I had the hardest time writing my note this month. Maybe it’s because it’s too quiet in my house (my son is at school and my husband at work, and for once the neighborhood is silent except for the cicadas). Maybe it’s because there’s too much to talk about (we have a great issue, our annual “Wine, Dine & Design events are almost here and there are so many events, launches, things to do this month). Or maybe it’s because I keep getting distracted by the newest season of “The Great British Bake Off.” (Anyone else?) So before spice week begins, here are two of my favorite things this month!

New Orleans artist and Loyola University geneticist, Hunter Cole, widely recognized to be among the innovators in the art/science of bioluminescent light – and one of the first artists to produce significant works using it – will bring her photographs to life at the free, one-of-a-kind interactive art show “GLOW: An Illuminated Living Art Experience” at Zeitgeist Theatre on Thursday, October 10, 6-10 p.m. Once there, you’ll walk into the darkened theatre illuminated by never-before-seen art created with actual, living bioluminescent bacteria, and interact with dancers wearing “glowing art” costumes. You can also become a piece of living art! Cole will photograph guests interacting with living light pieces throughout the evening, which will later be available for purchase as originals on her website, HunterColePhoto.com (you can also place a photo pre-order at the event). Her multimedia exhibit, “Living Light: Photographs by Light of Bioluminescent Bacteria”, will be on display October 5-November 28 in the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center theatre lounge.

I love to read, but with a 2-year-old not only is my quiet time diminished, once it does get quiet, I’m apt to fall asleep! But I can’t seem to put down Poppy Tooker’s sixth book, Drag Queen Brunch. Combining a history lesson on the culture of drag in New Orleans with personal stories, recipes and pictures by Sam Hanna, the book is delicious in more ways than one. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to CrescentCare, a nonprofit organization that has been providing care to the underserved and LGBTQ+ communities in New Orleans and surrounding areas for more than 30 years. Visit PoppyTooker.com to learn more and buy your copy today.

Morgan's Note

Morgan Packard Griffith