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Southeastern dance company plans auditions

Southeastern Louisiana University’s resident student dance company, Dance Performance Project, will hold auditions for Southeastern students and community dancers on May 6-7 for an upcoming dance concert. Auditions for high school juniors and seniors are scheduled 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the dance studio in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. The fall event… Continue reading →

Spring Open Exhibition planned in Hammond

Photo provided by the Hammond Regional Arts Center -- Nancy Lowentritt's "White Fleet at Sunset" will be featured in the exhibit at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.

The Hammond Art Guild is celebrating its 54th annual Spring Open Exhibition beginning with a public reception at 5 p.m. May 6. This show will feature work chosen as part of a judged exhibition with several different mediums. Selected entries will be on display through May 27 in the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St.,… Continue reading →

Young actors sink their teeth into Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

Photos provided by Playmakers of Baton Rouge -- Jarrett Labonne,left, and Sierra Moran will be among the young actors staging 'Twelfth Night' at the industrial space at 19th Street Studios.

As some Playmakers actors grow into their teens, they want to sink their theatrical teeth into something more serious, classical — something Shakespearian. “So, we’ve added ‘Twelfth Night’ to our season,” says Colt Neidhardt, artistic director of the young acting troupe. “This wasn’t something that was planned, and we’re not just giving the kids… Continue reading →

LSU to hold ‘Robert Grayson Tribute Gala’

Advocate file photo -- Robert Grayson

The LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts will commemorate Robert Grayson’s longtime voice career with the “Robert Grayson Tribute Gala” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the LSU Union Theatre, Raphael Semmes Drive. The event recognizes Grayson’s 45-year career as a professional opera tenor, 40-year teaching career and 30 years teaching voice, directing… Continue reading →

World-renowned violinist Ilya kaler to perform at SLU

CUTLINE slu_kaler.jpg RENOWNED VIOLINIST TO PERFORM  Performances by internationally-recognized violinist Ilya Kaler will highlight the Southeastern Louisiana Universitys Chamber Orchestra spring concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The concert will be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra’s Spring Concert on Monday, April 25, will feature world-renowned violinist Ilya Kaler, a three-time gold medal winner at international competitions. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. General admission tickets are $12; $8 for faculty, staff and seniors;… Continue reading →

“Harlequin in the Ghetto.”: LSU brings history to the stage

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Erin Sheets and Scott Anthony Don Bosco Mitchel, right, rehearse for 'Harlequin in the Ghetto,' coming to LSU's Studio Theatre April 26-27.

They were Jews who had been forced into an overcrowded ghetto that would become more crowded as time passed. Some would be forced on a train, maybe even the day after a harrowing performance of “Harlequin in the Ghetto.” And they never knew where that train was going. So, they chose rehearsals and performances over worrying,… Continue reading →

‘Le Papillon’ celebrates Cajun life

Photo provided by CARROL SPELL -- Dancer Emily Faciane rehearses for 'Le Papillon: Celebrating Floyd Sonnier's Acadiana,' which Ballet Acadiana will perform May 13-15 in Crowley's Grand Opera House of the South.

Floyd Sonnier’s book, “From Small Bits of Charcoal,” was written by the artist three weeks before his death and published posthumously by his widow. Autobiographical in nature, its 24 short stories — in both English and French — comprise a genuine narrative of growing up Cajun. It’s about to become a genuine ballet, courtesy of Ballet… Continue reading →

Room with a dark ‘Vieux’: Swine Palace brightens Tennessee Williams play

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --John Fletcher, top, with Glenn Aucoin, bottom, in a scene from Swine Palace's production of Tennessee Williams' "Vieux Carre." The show opens April 13 and runs through April 24 at LSU's  Reilly Theatre.

If “Vieux Carré” were any less cheerful, it would make “A Streetcar Named Desire” look like it was produced by the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. But if the Crescent City that Tennessee Williams experienced was only half so gritty, there’s no wonder it left such a deep impression on him. Written late in his life, Williams’… Continue reading →

Feeling the tunes: Baton rouge Symphony concert features scenes from Pixar films

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will perform PIXAR in concert on Saturday, April 23.

