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Cangelosi Dance presents its 10th holiday season tribute

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- The Cangelosi Dance Project dancers rehearse on Saturday for an upcoming Christman program.

Not every song in the Cangelosi Dance Project’s Holiday Mix has a holiday theme, but they all connect to the spirit of the season. Sometimes it’s a favorite Christmas carol, other times a song about family and friendship. Then there’s the moment when mermaids spin seasonal magic. It’s all part of… Continue reading →

BRBT brings Tchaikovsky down the bayou with La. flavored take on ‘The Nutcracker’

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre --  Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's annual production, 'The Nutcracker -- A Tale from the Bayou,' presents the classic Tchaikovsky ballet with a Louisiana theme.

A real warmth comes into Alison Stroming’s voice. She’s just finished performing the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy for the first time with the New Jersey Ballet Company in Newark, New Jersey, and she feels like royalty. “It made me feel so beautiful,” she says. “I really do feel like a queen.”… Continue reading →

Manship Marquee Award to be presented to Scherer

The 2014 Manship Marquee Award will be presented to Katherine Scherer at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday before the “Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz” performance in the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The award is presented each year to one person for extraordinary service to the Baton Rouge community through the… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Dec. 14, 2014

Here’s what’s going on this week in the area arts and cultural scene: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s final Holiday Arts Market will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 20, at Fifth Street near Main Street, downtown Baton Rouge. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 344-8558. The Baton… Continue reading →

Wind Ensemble, choirs gather for Southern University holiday concert

Advocate staff  photo by JOHN OUBRE -- The Southern University Concert Chori will perform in the university's fourth annual

Everyone has their favorite Christmas tune, and for Southern University’s director of bands, it’s the Donny Hathaway classic “This Christmas.” Nathan Haymer so loves the song, he’s added it to the program for the Southern University Wind Ensemble’s fourth annual “Yuletide Gift of the Spirit” concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.… Continue reading →

Making it ‘Snow’: Playmakers strips Disney rewrites from ‘Frozen’ inspiration ‘The Snow Queen

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Spencer Smith,as Derick the Elf, left, Sarah Fruge, as Gerda, center and Wil Thomas, as Erick, right, inspect presents and trim the Christmas tree in a scene from Playmakers of Baton Rouge's upcoming production, 'The Snow Queen' at LSU's Reilly Theatre.

If you’re expecting someone to sing “Let It Go,” you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re ready to experience the story that inspired Disney’s 2013 animated hit “Frozen,” you’re in luck. Playmakers of Baton Rouge will stage “The Snow Queen, or When Christmas Freezes Over” beginning Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Reilly Theatre. Jessica… Continue reading →

Theatre Baton Rouge production updates Dickens’ holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mourning the loss of Tiny Tim in Theatre Baton Rouge's production of 'A Christmas Carol,' are, clockwise from left, Mrs. Cratchit, played by Susannah Craig; Martha Cratchit, played by Claudia Suire; Bob Cratchit, played by Davis Hotard; Miranda Cratchit, played by Emma Grace Lambert; Peter Cratchit, played by John Thomas Hernandez; Gillian Cratchit, played by Brooke Bell, and Belinda Cratchit, played by Sadie Fontenot.

Even if you’ve seen Theatre Baton Rouge’s production of “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” you’ve never seen it like this. When the show opens Friday, Dec. 12, Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past will be following in the flight path of “Mary Poppins,” who soared through the theater in September. So why not incorporate that same… Continue reading →

At Random: Farmers are founders of our feast

My family started the holidays as we often do — by rising early on Thanksgiving, packing homemade pies as carefully as Fabergé eggs, then driving west to see relatives in Acadiana, a part of Louisiana that boasts some of the richest farmland in the state. What I like best about the drive is the openness of it.… Continue reading →

‘Wanderlust’ to strike BRCC

Baton Rouge Community College will present “Wanderlust: Songs of the Old and New World,” an evening of music featuring Zuly Inirio and Sean Matassa, at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion, 201 Community College Drive. Inirio is a Dominican-American soprano and has appeared as a soloist in recitals and operas throughout the… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Dec. 7, 2014

