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

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 →

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

Books can make versatile and meaningful home-design elements

Associated Press photo by Beth J. Harpaz -- A solid wall of 4,000 paperback romance novels spelling out the word forever in an art installation at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The work by John Salvest was part of a major contemporary art show at the museum in late 2013. Salvest said there was an 'underlying sadness' to collecting the discarded books from thrift shops in an era when fewer people read physical books.

— Some people love the look of a bookshelf stuffed with books, and what that represents. Others see books as clutter, and wonder why anyone owns them in the digital era. But the “well-chosen book,” or an… 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

Port Hudson museum gets model of Civil War-era gunboat

Photo provided by Office of State Parks -- A scale model of the Union gunboat USS Essex is being added to the Port Hudson State Historic Site museum. It's inaugural sail will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, during a program at the historic site, which is on U.S. 61 near Zachary.

Port Hudson State Historic Site is adding a 1:32 scale model of the Union gunboat USS Essex that served during the Civil War to its exhibits collection. The model was created and donated by Robert Seal, of… Continue reading →

Books

Books can make versatile and meaningful home-design elements

Associated Press photo by Beth J. Harpaz -- A solid wall of 4,000 paperback romance novels spelling out the word forever in an art installation at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The work by John Salvest was part of a major contemporary art show at the museum in late 2013. Salvest said there was an 'underlying sadness' to collecting the discarded books from thrift shops in an era when fewer people read physical books.

— Some people love the look of a bookshelf stuffed with books, and what that represents. Others see books as clutter, and wonder why anyone owns them in the digital era. But the “well-chosen book,” or an… Continue reading →