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Lion finds way back to ‘L e Souvenir’ cover

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- A lion drawn by Jeffery Lynn Kirk, a decorated veteran and the deceased son and brother of Southeastern Louisiana University alumni, adorns the cover of the 2015 student yearbook.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2015 edition of “Le Souvenir,” the university’s student yearbook, holds special meaning for a family with strong Southeastern ties. As the deadline to turn in artwork for the 2015 yearbook approached, editor Fernanda Chagas couldn’t find a graphic of SLU’s mascot, a lion, for the cover. “We haven’t had a lion… Continue reading →

LSU announces tenor Groves as artist-in-residence

Paul Groves

The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts has announced the appointment of tenor Paul Groves as the artist-in-residence in the LSU School of Music beginning in the 2016 spring semester. Groves will work with voice students in private coaching and public master classes during the semester, and he will give a public performance on campus each… Continue reading →

SLU to present new take on old Russian folktale

The musical drama “The Soldier’s Story” will be presented at Southeastern Louisiana University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in the Pottle Music Recital Hall on campus. Admission is free. “The Soldier’s Story” is an updated and reimagined musical drama based on Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” a Russian folktale. In the original… Continue reading →

Check this week's arts calendar: Nov. 22-29

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: James Alexander and the Nicholls State University Camerata, a student string orchestra, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. Free admission. Also, a Christmas bonfire will follow the New Roads… Continue reading →

‘POPssical’ quartet Well-Strung to play Baton Rouge benefit concert Friday

Photos provided by Mark Cortale -- Well-Strung, whose members are, from left, Edmund Bagnell, Trevor Wadleigh, Christopher Marchant and Daniel Shevlin, will be bringing their hotness and their musicianship Friday to Theatre Baton Rouge.

Kristin Chenoweth couldn’t help pointing out the obvious: “They’re hot,” the Broadway star said in her introduction of Well-Strung at a concert last year. The four guys in the New York-based singing string quartet will be bringing their hotness, and their musicianship, to Theatre Baton Rouge’s stage on Friday in a benefit concert for the… Continue reading →

Mural projects transform buildings all over Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge has an ever-growing gallery of public murals, like this one by French artist SETH near the intersection of 15th Street and South Boulevard in Old South Baton Rouge, which was funded by the Museum of Public Art.

The largest art gallery in Baton Rouge charges no admission. The paintings — and there are dozens of them — are splashed across downtown buildings, northside grocery stores and the facades of run-down houses. Some of these artworks depict iconic personalities like Gov. Huey P. Long in his crisp linen suit, while others capture Mississippi Delta… Continue reading →

Symphonic Winds rehearsal to be part of concert

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- Dennis Llinas conducts the LSU Symphonic Winds.

The LSU Symphonic Winds’ concert on Tuesday will open with a rehearsal, which may have audience members wondering if they’ve walked into the performance a little too early. Director Dennis Llineas will explain during the program that he wants the audience to see what goes into a rehearsal. And he wants everyone to know why… Continue reading →

SLU to present alumna’s first play

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- CUTLINE:HIGH AND MIGHTY  Damian Faul of Amite, playing the role of the seminarian Will, attempts to comfort a girlfriend, Caroline, played by Michelle Guillot of Slidell, during rehearsals for the new play High and Mighty, which will premiere at Southeastern Louisiana Universitys Vonnie Borden Theatre Nov. 17-21. High and Mighty is the first play written by Southeastern alumna Donna Gay Anderson of Hammond, retired director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Southeastern Louisiana University will present a new play, “High and Mighty,” Nov. 17-21 in the Vonnie Borden Theatre in D. Vickers Hall on campus. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are part of the Southeastern theater season. “High and Mighty” was written by Donna Gay Anderson, a Southeastern alumna and retired director… Continue reading →

Beware of pricey ‘Nutcracker’ tickets

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is warning patrons to beware of unauthorized third-party websites that are selling tickets to its “The Nutcracker — A Tale from the Bayou” at exorbitant prices. The only authorized online retailer for “Nutcracker” tickets is direct sale through Tickets also can be purchased at the River Center Box… Continue reading →

SLU Wind Symphony sets ‘Magical Music of Walt Disney’

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- CUTLINEDISNEY MUSIC HIGHLIGHTED  The award-winning Wind Symphony of Southeastern Louisiana University, shown here performing in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will present a special concert for music lovers of all ages, The Magical Music of Walt Disney, in the universitys Pottle Music Auditorium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

A special concert, “The Magical Music of Walt Disney,” will be presented by the award-winning Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Pottle Music Auditorium on Friendship Circle on campus. The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger. Tickets, which are… Continue reading →

New Venture Theatre presents evening of Billie Holiday

Photo by FREDERICK PRICE III -- Lori Payne embodies jazz icon Billie Holiday in New Venture Theatre's 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.' The play starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lyceum Dean Ballroom.