Here’s what’s going on this week in the area arts and cultural scene: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will present two more Holiday Arts Markets in December from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 20, on Fifth Street between Laurel and Main streets. Admission is free. For more information, call (225)… Continue reading →

Life imitates play in ‘Home for Christmas’

Photo provided by Maddgame Entertainment -- From left, Krystal Blatcher, Crystal Jefferson, Stanley White Jr. and Alexander Scott will appear in UpStage Theatre's production of Ava Brewster Turner's drama, 'Home for Christmas,' Saturday and Sunday.

Krystal Blatcher understands Gertrude Eldridge, the character she plays in UpStage Theatre’s production of Ava Brewster Turner’s drama, “Home for Christmas,” which opens Saturday, Dec. 6. The show features the Clayton family, who is brought together by Mother Clayton’s sickness. Daughter Nancy Clayton arranges this holiday gathering by casting everyone in a family holiday… Continue reading →

No place like ‘Home for the Holidays’ for symphony

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra -- Jonathan Beyer will be the special guest artist for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra's 'Home for the Holidays' concerts.

As guest artist for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Beyer will join Dan Borné, the Voice of Death Valley, in running the musical football for the holidays at the orchestra’s annual “Home for the Holidays” concert. The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Nov. 30, 2014

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- The LSU Wind Ensemble will perform Monday Dec. 2.

Here’s what’s going on in the area’s arts and cultural scene: The LSU Wind Ensemble will perform its concert, “Metamorphisis,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the LSU Union Theatre, Raphael Semmes Drive, Baton Rouge. For tickets, call (225) 578-5128 or visit The Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S.… Continue reading →

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 discussed with HIV/AIDS clients who visited his exhibit, “The Art of Eric Avery, M.D.: HIV/AIDS… Continue reading →

Breaux’s ‘Dwelling’ breathes life into childhood haunting

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Artist Silas Breaux screws together his piece 'Dwelling' at its installation at the LSU Musem of Art on Nov. 13.

To Silas Breaux, Thibodaux was a foreign land, a place that existed only in his great-grandfather’s stories of a childhood at Melodia Plantation. Melodia haunted Breaux. The place of his great-grandfather’s childhood adventures is now a cemetery of fallen cypress walls topped by rusty tin. Breaux knew… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Nov. 23, 2014

Here’s what’s going on in this week’s arts and cultural scene: The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is accepting nominations for the 2015 Humanities Awards for outstanding achievement in and contributions to the humanities. Awardees will be honored at the 2015 Bright Lights Awards Dinner on April 23, at the Capitol Park Museum, 660… Continue reading →

Manship Theatre plans ‘Happy Hour’ trivia

Think you know the gang at Central Perk? Test your “Friends” knowledge when the Manship Theatre presents “The One with the Happy Hour” Friends Trivia at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the Manship Theatre Ticket Desk at (225) 344-0334. Fan favorite “Friends” episodes… Continue reading →

Mid City Merchants’ annual White Light Night Art Hop is Nov. 21

Photo provided by Mid City Merchants -- Joanne McMullen's Magnolia and Jasper Bracelet can be seen at Sabai Jewelry Gallery during the White Light Night art hop.

The Mid City Merchants will host its White Light Night Art Hop, rain or shine, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. This is the 17th year for the event, which draws people to the heart of Baton Rouge for an evening of viewing local art trends, meeting artists and jump-starting the holiday season.… Continue reading →

BR Art League takes a look back to where it all began

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Ellsworth Woodward's 1935 watercolor,

The Baton Rouge Art League begins with Ellsworth Woodward, where visitors can follow his alleyway of trees into 80 years of Louisiana art history. Woodward’s, “Oak Alley, Versailles Plantation” stands as the centerpiece in the “Baton Rouge Art League 80th Anniversary Exhibition” at the Louisiana State Archives. The league bought… Continue reading →

Artist celebrates women through art

Photo provided by Antoine Mitchell -- Antoine Mitchell completed his acrylic painting on canvas, 'Asase Yaa (Great Mother),' in July. The painting was inspired by his wife and is part of the show 'Profile of a Black Woman,' which runs through Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library.

