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Mid City merchants, artists shine for Hot Art, Cool Nights

Photo provided by Mid City Merchants -- David Chapple's abstract painting will be on view at the Pink Elephant Antiques.

Mid City Baton Rouge will bustle Friday as the 13th annual Hot Art, Cool Nights returns to give the community a taste of the latest in local art, shopping, food and music. The event, hosted by Mid City Merchants, will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Mid City Art and Design… Continue reading →

“I just wanted a pretzel, so I made a pretzel”: Rösch Bakehaus’ Jim Osborne discusses his beginnings and what’s next for the Baton Rouge bread maker

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.

The concert stage at Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’ will welcome pop singers, Disney 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 features iconic disco group Village… Continue reading →

Review: Nintendo’s ‘Star Fox Zero’ is inessential

Photo provided by Nintendo -- Nintendo has revamped Star Fox for the Wii U console, but our reviewer isn't too happy with what the video game company has done with the character.

How do you solve a problem like Fox McCloud? The vulpine aviator, sort of a bushy-tailed Han Solo, has been headlining Nintendo games for nearly two decades. And yet, he’s not going to make many lists of Top 10 Nintendo characters, mainly because his “Star Fox” franchise has been such a mixed bag. Over the years,… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: The Jayhawks soar; Eno challenges

Photo provided by Thirty Tigers -- The Jayhawks have released a new album, 'Paging Mr. Proust.'

Paging Jayhawks fans: The Americana band has returned with a timeless gem that belongs among the best of the group and its loose, expansive genre. “Paging Mr. Proust” kicks off with a one-two punch that’s a good guide for the rest of the collection. The leadoff, “Quiet Corners &… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for May 6-12, 2016

Photo provided by Chris Hochkeppel -- Burris will perform at Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge on Friday with Two Bear Moon and Jessie Frye. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from May 6-12, 2016. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for May 6-12, 2016

Advocate file photo by Ian McNulty --  Take a stroll through the historic gardens of Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, La. 10, St. Francisville, during a garden tour starting 10 a.m. Friday.

GARDEN TOUR FRIDAYS: 10 a.m., Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, La. 10, St. Francisville. Take a stroll through the historic gardens, pointing out significant heirloom varieties of plantings and focusing on both historic and modern cultivation methods and care. $10, adults; $8, seniors; and $4, students. Free for children 5 and under.… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals calendar for May 6-12, 2016

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  Corinn Doucet shows off her entry for the frog costume competition during the 43rd Annual Frog Festival in Rayne last year. This year's festival starts Wednesday.

MAYFEST: Downtown Leesville. The two-day event features live music, demonstrating artists and children’s activities, plus food, a gospel tent and pancake breakfast. ZWOLLE LOGGERS AND FORESTRY FESTIVAL: Zwolle Festival Grounds, South Main Street, Zwolle. Celebrate the community’s logging history with arts and crafts, food, rides, music and the famous “mudbog.”… Continue reading →

Beyoncé adds New Orleans stop on Formation World Tour in September

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Carter Finley Stadium on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Beyoncé fans, rejoice: Queen Bey will be bringing her Formation World Tour to New Orleans after all. Beyoncé announced an additional seven shows to her North American stadium tour Thursday. The global superstar will perform at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sept. 24. She also added second shows in Houston and Atlanta. Tickets go on sale May 13. Here are all the… Continue reading →

Mandeville’s Emily Roche, 12, to cook on ‘Chopped Junior’

Photo provided by Food Network -- Emily Roche, of Mandeville, will compete on Tuesday night's episode of 'Chopped Jr.' titled 'Quail Quest.'

Nobody likes the chopping block, Emily Roche included. “I was kind of nervous,” the 12-year-old Mandeville cook said of that part of competing on Season 2 of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior.” But if the 9- to 15-year-old cooks want to advance to the finals, and possibly win $10,000, they must survive two elimination rounds on the… Continue reading →

Beausoleil's Nathan Gresham on his journey as chef -- and a fall event that'll 'open people's eyes' about Baton Rouge cuisine

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Jeffrey Conaway, left, and executive chef Nathan Gresham, right, two of the co-owners of  Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar.

When Nathan Gresham first got to Louisiana, he was on the one-year plan. Now, it’s hard to imagine Baton Rouge’s restaurant scene without him. Since he was 18, the chef/co-owner of Beausoleil has loved the intensity and stress that comes with being in the weeds in a restaurant kitchen.… Continue reading →

Julian Primeaux: In the rowdy, royal company of a rock ’n’ roller

Photo provided by Julian Primeaux -- Singer-guitarist Julian Primeaux, of Lafayette, will perform Friday at Phil Brady's in Baton Rouge. The Rakers will open.

