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Learning the ropes: How Shreveport native Charles Pettitt joined Second City’s ranks

Photo provided by The Second City -- Charles Pettitt performs with The Second City Improv All Stars.

Improv comedy might be the only form of show business that can make you a better person, according to comedian Charles Pettitt. Pettitt, a Shreveport native, has dedicated himself to learning the art of improvisational comedy and now tours with The Second City Improv All-Stars, a traveling crew from the world-renowned Chicago theater company.… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Far Harbor’ is repetitive, foggy, too familiar

Photo provided by Bethesda Softworks -- 'Fallout 4 Far Harbor' is the first major expansion for the action RPG that tells a familiar tale in a new setting.

Bethesda has a problem, and it isn’t the fog that’s bogging down their “Fallout” experience. The first major expansion for “Fallout 4” by Bethesda Softworks, “Far Harbor” is presented as yet another look into humanity and what’s left of it in the wastelands of the future. Meandering through a new location, the story struggles to resonate.… Continue reading →

Review: Make room for full experience at Rodizio Grill

Photo by Patricia Gannon -- Clockwise from bottom right, roasted pineapple slaw, feijoada, legumes com Parmesão, puré de batata, pao-de-quejio

For those who’ve never experienced it, Rodizio is an all-you-can-eat style of restaurant service popular in Brazil. Outside of Brazil, it refers to a prix fixe meal (sorry, preço fixo) where waiters in boots bring you various grilled meats until you cry uncle. Its gaucho ancestor is churrascaria, a style of cooking meat on skewers over… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals calendar for June 24-30, 2016

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Kole Parker Doss, 5, left, and his sister, Mariah Porter Doss, 2, run hand-in-hand during the St. Tammany Crab Festival Saturday, June 28, 2015, at Heritage Park in Slidell. The two-day event returns this weekend.

BEAUREGARD WATERMELON FESTIVAL: Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, DeRidder. Live entertainment, food, pageants, children’s activities and watermelons are the hallmarks of this west Louisiana festival. beauregardwatermelonfestival.com LE FESTIVAL DE LA VIANDE BOUCANÉE DE LA LOUISIANE: Ville Platte. This festival showcases local smoked meats, including sausage, tasso, pounce bourée, deer, pig, rabbit and fish. Music runs all day… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for June 24-30, 2016

Photo provided by Kidz Kabaret -- Young actors will star in Kidz Kabaret's production of 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown,' at Cite des Arts in Lafayette. ORG XMIT: bTRVpZHxPWP8w24PPUiF

RELIVE THE MAGIC OF HARRY POTTER: 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Lafayette, 5705 Johnston St. Customers can join in on a magical experience and have fun with contests, a coloring station and help assemble an 875-piece 3D puzzle. DANCE GRAPHICS 2016: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Heymann Center, 1373… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons

Photo provided by Warner Bros. Records -- 'The Getaway' by Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first album in five years, “The Getaway,” is a melancholy set, even when the rhythms accelerate. Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) sits in for Rick Rubin in the producer’s chair, bringing more keyboards than usual to the mix. The Peppers’ traits are still present,… Continue reading →

The Super Group: How case/lang/veirs came to be

Photo by Don Ryan -- From left, Laura Veirs, k.d. lang and Neko Case pose for a photo in Portland, Oregon. The three singer-songwriters released a new album, "case/lang/veirs," on June 17.

Since she sang with the late Roy Orbison, k.d. lang dreamed of forming her own version of the Traveling Wilburys, his supergroup with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. When she proposed the idea to Neko Case and Laura Veirs in an email, they responded enthusiastically within a half-hour.… Continue reading →

2016 Satchmo Summerfest is moving to Jackson Square; see full lineup

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Storyville Stompers Grand Marshall Jane Harvey Brown sings "When You're Smiling" during the opening padre of the 15th Annual Satchmo Summerfest with the Storyville Stompers Brass Band in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 31, 2015. The parade began in Washington Artillery Park and ended at the U.S. Mint where Satchmo Summerfest continues with bands, lectures, food, and exhibits through Sunday to celebrate the birth of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong on August 4, 1901.

The 2016 Satchmo Summerfest is moving from the festival’s traditional home at the Old U.S. Mint to Jackson Square. The 16th annual celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his legacy will be Aug. 5-7. As it did at the Mint, Satchmo Summerfest will feature two main stages – the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage… Continue reading →

‘My mom is going to be so proud’: Ascension baker's tasty Peanuts-themed creation wins Food Network’s ‘Cake Wars’

Photo provided by Food Network -- Kelly Williams listens to the judges' critiques of his winning, Charlie Brown-themed cake on Food Network's 'Cake Wars.'