Asase Yaa cradles earth in her left hand. She is the Great Mother, the keeper of past and present, and strength can be found in her beauty. She also is Antoine “Ghost” Mitchell’s wife, Erica “Ayxa” Williams, who serves as both model and muse for his paintings, as she did for so… Continue reading →

Group exhibit planned Nov. 21 at VanGuard Gallery

Photo provided by VanGuard Gallery -- Mary Lee Eggart's 'Beneath the Feeder' is one among some 80 pieces of bird-themed art in VanGuard Gallery's 'Birds of a Feather' show.

VanGuard Gallery, 1469 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, inside Stephen Wilson Stained Glass studio, is hosting another group exhibit to benefit Bethany Centre Primary School in Jjungo, Uganda. The opening reception will be part of the Mid City Merchants’ Art Hop “White Light Night” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. The theme… Continue reading →

Southern to hold Fall Concert

Photo provided by Southern University -- The Southern University Concert Choir will perform its annual Fall Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Stewart Hall Auditorium.

The Southern University Concert Choir, under the direction of Charles Lloyd Jr., will present its’ annual Fall Concert, “We’ll Walk In the Light,” at 3 p.m., Nov. 18, in the Stewart Hall Auditorium. The program will feature Christmas selections, choral anthems and spirituals. Guest performers will be soprano Jacqueline Paige-Green and baritone Richard Hobson.… Continue reading →

French pianist to play with BR Symphony Orchestra

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra -- French pianist Phiippe Bianconi will be the featured guest artist at the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra's second Investar Band Masterworks Seres concert on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s second Investar Bank Masterworks will feature returning French pianist Philippe Bianconi at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. Bianconi will be featured in Sergei Rachmaninoff’sPiano Concerto No.… Continue reading →

Landscape Architects: Exhibit Traces path of first landscape painters in America

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  West Baton Rouge Museum curator Angelique Bergeron holds a fabric drape printed with artist Thomas Cole's 'The Clove,' Catskills, 1827, standing next to a reproduction print of another of his works, 'Lake with Dead Trees,' 1825, at the museum's  exhibit, 'Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting.'

Thomas Cole was a visionary who took a different approach to his surroundings, and that approach would go on to inspire generations of artists. America was still a young country when Cole emigrated to the United States in 1818 at age 17. He would eventually see the country’s natural landscapes as spaces between one… Continue reading →

Review: Wife runs the ball in tale of legendary coach

Photo by Davis Hotard -- Kevin Harger, front, plays legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi in Theater Baton Rouge's prodution of 'Lombardi.' Behind him are, from left, Scott Mitchell as Paul Hornung, Nicholas Moore as Jimmy Taylor and Antoine Pierce as Dave Robinson.

Eric Simonson titled the play “Lombardi.” But which Lombardi? Of course, it’s about legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, who turned the woebegone Green Bay Packers into the National Football League’s dynasty of the 1960s. He might have done the same thing for the Washington Redskins had cancer not ended his life at age 57, and his name… Continue reading →

Review: Solid acting falls short in slow, dated angst-fest ‘The Fifth of July’

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER --\Laine Korn, left, as Shirley, runs through a scene with Lance Benezech as John in LSU Theatre's production of

Some times, a character serves as a microcosm of the play itself. In LSU Theatre’s production of “Fifth of July,” the role is that of Shirley Talley. Unfortunately, that probably isn’t what playwright Lanford Wilson intended. Like the 13-year-old Shirley, “Fifth of July” is full of bluster, pretence and overwrought emotion, clearly wishing to be seen… Continue reading →

Making ‘Magic’: Opéra Louisiana reaches out to youth with Mozart production

Photo by Jason Griffith -- Megan Barrera, who first performed in Opera Louisiane's 'The Magic Flute' for the Young People's Opera Program in 2011, returns in the role of First Lady of the opera's three ladies for the Nov. 15 production.

