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Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown still alive at hospital after being found unresponsive in tub

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a bathtub by her husband and a friend and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital. The incident remains under investigation.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

ATLANTA -- The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend. Her husband and the friend called 911 and performed CPR on Brown because they did not believe she… Continue reading →

Review: Standoffs between Costner, Spencer are ‘Black or White's' strong suits

Photo by TRACEY BENNETT -- Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer star in 'Black or White.'

Star performances propel the made-in-New Orleans “Black or White.” A script that has an identity crisis, however, weighs the movie down, pulling it into messy dramedy. Kevin Costner stars as the well-meaning, well-to-do guardian of his biracial granddaughter, Eloise. Costner’s daughter, the girl’s teen mother, died in childbirth. Eloise’s absent father has… Continue reading →

Review: A tired gimmick weakens thriller ‘Project Almanac’

Paramount Pictures photo by GUY D'ALEMA -- From left, Sam Lerner as Quinn Goldberg, Jonny Weston as David Raskin, Allen Evangelista as Adam Le, and Virginia Gardner as Christina Raskin share a scene in 'Project Almanac,' opening Friday.

What have we done to deserve another found-footage movie? The tired hand-held technique that seemed so fresh in 1999 with “The Blair Witch Project” long ago wore out its welcome. The only thing noteworthy about its use in “Project Almanac,” which follows a group of high school misfits who invent a time travel apparatus,… Continue reading →

Red’s parade list: It’s Carnival time in South Louisiana

Advocate file photo by John Oubre -- A rider on a float, titled 'The Mississippi Queen,' tosses trinkets to the crowd at the 2014 Krewe of Orion parade in downtown Baton Rouge.

They’ll be parading over in Patterson, and partying down in Duson. They’ll take to the Tchefuncte and Tickfaw rivers, too. There are paraders with paws and pushmowers, flambeaus and flamingos and more. Man oh man, it’s Carnival time!… Continue reading →

Whirling Dervishes spin into BR, N.O.

Photo provided by Emrah Aktepe -- The Whirling Dervishes of Rumi will perform on Tuesday at Independence Park Theatre.

The timing wasn’t deliberate, considering that the Whirling Dervishes’ Louisiana performances were scheduled long before the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. But it couldn’t be more perfect. “Their message is loud, especially in today’s conditions,” says Emrah Aktepe. “It says, ‘Come wherever you are, we accept everyone as who they are.” Aktepe is… Continue reading →

Michael Foster combines jazz, dinner for free fun at Roux House

Advocate photo by LESLIE ROSE -- Guest saxophonist Wes 'Warmdaddy' Anderson performs for the first Red Bean Monday event at the Roux House.

Mondays in Louisiana have always been all about the red beans. Now, thanks to Michael Foster, Baton Rougeans can enjoy a free evening of live jazz with their free meal from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Roux House, 143 Third St. The event, “Red Beans and… Continue reading →

Downtown Baton Rouge's Aztecas stays a step above typical Tex-Mex

Advocate photo by Jill Arnold -- The shrimp El Paso featured eight jumbo shrimp stuffed with fresh jalapeno, wrapped in bacon and charbroiled.

The pulse of downtown Baton Rouge seems to beat faster each time we visit. A new park here, a new grocery store there and a large building going up right where The Advocate once stood. It’s probably a good thing the Aztecas restaurant wasn’t right across the street when we worked there, because the food is… Continue reading →

Opera Louisiane hosts gala fundraiser for upcoming ‘Madama Butterfly’ production

Photo provided by Opera Louisiane -- Artist Hunt Slonem donated his 2014 painting, 'Spice Bush Swallowtail,' to be auctioned at Opera Louisiane's Butterfly Opera Ball.

Butterflies will take flight for “Madama Butterfly” at the City Club of Baton Rouge on Monday. That’s figuratively speaking, of course, because the butterflies in Hunt Slonem’s 2014 painting, “Spice Bush Swallowtail,” are forever in flight. And they’ll make an appearance during the live auction at Opera Louisiane’s… Continue reading →

St. Paul and the Broken Bones surprises audiences with neo-soul sound, energy

Photo by DAVE MCCLISTER -- St. Paul and the Broken Bones

St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a quickly rising neo-soul band from Birmingham, Alabama, has a famous fan in the soon-to-retire TV talk-show host David Letterman. Earlier this month, astute music lover Letterman praised the band during an unprecedented two minute-plus introduction to the group’s “Late Show With David Letterman” debut. “Are… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area from Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015

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'  'Kick It Out.' Performances are Friday and Saturday at the Manship Theatre.

