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Jack Bruce, bassist of 60’s band Cream, dies at 71

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 file photo, British musician Jack Bruce performs at the 'Zildjian Drummers Achievement Awards' at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. A statement released by his family on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 said ìthe world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.

LONDON (AP) — British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England. A statement released by his family said “the world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives… Continue reading →

There goes ‘Honey Boo Boo’; TLC cancels series

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, file photo, beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana

NEW YORK (AP) — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and was set to begin airing it at the end of this year. TLC wouldn’t publicly… Continue reading →

‘John Wick’ both slick and stupid

Photo by DAVID LEE -- Keanu Reeves stars as a former hit man out for revenge in 'John Wick.'

“John Wick,” an action-thriller starring Keanu Reeves, doesn’t leave a single cliché unturned. Showing not an ounce of invention, the movie recycles the same old scenarios, shootouts, man-to-man combat, car chases and fiery explosions. The “John Wick” script occasionally aspires to dry wit of the kind spoken through the past 50 years by the of actors… Continue reading →

Bill Murray shines in ‘St. Vincent’

Photo provided by the Weinstein Company -- From left, Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher star in 'St. Vincent.'

Bill Murray finds the perfect Bill Murray role in “St. Vincent.” The veteran comic and sometimes dramatic actor nails the movie’s title role, grouchy Brooklyn retiree Vincent McKenna. Murray’s Vincent amuses and charms, despite the character’s apparent lack of interest in pleasing anyone other than himself. At 64, Murray is ripe for the part, comfortable and… Continue reading →

Review: ‘White People’ is edgy; has memorable cast

In this image released by Roadside Attractions, Kyle Gallner, left, and Tessa Thompson appear in a scene from

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cheeky provocation wrapped in a zingy punchline, Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” recalls other memorably promising debuts — by filmmakers named Spike, for instance, whether Lee or Jonze. An ambitious satire that questions just how “post-racial” America has become, the film is never at a loss for words, but sometimes confuses galvanizing rhetoric… Continue reading →

State Fair returns with something for everyone

Photo provided by Greater Baton Rouge State Fair -- Black Water Bride

Rides, games, a petting zoo, racing pigs, a magician and music will fill the 100-acre Greater Baton Rouge State Fair grounds through Nov. 2. The fair began in 1965 as a project of the Baton Rouge Jaycees. Since 1985, the fair has been operated by the Greater Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Whether pedaling his bike or cruising through genres, cellist Ben Sollee enjoys the ride

Photo provided by the Manship Theatre -- Ben Sollee

The ride is always an adventure, but it isn’t always the wisest choice. There are times when Ben Sollee doesn’t do his research and finds himself riding his bicycle in the steep hills between Kentucky and Tennessee. Or following the sandy Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Pensacola on U.S. 90, which is rigorous enough when… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area calendar from Oct. 24-30, 2014

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- David Heard, played by Greg Williams, left, sings with the other choir members during New Venture Theatre's rehearsal for 'Choir Boy.' The show continues its run this weekend at the Manship Theatre's Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre.

The Baton Rouge area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Oct. 24-30, 2014. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

‘Love’ plods along, not all strangely

Photo by JEONG PARK -- Alfred Molina, left, plays George and John Lithgow is Ben in 'Love Is Strange.'

It’s tempting to guess that if the principal characters in “Love Is Strange” had not been so naïve, they wouldn’t be wrestling with the difficult situation they find themselves in. A self-conscious, tentative drama, “Love Is Strange” concerns George and Ben, two New York City men who have been together for 39 years. When the state… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Oct. 24-30, 2014

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Chanler Trahan, then 2, changes his mind about sharing his sucker at the the St. Amant Future Farmers of America club's annual Boo at the Barn fundraiser last year. This year's event is Saturday behind St. Amant High School.