Opera isn’t just for the couture crowd. In fact, Opéra Louisiana invites its audience to wear jeans to its performances, including the Nov. 15 production of “The Magic Flute” at First Baptist Church. And it works. “At the end of last year’s school performances, we had reached 20,000 kids in the area,” says Leanne Clement, Opéra Louisiane’s executive… Continue reading →

N.Y. dance company sets performances, outreach

Photo by ERIN BAIANO -- The Rioult Dance Company of New York, whose members include, from left,  Anastasia Sorozcynski, Michael S. Phillips and Jane Sato, will perform in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Hammond.

It’s all about teaching people of all ages about modern dance, an art form many might consider strange or aloof. Pascal Rioult will be here to say otherwise. “We want people to be comfortable with modern dance,” he says. “It’s often an art form they’re uncomfortable with, because they don’t understand it. But it, like jazz, is… Continue reading →

Second La. Sinfonietta concert of season set Nov. 16 La. Sinfonietta to spotlight 3 guests, LSU docotral grads

Composer Aris Carastathis

The Louisiana Sinfonietta will perform its second concert of the 2014-15 season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. Dinos Constantinides will conduct the chamber orchestra, which will spotlight three guests who are doctoral graduates of the LSU School of Music. Canadian composer Aris Carastathis… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Nov. 9, 2014

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Painting with a Twist Baton Rouge, 711 Jefferson Highway, will participate in the company’s systemwide fundraising event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation through the company’s charitable arm, Painting with… Continue reading →

New Venture Theatre production to tell the story of Whitney Houston’s songs

Photo provided by New Venture Theatre -- Ketreon Butler, left, dances with Christian Simon in New Venture Theatre's production of 'Love, Whtney,' a theatrical celebration of Whitney Houston's music through dance.

With Whitney Houston as his muse, Greg Williams Jr. knew he would have to be choosey in his selection of dancers. “And this is a theatrical production presented through dance,” Williams says. “So, I needed dancers who could project the feeling of Whitney’s songs on stage.” Technique is nice, but Houston was about… Continue reading →

BR Ballet Theatre’s Land of Sweets Tea set Nov. 30

Photo provided -- Take tea with your children's favorite 'Nutcracker' characters at the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's Land of the Sweets Tea on Nov. 30.

Tickets are on sale for Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Land of the Sweets Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Boudreaux’s, at 2647 Government St., Baton Rouge. The tea is an interactive experience geared toward elementary-aged children and their families. Guests will enjoy sweets and finger foods while meeting characters from the ballet’s annual… Continue reading →

‘Arsenic’ offers familiarity for audience, actresses

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- The Brewster sisters, Martha, left, played by Kathy Wilson, and Abby, right, played by Kathy Sevin, serve up some homemade elderberry wine to Mr. Gibbs, played by O'Neill Isaac in Ascension Community Theatre's production of  'Arsenic and Old Lace,' which opens Thursday, Nov. 6.

The Ascension Community Theatre’s stage has been infiltrated by the Kathys. Kathy Sevin plays Abby Brewster and Kathy Wilson is Martha Brewster, the lovable murderous sisters in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” the theater’s fall main stage production, which opens Thursday, Nov. 6. “And we’re both Kathys with a ‘K,’ ” Sevin says. “Which is… Continue reading →

Production on Vietnam War takes main stage at LSU

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Cast members, from left, Curran Latas as Jed, Laine Korn as Shirley, Mallory Osigian as Gwen, Michael Guillot as Ken, Chase Easley as Weston and Lance Benezach as John run through a scene from LSU Theatre's production of 'The Fifth of July,' which opens with a pay-what-you-can performance on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre.

