Civil Rights, philistines, and Teddy bears, Oh my!: Celebrate the launch of the new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will celebrate the publication of the most recent issue of its flagship quarterly, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Louisiana Humanities Center (958 Lafayette St.).

The Fall 2013 LCV, which is available in full online, features a cover story on New Orleans painter Noel Rockmore and the patron who owns more than 1,400 of his works (some of which are on display at a show in Baton Rouge that Gypsy Lou Webb is probably not going to attend, even though Rockmore was her friend and his works appeared in the magazine she co-founded, The Outsider).

Also in the issue are:

–          A feature on a young philistine turned Louisiana art collector

–          An account of Teddy Roosevelt’s bear hunting trip in Louisiana (during which, unlike a prior excursion to Mississippi, Roosevelt actually killed a bear)

–          An excerpt from the Historic New Orleans Collection’s recently published 18th-century travelogue A Company Man

–          A meditation on the importance of the enrollment of A.P. Tureaud’s son as the first black student at Louisiana State University to the Civil Rights leader’s work and legacy

–          A profile of Cajun “porch musician” Nathan Abshire

–          An excerpt from David Armand’s most recent novel, Harlow, with photographs by George Yerger and Leslie Addison

The launch party for this issue will feature talks and readings by A.P. Tureaud, Jr., David Armand, and the collectors behind the exhibition of Noel Rockmore’s work in Baton Rouge.

As usual, this LVC event will feature Zapp’s potato chips to make you thirsty and Abita beer to quench that thirst. It’s also free and open to the public.