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‘Other People’s Money’: TBR production examines morality while rooting for all evil

Photo provided by KENNETH MAYFIELD -- Kevin Harger, center, plays Lawrence Garfinkle, a corporate raider, while Brian Hales, right, is the CEO of the company he wants to take over in 'Other People's Money' at Theatre Baton Rouge. Robert Gautreau, left, portrays the company's president.

When the entertainment industry jerked its collective knee in outrage at corporate raiders and financial shenanigans in the late 1980s, Michael Douglas’ portrayal of Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street” created a poster boy for all that was perceived as wrong with high-stakes stock players. For the next two weeks, Kevin Harger is a portlier but compelling… Continue reading →

Getting their kicks: Get ready to smile at Of Moving Color’s ‘Kick it Out’ show

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Marlon Grigsby, left, and Rebecca Sawyer practice their steps -- the smiles comes naturally -- to 'A Wink and a Smile' for Of Moving Colors' upcoming 'Kick It Out.'

Smiles are contagious in the studio on Sunday afternoons. That’s when the cast of 80 youngsters gathers in the Powell Moise School of Dance to rehearse for Of Moving Colors’ annual community show “Kick It Out.” The show opens on Friday, Jan. 30, in the Manship Theatre, and smiles are guaranteed.… Continue reading →

Tula Telfair LASM exhibit will show off her epic vistas

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum -- TulaTelfair will speak at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum on Jan. 29. Her exhibit, 'A World of Dreams: Landscapes by Tula Telfair,' runs througbh March 15 in the Main Gallery.

Tula Telfair always sees color, even now on her drive into New York from Middletown, Connecticut. She describes the scene over the telephone, the atmosphere forming blocks of color above the horizon line. Like the weather, it’s always different, offering surprises that find their way into her landscape paintings. She’ll travel to… Continue reading →

LSU concert highlights students

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- The LSU Trombone Choir will be among the many student ensembles featured in the LSU School of Music's annual nonstop concert, Concert Spectacular on Friday, Jan. 30, in the LSU Student Union Theater.

Audience members were few in the early days. Fans of the LSU School of Music’s Concert Spectacular might find this hard to believe, but Bill Grimes remembers. He produced the school’s first nonstop concert in collaboration with then Dean Ron Ross. The show featured a diverse program of musicians and genres within… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Jan. 25, 2015

Here’s what’s going in the local arts and cultural scene: “Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard,” runs through March 22 at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. The exhibit marks the last year of the U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial. (225) 336-2422, westbatonrougemuseum.org. Registration is open… Continue reading →

‘Picture Your Park’ exhibit seeking applicants

Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility at 1515 Dalrymple Drive, is now accepting photography submissions for the juried exhibit “Picture Your Park.” Visitors to City-Brooks Park should capture a photographic image of the BREC park setting. Located on 154 acres in the southwestern part of East Baton Rouge Parish near LSU, City-Brooks Park encompasses a… Continue reading →

Values, worth emerge in ‘Other People’s Money’

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Value and worth are at the core of 'Other People's Money,' starring, from left, Robert Gautreau as William Coles; Courtney Murphy as Kate; Brian Hales as Andrew Jorgenson, and Nancy Litton as Bea in the Theatre Baton Rouge production that opens Friday, Jan. 23.

The story is all too familiar, especially in modern times. A locally owned company is built from the ground up. Those who work there think of it as a family, but sentiment doesn’t mean anything to the corporation looking in from the outside. It sees the company only in terms of stockholder shares, and the mere… Continue reading →

Sinfonietta to present family concert ‘Music for the Young at Heart’

Judy Constantinides

Without giving too much away, Judy Constantinides mentions “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” The characters are a little different, but it shares a story line with “Porridge,” the folktale she’s adapted for the Louisiana Sinfonietta’s annual family concert, “Music for the Young at Heart.” The performance, set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in the LSU School… Continue reading →

BRSO’s 4th concert features renown cellist

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra -- Cellist Bion Tsang

Internationally recognized cellist Bion Tsang will perform with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. In addition to Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6, op. 68, F Major” and Tsang’s featured performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,”… Continue reading →

Volunteers to help paint pillars on ramp at I-10 Bridge

The Walls Project will join with Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden’s neighborhood revitalization initiative, “Love Your Block,” on Monday, Jan. 19 — the Martin Luther King Day of Service — for a community paint day to create art on the pillars holding up the I-10 Mississippi Bridge ramp. Volunteers are needed to help paint as… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Jan. 18, 2015

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will host auditions for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. Registration is at 2 p.m. For more information, call (225) 766-8379 or visit batonrougeballet.org. The American Institute of… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge artist known for lively paintings of musicians has died

Photo provided by Christopher Turner -- Local artist Taufeeq Muhammad, known for his paintings of jazz and lbues musicians, died Jan. 9 at age 39. A memorial service is scheduled Thursday.