Ken Talley Jr., 30, lost his legs while fighting in Vietnam. Now he lives with his partner, Jed, in his Aunt Sally’s farmhouse. Ken taught English at the high school and was popular among the students. But everything’s changed since his return home. Lanford Wilson’s drama, “Fifth of July,” is LSU Theatre’s 2014… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Nov. 2, 2014

Here’s what’s going on this week in the area arts and cultural scene: ■ The Baton Rouge Art League will celebrate its 80th anniversary with the opening of an exhibit of the its permanent collection of art from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

LSU Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’ seductive, raw

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- LSU Theater Professor Nick Erickson, second from left, choreographs a sword fight scene

​ There will be sword fights, seduction, mistaken identities, romance and raw emotion. But Don Giovanni won’t add any notches to his score card when LSU Opera opens Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’sDon Giovanni” Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre. “As in his previous operas, ‘Figaro’ and ‘Continue reading →

Exhibit links battles, revolts in Atlantic using historic paintings, artifacts

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Napoleon's death mask, which has left New Orleans for the first time since 1834, is part of the new exhibit, 'Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn,' at the Capitol Park Museum.

The story starts with the American Revolution and ends with the 200-year old Battle of New Orleans. And Napoleon Bonaparte is the bridge connecting the two. Which is why the Louisiana State Museum ceremoniously transported the French emperor’s bronze death mask from the Cabildo in New Orleans to the Capitol Park Museum to serve as the… Continue reading →

Southeastern hosts ‘Orphan Train’ showing

Provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- Riders of the Orphan Train -- From 1854 to 1929, the so-called Orphan Train transported homeless children from the Northeast to other parts of the United States to find new homes. A program on the train will be presented Oct. 28 at Southeastern Louisiana University.

The highly acclaimed multi-media presentation “Riders on the Orphan Train” will be presented at Southeastern Louisiana University in a free public showing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Teacher Education Center KIVA auditorium on campus. The showing is limited to 300 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program chronicles… Continue reading →

‘Eurydice’ opens LSU Theatre’s lab season

LSU Theatre will open its lab season with a production of “Eurydice” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Studio Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 2. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each day with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 2.… Continue reading →

Dance company to perform ‘Pas de Dix’ more

Ashley Murphy and Taurean Green _1, Photo by Rachel Neville (1)

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will host Dance Theatre of Harlem at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Dance Theatre of Harlem is celebrating its 45th year. The multicultural company is known for bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression… Continue reading →

LSU to showcase synchrotron work with fall photo exhibition, lecture

LSU is hosting a scientific photo exhibition and a lecture this fall, showcasing both the SOLEIL synchrotron research facility at the Campus Paris-Saclay in France and LSU’s own Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices. Through Nov. 14, the lobby of LSU’s Middleton Library is hosting the photographic display, while a lecture in conjunction with the exhibit… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Oct. 26, 2014

Here’s what’s going on in this week’s area arts and cultural scene: ■ The Art Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Arts Market will celebrate its 16th anniversary from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at Fifth and Main streets downtown. The market will move to the Galvez Parking Garage, 500 Main St., in inclement… Continue reading →

Comedy deals with confronting prejudice

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Pharus Jonathan Young, played by Christian Jones, speaks to the members of the choir Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, during New Venture Theatre's rehearsal for its upcoming production,

The first time Greg Williams Jr. saw a production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy” he wanted to stage it. “When the show was over, I just sat there for five minutes. I knew I’d seen something incredibly special,” says Williams, artistic director for New Venture Theatre. “It was very simple, very powerful.” The play… Continue reading →

‘Awakening’ actors fulfill dream

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Thea, played by Natalie Sibille, dances during Theatre Baton Rouge's rehearsal for its production of 'Spring Awakening' at The Studio in Baton Rouge.

For the stars of Theatre Baton Rouge’s “Spring Awakening,” the chance to appear in the dark, explicit play is a dream come true. “It is the epitome and critical musical of our generation and our time,” said actor Jacob Voisin. “This is a dream show of mine and Moritz was a dream role of… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Oct. 19, 2014

Here’s what’s going on this week in the area arts and cultural scene: BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, is hosting children’s fall classes, “Saturday Studio: Investigating 20th Century Artists,” 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, beginning Oct. 25. The class fee is $75 per person for four weeks with materials included or one session… Continue reading →