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Exhibit of iconic vinyl album covers on display at Manship Theatre

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER -- 'The Art of Vinyl,' a new exhibit in the Gallery at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts celebrates album art.

There was a time when the cover of an album was almost as important as the music inside. An African-American woman’s profile, perspiration dripping from her perfect skin, covered Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew.” Wild psychedelic caricatures fronted The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” and the Rolling Stones, the quintessential bad boys of rock ’n’ roll, focused on,… Continue reading →

Summer Show planned for Covington

The St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, will open its 50th National Juried Artists Exhibition, the Summer Show, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Artists’ awards will be presented at 7 p.m., and the show will run through Saturday, Aug. 8. Closing day will feature… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for June 5, 2015

Here’s what’s going on in the local arts and cultural scene: The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, will host a lunchtime lecture, “We All Wore Black: Mourning Dress at the End of the Civil War,” by Jenna Kuttruff at noon Thursday, July 9. Admission is free. For more information, call… Continue reading →

Brick floors stained with beeswax to signature slate roofs, Old State Capitol exhibit puts A. Hays Town's architectural genius on display

Photo by PHILIP GOULD -- Architect A Hays Town designed his Baton Rouge home, incorporating many of the elements -- stained brick floors and a weathered slate roof -- that are hallmarks of his style. This photo is among several by photographer Philip Gould in the exhibit 'The Enduring Architecture of A. Hays Town' at Louisiana's Old State Capitol.

From the ground up, A. Hays Town always knew exactly how he wanted the houses he designed to look. Hays’ touch was on every element, from the stain he and Warren Grevemberg developed for his signature brick floors to the weathered slate that roofed his designs. To him, the art was in the whole package.… Continue reading →

‘Summer Sounds at St. James’ begins on first Wednesday of July

Photo provided by The National WWII Museum -- Victory Belles will perform Wednesday at the 'Summer Sounds at St. James' concert at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge.

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation will host its sixth annual “Summer Sounds at St. James” series of musical concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July at St. James Episcopal Church, 205 No. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. Admission for each concert is $10; college students with a valid ID will be admitted free. A reception follows… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 28 - July 3

Associated Press photo provided by NASAComet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope March 27.

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the LSU Museum of Art’s 11th annual Fourth of July Celebration, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4, on the third and sixth floors of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Tickets are $125 for museum members;… Continue reading →

Canvases come alive with dancers’ choreography in debut production 'Abstraction'

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Darion Hill and Brionia Gougis, 17, rehearse "Abstraction," a New Venture Movement production, at En Pointe Studio Friday, June 12, 2015.

Each dance interprets an untitled abstract painting. Some will express happiness, some sadness and still others courage and tragedy. But Darrion Hill’s dances will reflect only love. The audience will see it in the dance he choreographed and the one in which he performs in “Abstraction,” the debut production by New Venture Movement, Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 21 - 27

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for SeLah Productions’ production of JaVon Ophelia’s gospel stage play, “Lord, If I Can Help Somebody,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Tickets are… Continue reading →

Exhibit celebrates perceptions of life inside the human body from patients, caregivers perspective

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER --  Kirstie Schieffler's 2015 patient collaboration painting, 'Suffering,' is part of the 'The Human Body' exhibit, a collaboration between the LSU Art Therapy program and the Baton Rouge Genera's Outpatient Infusion Lab on exhibit in the Jones Walker Foyer in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

The LSU Art Therapy Program recently collaborated on an art project with the Baton Rouge General Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Infusion Lab, which resulted in an exhibit of paintings titled “The Human Body.” The exhibit is showing at the Jones Walker Foyer in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. The space… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Irish Club sets Bloomsday event

The Baton Rouge Irish Club’s Bloomsday Celebration is set for 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Bloomsday is celebrated annually to commemorate the life of Irish novelist James Joyce and the fictitious events in his novel “Ulysses.” The name “Bloomsday” is derived from the name of the central character in… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 14 - 20

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s All Star Automotive Pop Series Bravo Broadway! concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St., Baton Rouge. The program will feature… Continue reading →

Arts Center to open Hammond artist’s exhibit

Photo provided by the Hammond Arts Center -- Phillip Colwart's Mardi Gras photography will be on exhibit at the Hammond Arts Center during June.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, is exhibiting award-winning photographer Phillip Colwart’s exhibit, “Mardi Gras Indians and Mardi Gras Subcultures,” through Friday, June 26. Colwart is a Hammond photographer whose photograph “Absotively Posilutely Doctor John” won first place in the Image Development category during the Hammond Art Guild’s 53rd annual open exhibition.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Ballet to host dance workshop

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- Guest artists Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez will be the instructors at Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's summer intensives.

