Halloween, Day of the Dead collide in BR parade

Photo by Lawles Photography -- Day of the Dead

Why does it have to be “trick OR treat?” Can’t we have a little bit of both? The folks at 10/31 Consortium have found a way to mix both scary cheer and feel-good charity into the bubbling cauldron that is their annual Halloween Parade in Baton Rouge. For 10/31… Continue reading →

Movies

Review: ‘Sleep’ a decidedly average psych thriller

Clarius Entertainment photo by LAURIE SPARHAM -- Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth play wife and husband in 'Before I Go To Sleep.'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reteamed once again with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman stars as an amnesia victim whose brain resets back to 13 years ago after each night’s slumber in the decidedly average psychological thriller “Before I Go to Sleep.” Writer-director Rowan… 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

Keaton’s ‘Birdman’ may be his best performance

Photo provided by Fox Searchlight Pictures -- Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson in 'Birdman.'

The public loved Birdman. But Riggan Thomson, the actor who starred as the superhero in three hit movies, abandoned the character decades ago. Turning his back on the franchise didn’t work out well for Thomson. Without the winged hero, the… Continue reading →

Music

Keb’ Mo’ marks 20th anniversary of album debut

Photo provided by Aristo Media -- Keb' Mo'

Keb’ Mo’ just naturally blends his many musical experiences into his modern-day blues. “All those things are part of me,” he said recently. “That’s why they blend. That’s the blend of me. So it’s honest.” Marking the 20th anniversary… Continue reading →

Entertainment & Calendars

Halloween, Day of the Dead collide in BR parade

Photo by Lawles Photography -- Day of the Dead

Why does it have to be “trick OR treat?” Can’t we have a little bit of both? The folks at 10/31 Consortium have found a way to mix both scary cheer and feel-good charity into the bubbling… Continue reading →

Video Games

‘Evil Within’ is a nightmarish head trip

This image released by Bethesda Softworks shows the cover art for the video game,

In the video-game world, Shinji Mikami’s name has the same cachet that George Romero and Wes Craven have among moviegoers. Mikami created “Resident Evil,” the 1996 classic usually credited as the first “survival horror” game. He abandoned the series after 2005’s… Continue reading →

Arts

LSU Opera’s ‘Don Giovanni’ seductive, raw

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- LSU Theater Professor Nick Erickson, second from left, choreographs a sword fight scene


​ There will be sword fights, seduction, mistaken identities, romance and raw emotion. But Don Giovanni won’t add any notches to his score card when LSU Opera opens Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’sDon Giovanni” Thursday, Oct. 30, in the… Continue reading →

Books

Stripping away the myth: Author shows real ‘Killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis

'Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Jerry Lee Lewis picked up the nickname Killer as a boy, sent to the principal’s office for fighting his teacher. He spent a lifetime more or less living up to the name, as Rick Bragg shows in “Jerry Lee Lewis: His… Continue reading →