RELAY FOR LIFE: 6 p.m.-6 a.m., Scott Civic Center, New Roads. A community event and celebration for all cancer survivors. (985) 665-9893 or relayforlife/pointecoupeela SMART FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, LITE Center, UL of Lafayette’s Research Park. Event exploring the connections… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Oct. 24-30, 2014

Photo provided by DUSTIN EISKANT -- Old Salt Union From St. Louis, Old Salt Union performs music influenced by bluegrass greats the Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, Bill Evans, Danny Elfman and the Punch Brothers. Old Salt Union performs Tuesday at the Manship Theater's Hartley Vey Theatre.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Oct. 24-30, 2014. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Puppet painter from BR works on ‘The Boxtrolls’

Photo provided --Brett Carville

Former Baton Rougean Brett Carville, a 2012 Ringling College of Art and Design graduate, worked behind the scenes on the recently-released animated film “The Boxtrolls.” The film is based on the children’s novel, “Here Be Monsters,” by Alan Snow. Carville’s job with the film was as a puppet fabrication assistant. It included… Continue reading →

Cafe Delphi starts and ends meal well with Greek staples

Advocate photo by LESLIE D. ROSE -- The gyros, stuffed with tender beef and lamb, was enjoyable.

The gyros was good, the baklava was sweet and there was feta in the salad. All of this is a huge deal to me as those items are staples of a Greek restaurant. Ironically enough, I’ve struggled to find a place in Baton Rouge that has met my high, I-have-a-good-friend-who-is-Greek-so-I-know-real-Greek-food standards. While it ranks… Continue reading →

Love, discipline fuel Neil Diamond’s latest album

Invision/AP photo by VICTORIA WILL -- Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fueled his work on “Melody Road,” released on Tuesday.… Continue reading →

Sega's ‘Alien: Isolation’ delivers sci-fi terror

Photo provided by Sega -- The video game 'Alien: Isolation' takes place 15 years after the original film 'Alien.'

Ridley Scott’s “Alien” has inspired dozens of video games since its debut in 1979, but “Alien: Isolation” (Sega, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, $59.95) is the first in a while that has aspired to the claustrophobic terror of the original film. Is “Isolation” that bone-chilling and nerve-wracking? Not quite, but… Continue reading →

Domenica spinoff forges its own identity in N.O.

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Garlic knots are served with aged provolone fonduta at Pizza Domenica.

The same type of wood-burning oven produces the same char-pocked, bubble-crusted Neapolitan-style pizzas. The same unaccountably delicious, whole roasted cauliflower is a go-to appetizer. And the same chefs and partners — John Besh and Alon Shaya — are at the helm. But Pizza Domenica is a very different restaurant from the one that… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals for Oct. 24-30, 2014

Photo provided -- Tour  the plantation and  out buildings on the grounds during the Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show in Convent Saturday and Sunday.

SOUTH LOUISIANA BLACKPOT FESTIVAL AND COOK-OFF: Acadian Village, 1717 Veterans Memorial Highway, Eunice. Two days of music, dancing, food, camping and jamming. Live performances range from Cajun and zydeco, to Creole, swing, hot jazz, blues, bluegrass, Americana, Irish and old-time. Also, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space… Continue reading →

New Orleans area calendar for Oct. 24-30, 2014

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Riders toss favors from their giant skull-adorned float as the Krewe of Boo rolls down Elysian Fields and through the French Quarter last year. This year's parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Buy this photo

The New Orleans area calendar is a listing of events taking place in New Orleans and surrounding areas from Oct. 24-30, 2014. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Keanu back in action

At the ‘John Wick’ premiere in Los Angeles, actor Keanu Reeves talks about his love of action and how his new role has a dark side.… Continue reading →

Dancing priests become Internet sensation

Father David Rider, left, and father John Gibson pose in front of St. Peter's Basilica after an interview with the Associated press at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keyes-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28,… Continue reading →

Witherspoon, Hathaway gather for McConaughey

Actor Matthew McConaughey has been recognized by American Cinematheque for his 22-year acting career. Former co-star Reese Witherspoon praised his ‘everyman quality’.… Continue reading →

Shatner, ‘Star Trek’ director to meet about role

In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, William Shatner arrives for the 24th annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Trek” may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing “Star Trek 3,” to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with him the other day,” says Shatner.… Continue reading →

