U2, Linda Ronstadt among 25 albums to be preserved

This undated handout image provided by the Library of Congress shows the cover of Linda Ronstadts Heart Like a Wheel

WASHINGTON (AP) — U2’s classic album “The Joshua Tree,” Linda Ronstadt’s “Heart Like a Wheel” and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25 recordings selected for long-term preservation in the library’s National … 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 →

‘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 →

Luxury rides offered to N.O. Mardi Gras

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Sophie B. Wright marching band marches in last year's Zulu parade. The Foundation for Historical Louisiana is organizing a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans again this year.

The Foundation for Historical Louisiana is heading to New Orleans again this year for Mardi Gras, March 4. Guests will travel by luxury motor coach to the city to watch the Rex, Zulu and truck parades from reserved parade route seats. The group will have access to Le Pavillion Hotel, where a Creole lunch buffet will be … Continue reading →

Cyrus wants voice, not twerking, to be spotlighted

In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, Miley Cyrus performs in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations in New York. Cyrus is kicking off her North American Bangerz tour Feb. 14, 2014, in Vancouver. Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi and L.A. contemporary artist Ben Jones have crafted videos to play during the 38 shows as Cyrus prioritizes singing over dance routines. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Miley Cyrus wants you to concentrate on her voice — not her twerking — when she launches her tour next month. “Ren and Stimpy” creator John Kricfalusi and contemporary artist Ben Jones have crafted videos to play during the 38 shows as Cyrus prioritizes singing over dance routines. “When it’s such a … Continue reading →

Lambert, McGraw lead ACM nominations with 7 each

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, country singer Tim McGraw arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn.   McGraw and Miranda Lambert are the top nominees for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert and McGraw are up for seven awards apiece at the April 6 awards show. The nominations were announced Wednesday morning in a series of videos via social media.  (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw are the top nominees for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert and McGraw are up for seven awards apiece at the April 6 awards show. The nominations were announced Wednesday morning in a series of videos via social media. Keith Urban is up for six … Continue reading →

Mid City to host 15th White Light Night art hop

Photo provided by Elizabethan Gallery -- Joanne McMullen's 'A Fish Pin' will be among her jewelry pieces at Sabai Jewelry Gallery.

A school of some 70 fish will fill VanGuard Gallery this year to help out a school of 650 kids. That’s how many kids come each day to the Bethany Centre Primary School in Jjungo, Uganda, where they’re fed and educated by Peter Kiwanuka and his staff. Kiwanuka is an LSU alumnus and friend to VanGuard … Continue reading →

Amy Tan produces another amazing book

“The Valley of Amazement” by Amy Tan. Ecco, 2013. $29.99 I don’t know if there’s anyone better than Amy Tan at crossing cultures and continents without shredding a story line. “The Valley of Amazement” spans generations as well, weaving a vivid, emotional tale of women torn asunder. … Continue reading →

Hastings’ ‘Catastrophe’ superb

“Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War” by Max Hastings. Knopf, 2013. $35. Less than six months from now, we remember that awful moment during the summer of 1914 when the European Great Powers began the Great War. In its wake followed more than 11 … Continue reading →

‘12 Years’ is a historic masterpiece

Photo provided by Plan B Entertainment -- Chiwetel Ejiofor, third from left, stars in '12 Years a Slave.'

Solomon Northup published his memoir, “Twelve Years a Slave,” in 1853. More than a hundred years later, British director Steve McQueen and American screenwriter John Ridley have adapted Northup’s meticulous slave narrative into a masterpiece of clear-eyed historical drama. “12 Years a Slave,” the film, makes it impossible to see the South’s “peculiar … Continue reading →

Presidential home hosts light festival

Photo provided by Beauvoir -- Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library in Biloxi, Miss., will be open for the holidays beginning Nov. 7.

BILOXI, Miss. — Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library, will host the Festival of Light for the holiday season, beginning Nov. 7 and running through Jan. 5. Visitors can experience a true Victorian Christmas, including a tour of the decorated mansion, visits and photography with Father Klaus; a peek inside Father Klaus’ workshop and model … Continue reading →

Life is good when sharing the sky with the birds

Photo provided by LANE LUTTRELL -- 'Ultralight flying is an attitude,' says beginner pilot Lane Luttrell. 'There are no windows or windshields framing your view. You see and share the same sky as the birds.'

