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Now dat's funny: Comedian mixes Cajun culture with 'ThunderCats' in webseries 'TundaMinous'

Ash Reese

Imagine a beloved 1980s cartoon with a Cajun twist. That was part of Ash Reese’s thought process when he came up with “TundaMinous,” a web-series that hilariously chops up old episodes of “Thundercats” and features Cajun accents and storylines dubbed over the original animated series. In just three weeks and six short… Continue reading →

Review: An app comes to life in ‘The Angry Birds Movie’

Photo provided by Sony Pictures -- Bomb, voiced by Danny McBride, is one of the many characters in the new 'The Angry Birds Movie.'

It’s hard not to have a few biases going into “The Angry Birds Movie.” In the most cynical view of what gets made in Hollywood, an addictive app might just be at the bottom of the pile, languishing there in suspicious squalor with movies adapted from board games and amusement park rides. Comic books get away with… Continue reading →

Longleaf revels in ‘Newgrass’ sounds

Photo by Jill Moore -- Longleaf, a new Baton Rouge band, will perform Saturday at Dyson House Listening Room. Jemini Venture will open the show at 6 p.m.

With a blend of old-school influences, Baton Rouge band Longleaf is creating a brand new sound. You can hear that sound when the band plays Dyson House Listening Room on Saturday. Music begins at 6 p.m. Longleaf is comprised of five veteran music scene players. By combining their knowledge of bluegrass, classical and contemporary indie music,… Continue reading →

RedBean to Raise the Woof this weekend

Photo provided by Spay Baton Rouge -- RedBean

That’s RedBean, one word, capital B. Kind of a fitting stage name since the 47-year-old comedian has lived in New Orleans — the city where red beans and rice are a Monday menu staple ­— all his life. For his late-night adult shows, he’s Bad Boy RedBean, but Saturday night’s gig in Baton Rouge is a… Continue reading →

Album Review: New mixtape serves up gospel according to Chance

Photo by Jack Plunkett -- Chance the Rapper, seen here performing at the Austin City Limits Festival in 2015, released a new mixtape last weekend, titled 'Coloring Book.'

It seems like blessings keep falling in Chance the Rapper’s lap. And he knows it. The Chicago native and Kanye West protégé raps about those blessings in his recently released third mixtape, “Coloring Book.” If you’re looking for a sequel to his sophomore mixtape, “Acid Rap,” you won’t find it here. However, Chance’s… Continue reading →

Leftovers: Bull Burger Battle returns

Photo provided by Goodwood Hardware -- Burgers sizzle on the grill at the 2015 Bull Burger Battle in Baton Rouge. The 2016 event starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Burger bravado, who has it and who doesn’t? That’s what more than 15 area competitors, chefs and cooks will find out this weekend in Baton Rouge. Goodwood Hardware & Outdoors hosts its fourth annual Bull Burger Battle on Saturday. The event starts at 9 a.m. and will include cooking demonstrations and music throughout the… Continue reading →

Top Five with Jim Engster

Advocate file photo -- Jim Engster discusses his most interesting interviews in this week's Top Five.

Jim Engster wears a lot of hats — co-owner, president and general manager of the Louisiana Radio Network, publisher of Tiger Rag magazine — but he’s best known locally for interviewing newsmakers on his weekday radio show. For 10 years, he had a morning hour on Baton Rouge’s public radio station, WRKF, and since 2014, he’s… Continue reading →

Organizer: Bayou Country Superfest gets big-name stars, continues to make Baton Rouge ‘entertainment destination’

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Luke Bryan closes out a Louisiana Saturday night during the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Quint Davis didn’t get just one home run for the 2016 Bayou Country Superfest. The festival producer got three. The event, which returns to LSU’s Tiger Stadium on May 27-29, features headlining performances from Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Jason Aldean — all heavy-hitters in the country music world. “The No. 1… Continue reading →

‘American Idol’ finalist honors Prince

Photo provided by Brent Craige -- Quentin Alexander's rendition of 'I Put a Spell on You' was voted the12th-best American 'Idol' performance of all time by E! News. Now, he's contributed to a Prince tribute song.