No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

Advocate staff photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- A jack-o'-lantern.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it’s time to reschedule the holiday. Communities from West Virginia to Texas are saying they’re OK with celebrating Halloween on, well, not Halloween. Football is king in many rural areas, especially in the South, and that’s a big reason.… Continue reading →

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

This combination file photo made from images provided by Frito-Lay shows the four finalists for its second annual

NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1… Continue reading →

Jason Reitman on his father’s lessons

“Men, Women & Children” director Jason Reitman talks about the best advice he got from his father Ivan Reitman and the strange alchemy of making movies.… Continue reading →

Pregnant Kate back at work after morning sickness

Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wait to greet the President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, and his wife Mary,  at an hotel in London, on the first day of his four-day state visit to the Britain, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Anthony Devlin, Pool)

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge has resumed her royal duties after spending more than two months out of the public eye while suffering from acute morning sickness. Kate and her husband Prince William welcomed the president of Singapore to London at the start of a state visit Tuesday. She greeted President Tony Tan and his… Continue reading →

Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo,  protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening  in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind police barricades chanting “Shame on the Met!” and carrying signs saying “The Met glorifies terrorism”… Continue reading →

Swank, Rossum talk bucket lists

Actresses Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum talk about their ALS drama ‘You’re Not You,’ the countless things they have in common and whether they have bucket lists.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Suspects is more than the sum of its musical parts

Photo provided by Michelle Roche -- New Orleans Suspects -- From left, 'Mean' Willie Green, Reggie Scanlan, C.R. Gruver, Jake Eckert and Jeff Watkins.

All five members of the New Orleans Suspects have impressive résumés. Bassist Reggie Scanlan played bass with New Orleans rock band the Radiators for 33 years. Drummer “Mean” Willie Green spent just as many years with the Neville Brothers band. Scanlan also worked with classic New Orleans artists Professor Longhair, James Booker and… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Book of Life’ celebrates death

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox  shows the character Manolo, voiced by Diego Luna, left, and the character Maria, voiced by Zoe Saldana in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — It’s not surprising that a companion art book to the new animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro has already been released. Steeped in Mexican folk art and inspired by that country’s holiday the Day of the Dead, “The Book of Life” is a visually stunning effort… Continue reading →

‘Fury’ a barrage of heavy-handedness

Sony Pictures Entertainment photo by GILES KEYTE -- Brad Pitt , left, as Wardaddy, and Logan Lerman, right, as Norman, star in Columbia Pictures' 'Fury.'

The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim horizon of a foggy, corpse-strewn battlefield. Out of the muck leaps a man who pulls the rider down and savagely bludgeons him in the eye. Ayer, a veteran of the Navy and… Continue reading →

Local indie film company premieres latest ‘Requiems’ project

Photo provided by Hedges Pictures -- From left, Natalie Sibille, Haley Schroeck and Melissa Seidule lead their fellow vampires in a mysterious ritual in an upcoming episode of Hedges Pictures' web series 'Requiems.'

Audiences have a choice: wait for the weekly broadcast premieres of “Requiems” on YouTube, or attend the big screen premiere of the first three episodes Friday at Theatre Baton Rouge. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. That’s when they’ll learn about the girl who’s been committed to a designated psychiatric hospital for people who have had… Continue reading →

Steel Wheels makes south La. debut at Manship Theatre

Photo provided by LUCY HAISLIP -- The Steel Wheels

It’s fall in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. That means the foliage on maple trees, birches, poplars and hickories is turning red, gold and yellow. Trent Wagler, lead singer of the Harrisonburg-based string band, The Steel Wheels, which makes its south Louisiana debut Sunday at the Manship Theatre, loves being home for nature’s display.… Continue reading →

‘Anything Goes’ sails onto LSU stage

The traveling Broadway production of Cole Porter’s classic musical, “Anything Goes,” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the LSU Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drive on campus. “Anything Goes” is the winner of three 2011 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography. When the “S.S. American” heads out to sea, etiquette and… Continue reading →

From briskets to burgers, Cou-yon’s feeds you right

Photo by Tim Arnold -- Cou-yon's half-pound burger is seasoned like meatloaf.