The Baton Rouge area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Suspense, action fuel ‘Most Violent Year’

Photo provided by A24 -- Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain play a New York couple struggling to keep their business afloat in 'A Most Violent Year.'

Two of the brightest screen thespians of our day lead the cast of the crime and corruption drama “A Most Violent Year.” Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Interstellar”) and Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) portray a threatened married couple. Chastain’s character, a Brooklyn-born gangster’s daughter, and… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015

Photo provided by Phat Hat – Phat Hat -- Baton Rouge funk ’n’ soul band Phat Hat performs Saturday at the Varsity Theatre. Jordy Searcy opens the show.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Captain Green celebrates fifth anniversary, second album

Photo provided by Captain Green -- Captain Green

Baton Rouge’s funk-jazz-fusion sextet, the adventurous Captain Green, will celebrate its second album Friday night at the Varsity Theatre. “Protect Each Other Together” runs more than an hour, even though it contains only six selections. Four of the tracks last between 10 and 17 minutes. And there’s no singing. “We like the freedom we… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Jan. 30, 2015


HAMMOND FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 2 W. Thomas St., Hammond. Fresh produce, arts and crafts. (985) 277-5681 or JEANERETTE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Jeanerette City Park. Tarleton Street, Jeanerette. Locally-grown foods and handmade items. (337) 276-4293 or LAFOURCHE CENTRAL MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Lafourche Central Market Pavilion, 4484 La. 1,… Continue reading →

New Orleans composer Terence Blanchard adds another film to his resume

Photo by VINCENT ISOLA -- Terence Blanchard

The latest movie score by New Orleans composer, trumpeter and Grammy-winning recording artist Terence Blanchard graces the drama “Black or White.” Opening Friday, the New Orleans-filmed “Black or White” stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The two Oscar winners play maternal and paternal grandparents engaged in a custody fight for their granddaughter. Blanchard’s dozens… Continue reading →

Oscar-winning Irish musician, actor Glen Hansard to play N.O.

Photo provided by Anti- Records -- Glen  Hansard

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning star of the 2007 movie musical “Once,” returns to New Orleans on Tuesday for an intimate performance at the Civic Theatre. The show will feature Hansard and a trio of musicians with whom he recorded his latest album, “Rhythm & Repose.” Hansard’s multi-tiered career includes 25 years of… Continue reading →

New Orleans area calendar for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015

Photo by John Barrois -- Marc Fouchi, middle, as Will Rogers, and the Zeigfeld Follies girls perform a number from Rivertown Theaters' 'The Will Rogers Follies.' The show runs thorugh Sunday in Kenner.

The New Orleans area calendar is a listing of events taking place in New Orleans and surrounding areas from Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Nickelodeon to offer Internet-only subscription service

This undated file image released by Nickelodeon shows a scene from the animated show

NEW YORK (AP) — Add Nickelodeon to the list of channels planning a stand-alone Internet offering. What’s not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. Nickelodeon owner Viacom Inc. merely says that the offering will have its own brand name. It’s possible the service… Continue reading →

Petty: No hard feelings for Sam Smith

In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, Sam Smith performs on stage at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smiths megahit Stay With Me for its similarities to his song, I Wont Back Down. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty says he has no hard feelings toward singer Sam Smith and called the similarities between Smith’s Grammy-nominated hit “Stay With Me” and Petty’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down” a musical accident. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said in a statement posted to his website Tuesday that “all my… Continue reading →

Wholesome, less racy Super Bowl ads expected

Advertisers are spending record amounts of money on this year’s Super Bowl commercials, hoping to score big with sports fans and consumers. After a string of domestic scandals in the NFL, analysts say expect to see more hopeful, positive ads.… Continue reading →

LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

In this Feb. 8, 2006, file photo, Sly Stone from the group Sly and the Family Stone performs at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled for the 71-year-old performer in his action against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and Even St.… Continue reading →

NCIS: New Orleans cast to ride in Orpheus parade

Stars of

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The cast of NCIS: New Orleans will ride as monarchs in the Krewe of Orpheus parade, which rolls on Lundi Gras, the day before Fat Tuesday. Stars Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder will join the television show’s creator, Gary Glasberg, in the parade through the city’s streets before Mardi… Continue reading →

Hollywood sign seekers disrupt neighborhood

Apps, maps and blogs are helping tourists find their way up curvy roads in search of the best view of the iconic Hollywood Sign. But the increased congestion is driving frustrated residents to take action.… Continue reading →

Just how does that yellow first down line work?

