Was the parody of a Baton Rouge native's Super Bowl ad 'appalling' or 'hilarious'?

Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum stars in the 'A Bold Dad' commercial for Toyota that first aired during Super Bowl XLIX.

The Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum-starring Toyota commercial, which first aired during the 2015 Super Bowl, got a controversial parody on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The original, feel-good television ad, opening with the words “Being a dad is more that being a father,” shows actor Herthum ever-present for his young on-screen daughter during poignant moments… Continue reading →

Movies

La. Film Society to screen “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

Photo by LAURIE SPARHAM -- From left to right, Celia Imrie as Madge Hardcastle, Ronald Pickup as Norman Cousins, Diana Hardcastle as Carol, Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade, Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnely and Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie in 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.'

The Louisiana International Film Festival and Louisiana Film Society are presenting an advance screening of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cinemark Perkins Rowe. Admission is free, based on a first come first serve… 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

Counterculture icon John Sinclair brings his poetry, music back to local listening room

Photo provided by Carlo Ditta -- Poet and radio personality John Sinclair, left, on stage with Carlo Ditta. They will perform Thursday at Henry Turner Jr.'s Listening Room in Baton Rouge.

John Sinclair — poet, recording artist, radio personality, former New Orleans resident and the inspiration for John Lennon’s 1971 protest song “John Sinclair” — returns to Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room on Thursday. He’ll perform with his frequent musical partner, guitarist Carlo Ditta.… Continue reading →

Music

Counterculture icon John Sinclair brings his poetry, music back to local listening room

Photo provided by Carlo Ditta -- Poet and radio personality John Sinclair, left, on stage with Carlo Ditta. They will perform Thursday at Henry Turner Jr.'s Listening Room in Baton Rouge.

John Sinclair — poet, recording artist, radio personality, former New Orleans resident and the inspiration for John Lennon’s 1971 protest song “John Sinclair” — returns to Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room on Thursday. He’ll perform with his frequent musical partner, guitarist Carlo Ditta.… Continue reading →

Entertainment & Calendars

Counterculture icon John Sinclair brings his poetry, music back to local listening room

Photo provided by Carlo Ditta -- Poet and radio personality John Sinclair, left, on stage with Carlo Ditta. They will perform Thursday at Henry Turner Jr.'s Listening Room in Baton Rouge.

John Sinclair — poet, recording artist, radio personality, former New Orleans resident and the inspiration for John Lennon’s 1971 protest song “John Sinclair” — returns to Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room on Thursday. He’ll perform with his frequent musical partner, guitarist Carlo Ditta.… 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

Musical comedy ‘Company’ tells timeless tale of marriage

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Dana Todd-Lux, Jason Dowies and Chip Davis, left to right in a scene from Theatre Baton Rouge's  upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's musical, 'Company.'

Even though “Company” is all about marriage, at the center of Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy is Robert, a single guy celebrating his 35th birthday. What better way for Robert to explore the possibilities of marriage than by observing the married couples… 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 →