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Arts Calendar for Aug. 17, 2014

Here’s what’s happening in the local arts and cultural scene: ■ Auditions for new male and female company member of the Cangelosi Dance Project will be noon Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Cangelosi Dance Project space, 3749 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Dancers should be age 18 and older for the five-month rehearsal and performance schedule. Professional… Continue reading →

Join Alice and all her pals in Playmakers update of classic

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Members of the chorus dance during Playmakers of Baton Rouge's rehearsal for its upcoming production of 'Alice in Wonderland' at the Reilly Theatre.

Welcome to Wonderland, where Cheshire Cats smile, Mad Hatters offer odd riddles, caterpillars rap and a playing card rules as queen. Revathi Menon will bring it all together in her first leading role when Playmakers of Baton Rouge opens “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” on Friday, Aug. 15, in the Reilly Theatre. Opening night will… Continue reading →

‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Beyond Ballet’ to highlight BR Ballet season

The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Baton Rouge holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker — A Tale from the Bayou,” and a mixed bill spring concert, “Beyond Ballet,” featuring ballet, contemporary ballet and modern dance, fills the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s bill for the 2014-15 main stage season. The company begins its season by hosting Dance Theatre of Harlem at… Continue reading →

War that changed world on exhibit in WBR museum

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Uniforms and other artifacts are part of the West Baton Rouge Museum's World War I centennial exhibit.

British World War I recruitment posters are happy, soldiers in crisp uniforms with the wide, naive smiles. They stand in stark contrast to the French posters, where the soldiers are war weary, their uniforms tattered and dirty. The British had never seen a war like this one. “They thought that it was going to… Continue reading →

La. Sinfonietta’s set for 32nd season

Season tickets are on sale for the Louisiana Sinfonietta’s 2014-15 season. This year marks the ensemble’s 32nd season. All performances will begin at 2 p.m. in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on Dalrymple Drive. Dinos Constantinides is the conductor and music director. The first performance is Sunday, Oct. 12, and will… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Aug. 10, 2014

Here’s what’s going on in the local arts and cultural scene: ■ River Community Church, 36367 Old Perkins Road, Prairieville, is inviting artists ages 5-13 to submit their original artworks and photographs for its third annual children’s community art and photography show. One entry may be submitted in art and photography to this free show… Continue reading →

Manship Theatre reaches into past for 10th anniversary

Photo provided by the Manship Theatre -- Allen Toussaint will kick off the Manship Theatre's music season on Friday, Sept. 19.

The Manship Theatre is mixing new with nostalgic in celebration of its 10th anniversary season. “We wanted to bring back some of our past acts, which will include nostalgic acts like Roger McGuinn and Kathy Mattea,” Executive Director Renee Chatelain says. “But at the same time, we’re always introducing something new to… Continue reading →

R-rated Theatre BR production helps bridge generational gap

Photo by Davis Hotard -- Stephen Horne, left, and Stephanie Toups play Adam ad Evelyn in Theatre Baton Rouge's production of Neal LaBute's  'The Shape of Things,’ which opens Thursday, July 31.

Theatre Baton Rouge’s Turner-Fischer City Series, formerly known as the Second Stage series, is popular with younger audiences, maybe because the productions deal with some angsty topics that college-age audiences might recognize. But “The Shape of Things” director Neal Hebert thinks this play, which opens Thursday, July 31, could bridge a theatrical generation gap.… Continue reading →

Beaux Ball honors, volunteers, actors, actresses, tech support

Travis H. Williams

Theatre Baton Rouge honored volunteers from its 68th season at its annual Beaux Arts Ball, “The Sky’s the Limit,” on July 26. “This evening gives us the chance to celebrate and honor all of our volunteers, who give countless hours of their time to make this the wonderful theatre we’ve come to know and love,” said Lance Parker,… Continue reading →

WBR museum hosts exhibit ‘100 Years after the War’ 1

The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, will open the exhibit, “100 Years after the War to End All Wars,” on Saturday, Aug. 2. The show, which marks the centennial anniversary of the start of World War I, runs through Oct. 26. It features an international collection of nearly 100 original World… Continue reading →

Graffiti artist Belin’s exhibit stops first in Baton Rouge

Advocate photo by Robin Miller -- The exhibit,

Miguel Angel Belinchon Bujes began his career as a graffiti artist, but soon developed his own style: a mix of realism, caricature and surrealism. Today, his work can be found in exhibits throughout the world, including the Manship Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts. Like many graffiti artists, he works under a single… Continue reading →