We approach the takeoff end of the runway. I go through the preflight checks — ailerons go up and down, rudder moves freely, elevators the same. It’s 7:30 a.m. as we depart St. John’s Airport in Reserve. I have seven hours in the plane. I am 68 years old and a beginner at ultralight … Continue reading →

Nixon’s dark dealings examined

“The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide,” by Gary J. Bass. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. $30.00. Four decades ago, in early 1971, the supreme interest of President Richard M. Nixon and national security adviser Henry A. Kissinger was transforming the Cold War through an American diplomatic approach … Continue reading →

LSU Press poet up for National Book Award

Matt Rasmussen’s debut poetry collection “Black Aperture,” published by LSU Press in February, is a finalist for the National Book Award. Rasmussen’s book, which explores mourning, also won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. In 2007, another LSU Press book, David Kirby’s “The House on Boulevard Street” also was a finalist in the … Continue reading →

Delve into violence, mystery and parodies

“The Anatomy of Violence” by Adrian Raine. Pantheon Books, 2013. $35. This book has three objectives: (1) to inform readers of biological research regarding violence, (2) to explore how social and biological factors interact to cause violence and (3) to discuss how various reforms may be necessary. … Continue reading →

‘Cosi fan tutte’ explores changing relationships

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- From left, Alexandra Hollerman, Greg Gallagher, Jess Koehn, Jonathan Bryan and Arianna Douglas rehearse Act 1 of LSU Opera's upcoming production of Mozart's 'Cosi fan Tutte' at the Claude L. Shaver Theatre on campus.

The bet is on at the LSU Opera. Don Alfonso believes love is always up for grabs if the disguise is right. So, he bets newly engaged soldiers Guglielmo and Fernando to take different identities while romancing the other’s fiancée. Alfonso believes the fiancées will fall for their new suitors. Or will … Continue reading →

Modern dance with zydeco roots

Photo provided by Movement Workshop -- The New York Movement Workshop dance company will perform the Louisiana-inspired dance 'Racine D'Or' at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in the LSU Union Theater.

The journey to “Racine D’Or” began five years ago with Leslie Guyton’s trip to Lafayette. Guyton is the artistic director of the Movement Workshop in Brooklyn, N.Y. She wanted to create a modern dance with French-American roots. So, she traveled to Louisiana, indulged in its great Cajun food and was introduced to four-time Grammy Award winner Cedric … Continue reading →

Louisiana Travels

Bats! at Fairview-Riverside State Park Oct. 26 MADISONVILLE: The Audubon Institute’s Zoomobile will visit Fairview-Riverside State Park on October 26th at 1 pm, to share information about the navigation and habits of the only mammals with self-controlled flight capabilities. Children will make and take a bat craft perfect for Halloween. Fairview-Riverside State Park … Continue reading →

NYC auction of Rothko painting could fetch $35M

This image provided by Christie's shows Mark Rothko's bright orange-yellow and white painting

NEW YORK (AP) — A bright orange-yellow and white painting by Mark Rothko is heading for the auction block in New York City, where it could fetch up to $35 million. Christie’s says “Untitled (No. 11)” will lead its postwar and contemporary art sale on Nov. 12. The oil painting, created in 1957, is estimated to … Continue reading →

‘America Revisited’ looks at spaces over time

“Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited: Landscape Views Across Time,” photography by Robert M. Lindholm; introduction and annotations by Lindholm and W. Raymond Wood. Forward by David C. Hunt. University of Oklahoma Press, 2013. $45. As a fairly recent transplant to Baton Rouge, I frequently wonder why the barracks buildings near the State Capitol were referred to as the “Pentagon … Continue reading →

Lots OF Laughs

Photo provided Maddgame Entertainment -- Bianca Siplin and Byron Wade tackle a scene for 'Laugh Now Laugh Later.'

One panhandler says his pregnant wife is in the delivery room, and the other says he is suffering from Hepatitis C. Or is it the other way around? “Man, learn your lines,” one says to other. It doesn’t matter. The young couple has already figured out they’re being scammed, especially when the one with Hepatitis C … Continue reading →

Photo exhibit tells story of tobacco grower

Photo by CHARLES MARTINNow at the West Baton Rouge Parish Museum in Port Allen is Charles Martin's photo exhibit 'Perique Mystique.'

