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Soak up some spring at Baton Rouge’s FestForAll

Photo provided by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge -- One hundred artists and craftsmen will occupy the Artists Village at this weekend's FestForAll.

It’s time for that annual, local hello to spring — FestForAll. With all kinds of music, art and entertainment for the kids, it is designed to be a festival for everyone. Running the weekend before Easter, and well ahead of the Baton Rouge Blues Fest and New Orleans Jazz Fest, the free, weekend-long… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for March 27-April 2, 2015

Photo by Peter Mueller -- Cincinnati Ballet principal dancer Cervilio Miguel with join the Lafayette Ballet Theatre in its production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Saturday.

FRIED FISH FUNDRAISER: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Augustine Catholic Church, 809 New Roads St., New Roads. $8 per plate; $1 for drinks. Orders of five or more can be delivered. (225) 638-2947. Every Friday during Lent. SKYLINERS BIG BAND: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Petroleum Club, 111 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette. A performance of the… Continue reading →

‘Kardashian’ game maker Glu creating Jenner sisters game

/Invision/AP photo by EVAN AGOSTINI -- Kendall Jenner, left, and Kylie Jenner

— Glu Mobile is keeping up with the Kardashians. The mobile video game developer responsible for the popular “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” game has announced plans to create a game starring Kardashian half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner. The San Francisco-based creator of free-to-play games said the title will feature the likenesses,… Continue reading →

David Byrne joins his tribute concert

Associated Press file photo -- David Byrne

David Byrne crashed his own tribute concert Monday, leading a marching band down the aisle at Carnegie Hall and, eventually, to an onstage dance party to the tune of “Uptown Funk.” He showed up at the end of an annual tribute that benefits music education, an unusual sight since past musicians… Continue reading →

Louisiana Film Society slates ‘Woman in Gold’ screening

Photo provided by the Weinstein Company -- Left to right, Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren and Daniel Bruhl in a scene from 'Woman in Gold.'

The Louisiana International Film Festival and Louisiana Film Society will screen “Woman in Gold,” a drama starring Helen Mirren, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Cinemark Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge. Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a Holocaust survivor who, with the help of a young lawyer, played by Ryan Reynolds, battles the Austrian government for… Continue reading →

Preservation Hall Jazz Band recording added to the National Recording Registry

Photo by DAN LEYRER -- Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band

“New Orleans’ Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band,” a 1964 recording made by singer-pianist Barrett and charter members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is among the 25 sound recordings selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. The album was recorded in-concert at the Guthrie Theater in… Continue reading →

‘Something Rotten!’: How it only took two decades for Baton Rouge brothers to achieve ‘overnight success’ on Broadway

Associated Press photo by MARK KENNEDY -- Karey Kirkpatrick, center, is flanked by his brother, Wayne Kirkpatrick, left, and John O'Farrell outside the St. James Theatre in New York. The three men have written the music and story for the new Broadway musical 'Something Rotten!' a comedy set in Shakespeareís England.

NEW YORK (AP) — It began with an intriguing premise for a musical: What would it have been like to be a fledgling playwright making a living at the same time as William Shakespeare? The result is “Something Rotten!” and all it took for two Baton Rouge brothers to get to Broadway was that original idea plus… Continue reading →

Five Louisiana contestants advance to next round in NBC's 'The Voice'

NBC photo by TYLER GOLDEN -- Koryn Hawthorne sings 'Love Me Harder' on NBC's 'The Voice.'

They’ve won the battles, now on to the knockouts. All five Louisiana contestants on NBC’s “The Voice” have advanced to the next level in the reality singing competition series, and will vie in the knock-out rounds starting Monday night. Rob Taylor, of Donaldsonville, performed his battle song, “Animals,” on Tuesday night’s show, facing off… Continue reading →

Review: The rebellious women of ‘Insurgent’ break the action mold

Photo by Andrew Cooper -- From left, Theo James, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley share a scene in 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent.'

On the surface, “Insurgent,” with its dystopian setting and teenage heroine, might just seem like another by-the-numbers young adult tale. Look a little closer and it’s clear that this second installment isn’t merely capitalizing on a popular genre, but, with its half dozen female leads and supporting characters, actually represents a subtle… Continue reading →

Review: Penn flexes action-hero muscles in ‘Gunman’

Open Road Films photo by EKITH BERNSTEIN -- Sean Penn stars as mercenary Jim Terrier in 'The Gunman.'

At one point in “The Gunman,” the new Sean Penn geopolitical thriller, our star goes surfing. It’s supposed to show he has a reckless side, since he’s surfing in unsafe territory, but it seems to have a larger, much more obvious purpose: To show us that Penn, at 54, is ripped. Very, very ripped. It’s no… Continue reading →

‘Songs in the Key of Life’: ‘Love is king and queen,’ Wonder says

Photo by EDDIE WOLFL -- Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder’s resumption of his “Songs in the Key of Life Performance” tour this month follows February’s star-packed tribute, “Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute.” The “Songs in the Key of Life Performance,” an adaptation of Wonder’s classic “Songs in the Key of Life” album, arrives at the Smoothie King Center… Continue reading →

Our Tribe: 2015 Congo Square New Owrld Rhythms Festival

Photo provided by Blind Ambition Management -- Irving 'Honey' Bannister

This weekend’s eighth annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival will feature chanting, dancing, fantastically costumed Mardi Gras Indians, funky brass bands plus more soulful sights and sounds from Cuba, Africa and New Orleans. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, the free event takes place Saturday and Sunday in New… Continue reading →

The Beauty of Culture

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Annelies Martinez makes giant paper flowers for the Persian New Year celebration to be held at The Walls Project Art & Design Center.