Geismar’s Kelly Williams, assisted by Holly Sigur Broussard of Prairieville, iced Food Network’s “Cake Wars” Monday night. The team’s winning cake — a vanilla butternut confection with pecan praline filling and vanilla buttercream frosting — impressed judges and well-known pastry chefs Ron Ben-Israel and Waylynn Lucas, along with celebrity judge Lindsey Schulz, granddaughter of Peanuts creator Charles… Continue reading →

‘It has ignited a fire in me’: ‘Gleason’ documents devastation of ALS, Steve Gleason’s resolve to survive it

Photo by Suzanne Alford -- Former Saints defensive back Steve Gleason, center, with his wife, Michel Varisco Gleason, and son Rivers Gleason, visit the Inca site Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru.

Following Tuesday night’s premiere of the brutally frank new Steve Gleason documentary, Saints coach Sean Payton addressed the audience at New Orleans’ Orpheum Theater. Seeing “Gleason” for the first time, he confessed, had left him a little choked up and struggling for words. At which point Gleason himself, parked nearby in his high-tech wheelchair,… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Finding Dory’ is overstuffed

Photo provided by Disney -- Hank, voiced by Ed O'Neill, left, and Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, are shown in a scene from 'Finding Dory.'

Thirteen years after Pixar Animation Studios’ “Finding Nemo” made a huge splash, a not-so-splash-worthy sequel docks in theaters this weekend. The filmmakers overstuff the new undersea adventure, “Finding Dory,” with action and breakneck plot turns. But the sequel isn’t nearly as affecting or amusing as its blockbuster predecessor, a modern classic.… Continue reading →

Review: Christina’s serves up hearty Southern dishes, trip back in time; what else do you want?

Advocate staff photo by Kyle Peveto -- Red beans and rice at Christina's

Christina’s is a reliable downtown staple. Open for decades, the new owners (who also own Juban’s and Beausoleil) haven’t changed much at all since owner Christina Bannister died, and that’s quite all right. Like it was for years before, Christina’s remains that cozy spot on the corner of St. Charles Street. You seat yourself… Continue reading →

Scott’s ‘Couchville Sessions’ album rings true

Photo by Jim McGuire -- Darrell Scott is known for writing songs that document real life.

For his latest album, acclaimed songwriter Darrell Scott recruited his friends to record together in his home, never far from the kitchen. The result, “Couchville Sessions,” sounds intimate and casual, like you’re sitting in on a jam session with Nashville’s best. “The musicians happen to be some of the best on the planet,” Scott said.… Continue reading →

Cheers! Drink, then vote at Cocktails at Sunset

Old Yankee Cocktail

Ever sipped a Polluted Sunset? How about a Salty Chihuahua? Those are two of the drinks in the running to win The Advocate’s Cocktails at Sunset contest. Other concoctions from local home mixologists that have made the finals are Sweet & Spicy Sunset, Plauches Satsuma Rye Old Fashioned, Screwball and Old Yankee Cocktail. To help… Continue reading →

Baroness, Anthrax come to BR in the fall

Photo provided by Parlophone/Warner Music UK -- Hard rockers Baroness will perform in Baton Rouge later this year.

Hard rock fans will mosh their way to Baton Rouge for two upcoming promising shows. Up first is Baroness. The melodic yet metal quartet will perform at the Varsity on Sunday, Sept. 4. Baroness is touring behind the stellar 2015 release, “Purple.” It is the first album the band has released since the band… Continue reading →

Fairs and festivals for June 17-23, 2016

Advocate file photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE -- The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival returns this weekend to Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans.

LOUISIANA CATFISH FESTIVAL: St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 17324 La. 631, Des Allemands. Food, music, arts and crafts, rides and a 5K and 1-mile fun run are on tap for this popular festival. louisianacatfishfestival.com NEW ORLEANS PRIDE FESTIVAL: Various locations throughout New Orleans. Celebrations of LGBT events, including appearances by Bianca del Rio. A… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for June 17-23, 2016

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Zydeco Joe Citizen plays washboard  during a porch jam at a past Bluesberry Festival at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette. The event returns this weekend at a new venue -- The Warehouse 535 -- and musical performances from AJ and the Badcats, Henry Gray, and the Joe Krown Trio. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

RUN WITH A MISSION: 6:30 a.m., River Ranch Town Square, Lafayette. A 5K run benefiting foreign missionary work of Family Missions Company. Race starts at 7:30 p.m. $30. More information at roadracerunner.com and eventbrite.com. SHADOWS CHILDREN’S HISTORY CAMP: 9 a.m., Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia. Children ages 6-11 will be engaged in… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’is overdue poetry in motion

Photo provided by Electronic Arts --  A scene unfolds in the new video game, 'Mirrors Edge Catalyst,.'