New Orleans singer Quentin Alexander and Atlanta recording artist Scuzzo have collaborated on “Early Morning,” a song tribute to the late, great Prince. Songwriter, producer and vocalist Alexander, 22, gained national attention on season 14 of Fox’s “American Idol” in 2015, finishing sixth. Scuzzo also is a songwriter, audio engineer and engineering student at Tuskegee University in… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for May 20-26, 2016

Photo provided by Acadiana Center for the Arts -- A piece from John Gargano's latest exhibit, 'From the Hat,' is now on display at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette.

ASDF’S GOT TALENT: 7 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. Presented by the All Star Dance Factory. “BIG DADDY’S LAST DANCE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. An original comedy set in the fictional town of… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals calendar for May 20-26, 2016

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- By land and by sea, people listen to the music at the 2015 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo festival in New Orleans. The event returns Friday.

STARKS MAYHAW FESTIVAL: La. 12 and La. 109, Starks. Arts and crafts, food, carnival rides and gospel and country-western music are featured attractions. mayhawfest.com MID-CITY BAYOU BOOGALOO: 500 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans. Music, food and arts market against the backdrop of Bayou St. John — a… Continue reading →

Review: Nathan Drake returns in the impressive

Photo provided by Sony Interactive Entertainment America -- Nathan Drake returns and searches for lost pirate treasure in the video game, 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.'

Everyone has a relative like Sam Drake — that seedy brother (or uncle, or in-law) who shows up every now and then with a bottle of bourbon, a pack of cigarettes and a fresh neck tattoo. You love the guy, but you know his appearance means there’s trouble ahead. Sam is the older brother of Nathan Drake,… Continue reading →

Jason Isbell leads Americana Music nominations

Photo by Laura Roberts -- Jason Isbell, seen here performing at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in 2016, leads the Americana Music nominations with three.

Americana darling Jason Isbell leads the nominations for the Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards with three nods, including album of the year, artist of the year and song of the year. The nominations were announced last Wednesday in Washington, D.C., for the awards show to be held in Nashville, Tennessee,… Continue reading →

Hoping for a blockbuster, studios plan Tetris movie

Associated Press file photo by Mark Lennihan -- This May 22, 2009, shows the puzzle video game Tetris at Barcade in the Brooklyn section of New York. The beloved game is set to become a blockbuster with an $80 million budget.

It lacks the building blocks of characters and a plot for now, but a Chinese-American studio hopes to turn the Tetris video game into a blockbuster movie. Threshold Global Studios is budgeting $80 million to strategically rotate, slide and drop the famed 1980s stacking game into a sci-fi thriller. The project is… Continue reading →

The turn up: How Booty Werk was born

Photo by Grant Fletcher -- Michael Moss, left, a.k.a Mikey Savage, and Josh Cataignier, a.k.a. Jay Murda, are the guys behind the Baton Rouge DJ Duo Booty Werk.

What do you get when you cross two guys, pro wrestling and New Orleans bounce music? Booty Werk. The Baton Rouge DJ duo breaches the space between entertainment and music to create a theatrical performance-based dance night. And on Saturday night at Spanish Moon, you’ll get a chance to see what that… Continue reading →

Top Five with Jennifer Torkkola: Top five graphic novels

Photo provided by Jennifer Torkkola -- Jennifer Torkkola is a young adult librarian at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

A voracious reader of all kinds of literature, Jennifer Torkkola specializes in finding just the right book for teens and young adults. Outside of her job as a young adult librarian at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s main branch on Goodwood Boulevard, Torkkola, 32, loves graphic novels. These book-length comics often tell stories meant for adult… Continue reading →

Review: Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is a slow, beautiful listen

Photo by Alex Lake -- Radiohead has released its ninth album, 'A Moon Shaped Pool.'

Great artists have a way of presenting something that’s familiar to everyone then twisting that familiarity in a way that makes audiences question what they’re experiencing. Radiohead is a master at this. The band’s latest release, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” released digitally Sunday, is another example of how the group meets and subverts expectations.… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for May 13-19, 2016

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Pattie Chambers purchases homemade pasta from Tracy Ardoin, owner of Bon Vie Pasta in  August 2015, during the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Mid-Week Market at Parc Sans Souci. The Saturday market takes place at the Horse Farm on Johnston Street in Lafayette at 8 a.m.

