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LSU students present dance theater showcase

The LSU Department of Theatre presents the 2015 Spring Dance Concert and Physical Theatre Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Claude L. Shaver Theater in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. LSU dance students, under the direction of Sandra Parks, will feature collaborations… Continue reading →

OUTWORKS Festival offers previously unproduced plays

LSU Theatre will presents its annual OUTWORKS Festival, an evening of six new, previously unproduced one-act plays with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer themes from Wednesday through Sunday, April 28 through May 3, in the Studio Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. Daily performances will begin at 7:30… Continue reading →

Kids Orchestra sets performance series

The Kids Orchestra will present 12 free performances in its Spring 2015 Neighborhood Concert Series. The orchestra is made up of 775 students in second- through fifth-grade from 24 local public, private and charter schools. The series highlights the skills acquired during the Kids Orchestra’s after-school music program, which started in September. Kindergarten and first-grade… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for April 26, 2015

Photo provided by FW Gallery -- Julie Crews' piece, "Early Morning Before the New Year," will be featured at FW Gallery.

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: The deadline is Monday, June 1, for submissions to the 12th annual ArtMelt, which opens Saturday, July 25, at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. For more information, email artmelt@forum35.org. FW Gallery, 8501 Highland Road, will open… Continue reading →

SLU Theatre to present alumna’s ‘Peter & Tink’

SLU Public Information Office photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern Louisiana University student William Rushing, of Walker, playing the role of Capt. Hook, holds Peter Pan, played by Olivia Waguespack, at bay while crew members watch in fear in 'Peter & Tink,' which runs next week at SLU's Vonnie Borden Theatre in Hammond.

Southeastern Theatre presents “Peter & Tink” by playwright and Southeastern Louisiana University alumna Chelsea Krause at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, April 21-24, in the Vonnie Borden Theatre in D. Vickers Hall on campus. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students. SLU students are admitted… Continue reading →

Featured soloist to help BRSO conclude season

Photo provided by BRSOSonja Bruzauskas

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2014-15 Investar Bank Masterworks season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. Mezzo soprano Sonja Bruzauskas will be the featured soloist. Also featured will be the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, directed by Chorus Master David… Continue reading →

LSU’s ‘Racy’ to use poetry, movement, narratives

The LSU Communication Studies Department will present “Racy,” a collaborative theatrical performance about race, racism and reconciliation Wednesday through Sunday, April 22-26, in the HopKins Black Box Theatre, Room 137, Coates Hall on campus. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with the Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. The show uses creative movement, personal narratives, poetry and dance… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for April 19, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The 40th Pelican State Chamber Concert will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. The three musicians who initiated the concerts in 2005 will perform. James Alexander, Dennis Parker and James Ryon… Continue reading →

Beyond Ballet: Baton Rouge native Helen Daigle returns as guest artist at BRBT spring concert

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- Guest artists Helen Daigle and Brandon Ragland, who performed in 'Swan Lake' in Baton Rouge in 2012, will be the guest artists in Friday's 'Beyond Ballet,' the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's spring concert.

Helen Daigle is coming home — at least for a few days. The principal dancer for the Louisville Ballet for the past 16 years, the Baton Rouge native will showcase her talents Friday as the guest artist for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s spring concert “Beyond Ballet,” which will be staged at the Baton Rouge River… Continue reading →

LSU Composers to hold two concerts

The LSU Composers Forum will present two concerts at 4 p.m. Monday, April 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall. The free event will present works by the LSU student composers, along with works by Dinos Constantinides and Johannes Brahms. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Borislava Iltcheva… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for April 12, 2015

Photo provided by Three Rivers Gallery -- Tanya Dischler's work is on view through May 2 at Three Rivers Gallery in Covington.

