Don't be Cruel
Cruel Intentions and Flags of Our Fathers star Ryan Phillippe has been spotted all over Baton Rouge recently—including the Hilton downtown, Starbucks at Perkins Rowe and even Bogie’s near Tigerland, where our source says Phillippe has been popular with the ladies. The actor is filming the upcoming paranormal drug drama ironically and tentatively titled Shreveport. Phillippe stars opposite Anna Paquin and Luke Wilson as a recovering drug addict who, feeling a nudge from his dead mother’s ghost, decides to road trip home to Louisiana to reunite with the family he abandoned long ago.
Raising a bar
A new bar with live music and outdoor patio space is underway on South Boulevard near River Road at the site of the L Bar. Our source, one of the bar’s principals and a veteran of the film and music industry, says the new venue will feature signature fishbowl-sized drinks and focus on craft beers and cocktails in an atmosphere reminiscent of Tipitina’s in New Orleans and Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette. At press time, the venue was still without a name, but with renovations nearly complete, the bar is slated to open in October with live concerts to follow.
GIVERS give back
Louisiana pop band GIVERS has secretly recorded a fresh version of a song by legendary Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti. 225 has learned the track, still under wraps, features one of the Neville brothers and a renowned collaborator behind the mixing desk. The recording is slated for the charity tribute compilation (RED) Hot + Fela which will benefit multiple AIDS relief organizations, but fans may have to wait till next spring ?for the album’s release. Follow @joinRED for updates.
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How to master the fish fillet
Step-by-step instructions for filleting fresh fish, which is a particularly useful culinary skill for those of us fortunate enough to live in southeast Louisiana.
Social media style
With our cover story featuring 25 must-follow Twitter accounts in Baton Rouge, and examining the growing social media site's impact on the local community, we wondered what Twitter might look like in the flesh—living, breathing, fashionable flesh. Prices are approximate, and price and availability are subject to change. (Styling: Erin Mehta)
Bad Guys, Good Eats! Pop-Up Dinner at Restaurant IPO
Chef and 225 contributor Jay D. Ducote and Chef Chris Wadsworth hosted the Bad Guys, Good Eats! dinner at Restaurant IPO Wednesday night. The dinner was themed around famous movie villains, pairing cocktails and ales with plates of food resembling famous baddies like The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lector, and many others. The highlights of the night were the three middle courses—a black bean soup laced with blood sausage to signify Lord Voldemort, a brace of coneys on black eyed peas resembling Sauron, and lamb medallions atop a fava bean puree to pay homage to the famous favorite of Hannibal Lector.
Elizabeth Arkley Hammett, a local nursing student and Fur Ball co-coordinator, and her husband Grey Hammett III, who works in commercial real estate, will take you through our summer guide. And they'll look good while doing it, too. Where noted, their clothes and accessories are available from local retailers.