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Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, is showing “Too Close/Not Close Enough: New Work by Emily LaCour” through Aug. 14 in its Firehouse Gallery. It’s 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Admission is free. Call (225) 344-8558… Continue reading →

Theatre Baton Rouge names award winners

Jacob Voisin

Theatre Baton Rouge presented its winners of its 2014-15 season at its annual Beaux Arts Ball on July 25. This yearly awards ceremony and party honors the theater’s volunteers, from actors to interns. This year’s winners featured several Theatre Baton Rouge veterans, as well as many new faces: PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Mary and Bill… Continue reading →

Dizzy Arts to host party featuring live music, art

Dizzy Arts, which helps establish collaborations among artists of all mediums, backgrounds and styles, is hosting a Dizzy Arts Party on Aug. 1. The event will hop from one Baton Rouge venue to another, starting at 7 p.m. at Chelsea’s Cafe, 2857 Perkins Road, then moving to the Atomic Pop Shop, 2963 Government St., at 10 p.m.… Continue reading →

UpStage Theater reopens Christine Houston's 'I Love You Nana'

Photo provided by Maddgame Entertainment -- From left,, Ashley Downing, Nikki Nadkarni and Will Merrill rehearse a scene from UpStage Theatre's 2015 summer comedy, 'I Love You Nana,' which opens Friday.

Everyone will love Nana in the end, maybe even Doris. But that’s a tall order, considering Doris’ ingrained disdain for the elderly. It’s not unfounded — she has good reason for how she feels. Doris was raised by an elderly aunt who mistreated her, so any preconceptions about her husband’s grandmother are understandable. Then again, not… Continue reading →

Art gallery to feature Baton Rouge natives Pramuk, Riche

Photo provided by FW Gallery --  Andrea Pramuk's work will be featured at FW Gallery through Sept. 5.

FW Gallery, 8501 Highland Road, will open an exhibit featuring work by Andrea Pramuk and Erin Riche with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 24. The show will run through Sept. 5. Pramuk, a Baton Rouge native and Austin, Texas, resident, brings a selection of mixed-media paintings to the gallery.… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for July 19, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Registration is open for the Cangelosi Dance Project’s Intensive Contemporary and Classical Dance Workshop, set for July 24-26 at the Cangelosi studio, 3749 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. For a schedule or to register, call (225) 937-3367 or visit… Continue reading →

Origami, the art of folding paper, also touches our everyday lives through fashion, architecture, technology

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The crane, this one by  Japanese American artist Ruthie Kitagawa, is probably the best known origami work and is part of the exhibit 'Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami' at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

There’s no denying its elegant beauty, but the importance of a designer’s dress pattern seems inconsequential among the examples of how the art of origami has played a role in engineering, architecture and technology. But that’s the point of “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” which runs through Sunday, Sept. 27, at the… Continue reading →

‘Distorted Realities’: Healthcare Gallery hosts show

Photo provided by The Healthcare Gallery -- Rodney Pike's 'The King of the Blues BB King.'

The Healthcare Gallery is showing “Distorted Realities” featuring digital photo manipulation and caricature illustrations by Baton Rouge artist Rodney Pike through Sunday, July 19. The mission of the artwork is to celebrate the fun in each individual and create a joyous experience when engaging with the work. Pike is a member of the National Association of… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for July 12, 2015

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for Swine Palace’s production of William Shakespeare’s comedy, “As You Like It,” which opens Wednesday, July 22, in the Reilly Theatre, Tower Drive. Tickets are $15. Call (225) 578-4174 or visit The West Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Gallery features members’ work

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- April Hammock's 'Surfaced' exhibit up through July 30 at Baton Rouge Gallery.

Baton Rouge Gallery is featuring works from three of its artist members — April Hammock, Randell Henry and Tom Richard — through Thursday, July 30. Hammock’s exhibit, “Surfaced,” dives into how events — big and small, significant and seemingly meaningless — can impact the world. Influenced by old myths, poems and songs, Hammock became inspired by the… Continue reading →

Local sculptor creates artistic welded metal 'toys'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Scupltor Joseph 'JoJo' Jilbert creates towering metal sculptures from found mechanical objects. Several can be found outside of the House of Jamba at Government and Hebert streets.