Billie Holiday’s music has a way of reaching in and twisting her listeners’ souls. It’s raw, real and sometimes painful. And it wouldn’t have been the same had her life been different. Performing her songs is tough enough, but portraying her is an even bigger challenge, one director Greg Williams Jr. was willing to accept… Continue reading →

Reilly Theatre transformed into school yard for 'Good Kids' drama at LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- In 'Good Kids, which is based on a true story, Laine Korn takes on the role of Chloe, a high school girl whose sexual assault by a number of boys, including football players, was recorded and went viral on the Internet.

Some of the LSU students thought Naomi Iizuka was exaggerating. Her “Good Kids” drama seemed far-fetched, crossing the line even for people with a social media addiction. But someone did cross that line, and the evidence can still be found on the Internet. “It wasn’t until I started looking up the case and learned that… Continue reading →

Auction of art KINETICS items online ahead of Nov. 13 bidding

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- David Horton's painting, 'Leap of Faith,' will be up for auction at KINETICS, an event that kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at the Baton Rouge Gallery.

The online catalog for Baton Rouge Gallery’s art auction is up and running, but the bidding won’t begin until Friday, Nov. 13. That’s when the gallery will stage its annual KINETICS art auction, this year featuring 35 artworks created by its artist members. The event is Baton Rouge Gallery’s annual and only fundraiser with all proceeds, excluding… Continue reading →

Highland Road merchants opening doors for art hop

The Highland Road Merchants Association will sponsor Highland Nights, a group open house and art hop, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The event will feature local artists at each participating merchant, along with food, music and shopping. More than 20 merchants on Highland Road will open their places of business for this event.… Continue reading →

Check here for this week's Baton Rouge arts events: Nov. 8-15

Photo provided by FW Gallery -- Sarah Wiseman's work will be featured at FW Gallery.

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: An opening reception for the Futures Fund’s first student photography exhibit is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Ann Connelly Fine Art, 4221 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. The show will feature the results of the organization’s pilot photography program and summer partnership with… Continue reading →

Cannon part of Angola center’s grand opening

Photo by MARK H. Hunter -- Billy Cannon, right, and Charles deGravelles, author of 'Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run,' will be signing books at the grand opening of the Angola Museum Reception Center Nov. 15.

Billy Cannon and Charles deGravelles, author of the legendary LSU player’s biography, will be on hand when the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation holds the grand opening of the reception center, or RC, as it was originally known, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Angola Museum Receiving Center. Cannon and deGravelles will… Continue reading →

Review: Dark comedy 'Hat' a profane, pointed, hilarious production

Photo provided by The Lauren-Reilly Eliot Company -- Jackie, played by Andre Trahan, left, has many addictions, but his main one is girlfriend Veronica, played by Brittany Czernek, in 'The Motherf**ker with the Hat.'

Earlier this year, Lauren-Reilly Eliot Co. took on the New Testament reimagined in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” And while “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” may seem an unlikely successor, both contain characters desperately in need of forgiveness. Hell can be within and without, as well as of our own making. First staged on Broadway… Continue reading →

Divine Expression: Young actress shines in Theatre Baton Rouge’s ‘The Miracle Worker’

Photo by WILLIAM MOORE -- Megan Barrios, left, plays Annie Sullivan, and Susie Lucas is Helen Keller in Theatre Baton Rouge's production of 'The Miracle Worker.'

When “The Miracle Worker” opened Oct. 30, the numerous empty seats in Theatre Baton Rouge probably belonged to people forced by weather to get an early start on giving and receiving tricks or treats. What they missed was somewhere between the two. The treats involve an inspirational story and the two actresses at the center of… Continue reading →

SLU to host popular kids-friendly costume contest, Halloween concert Saturday

Photo provided by SLU Public Information Office -- Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra Conductor and resident cowboy Yakov Voldman accepts accolades from the audience after 2014's Halloween Spooktacular.

