Shreveport designer Brian Carlisle looks forward to trash pick-up day and the unusual discarded treasures he might find along the side of the road. He retrofits found objects and turns them into birdhouses, bird feeders and furniture through his hobby/side business at gadgetsponge.com.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting presents the television debut of its one-hour documentary, "Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood." The Bicentennial Commission also developed a companion teacher's guide. The documentary has been screened at bicentennial celebrations around the state since April. It airs tonight at 7 p.m. on LPB.
The Showdown at Sunset is a summer tradition in downtown El Dorado. It recalls the bitter rivalry between the Tucker and Parnell families in 1902, now a family-oriented historical event. Actors in period costume and pyrotechnics take over the Union County Courthouse square Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Two wood sculptures by Northwestern State University art professor Michael Yankowski have received honorable mention in the Design in Wood Exhibition under way in Del Mar, Calif. His sculpture, "Spiritus," will be included in Art Melt, set for July 14 in Baton Rouge.
A self-taught art quilter will be featured at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Jeanelle McCall of Lufkin draws inspiration from her garden, and her palette of colorful fabric scraps originates in her clothes closet. Her quilts are currently on display at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin.