‘Flora of Louisiana’ featured in LSU Museum of Art exhibit

Photo provided by LSU Special Collections Division, Hill Memorial Library -- Margaret Stones' 'Louisiana Lily' is among works visitors will see during a tour 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the  LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The tour will also include the grounds of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum.

Margaret Stones is to botanicals, says the curator of the LSU Museum of Art’s new exhibit, what John James Audubon is to birds. Heady praise from Randy Harelson, the New Roads horticulturalist, artist and author who curated the exhibit, “Margaret Stones’ Flora of Louisiana: The Baton Rouge Connection” which runs through Aug. 3, at the LSU … Continue reading →

BR-area high school students receive awards for artwork

On March 30, Baton Rouge Gallery opened its doors inside to its annual “Real-Life Experience Juried High School Exhibition.” On the following Wednesday, the gallery hosted a “First Wednesday” Opening Reception, where the community was able to view more than 40 works of original art from East Baton Rouge Parish public and private high school students. … Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for April 13, 2014

Here’s what’s happening this week in the Baton Rouge-area arts and cultural scene: ■ 2-5 p.m. today, April 13, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Sunday in the Park concert featuring bluesman Larry Garner at North Boulevard Town Square. Admission is free. For more information, visit artsbr.org. ■ Children’s auditions for … Continue reading →

Watercolor drawings of La. flora to be highlighted in tour series

LSU’s Museum of Art and the Hilltop Arboretum are presenting a series of collaborative tours highlighting the watercolor drawings of south Louisiana’s native flora, which inspired Australian botanical artist Margaret Stones, starting this Sunday. The program runs from 3-5 p.m. and will continue in June, July and August. Join horticultural expert Neil Odenwald and botanist Lowell … Continue reading →

LSU gallery showing works of Huerta

The LSU School of Art’s Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Art Exhibition Gallery is showing “Written in the Wind: Recent Works by Benito Huerta” through Sunday, April 13. The gallery is located in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. Huerta is a visiting artist in the LSU School of Art. … Continue reading →

Auction to benefit Our Lady of Lake Children’s Hospital

Photo provided by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital -- Works by 20 artists, including this tray painted by Katherine Rutledge, will be auctioned at the Fiesta for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

More than 20 Louisiana artists are donating original pieces of art to be auctioned at May 8 fundraiser benefitting Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. The silent auction is just one of many activities that will be featured at the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Fiesta, hosted by LSU coach Les Miles … Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for April 6

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and culture scene: ■ Caffery Gallery, 4016 Government St., has an exhibition and trunk show by jewelry designer Jane Olson-Phillips, author of the book “Bead and Fiber Jewelry,” through Wednesday, April 9. The gallery will host an artist’s reception from 2-4p.m. Sunday, April 6. Admission is free. Gallery … Continue reading →

LSU Greek Board sets Songfest competitions

The LSU Greek Board of Directors will round out its final programming initiative of the semester with the annual 93rd Songfest competition at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The event is open to the public, with doors opening at 2 p.m. Songfest began as a men’s singing competition. Through the … Continue reading →

Broussard comes home to dance lead in ‘Snow White’

Advocate staff photo by  April Buffington -- Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre dancers surround Meredith Broussard, who will star in 'Snow White.'

Mirror mirror on the wall, who will be the fairest on the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre stage? The answer, despite the lack of rhyme, is Meredith Broussard. You probably thought it was going to be Snow White, right? Well, you’re close. Broussard will be dancing the part of the beautiful princess in Baton Rouge … Continue reading →

BR Gallery to show the works of local high school students

Baton Rouge Gallery will open its doors Sunday, March 30, inside BREC’s City Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, to its annual “Real-Life Experience Juried High School Exhibition.” A “First Wednesday” opening reception is set for 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, where the community will be able to view more than 40 works of original art from East Baton … Continue reading →

Sinfonietta fundraiser features tenors, more

Advocate file photo -- Robert Grayson

Can’t get enough of the “Three Tenors?” The Louisiana Sinfonietta will host a gala fundraiser, “Bella Musica,” at 7:30 p.m.. Friday, April 4, with a plethora of tenors — and one soprano — in concert performing many of the late Luciano Pavarotti’s favorite Italian arias and songs. Members of the chamber orchestra also will perform. … Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for March 30, 2014

Photo provided by Frameworks Gallery -- Karen Coffman's paintings are featured in an exhibit at Frameworks Gallery on Highland Road.