Persian history and culture don’t always top the discussion list in south Louisiana, and Raina Wirta wants to clear the air. “There’s more to the Persian culture than Persian rugs and Persian cats,” the executive creative director of Elevator Projects says. Most people know the country by its modern name, Iran. And… Continue reading →

After a festival whets the appetite, scout spots for Indian, Pakistani and South Asian cuisines in N.O.

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -- Malaysian curry makes a light and restorative lunch at Good Karma Prasad Cafe in Mid-City.

By the prodigious standards of New Orleans festivals, the food component for last weekend’s India Fest in City Park was small. Just three local restaurants — Taj Mahal, Saffron NOLA and Silk Road — supplied a mix of traditional and modern dishes. But as a representative slice of Indian cooking around the New Orleans area, this spread… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for March 20-26, 2015

Photo by DEREK BLANKS -- Gladys Knight -- Four-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight, also known as the Empress of Soul, will perform with the Pips Saturday night at L'Auberge Casino. The show starts at 8 p.m.

THE BAND OF HEATHENS/MINGO FISHTRAP: Varsity Theatre PAUL RAMIREZ: Big Heads SHIP OF FOOLS/DELLA: Spanish Moon TRIBAL SEEDS/THE MOVEMENT/LEILANI WOLFGRAMM: Varsity Theatre (9 p.m.) JASON MARTIN AND HITCHHIKER:… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for March 20-26, 2015

Photo provided by SLU Public Information Office -- Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond is presenting a new series for up and coming bands called the New Artist Concert Series. First up is River Whyless on Tuesday night.

4-H SHOW SHOOTING ARCHERY: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass, New Iberia. (337) 365-7539 or SugArena.com FRIED FISH FUNDRAISER: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Augustine Catholic Church, 809 New Roads St., New Roads. $8 per plate; $1 for drinks. Orders of five or more can be delivered. (225) 638-2947.… Continue reading →

New Orleans area calendar for March 20-26, 2015

Photo provided by Gambel Communications -- Two performances of Unión Tanguera's 'Nuit Blanche' (Sleepless night) are schedule for this weekend at NOCCA in New Orleans.

SWEET ARTS: 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans Annual fundraiser gala. $100. (504) 528-3805 or cacno.org “NUIT BLANCHE” (SLEEPLESS NIGHT): 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. NOBA and NOCCA… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area calendar for March 20-26, 2015

Photo provided by LPCC -- From left, Michelle King, Terrilee Haley and Susan Burdette rehearse for 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the '60s.' The dinner theater fundraiser for the Livingston Parish Children's Choirs will take place Friday and Saturday in Denham Springs.

GLORY AND GUMBO: 12:05 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent, St. James Center for Spiritual Formation, 205 N. Fourth St. Ministers from various religious traditions are scheduled to speak during St. James’ gumbo lunch sales. ANNUAL SEAFOOD SUPPER: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Academy Dining Hall, 3080 Kleinert Ave. Benefit for the SJA Athletic Department.… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals calendar for March 20-26, 2015

Advocate file photo by Roger W. Zettler Jr.-- Jesse Turner Jr., of Amite,  shucks oysters for the Spitale's Oyster Mobile Seafood and Catering booth at last year's Amite Oyster Festival. This year's festival runs Friday-Sunday in downtown Amite.

LOUISIANA SWAMP STOMP FESTIVAL: Nicholls State University campus, La.1 and Audubon Avenue, Thibodaux. Local and regional musicians, south Louisiana foods, presentations on the history, culture, and economic development of the region, and artisans demonstrating their crafts and selling handmade items. ST. JUDE CATHOLIC CHURCH FAIR: 9150 Highland… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Mario Party 10’ invites ‘amiibo’ figures to play

Photo provided by Nintendo --  'Mario Party 10' cleverly employs Nintendo’s interactive figurine line as virtual board game pieces.

It’s “Mario Party,” but you shouldn’t cry if you want to — especially if you’ve invested in “amiibo.” After mostly acting like wallflowers in Nintendo video games since their debut last year, “amiibo” have stumbled into the spotlight in “Mario Party 10” (Nintendo, $49.99 for the Wii U). The latest iteration of the mini-game series cleverly… Continue reading →

Review: Lamar returns with impressive sophomore album

Rapper Kendrick Lamar went three years without releasing an album, taking his time to craft an impressive sophomore effort in “To Pimp a Butterfly.” This new album was certainly worth the wait following Lamar’s classic studio debut “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” which helped boost his stature… Continue reading →

Review: New ‘Cinderella’ can’t fill predecessor’s slippers

Photo by JONATHAN OLLEY --Lily James is Cinderella and Cate Blanchett plays the Stepmother in the live-action feature 'Cinderella.' Opening last weekend, the film topped the box office, earning $67.9 million.

Walt Disney’s 1950 animated-feature version of the fairy tale “Cinderella,” produced for the then-risky sum of $3 million, became a popular hit and another Disney classic. Walt Disney Pictures’ new live-action “Cinderella” features attractive leads in Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) and Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”), grand fairy-tale settings and, when it counts, affecting… Continue reading →

A perfect match has The Chimes' trivia night booming in Baton Rouge

Photo by JAVIER FERNANDEZ -- Let's Get Quizzical owner Mike Hatfield reads questions during trivia night at the Chimes on Highland Road Monday.

A bevy of drinks, late-night meals and endless conversations flows through The Chimes Restaurant and Taproom each Monday night. The Chimes’ trivia night is the result of a perfect match — a location and a company operating without flaw since the beginning. “We were brought in for Mondays (at 10 p.m.) for a specific… Continue reading →