Surprised to see a line at both the counter and the drive-through at Cou-yon’s in Port Allen as we approached for a late lunch on a Saturday we quickly went inside, queued up and scanned the long menu posted above and beside the order station. The line moved quickly and before we… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area calendar for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo provided by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge -- Anja Marais' exhibition, 'The Ballast,' opens Friday with a 5:30 p.m.reception at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's Firehouse Gallery.

The Baton Rouge area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Oct. 16-23, 2014. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

Blues and BBQ Festival returns to Lafayette Square in New Orleans

Photo provided by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation -- Los Lobos

The Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Festival, one of New Orleans’ favorite fall festivals, returns this weekend for a three-day stand in Lafayette Square Park. Presented each October by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, the Blues and Barbecue Festival is a free event featuring music, food, a big arts market… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo by C. TAYLOR CROTHERS -- The Josh Abbott Band -- The major-label debut from the Josh Abbott Band recently reached the Top 20 of Billboard's country albums chart. The band performs Wednesday at the Varsity Theatre.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Oct. 17-23, 2014. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

How Hendrix pointed a guitarman to music’s roots

Photo by LEN UMHOEFER -- Selwyn Birchwood

A child of the 1990s, Selwyn Birchwood didn’t grow up with the blues. Like his peers in Orlando, Florida, he listened to the era’s mainstream music, not the sounds of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy or John Lee Hooker. At 13, Birchwood picked up a guitar and learned songs by Nirvana and… Continue reading →

Erasure’s new album is masterfully crafted dance pop

Photo by PHIL SHARPE -- ErasureAndy Bell, left, and Vince Clarke are British dance-pop duo Erasure.

In September — nearly 30 years and 40 hits into its career — Erasure released its 16th album. True to form, “The Violet Flame” consists of masterfully crafted dance pop that’s bubbling with real, expressively sung melodies and anthem-level uplift. “The Violet Flame” turned out beautifully, but keyboardist Vince Clarke and… Continue reading →

Fats Domino documentary is ‘the real thing’

Photo provided by Joe Lauro -- Fats Domino, far left, performed with the Billy Diamond Band before he became a recording star.

From 1950 through 1962, New Orleans’ Fats Domino sold 60 million records. During most of that time, trumpeter, producer and band leader Dave Bartholomew played the essential role of creative partner to the piano-playing star. “The Big Beat,” including extraordinary concert footage from the French National Archives, chronicles Domino’s and Bartholomew’s… Continue reading →

Fairs & Festivals for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo provided by David Stoughton -- Wild Things, a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, takes place Saturday at the Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe.

TWISTED OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL: 8 p.m., River Terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. An event championing the classical and art music of Baton Rouge. Performers include Brad Webb: Making Faces, Griffin Campbell, The Odyssey Project, Andy Larson, Rachel Selice, Sonic Art Collective, Amy Wilson and Kimberly Houser. $12. Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo provided by ANDREW MARTIN -- A rail fan check out a model of a Union Pacific freight train. Such displays can be seen at the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders' Trainfest at the Republic of West Florida Museum in Jackson Saturday.

SOUTHEASTERN DANCE - IT WAS THE ’80S: 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre, Southeastern Louisiana University campus, Hammond. $5. 1980s prom to follow, Dance Studio KHS 153. Punch and cookies provided. $10 or $15, couples. TAILGATING COOKOFF: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, The Loreauville… Continue reading →

New Orleans area calendar for Oct. 17-23, 2014

Photo by Marc Fouchi -- Tess Fouchi (Fancy Nancy), left, and Reiley Macicel (Bree) star in 'Fancy Nancy: The Musical

The New Orleans area calendar is a listing of events taking place in New Orleans and surrounding areas from Oct. 16-23, 2014. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

New ‘Skylanders’ delights, frustrates

Photo provided by Activision -- In the new 'Skylanders Trap Team,' most of the action involves exploring the islands, beating up enemies and collecting loot.

There’s a peculiar kind of tension at work in Activision’s wildly successful Skylanders series. If you just want a dozen or so hours of fun, with fast-paced action and an amusing story, a $75 starter pack will get the job done. But if you want to see every little thing packed into a Skylanders game, be prepared… Continue reading →