Learning to lie, love: 'School' set to open at Swine Palace

Advocate photo by Robin Miller -- Ashley Adams and Tim Moriarty dance in a scene from Swine Palace's Summerfest production of David Ives' comedy,

Meet Celimene, a beautiful young widow who throws the juiciest parties in Paris and supports herself through a constant flow of suitors’ cash. They’re all shallow, these suitors, men in which she has no interest. Then she meets Frank, who is filled with coruscating wit and a disdain for his fellow man. He has no tolerance for… Continue reading →

Duo's collaboration gets exhibit at LASC Museum

Photo by Herman Mhire -- This photo of the haliotis scalaris is one of many photographed by Herman Mhire from Emilio Garcia's collection. The photos is included in the exhibit 'Herman Mhire -- Emilio Garcia: The Art and Science of Shells.'

The shell belonged to a 50-pound clam, big enough to provide Emilio Garcia breakfast, lunch and dinner. But it wasn’t really that big, considering it was a clam. “These clams can grow to 500 pounds, so this one is really a baby,” Garcia, a malagologist, says. Malagologists study mollusks. Garcia is considered one of… Continue reading →

BR concert celebrates Ella Fitzgerald

BREC’s Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, will present “A Night of Ella” with Quiana Lynell at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25. This concert celebrates “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, weaving myth, memory and music as it tells the story of one of the greatest jazz/pop vocalists of the 20th century.… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar, July 20, 2014

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: ■ Tickets are on sale for the Acting Up (In Acadiana) Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” which continues at 2 p.m. today, July 20, and Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101… Continue reading →

TBR to celebrate ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ for Beaux Arts Ball

Theatre Baton Rouge’s Board of Governors’ annual Beaux Arts Ball is Saturday, July 26, at the theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. The ball celebrates the best of the theater’s 68th season and honors its volunteers. This year’s theme is “The Sky’s the Limit,” and begins with “Cloud Nine” cocktails at 7 p.m. The awards and entertainment portion of… Continue reading →

LSU to host ClarinetFest

The LSU School of Music will host ClarinetFest 2014, the largest gathering of clarinetists in the world, including professional performers, educators and composers, July 30-Aug. 3. More than 900 musicians are expected in Baton Rouge for the convention, filling hotel rooms from campus to downtown. The event is organized by co-chair Robert DiLutis and the… Continue reading →

Cool summer art will be on display at Art Melt

Photo provided by Forum 35 -- Guests mingle in the gallery at Forum 35's 2013 Art Melt. Opening might for this year's event will be Saturday, July 19, at the Capitol Park Museum. The show will feature 59 pieces by Louisiana artists.

Step out of July’s heat and melt into the coolness of summer art with the opening of Forum 35 annual “Art Melt.” The juried show is the state’s largest multimedia exhibit featuring work by Louisiana artists. It opens with a celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in the Capitol Park… Continue reading →

Art Calendar for July 13, 2014

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: ■ The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, will host Bastille Day from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. The event will include demonstrations, hands-on activities and live music. For more information, call (225) 336-2442 or visit ■ The… Continue reading →

WBR Museum talk set on impressionism art

Katie Pohl, LSU Museum of Art’s new art historian and curator, will speak about “Impressionism in Paris Around 1900” at noon Thursday at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Pfohl’s talk complements the WBR Museum’s current exhibition, “A Louisianan’s Grand Tour in the Belle Époque.” Admission is free.… Continue reading →

Angélique Bergeron new curator at WBR Museum

Angélique Bergeron, West Baton Rouge Museum curator of collections

The West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen has announced that Angélique Bergeron is the museum’s new curator of collections. Bergeron, who will be responsible for collections management and the exhibitions program, received her master of arts degree and doctorate from LSU in French Studies. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Texas at… Continue reading →

Mid City Art & Design Cultural District schedules summer event

The Mid City Art & Design Cultural District will host its fourth annual summer evening of art, shopping and refreshments from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10. Participating Baton Rouge businesses are Décor Rouge, 1857 Government St.; Elizabethan Gallery, 680 Jefferson Highway; Mosaic Garden, 1857 Government St.; Nature’s Gallery, 672 Jefferson Highway; Reginelli’s Pizzeria, 684… Continue reading →

Theatre Baton Rouge names new managing artistic director

Photo provided by Theatre Baton Rouge -- Jenny Ballard has been named Theatre Baton Rouge's new managing artistic director.

