‘Frozen’ star Idina Menzel to perform at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre in July

Photo by ROBIN WONG -- Idina Menzel

Singer and actress Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in the animated Disney hit “Frozen,” will perform at the Saenger Theatre on July 30. Menzel’s recording of “Let It Go,” the Oscar-winning song from “Frozen,” was a Top 10 hit and a million-seller. “Frozen” has also become the highest-grossing animated movie in history. The… 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

‘Duck Dynasty’ star makes ‘Dancing’ finals

ABC photo by Adam Taylor -- Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas react to the judges' scores on Monday night's 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Louisiana contestant Sadie Robertson has made it to Tuesday’s finale of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The “Duck Dynasty” reality show personality and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas wowed the judges Monday night with a repeat of the… 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

Facing HIV/AIDS: Years of treating patients illustrated in graphic art of retired psychiatrist

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER --  Eric Avery's molded paper woodcuts,  'The Face' project, show the graphic and sometimes horrific course of AIDS. The piece is part of his exhibit, 'The Art of Eric Avery, M.D.: HIV/AIDS Witness, Healer, Survivor,' which runs through Dec. 7 at the LSU School of Art's Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Warning: Eric Avery pulls no punches. His artwork is graphic and sometimes horrific. But so is the world of HIV/AIDS, where its victims experience a daily dose of fear, despair and hopelessness. Those were the conditions Avery… 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

Facing HIV/AIDS: Years of treating patients illustrated in graphic art of retired psychiatrist

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER --  Eric Avery's molded paper woodcuts,  'The Face' project, show the graphic and sometimes horrific course of AIDS. The piece is part of his exhibit, 'The Art of Eric Avery, M.D.: HIV/AIDS Witness, Healer, Survivor,' which runs through Dec. 7 at the LSU School of Art's Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Warning: Eric Avery pulls no punches. His artwork is graphic and sometimes horrific. But so is the world of HIV/AIDS, where its victims experience a daily dose of fear, despair and hopelessness. Those were the conditions Avery… 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 →