‘Pitch’ trailer features several BR spots

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crews work to film 'Pitch Perfect 2' in June at BREC's Highland Road Community Park in Baton Rouge.

There’s the LSU Quad, BREC’s Highland Road Community Park and the LSU Union Theater. Those are just a few of the local sites which pop up on the just-released trailer for the feature film “Pitch Pefect 2.” The film was shot over the summer in Baton Rouge and is a sequel to 2012’s “Pitch Perfect,” also… Continue reading →

Movies

Review: Jennifer Lawrence shines in ‘Mockingjay’

Photo by MURRAY CLOSE -- Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Gamers: Mockingjay -- Part 1.'

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” bides its time. In doing so, the film diminishes the impact of its heroine, Katniss Everdeen, and mutes the urgency in Suzanne Collins’ futuristic “Hunger Games” novels. Breaking book No. 3 of the… Continue reading →

Video

True BR: Zydeco music brings La. together (Video)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, right, plays the washboard alongside Anthony Dopsie of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters during the first of a four-part series of free concerts on Sunday at the Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The concert series, produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and hosted by the Gonzales Mayor's Council, continues Sunday with the Michael Foster Project.

​Anthony Dopsie, the accordion player of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, explains the culture of zydeco music in Louisiana. He also talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary zydeco musician Rockin' Dopsie. True… Continue reading →

Red

‘Pitch’ trailer features several BR spots

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crews work to film 'Pitch Perfect 2' in June at BREC's Highland Road Community Park in Baton Rouge.

There’s the LSU Quad, BREC’s Highland Road Community Park and the LSU Union Theater. Those are just a few of the local sites which pop up on the just-released trailer for the feature film “Pitch Pefect 2.” The film was shot… Continue reading →

Music

Making music is a family affair for Parmalee

Photo by BBR Music Group -- Parmalee

After grinding hard in the music business for a decade, country-rock band Parmalee’s efforts paid big rewards this year. Two of the North Carolina group’s songs went Top 10. “Carolina” became the band’s first No. 1 hit and… Continue reading →

Entertainment & Calendars

‘Pitch’ trailer features several BR spots

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crews work to film 'Pitch Perfect 2' in June at BREC's Highland Road Community Park in Baton Rouge.

There’s the LSU Quad, BREC’s Highland Road Community Park and the LSU Union Theater. Those are just a few of the local sites which pop up on the just-released trailer for the feature film “Pitch Pefect 2.” The film was shot… Continue reading →

Video Games

‘Civilization’ shoots for the stars

Photo provided by 2K Games -- A scene unfolds in the new video game, 'Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.'

Our planet isn’t in very good shape. The good news, according to “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth” (2K Games, for the PC, $49.99), is that we’ll be able to hang around for another 500 years or so. The bad news: After that,… Continue reading →

Arts

Breaux’s ‘Dwelling’ breathes life into childhood haunting

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Artist Silas Breaux screws together his piece 'Dwelling' at its installation at the LSU Musem of Art on Nov. 13.

To Silas Breaux, Thibodaux was a foreign land, a place that existed only in his great-grandfather’s stories of a childhood at Melodia Plantation. Melodia haunted Breaux. The place of his great-grandfather’s childhood adventures is now a… Continue reading →

Books

‘Great Pirate Christmas Battle’ fun tale for holiday

'The Great Pirate Christmas Battle' by Michael G. Lewis

“The Great Pirate Christmas Battle” by Michael G. Lewis. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99. Cap’n McNasty and his crew, bored with stealing gold and other treasures, decide one night to steal Christmas presents from… Continue reading →