Nemo, Buzz Lightyear, Sully and Lightning McQueen will share the screen through music on Saturday, April 23, when the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra performs “PIXAR in Concert” in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. “There are adults who are as excited about this concert as there are kids,” Associate Conductor… Continue reading →

‘Art Melt’ exhibit deadline set

The deadline is June 1 for entries to Forum 35’s “Art Melt,” the largest multimedia, juried art exhibit in the state. Now in its 13th year, Art Melt strives to promote professional artists throughout the state while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the best of local fine art, music and performing arts.… Continue reading →

Spring Dance Concert set for Saturday at LSU

The LSU School of Theatre presents the 2016 Spring Dance Concert at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive. The concert features choreography by Sandra Parks, head of dance, and student choreographers who have been mentored by Parks. This… Continue reading →

Southeastern Theatre to present ‘Oedipus’

The classic ancient Greek play “Oedipus,” as adapted by Irish writer Frank McGuinness, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 19-22 at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Vonnie Borden Theatre in Hammond. The play, written by the Greek playwright Sophocles about 430 B.C., is being presented by Southeastern Theatre. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for seniors and non-Southeastern… Continue reading →

Earth Day exhibit debuts nature-inspired art on paper

Photo provided by FW Gallery -- Andrea Pramuk's work will be featured in FW Gallerys Earth Day exhibit at the Shaw Center.

FW Gallery, 8501 Highland Road, will celebrate Louisiana Earth Day with a pop-up exhibit of works on paper from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Highlighting the endurance of one of nature’s greatest gifts, artists have painted, printed, recycled and repurposed paper in a variety… Continue reading →

Drama ‘God of Carnage’ set at Independence Theatre

BREC’s Independence Park Theatre will present Yasima Reza’s drama “God of Carnage” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17. The show is directed by Jason Breaux. Set in present-day New York City, “God of Carnage” is the story of two married couples who meet for the first time shortly after… Continue reading →

‘Two Trains’ runs toward opposite destinations

Photo provided by Maddgame Entertainment -- Sterling, Memphis and West, played by, from left, Johnnie Domino, Alexander Scott and Claude Sterling, star in UpStage Theatre's 'Two Trains Running,' which opens Friday.

August Wilson’s drama, “Two Trains Running,” is about life and death. Set in the Hill District, an African-American neighborhood in Pittsburgh, the action takes place in 1969, when the area is undergoing gentrification. UpStage Theatre brings the production to the stage Friday through Sunday. West, the local mortician,… Continue reading →

Theatre Baton Rouge to present slap-stick dinner comedy 'Don't Dress for Dinner'

Photos by BETH BORDELON -- Robert, played by Enrico Cannalla, is married but that hasn't stopped him from chasing Suzanne, played by Eileen Peterson,  in Theatre Baton Rouge's 'Don't Dress for Dinner.'

The characters are the same, but the story is different. But not too different because Marc Camoletti’s “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is a sequel to his “Boeing Boeing,” the 1950s-set comedy. Bernard’s wandering eye is still getting him into trouble when Theatre Baton Rouge opens its production on Friday. Last year, the theater staged Camoletti’s… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Youth Coalition helps high school students achieve higher goals

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Outside the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition office, Lauren Robinson, right, director of junior programs at BRYC, gives a practice 'college tour'  for students preparing to tour several Texas universities.

Perfect grades and high test scores are no excuse for 17-year-old Javian Pierson to miss a tutoring session. Two afternoons each week, the Scotlandville Magnet High School junior gets help with her schoolwork and in preparing for college from the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, an organization dedicated to helping high achievers like Pierson reach their potential.… Continue reading →

SLU sets ‘Riding Hood’ auditions

Paul Groves

Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Red Riding Hood” are set for 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. A nonprofit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana… Continue reading →

California trombonist brings unique sounds to SLU

Contemporary music trombonist Weston Olencki will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Pottle Auditorium on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus in Hammond. The event, presented by SLU’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, is free. Olencki is a San Francisco-based trombonist and multi-instrumentalist. For more information, call Schuessler at (985) 549-2184. Olencki… Continue reading →

Vanguard Gallery to hold exhibition of Studio dei Leoni painters

Photos provided by Stuio dei Leoni -- Margaret Rice's 'Mike' will be featured in the Studio dei Leoni exhibit.

