Video: Way of the Cross

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Catholic faithful walk past the State Capitol grounds during the 19th annual Way of the Cross on Friday in Baton Rouge. The 14-station, 1.5 mile walk began and ended at St. Joseph Cathedral, with stops through Arsenal Park and the State Capitol steps.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge and St. Joseph Cathedral hosted their annual Way of the Cross downtown Good Friday. The procession started at St. Joseph Cathedral and travelled to 14-station stations throughout the State Capitol grounds. The procession ended at the steps of the Cathedral. … Continue reading →

True BR: Inside the Elmer Chocolate factory (Video)

Heavenly Hash, Gold Brick and Pecan Eggs have been an Easter tradition in Baton Rouge homes for well over a century. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

Heavenly Hash, Gold Brick and Pecan Eggs have been an Easter tradition in Baton Rouge homes for well over a century. Located in Ponchatoula, Elmer Chocolate was founded in 1855 and is one of the oldest family-owned candy companies in America. Even though the business is known locally for its Easter candies, Robert Nelson, president and CEO, tells … Continue reading →

Tatted Up: The artist behind the ink (Video)

Glynn Morace, a tattoo artist at Art Addiction Tattoo Studio in Baton Rouge, finishes a tattoo of a tree behind an owl.  Video by Kevin McQuarn

Glynn Morace was tired of being laid off from area plants when he became a tattoo artist 10 years ago. He now believes that his art—whether on paper, canvas or skin—not only gives him artistic freedom, but helps to relieve his stress. Morace currently works at the Art Addiction Tattoo Studio in Baton Rouge. … Continue reading →

Video: A downtown Baton Rouge food tour

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON  --- The duck popper from Restaurant IPO.

Kimberly Harper of Baton Rouge Food Tours takes foodies on a tasting trek to a few choice downtown Baton Rouge restaurants. On this “C’est Si Bon!” tour, she visits Poor Boy Lloyds, Stroubes, Zolia Bistro Enoteca, IPO, and finally the Kingfish Grill. The Baton Rouge Food Tours take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. and … Continue reading →

True BR: Spanish Town hosts annual Carnival event (Video)

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Members of the Babycakes strut their stuff down Spanish Town Road during the 2014 Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Revelers turned out in droves this year as the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade took to the streets. “True BR” is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the music, events and food that are loved by those in the city, one can … Continue reading →

John 'Spud' McConnell is 'Kingfish' (Video)

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Radio personality and actor John “Spud” McConnell has portrayed Huey P. Long for over 26 years. In this video, McConnell gives some insight into his acting career, his controversial character and the state of theater in the Big Easy. McConnell also shares a sneak peak on what to expect at his “Kingfish” show. “Kingfish” will run Friday, Jan. … Continue reading →

Forward Arts working to bring WordPlay Writing Project to four local schools

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Chancelier 'Xero' Skidmore teaches a spoken word poetry class to high school students Oct. 9 at the Shaw Center for the Arts.  Xero is an accomplished spoken word poet who won first place in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Wash.

Poet Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore, teaching artist and executive director of Forward Arts Inc. tells why children are our greatest resource. He also explains why we get the children that we raise. Forward Arts is currently working to provide arts integrated instruction to four public schools. Their Spring Forward campaign will allow the organization to bring its WordPlay Writing Project … Continue reading →

The Salvation Army: Ringing in the holiday season (Video)

Advocate photo by ANYA IVANSTOVA -- The Salvation Army depends on volunteers like Eugene Dunn, a bell ringer outside Macy's in the Mall of Louisiana.

The familiar sound of bells ringing around area stores means the Salvation Army is out in full force helping those in need this holiday season. In this video, Major Stephen Long, director of the Salvation Army's Baton Rouge division, takes a minute from his hectic schedule to give a little insight on the origin of the famous bells. … Continue reading →

Video: Lightwire Theater brightens the holiday season

Ian Carney, the artistic director of Lightwire Theater, poses with his Rat King costume. Lightwire Theater will be performing

After mesmerizing fans in the 2012 edition of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and embarking on a colorful world tour, New Orleans-native Ian Carney and his Lightwire Theater are coming back to the Big Easy to brighten up the Joy Theater. Their newest production, “A Very Electric Christmas” will open on Dec. 12 and run through Dec. 22. … Continue reading →

‘Xero’ Skidmore’s poetry slams racism, religion

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Chancelier 'Xero' Skidmore teaches a spoken word poetry class Oct. 9 to high school students, from left, Brandon Kelso, 18; Dayea Turner, 17; Erin Collins, 16; Arin Prejean, 16; Mar'Quaan Logan, 16; and Rickey Charbonnet, 18; at the Shaw Center for the Arts.  Skidmore is an accomplished spoken word poet who won first place in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Wash.

Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore wants to get under your skin. He’s an agitator, a button-pusher, he says. At the microphone, the poet rattles off line after line of staccato verse he designs to make listeners think and feel and understand others. “I like to cross lines that I’m not supposed to cross,” said Skidmore, the executive … Continue reading →

John Daniel, a sensei teaching with a purpose

John Daniel, karate instructor and founder of the Daniel Karate Group, contends the core values of karate can uplift the youth of the community. Video by Kevin McQuarn

John Daniel, karate instructor and founder of the Daniel Karate Group, contends the core values of karate can uplift the youth of the community. Daniel, who has been training in karate since 1964, is a seventh-degree black belt and serves as the Karate Commissioner for the Louisiana Governor’s Games. He is also the founder of Unity Day, an event that … Continue reading →

Behind the Velvet Curtain

Two stars of the 5th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival, Missy Lisa and Ginger Valentine, give a peek behind the velvet curtain as they talk about burlesque as an art form, “the tease” and the idea of instant gratification on stage. … Continue reading →

'Silky Slim' Reed talks poverty, violence (Video)

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCKSince 2003, Arthur 'Silky Slim' Reed, a former gangster and rapper, has been trying to convince at-risk youths not to make the same mistakes he once made.

Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed, a former gang leader, has reformed his life. In his early years, Reed co-founded the 4 Down and Southside Wrecking Crews, which are credited with launching the gang violence that still plagues Baton Rouge. He was also a member of the Rolling 30s Crips gang in California, and spent years bouncing between gang life … Continue reading →

Hilarity, violence, friendship in '2 Guns'

Photo provided by Integrated PRRoss Richie

A good partnership is a balancing act. It’s push and pull, give and take. Ross Richie, CEO of Boom! Studios, understands this. Whether it’s working with creators like Clive Barker or Mark Waid, or companies like Disney or 20th Century Fox, Richie makes that delicate balancing act look easy. Recently, Boom! Studios and its comic … Continue reading →

Video cocktail recipe: Lime-Ginger Martini

Vom Fass Lime-Ginger Martini. Video by Kevin McQuarn

Denise Dussom, co-owner of Vom Fass, a culinary oils, vinegars and liqueurs business in New Orleans, demonstrates how to make a Lime-Ginger Martini. Vom Fass is located at 5725 Magazine St. and has a new monthly seminar and tasting class entitled "Spirit Sessions." The class starts Tuesday, June 25 and is $20 to attend. For more information, go to Continue reading →

Video cocktail recipe: Fireworks

Vom Fass Fireworks cocktail. Video by Kevin McQuarn

Denise Dussom, co-owner of Vom Fass, a culinary oils, vinegars and liqueurs business in New Orleans, demonstrates how to make a Fireworks cocktail. Vom Fass is located at 5725 Magazine St. and has a new monthly seminar and tasting class entitled "Spirit Sessions." The class starts Tuesday, June 25 and is $20 to attend. For more information, go to Continue reading →