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Cangelosi Dance Project delivers emotional message in 'Strings' performance

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE -- Aaron Lafitte and Hannah Willson rehearse for the Cangelosi Dance Project's Oct. 11 fundraising performance.

Kris Cangelosi can’t help thinking of her brother when the camera frames Willem Dafoe’s slow-motion run for his life in Oliver Stone’s 1986 Vietnam War film, “Platoon.” The scene is ranked among the most iconic in movie history as Tom Berenger’s character leaves Dafoe’s at the mercy of the enemy as Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for… Continue reading →

New Venture Theatre opens doors to old 'soul'

Photo by FREDERICK PRICE -- The multitalented Jeoffery Harris Jr. will be taking the stage in New Venture Theatre's 'SOUL,' which the dancer is also directing and helped choreograph.

The Soul Lounge will be the most happening place in town next weekend, when New Venture Theatre opens its doors to Aretha, Gladys and James Brown. But the most important guests will be those in the audience, some of whom will sit onstage while the dancers of the New Venture Movement dance company invoke the spirit… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana gears up for flourish of Fanfare

A classic opera, a lecture on the Middle East and a puppet theater performance are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 30th season of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October arts festival in Hammond. From Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 6-9, the Southeastern Theatre Department will present “No Exit,” a 1944 play… Continue reading →

Pianist to perform solo concert Wednesday at LSU School of Music

Photo by BENJAMIN EALOVEGA -- Pianist Jonathan Biss will be the guest artist at the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra's opening night performance on Friday.

Pianist Jonathan Biss will perform a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple Drive. Biss headlined as the soloist in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s opening 2015-16 season concert Sept. 25. In 2001, he performed with the New York Philharmonic, and he made his Carnegie Hall… Continue reading →


Thumbalina at the Columbia Theatre

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Joseph Savell, owner of Backwoods Gallery, 11931 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, will open a show of his new tonalistic landscape paintings with a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (225) 721-1736.… Continue reading →

Once part of the Tiger Band, baton-twirling Tigerettes to celebrate 50th anniversary Saturday

Photo provided by Susan Watson Jullens -- Former LSU Tigerettes have returned to campus in years past for the Tiger Band Alumni reunion, including in 2006 when this group posed for a photo after rehearsals.

Time has imposed its usual changes, but they’re still the same girls — the girls who smiled at the crowd, the girls whose silver batons flashed in the reflection of the stadium’s lights. The girls the announcer introduced as the LSU Tigerettes when they performed at halftimes with the LSU Tiger Marching Band. They’ll… Continue reading →

Deadline set for LSU College of Music’s Gold Pass

Thursday is the deadline for signing up for the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts’ Gold Pass, which allows ticket holders to choose their own package of eight events for $100 for the fall semester. “This is the first year we’ve offered this package, and you don’t have to choose your events right away,” says Sheryl… Continue reading →

The New American Male: Swine Palace updates the story with 'Disgraced'

Photo provided by Swine Palace -- Zarif Kabier, left, plays Pakistani-American Amir Kapoor, who is trying to escape his Muslim background, and Cara Reid plays his artist Emily, who embraces his culture through her work, in Swine Palace's production of 'Disgraced.'

Is Amir Kapoor that much different from Stanley Kowalski? In some ways, yes. Stanley isn’t running away from his identity. Amir is. But if the dangerous instinct simmering deep within each is released, the resulting damage to their loved ones can be permanent. “So, here we have two men in American theater who learn who they… Continue reading →

Bach Lunch once again gears up for fall sessions

The Lafayette Science Museum Foundation is once again holding its Bach Lunch, the popular free lunch-hour series featuring different musicians. The sessions will be each Friday in October beginning at noon and ending at 1 p.m. Lunches are available for purchase from local restaurants on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:15 a.m.… Continue reading →

Meaning of art on show in LSU Theatre comedy

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? The LSU Department of Theatre will explore these questions when it opens its Lab Theatre season with Yasmina Reza’s comedy “Art” on Tuesday in the Music and Dramatic Arts Studio Theatre, Dalrymple Drive on campus. The show… Continue reading →

This week's Baton Rouge area arts calendar: Sept. 27-Oct. 30

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: The Lafayette Art Association’s annual “Buy a Ticket, Take Home a 6X6” Painting” FUNdRaiser & Reception is set for 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Lafayette Art Association and Gallery, 1008 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette. For information, call (337) 269-0363. Artwork can… Continue reading →

Southeastern Theatre Workshop to perform 'Funny Thing Happened'

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will perform the Broadway musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. “Stephen Sondheim is a living Broadway legend; for the last 50… Continue reading →

Brews Arts Fest features music, kids entertainment

The Hammond Regional Arts Center’s 2015 Brews Arts Festival is set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, behind the Arts Center in the Morrison Alley parking lot off North Cypress Street downtown. The sixth annual Brews Arts Festival brings together local artists and local artisan beers and will treat… Continue reading →

‘Spamalot’ favors Mel Brooks a lot

Photo by RON MOORE -- Marion Bievenu, left, plays the Lady of the Lake and Curran Latas plays Sir Galahad in Theatre Baton Rouge's production of  "Monty Python's Spamalot."

