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 →

‘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 →

'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 →

Video: Coffee cupping at Magpie Cafe

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONChris Green, left, of Baton Rouge, and C.J. Thacker, of Walker, take a deep sniff of three internationally grown coffees at Magpie Cafe on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge on Feb. 22 during the cafe's first coffee cupping hosted by the store's roaster, Batdorf & Bronson.

Magpie Cafe hosted a coffee cupping at their 3205 Perkins Road location on Feb. 22. Owner James Jacobs Jr. and Jason Dominy, the community outreach coordinator for the specialty coffee roaster that supplies Magpie’s coffees, explained what tasters experience at a cupping event. Jacobs also explained that, “Cuppings are to coffee what wine tastings … Continue reading →

Video: Leone Marucci talks about 'Power of Few'

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Director Leone Marucci discusses "The Power of Few," which opens on Feb. 22, 2013. In this film, religious conspiracy collides with urban crime on a day filled with danger, mystery and possible transformation. "The Power of Few" stars Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Q'orianka Kilcher, Anthony Anderson and Jesse Bradford. … Continue reading →

Video: Baton Rouge Zoo curator talks tigers

Erin Dauenhauer-Decota, the Baton Rouge Zoo curator and keeper of the carnivores and primates

In this first installment of theadvocate.com's four-part video series on the Baton Rouge Zoo, curator and keeper of the carnivores and primates Erin Dauenhauer-Decota discusses the zoo's tigers. She talks about how the zoo keeps the animals stimulated as well as what the public can do to ensure the continued worldwide survival of tigers. … Continue reading →

Video: 'Dark Knight' artist discusses new book

Ethan Van Sciver, the new artist of DC Comics' “Batman: The Dark Knight,” took a few moments at the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans to talk about his upcoming book, working with writer Gregg Hurwitz and the idea of creating the perfect Mr. Freeze. He also explains the best part about being a comic book artist. … Continue reading →