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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 Asir 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 →

Famous African works on display at Southern

Photo by Robin Miller -- Benny Andrews' piece, 'Turtle Dove,' is part of the Irvin Jones Collection of African American Art in Southern University's Visual Arts Gallery.

Benny Andrews’ painting, “Turtle Dove,” reminds Randell Henry of a trip to Africa. Henry was on his way to Africa and Andrews was at home in New York, where Henry had to change planes before flying overseas. Henry brought along a few photos he’d taken of Andrews at an exhibit of his work at the Ogden Museum… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for March 1, 2015

HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE AREA ARTS AND CULTURAL SCENE: Tickets are on sale for the LSU Museum of Art’s Masquerade on the Mississippi, set for 7-10 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the museum in the Shaw Center of the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The event celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary at the… Continue reading →

Sousa-style concert set at The Bayou Church

Nostalgia reigns at 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the Lafayette Concert Band stages a concert in the style of John Philip Sousa, the most influential band leader of the early 20th century, in The Bayou Church, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette. “Known as ‘The March King,’ Sousa possessed a larger-than-life persona,” conductor Gerald Guilbeaux says. “His charisma, musicianship… Continue reading →

Port Hudson museum gets model of Civil War-era gunboat

Photo provided by Office of State Parks -- A scale model of the Union gunboat USS Essex is being added to the Port Hudson State Historic Site museum. It's inaugural sail will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, during a program at the historic site, which is on U.S. 61 near Zachary.

Port Hudson State Historic Site is adding a 1:32 scale model of the Union gunboat USS Essex that served during the Civil War to its exhibits collection. The model was created and donated by Robert Seal, of American Battlesite Productions, and Baton Rouge-area artist Bill Toups and is on display in the… Continue reading →

Eric Holowacz out as CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Eric Holowacz

Eric Holowacz is no longer president and CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Brian Haymon, chairman of the arts council’s board of directors, said Holowacz resigned. However, Moffitt Aycock, former interim director of the Community Fund for the Arts Campaign, said Haymon announced Friday that Holowacz had been fired. “Brian… Continue reading →

Society meets scandal: UpStage Theatre invites all to ‘Nacirema Society’

Photo provided by Maddgame Entertainment -- Crystal Jefferson plays Marie Dunbar, Mercedes Wilson plays Janet Logan and Myesha McGarner plays Catherine Green in UpStage Theatre's production of Pearl Cleage's 'The Nacirema Society.'

Even Grace Dubose Dunbar’s name matches the role of doyenne. It’s elegant yet regal. Most of all, it’s flush with status, because Grace’s name is part of a legacy founded in 100 years of the Nacirema Society. Her grandmother founded the organization in Montgomery, Alabama, alongside Catherine Green’s grandmother. Now it’s their responsibility… Continue reading →

LSU Library showcase set on La. black history

In recognition of Black History Month, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections’ next “Afternoon in the Archives” will feature a sampling of publications, documents and photographs that span more than 200 years of African-American history. The event, which will be from 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m. Tuesday in Hill Memorial Library, is free. On display will be… Continue reading →

Arts calendar for Feb. 22, 2015

Here’s what’s happening this week in the area arts and cultural scene: Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive, has scheduled several events in celebration of Black History Month: “An Evening with Dr. Calvin Mackie,” 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 24, Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion; a jazz workshop with Stephanie Jordan and Eric Baskin, 1… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge’s New Venture Theatre presents ‘Sophisticated Ladies,’ a show that even surprised the dancers

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Tanesha Craig and Christian Jones, who plays Duke Ellington, rehearse a flirty scene for New Venture Theatre's 'Sophisticated Ladies,' which opens Feb. 19 at the Manship Theatre.

The dancers’ mix of surprise and awe were priceless, so much that Greg Williams Jr. can’t help laughing about it now. “They didn’t know that all the dances they’re doing today originated with the Lindy Hop, the dance their grandparents were doing back then,” says Williams, New Venture Theatre’s founding artistic director. “They thought they would be… Continue reading →

Program lets children build their ideal city

The American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge will host “Building Blocks: If Kids Ruled the City” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. Admission is free. The program is an interactive experience where youngsters ages 7-11, their parents and siblings, aided by architects and… Continue reading →

Contemporary exhibit winding down

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum -- Edward Pramuk's painting, "Spring: Green Shelter, Purple Shade, Lake, Sun," is part of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's "Capital Contemporary" exhibit.

This is the final week to visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Capital City Contemporary exhibit, a show that features the talents of local and regional artists. A part of Baton Rouge Prospect.3’s lineup of exhibits, the show is an extension of the international contemporary art biennial Prospect.3 New Orleans. The exhibit closes on Sunday,… Continue reading →

LSU Theatre’s Lab Season presents Mee’s ‘Big Love’

LSU Theatre’s Lab Season presents a production of Charles Mee’s “Big Love,” with performances slated for Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 10-15, in the Studio Theater, located in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive. Fifty brides flee their 50 grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this… Continue reading →

Foundation seeks entries for Art Contest

The deadline is Monday, Feb. 16, for entries in the sixth annual Art Contest sponsored by the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. This year’s contest theme is “Louisiana’s Music.” Applications are being accepted at The contest is open to all Louisiana juniors and… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Feb. 8, 2015

Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene: Artist Michael Triegel will speak in the Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the auditorium of the LSU College of Art & Design Building on campus. An artist’s reception will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at… Continue reading →

Louisiana’s Native Guard: WBR Museum remembers the Civil War sacrifice of a group of free men of color

The bayonet would have been attached to a Springfield Model 1861 rifle, the only weapon issued to a regiment of black men for defense against Confederate cannon fire.
It wouldn’t have been as rusty as it is now in the glass case in the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Brick Gallery. And, the shooter was probably felled before getting a… Continue reading →