Second City troupe brings improvisation, live comedy show to Lafayette’s Acadiana Center for the Arts

What do Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert have in common? They got their start at the nation’s original improv theater group, Second City. No comedy joint in the world has produced so many superstars over the years, and to celebrate that legacy and its 55th anniversary, one of Second City’s many troupes is… Continue reading →

Movies

N.O. jeweler prepped for new reality show

Photo provided by Food Network --  Thomas Mann poses on the set of 'All-Star Academy, Season 1.'

Thomas Mann crafts brilliant baubles by day and dazzling dishes by night. The nationally known New Orleans jewelry designer and metalsmith takes his personal culinary expertise to the Food Network’s new reality cooking competition series, “All-Star Academy,” starting Sunday night.… Continue reading →

Video

Video: Triumph Kitchen moves to a new home

Advocate photo by KEVIN MCQUARN -- Chris Wadsworth, founder of Triumph Kitchen, teaches students to prepare fish lunches at Modern Meals located at 2921 Government St .

Chris Wadsworth, founder of the educational venue Triumph Kitchen, talks about the school's move to its new home in Modern Meals located at 2921 Government St. Wadsworth also discusses the success of his students and how his past pushed him to found the… Continue reading →

Red

Review: Like a con artist, ‘Focus’ charms and deceives you, in a good way

Warner Bros. photo by FRANK MASI -- Margot Robbie plays Jess and Will Smith is Nicky in the new heist film, 'Focus,' shot in New Orleans and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on — when of course you haven’t a clue — that’s also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn’t it?… Continue reading →

Music

Billy Joe Shaver returns to writing with another autobiographical album

Photo by JIM MCGUIRE -- Billy Joe Shaver

In August, Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver released “Long in the Tooth,” his first album since 2008. Shaver, who hit a landmark birthday on Aug. 16, really loves his new batch of songs. As usual, they’re autobiographical. “To be honest, you… Continue reading →

Entertainment & Calendars

LSU theater group to perform ‘Carrie the Musical’, yes... that ‘Carrie’

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Playing high school students in 'Carrie, the Musical' are, from left, Sarah Fruge, Jacob Voisin, Alexander Adams and Emily Heck, with Haley Schroeck, who plays Carrie's mother,  and Abigail Tatum as Carrie in the LSU Department of Theatre's production.

Get ready for Carrie. Yes, that Carrie — the one whose high school prom climaxes with a bloody finale. She’ll take the Reilly Theatre stage Wednesday, March 4, to begin LSU Theatre’s Main Stage run of “Carrie the Musical.” That’s… Continue reading →

Video Games

Knights of ‘The Order’ battle Victorian monsters

Photo provided by Sony Computer Entertainment -- Sir Galahad's the star of the new video game, 'The Order: 1886,' for PlayStation 4.

When a game has “1886” in the title, you expect to see a few familiar characters: Sherlock Holmes, perhaps, or Jack the Ripper, or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You don’t expect the lead to be Sir Galahad. And yet, here… Continue reading →

Arts

LSU theater group to perform ‘Carrie the Musical’, yes... that ‘Carrie’

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Playing high school students in 'Carrie, the Musical' are, from left, Sarah Fruge, Jacob Voisin, Alexander Adams and Emily Heck, with Haley Schroeck, who plays Carrie's mother,  and Abigail Tatum as Carrie in the LSU Department of Theatre's production.

Get ready for Carrie. Yes, that Carrie — the one whose high school prom climaxes with a bloody finale. She’ll take the Reilly Theatre stage Wednesday, March 4, to begin LSU Theatre’s Main Stage run of “Carrie the Musical.” That’s… Continue reading →

Books

LSU book bazaar to be held March 5-7

Advocate staff photo by Beth Colvin -- Friends of the LSU Libraries Book Bazaar Chairwoman Anne West holds a German Bible from 1868.

Nestled in the palm of Anne West’s hand is a tiny Bible clothed in purple velvet and adorned with fantastically detailed brass inlay. It’s well over 100 years old, and the elegantly rendered text is in German. West can’t divulge much… Continue reading →