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Pianist to perform solo concert Wednesday at LSU School of Music

Photo by BENJAMIN EALOVEGA -- Pianist Jonathan Biss will be the guest artist at the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra's opening night performance on Friday.

Pianist Jonathan Biss will perform a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple Drive. Biss headlined as the soloist in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s opening 2015-16 season concert Sept. 25. In 2001, he performed with the New York Philharmonic, and he made his Carnegie Hall… Continue reading →

Cangelosi Dance Project delivers emotional message in 'Strings' performance

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE -- Aaron Lafitte and Hannah Willson rehearse for the Cangelosi Dance Project's Oct. 11 fundraising performance.

Kris Cangelosi can’t help thinking of her brother when the camera frames Willem Dafoe’s slow-motion run for his life in Oliver Stone’s 1986 Vietnam War film, “Platoon.” The scene is ranked among the most iconic in movie history as Tom Berenger’s character leaves Dafoe’s at the mercy of the enemy as Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for… Continue reading →

Pam's Partly Line: In The Moment

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Opening Night --- At the Baton Rouge Symphony's Opening Night Gala are, from left, board Chairwoman Judy George, Johnny and Diane Tate, CEO Cary Byrd, hosts Whitney Vann and Robert Schneckenberger, Paula de la Bretonne and Music Director Timothy Muffitt.

One of the week’s highlights was the Baton Rouge Symphony’s Opening Night Gala Sept. 25 and an amazing performance featuring pianist Jonathan Biss. This year’s gala, hosted by Whitney Vann and husband Robert Schneckenberger, was kicked up several notches from past years with a formal sit-down dinner with wine pairings in the Hilton Capital Center’s Heidelberg Ballroom. Continue reading →

New Venture Theatre opens doors to old 'soul'

Photo by FREDERICK PRICE -- The multitalented Jeoffery Harris Jr. will be taking the stage in New Venture Theatre's 'SOUL,' which the dancer is also directing and helped choreograph.

The Soul Lounge will be the most happening place in town next weekend, when New Venture Theatre opens its doors to Aretha, Gladys and James Brown. But the most important guests will be those in the audience, some of whom will sit onstage while the dancers of the New Venture Movement dance company invoke the spirit… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana gears up for flourish of Fanfare

A classic opera, a lecture on the Middle East and a puppet theater performance are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 30th season of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October arts festival in Hammond. From Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 6-9, the Southeastern Theatre Department will present “No Exit,” a 1944 play… Continue reading →

‘Acadie’ authors will head to Paris for cultural award

The writers/directors of the book “Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History” have been named winners of le Prix France-Acadie 2015. Warren Perrin and Mary Broussard Perrin, of Lafayette, and Phil Comeau, of Montreal, collaborated on the project. This is the first time a book with Louisiana content has won this international award. The award ceremony… Continue reading →


Thumbalina at the Columbia Theatre

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Joseph Savell, owner of Backwoods Gallery, 11931 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, will open a show of his new tonalistic landscape paintings with a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (225) 721-1736.… Continue reading →

Students can write letters to authors to win contest

The 23rd annual Letters About Literature contest, a national reading and writing competition for students, has been announced by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, fourth- through 12th-grade students write a personal letter to a living or dead author of any genre explaining how that author’s book, poem or play… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: The color of the season

Antoinette Guthrie, Emily Tate, Sarah Zuschlag

It’s oxblood, ladies You can’t miss it. The color is everywhere in mall window displays and magazine pictures. Already heralded as the new black, it’s been done up in coats, dresses, leggings and skirts, leather, jeans and evening gowns. Fall fashion’s darling is oxblood. Yes, ladies, that’s what it’s called. Recoil… Continue reading →

Church group helps widows cope after spouse's death with spiritual, social support

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Carole Anne Brown, Judy Marley and Nancy Curry, from left, are part of the Widow's Walk, a support group for women who have lost their spouses, which meets at First United Methodist Church downtown to help each other get through rough times.

“The Widow’s Walk,” says Mary Louise “Lulu” Wemple, “is a place to tell your story. Just to know that you are not alone is comforting, and it helps being around other women who have experienced a spouse’s death.” Started in January 2012 by Wemple, with help from the Rev. Susie Thomas, the peer-to-peer support group of widows… Continue reading →

Salvation Army taking Angel Tree applications

The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge is taking applications for its Angel Tree Giving Program, which provides gifts of new clothing and toys to children in the greater Baton Rouge area who otherwise would receive little or nothing for Christmas. Families can apply for Christmas assistance in October at the corps center, 7361 Airline Highway, Baton… Continue reading →

