Ellis Marsalis headlines Piano Night

Photo provided by ellismarsalis.com -- Ellis Marsalis

Jazz pianist, composer and music educator Ellis Marsalis headlines WWOZ-FM’s 26th annual Piano Night. Taking place Monday, Piano Night features five hours of continuous keyboard performances in three House of Blues venues. Piano Night is a major fundraiser for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation-linked WWOZ. Featuring a host of music-loving … Continue reading →

Grammy winner Gregory Porter makes his fest debut

Photo by SHAWN PETERS -- Gregory Porter

When Gregory Porter makes his debut Friday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he’ll be doing so as a first-time Grammy winner. Following two earlier nominations that didn’t yield an award, the Brooklyn-based jazz singer’s “Liquid Spirit” won a Grammy in January for best vocal jazz album. Before the win, … Continue reading →

Ellis Marsalis headlines Piano Night

Photo provided by ellismarsalis.com -- Ellis Marsalis

Jazz pianist, composer and music educator Ellis Marsalis headlines WWOZ-FM’s 26th annual Piano Night. Taking place Monday, Piano Night features five hours of continuous keyboard performances in three House of Blues venues. Piano Night is a major fundraiser for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation-linked WWOZ. Featuring a host of music-loving … Continue reading →

The cream of the crop shows off at B.R. car show

Photo provided by Adrienne Berard -- This silver 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is owned by Gene Delcomyn.

Almost from the time cars became an everyday part of American life, there have been people who looked at their vehicles and wondered how to make it faster, prettier or cooler, who turned their heads and stared at the hot rod that passed them down the street. This weekend, there is a great place to be for … Continue reading →

Sci Fi Fest features film, costumes, more

Photos provided by SYDNEY LEJEUNE -- Jack Stauffer starred as Bojay on 'Battlestar Galactica' in the late 1970s.

Celebrity guests, film screenings and workshops are in store at the Louisiana Science Fiction Film and Costume Festival Friday-Sunday at the Embassy Suites, 4914 Constitution Ave. Attendees can dance to “The Time Warp” at Friday’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Extravaganza. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., stylists from The Aveda Institute will help guests with hair … Continue reading →

Fairs & Festivals for April 25-May 1, 2014

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Victor Abene, of Tickfaw, dishes up a plate of spaghetti from a cooler in a food tent at a past Italian Festival in Tickfaw. This year's festival runs Friday-Sunday.

PARKS CRACKLIN’ COOK-OFF: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight, Saturday, Cecile Rousseau Poche Memorial Park, 103 Periou St., Parks. Two-day cooking contest with live music, family activities and art scholarship awards. Free. (337) 230-1860 or parkscracklincookoff.com FESTIVAL DE LA PRAIRIE: St. John the Evangelist Church, 15208 La. 73, Prairieville. Carnival … Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for April 25-May 1, 2014

Photo provided by Celine Alis -- Calf roping will be one of the events at the Sugarfest Jr. and High School Rodeo this weekend in New Iberia.

BACH LUNCH: noon, Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Live music by Les Hay Babies and lunches available for purchase from Antoni’s Café, Chris’ PoBoys, Hub City Diner, Joey’s Specialty Meats, Roly Poly and O’Charley’s Restaurant. Free. (337) 291-5544. RHYTHMS ON THE RIVER: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Everett and Freret streets, Morgan City. Live … Continue reading →

Quite the ‘Indulgence’ - Enjoy big taste from small restaurant

Photo by GENA BERGERON -- There are veggies galore in Indulgence's jerk chicken Cobb salad.

The adage that good things come in small packages certainly applies to Indulgence Restaurant. Tucked in the rear of a shopping center anchored by Hi Nabor, the eatery offers just 11 tables for four, with a couple more tables outside. Decor is modern and stream-lined, with gray and cream-colored walls and black floors. Five vertical abstract paintings … Continue reading →

New restaurants in N.O. vary approaches toward expansion

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Chef Phillip Lopez and his partners plan to open their new Square Root restaurant with a tasting-menu-only format this week.

