Arts & Entertainment

Spud Leads Covington Carnival Parade

Carnival in Covington Parade announces Spud McConnell as 2023 Grand Marshal Local entertainer will lead parade through downtown Covington on Mardi Gras Day Join the fun in celebrating Mardi Gras on the Northshore at Carnival in Covington, rolling through the streets of historic downtown Covington on February 21, 2023, with popular local entertainer John “Spud” …

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Stars Align for Ozone Songwriter Festival

Northshore Songwriter Festival Draws Big Names As a kid growing up in Slidell, Greg Barnhill always knew he would be a professional songwriter and performer. He didn’t know exactly how he’d achieve this goal, but he believed. Now, Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated and living in Nashville, he regularly returns to the Northshore to share the benefit of …

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OWA: Summer Getaway Close to Home

Looking for new summer adventures close to home? OWA, an amazing amusement park/entertainment center/food and shopping complex awaits just about three hours from the Northshore. You may already know about OWA in Foley, Alabama, but this season’s new attractions take the experience to new heights. Kristin Hellmich, Director of Marketing and PR for the nearby …

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Ponchatoula Art Example

Ponchatoula Art Community on the Rise

For the LOVE of Art: Follow Your Art and Hemmerling Kalle Gallery   Mandy Mongrue The town known for strawberries and antiques is enjoying an unlikely emergence during an unlikely time – the Ponchatoula art scene. This resurgence of original art is turning heads and drawing a new type of visitor. “It doesn’t make  sense that …

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Cards & Chocolates & Flowers…Oh My!

About 55% of Americans celebrated Valentine’s Day last year and spent over $19.6 billion. This trend is likely to show an upward swing in 2020.Here are some fun facts about the day that was traditionally dedicated to lovers but has increasingly grown to include expressions of love to family members, close friends and special relationships …

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Matthew Montero: The Art of the Icon

They are defining figures in culture, art, music, design and sports. They are inspiring, mysterious, tragic and driven, often eccentric and sometimes tortured. They are icons. And one rising artist is embracing their stories, delving into their psyches and bringing them to life with his bare hands and presenting them through a four-dimensional, gallery experience. Like …

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Business Is Blooming

Spring is here and business is blooming! The Northshore is home to a wide variety of businesses and services. Every month there are new places to go, more places to shop and a tremendous selection of top-notch professional services that offer the best of the best to our community. Each month, Sophisticated Woman connects you …

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Enriching Lives Through Art: The Vision of Joanne Gallinghouse

PEOPLE OFTEN ASK, does art matter? Is it worth funding? Is it worth studying? Joanne’s answer, without hesitation, was always yes. Her love for fine arts inspired her to bring this universal language to our community, by helping found the Three Rivers Art Festival. Joanne Gallinghouse was an incredible woman who had a devoted passion …

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Book Review – “Annihilation” by Jeff Vandermeer

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer concerns the efforts of a team of female scientists who trek deep into a quarantined wilderness to study and record the effects of an unknown alien influence. Something is absorbing the environment, breaking it down to its components and rearranging them in bizarre configurations. The story’s icy protagonist/narrator chronicles the dream-like …

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