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 →

Movies

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… Continue reading →

Video

Street Performer Series: Dancer Jennifer Jones

Advocate photo by KEVIN MCQUARN --- Jennifer Jones, daughter of the legendary musician Joe Jones, is a New Orleans street performer. She has been performing for nearly 10 years.

Jennifer Jones, daughter of the legendary musician Joe Jones, has been a New Orleans street performer for nearly 10 years. One of the last things her father said to her before his death was to “heal the people.” Jones believes that by making… Continue reading →

Red

’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… Continue reading →

Music

Paul McCartney recalls 1975 Mardi Gras, ‘My Carnival’ on ‘Venus and Mars’ re-release

Photo by SidneySmithPhotos.com -- Paul and Linda McCartney, masked as clowns for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1975.

During the 1975 Carnival season, Paul McCartney celebrated his 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… Continue reading →

Entertainment & Calendars

Paul McCartney recalls 1975 Mardi Gras, ‘My Carnival’ on ‘Venus and Mars’ re-release

Photo by SidneySmithPhotos.com -- Paul and Linda McCartney, masked as clowns for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1975.

During the 1975 Carnival season, Paul McCartney celebrated his 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… Continue reading →

Video Games

‘Zelda,’ ‘Batman’ among anticipated games due in 2015

Photo provided by Nintendo -- Developers for 'The Legend of Zelda' promise that Link’s actions will have the ability to reshape his fantasy world.

Link, Master Chief, Batman and Nathan Drake will be back in action. The leading men are among the protagonists starring in totally new video game installments in 2015, joined by newcomers like a team of intergalactic… Continue reading →

Arts

LSU concert highlights students

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- The LSU Trombone Choir will be among the many student ensembles featured in the LSU School of Music's annual nonstop concert, Concert Spectacular on Friday, Jan. 30, in the LSU Student Union Theater.

Audience members were few in the early days. Fans of the LSU School of Music’s Concert Spectacular might find this hard to believe, but Bill Grimes remembers. He produced the school’s first nonstop concert in collaboration with… Continue reading →

Books

Ex-literary agency aide makes nonfiction debut with ‘Salinger Year’

'My Salinger Year' by Joanna Rakoff

“My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff. Knopf, 2014. $25.95. Joanna Rakoff’s nonfiction debut chronicles her year spent as the assistant to the head of a literary agency in Manhattan in the late 1990s. The agency’s… Continue reading →