King’s Men sponsors ‘Into the Wild’ retreat

The King’s Men is sponsoring a men’s retreat Nov. 12-15 at Chico State Park in Ville Platte. The “Into the Wild Weekend” retreat, for Catholic and non-Catholic men, is primarily an outdoor, skill-oriented weekend focused on providing men with experiences, including orienteering, topography, self-defense, survival skills, outdoor construction, fishing, wild-game food preparation and more. Early mornings consist… Continue reading →

Fairs, festivals set at area Baton Rouge churches

Several area churches will be holding fairs and festivals in the next few weeks. Scheduled are: St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 3912 Gus Young Ave., Baton Rouge, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. The church fair will feature local blues artists from noon to dusk commemorating the… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Woman sings praises of God, ministry

Kerwin Fealing

The arts were Shaffon Grodger’s first love. “I love to sing. I love to write my own songs. I love dancing,” said Grodger, a native of Jamaica and a fine arts student at Baton Rouge Community College. In 2009, Grodger got saved and experienced a newfound love relationship with God. “I love going to church,”… Continue reading →

TV Notes: New Orleans-shot 'Wild' film will air on Syfy Saturday

Photo provided by The Asylum -- Kelly Rutherford and Rob Morrow star in the New Orleans-shot 'Night of the Wild' airing at 8 p.m. Saturday on Syfy.

“When a large meteor crashes into a quiet town, pet dogs become mysteriously aggressive, attacking and killing the residents.” Yes, it’s Saturday night on Syfy. This latest original flick, “Night of the Wild,” is part of the network’s 8th annual “31 Days of Halloween” spook-a-thon with 600-plus hours of creepy programming now through Oct. 31. The… Continue reading →

Longtime family home in Woodgate focuses on comfort, ease of living

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Dr. Ronnie and Louann Bombet moved into Woodgate in the mid 1980s are probably the only family left among the original families in the subdivision.

Louann and Ronnie Bombet are certain of one thing — a formal house is not for them. Their idea of home is a welcoming place for four grown daughters, their husbands, three young grandchildren and an assortment of family dogs. “Our house is about children and dogs,” Louann Bombet said. Their large family… Continue reading →

‘Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening’: A late gardener’s spiritual wisdom

Photo provided -- Carol Walls and Giles Owita

My bookshelves are filled with guides to gardening. There’s a book about container gardens, another about topiary, a few on kitchen gardens and one on family gardening, whatever that is. Roses, perennials, native plants — I have books on every topic. But “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening” stands apart because rather than share how-to tips (there… Continue reading →

Gardening news: Fall is for planting shrubs

Advocate file photo -- Fall is a great time to plant shrubs in your yard and azaleas are an area favorite. To make sure you select the best shrubs, choose them based on their expected mature size and shape.

Shrubs make up the main background plants for most home landscapes, and fall is the best time to plant them. When selecting shrubs, choose those that will ultimately meet your design expectations, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings. If you have a plant that will mature to the wrong size, he says, chances are you’ll soon… Continue reading →

Once part of the Tiger Band, baton-twirling Tigerettes to celebrate 50th anniversary Saturday

Photo provided by Susan Watson Jullens -- Former LSU Tigerettes have returned to campus in years past for the Tiger Band Alumni reunion, including in 2006 when this group posed for a photo after rehearsals.

Time has imposed its usual changes, but they’re still the same girls — the girls who smiled at the crowd, the girls whose silver batons flashed in the reflection of the stadium’s lights. The girls the announcer introduced as the LSU Tigerettes when they performed at halftimes with the LSU Tiger Marching Band. They’ll… Continue reading →

Arnaudville brewer to help craft Southern craft beer for nationwide limited-edition release

Arnaudville's Bayou Teche Brewing is teaming up with five other brewers from the Southeast for a Southern craft beer to be sold as part of Beer Camp Across America. ORG XMIT: 0CoFOePwoi-5odnD5FsG

Arnaudville’s Bayou Teche Brewing is one of 30 breweries from across the nation selected to team up on a limited-edition beer that will be sold nationwide next summer. The limited-edition release is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Beer Camp Across America, a celebration of the art, spirit and flavors of American craft beer, the company said… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Survivors - 'Inspire and motivate'

Breast cancer survivors can be inspiring and uplifting. They can teach us how to confront the unexpected and to rely on faith to get through life-changing events. Many of the women who have faced the diagnosis wrestle with job disruptions and changes in their physical appearance. Daily schedules grow to include chemotherapy and radiation treatments… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Kicking off The HOLLYDAYS

Photo provided by SONYA GORDON --- Bartram Trail --- Celebrating the unveiling of the William Bartram Trail Marker at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library Sept. 13 are, from left, Library Director Spencer Watts; Kizzy Payton, East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control president; Randy Harelson, associate Professor Charles Fryling, LSU College of Art & Design; Sally Daigle, William Bartram Trail Project committee member; Kathy Wascom, Library Board of Control member; Peggy Davis Coates, LSU Hilltop Arboretum executive director; Melissa Eastin, library archivist; and Andrea Wulf, author of 'Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature & the Shaping of the American Nation.'