The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra continues its highly popular “kids-friendly” Halloween concert when it presents a wide collection of music in the fall performance “Spooktacular V” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. The concert again will include costume contests in… Continue reading →

Asylum offers performance art vignettes

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE   Project director Stephanie Landry and fellow volunteers and Elevator Project board members are getting ready for Asylum, which combines interactive theater with a Halloween party. The event starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Walls Project building on Florida Street.

Don’t expect any bone-chilling screams, but be ready for a haunting challenge to the psyche as Elevator Projects opens its Asylum in time for Halloween. The Oct. 30 fundraising event is a combination of interactive theater and Halloween party at The Walls Project Art & Design Center in the Chase Tower, with all proceeds… Continue reading →

Pacifica Quartet slated for performance at LSU School of Music in November

The Pacifica Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall.

Masumi Per Rostad is the youngest member in one of America’s oldest touring string quartets, the Pacifica Quartet. That doesn’t make him a rock star, but that clearly isn’t the goal of someone who plays the viola, an instrument that usually takes a backseat to the violin. Then again, Rostad doesn’t play second fiddle to anyone… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Gallery artists present slice of life in October exhibition

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Steve Schmidt's 'Superstitions II'

Water, superstitions, identity and home — it’s all about the richness of life at Baton Rouge Gallery. From the simplest joys of a backyard to an examination of culture and politics, gallery artists Mary Ann Caffery, Samuel J. Corso, David DuBose and Steve Schmidt offer a different slice of life in their exhibitions. Their… Continue reading →

Check this week's Baton Rouge-area arts calendar: Oct. 25 - Nov. 1

Here’s what’s happening in the arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the 2015 Women In Dance Leadership Conference from Thursday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The conference includes panel discussions, workshops and public performances. Participants are… Continue reading →

Original play 'Murder at the Polite Ladies Society' runs Saturday, Sunday at Ralph & Kacoo’s

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Aileen Hendricks, left, as Detective Daisy Doright grills suspects about the murder of Penelope Polite, played by Christina Normand on the bench, in the Louisiana Voices of Women's production of 'Murder at the Polite Ladies Society.'  The society ladies are, from left, Brenda Cedars as Victoria Virtue, Faydra Thomas as Terry Tippler, Julie Richard as Mary Merry, Judith Sinclair as Justine Justice and Ella McCrary as Barbara Babbles.

The Louisiana Voices of Women Theatre Company will reprise its dinner theater production, “Murder at the Polite Ladies Society,” for two performances Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25, at Ralph & Kacoo’s, 6110 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. Seating on Saturday starts at 2 p.m., with the performance at 2:40 p.m. Seating on Sunday is at 6:30… Continue reading →

The love story behind 'The Addams Family' is front and center at the Ascension Community Theatre starting Thursday

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Morticia and Gomez, played by Celeste Angele Vellion and Phil Blanchard, are at the heart of 'The Addams Family,' which opens at the Ascension Community Theatre on Oct. 22.

There isn’t anything creepy or spooky about Morticia in Gomez’s eyes. And Morticia doesn’t see Gomez as kooky. Well, maybe a little. He always loses control when Morticia speaks in another language. “It’s a love story,” says Phil Blanchard, who plays Gomez in Ascension Community Theatre’s production of the Broadway hit musical, Continue reading →

Mingle with masked characters at Opéra Louisiane ball

Photo provided by Opéra Louisiane -- Cassandra Black will portray Lady MacBeth at Opera Louisiane's MacBeth-themed Halloween Opera Ball on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Baton Rouge City Club.

The Phantom could show up. Elvis, too. And Lady MacBeth surely will be there, when Opéra Louisiane stages its second grand ball fundraiser on Friday at the City Club. This year’s event is different, because it’s a masquerade. “We had our first ball in the spring last season as a way to raise the rest… Continue reading →

LSU A Cappella Choir’s fall concert set Wednesday

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- John Dickson conducts the choir and audience during the LSU School of Music's 64th annual A Cappella Choir Candlelight Concert on Sunday at the LSU Union Theater in Baton Rouge. Audience members were invited to stand and sing along to several popular Christmas songs.

The LSU A Cappella Choir’s fall concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. Conducted by John H. Dickson, the concert will feature choral music from Great Britain and the United States, which will be performed during the choir’s invitational tour to Great Britain in August… Continue reading →

'Admissions' play explores social issues that face society through lens of college students

The LSU Department of Theatre will open Tony Vellela’s “Admissions” on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Studio Theatre in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive. The production is the second in the theater department’s Lab Season. Chelsie Ciccone is the director. In this topical work, Vellela explores important social issues… Continue reading →