Open a burger joint or coffee shop and the path to expansion can be as clear as a roadmap: find a good location and replicate. For chef-driven restaurants, the prospect is often more complicated. The chefs have their own brands to project, though they usually want each new restaurant to have its own appeal. The ever-growing New … Continue reading →

Smart Spending: Get your groove on, on a budget

In this June 16, 2013, file photo, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performs on Day 4 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. The 2014 season of music festivals is upon us. Its easy to get caught up in the excitement and spend a bundle, on everything from tickets to accommodations to bottles of water. But with a little foresight, its easy to cut down on excess spending and enjoy the music and excitement without breaking the bank. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — As the air gets warmer and spring blossoms, the season of music festivals is upon us. From Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee in June to Lollapalooza in Chicago in August, music lovers across the country will soon begin to flocking to festivals, which can draw hundreds of thousands of fans. It’s … Continue reading →

Court won’t review Michael Jackson doctor’s case

In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, file photo, Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray sits in a courtroom during his involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles.The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday April 23, 2014, to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment.    (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson’s doctor, rejecting his lawyer’s petition without comment. The decision by the state’s highest court was the latest stop on Dr. Conrad Murray’s legal odyssey. A state appeals court upheld his conviction earlier this year and then refused to … Continue reading →

Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

In this March 19, 2013 ,file photo, Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine the week of April 20, 2014, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea in particular see Yasukuni as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and see visits to it as a lack of understanding or remorse over wartime history. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. The Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo enshrines 2.5 million war dead, including Japan’s 14 convicted war criminals, and operates a war museum that defends Japan’s wartime … Continue reading →

VMAs returning to LA; trying out renovated Forum

In this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, preparations continue ahead of the reopening of the refurbished Forum in Inglewood, Calif. After a visit to New York last year, the MTV Video Music Awards announced Wednesday, April 23, 2014, that the show is returning to the West Coast on Sunday, Aug. 24, to become the first major awards ceremony broadcast from the storied concert venue. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Live from Inglewood! After visiting New York last year, the MTV Video Music Awards announced Wednesday that the show is returning to the West Coast this summer to become the first major awards ceremony broadcast from the storied Forum in Inglewood, Calif. For decades, the “Fabulous Forum,” as it was known, hosted some of the world’s … Continue reading →

Frank Lloyd Wright tower opens for public tours

Associated Press photo -- The SC Johnson Research Tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright lit up at night in Racine, Wis.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring. The 15-story tower at SC Johnson’s headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin is regarded as … Continue reading →

Zoo launches ‘endangered song’ to help save tigers

This handout photo provided the Smithsonian's National Zoo, taken May 23, 2011, shows Sumatran tiger Damai at the zoo in Washington. The Smithsonian's National Zoo wants to highlight the dwindling number of 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild by launching an

WASHINGTON (AP) — Indie rock band Portugal. The Man and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo released an “endangered song” Tuesday for Earth Day to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. The new song, “Sumatran Tiger,” was recorded on 400 polycarbonate vinyl records that will degrade and self-destruct after a certain number … Continue reading →

Royals get Aboriginal gifts in Australian Outback

Britain's Prince William and his wife  Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, look at a ceremonial spear given to him after they arrived at the National Indigenous Training Academy at Yulara, near Uluru, Australia, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

SYDNEY (AP) — Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, received a traditional Aboriginal welcome to the Australian Outback on Tuesday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the tiny town of Yulara, near the bright red sandstone monolith Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. Members of a local Aboriginal community performed a traditional song and … Continue reading →

Zombie-filled obstacle course challenges BR ‘survivors’

Photo provided by SkyboundFans of 'The Walking Dead' series can receive a professional make-up job and become a 'walker' for a night when The Walking Dead Escape zombie obstacle course comes to the River Center Thursday, April 24.

Gory zombie kills and pulse-racing excitement aren’t all that make “The Walking Dead” a hit both on television and in comic books. It’s also the storytelling, which forces characters to make life-and-death decisions as they fight “walkers,” the undead who vastly outnumber humans, said David Isaacs, president of Skybound EXP, the company that publishes “The Walking … Continue reading →

Folk rocker Todd Snider adds stories to his stage show

Photo provided   -Todd Snider, left, performs with one-time labelmate and touring partner John Prine.

