Melania Trump wears sky-blue cashmere Ralph Lauren ensemble

First lady Melania Trump wore a sky-blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck dress by Ralph Lauren, the brand that designed so many Hillary Clinton pantsuits, on Inauguration Day.

"It was important to us to uphold and celebrate the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment," the Lauren corporation said in a statement.

Imperial Calcasieu Museum exhibits Joan of Arc photographs

The Imperial Calcasieu Museum’s latest exhibit, “Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc,” contains large-format photographs with inscribed quotations taken by photographer Alex Labry during his journey through France.

The project was inspired by several creative works — specifically, Leonard Cohen’s song “Joan of Arc”; George Bernard Shaw’s play “Saint Joan”; and Mark Twain’s novel “Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc.”

Solange Knowles headlines progressive 'Peace Ball'

WASHINGTON -- The main attraction, Solange Knowles, didn't hit the stage until close to midnight, but the 3,000 or so enthusiastic guests packed into the National Museum of African American History and Culture weren't going anywhere.

It was an energetic crowd at Thursday's "Peace Ball," an evening organized by progressive activist Andy Shallal, and part of the so-called "alternative" programming surrounding the inauguration. The evening, which also featured jazz singer Esperanza Spalding and a dance party, was quite different from the official pre-inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial, which was heavy on country music.

The Velvet Pig: On a mission to nourish Southwest Louisiana with fresh, local food

One of the central tables at the Cash and Carry Farmers’ Market is named for a dog.

Nicole Butler always joked that if she ever started a restaurant, it would bear the nickname of her chunky, silky canine, the Velvet Pig.

Beethoven, Bingo and Bubbly: LC Symphony fundraiser is Saturday

There’s still time to grab tickets to the Lake Charles Symphony’s 5th annual champagne bingo fundraiser, “Beethoven, Bingo and Bubbly,” which gets under way 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday at the Lake Charles Country Club.

Shelly Appleby, executive director of the Symphony, said, “I think our guests will be happy that we’ve made a change and will be serving a sit-down lunch which means they no longer have to wait in line at the buffet. We’ll also have even more fabulous bingo prizes and in addition to our usual prizes we’ll also have a gift card tree.”