Julian Primeaux, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter/guitarist who was raised in the Northside area of Lafayette, had an ambitious plan. The goal was to release three albums in one year, all concept records about the human heart. Each record would show a different sound of Primeaux — one fiery rock ’n’ roll, one gospel, and one with jazz-like… Continue reading →

Review: Tiny La Mexicana is big on flavor

Advocate staff photo by Kyle Peveto -- The carne asada at La Mexicana is marinated and full of flavor. It is served with fresh corn tortillas.

La Mexicana feels like an insider’s kind of place. You enter a small grocery store in a Siegen Lane strip mall and walk past the T-shirts, racks of pan dulce and a butcher’s case to find a few tables in the back. Like other taquerias across Baton Rouge, here they serve a variety of Mexican… Continue reading →

Intergalactic, International: Red Stick Festival continues this weekend

Photo provided by Disney -- Daisey Ridley stars as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from  'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.' The film will be screened Saturday night as part of the Red Stick International Festival in Baton Rouge.

After opening with the LSU Video Game Symposium last weekend, the Red Stick International Festival continues Saturday and Sunday in Baton Rouge. The schedule will offer: 10 A.M.-3 P.M.: Kids’ Lab, EBR Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Activities will include exhibits by Knock Knock Children’s Museum; NASA/Stennis; Arduino… Continue reading →

Review: The Viatones stun on second record

Photo by Gabrielle Savoy -- The Viatones have released a sophomore album.

Blayze Viator probably doesn’t listen to anything that would be considered “current music,” and that’s all right. Viator is the lead singer/guitarist for The Viatones. He and his band released a sophomore, self-titled full-length last weekend, in the midst of the Festival International celebration. It has been reported… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for April 29-May 5, 2016

Photo provided by the Iberia Parish Convention Visitors Bureau -- Azaleas line the azalea trail in New Iberia. Visitors can take a self-guided driving tour and catch the blooms along the way.

COFFEE WITH CREATIVES —DOUG DOMINGUE: 2 p.m., Rêve Coffee Roasters, 200 Jefferson St., Lafayette. An event where aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts learn more about the speaker’s career and ask questions about the creative process. PAINT AND SIP: 6 p.m., Iberia Parish Library, 510 N. Main St., Loreauville. Artist Emily Robichaux will sketch out the pre-planned… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals calendar for April 29-May 5, 2016

Zachary Plainsman archive photo -- A view from the opening ceremonies at Zfest, the event continues through Sunday in Zachary.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Mega-music festival with food, crafts, demonstrations and a lineup of glittering talent at stages and tents throughout the grounds. $75 at the gate, $5 children ages 2-10. ZFEST — ZACHARY ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL: BREC Zachary… Continue reading →

Review: Beyoncé proves to be center of pop universe ... again

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Beyonce, seen here performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in New Orleans, released a new album/music video set titled 'Lemonade,' last weekend.

Beyoncé doesn’t simply release albums anymore, she unleashes events. And so it was, amid deep mourning for a lost icon, music’s queen dropped “Lemonade,” an arresting display of videos and singles, that appeared deeply personal yet is a bold social and political statement as well. It contains revenge anthems for scorned wives,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge dancer to appear on ‘Ellen’ on Thursday

File photo provided by LORI JOHNSON -- Baton Rouge dancer Payton Johnson earned the honor of National Teen Best Dancer at The Dance Awards July 5-12, 2015, in New York City. Shown with her is choreographer Jason Parsons.

University High School junior Payton Johnson of Baton Rouge will dance on the “Ellen” show at 3 p.m. Thursday. “Ellen” airs locally on WVLA, Channel 33 (cable Channel 3). The segment will feature the Top 30 young dancers in the country dancing alongside professionals to promote DancerPalooza, the “ultimate dance festival” set for this summer in… Continue reading →

'The spoon is back': Chef Michael Mangham returning to Baton Rouge restaurant scene at White Star Market

Rendering courtesy of SQUARE 46 -- The Square 46 mixed use development on Government Street announced its first tenant. White Star Market, a hall that will have nearly a dozen different food and drink booths, will take up 6,000 square feet in Square 46. Construction on Square 46 should start no later than early summer.

