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Fall Movie Preview: Must-see movies coming to a theater near you

Photo provided by Warner Bros. -- Joel Edgerton, left, as FBI Agent John Connolly, and Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, star in 'Black Mass.'

The fall movie season, sandwiched between the summer and holiday seasons that fill the multiplexes with potential blockbusters, usually brings films of a more thoughtful, artful nature to theaters. Oscar season commences with Johnny Depp going for career redemption in “Black Mass.” Here, Depp takes on the dramatic role of real-life gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. The… Continue reading →

Day ain’t done for songwriter Kevin Sekhani

Photo provided by Kevin Sekhani --Kevin Sekhani

Across the Basin bridge, Kevin Sekhani is a fixture in the Lafayette music scene. Recently, you could catch him playing hillbilly gospel in the short-lived, but highly regarded The Mercy Brothers. Nowadays, Sekhani is going for the jugular. After The Mercy Brothers flamed out, he began writing songs of a more introspective nature for… Continue reading →

Bowling for Soup still going strong

Photo by Will Bolton -- Bowling For Soup

Bowling For Soup, a pop-punk-rock band that performs Sunday at Lava Cantina in Baton Rouge, formed in 1994 in Wichita Falls for a few good reasons. “We knew that musicians got free beer,” singer Jaret Reddick said. Being bored and having nothing to do in the small Texas town was another reason for… Continue reading →

Review: One shallow ‘Walk’

Photo by FRANK MASI -- Robert Redford, left, as Bill Bryson and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz, star in 'A Walk in the Woods.'

Veteran actors Robert Redford and Nick Nolte play an odd, old couple in the comedy “A Walk in the Woods.” The movie is amiable, if shallow, entertainment, until it falls off a cliff. Fortunately, the plunge doesn’t come until many miles into the story. Road pictures — stories about travelers, often in cars but also… Continue reading →

Review: Twisted Burgers is a saucy addition to the burger scene

Advocate photo by Tim Arnold -- The bacon cheeseburger combo which along with the bacon, had mustard, ketchup and the twisted sauce.

Twisted Burgers is a small, no-frills restaurant tucked in a strip mall on La. 44 in Gonzales. It has a diner-style feel. The restaurant is no wider than a two-car garage, and there are a couple TVs for showcasing sporting events. As the group I went with placed its order at the counter, we quickly realized… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Gallery recruiting new artists

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- Randell Henry’s exhibit, 'Abstractions in Collage,' was part of BREC Baton Rouge Gallery’s July exhibitions. The Baton Rouge Gallery is accepting applications for new members.

Baton Rouge Gallery, a contemporary gallery located at BREC’s City Park, is now accepting applications for new artist members. The facility currently has more than 50 members and is a cooperative gallery, meaning its artist members help make decisions about the art gallery’s future. Applications are due by Thursday, Sept. 24. Members must pay… Continue reading →

Mid City beer garden developers clear up concerns

Rendering provided by The Architectural Studio -- A rendering shows the proposed Mid City beer garden that would be built at the intersection of Government Street and Steele Boulevard. The owners of the popular neighborhood lounge The Radio Bar have proposed rezoning a site at 3808 Government St. for a largely open air space.

In a town hall meeting Monday, the owners of a proposed Mid City beer garden met with residents to discuss noise levels and other concerns surrounding the new concept. “We have the same idea with this as the Radio Bar. If we’re not going to have neighborhood support, we’re not going to do it,” said Dave… Continue reading →

Southern band to play at high school game

Photo by NAVILLE OUBRE/SU Office of Media Relations and Publications -- Southern University 'Human Jukebox' Marching Band will perform at Friday's game between McKinley Senior High School and Scotlandville Senior High Magnet School.

Southern University’s famous “Human Jukebox” Marching Band will perform Friday at McKinley Senior High School’s football game versus Scotlandville Senior High Magnet School. The cross-town rivalry game is expected to draw a large crowd, but the inclusion of SU’s 220-member band and the Dancing Dolls is expected to swell the attendance by several thousand. Kickoff… Continue reading →

Cup of Joe: Magpie Café’s James Jacobs talks supper series, downtown expansion

Photo provided by James Jacobs -- The Magpie Cafe's street bowls are an early evening dinner option at the Perkins Road restaurant known for coffee and lunch.

Magpie Café plans to expand after a successful three years at its Perkins Road Overpass area location. A possible downtown location may be announced soon, said James Jacobs, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Lina. The restaurant focuses on gourmet coffee and small breakfast and lunch items made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.… Continue reading →

James McMurtry talks new album ‘Complicated Game’

Photo by Shane McCauley -- Singer-songwriter James McMurtry will perform to a sold-out crowd at Red Dragon Listening Room on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Austin-based singer-songwriter James McMurtry has been praised by peers such as John Mellencamp and honored with Americana Music Association awards and a Grammy nomination. “James writes like he’s lived a lifetime,” classic roots-rocker Mellencamp said. Mellencamp produced McMurtry’s album debut, 1989’s “Too Long in the Wasteland.” The album helped McMurtry get a record… Continue reading →

New Orleans calendar for Sept. 4-10, 2015

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Rock and Roll pioneer Fats Domino and producer Dave Bartholomew are being honored in the theatrical production, 'Walking to New Orleans,' now running at the Carver Theater in New Orleans.

The New Orleans calendar is a listing of events taking place in New Orleans and surrounding areas from Sept. 4-10, 2015. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

‘SNL’s’ Jay Pharoah’s comedy tour stopping at LSU

NBC photo by DANA EDELSON -- Jay Pharoah

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah will bring his stand-up comedy show to the LSU Student Union Theater Wednesday, Sept. 23. Pharoah is best known for his wide variety of celebrity impressions, including Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Kanye West and recurring character of school principal Daniel Fry. Pharoah… Continue reading →

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 →