Tonight’s is the kickoff party for the Junior League’s annual Hollydays market, which opens to the public tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. It’s a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping and benefit your community at the same time because proceeds from the three-day event benefit the many projects of league.… Continue reading →

The New American Male: Swine Palace updates the story with 'Disgraced'

Photo provided by Swine Palace -- Zarif Kabier, left, plays Pakistani-American Amir Kapoor, who is trying to escape his Muslim background, and Cara Reid plays his artist Emily, who embraces his culture through her work, in Swine Palace's production of 'Disgraced.'

Is Amir Kapoor that much different from Stanley Kowalski? In some ways, yes. Stanley isn’t running away from his identity. Amir is. But if the dangerous instinct simmering deep within each is released, the resulting damage to their loved ones can be permanent. “So, here we have two men in American theater who learn who they… Continue reading →

Deadline set for LSU College of Music’s Gold Pass

Thursday is the deadline for signing up for the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts’ Gold Pass, which allows ticket holders to choose their own package of eight events for $100 for the fall semester. “This is the first year we’ve offered this package, and you don’t have to choose your events right away,” says Sheryl… Continue reading →

Genetics make up just small portion of cancer causes

Associated Press/U.S. National Cancer Institute photo -- Humans have 46 chromosomes, as seen in the image from the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Each chromosome contains genes, but genes comprise only 2 percent of DNA. But many worry that those genes could lead to a cancer diagnosis.

From pollution to processed foods, we worry that much of modern life causes cancer. For many, the scariest cause of cancer is the one we cannot change — the genes that make up who we are. But cancers caused by a gene inherited from your family make up only 5 to 10 percent of… Continue reading →

Christopher Kennedy Lawford to speak about his addiction, sobriety at O’Brien House fundraiser

Photo provided by KAREN KENDIG --- Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Christopher Kennedy Lawford describes himself as the product of an “addictive perfect storm.” The eldest child and only son of Patricia Kennedy (sister of slain President John F. Kennedy) and actor Peter Lawford, the 60-year-old says addiction runs in both sides of his family. He’ll talk about his battles and his sobriety at the O’Brien House breakfast… Continue reading →

Health briefs for Sept. 28, 2015: Breast cancer session, Mini Health Fair

Chicago Tribune/TNS photo by KAREN ANN CULLOTTA -- Students at Windsor Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Ill., including Adam Boesen, 10, are learning this year with the help of so-called classroom fit stations, including standing desks, exercise bikes and elliptical machines.

WHAT: Think Pink: An Overview of Breast Cancer WHEN: Noon, Friday, Oct. 2. Registration starts at 11 a.m. WHERE: Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library, Meeting Room, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: Deadline to register is Oct. 1. Call (800) 561-4127 or DETAILS: Dr. R. Kim Meiners will speak.… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What do I need to know about ovarian cancer?

What is ovarian cancer? A malignant tumor that begins in the ovaries is called ovarian cancer. There are several types of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer that begins on the surface of the ovary (epithelial carcinoma) is the most common type. Ovarian cancer that begins in the egg-producing cells (germ cell tumors) and cancer that begins in… Continue reading →

Southern's Human Jukebox performs the 'Whip,' 'Nae Nae' during halftime vs. Georgia

Southern University Marching Band file

Though the Jaguars suffered a loss to the University of Georgia in Athens on Saturday, Southern University’s Human Jukebox Marching Band returned home victorious after wowing a sea of red-clad fans and earning a standing ovation in Sanford Stadium. It was reported by ESPN earlier in the week that the Bulldogs included an appearance by the Human… Continue reading →

Road to Excellence program helps youngsters organize, plan, succeed

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Students, like Baton Rouge High freshmen Maya Jenkins, 14, left, and Trinity Alexander, 14, spread throughout the Boys Hope Girls Hope home to study. Part of  the after-school study program, these students found a spot under the 'Wall of Graduates.'

Freshman year at the selective Baton Rouge High School was tough for Diamond Bell. A smart and talented artist, Bell always breezed through school before and assumed she would excel into college. But her “goofing off” was derailing her dreams. “I just thought that I could go to college, and it would… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Fall is time for fantasy gardens

While cleaning a bookshelf the other day, I came across my Aunt Eunice’s one-volume garden encyclopedia, something we saved from her house after she died three years ago. There was an old envelope inside to help her mark a favorite page, a discovery that made me smile in recognition. This is a family habit, apparently. People are… Continue reading →