When Super Bowl XLIX kicks off on Sunday, it will utilize a piece of technology that has changed the viewing of the game and grown into a new industry of graphics in sports television.… Continue reading →

Cumberbatch says sorry for calling black actors ‘colored’

In this Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, file photo, actor Benedict Cumberbatch poses for photographers upon his arrival at the world premiere of the film The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies in London. Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an

LONDON (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an “idiot” to refer to non-white actors as “colored.” The Academy Award-nominated actor used the word on PBS talk show “Tavis Smiley” last week while discussing diversity in the entertainment industry. He said that “as far as colored actors go,” there were more opportunities in the U.S. than Britain,… Continue reading →

Christina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2013, file photo, Christina Aguilera arrives at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, in Los Angeles. The NBA announced Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, that Aguilera will perform ahead of the 64th annual NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She will sing a

NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande isn’t the only big-voiced singer performing at the NBA All-Star Game: Christina Aguilera has been added to the lineup. NBA announced Tuesday that Aguilera will perform ahead of the 64th annual game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She will sing a “New York-themed medley” during… Continue reading →

Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan Rivers’ death

In this May 15, 2014, file photo, Melissa Rivers, left, and Joan Rivers attend the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2014 Upfront at the Javits Center in New York. Melissa Rivers filed a malpractice lawsuit Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, against doctors and the clinic where her mother Joan Rivers had a routine medical procedure, stopped breathing, and later died. Rivers said in a statement that filing the suit was one of the most difficult decisions she had to make. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa. The 81-year-old comedian and star of “Fashion Police” on E! died Sept.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge couple will appear on ‘Steve Harvey’

NBC photo by -- GENIE LAVINE -- Steve Harvey, right, interviews Baton Rouge newlyweds Max and Bonnie Kate Zoghbi.

Baton Rouge newlyweds Bonnie Kate Pourciau Zoghbi and Max Zoghbi will tell their love story on “Steve Harvey” at 10 a.m. Tuesday on WAFB, Channel 9 (cable Channel 7). The couple will appear as part of a new, recurring segment on the show called “American Love Story.” The couple will explain how… Continue reading →

Revisiting a trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras: Paul McCartney recalls ‘My Carnival’ on ‘Venus and Mars’ re-release

Photo by -- Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, dressed as clowns for Mardi Gras, 1975

During the 1975 Carnival season in New Orleans, Paul McCartney celebrated his first and only Mardi Gras. Forty years ago this month, McCartney, his wife, Linda, and members of the former Beatle’s 1970s band, Wings, flew to New Orleans to record their fourth album, “Venus and Mars.” And on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975,… Continue reading →

’American Sniper’ holds top spot at weekend box office

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — “American Sniper” hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. “American Sniper” is up for six Academy Awards, including best… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Whiplash’ is powerful and punishing

Sony Pictures Classics photo by Daniel McFadden -- Miles Teller, left, plays Andrew, and J.K. Simmons is Fletcher in the new drama 'Whiplash.'

J.K. Simmons won a Golden Globe for his performance in “Whiplash” as the music teacher from hell. The 59-year-old actor has appeared in more than 50 movies and many TV hits, but he’s best known as the matter-of-fact professor in comic Farmer’s Insurance commercials. In “Whiplash,” Simmons moves far beyond being to the point. And there’s nothing… Continue reading →

Review: Depp indulges inner clown in charmless ‘Mortdecai’

Lionsgate photo by DAVID APPLEBY -- Gywneth Paltrow, left, and Ewan McGregor star in 'Mortdecai,' opening Friday.

Any film credited with its own “mustache wrangler” really should have been much more fun than Johnny Depp’s latest misfiring action-comedy. Mostly set in contemporary England, but aiming for the zingy retro feel of a vintage Peter Sellers or Terry-Thomas feature from the Swinging Sixties, “Mortdecai” is an anachronistic mess that never succeeds in re-creating the breezy… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Boy Next Door’ way too predictable

This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, Ryan Guzman as Noah seducing Jennifer Lopez as Claire Peterson in a scene from the film,

No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies. The latest proof is J.Lo starrer “The Boy Next Door,” a gender-reversing B-movie spin on “Fatal Attraction” that sets suburban family values against that one night of misguided, irresistible passion. An economically told popcorn pic built from horror-movie tropes, the film stars Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman as, respectively,… Continue reading →

Comedian Brian Regan brings tour to Baton Rouge

Photo by Brian Friedman --Brian Regan

Whether he’s quipping about his ongoing battle with the bathroom scale, that unfortunate soul manning the airport’s lost luggage office, or the over-categorization at the greeting card store, comedian Brian Regan cracks you up. The veteran funnyman sells out shows around the country, recently popped up in the Chris Rock feature film project “Top Five,”… Continue reading →

Life meets art at annual Surreal Salon Soiree

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- Patrons pose in creative costumes during the 2014 Surreal Salon Soiree at Baton Rouge Gallery.

