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Who says Baton Rouge lacks culture? The formation of Baton Rouge’s first professional opera company could prove the naysayers wrong.

Opera Louisiane launched in November with a gala premiere featuring seven leading singers from the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, including Louisiana natives Elizabeth Futral, Paul Groves, Jeffrey Wells, Lisette Oropesa and Matt Groves.

Under the direction of Robert Grayson, the Kirkpatrick professor and chair of opera at the LSU School of Music, Opera Louisiane has a strong schedule of performances that kick off in 2008. operalouisiane.com

Traction

From golf lessons to a virtual batting cage, Traction offers a myriad of services. This new facility boasts loads of space for children’s programs, including their two teams of 12- and 13-year-olds that they sponsor. An arena for cardio and weight training adds to the line-up. 17475 Opportunity Ave., 753-7777

Red Onion

This funky interiors and garden boutique offers items other than the cliché candle or planter. Owners Brenda Goff and Debbie Waguespack’s mission to promote local artists gives the store an eclectic ambiance. 3205 Perkins Rd., 379-3135

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