When Nashville-based Todd Snider plays the Manship Theatre on Saturday, it will be an unusual gig for the folk rocker. The night will start with music by Gina Forsyth, but continue with a reading from Snider’s book, “I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales.” Then, he’ll take questions from the … Continue reading →

Husband Cyril plays percussion, and the kids pitch in for Gaynielle Neville and lady friends

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR --Gaynielle Neville

Gaynielle Neville gathered a tribe of talented local ladies to create her first solo album, “Woman Power.” “I’m excited and nervous at the same time,” said the singer-songwriter and member of New Orleans’ first family of soul, the Nevilles. Neville’s CD release show is Saturday at the Maple Leaf Bar. She’ll … Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for April 18-24, 2014

Advocate file photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Molly LeBlanc, left, and Carlay LeBlanc play with a ball using the Bernoulli Blower during a past Science Saturday at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory's Science Education Center in Livingston. This month's Science Saturday is April 19.

BACH LUNCH: noon-1 p.m., grounds of the Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette. With music by Cajun band Bonsoir Catin. Free. Lunches available for purchase. (337) 291-5544. PAWS FOR A “3RD” CAUSE: 6 a.m., Cate Square Park, 200 W. Charles St., Hammond. Register to run the 5K or enjoy … Continue reading →

Fairs & festivals for April 18-24, 2014

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE --Tanya Evanson dances to the music of her band Neyaz on Sunday afternoon at the Scene TV5MONDE Lafayette stage during Festival International de Louisiane. Sunday marked the end of the five day celebration of culture.

WASHINGTON CATFISH FESTIVAL: Washington Festival Grounds, 143 Veterans Memorial Highway, Washington. Live zydeco, Cajun, R&B and blues are highlights of the 15th annual celebration, which also features a catfish cook-off, arts and crafts, Cajun and Creole cuisine, antiques, exhibits and more. $10, adults; $5, children 12 and younger. (337) 826-3627. GREAT SOUTHERN BLUEGRASS EVENT: … Continue reading →

Actress Meryl Streep receives IU honorary degree

Meryl Streep

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Actress Meryl Streep can add an honorary doctoral degree from Indiana University to her collection that includes three Academy Awards. University President Michael McRobbie presented the honorary degree to Streep during a ceremony Wednesday. Streep was visiting the Bloomington campus to give IU’s filmmaker lecture. Streep told the audience that her advice … Continue reading →

Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on ‘The View’

This image released by ABC shows co-host Jenny McCarthy with her fiance Donnie Wahlberg after she announced her engagement on the daytime series

NEW YORK (AP) — Jenny McCarthy had big news to share Wednesday on “The View”: She’s engaged to Donnie Wahlberg. McCarthy raised her hidden left hand from behind the desk, revealing an engagement ring. “It’s a yellow sapphire,” she said. “The View” co-host told how Wahlberg, star of CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and a member of New … Continue reading →

Leonard Nimoy earns hometown honors

Leonard Nimoy in

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston native who lived long and prospered as Spock in the “Star Trek” television show and movies is being honored by his hometown chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Leonard Nimoy is scheduled to receive the Governors’ Award at the Boston/New England Emmy Awards ceremony on June 7. … Continue reading →

Daniel Radcliffe on why New York audiences rock

This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Daniel Radcliffe performing in

NEW YORK (AP) — The one thing Daniel Radcliffe always has to adjust to whenever he’s onstage in America is how happy Americans are to see Daniel Radcliffe onstage. The former “Harry Potter” star is consistently greeted by a burst of applause when makes his entrance on Broadway, no matter if it’s a musical or a drama. … Continue reading →

Sean Combs to speak at Howard U. commencement

In this July 26, 2013, file photo, Sean

WASHINGTON (AP) — Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University’s commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. Combs was a Howard student in the late 1980s. He will receive an honorary doctorate in the … Continue reading →

Flavor Flav taking plea deal in Vegas battery case

Rapper Flavor Fav, left, laughs with his attorney Kristina Wildveld in Clark County District Court on Monday, April 14, 2014, in Las Vegas. Flavor Flav has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a Las Vegas domestic violence case in a move that will avoid a trial and possible jail time. He acknowledged Monday in court that he wielded a kitchen knife during an October 2012 argument at home with his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav is poised to take a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case. A prosecutor and defense attorneys say the 55-year-old former rapper and reality TV star, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., is scheduled to enter a plea Monday in Clark County … Continue reading →