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PBS Katrina documentary ‘Forced Change’ now online, tells story of four survivors who never returned

Photo provided  -- director/producer Rennik Soholt helmed the 'Forced Change' documentary.

In case you missed the PBS “NewsHour Weekend’s” look at the Hurricane Katrina documentary “Forced Change,” it’s available for viewing online. The project, by director/producer and former New Orleanian Rennik Soholt, follows the decade-long journey of four Katrina survivors as they rebuilt their lives away from their beloved hometown after the 2005 storm devastated the… Continue reading →

‘New Orleans, Here & Now’ chronicles residents’ post-Katrina struggles, successes through six short films

Photo illustration provided by MPRM for Rampante -- 'New Orleans, Here & Now' is available for viewing online.

“New Orleans, Here & Now,” a six-part anthology on life in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, debuted Thursday online. At the helm of the Time Inc./Rampante project were executive producers Louisiana native and actress Patricia Clarkson and “NCIS: New Orleans” star Scott Bakula. The documentary series offers six… Continue reading →

Review: ‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled

In this image released by The Weinstein Company, Owen Wilson, right, and Lake Bell appear in a scene from, "No Escape." (Roland Neveu/The Weinstein Company via AP)

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as “No Escape,” a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does “No Escape” take place? It’s about a Texas family that arrives in an unnamed Asian country only to immediately be swept up in a horribly violent coup that sends… Continue reading →

Review: ‘We Are Your Friends’ is predictable fun

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures -- Zac Efron plays an aspiring DJ in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, 'We are Your Friends.'

Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction. Regardless of your taste for pulsing electronic music or actor Zac Efron, both are… Continue reading →

Paddlin’ down the Mighty Mississippi

Photo provided by Nicholas Martino -- Stand-up paddle board racer Jason Jeffirs competes in the 2014 Big River Regional Stand Up Paddle Board Race on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.

From the works of Mark Twain to the songs of Johnny Cash, the Mississippi River flows through the country’s collective imagination. In Baton Rouge, the river is heavily traveled by gigantic barges and other industrial vessels. Now, the waterway has gained a new reputation in the city as the site of the Big… Continue reading →

The Lower Chakras to reunite at Chelsea’s Café

Photo provided by Southern Connecticut State University -- Tim Parrish

On Jan. 9, 1978, Tim Parrish, future singer in the Baton Rouge underground rock band The Lower Chakras, witnessed The Sex Pistols in concert at local music club The Kingfish. The Sex Pistols, an infamous punk-rock band from London, were on their first American tour. The group played seven U.S. shows before breaking up in San… Continue reading →

Flood of material a good problem to have on The Revivalists’ new CD

Photo By Travis Shinn -- The Revivalists will debut a new CD.

New Orleans rock ’n’ roll band The Revivalists were ready when they went into the studio to record the new album “Men Amongst Mountains.” They had so many songs that they needed a dry-erase board to keep lists of definites, strong maybes, long shots and so on. They started to cut down the list almost… Continue reading →

Punk rockers will perform at Sadfest

Photo provided by Neat -- Lafayette punk rockers Neat perform at The Wild Salmon on Saturday as part of Sadfest.

Whether the powers that be want to acknowledge it or not, Lafayette has a good little punk rock scene brewing. Yes, it’s true. The region known for its Cajun and zydeco supergroups also has a small crop of upstarts messing around with power chord riffage that rocks as hard as what you… Continue reading →

Comedy for a good cause

Photo by Erin Arledge -- Baton Rouge comedian Robert Rau is one of many funny people who will perform at The Station's open mic night benefit Wednesday.

Comedians from the Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas will perform at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a benefit for the victims of the Lafayette shooting at the Grand 16 movie theater. The event is part of Delete Comedy’s weekly open mic nights at The Station Sports Bar & Grill. All money collected from the show… Continue reading →

‘Smash!’ it up - Art reception set for Saturday

Photo provided by The Healthcare Gallery-- See pop art works from local artists at The Healthcare Gallery's Smash Art Pop Soiree's opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday.

‘Smash!’ Art Pop Soiree opening reception WHERE: The Healthcare Gallery, 3488 Brentwood Dr., Suite 103 WHEN: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday ADMISSION: Free OTHER DETAILS: The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 7. Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Continue reading →

Review: Royal Headache reaches a new “High”

Australian export Royal Headache was on the verge of breaking up while recording its sophomore album “High.” But the band pushed through its pain, turning in the most vital punk rock album I’ve heard in years. Singer Shogun yells as if his life depended on it. On the first track,… Continue reading →

Sunday in the Park returns this fall

Photo provided by Sean Ardoin -- Sean Ardoin and his band Zydekool will perform Oct. 18 as part of the Sunday in the Park concert series.

Sunday afternoons in downtown Baton Rouge will feature a little zydeco, variety and country music this fall. The annual Sunday in the Park concert series, put on by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, announced its fall 2015 schedule this week. Delta Drifters, a blues band from St. Francisville, will open the season Oct. 4.… Continue reading →

Review: Siro’s serves up solid bistro fare

Advocate photo by PATRICIA GANNON -- Siro Bistro's onion soup is made in the classic French bistro tradition.

When life handed Mark Stroud lemons, like any good restaurateur, he made lemonade. “We were forced to move when Lafayette General Medical Center took over and gutted the building to make offices,” he said, effectively putting an end to his two decades in the Oil Center. “Then we found this location, and we love it.”… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Ashton Herron, manager of the Hammond Farmers Market, helps Noah Staley, 4, paint fruits and vegetables at the market in 2014. Herron said the painting is a good way to occupy children while their parents shop, and the paintings will hang on display at the market. The Hammond Downtown Development District hosts the Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in downtown Hammond.

FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR FISHING TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Boat Dock, Jarreau. Entry fees apply to fish the tournament and fishermen must qualify to fish the final classic tournament. $30. (225) 293-3402 JOHN SCHNEIDER STUDIOS AND MAVEN ENTERTAINMENT’S “SHAKESPEARE IN THE SWAMP” PRODUCTION OF “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”: 6… Continue reading →

‘Compton’ stays straight, again leads box office with $26.8 million

Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures via AP -- This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, and O'Shea Jackson, Jr. as Ice Cube, in the film, 'Straight Outta Compton.'

NEW YORK (AP) — N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at the multiplexes. The film co-stars New Orleans actor Jason Mitchell as N.W.A. member Eazy-E. “Straight Outta Compton,” a much buzzed-about hit, dominated over the… Continue reading →

Check out the menu: ‘Food Network Star’ finalist Jay Ducote brings ‘Too Many Cooks’ pop-up dinner to Tin Roof tap room

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Radio host and food blogger Jay Ducote thanks his friends and fans for coming out to the Varsity Theater airing of the Food Network Star finale Sunday night. Ducote will host a pop-up dinner at Tin Roof's tap room in September.

Hot off his appearance on “Food Network Star,” Baton Rouge’s Jay Ducote will team up with a fellow competitor from that show and another local food reality show cook for a September pop-up dinner. Ducote, Rue Risike of “Food Network Star” and Jesse Romero of “MasterChef” will prepare a three-course meal at… Continue reading →

New executive pastry chef coming to L’Auberge Baton Rouge's 4 eateries

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge announced Thursday the hiring of a new pastry chef. This picture shows the casino opening in 2012.

L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge offered some sweet news Thursday afternoon. The property announced that Tricia Nash would take over as executive pastry chef. Nash has nearly 20 years in the culinary industry. She attended the Academy of Culinary Arts in New Jersey. There, she graduated at the top of… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ a macho shoot-em-up short on plot

In this image released by Twentieth Century Fox, Rupert Friend appears in a scene from, Hitman: Agent 47." (Reiner Bajo/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

The idea of the high-tech, emotionless super-soldier is so popular in movies, it’s practically a convention. The “Terminator” and “Bourne” franchises, and even last year’s animated “Big Hero 6,” imagine characters programmed to kill and the would-be world destroyers who want to control them. The same formula is at work in “Hitman: Agent 47,” a stylized shoot-em-up… Continue reading →

‘American Ultra’ director shoots for perfection

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart star in ‘American Ultra.’

On June 19, 2014, director Nima Nourizadeh sent good news and a photo through his Instagram account. The photo of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, stars of the New Orleans area-filmed action-comedy “American Ultra,” was accompanied by the message: “Wrapped the #americanultra shoot and leaving New Orleans. Had such a wicked time shooting this movie…” Watching… Continue reading →

Baton Rougean Brooke Hoover is lighting up the screen

Photo provided by Lynn Spencer -- Brooke Hoover's web series, 'Pageant Pom Mom,' features her dog Precious.

Brooke Hoover’s first acting gig, a TV commercial, never saw the light of day. No worries — it got her a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card, that first rite of passage for any actor. “It was a commercial for Comcast,” Baton Rouge native Hoover said from her home in New York. “I was… Continue reading →

Local bands to perform at Bradystock III

Photo provided by The Axes of Evil -- Baton Rouge hard rock band The Axes of Evil will perform at Bradystock III.

Baton Rouge bands will join forces at this weekend’s third annual Bradystock. The Capital City music festival kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Phil Brady’s Bar & Grill. Tickets are $8 in advance and are available from the participating bands. Tickets are $10 at the door. The lineup consists mainly of rock bands,… Continue reading →

Local actor Michael Papajohn talks big and small roles

Photo provided by MANOS PUBLIC RELATIONS -- Michael Papajohn, left, and Topher Grace appear at the 'American Ultra' premiere at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles.

Local actor Michael Papajohn has more than 100 film and TV credits. Already this summer, he’s appeared in the blockbuster “Jurassic World.” Friday, he’ll have a supporting role in the action-comedy “American Ultra,” as the military character Otis. In the new film, Papajohn shares scenes with principals Jesse Eisenberg, Topher Grace and Connie Britton.… Continue reading →

Review: ‘American Ultra’ is bloody good fun

Photo by ALAN MARKFIELD -- Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Kristen Stewart star in ‘American Ultra.’

“American Ultra” is a crazy rush of cleverly orchestrated madness. A bloody valentine, the New Orleans area-shot action-comedy goes over the top in a gleefully entertaining style. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star as Mike and Phoebe, the young couple at the center of accelerating action. Mike and Phoebe share a small house in a nondescript… Continue reading →

Louise Harrison writes about life as big sister to a Beatle

Photo provided by Webster Public Relations -- Louise Harrison has written a memoir, 'My Kid Brother's Band: aka The Beatles.'

In her memoir, “My Kid Brother’s Band: a.k.a. The Beatles,” George Harrison’s older sister, Louise, presents an insider’s take on The Beatles. The book includes Harrison’s memories of her family’s pre-Beatles life in Liverpool, England, as well as her publicity work for The Beatles in the early ’60s in the United States,… Continue reading →

Outlying Areas calendar for Aug. 21-27, 2015

Photo provided by Cooper Helm -- Brooklyn Woods and Duncan Thistlewaite run through a scene from 'Lend Me a Tenor.' The show runs through Aug. 30 at Cite des Arts in Lafayette.

FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR FISHING TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Boat Dock, Jarreau. Entry fees apply to fish the tournament and fishermen must qualify to fish the final classic tournament. $30. (225) 293-3402 LEND ME A TENOR: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 30,… Continue reading →