Here’s what’s going on in the local arts and cultural scene:

The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, will host a lunchtime lecture, “We All Wore Black: Mourning Dress at the End of the Civil War,” by Jenna Kuttruff at noon Thursday, July 9. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 366-2422 or visit

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will conduct open auditions for advanced dancers for its 2015-16 season at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court, Baton Rouge. This audition is for classically trained advanced-level dancers who have been on pointe for at least two years. These advanced dancers will perform in the company’s “The Nutcracker — A Tale from the Bayou,” the Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival’s Emerging Choreographer’s Performance and Gala Performance, as well as various community outreach performances. For more information, call (225) 766-8379 or via email at

The LSU Student Union Art Gallery, Rapheal Semmes Drive on campus, is showing the 2015 “LSU Folks’ Arts & Crafts” show through Aug. 27. The exhibit is designed by LSU Faculty and staff. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (225) 578-5162 or email

LSU Libraries Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library on campus, is showing the exhibition, “Graphic Sensibility: Selected Comics & Illustrations from DC to Dürer,” through Sept. 26. Admission is free. Superheroes, swamp monsters and illustrations through the ages convey the power of the image in this visually rich exhibition. The “Fantastic Four” filmed in Hill Memorial Library in the summer of 2014. The feature film is planned for release in August. Call 225) 578-6558 or visit

— Robin Miller,