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” obviously owes its inspiration — for that matter, much of its dialogue and plot line — to “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the cinematic spoof of the legend of King Arthur. But the style of playwright and lyricist Eric Idle’s comedy seems almost equal parts Mel Brooks. Like so many of Brooks’ works,… Continue reading →

Tiger Brandon Surtain trades pads for brushes as an LSU art major

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior safety Brandon Surtain has two great loves -- painting and football. In the Foster Hall studio classroom, Surtain works on a still life cubism piece.

The studio classroom on campus is light-years away from the football practice field when Brandon Surtain picks up his paintbrush. A stroke on the canvas here, another one there and he’s no longer No. 27, a safety for the LSU Tigers, or even a student on campus. He’s lost in the journey of his… Continue reading →

Rhoda B. Stokes’ collection getting due recognition at Jackson museum

Photo provided by the Jackson Bicentennial Committee -- Late folk artist Rhoda B. Stokes' painting 'Mama's Garden' will be included in an exhibit of her work in Jackson on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The last time a collection of Rhoda B. Stokes’ paintings was exhibited in one space was 1984, when the LSU Museum of Art staged a retrospective of the artist’s work. So, the Town of Jackson Bicentennial Committee thought it was time to put the late artist back in the spotlight with a one-day show on Saturday, Sept.… Continue reading →

Check out arts events for the week of Sept. 20

Photo provided by the Runnels School -- Kayla Evans as Dr. Watson and Jarrett LaBonne as Sherlock Holmes star in the upcoming the Runnels School's production of 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band.'

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Citè des Arts’ final production of Michael Christopher’s “The Shadow Box” will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 20, in its theater, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. Tickets are $15. Call (337) 291-1122 or visit Auditions for New Venture Theatre’s production… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Concert Band's annual fall event set for Sept. 27

The Baton Rouge Concert Band will celebrate the magic of Hollywood music on Sunday, Sept. 27. The band’s annual fall concert begins at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 763 North Blvd. Admission is free, and the program includes selections for movie fans of all ages, from a medley of songs from Disney’s “Frozen” to the… Continue reading →

Open auditions being held for Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker' production

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s open auditions for youngsters ages 8 to 12 and adults for “The Nutcracker — A Tale From the Bayou” are set for Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. Since 1992, the ballet theater has been performing the “Nutcracker” production, which incorporates local landmarks and features world-class guest… Continue reading →

Monty Python fans will understand humor in Theatre Baton Rouge’s production of 'Spamalot'

Photo by RON MOORE -- Lance Parker, Curran Latas, Tyler Grezaffi, Terry Byar,s Michael Ruffin and Albert Nolan, from left, gather as King Arthur (Nolan) and the Knights of the Roundtable in Theatre Baton Rouge's production of the 'Monty Python's Spamalot.'

Welcome to “Spamalot,” where Arthur is king, his knights aren’t what they seem and Fred isn’t dead — yet. There will come a time when Fred is finally thrown onto the pile of Bubonic Plague victims, but not before the cast of Theatre Baton Rouge’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” sings “I’m Not Dead… Continue reading →

Art show features work created by hospital patients, visitors commemorating 10th anniversary of Katrina

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Volunteer Ashlyn Henderson's collage, 'Memories Lost in a Hurricane,' incorporates such items as musical instruments, clocks, notes and Mardi Gras beads on the backdrop of a tarp.

The Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Arts in Medicine program is showing an exhibit of paintings and mixed-media artworks in the exhibit “Katrina Remembered” in the Jones Walker Foyer in the Shaw Center for the Arts. The show features artwork created by Baton Rouge General patients and visitors, demonstrating different artistic styles in illustrating themes of love,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany group to host exhibit that highlights architecture

The St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, is showing its sixth annual exhibit in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art, “Architecture as Art: Selections from the New Orleans Museum of Art,” through Oct. 31. The show offers works by well-known regional and national artists from the museum’s permanent collection and will… Continue reading →

Youth orchestra changes venue


The Louisiana Youth Orchestra is making a move in the 2015-16 season. All concerts will be performed in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, home of its sponsoring organization, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Concerts are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9; Thursday, Feb. 18; and Tuesday, May 17. All performances begin at… Continue reading →

LSU band director Roy King didn’t plan on a life in music; now it’s ‘the reason I get out of bed every morning’

Photo by RACHEL SALTZBERG -- LSU Tiger Band Director Roy King does a final check before the band takes the field during the 2014 football season.