The beauty of this story is found in the old ways, how the same old steps lead to the same old results. Results that produce some of the strongest and most flavorful tobacco in the world. But it wouldn’t be the same tobacco if changes were made to a process that’s been in place … Continue reading →

Arts Calendar

SEPT. 29, AUDITIONS CONTINUE FOR THE BATON ROUGE BALLET THEATRE’S “THE NUTCRACKER: A Tale from the Bayou,” Dancers Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Courtt. For information, call (225) 766-8379. Sept. 29, deadline for entries to the “Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show 2013.”Also, tickets are on sale for … Continue reading →

Items, information sought for Old South BR Project

Photos and information focusing on the legacy and history of Old South Baton Rouge are being sought for a new project at the Leo S. Butler Community Center. The project, “The Old South Baton Rouge Wall of Fame, Past and Present,” will focus on pioneers in the community from doctors and attorneys, to entertainers and musicians, to … Continue reading →

‘America Revisited’ looks at spaces over time

“Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited: Landscape Views Across Time,” photography by Robert M. Lindholm; introduction and annotations by Lindholm and W. Raymond Wood. Forward by David C. Hunt. University of Oklahoma Press, 2013. $45. As a fairly recent transplant to Baton Rouge, I frequently wonder why the barracks … Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana University: Spirit of the Southland

Photo by RANDY BERGERON, SLU Public Information -- Southeastern Louisiana University's Spirit of the Southland marching band gets in a little pre-season practice with a performance at Lionpawlooza in Hammond..

If you’re not feeling the energy when the Spirit of the Southland takes the field, then you’re not ready for football. It’s as simple as that, because Southeastern Louisiana University’s marching band’s pregame mission is to get the Hammond crowd ready to cheer on the Lions. But first, the band, like the team, … Continue reading →

Southeastern professor’s book now in Chinese

Southeastern Louisiana University professor Norman German’s book “The Word on Words: The Play of Language” was translated into Chinese recently. Zhai Xiangjun, noted for his translation of “Gone With the Wind,” translated the book, which defines and examines 1,500 words using essays about their origins and roots. It also uses exercises, puzzles and quizzes to help … Continue reading →

Can you show me how to get to AVENUE Q?

Photo by DAVIS C. HOTARDAnthony Pierre, left, and Tyler Grezaffi rehearse a scene from Theatre Baton Rouge's Avenue Q.

Think of it as Sesame Street for adults. After all, Theatre Baton Rouge’s poster warns that everyone will be offended at least once while watching Avenue Q. “So be warned,” says Keith Dixon, the theater’s managing artistic director and the director of this musical, which opens Friday on the theater’s main stage. Opening night will be … Continue reading →

Actors give life to the puppets of Avenue Q

Photo by DAVIS C. HOTARDEmily Wright plays Kate Monster and Roger Wilhelmi is Princeton in Theatre Baton Rouge's Avenue Q.

In Avenue Q, Princeton didn’t find a place to live right away. There were inquiries. Requests. It all started with a bachelor of arts in English and a mission to find his life’s purpose. And in the end, after landing on an avenue of cheap rent, Princeton discovers that life is more than a purpose; it’s about … Continue reading →

Bloom arrivals mean Lily Orchid Days at Allen Acres

Photo provided by CHARLES ALLEN -- Carolina lilies are now in bloom at Allen Acres near Fort Polk.

The Carolina Lily and the Yellow Fringed Orchid are in bloom so it must be time for Lily Orchid Days at Allen Acres near Fort Polk. The event is set for Friday-Aug. 18, and organizer Charles Allen says visitors might also see the yellow fringeless orchid and crested yellow orchid. The crew has located good spots for … Continue reading →

Boomer downsizing a big step into a smaller place

As I age with my boomer friends, I hear more talk about downsizing. I see it on social networks, hear it in conversations and see guides posted on the Internet. Moving from a large house to a smaller house or apartment stems both from the economy and from lifestyle choices. Some of what I see … Continue reading →

Sterling Automotive Group Broadway Series Returns For 2013-2014 Season

Season tickets are on sale for Innovation Arts & Entertainment’s 2013-14 Sterling Automotive Group Broadway Series at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. Now in its 20th season, the series once again will again showcase a variety of A-list touring Broadway productions. This year’s series will feature five titles: Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Memphis, … Continue reading →

Time and its keeping ushers in modernity

ALEXIS MCCROSSEN, MARKING MODERN TIMES: A HISTORY OF CLOCKS, WATCHES, AND OTHER TIMEKEEPERS IN AMERICAN LIFE University of Chicago Press, 2013, $45 There’s so much that we do with time. Musicians and dancers “keep” time, busy people “make” time for other things, and absolutely everyone “spends” … Continue reading →

Broke-ology a challenge for debut director Stephens

Photo provided by New Venture Theatre --Shea Stephens is the director for New Venture Theatre's production of the drama Broke-ology.

Ennis King explains “broke-ology” as a science that examines two things: being broke and staying alive despite your brokeness. This science serves as the foundation of so many other components in the King family’s world, where family responsibility trumps individual freedom. It’s a world as complex as the science, one balanced by heartache and laughter. And … Continue reading →