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Kenneth Brown is making an impact. This HGTV alum, Los Angeles designer and Baton Rouge resident has commissioned 17 chairs to be created by artists the world over for a weeklong exhibition in collaboration with Ann Connelly of Ann Connelly Fine Art. At “Kenneth Brown Presents Chairs,” the pieces will be available for purchase below retail value with proceeds benefiting a local organization—City Year.

Brown hosts similar shows in Los Angeles and plans to do more in Baton Rouge, with a different local charity chosen to benefit each time.”I enjoy hosting events that allow me to partner with local design enthusiasts while showcasing pieces that are not readily available in Baton Rouge,” says Brown. “The beauty of these events is that everyone wins.”

The curated collection this month will include chairs by Paris-based furniture designer Christian Liaigre and Los Angeles interior designer Nancy Corzine. Ann Connelly will present works that complement the collection.

“These curated events will expose the public to different nonprofits, will offer the public design items that they can’t get here, and will lure the public downtown to an event that brings the design community together,” says Brown. “It’s a great example of competing designers coming together for a good cause.”

“Kenneth Brown Presents Chairs” will be open to the public Oct. 4–8 at 342 Lafayette St., Ste. B, in the historic Tessier building.

To keep your hair tame while you exercise, check out Sweaty Bands. Devotees rave that the headbands really do stay in place, no matter the activity: running a marathon, kickboxing or even skydiving. They are available in dozens of patterns. Find them locally at Fleet Feet Sports.

Don your favorite cocktail attire for the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s 28th annual gala, A Bold Expression, set for Oct. 18. A delicious buffet and tempting auction items, music by Ned Fasullo & The Fabulous Big Band Orchestra, and a preview of the exhibition “Fritz Bultman: An American Abstractionist” round out the evening. The merriment begins at 7:30 p.m. at the museum. Visit to buy tickets.

Air Blow Dry Bar and Salon is plugging into the Baton Rouge market at the forthcoming Acadian Village Shopping Center. “We’ll do a soft opening with half-price blowouts for the first week, and a full grand opening party after that,” says co-owner Gayle Reuling, who already operates one Air location in Mandeville (pictured). She plans for the salon at Acadian Village to welcome clients by the end of the month. On tap: shampooing, custom styling, cuts, color, makeup and more.

LSU alum Caitlin Picou has created Opulent Body Bronzing lotion, a product from her new Kismet Cosmetics line, so you can retain a summer glow long past Labor Day. The lightweight bronzing formula dries fast and is infused with moisturizing chamomile and aloe vera. Picou launched Kismet Cosmetics after working with beauty heavyweights such as Tigi and Suave Professionals in Dallas and New York. Find the lotion locally at Posh Boutique.

An indulgent dessert is sweeping the South. Sin in a Tin Chocolate Pâté, created by heralded Chef William Guthrie, is based on an old French recipe. He perfected it in his Dallas restaurants before bringing it to a wider audience. “It is gluten-free, rich in flavor and can be sliced like a pie at the end of dinner,” says Guthrie. “It is so rich, you only need a taste.” Sin in a Tin is available locally at Calandro’s.

On a recent trip to Europe I saw plaid suits displayed in the windows of cutting-edge shops from Santander to Aix-en-Provence. And I don’t mean subtle glen plaid suits either—these suits were rockin’. Imagine a bold plaid sport coat. Now consider pants made from the same fabric. Many gentlemen fear that a bold windowpane or plaid all over will make them look big and bulky. The modern cut of a proper suit fixes it so you look crisp and clean. The only thing that will look broad is your mind.
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Mission: To preserve Halloween tradition and folklore; to nurture creativity and freedom of self-expression; to inspire the imagination of our youth through competitions and events; and to give hope to those in need by harvesting the talent, energy and resources of our city’s diverse population.
Founder: Kelley Criscoe Stein
Board of directors: Christine Blankenship, Denise Clause, Lauren Collins, Rainee Dunham, Jessica Edwards, Todd McCoy, Jessica Miller, Jamie Schexnayder, Sacha Tessier & Deborah Trahan
Address: P.O. Box 77583, Baton Rouge, LA 70879
Phone: 288-5585
Founded: The 10/31 Consortium was founded in July 2010 and has grown steadily ever since. In July 2011 the nonprofit joined forces with the Big Buddy Program for a costume drive for low-income children who march in the annual parade.
Founded: The 10/31 Consortium was founded in July 2010 and has grown steadily ever since. In July 2011 the nonprofit joined forces with the Big Buddy Program for a costume drive for low-income children who march in the annual parade.