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The LSU School of Music has scheduled several events: the LSU Wind Ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, LSU Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drive, Baton Rouge, tickets are $10-$20; the Ying String Quartet concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, LSU School of Music Recital Hall,… Continue reading →

Dragons in Paradise: Alligators get their due in new exhibit

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Ornate alligator hide purses are part of an exhibit , 'Alligators: Dragons in Paradise,'at the Old State Capitol.

At Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, you can find out everything you wanted to know about alligators. And then some. The old capitol is showing “Alligators: Dragons in Paradise,” a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Florida History TREX program, through June 6 in its second-floor exhibition galleries, where visitors can learn about everything from habitats… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana University Opera plans free performance of 'Evangeline' April 2

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the world premiere of “Evangeline” by American composer Gwyneth Walker at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Pottle Music Annex Recital Hall on campus. The performance, which is free, is based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and will last under an hour.… Continue reading →

Plein Air art contests, demo set to benefit Shadows-on-the-Teche

Advocate file photo --Thirty artists have been chosen for the inaugural Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition from Saturday, April 11, through Saturday, April 18.

Thirty artists have been selected for the inaugural Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition, scheduled from April 11-18 at the Shadows-on-the-Teche Visitors Center. The list includes artists from across the state, one from Minnesota and one from Ukraine (though living in New Orleans): Richard Abraham, Hilari Baranco, Ben Bensen, Denise Broussard, Chuck Broussard, Susan… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for March 29, 2015

Photo provided by Community Church Creativity Group -- Holli Nunn's "Heifer Hepburn" is part of the "Moo Cow" exhibit, hwich will be on display through April 8 at DeAngelo's Restaurant, 7550 Bluebonnet Boulevard.

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, will host a lunch lecture with author Deborah Burst on “Louisiana’s Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the Senate Chamber. Free. Call (225) 342-0500.… Continue reading →

48 works on display at LSU Juried Art Show

The LSU Student Union Art Gallery’s annual LSU Juried Student Art Show will run through Wednesday, April 1, in the LSU Student Union Art Gallery, Raphael Semmes Drive, Baton Rouge. Out of 57 artists and 107 submitted entries, four art professionals selected 48 works from 34 artists. The competition was open to all… Continue reading →

Shot full of meaning: BR artist Margaret Evangeline takes war personally in LSU Museum exhibit

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- A visitor is reflected in a suspended piece by Margaret Evangeline on the opening night of her retrospective exhibit, 'Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,' which runs through Sunday, Aug. 2, at the LSU Museum of Art.

You should expect to see yourself in Margaret Evangeline’s LSU Museum of Art exhibit, “Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,” which runs through Sunday, Aug. 2. It’s her way of letting you know that war isn’t someone else’s problem. It’s yours. The message also can be felt in the video installation Evangeline produced with… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for March 22, 2015

Photo provided by FrameWorks Gallery -- Janene Grodesky's work is showing at FrameWorks Gallery.

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: FrameWorks Gallery, 8501 Highland Road, is showing the works of brother-sister duo Janene Grodesky and Scott Grodesky through April 21. Scott Grodesky has shown in the MoMA/P.S.1 and the Queens Museum of Art, both in New York. Janene Grodesky was the 2013 recipient of… Continue reading →

LSU Museum of art to host chamber music

The LSU Museum of Art will host a Sunday afternoon of chamber music as members of the LSU School of Music faculty and two special guests fill the gallery with two works for trio and two string quartets. The concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge group seeking artists for 'Hot Art, Cool Nights'

Mid City Merchants is calling for local artists to show in its 12th annual spring art show, “Hot Art, Cool Nights,” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 8. The submission deadline is Monday, March 23. Artists from the Baton Rouge area are eligible to participate and should email images of their work, along with titles, mediums,… Continue reading →

New voice faculty member to make Sinfonietta debut

Sandra Moon

The Louisiana Sinfonietta will perform its fourth concert of the 2014-15 season at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. Making her first appearance with the orchestra will be Sandra Moon, a recent addition to the LSU School of Music’s voice faculty, who will perform the aria… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Symphony to hold Masterworks V concert