Sometimes Roy King thinks about how he landed here — at LSU, directing the Golden Band from Tigerland. “It’s one of those situations where you can say you were in the right place at the right time,” he says, laughing. “I’d never planned on directing a college band. I came back here to get… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area arts calendar for Sept. 6, 2015

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy -- The 2015-16 season of Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts has broadened its horizons, offering something for everyone with everything from live music to Broadway to Sherlock Holmes. The 2015-2016 season includes a performance of hot and cool jazz stylings in "The Jaimee Paul Quintet: At Last" on Feb. 24.

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Acadiana Repertory Theatre will present “Drown” by David Hilder at Theater 810, 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, and at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10-12. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors and students with… Continue reading →

BRSO explores musical variety

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s 67th season, “Explorers and Discoveries,” brings another year of musical variety to Louisiana’s capital city. The 2015-16 Masterworks series consists of five classical concerts and the seasonal favorite “Home for the Holidays” concert. The first concert on Friday, Sept. 25, begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Opening Night Gala at the… Continue reading →

Music Club of BR hosts viola recital featuring Lipman

The Music Club of Baton Rouge will present guest artist Matthew Lipman in a viola recital on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Pianist Louis Wendt will accompany Lipman at the 10:30 a.m. performance at the Woman’s Club, 259 East Blvd., Baton Rouge. The event is free and open to the public. Lipman was one of the National Federation… Continue reading →

Architects build Star Wars themed sculptures for 'CAN Wars' competition

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum -- ‘The Endless Battle of Good vs. Evil, Jedi vs. Sith, Food vs. Hunger,’ constructed by Post Architects is part of the American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge’s 2015 CANstruction competition at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. This year’s contest takes a ‘Star Wars’ theme with ‘Can Wars.’

What does “Star Wars” and cans of green beans have in common? CANstruction. Ten area design and building teams competed last week in “CAN Wars” — inspired by the “Star Wars” triology — a competition to create the best structure made entirely out of nonperishable food items. So, among others, were Post Architects’ “The… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Gallery recruiting new artists to help guide facility's future

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- Randell Henry's exhibit, 'Abstractions in Collage, is part of BREC Baton Rouge Gallery's July exhibitions.

The contemporary art-focused Baton Rouge Gallery is accepting applications for new artist members.

The BREC facility is a cooperative gallery, and its artist members help make decisions ranging about the art gallery’s future. The gallery has more than 50 members, who are professional artists skilled in areas ranging from textiles to ceramics to photography to painting.

Applications are due by… Continue reading →

New Orleans artist Charlie T. Johnson salvages flooded works to tell another story

Photo provided by Charlie T. Johnson -- Charlie T. Johnson's mixed media works on paper will be featured in the solo show, Art Reclaimed and Reconstituted, opening Thursday, Sept. 3, in Southern University's Visual Arts Gallery. Johnson's pieces are reworked artworks salvaged from his New Orleans studio flooded by Hurricane Katrina.

Twenty-five works will hang in Charlie T. Johnson’s solo show, “Art Reclaimed and Reconstituted,” in Southern University’s Visual Arts Gallery in Frank Hayden Hall. Randell Henry is curating the exhibit of works salvaged from Johnson’s Broadmoor neighborhood basement in New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters destroyed most of his art 10 years ago. These days, Johnson has… Continue reading →

LSU Libraries exhibits 'Tempest' collection on Louisiana storms

Photo provided by LSU Libraries Special Collections -- The Audubon Sugar School after a 1915 hurricane. This photo is part of the LSU Libraries Special Collections' exhibit, "Tempest: Storms in the Archives," which runs through Sept. 12 at Hill Memorial Library.

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LSU Libraries’ Special Collections division presents the exhibition “Tempest: Storms in the Archives” at Hill Memorial Library on campus. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs through Sept. 12. Louisiana hurricanes have left their mark in correspondence, photographs,… Continue reading →

Museum to feature exhibitions on West

The fall season at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, will feature two exhibitions devoted to the West: “Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined” and “Art Under the Big Sky.” An opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. The new exhibits… Continue reading →

BR Gallery accepting new artists applications

Baton Rouge Gallery is making its annual call for new artist members. Since its founding 50 years ago, Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, has grown into one of the area’s premier contemporary arts centers. The mission of Baton Rouge Gallery is to advance local and national contemporary artists and to engage the community through unique cultural… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area arts calendar for Aug. 30, 2015

Here’s what’s going on this week in the area arts and cultural scene: Auditions for New Venture Movement’s upcoming dance concert, “SOUL,” are set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Performances are set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence… Continue reading →