Baton Rouge artist Taufeeq Muhammad loved music and wanted viewers to get a glimpse of that love by painting musicians in an animated style that made him well known in the arts community. “It’s almost like connecting the dots,” friend and fellow painter Christopher Turner said. “He painted what he loved, and the viewers could be… Continue reading →

Lafayette artist works to open minds through body painting

Photo by Spade -- 'Stopping Time'

Brittney Pelloquin’s art is meant to disappear. “It was so hard for me at first,” she says. “Paint, enjoy it for what it is, and then wash it away.” The Lafayette native, 27, who has a visual arts degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, pursues body painting, an ephemeral art form much… Continue reading →

LSU museum hoping art lovers will pony up to fund French exhibit

Photo provided by the LSU Museum of Art -- Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's color lithograph, 'The Troupe of Mile Eglantine,' will be among the 185 artworks in the LSU Museum of Art's exhibit, 'Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.'

There are only two days left in the LSU Museum of Art’s Kickstarter campaign to bring Paris to Baton Rouge. That’s how museum curator Katie Pfohl sums up the exhibit, “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910,” set to open on Sept. 5. “Paris is the capitol of France, and Baton Rouge is the capitol of… Continue reading →

Exhibit’s pieces offer different ways of seeing things

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- A detail from 'America the Beautiful,' a museum mount on Fujiflex piece by Andrew Soria, of Miami

Sean Mulholland’s piece is an optical illusion in the simplest way. The artist from Talent, Oregon, didn’t incorporate holograms or computerized parts in his piece. He simply printed his picture on metal. “It looks different from different angles,” Jason Andreasen says. “It’s fun. The effect is also amazing.” Andreasen is executive director of Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Rose awards projects on display

An exhibit showcasing the American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge’s award-winning projects will be open through Jan. 18 at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. The free exhibit, “Building Ideas: The Making of Architecture,” provides a glimpse into the inner workings of how architects do their job to make buildings become a… Continue reading →

Ballet troupe brings dance, nutrition info to schools

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is taking reservations for its Ballet for Children's tour, of

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Ballet for Children is taking reservations for its spring tour, “Journey to the Emerald City: Healthy Stops and Healthy Swaps.” Directed by Michele Ball, a registered dietitian and professional dancer, Ballet for Children’s in-school performance introduces students to dance and nutrition through humorous dialogue woven between original choreography. “Journey to the… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Jan. 11, 2015

What’s happening this week in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Investar Bank Masterworks IV concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, honoring composer Stephen Paulus with a performance of his commissioned piece, “The Age of American Passions,” in the Baton Rouge River Center… Continue reading →

Sculpture creatures might cause a few yelps at Prospect.3+BR exhibit in Baton Rouge

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- 'My Life as a Mermaid' by Jennifer Carwile is a favorite of visitors to the Prospect.3+BR 'Notes Upriver' exhibit.

Every once in awhile, someone will let out a yelp, which is appropriate for the scary-cute “Voyeur.” That’s the name Jenni Lombardi and Ian Minich have given their bevy of surreal stoneware sculpture creatures for the Prospect.3+BR “Notes Upriver” exhibit, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 25. Their work is featured among that of… Continue reading →

BR man kicks up his heels as a cruise ship ‘gentleman dance host’

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Jude Lagarde spent the summer dancing on a cruise ship.

Jude Lagarde has enjoyed ballroom dancing for a long time. Now, it’s a way for him to see the world. Lagarde, 69, recently completed his first voyage as a “gentleman dance host” with Cunard, the British cruise line whose fleet includes the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. One of the demographic certainties… Continue reading →

Laurel Street Palooza set for Friday

Photo provided by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge -- 2014 Laurel Street Palooza King Cornelius Lewis.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Laurel Street Palooza is set for 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, between the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s headquarters in the Old Bogan Fire Station, 427 Laurel St., and the Chase Bank Building. The annual street party will include live bands and entertainment, a silent… Continue reading →

5 new artists to join BR Gallery

Baton Rouge Gallery, one of the nation’s longest-standing professional artist cooperative galleries, welcomes five new artists with strong ties to the state of Louisiana to its roster. Each year, the gallery invites artists to apply for artist membership, which leads to a jurying of their work by a panel of 10 gallery artist members. This year,… Continue reading →

Art Calendar, Dec. 28, 2014

HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURAL SCENE: Auditions for New Venture Theatre’s upcoming production of Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies” will be Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Hartley/Vey Workshop Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. General auditions begin at 1 p.m. followed by movement and dance auditions… Continue reading →

Exhibit showcases top prizes, different styles

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild -- Robert Willis' watercolor painting,

Suzanne Stewart doesn’t offer a statement explaining why she titled her painting, “Mother’s Day Party.” Perhaps she saw the fork, knife and spoon at a Mother’s Day party. Maybe she was so intrigued by the scene that she had to sketch it, or at least snap a photo. But the title really isn’t as important as… Continue reading →

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 FabergĂ© 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 BornĂ©, 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 music.lsu.edu. 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 →