Bill Martin is a local actor, taking roles in film and TV shot in Louisiana. After spending fifteen years in New York, Martin and his family moved to Baton Rouge. Now he’s a volunteer assistant baseball coach at McKinley High School, where his son attends school and plays on the baseball team. But with interest in the sport declining, particularly in the inner-city area, and a lack of funds to upgrade the field, the shape of McKinley’s baseball field and equipment have been declining as well. “In general, interest in baseball has fallen off in the last twenty years,” says Martin. “Beyond just getting our field back in shape, we also want to be a part of an effort to regenerate interest in baseball.”
Two acclaimed singer-songwriters have been added the list of exciting artists coming to New Orleans’ historic Civic Theatre in 2014. Neko Case and John Prine are among those performing at the Civic next year.
Neko Case will perform on Monday, January 27, with support from Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. Tickets for Case’s show are $30. Influential folk and country singer John Prine will be in New Orleans to headline on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10. Prine will be supported by opening act Brandy Clark. Tickets for his show are $65-$85 in advance.
Legendary folk singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez is coming to Louisiana to perform in three different cities on her Baez on the Bayou Tour. Baez will begin her three-day tour this Friday, November 22 at The Feed and Seed community arts venue in Lafayette. On Saturday, November 23, she will perform at Baton Rouge’s Red Dragon Listening Room, and she will conclude her Bayou tourSunday, November 24 at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans.
After her fifty-five-year career as an iconic singer and songwriter, Baez rarely performs in such small and intimate venues. Inspiring other renowned folk artists like Bob Dylan, Baez has also catered other genres in both English and Spanish, including gospel, pop, rock and country. She has been honored by the War Resisters League and is currently being honored with Amnesty International’s Joan Baez Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights.
For more information and tickets to the the Baez on the Bayou Tour, visit www.baezonthebayou.com.
Funny man Bill Engvall is coming to Baton Rouge! The Blue Collar Comedy Tour comic will be performing at L’auberge Hotel and Casino on Friday, January 17 at 8:30pm. Engvall has shown off his many skills, participating in performances and covering a variety of areas of entertainment, from competing on Dancing with the Stars, to starring on his own TBS sitcom The Bill Envall Show. And soon, he’ll be bringing his act, along with lots of laughs, to the Red Stick, headlining at L’auberge.
Every year during the Mardi Gras season, the Krewe of Bacchus selects a monarch to rule the parades in celebration of the famed holiday. In 2014, Hugh Laurie, the star of the hit medical TV series House, will reign New Orleans as Bacchus XLVI on March 2, two days before Mardi Gras day.
The six-time Emmy-winning actor and singer was deemed a perfect fit to play the Roman god of Wine and Revelry for the parade. The Krewe predicts that those who attend the Bacchus parade will adore their king, and are in high hopes that he will fulfill his duties as Bacchus 2014.
English actress Sienna Miller has joined the cast of the upcoming dramady Mississippi Grind. Starring alongside Miller are Ryan Reynolds, whose role was originally cast to Jake Gyllenhaal, and The Dark Knight Rises‘ star Ben Mandelsohn, who plays a down-on-his-luck gambling addict who befriends a charismatic poker player. The two set out on a road trip in hopes of catching some luck and winning back some of they money they lost to gambling habits.
Produced by Electric City and Sycamore Entertainment, both of which are coming off of other major projects like Place Beyond the Pines and The Way Way Back, Mississippi Grind is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Production is set to begin in New Orleans in January.
During a time of devastation and corruption after Hurricane Katrina viciously struck New Orleans, the Crescent City neighborhood known as Tremé represented a community that was determined to rebuild their homes, reestablish hope and regain a sense of normalcy in their everyday lives. Based on the efforts Tremé residents made to rebuild the neighborhood, HBO’s Treme offers a look into what New Orleans residents endured and overcame after the passing of the storm that rocked their city.
Created by The Wire’s David Simon and Eric Overmyer, the Peabody Award-winning series returns for its five-episode conclusion this December. Shot and set in New Orleans, the new season will include the tradition of Mardi Gras and the culture of the Crescent City. Treme viewers will get a glimpse at musicians, chefs, dancers – even the Mardi Gras Indians – and other Cajun traditions in the drama’s fourth and final season. The show will also touch on more sensitive topics like police corruption and a fragile and inefficient school system. Through the difficult time of New Orleans’ fall and reconstruction, one thing holds true: culture.
Starring Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Michiel Huisman and Melissa Leo, Treme will begin airing its final episodes on Sunday, December 1.
Last month, World Fighting Championships brought their twelfth MMA event to the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel. This was WFC’s second event in Baton Rouge. Featuring fighters statewide, WFC 12 quickly sold out, bringing an audience full of mixed martial arts fans to the Belle in support of their favorite fighters. A night of electrifying action, WFC 12 showcased nine fights, producing winners from gyms including Universal Martial Arts, Felix LA Bad Boys, LA Boxing Baton Rouge, Progressive Martial Arts, Gladiators of Lafayette and PE Gym in Lake Charles.
Below are photos from WFC’s most recent event in Baton Rouge, and a list of fighters who competed that night. Winners’ names are in bold.