The painters of the Studio dei Leoni will open a group exhibition with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, at VanGuard Gallery, in the Stephen Wilson Stained Glass Studio. The show runs through May 4 at the studio, which is located at 1469 Laurel St., on the corner of North 15th and… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for April 3, 2016

Lin Ashton's Acrylic painting, Two Brothers and a Cousin, is featured in the exhibit at DeAngelo's.

On the arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for Theatre Baton Rouge’s production of the Marc Camoletti comedy “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” which opens April 15 on the Main Stage, 7155 Florida Blvd. Tickets are $25; $20 for students. Call (225) 924-6496 or visit Auditions for New Venture… Continue reading →

La. Sinfonietta presents season finale

McKenzie Miller

Featuring classical works both modern and traditional, the Louisiana Sinfonietta will present its final concert of the season at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on Dalrymple Drive. The concert will feature an international array of composers and performers. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 and $5 for… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra to present concert ‘Return to Baroque’

Tickets are on sale for the final concert in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Lamar Chamber Series, “Return to Baroque,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at First Presbyterian Church, 763 North Blvd., Baton Rouge. The orchestra’s principal wind quintet will retrace some 300 years of music in a program celebrating the music of J.S. Bach,… Continue reading →

LSU Museum of Art to hold ‘Nightmares are Dreams Too’

The LSU Museum of Art will present a free performance of “Nightmares are Dreams Too” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31. The show is a presentation by Camilla Morrison, a master’s degree candidate in LSU’s Costume Technology & Design program, who designed and crafted the models’ costumes, which resemble modern art. Each of Morrison’s pieces… Continue reading →

Violinist Bin Huang to teach master class, perform at LSU

Bin Huang

For Bin Huang, teaching has made her a better performer. Before her recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, Huang will be working with students in the LSU School of Music in a master class, something she values as much as performing. Her recital will feature a program of Bach, Ysaÿe, Paganini and Ernst.… Continue reading →

Pirate-themed, 'Amazing Race'-style treasure hunt to benefit Opéra Louisiane

The clues will lead to a pirate’s treasure, which is only fitting since the teams accepting this quest will be helping Opéra Louisiane’s stage its upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta, “Pirates of Penzance.” The company calls this inaugural fundraiser the Downtown Derby. “It’s a lot like the ‘Amazing Race’ on… Continue reading →

New Venture’s dark comedy ‘Rasheeda Speaking’ takes on racism, betrayal, office politics

Photos provided by New Venture Theatre -- Dorrian Wilson, standing, plays Jaclyn and Kelly Lockheart, seated, plays Ileen in New Venture Theatre's production of the dark comedy, 'Rasheeda Speaking.'

Manipulation and racism isn’t a good mix in an office, but it is the perfect recipe for the dark comedy “Rasheeda Speaking.” Rasheeda isn’t even a character in New Venture Theatre’s production of Joel Drake Johnson’s play, which opens on Saturday, March 19, in the LSU Studio Theatre. “It’s a derogatory name… Continue reading →

Review: Theatre Baton Rouge goes ‘Into the Woods,’ brings out a winner

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Theatre Baton Rouge's 'Into the Woods' brings together various characters from the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales including, from left, the Baker's wife and the Baker, played by Kaitlyn Stockwell and Carter Dean, with Little Red Riding Hood, played by Lauren Smith.

Fairy tales typically have a moral, and “Into the Woods” interweaves several such children’s stories. So, it seems appropriate that a review of Theatre Baton Rouge’s current production should have one, too. The moral: When you cast a clever musical with superior voices, the result is a happy audience. That may not be the most… Continue reading →