Here’s what’s going on this week on the area arts and cultural scene: ■ 4 p.m. March 30, a benefit concert featuring the Southern University Concert Choir at First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Southern University Foundation. ■ 9:15 a.m. Saturday, April … Continue reading →

LSU Vet School puts the focus on animals

Photo provided by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Library -- 'Magnificent Seven,' a painting by Linda Massey of Cottage Grove, Wis., is one of 75 pieces in the International Exhibition on Animals in Art show.

Memories of a family vacation are melded into the bronze. They breathe life into Andrea Wilkinson’s sculpture, “A Kodiak Moment,” and make those who see it laugh. For here sits a massive Kodiak bear ready for his close up. He poses in front of a 35 millimeter camera fastened atop a … Continue reading →

La. printmakers featured in Caffery exhibit

Photo provided by Caffery Gallery -- The furniture in Bill Kitchens' lithographs, like his 'Dangerous Couch,' levitates.

Imagine a world where furniture levitates for no reason at all. There are no supernatural forces at work here, just Bill Kitchens’ imagination. And in his world of prints, furniture floats a few inches above the floor. Three of his prints are part of Caffery Gallery’s “Printmaking Invitational” exhibit. The show runs through Saturday … Continue reading →

‘Wicked’ mix: Broadway divas close Pops series


Pop-uuu-lar, as Glinda, the good witch in the musical “Wicked,” would say it. Laura Woyasz played Glinda during “Wicked’s” long Broadway run during which she sung the comical song “Popular” to Julie Reiber’s Elphaba, who would eventually become the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” These two divas will come together … Continue reading →

Women’s History Poetry Reading slated


The 16th Annual Women’s History Poetry Reading will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Baton Rouge Gallery. The event is a part of the gallery’s “Sundays@4” series. A wide range of Louisiana women will read original poems lasting three to four minutes about women, history or both. “It’s a special year for us … Continue reading →

Photos get their own category in Burden art exhibition

Photo provided by hte Burden Horticultural Center -- Cheri Fry's painting,

There were 91 entries, each with its own story. And whittling them down was a tough job for the judges. But that was a good thing. “They were quality photographs, and it was wonderful to see so many entries in the first year of the exhibit’s photography category,” says David Humphries, a local photographer. … Continue reading →

‘Die Fledermaus’ set at UL-Lafayette

Photo by David HamiltonThe UL Lafayette Opera will perform

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Opera Theatre in collaboration with the university’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Singers will present “Die Fledermaus,” an operetta, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. Angelle Hall is at St. Mary and McKinley streets in Lafayette. … Continue reading →

‘Showcase the Soirée’ set at LSU museum

Looking for a great place to host your next party or reception? Check out the “Showcase the Space Soirée” from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the The Shaw Center for the Arts, LSU Museum of Art and Glassell Gallery. The evening is designed to let the public visualize how each space can be utilized for social and corporate … Continue reading →

Allen’s BR play ‘Pepito’s Story’ is tribute to a friend


“Pepito’s Story” marked the first collaboration between Debbie Allen and Derek Gordon. At the time, Gordon was senior vice president for the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. And Allen was, well, Debbie Allen, producer, director, choreographer, dancer, actress. Over a chance meeting at a D.C. function, Gordon suggested that Allen work … Continue reading →

ARTiculate Artist Talk Series opens at gallery

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- With her current exhibit, 'Idioms,' Van Wade-Day explores the midpoint between the recognizable and the unrecognizable. The show runs through March 27 at Baton Rouge Gallery.

Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, will feature the latest works from three of its artist members — Kathleen Lemoine, Jacqueline Dee Parker and Van Wade-Day — during its March exhibition. The three-person show will run until March 27. Admission is free, and gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. On Sunday, … Continue reading →

LSU to present ‘silliness’ of ‘Vampire Cowboy Trilogy’

The LSU Department of Theater will present “Vampire Cowboy Trilogy” Tuesday through Sunday, March 11-16, in the Studio Theatre in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive. “Vampire Cowboy Trilogy” originally was produced and written by the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys of New York City in 2003. The company was established by the show’s writers … Continue reading →

La. Sinfonietta sets 4th concert of season

Photo provided by the Louisiana SinfoniettaOboist Elizabeth Miller

The Louisiana Sinfonietta will present its fourth concert of the 2013-14 season at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple Drive. Under the direction of Dinos Constantinides, the Sinfonietta will present works by W.A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and LSU composers. The concert will feature solos by oboist Elizabeth … Continue reading →

LSU speaker seminar series to discuss BP spill

In conjunction with the world premiere of Leigh Fondakowski’s play “SPILL,” Swine Palace and the LSU College of Science and College of Music and Dramatic Arts will present the “Science of the Spill Seminar Series.” This speaker presentation series runs through the performances of “SPILL,” and features different LSU faculty members who have conducted research on the … Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for March 9, 2014

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana UniversitySoutheastern Louisiana University will host the 15th annual Guitar Festival with programs scheduled in March and April. The Southeastern Guitar Ensemble will close out the festival on April 14, featuring music fro Baroque to contemporary. All events are free.

■ The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Youth Ballet auditions for dancers ages 10-14 are set for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Dancers Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and there is a $5 audition fee. … Continue reading →

Different approach to ‘Mockingbird’

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Atticus Finch, center, played by Sam Bryan, embraces his children Jean Louise Finch (Scout), played by Jordan Simoneaux, and Jeremy Finch, played by Finn Miller, during the Ascension Community Theatre's rehearsal Monday for its upcoming production of 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'

Harper Lee told the story of “To Kill a Mockingbird” through Scout’s eyes, but playwright Christopher Sergel’s approach is a little different. “The story is the same,” Brian Breen says, “but you don’t have Scout’s narration that you have in the book.” Breen is the director of Ascension Community Theatre’s production of the play adaptation of … Continue reading →

Covington gallery hosts ‘Southern Colors’

Photo provided by Three Rivers Gallery -- 'Southern Colors,' an exhibit of new work by Rhea Gary, will open on March 8 at Three Rivers Gallery in Covington.

“Southern Colors,” an exhibition of new work by artist Rhea Gary, will open with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston St., Covington. “My interest is not in the nuances of the landscape, but in using color for an emotional response that creates a joyful statement … Continue reading →

Traveling production of ‘Sweet Charity’ comes to LSU

Photo provided by Boebe Productions -- Jessica Evans, left, plays Charity and Nathan McVicker plays Oscar in the traveling Broadway production of the musical 'Sweet Charity,' to be performed Friday, March 7, at the LSU Union Theater.

There’s not much to do during off hours on a submarine, especially one that’s submerged for 67 days. This is why Robert John Beidermann packed some VHS tapes for the trip. These were the days before Blu-ray and Netflix, and Beidermann was a midshipman in the Navy while attending college. He quickly learned that regular hours … Continue reading →

All about the ARTS journey

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Artist Alvin Batiste smiles as he paints a scene during a public painting session at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen.

There was the time Billy Bob Thornton watched as Alvin Batiste painted, then bought almost everything in the gallery. Batiste is not bragging about that memory, it’s simply something he never would have experienced had he not started painting. For him, it’s all about the journey — a journey that continues on this day … Continue reading →

LSU Museum of Art honoring Clementine Hunter

Advocate file photo -- The LSU Museum of Art is featuring the art of Clementine Hunter, one of America's best-know self-taught artists.

In conjunction with Black History Month, the LSU Museum of Art is honoring one of Louisiana’s most famous artists, Clementine Hunter, with a featured installation of the 17 works by Hunter in the museum’s collection. The installation will remain on view with no closing date planned. In recent years, Hunter has become one of the best-known self-taught … Continue reading →

‘Third Mind’ paintings on exhibit at Frameworks

Photo provided by Frameworks Gallery

The exhibit, “The Third Mind,” featuring collaboration paintings by Charles Barbier and Clark Derbes, will run through March 22 at Frameworks Gallery, 8501 Highland Road. Beginning in 2005, the pair began working on joint pieces, and has continued throughout the years. With Derbes now in Vermont and Barbier in Baton Rouge, the two friends meet … Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Feb. 23, 2014

■ The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, BREC, will celebrate Black History through the arts from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. with the program “Let Fashion Ring.” For more information, call … Continue reading →


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