GARDEN TOUR FRIDAYS: 10 a.m., Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, La. 10, St. Francisville. $10, adults; $8, seniors; and $4, students. Free for children 5 and under. THE FIREBIRD: 7 p.m., Fellom Ballet, 1506 N. Oak St., Hammond. A story by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky told in a prologue and three acts performed by… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals calendar for May 13-19, 2016

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  Contestants prod their entry in the frog jumping competition during the annual Rayne Frog Festival in 2015. This year's event continues through Saturday.

RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL: Gossen Memorial Park, Rayne. Signature events like frog racing and jumping and the selection of the Frog Derby queen are accented by carnival rides, live entertainment and an arts and crafts show. COCHON DE LAIT FESTIVAL: Downtown Mansura. Celebration of the roast suckling pig, with… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: This week in country: Keith Urban, Cyndi Lauper

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON - Keith Urban closes out the first day of Jazz Fest on the Acura Stage in 2015. Urban has just released a new album, titled 'Ripcord.'

Having finished his run as an “American Idol” judge, Keith Urban leaps into “Ripcord,” the most eclectic, genre-spanning album of his career. Like “Idol,” Urban’s new songs are a little bit country, a little bit rock, a little bit R&B and a lot of glossy, carefully arranged pop. With 10 producers involved,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ revitalizes Marvel movies

Photo provided by Disney-Marvel -- Anthony Mackie, from left, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen and Sebastian Stan star in 'Captain America: Civil War.'

Conventional movie wisdom would suggest that there can only be diminishing returns with long-running franchises. There must be a breaking point, right? Especially at movie four, five, six and beyond. There are exceptions, sure, but even the painstakingly plotted Marvel films have had low points. Yet, in the ashes of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the brain… Continue reading →

'I just wanted a pretzel, so I made a pretzel': Rösch Bakehaus’ Jim Osborne on his beginnings, what’s next

Photo by Jim Osborne -- A variety of Rosch Bakehaus pretzel breads.

Jim Osborne is a perfectionist. In commercial photography, a job he’s had for the past 20 years, he said there’s no room for error. He is always trying to get the best, most marketable image for a company. But most Baton Rougeans aren’t getting to know the 34-year-old through his commercial photos.… Continue reading →

Disney on Ice skates through 14 beloved stories

Photo provided by Feld Entertainment -- Sleeping Beauty and her prince in 'Disney on Ice.'

From Anna and Elsa to Mickey and Minnie, almost a century of beloved characters will take to the ice this weekend for “Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic.” A dream for Disney fans of all ages, the production includes real-life retellings of 14 Disney tales and features more than 30 songs. The show’s… Continue reading →

Tap, drumming legends team up for show

Invision/AP file photo --  Savion Glover attends the Apollo Theater Spring Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration  at the Apollo Theater in New York in 2014. Glover will appear at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge June 3.

Got rhythm? The Manship Theatre will give you a lot more next month. Savion Glover, already a tap-dancing legend, and Grammy-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette will team up for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, as part of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Dance Series. Having trained under Gregory Hines and learned the styles… Continue reading →

Top Five with Jerry Leggio

Photo provided by Jerry Leggio -- Baton Rouge native Jerry Leggio discusses his top five favorite films shot in Louisiana in the latest edition of 'Top Five.'

It’s hard to think of Louisiana films without Jerry Leggio coming to mind. The Baton Rouge native, who has appeared in more than 50 films and has been instrumental in growing the movie industry in the state, received the inaugural Anne Price Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana International Film Festival two years ago. His… Continue reading →

Dixie Landin’ announces summer lineup

File photo -- Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will open the Dixie Landin' Concert Series June 4 at the Baton Rouge amusement park.

Updated: The concert stage at Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’ will welcome pop singers, movie and television stars and disco kings at the Baton Rouge amusement park’s summer concert series. Scheduled for nine Saturday evenings in the summer, the Dixie Landin’ Concert Series — free to all park guests — begins with songwriter Andy Grammer and… Continue reading →