Borislava Iltcheva

Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Investar Bank Masterworks V concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. The orchestra’s concertmaster, Borislava Iltcheva, will be the featured soloist in Jean Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto, op. 47, D minor.” This violin concerto has long been… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for March 15, 2015

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Tickets are on sale for the Livingston Parish Children’s Choirs Dinner Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the 60s” at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21 at North Park, 30372 Eden Church Road, Denham Springs. Doors open at 6:30… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre sets fundraiser party for March 21

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s sixth annual Dancin’ in the Streets fundraiser will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Perkins Rowe Great Hall. The block party will feature live music by Phat Hat and food and drinks from local restaurants and vendors, including Bin 77, Bistro Byronz Willow Grove, Brew Ha-Ha, Coca-Cola… Continue reading →

LSU to host inaugural high school art exhibit

The LSU School of Art, in conjunction with the LSU College of Art & Design and the LSU School of Architecture, is hosting the first statewide juried high school exhibition through March 19 in Foster Hall Gallery on campus. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Baton Rouge Gallery’s annual juried exhibition for Baton Rouge high schools… Continue reading →

BRCC’s ArtsFest set over two weeks

Baton Rouge Community College’s seventh annual ArtsFest celebration is set for March 16-20 and March 23-27. The event will include music, artwork, readings, plays and hands-on arts activities. It is a yearly showcase of the arts with exhibitions and performances by prominent and emerging artists in a broad variety of artistic disciplines, which will include visiting… Continue reading →

TBR struggles with not-so-good ‘Company’

Photo provided by RACHEL CALANDRO -- Though Theatre Baton Rouge's 'Company' brings to the stage a first-rate cast -- seated from left, Jennifer Gomez, Kaitlyn Stockwell, Jason Dowies, Dana Todd Lux and Chip Davis, and, standing, Michael Ruffin, Jennifer Johnson, Terry Byars, Richard Williams, Elizabeth Tadie-Canfield and Ronald Coats -- the show fails to deliver.

Is there a law requiring reviewers to like a play that won six Tony Awards? If so, alert the theater police. As “Company” opened Friday at Theatre Baton Rouge, I couldn’t help think about “Weekend at Bernie’s,” a 1989 movie comedy about two guys who must make it appear that their recently deceased boss, Bernie, is actually… Continue reading →

BR Gallery to feature artist members in exhibit

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- Preston Gilchrist's work is featured in the exhibit, 'Groundline,' which runs through March 27 at Baton Rouge Gallery.

Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, is showing the latest works by artist members Preston Gilchrist, Theresa Herrera, Marcus McAllister and Jessica Sharpe during its March exhibition, which runs through Thursday, March 26. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. The gallery will feature the four artists in its ARTiculate Artist Talk… Continue reading →

Southeastern Theatre to present tale of survival

Southeastern Theatre is set to present the world premiere of “Beware the Licorice Vines” by playwright Eddie Zipperer, winner of the first Inkslinger Playwriting Competition. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, March 9-12, in the Vonnie Borden Theatre in D. Vickers Hall on campus in Hammond. General admission tickets are $10… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for March 8, 2015

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: The Runnels Junior and Senior High Drama Department will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” on the stage of the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre for three performances on March 13-14. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13; 7… Continue reading →

‘Madame Butterfly’: Opéra Louisiane brings Puccini’s grand opera back to Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gwendolyn Jones, left, plays Butterfly's maid, Suzuki, in the Opera Louisiane production of 'Madama Butterfly.' Travis Richter, center, plays Goro, and Chauncey Parker, right, plays Pinkerton.

For the first time in 25 years, Giacomo Puccini’s grand opera “Madama Butterfly” will be staged in Baton Rouge. Opéra Louisiane will stage the performance Sunday, March 8, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. The production, performed in Italian with English subtitles, will be the company’s first grand opera since… Continue reading →