In most first-person video games, the act of running and jumping is something a player does while shooting enemies in the face. The creators of “Mirror’s Edge” slickly subverted that overused convention in 2008 with a focus on acrobatic toes instead of trigger fingers. After a nearly decadelong break, the developers at DICE have finally retraced their… Continue reading →

Slidell gym manager headed to CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ house; series premieres June 22-23

CBS photo by MONTY BRINTON -- Victor Arroyo, of Slidell, will compete on this season's 'Big Brother' on CBS.

Victor Arroyo, of Slidell, is packing his bags for the “Big Brother” house. The 25-year-old operations manager at LA Fitness is one of 12 houseguests announced for this season of the CBS reality series. Arroyo’s Facebook page says he’s originally from Jayuya, Puerto Rico. This summer, the strangers will spend a record 99 days… Continue reading →

Jay Ducote's ‘Deep Fried’ pilot to air on Travel Channel June 25; future depends on viewer engagement

Food Network file photo by Eddy Chen -- Jay Ducote discusses his blackened fish and zydeco grits during evaluations on  last season's 'Food Network Star.'

Baton Rouge cook /blogger/radio personality Jay Ducote is frying things up on Travel Channel. The Ducote-hosted pilot for “Deep Fried America” will debut at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25 (cable Channel 55). Ducote, 34, the runner-up last year on Season 11 of “Food Network Star,” had made a three-minute version of the pilot for that… Continue reading →

By land or sea, Pit-N-Peel has something for everyone

Advocate staff photo by Jennifer Brown -- The  honey glazed shrimp appetizer is $9 at Pit-N-Peel, located on Government Street in Mid City.

You may have gotten a taste of Elvondae “Von” Raybon’s food when he served up his cooking for patrons outside of Radio Bar. So when the time came to venture into a brick-and-mortar business, he opened Pit-N-Peel , a seafood restaurant and barbecue joint at 2101 Government St., over six months ago.… Continue reading →

Livingston Taylor to perform at Manship Theatre

Photo by PHILIP PORCELLA -- Livingston Taylor will perform at the Manship Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Livingston Taylor hasn’t achieved the fame of his older and more well-known brother, James. But don’t even start feeling sorry for him. With a career that mixes songwriting, performing and teaching, Taylor has carved a musical niche that gives him great satisfaction. Taylor hopes to spread that feeling when he performs… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch calendar for June 10-June 16, 2016

Photo provided by L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge -- The Midtown Men perform Saturday at the Event Center L'Auberge in Baton Rouge. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

BATON ROUGE area FRIDAY CHOKE WITH BROKEN BY THE BURDEN/BIG FRANK/THE ENCLAVE: Varsity Theatre (6 p.m.) THE BEDLAMVILLE TRIFLERS: Magnolia Cafe (St. Francisville, 7 p.m.) BRINT ANDERSON: Beausoleil (7:30 p.m.) KNUCKLES AND PUSHPLAY DOUBLE BIRTHDAY BASH: Cadillac Cafe (8 p.m.) JULIAN PRIMEAUX: Beauvoir Park (8 p.m.) GLOWRAGE: The Texas Club (8 p.m.)… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area calendar for June 10-June 16, 2016

ARTISTS’ OPENING RECEPTION: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., FW Gallery, 8501 Highland Road. Featuring abstract painter Jennifer Poe and ceramic artist Tracy LeMieux. LUAU AT THE DELI: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., City Pork Deli & Charcuterie, 2363 Hollydale Ave. Hawaiian-style cochon de lait, whole pig roast, luau feast, boat drinks and drink specials. All… Continue reading →

New Orleans area calendar for June 10-June 16, 2016

Photo by Blake Cohely -- The perils, pitfalls and punishment of socially superior teens are exposed in the stage production of 'Heathers The Musical,' based on the cult-classic film of the 1980s. The show features, from left, Emily Bagwill, Madeline Bourgeois, Madison Kerth and Lize Lewy. 'Heathers' runs through June 19 at NOCCA.

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Artist Perspective talk on the spot, music by the G String Orchestra. (504) 658-4100 or noma.org “HEATHERS THE MUSICAL”: 7:30 p.m., Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New… Continue reading →

Outlying areas calendar for June 10-June 16, 2016

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  A Flag Day ceremony honoring veterans and fallen soldiers will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia.

PRISON MUSIC SYMPOSIUM: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Angola Museum, 17544 Tunica Trace, St. Francisville. Charles Neville, of The Neville Brothers, will speak about prison music in Louisiana. TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., 5705 Johnston St., Lafayette. Feature engaging events and activities for teens, including a story development workshop, cosplay,… Continue reading →