BATON ROUGE, La. — The 200th anniversary of Louisiana’s statehood will be celebrated with a festival, parade and a formal re-enactment of the debate over whether to become part of the United States.
The hallmark event will be an April festival highlighting food, cooking demonstrations, music and artists from each region of the state. The Louisiana Family Homecoming Celebration is scheduled 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 on the grounds of the state Capitol.
Two days later, a formal ceremony will commemorate the state’s official birthday with the Louisiana Legislature meeting in joint session and a re-creation of the debate to convince Congress that Louisiana should be part of the country.
A special Louisiana Bicentennial stamp featuring a photo by state naturalist-photographer C.C. Lockwood will go on sale that day.
Louisiana became a state on April 30, 1812.
Other plans include a military parade in New Orleans on Aug. 4 similar to one held in the French Quarter in 1912, a museum exhibit in Baton Rouge running through next year and screenings of a documentary narrated by Louisiana native actor and crooner Harry Connick Jr.
Online: www.Louisiana Bicentennial2012.com.
WASHINGTON — A weeklong street arts festival is being planned for May 6-12 around Washington that will include jugglers, political puppet theater and a circus-punk marching band.
The Kennedy Center announced a festival schedule for “Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.” It will include performances at Eastern Market, Half Street near Nationals Park, Farragut Square, the Old Post Office Pavilion and elsewhere.
At the Old Post Office, a nighttime performance will feature San Francisco’s Project Bandaloop. The dance company uses surfaces of buildings as a base for its choreography.
The site www.MondoWindow. com begins to take in-flight entertainment beyond books, movies and music. It is a moving Web-based map that shows you where you are and what you’re looking at as you fly over.
It’s a fun distraction if you have in-flight Wi-fi, but you can also use it on the ground. From the website, track a flight by airline and flight number or, if you know it, by the tail number of the aircraft. The MondoWindow map shows you what you are flying over, with info pins describing towns, landmarks and geographical features.
But if you’re earth-bound and just want to look at pretty scenery, you must do your homework. For example, if you search for a flight from New York to Miami in hopes of seeing a pretty beach or ocean shot, beware. You won’t see anything if the flight has landed.
WASHINGTON – Andy Rooney’s commentaries on “60 Minutes” became appointment television for many years. One guessing game was how many everyday items would he crowd onto his office desk, then give a clever, funny rant about their annoyance.
Telephone books, medicine bottles, junk mail.
His six-foot-long desk, which Rooney built himself, has been donated by his family to the Newseum. Along with the walnut desk, the family is giving the museum his Underwood No. 5 typewriter and his packed bookshelves.
Rooney was 92 when he died last year. Sixty years of his long career, beginning with a stint at Stars and Stripes in World War II, were at CBS.
The Newseum doesn’t have immediate plans to display the Rooney artifacts.
Washington Dulles Airport, which turns 50 this year, has significantly expanded its International Arrivals Building. The multiyear project doubled the size of the Arrivals Inspection Hall and the baggage claim area, to about 400,000 square feet; increased the number of customs inspection stations to 50; and installed six baggage carousels that can handle about 300 pieces at once, easing the luggage jam.
In all, the terminal can now accommodate 2,400 passengers an hour, up from 1,400.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City last week opened the doors on the $2.4 billion Revel casino resort to a rush of gamblers eager to try out the city’s 12th casino.
Revel is marketing itself as a lifestyle resort, a vacation and meeting mecca that offers casino gambling. Atlantic City, the nation’s second-largest gambling market, has taken a pounding the last five years from the recession and new casinos in neighboring states.
Atlantic City is trying to remake itself into a place where gourmet restaurants, top concerts, spas and luxurious rooms are as important as slots and cards. Revel has 2,450 slot machines and 160 table games. Its hotel, when fully open this year, will have 1,898 rooms. It is the city’s only nonsmoking casino resort.