As a kid, Joseph “JoJo” Jilbert never waited around for Santa. He started building toys in his own workshop in the first grade. “My toys have just gotten bigger,” says the 59-year-old artist. And it’s always Christmas morning when he hears the clang of metal falling into the box he keeps by… Continue reading →

Exhibit of iconic vinyl album covers on display at Manship Theatre

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER -- 'The Art of Vinyl,' a new exhibit in the Gallery at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts celebrates album art.

There was a time when the cover of an album was almost as important as the music inside. An African-American woman’s profile, perspiration dripping from her perfect skin, covered Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew.” Wild psychedelic caricatures fronted The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” and the Rolling Stones, the quintessential bad boys of rock ’n’ roll, focused on,… Continue reading →

Summer Show planned for Covington

The St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, will open its 50th National Juried Artists Exhibition, the Summer Show, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Artists’ awards will be presented at 7 p.m., and the show will run through Saturday, Aug. 8. Closing day will feature… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for June 5, 2015

Here’s what’s going on in the local arts and cultural scene: The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, will host a lunchtime lecture, “We All Wore Black: Mourning Dress at the End of the Civil War,” by Jenna Kuttruff at noon Thursday, July 9. Admission is free. For more information, call… Continue reading →

Brick floors stained with beeswax to signature slate roofs, Old State Capitol exhibit puts A. Hays Town's architectural genius on display

Photo by PHILIP GOULD -- Architect A Hays Town designed his Baton Rouge home, incorporating many of the elements -- stained brick floors and a weathered slate roof -- that are hallmarks of his style. This photo is among several by photographer Philip Gould in the exhibit 'The Enduring Architecture of A. Hays Town' at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

From the ground up, A. Hays Town always knew exactly how he wanted the houses he designed to look. Hays’ touch was on every element, from the stain he and Warren Grevemberg developed for his signature brick floors to the weathered slate that roofed his designs. To him, the art was in the whole package.… Continue reading →

‘Summer Sounds at St. James’ begins on first Wednesday of July

Photo provided by The National WWII Museum -- Victory Belles will perform Wednesday at the 'Summer Sounds at St. James' concert at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge.

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation will host its sixth annual “Summer Sounds at St. James” series of musical concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July at St. James Episcopal Church, 205 No. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. Admission for each concert is $10; college students with a valid ID will be admitted free. A reception follows… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 28 - July 3

Associated Press photo provided by NASAComet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope March 27.

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the LSU Museum of Art’s 11th annual Fourth of July Celebration, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, on the third and sixth floors of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Tickets are $125 for museum members;… Continue reading →

Canvases come alive with dancers’ choreography in debut production 'Abstraction'

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Darion Hill and Brionia Gougis, 17, rehearse "Abstraction," a New Venture Movement production, at En Pointe Studio Friday, June 12, 2015.

Each dance interprets an untitled abstract painting. Some will express happiness, some sadness and still others courage and tragedy. But Darrion Hill’s dances will reflect only love. The audience will see it in the dance he choreographed and the one in which he performs in “Abstraction,” the debut production by New Venture Movement, Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 21 - 27

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for SeLah Productions’ production of JaVon Ophelia’s gospel stage play, “Lord, If I Can Help Somebody,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Tickets are… Continue reading →

Exhibit celebrates perceptions of life inside the human body from patients, caregivers perspective

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER --  Kirstie Schieffler's 2015 patient collaboration painting, 'Suffering,' is part of the 'The Human Body' exhibit, a collaboration between the LSU Art Therapy program and the Baton Rouge Genera's Outpatient Infusion Lab on exhibit in the Jones Walker Foyer in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

