True BR: Symphony Orchestra a vital part of Baton Rouge culture

The Baton Rouge Symphony performs at LSU Rural Life Museum on May 12, 2013. Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

The Baton Rouge Symphony has been in existence for over 65 years and offers both educational programs and entertainment opportunities to the Baton Rouge community. Ron Ross, interim executive director of the Baton Rouge Symphony, believes the orchestra is vital to the future of Baton Rouge. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the … Continue reading →

Video: Water quality advocates 'Flood Into Baton Rouge'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Beca Greaney, left, and Anna Dvorak, both of New Orleans, carry a banner reading 'Healthy Water Over Profit,' as they near the Governor's Mansion on a short walk where supporters of better water for Louisiana joined a few walkers who traveled over 150 miles from Grand Isle  to Baton Rouge, gathering in a lots across from the Governor's Mansion Saturday.  The group, from numerous grass roots organizations, hoped that the  'Flood Into Baton Rouge' rally would persuade Governor  Bobby Jindal to 'confront the myriad of pressing environmental issues plaguing so many communities around Louisiana. ' Some participants brought 'troubled' water'- - from the Gulf, Abita Springs, Bayou Corne, and other locations-- to pour out symbolically on the grass next to the sidewalk that runs in front of  the Governor's Mansion. About 75 people attended the rally.

Marchers finishing an eight-day, 155-mile walk from Grand Isle to the Governor’s Mansion entered the city at dusk Friday, and gathered at the Mansion on Saturday morning for ‘Flood Into Baton Rouge,’ a noon event focused on water quality issues across the state. A group of six marchers crossed the Mississippi River via the Plaquemine Ferry on … Continue reading →

Video: La. Fire Marshal’s arson dog training team

Arson dog teams with the State Fire Marshal's office engage at suspected arson scenes to help detect accelerants, the presence of which help investigators build cases when fires are deemed suspicious in origin. Certified arson dog 'Billy,' a two-year-old black lab, and his handler, State Fire Marshal's office arson investigator Deputy Roman Ray, were introduced Thursday as … Continue reading →

True BR: The Louisiana Snowball (Video)

Customers eating snowballs at Tiger Treats at 13446 Jefferson Hwy. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

There is nothing better than eating a snowball on a hot Louisiana day. Other states have their own frozen treats to cool off during the blistering summer months, but in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, the snowball reigns supreme. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds … Continue reading →

Video: Flag Week

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Baton Rouge Airport Field Maintenance employee Maria Tyler installs small American flags along the entrance drive near the terminal building Wednesday in observance of national Flag Day Saturday, June 14. The week of June 14 is designated National Flag Week. Tyler and coworkers will put out almost 1000 of the iconic flags in and around the terminal building Wednesday and Thursday.

Baton Rouge Airport Field Maintenance employees prepares for Flag Day by installing small American flags along the entrance drive near the terminal building on Wednesday. Flag Day is observed national Saturday, June 14. The week of June 14 is designated National Flag Week. Employees will put out almost 1000 of the iconic flags in and around the terminal … Continue reading →

True BR: USS Kidd pays homage to heroes (Video)

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 12-7-10. 00024042a. WWII US Army veteran Ory Poret, left, salutes during the pledge of allegiance, as the Tara High Junior ROTC color guard presents the colors during a Pearl Harbor Day observance on the USS Kidd in downtown Baton Rouge Tuesday.

Alejandra "Alex" Juan, executive director of the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum, and Tim NesSmith, the superintendent of the USS Kidd, share their heartfelt views of the USS Kidd and the heroes that it represents. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding … Continue reading →

True BR: Making movies in Hollywood South (Video)

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 12-6-10. 00024046a.  Phil Neilson, second unit director, seated, right, reviews rehearsal footage before a full scene filming for the movie Battleship,  Monday on Third Street near the Rver Center Theatre.

Within the last decade, Louisiana has become a destination for those looking to produce quality films. Film production has moved from being a novelty in Baton Rouge to an industry that makes the region unique. In fact, blockbuster films like “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1” and “Part 2,” “Oblivion,” “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Battleship” have … Continue reading →

Video: Baton Rouge hosts Greek Fest

Baton Rouge’s third annual Greek festival celebrated Greek culture Saturday, with a one-day event held at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium. Traditional Greek dancing, hair braiding, Mediterranean arts and crafts, music and food cooked Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church members, and others, helped mark the day. Mayor-President Kip Holden prclaimed Saturday ‘Greek Festival Day,’ and he and … Continue reading →

Video: Jerry Leggio receives the Anne Price Lifetime Achievement Award

Saturday at Cinemark Perkins Rowe, local actor Jerry Leggio became the first recipient of the Louisiana International Film Festival’s Anne Price Lifetime Achievement Award. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Saturday at Cinemark Perkins Rowe, local actor Jerry Leggio became the first recipient of the Louisiana International Film Festival’s Anne Price Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival, which continues through Sunday, May 11, named the award after the late Anne Price, longtime arts writer at The Advocate. Price worked at the newspaper for more than 70 years, many … Continue reading →

First lady rappels in Capital City

Louisiana’s first lady Supriya Jindal prepares to rappel down the side of the One American Place skyscraper in downtown Baton Rouge. For photos of Mrs. Jindal's rappeling, please see the Saturday, May 10, 2014, issue of The Advocate. … Continue reading →

Video: Supriya Jindal prepares to rappel

Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal prepares to rappel down the side of One American Place Friday afternoon. Jindal was joined by Korie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and both ladies rappelled 308 feet down the side of the second tallest building in Baton Rouge to help raise awareness for Louisiana Family Forum’s “Over the Edge for Adoption” campaign. The … Continue reading →