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Sundays@4 is Baton Rouge Gallery’s most diverse program, offering more than a dozen performances/readings from top-notch local authors, musicians, dance troupes, poets and more. Always free, always open to the public and always starting at 4pm, these intimate engagements give you an up close look at what local writers and performers are working on. Here’s what’s coming up next at Sundays@4: 


MARCH 29 - Author Barbara Sims Discusses 'The Next Elvis' and the 63rd Anniversary of Sun Records

Baton Rouge Gallery's Sundays@4 series welcomes author Barbara Sims for a special reading from her acclaimed book, The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records (LSU Press), just two days removed from what would have been the iconic record label's 63rd birthday. Her presentation will focus on her own role with the company, the struggles she faced in the male-dominated workforce of the day, as well as the stories behind Sun's founder Sam Phillips and his work with icons such as B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Little Junior Parker and more.

As always, Sundays@4 presentations are free and open to the public and begin at 4 p.m. 

The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records chronicles Sims’s career at the studio, a pivotal time at this recording mecca, as she darted from disc jockeys to distributors. Sims not only entertains with personal stories of big personalities, she brings humor to the challenges of a young woman working in a fast and tough industry. 

Her disarming narrative ranges from descriptions of a disgraced Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable impact and tragic fall of DJ Daddy-O Dewey to the frenzied Memphis homecoming of Elvis after his military service. Collectively, these vignettes offer a rare and intimate look at the people, the city, and the studio that permanently shifted the trajectory of rock ’n’ roll.

Barbara Barnes Sims worked in promotion and publicity during Sun’s golden years, from 1957 to 1960. She published newsletters, liaised with distributors, and wrote liner notes for the first albums of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Charlie Rich. In 1960 she began a 36-year career teaching English at Louisiana State University. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.





April 19: Poets Vincent Cellucci, Christopher Shipman and Brett Evans bring a pair of collaborative efforts to Sundays@4. The first, Cellucci & Shipman's _a ship on the line (Unlikely Books) is a book of battleship verse-charges to determine the depth of technology’s effects on the personal and the poetic. Following that, Shipman & Evans' The T. Rex Parade (Lavender Ink), a book of poems inspired by The tit-Rex Parade in New Orleans, takes the spotlight. This afternoon will feature readings from both of these collaborative poetic ventures.



Baton Rouge Gallery and its Sundays@4 program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.