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'LOUISIANA A MELANGE'

McNeese SAGE Series begins Monday

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The first SAGE program, “Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s,” will spotlight John Shelton Reed.

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A program on “A Haunted History of Louisiana Plantations” by Cheryl H. White will be Feb. 26.

“Louisiana — A Mélange” is the theme of McNeese State University’s spring SAGE Series, which will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in the SEED Center, 4310 Ryan St.

Coordinator May Gray said the series consists of six programs on Louisiana history, art, music and photography.

“Most of these people are authors, and afterwards we have a program where those who come can ask questions, they can talk with the author about the book or get autographs,” Gray said.

The first program, “Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s,” will spotlight John Shelton Reed, author of a book of the same name.

“In the years following World War I, the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with its low rents, faded charm, and colorful street life,” reads the publisher’s description of the book.

“By the 1920s Jackson Square had become the center of a vibrant if short-lived bohemia.”

In the book, Reed writes about William Faulkner and his circle of friends, which ranged from “the distinguished Sherwood Anderson to a gender-bending Mardi Gras costume designer,” and he “brings to life the people and places of New Orleans in the Jazz Age,” reads the book’s description.

“These professors keep me guessing,” Gray said. “It just shows that they are interested in many things, and they do everything well.”

She said the program should last about an hour, with a reception with cake, punch and coffee.

Other presentations:

l Jan. 29: “The Secret Side of Mardi Gras: New Orleans Carnival Balls, 1870-1920” by Jennifer Atkins.

l Feb. 5: “History on the Move” by Robert “Dr. Boudin” Carriker.

l Feb. 26: “A Haunted History of Louisiana Plantations” by Cheryl H. White

l March 12: “The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist” by Melinda Risch Winans and Cynthia LeJeune Noble.

l April 9: “Henry Howard, Louisiana’s Architect” by Jessica Dorman.

Tickets are $59 for the sixprogram series.

“If a person misses a program, they can bring a friend to the next. If they miss three programs they can bring three friends,” Gray said.

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To register, visit www.mcneese.edu/leisure or call 475-5616.

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