“Why does everybody think I’m such a diva?” asks the voice on the other end of the line. I have just asked if our interview needs to be moved or postponed due to last Friday’s sudden flash floods and thunderstorms. “That’s why they make waterproof make-up, love.”
Some time later, Aaron “Queen Michael” Washington appears, completely dry and fashionably tardy. With an upcoming album set to appear “soon” (“I like to keep people in suspense,” Washington explains), the gender-bending Washington is excited to have the chance to expound on what his/her sound is, and what it means for Baton Rouge.
It’s been nearly nine years since Cory Wise and Jeff Trudel purchased the building which currently houses Splash, and in that time, the club has continued to modernize and update.
“This place has been a bar since the seventies,” Trudel says, noting that he and Wise took over the location from defunct gay club Icon in October of 2003. And in that time, they’ve “never stopped renovating.”
Lafayette-born screenwriter and filmmaker Zach Godshall has a fascination with outsiders, opportunists, and amorphous and undefined aspiration.
When asked about the character motivations of his in-progress Depression-era project, Godshall said that the Great Depression inspires interest because of the great number of “desperate people looking for something to latch on to, people looking to take advantage of situations.” Does he see a connection between modern citizens, struggling to get by in a time of economic downturn? Is the Depression-era choice intentional? “It’s just that situation in general [that interests me],” he says. “Wanting to—you know—believe in something. And then [there are] people that are savvy enough to seize the opportunity. Opportunists.”
This weekend, Baton Rouge will host its fourth annual Irish Film Festival, featuring films both recent and classic that feature Irish mythology, the true stories of Irish immigrants to America in past eras, and reflect the modern Irish mentality. Sunday and Monday will feature single film screenings, while the festival’s first day, Saturday, will feature four full-length feature films that are paired with short films and other entertainment for a full day’s worth of cultural crossover.
Following a performance by the Na Cait Dubh Bagpipers at 11:45 AM, the doors of the Manship Theatre open at noon for the purchase of tickets, and the McTeggart Irish Dancers will follow the welcome speech and transition into the first set of films.
In the modern era, it’s all too easy to forget to question where our food comes from. How man hands did a single loaf of bread pass through before it came to your pantry, and could that number be too high?
Emmett Jarreau, proprietor of Bayou Boys Gourmet, understands that sometimes, a food’s quality is a factor of its proximity to the consumer, and he’s proud that Louisianans in the Baton Rouge area can purchase locally blended food mixes.