John Wirt

Creative Culture reporter

Host of WRKF's "Creative Culture" reports, John Wirt was The Advocate's entertainment reporter for 23 years. Now he's brought his expertise to us, looking at  music, movies, and the arts from a uniquely Louisiana-centric point-of-view.

IFC Films

The 4th annual Louisiana International Film Festival is bringing celebrity guests, special events, gala parties and more than 50 films to Baton Rouge. It runs April 13 through April 17 at Cinemark Perkins Rowe.

This year’s special guests include Kelsey Grammer and Christy Turlington Burns. Films include “Born to be Blue,” an impressionistic biopic about singer-trumpeter Chet Baker (“the James Dean of jazz”), and Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple’s “Miss Sharon Jones!”, a documentary about neo-soul singer Sharon Jones.

Josh Cheuse

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival, April 9 and 10 this year, has snagged a big blues star.

Pointe Coupee Parish Native Buddy Guy is among the great names in the festival’s history. Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; winner of six Grammy Awards; and recipient of the Presidential National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors and Billboard Century Award.

LA Dept. of Culture, Recreation and Tourism

The 10th annual “Only in Louisiana Grammy Nominees Brunch” is Saturday in Los Angeles. Louisiana’s new lieutenant governor, Billy Nungesser, is presiding over the event for the first time.

“I’m excited,” Nungesser said. “It’s going to be a great trip. It’s what we are here in Louisiana. To go out there and celebrate with the nominees and talk about the Louisiana tourism, history, music is a great opportunity.”

The lieutenant governor’s office and Baton Rouge music business veteran Johnny Palazzotto are co-producing the Louisiana Grammy Nominees Brunch at the Latin-themed Conga Room. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is preparing the Louisiana-cuisine inspired menu.