It’s time for the annual otherworldly party, where life and art melds into a complete surreal experience. Baton Rouge Gallery calls it the Surreal Salon Soiree. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, the celebration coincides with the gallery’s annual national juried pop surrealism exhibit, “Surreal Salon.” “The setting will be the same,” Jason Andreasen says.… Continue reading →

Southern’s Human Jukebox prepares for competition

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Southern University assistant director Kevin Taylor directs a portion of the marching band's on-campus rehearsal Jan. 15.

Rehearsal was supposed to begin at 7:30 p.m. but was pushed back to 8 p.m., and then even later. “We won’t be going outside until 9:30,” Southern University’s Director of Bands Nathan Haymer says. “We have some class schedule conflicts, so we’re having to accommodate for that.” “It’s worth it,” Wayne Matthews says. Even on… Continue reading →

Synth-pop Prom Date follows debut album with tour

Photo by BRIAN BAIAMONTE -- Prom DateFrom left to right, Nick Boudreau, Christine Peirce, David Fuller and Brett Burke

Prom Date began in Baton Rouge in the summer of 2007 as a piano-centric pop-rock band. The band’s sound evolved through the years, moving to the 1980s-inspired, electronic keyboard-based snyth-pop the group specializes in now. Following the August release of “Portraits,” Prom Date’s full-length album debut, the group has been touring the country and… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area calendar for Jan. 23-29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The relationship of Kate and Garfinkel, played by Courtney Murphy and Kevin Harger, takes an unexpected turn in Theatre Baton Rouge's production of the musical 'Other People's Money,' which opens Friday and runs through Feb. 8.

The Baton Rouge area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 23-29, 2015. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Jan. 23-29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Florida Georgia Line -- The mega-country star duo known as Florida Georgia Line will perform Friday at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard are also on the show.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 23-29, 2015. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

With generous portions, quick service, varied menu, New China hits all the usual bases

Advocate staff photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The Singapore chicken at New China restaurant is both sweet and spicy.

One of the joys of dining out is that, apart from chain restaurants, every eatery has its own twist on things. Not every roux is as dark as others. Spice amounts and mixtures vary. Cooking techniques make familiar cuts of meat seem like something else. Sometimes, though, one has to look really, really hard to find the… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Jan. 23-29, 2015

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  -- Chris Segura will be one of the performers for a benefit concert Friday night for the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at The Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. For more information, call (337) 482-1320.

HOUSE CONCERT: 7 p.m., 1117 Marilyn Drive, Lafayette. To benefit Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at The Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Performances by Megan Brown, Kristi Guillory and Chris Segura. $20. (337) 482-1320 or MARDI GRAS CLUSTER DOG SHOW: 8 a.m.-5… Continue reading →

New Kids on the Block: New boy bands can learn from us

Invision/AP photo by CHARLES SYKES -- New Kids Kids On The Block members, from left, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight announce their 'The Main Event' tour at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday.

New Kids on the Block are ready to take new boy bands on the block to school. The Boston-based veteran group, which announced a summer tour with TLC and Nelly this week, said contemporary boy bands should check out their live concerts to learn from the experts. “As… Continue reading →

New Orleans calendar for Jan. 23-29, 2015

Photo by John Barrois -- Marc Fouchi, middle, as Will Rogers, and the Zeigfeld Follies girls perform a number from Rivertown Theaters' 'The Will Rogers Follies.' The show runs thorugh Sunday in Kenner.

The New Orleans area calendar is a listing of events taking place in New Orleans and surrounding areas from Jan. 23-29, 2015. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Johnny Depp says he’s ‘not quirky’

At the LA premiere of his crime caper ‘Mortdecai,’ Johnny Depp says he doesn’t consider himself quirky and eccentric, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany talk about the comedy japes on set.… Continue reading →

Court hears arguments on Jackson concert promoter lawsuit

In this March 5, 2009 ,file photo, U.S. singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play a series of comeback concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena. Attorneys for Katherine Jackson argued for a new trial before a California appeals court on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015, in her case against concert promoter AEG Live LLC, who she claims should be held liable for her son's death in 2009.  (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appellate court has heard arguments on behalf of Michael Jackson’s mother for a new trial in her lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live LLC. Attorneys for Katherine Jackson told a three justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles that a new trial should be ordered because… Continue reading →