The LSU Art Therapy Program recently collaborated on an art project with the Baton Rouge General Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Infusion Lab, which resulted in an exhibit of paintings titled “The Human Body.” The exhibit is showing at the Jones Walker Foyer in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. The space… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Irish Club sets Bloomsday event

The Baton Rouge Irish Club’s Bloomsday Celebration is set for 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Bloomsday is celebrated annually to commemorate the life of Irish novelist James Joyce and the fictitious events in his novel “Ulysses.” The name “Bloomsday” is derived from the name of the central character in… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 14 - 20

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s All Star Automotive Pop Series Bravo Broadway! concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St., Baton Rouge. The program will feature… Continue reading →

Arts Center to open Hammond artist’s exhibit

Photo provided by the Hammond Arts Center -- Phillip Colwart's Mardi Gras photography will be on exhibit at the Hammond Arts Center during June.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, is exhibiting award-winning photographer Phillip Colwart’s exhibit, “Mardi Gras Indians and Mardi Gras Subcultures,” through Friday, June 26. Colwart is a Hammond photographer whose photograph “Absotively Posilutely Doctor John” won first place in the Image Development category during the Hammond Art Guild’s 53rd annual open exhibition.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Ballet to host dance workshop

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- Guest artists Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez will be the instructors at Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's summer intensives.

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will bring internationally recognized guest artists Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez to the capital city to teach at the ballet theater’s Summer Dance Intensive from Monday through Friday, June 15-19. Husband and wife co-artistic directors of Gulfshore Ballet, these celebrated artists are returning to Baton Rouge after their performance as the Sugar Plum… Continue reading →

Of Moving Colors to host Summer Arts Camp

Registration is open for Of Moving Colors Productions’s summer arts camp, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 13 – 17. The camp, created for girls between ages 5-12, will offer a complete arts immersion including classes in dance, theatre, music and visual art. “For one week, girls get to be actors, dancers, singers, artists… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 6 - 14

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for Theatre Baton Rouge’s interactive production, “Tony N Tina’s Wedding,” which includes a sit-down Italian dinner, at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, at Greenoaks Funeral Home Reception Center, 9595 Florida Blvd. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and a… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for May 31, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s next Arts Market will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 6, in the St. Joseph Cathedral parking lot, 5th and Main streets downtown Baton Rouge. The Arts Market takes place in conjunction with the Red Stick Farmers… Continue reading →

Kids Orchestra offers summer camp program

Kids Orchestra is offering camp programs to give students entering kindergarten through fifth grade an interactive experience with orchestral music this summer. This innovative music camp will provide two full weeks of music lessons, music games and music appreciation as well as traditional camp activities. Session one is June 1-5, and Session two is June… Continue reading →

‘Mind’s Eye’ arts show brings awareness to mental illness

The Baton Rouge Affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness will present “The Mind’s Eye,” an art exhibition featuring works of art by artists in the community living with mental illness, with a reception and gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. NAMI Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

20"x20"x20": Small art has sizeable impact in juried LSU exhibit

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Justin Wilson's mixed media piece, 'Red Octopus,' is a merit award winner in the LSU Union Gallery's national juried '20X20X20' exhibition.

Call them sketches, the beginning of something bigger in Dan Hood’s cache of installation ideas. “But then, I also see them as finished pieces,” he says. “They can stand on their own, so I entered them in the show. But I never dreamed I’d win first place. I’m in shock.” In fact, Hood forgot he entered… Continue reading →

Putting artists on a new path

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- In his debut Baton Rouge Gallery exhibition, 'Paths of Moving Points,' Rob Carpenter plays with line to create calculated, eye-pleasing, hand-drawn tapestries.

Sometimes a line will veer off course on its journey from point A to point B and surprise Rob Carpenter. Perhaps that’s why he titled his exhibit “Paths of Moving Points.” It runs through Thursday at Baton Rouge Gallery. Carpenter’s show is joined by three May exhibitions by fellow gallery artist members: James Burke’s “Good Morning… Continue reading →