Holiday events make Baton Rouge sparkle and shine

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- The Land of Sweets Tea is 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Boudreaux's, 2647 Government St., in Baton Rouge.

We’ve given thanks and survived Black Friday. The Christmas season can officially begin. To say there’s a lot to do in the area between now and the end of the year would be an understatement. Teas and trees, music and markets, symphonies and skating, Nativity scenes and Nutcrackers galore. Take your pick, and soak in the… Continue reading →

Movies

‘The Congress’ is chaotic feast of ideas

Photo provided by Drafthouse Films -- Robin Wright plays a version of herself in 'The Congress.'

A movie that’s largely hallucination translated into film and animation, “The Congress” presents questions and observations in childlike, otherworldly ways. It’s a drama, it’s a cartoon, playful and sad, satirical and moving. All these things and a chaotic visual feast as well.… Continue reading →

Video

True BR: Zydeco music brings La. together (Video)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, right, plays the washboard alongside Anthony Dopsie of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters during the first of a four-part series of free concerts on Sunday at the Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The concert series, produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and hosted by the Gonzales Mayor's Council, continues Sunday with the Michael Foster Project.

​Anthony Dopsie, the accordion player of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, explains the culture of zydeco music in Louisiana. He also talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary zydeco musician Rockin' Dopsie. True… Continue reading →

Red

Holiday events make Baton Rouge sparkle and shine

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- The Land of Sweets Tea is 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Boudreaux's, 2647 Government St., in Baton Rouge.

We’ve given thanks and survived Black Friday. The Christmas season can officially begin. To say there’s a lot to do in the area between now and the end of the year would be an understatement. Teas and trees, music and markets,… Continue reading →

Music

‘Frozen’ star Idina Menzel to perform at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre in July

Photo by ROBIN WONG -- Idina Menzel

Singer and actress Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in the animated Disney hit “Frozen,” will perform at the Saenger Theatre on July 30. Menzel’s recording of “Let It Go,” the Oscar-winning song from “Frozen,” was a Top 10 hit and… Continue reading →

Entertainment & Calendars

Holiday events make Baton Rouge sparkle and shine

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- The Land of Sweets Tea is 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Boudreaux's, 2647 Government St., in Baton Rouge.

We’ve given thanks and survived Black Friday. The Christmas season can officially begin. To say there’s a lot to do in the area between now and the end of the year would be an understatement. Teas and trees, music and markets,… Continue reading →

Video Games

‘Call of Duty’ multiplayer tops rote story

Photo provided by Activision -- 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' offers levels built with polish and detail, but too often feel like they’re simply ticking boxes required for a modern first-person shooter.

Kevin Spacey can’t save “Call of Duty” from itself. But perhaps an Iron Man-like “exoskeleton” can. Spacey plays the egomaniacal leader of a private military corporation in the single-player story mode of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” (Activision, for the PC,… Continue reading →

Arts

Facing HIV/AIDS: Years of treating patients illustrated in graphic art of retired psychiatrist

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER --  Eric Avery's molded paper woodcuts,  'The Face' project, show the graphic and sometimes horrific course of AIDS. The piece is part of his exhibit, 'The Art of Eric Avery, M.D.: HIV/AIDS Witness, Healer, Survivor,' which runs through Dec. 7 at the LSU School of Art's Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Warning: Eric Avery pulls no punches. His artwork is graphic and sometimes horrific. But so is the world of HIV/AIDS, where its victims experience a daily dose of fear, despair and hopelessness. Those were the conditions Avery… Continue reading →

Books

‘Great Pirate Christmas Battle’ fun tale for holiday

'The Great Pirate Christmas Battle' by Michael G. Lewis

“The Great Pirate Christmas Battle” by Michael G. Lewis. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99. Cap’n McNasty and his crew, bored with stealing gold and other treasures, decide one night to steal Christmas presents from… Continue reading →