Enchanted Mansion exhibit shows Barbie’s fashions since ’59

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- With more than 150 careers, Barbie has done it all.

You’ve come a long way, Barbie. And the world’s most famous doll’s evolution in appearance and fashion is the focus of the “Barbies” exhibit at The Enchanted Mansion, A Doll Museum, through Saturday, Aug. 30. The show features more than 300 dolls on loan by the Adult Fashion Doll Collectors in Baton Rouge. “The exhibit not only shows how Barbie has changed through the years, but Ken, too,” says museum curator Cheylon Woods,… 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. “My grandparents like musicals,” he says. “It’s what they grew up with, but the younger generation wants something different. They… 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, who chaired the committee for this year’s ball. Each year, awards are presented for actors, actresses and technical support.… 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 War I posters. The museum has added World War I artifacts from the homefront and from the battle fronts with… 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 name, Belin, and that’s the tag on the new exhibit, “Belin: Off the Wall.” “It’s amazing what he’s… 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 superficiality. And Celimene is intrigued. A roomful of airheads has made it easy for her to evade love since… 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 the world’s best in his field, having collected more than 100,000 specimens representing 7,000 species of mollusk shells from all… 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. The concert showcases more than a dozen of Fitzgerald’s popular hits, including “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “How High the Moon,”… 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 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. Tickets are $12, adults; $8, children. For tickets, call (337) 233-7060. For… 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 the program starts at 7:45 p.m. and will feature some of the past season’s hits and a parody of the… 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 International Clarinet Association. DiLutis is a former professor of clarinet at LSU and current professor of clarinet at the University… Continue reading →

10-year-old member helps chorus with moves for ‘MatchMusic.com’

Advocate photo by Robi nMille r-- Jada Gardner, center, rehearses a routine with the Baton Rouge Chorus of Sweet Adelines. At age 10, she is the youngest member ever to join the group.

Anna Kendrick wowed audiences with the “cup song” in the 2012 film, “Pitch Perfect.” Now, the Baton Rouge Chorus of Sweet Adelines is getting into the act. The chorus will be performing “When I’m Gone,” the official name of the “cup song,” along with others in two performances of its new concert, “MatchMusic.com,” on Saturday, July 19. The group had a little help from its youngest member in getting the “cup song” just right.… 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 Museum. This is the show’s 11th year, and, as in past summers, opening night will be preceded by the… 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 westbatonrougemuseum.org. ■ The work of professional artists of the St. James Artists’ Guild will be on exhibit through Thursday, July 31, in 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. Impressionism is an art movement and style of painting that started in France during the 1860s. Impressionist artists… Continue reading →

Cut glass exhibit honors convention’s return to Louisiana

Photo provided by LASM -- This Dorflinger salad set is green glass cut to clear glass in a 'Chester' pattern with Gorham vermeil sterling silver. The set is part of a private collection of American Brilliant cut glass on exhibit at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

t’s the case of the missing horse. The super-sized punch bowl with the silver lining was presented on March 10, 1904, by the Crescent City Jockey Club in New Orleans to … that’s where the inscription below the bowl’s rim runs out. “We don’t know,” Suzanne Sexton says. “But that’s part of why we like to find the pieces with sterling silver. There are some collectors who will say that these… Continue reading →

New Venture bringing ‘Aida,’ and some flamboyant sets, to BR stage

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Aida, played by Angel Bailey, left, speaks to Mereb, played by Toi Bonnet, in a scene for New Venture Theatre's summer musical 'Aida.' The production opens Thursday, July 10, at the Manship Theatre.

“Aida” is a story of forbidden love first staged in 1871 at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo. Elton John and Tim Rice refashioned it for the Broadway stage in 2000, and now New Venture Theatre is bringing the story to Baton Rouge when it opens the musical on Thursday, July 10, in the Manship Theatre. “This is another show that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but we had to wait… Continue reading →

Swine Palace veers to tragedy, presents classic ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in 90 minutes

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Romeo, played by Amar Atkins, dances with Juliet, played by Amanda Clark, in a scene from the Swine Palace production of the Shakespeare classic. The play opens Tuesday at the Reilly Theatre.

Swine Palace is bringing William Shakespeare’s timeless story of young love, “Romeo & Juliet,” to the stage. “We usually stage Shakespeare’s comedies during the summer,” says artistic director George Judy. “This is the first time we’re doing one of his tragedies.” Not that “Romeo & Juliet” doesn’t have its humorous moments. “It’s written like a romantic comedy,” Judy says. “But a romantic comedy that goes bad.” The story of forbidden love… Continue reading →

‘Oz’ in Ascension: Theater takes audience on dizzying journey back home

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Dorothy, left, played by Elizabeth Olah, holds on to Toto as she speaks to Aunt Em, played by Emily Gyan, in a scene from the Ascension Community Theatre's 'The Wizard of Oz.' The production continues its run this weekend.

The audience is in for some dizzying transformations in the Ascension Community Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz,” which starts its run Thursday, July 10. “The script doesn’t call for a black and white set, but we wanted to pay tribute to the MGM film,” says Heidi Frederic, who is co-directing the production with Mark Lambert. “So, we start out in Kansas, where everything is black and white. Everything is in… 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 Austin, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in African and African American Studies. Before joining… 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 Jefferson Highway; Rue Cou Cou, 1857 Government St.; Sally’s Circa 1857, 1857 Government St.; and Shavarsh K Jewelry Design Shop,… 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 and served as its artistic director. She came to Baton Rouge to study at LSU, where she earned her master… 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 area restaurants. Register to win a ball at the restaurants. This project is in support of the 2014 US… 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 Rouge Connection.” For tickets, call (225) 389-7207 or email lperpera@lsu.edu. The Acadian Wind Symphony will perform “Louisiana… 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 its Soupcon Gallery. Brilliant’s artist residency was developed by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, with support from… 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 the Alfred C. Glassell Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts. Its theme examines artwork that has… 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 the White Castle High School cafeteria, 32695 Graham St., White Castle. “Journey to the Emerald City: Healthy Stops and… 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. He feels that his life is just beginning,” says Ava Brewster-Turner, founder and artistic director of UpStage Theatre and director… 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 Claire Clinkingbeard. “That one will be for the kids. We’re encouraging everyone to dress up, and those who do will… Continue reading →