Jewel. J. Newman Community Center and Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks announced the award recipients, who are being recognized for giving a lifetime of service in their community. Through their vision, attitude and work, these individuals have made a significant and lasting impact in East Baton Rouge through their civic, social and professional accomplishments; have shown a desire and aptitude to organize themselves apart from government to address the needs in their community, and been an agent of change that made a difference in their community over an extended period of time. The award is named in honor of Scotlandville resident Acie J. Belton, who was a leader in the Civil Rights movement in Baton Rouge and founder of the Baton Rouge Second Ward Voter’s League. He was appointed to serve on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council and was a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Bi-Racial Committee and Camphor Memorial Baptist Church.


  • WHAT: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Palooza Kings and Queens Jazz Brunch
  • WHEN: Noon Sunday, Jan. 17
  • WHERE: City Club of Baton Rouge, 355 North Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • TICKETS: or call (225) 344-8558.
  • DETAILS: The event honors the kings and queens of the Laurel Street Palooza for the past 15 years — Cornelius Lewis and Ava Leavell Haymon (2015), Jim Brandt and Mary Ann Sternberg (2014), Cary Saurage and Ann Connelly (2013), Hank Saurage and Rose Hudson (2012), Lee Michael Berg and Paula Pennington de la Bretonne (2011), John Noland and Mary Terrell Joseph (2010), Cordell Haymon and Jacqui Vines (2009), Charlie Lamar and Moffitt Aycock (2008), Tabby Thomas and Sue Turner (2007), Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Dee Dee Reilly (2006), Mayor Kip and Lois Holden (2005), John Fred Gourrier and Anne Price (2004), Raful Neal and Mary Frey Eaton (2003), Leo Honeycutt and Lorri Burgess (2002), Mayor Bobby and Allison Simpson (2001). The event will include live music from the David Hinson Quintet featuring Judy Davis, southern brunch fare from City Club of Baton Rouge, brunch cocktails and a silent auction.