Street Performer Series: Artist Artis Lewis

Artis Lewis is a street artist in Jackson Square who expresses his feelings through art. Advocate Video by Kevin McQuarn

Artis Lewis is a street artist in Jackson Square who expresses his feelings through art. He believes creativity and an appreciation for the beauty of life gives him a very unique style. Lewis hopes that when he “leaves this planet” his legacy will live on through his painted work. … Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Tarot Card Reader JT Canko

JT Canko has been reading tarot cards for over 30 years and can be found in Jackson Square.  Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

JT Canko has been reading tarot cards for over 30 years and can be found in Jackson Square. Even though her readings don't usually include things like “hitting the lottery” or “meeting a tall, dark stranger,” Canko believes she gives customers a deeper sense of themselves. Canko also enjoys reading cards because it allows her to share in … Continue reading →

Video: Boo with the Blue

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Cpl. Mickey Duncan, left, puts some tricks into Brue Rainey's, 2, pumpkin, with help from Brue's mother, Tricia, right, during Baton Rouge Police's

Baton Rouge Police’s first Halloween party with costumes, games and food was held at the department’s new headquarters at the site of the former Woman’s Hospital on Airline Highway at Goodwood Boulevard. … Continue reading →

Scenes from Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show

The Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 25-26, 2014, in Convent featured cooking competitions, music, a pig roast, more than 30 food choices, more than 125 arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, face painting, tours of the historic mansion and lots more. Video shows scenes from Day 1. … Continue reading →

Video: Vehicle plunges into Ward's Creek

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A car that ran off of the access road underneath the overpass on Siegen Lane, sits in the canal below. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff deputies said one person was transported to a local hospital for observation.

A Kia Optima that ran off the access road beneath the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday sits in the canal below. An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy pulled the 39-year-old driver from the water. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. … Continue reading →

True BR: Zydeco music brings La. together (Video)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, right, plays the washboard alongside Anthony Dopsie of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters during the first of a four-part series of free concerts on Sunday at the Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The concert series, produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and hosted by the Gonzales Mayor's Council, continues Sunday with the Michael Foster Project.

​Anthony Dopsie, the accordion player of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, explains the culture of zydeco music in Louisiana. He also talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary zydeco musician Rockin' Dopsie. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of … Continue reading →

Long-standing second-line tradition uniquely New Orleans

Organizations have been marching behind brass bands in New Orleans since the 1840s. 170 years later, these processions, often referred to today as “second-lines,” can be found on the streets on most Sundays from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Videographer Caitlin McNally caught up with the second-lines of today and filed this report. … Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Mime Uncle Louie

Uncle Louie, a street performer in New Orleans, performs with a tourist.Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Uncle Louie is a full-time mime who can be found on Royal Street and near the Natchez Riverboat. He has been performing for over 21 years and believes the hardest part about street performing is making admirers happy. If there was one message Uncle Louie could share with the world, it would be simply, “love.” … Continue reading →

True BR: The rising art of spoken word poetry (Video)

Leslie D. Rose performs at the Independence Park Theatre on Sept. 19. Video by Kevin McQuarn

Spoken word poetry has been a staple in the arts community in Baton Rouge for well over two decades. However, with a new crop of poets rising from local high schools and universities, this art form has seen new life. Leslie D. Rose, a spoken word poet and journalist, shares an insider’s perspective on the culture of spoken … Continue reading →

Native Culture Day held at Vermilionville

Spectators visited the Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville to partake in their annual Native American Culture Day on Saturday. Representatives from many of Louisiana’s Native American tribes were present to celebrate their living cultures through craft demonstrations, food, music, dance and cultural exchange. … Continue reading →

True BR: The power of gumbo (Video)

Chef Carolyn Shelton gives a cooking demonstration at the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Carolyn Shelton, chef and ambassador for the River Road African American Museum, spotlights one of Louisiana's favorite dishes — gumbo. Gumbo is influenced by the many cultures of Louisiana and has the power to bring people together in both celebration and mourning. Every culture has a soup, and for Baton Rouge and surrounding areas that soup is … Continue reading →