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will bring internationally recognized guest artists Franklin Gamero and Iliana Lopez to the capital city to teach at the ballet theater’s Summer Dance Intensive from Monday through Friday, June 15-19. Husband and wife co-artistic directors of Gulfshore Ballet, these celebrated artists are returning to Baton Rouge after their performance as the Sugar Plum… Continue reading →

Of Moving Colors to host Summer Arts Camp

Registration is open for Of Moving Colors Productions’s summer arts camp, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 13 – 17. The camp, created for girls between ages 5-12, will offer a complete arts immersion including classes in dance, theatre, music and visual art. “For one week, girls get to be actors, dancers, singers, artists… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for June 6 - 14

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for Theatre Baton Rouge’s interactive production, “Tony N Tina’s Wedding,” which includes a sit-down Italian dinner, at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, at Greenoaks Funeral Home Reception Center, 9595 Florida Blvd. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and a… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for May 31, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s next Arts Market will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 6, in the St. Joseph Cathedral parking lot, 5th and Main streets downtown Baton Rouge. The Arts Market takes place in conjunction with the Red Stick Farmers… Continue reading →

Kids Orchestra offers summer camp program

Kids Orchestra is offering camp programs to give students entering kindergarten through fifth grade an interactive experience with orchestral music this summer. This innovative music camp will provide two full weeks of music lessons, music games and music appreciation as well as traditional camp activities. Session one is June 1-5, and Session two is June… Continue reading →

‘Mind’s Eye’ arts show brings awareness to mental illness

The Baton Rouge Affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness will present “The Mind’s Eye,” an art exhibition featuring works of art by artists in the community living with mental illness, with a reception and gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. NAMI Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

20"x20"x20": Small art has sizeable impact in juried LSU exhibit

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Justin Wilson's mixed media piece, 'Red Octopus,' is a merit award winner in the LSU Union Gallery's national juried '20X20X20' exhibition.

Call them sketches, the beginning of something bigger in Dan Hood’s cache of installation ideas. “But then, I also see them as finished pieces,” he says. “They can stand on their own, so I entered them in the show. But I never dreamed I’d win first place. I’m in shock.” In fact, Hood forgot he entered… Continue reading →

Putting artists on a new path

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- In his debut Baton Rouge Gallery exhibition, 'Paths of Moving Points,' Rob Carpenter plays with line to create calculated, eye-pleasing, hand-drawn tapestries.

Sometimes a line will veer off course on its journey from point A to point B and surprise Rob Carpenter. Perhaps that’s why he titled his exhibit “Paths of Moving Points.” It runs through Thursday at Baton Rouge Gallery. Carpenter’s show is joined by three May exhibitions by fellow gallery artist members: James Burke’s “Good Morning… Continue reading →

‘Waterscapes’ depicts healing aspect of nature

Jennifer Carwile, the artist who brought the crowd-favorite “My Life as a Mermaid” installation at Prospect 3+BR in December and January, is showing new work in the exhibit “Waterscapes” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Coates Guest House, 4518 Hyacinth Ave., at Lee… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for May 24, 2015

Photo provided by River Community Church -- Marlene Most's photo, Bret with Olivia, is part of the exhibit,k "Favorite Faces," which runs through Sunday, May 31, at River Community Church in Prairieville.

Here’s what’s happening this week in the area arts and cultural scene: The deadline is Monday, June 1, for entries to Forum 35’s Art Melt 2015. The statewide juried art show will run July 25 through Aug. 27 at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. The show is open to Louisiana… Continue reading →

The ‘Later’ Show: BR’s ‘Laugh Now Laugh Later’ sketch comedy takes a break, but releases DVD

Photo provided by Maddgame Entertainment -- "Laugh Now Laugh Later" is now available on DVD.

