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Local students earn college success

James Michael Mathis of Geismar received the distinction Doctor of Education from the University of Alabama. UA awarded some 2,077 degrees during winter commencement Dec. 16. Sharani White of Gonzales has earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Eric Manning of Gonzales was awarded the Pharmacy Camp Alumni - P5/P6 Scholarship and the Town and Campus Scholarship Endowment Fund at the University of Findlay for the 2017-2018 academic year. Last, Megan Elise Upperman of Gonzales was inducted into the Order of the Gown honor society at the University of the South during the Winter Convocation on January 19. Upperman is the daughter of Kristie L. Upperman.

LPB offers free acting workshop

Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Baton Rouge Community College invite you to a free screening of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, Monday, February 26 at 6 p.m. at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion on the main campus of Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge. This new film from American Masters examines the life of the late playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930 – 1965) best known for A Raisin in the Sun (1959), the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun changed the face of American theater by depicting the limitations of the American dream through the lives of a black family on Chicago’s South Side. The screening will include a 45 minute panel discussion after the film. To RSVP for the film screening, call 225-767-4274 or email RSVP@lpb.org. More information and to see a trailer of the film, visit LPB.org/Hansberry. In conjunction with this screening, New Venture Theatre is offering a free acting workshop at BRCC on Friday, February 23 at 1 p.m. No prior experience necessary. For more information and to register visit LPB.org/Hansberry.

LSU Theatre presents: LOVE/SICK

Written by John Cariani and directed by Joe Carleton, The Studio Theatre, MDA building, LSU campus presents LOVE/SICK February 20 and February 25 at 7:30 p.m., weeknights and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. A darker cousin to Almost, Maine, John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone. Tickets are $12 and can be obtained from the LSU Box Office by visiting www.lsu.edu/cmda/Theatre. On performance nights, tickets will also be on sale at the Music and Dramatic Arts Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.