Jenny Ballard has been named Theatre Baton Rouge’s new managing artistic director. Ballard began her theater career in 2003 as education director and interim managing director of The Actors Co-op in Knoxville, Tennessee, and soon after became the education director and interim artistic director for the Tennessee Stage Company. In 2007, Ballard co-founded the Knoxville Children’s Theatre… Continue reading →

Video: Art dismantle

It took artist Jonathan Brilliant 10 days and 50,000 coffee stir stick to complete his sculpture. It took only 20 minutes for children to dismantle it at the La. Art and Science Museum.… Continue reading →

Project allows area artists to get their kicks

Advocate photo by Robin Miller -- This soccer ball was painted by Baton Rouge artist Sandy Parfait. It is on display at the Raising Canes on Perkins Road.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge has partnered with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Visit Baton Rouge! and the Baton Rouge Soccer Association to present “Get a Kick Out of Art.” The Arts Council enlisted area artists to paint Louisiana- and soccer-inspired themes on 23 soccer balls, which are on display at participating… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for June 29, 2014

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The LSU Museum of Art, in collaboration with the LSU Herbarium, presents a behind-the-scenes tour of the LSU Herbarium in the Life Science Annex on campus at 2 p.m. today, June 29, in conjunction with the exhibition, “Margaret Stones’s Flora of Louisiana: The Baton… Continue reading →

‘Red Stick Art Piece’ to come tumbling down

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Sculptor Jonathan Brilliant construct 'The Red Stick Piece' in 10 days. Today, it all comes down at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

Many people watched artist Jonathan Brilliant construct “The Red Stick Art Piece” of nearly 50,000 coffee stirrers at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Now is your chance to see it all come down. At 2 p.m. today, June 29, the LASM, 100 S. River Road, will host the live demolition of Brilliant’s piece in… Continue reading →

Artists go back to drawing board with ReWork!

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Tajreen Akter's 'Breakfast' reflects a college student's hectic life, where meals are often 'ReWorked!,' the theme of the exhibit in the Glassell Gallery.

Some pieces have been reworked, others have been created using recycled materials. But Tajreen Atker’s diptych, “Breakfast,” explores the theme through its subject matter. Atker’s paintings joins pieces by more than 50 artists in “ReWorked!,” the LSU School of Art’s 13th annual summer invitational art exhibition. The show runs through Sunday, Aug. 3, in… Continue reading →

BR Ballet program takes shows to Iberville Parish

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Ballet for Children program will bring two free performances of “Journey to the Emerald City: Healthy Stops and Healthy Swaps” to Iberville Parish on Wednesday, June 25. The 10 a.m. show will be performed at MSA West Performance Arts Center, 57955 St. Lewis Road, Plaquemine, followed by the 2 p.m. performance at… Continue reading →

UpStage comedy deals with love, age

Photo provided by Maddgame Entertainment -- Cast members of UpStage Theatre's comedy 'Shades of Gray' are, front row from left, Quinton Williams and Keyaira Agustus; and, back, Will Merrill, Trey Sparks, Crystal Jefferson, Naomi Trahan and Alexander Scott.

Can anyone really blame Joe Carter? Sure, he’s 70, but he’s very much alive. And truthfully, he’s bored. Anyone in his situation would be. He’s a retired widower and his daughter, Carrie, is controlling and overprotective. She isn’t being cruel; she simply wants him to take it easy. “But Joe’s not ready to give up.… Continue reading →

Central Community Theatre staging 'Cinderella'

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Meghann Sullivan rehearses for the part of 'Cinderella,' which Central Community Theatre is staging at the Manship Theatre June 25-27.

That will be Central Community Theatre’s third performance in its run of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Cinderella,” which opens on Wednesday, June 25. “We’ll have two performances on Friday, and the first one will be at 10 o’clock in the morning,” says director… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for June 22, 2014

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: ■ Tickets are on sale for the LSU Museum of Art’s “Red, White and Blues” 10th annual Fourth of July celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Tsunami on the sixth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for June 15, 2014

Here’s what’s happening in the area’s art and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for a performance by the Blind Boys of Alabama at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. For tickets, call (337) 233-7060. The Acadiana Center for… Continue reading →