Michael Mangham, chef and former co-owner of the Silver Spoon, is returning to the Baton Rouge scene with a new restaurant at the upcoming White Star Market on Government Street. Mangham, who sold the Silver Spoon in 2008, has dubbed his new venture “Another Silver Spoon,” and his menu will reflect many of the dishes that appeared… Continue reading →

Festival International: Who to see, what to eat at the 30th anniversary of Lafayette’s premier celebration

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Scene Stabil Drill International stage is seen during Festival International de Louisiane in 2014. The festival takes place in downtown Lafayette, Thursday-Sunday.

. World music and art, local musicians and those famous stuffed bread bowls are just a few things you’ll encounter at the annual Festival International in downtown Lafayette. This year’s celebration is the event’s 30th year and features musical performances from bands like Chic Gamine, of Manitoba, to Louisiana’s own Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band.… Continue reading →

Festival International Spotlight: Pierre Kwenders

Photo provided by Bonsound -- Pierre Kwenders will perform at Festival International in downtown Lafayette this weekend.

Pierre Kwenders’ music is a reflection of two very different worlds. Kwenders, born José Louis Modabi, was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and lived there until the age of 15. Kwenders then relocated to Montreal, Canada, where he was exposed to electronic dance music and hip-hop. A little more than a… Continue reading →

Review: Shucks! somewhat satisfies with pricey, salty menu

Advocate staff photo by Kyle Peveto -- Shucks! has multiple varieties of charbroiled oysters on the menu, including the oyster supreme.

Before visiting Shucks!, decide what kind of diner you are. If you seek Gulf Coast comfort food, this is your place. However, if you favor light entrées and nuanced flavors, you might be disappointed. Shucks! features a menu full of oysters, shrimp and crab all dutifully prepared to satisfy Louisiana taste… Continue reading →

Leftovers: Red Stick Spice’s new location, Cocha opening, more

Photo provided by Anne Milneck -- Red Stick Spice Company will open in its new location at 660 Jefferson Highway on Wednesday, April 20.

Anne Milneck couldn’t contain her excitement last week. The owner of Red Stick Spice Company was finally ready to complete the move into her new location down the street. After a brief markdown sale over the weekend, Milneck and her crew moved from 7970 Jefferson Highway to 660 Jefferson Highway and opened in the new digs Wednesday. “It’s the biggest sense… Continue reading →

Brad Walker: Learning to be Sturgill’s sax man

Photo by Rick Moore -- Brad Walker, a Baton Rougean who performs regularly in New Orleans, now has a gig with country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson.

The road to success in an uphill climb, but Brad Walker is making quick work of it. Now on an international tour with Sturgill Simpson, country music’s fastest rising star, saxophonist Walker has made it from LSU graduate student to main stage performer in a half-decade’s time. “It definitely isn’t luck,” Walker… Continue reading →

Red Stick powers up with local video game symposium

Photo provided by Red Stick International Festival -- Kids play the 'Tadpole Treble' game made by BitFinity at a past Red Stick International Festival.

These days, it seems like everyone plays video games, whether it’s on a phone or with a virtual reality visor strapped to their face. However, making those games remains as challenging as ever, as technology skyrockets and projects expand in scope and complexity. Luckily, would-be game designers and battle-hardened veterans alike can get their questions answered at… Continue reading →

Re-enactors head back to the battlefield in Jackson

Photo provided by Scott Clause -- Reenactors fire a cannon during the annual Battle of Jackson Crossroads presented by the Jackson Living History Association last year. This year's 25th event is Saturday-Sunday in Jackson.

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early for the 25th annual Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Jackson Crossroads on Saturday and Sunday in Jackson. Before the troops charge and the cannons fire, visitors can walk through campsites reflective of the 1860s. “Sutlers Row” will offer vintage and period military clothing stores of the era and specialty… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Sturgill Simpson, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

This CD cover image released by Atlantic Records shows "A Sailor's Guide To Earth," by Sturgill Simpson. (Atlantic Records via AP)

Sturgill Simpson defies categorization — and exceeds expectations — with “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” an exploration of life’s journey inspired by the birth of his first child. Simpson funks up his country twang with a rousing horn section while keeping a rocking and rollicking edge underneath his probing… Continue reading →

Fairs and Festivals calendar for April 22-28, 2016

Advocate file photo by STACY GILL -- Kyleigh Whitfield, 3, left, and Whitney Still, 3, enjoy a ride together at last year's Zfest. This year's event starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday, May 1.

ALLEN PARISH CANOE FESTIVAL: Allen Parish Fairgrounds, Oberlin. The festival features carnival rides, games, food vendors and entertainment. All proceeds go toward scholarships for Allen Parish students. FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE: Downtown Lafayette, with shuttles from Cajun Field, 2351 W. Congress St. Expansive festival with music,… Continue reading →