Maddgame Entertainment’s locally produced sketch comedy, “Laugh Now Laugh Later” will be taking a break while its producers focus on filming an independent film. But don’t worry. You can laugh now then laugh later while watching the new DVD of the best of the best from show’s first five seasons broadcast on… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for May 17, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, will show George Lucas’ classic, “American Grafitti,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, in commemoration of the Gallery at the Manship Theatre’s exhibit, “Gary Noel: Vintage.” Several vintage cars from… Continue reading →

Theatre Baton Rouge presents drama on life of Callas

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Maria Callas, right, played by Sandra Moon, instructs her 'Master Class' student Sophie de Palma, played by Rachel Lorando, while Manny Weinstock, played by Michael Borowitz, accompanies on piano. The Theatre Baton Rouge and LSU Department of Theatre's collaborative production runs through May 24/

Richard Baker knows Patricia O’Neill will cringe when he says it, but it’s the best way he knows to describe Maria Callas to those unfamiliar with opera. “I tell them that she was the Michael Jackson of the opera world,” he says. “She commanded that kind of awe and respect.” Baker and O’Neill are… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for May 10, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s free Sunday in the Park Concert Series for Spring 2015 concludes with the Caesar Brothers at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, on the North Boulevard Town Square downtown. For more information, call (225) 344-8558 or visit Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Symphony getting ‘idolized’: Outdoor show features ‘American Idol’ alums

Photo provided by John Such Artists Management -- Matt Giraud

Even though Haley Scarnato didn’t win “American Idol” in 2007, she’s still recognized everywhere she goes. She finished in the top 10 that year, as did her friend LaKisha Jones. And they’ll be sharing the talent that landed them in the competition at the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphony Idol” concert on… Continue reading →

Spring art festival promises hot time

Photo provided by Mid City Merchants --Carol Hallock's 'Four Amigos' is  among the art that will be available at Mid City Merchants' 'Hot Art, Cool Nights' on Friday, May 8.

Ready for some “Hot Art, Cool Nights” fun? Then come out for the 12th annual Baton Rouge Mid City Merchants-sponsored spring art festival set for 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 8. Thousands are expected to attend the annual romp, which provides a great opportunity to buy Mother’s Day gifts and meet… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for May 3, 2015

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- Willis Delony, the Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and Jazz Studies at LSU, will be the guest performer at the Southeastern Louisiana University’ Chamber Orchestra concert to be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond on Monday, May 4.

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Idol concert, featuring “American Idol” finalists LaKisha Jones, Haley Scarnato and Matt Giraud, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the LSU Rural Life Museum, 4600 Essen Lane. Lawn seating tickets are… Continue reading →

‘The Lightning Thief’ performance scheduled for Friday

“The Lightning Thief,” a Theatreworks USA’s musical production, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at BREC’s Independence Park Theatre and Cultural Center, 7800 Independence Blvd. A special school performance at 9 a.m. also will be held that day. The musical is adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, in which main character Percy Jackson is about… Continue reading →

‘Book Club Play’: Swine Palace’s latest is a real page turner

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Anthony McMurray, Addie Barnhar and Colt Neidhardt, from left, star in Swine Palace's production 'The Book Club Play' at LSU's Reilly Theatre.

I’ve never belonged to a book club, and nothing about Karen Zacarias’ play inspires me to join one. But I wouldn’t mind seeing it again. Swine Palace’s production of “The Book Club Play,” which runs through May 3 at the Reilly Theatre, packs a lot of laughter, cleverness and a smidgen of poignancy and cultural insight into… Continue reading →

Plane Janes: Theatre Baton Rouge comedy ‘Boeing-Boeing’ soars with solid acting and lots of laughs

Photo provided by ANTHONY PIERRE -- Bringing the ''Boeing-Boeing' comedy to the Theatre Baton Rouge stage are, standing from left, Carlos Posas and Nick Dias, and, seated, Blanche Bienvenu and Aron Biedenharn Coates.

Arrogance, poor planning and ignoring entirely foreseeable consequences pretty much guarantee an increasingly desperate frenzy of activity that can be hilarious to disinterested observers. But enough about the state’s fiscal crisis. “Boeing-Boeing,” which opened last weekend at Theatre Baton Rouge, is a farce built on all of these ingredients and offers local theater patrons two happy prospects:… Continue reading →