Video: Ringmaster of 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

Ringmaster David Shipman

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is back in Baton Rouge with its “Super Circus Heroes” show. In this video, David Shipman, the show's ringmaster, tells fans about being in the spotlight of the “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will take place at … Continue reading →

True BR: An 'udderly fantastic' dairy (Video)

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The Kleinpeter Dairy has been in business for well over 100 years. During this time, the company's milk, juice and ice cream products have become a tradition in both homes and businesses throughout the Baton Rouge area. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton … Continue reading →

True BR: Coffee cupping at Community Coffee (Video)

Carl R. Leonard and Matt Saurage of Community Coffee at a coffee cupping. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

Ever wonder about that great coffee aroma that sometimes permeates the Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge? That would be Community Coffee, a company that has literally served Baton Rouge and surrounding areas for over 90 years. Matt Saurage, president and CEO of the company, gives the inside scoop on Community Coffee's success and its relentless coffee … Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

'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 →

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 →

‘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 →