The LSU Athletics Department and the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts will conduct national anthem auditions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, corner of Dalrymple and Infirmary drives on campus.

Auditions are for individuals or groups interested in possibly singing the anthem at various athletic events on campus and can be either vocal or instrumental. Vocal auditions must be performed a cappella unless accompanied by instruments. Ensemble and collaborative auditions also will be accepted. To schedule an audition or for more information, call (225) 578-6884.


Island auditions

Auditions for New Venture Theatre’s musical Once on This Island will be 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd.

Callbacks will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 30. Everyone auditioning will have 90 seconds to perform a memorized monologue and 16 bars of music appropriate for the show. All songs will be performed a cappella. Everyone must participate in both singing and dance auditions.

Rehearsals will begin Sept. 1. The show will be directed by Greg Williams Jr. Carolyn Shields is the musical director, and Renee Chatelain is the choreographer.


Rabbit Hole auditions

Auditions for Ascension Community Theatre’s production of Rabbit Hole will be 3-6 p.m. Aug. 28 and 6-8 p.m. Aug. 29, at the Pasqua Theatre, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales.

No monologues are required, but be ready to present your resume and read the script.

Rehearsals begin the first week in September, and performances will be Nov. 3-6 and 10-12. Mattie Olson is the director. For more information, call (225) 647-1230.


Nutcracker auditions

Auditions for Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker - A Tale from the Bayou will be Sept. 17-18 at the Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. Auditions will be for both advanced dancers and children between ages 8 and 12. Auditions will be:

•10:30 a.m. Sept. 17, advanced dancers

•12:45 p.m. Sept. 18, boys age 8 and older

•1:15 p.m. Sept. 18, girls age 8

•2 p.m. Sept. 18, girls age 9

•2:45 p.m. Sept. 18, girls age 10

•3:30 p.m. Sept. 18, girls ages 11-12

Children must be 8 years old by Dec. 31.

There will be a $5 audition fee per dancer for both advanced dancers and children. For audition requirements or more information, call (225) 767-5814 or (225) 766-8379.

Also, tickets are on sale for Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s dance party Dancin’ in the Streets from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Great Hall at Perkins Rowe. Tickets are $25 before Friday, Aug. 19, and $35 at the door. The theater also is selling $10 tickets for chances for several prizes.

For tickets or more information, call (225) 766-8379.


Tri-Parish auditions

Auditions for The Tri-Parish Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker will take place Sept. 24 at Odyssey Academy of Dance, 31342 Highway 16, Denham Springs. Audition times are:

•1-1:30 p.m., boys age 7 and older

•1:30-2:30 p.m., girls ages 7-10

•2:30-3:30 p.m., girls ages 11-14

•3:15 p.m., advanced dancers

More than 150 children will be selected to perform with the Houston Ballet II as pages, angels, mice, soldiers, bon bons, cooks, party children and little Chinese. Advanced dancers will be chosen for snow, flowers and divertissement. Dancers need to arrive 10 minutes before their audition time. A $5 audition fee will be charged for all dancers.

For audition requirements or more information, call (225) 665-3414 or (225) 933-4811.

Chorus auditions

Auditions for the Greater Baton Rouge Children’s Chorus will be Saturday, Aug. 20, at Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Auditions are by appointment only and are open to all boys and girls in the fourth through 10th grades. There is no charge to audition. To schedule an audition or for more information, call (225) 755-8057.


At Rosedown

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 La 10, St. Francisville, continues its monthly “Lost Arts of the Nineteenth Century” living history series from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, with “Ice Cream Making.” For more information, call (225) 635-3110.


At Glassell Gallery

Elise Toups’ exhibit I Want To Take You With Me will open in the LSU School of Art’s Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., with an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.

The show will run through Aug. 26, and features paintings, drawings and an interactive photo project.

Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 389-7180.


Anido at BRBT

Registration is open for Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s master classes taught by choreographer Edgar Anido of Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22-26 at the Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court.

Cost is $30 per class or $100 for all five classes. Space is limited, and registration closes on Wednesday, Aug. 17. To register, call (225) 766-8379 or (225) 767-5814.


Locals in video

Four local students, all of whom perform with Central Community Theatre, recently returned from New York where they were part of a national cast taping choreography videos by iTheatrics that will be used in thousands of schools and performing arts centers across the country.

The students were selected for the honor at the 2011 Junior Theater Festival, which they attended with Central Community Theatre. The students are Chaislyn King, 10, of Greenwell Springs and entering fifth grade at Victory Academy; Zachary Lejeune, 11, of Denham Springs, entering sixth grade at Live Oak Middle School; Ashton Denham, 13, of Baker and entering ninth grade at Central High School; and Parker Wilson, 10, of Greenwell Springs and entering fifth grade at St. Thomas More Catholic School.

At the libraries

East Baton Rouge Parish libraries are featuring several exhibits in August:

•Life Interpretations by Irma Alexander, Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road, Baker. For more information, call (225) 778-5940.

•Woodcarving by members of the Pelican Woodcarving Guild, Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. For more information, call (225) 763-2240.

•Self Expressions by Pamela Woodward, Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. For more information, call (225) 231-3240.

•St. Martha’s Senior Art Colony, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. For more information, call (225) 274-4440.

•Quilts by the Sassi-Strippers Quilt Guild, Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. For more information, call (225) 274-4440.

•Old Scenic acrylic paintings and Baton Rouge Bead Society, Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., Zachary. For more information, call (225) 658-1840.

In West Baton Rouge

The exhibit Cathartic Art: Remembering September 11th runs through Sept. 18, and the exhibit Morley, the Vanished Lumber Town will run through Oct. 2 at West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen.

The exhibition features 46 original art works from national artists from nine states. Winners of this show were announced on July 28. Winners are: Erin Browning, Monroe, Untitled, first place; Charles Barbier, Baker, “Loss of Innocence,” second place; and Scott Baker, Ohama, Neb., “9/11 Flipbook,” third place. For more information, call (225) 336-2422.


At the Manship

Tickets are on sale for a performance by rockabilly artist and Elvis Presley protégé Wanda Jackson, set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Tickets are $50. Tickets also are sale for a performance by Dax Riggs set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Harley-Vey Studio Theatre in the Shaw Center. Tickets are $22. For tickets or more information, call (225) 344-0334.


At Bonjour Gallery

Bonjour Gallery & Marketplace, 421 N. Columbia St., Covington, is featuring two exhibits through Aug. 30: Sunflowers, featuring original paintings by Shirley Doiron, and Black & White, featuring original paintings by D. Long and Abby Cantrell. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call (985) 635-7572.

Photography classes

Registration is open for photography classes by Sharon Turner Photography Studio, 11522 Cedar Park Ave.:

•6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 15 and 22, Digital 101

•6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 1-5 p.m. Sept. 17, Outdoor and Nature

•6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 18 and 25, Photography II

•6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 23 and 30, Photoshop CD section 1

To register, call (225) 752-5158.



The Architecture program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette broke ground on its latest project last month. The project, Event House, was imagined by Geoff Gjertson, Associate Professor of Architecture at the university, along with John Arceneaux of the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority. The Event House will provide an affordable, livable, green space in an at-risk neighborhood around downtown and the university.

Students from the Architecture and Design program took on the challenge of designing this multi-functional home in the fall of 2010. The design team consisted of Graham Goodyear, Stephanie Bordelon, Michael Reid, Josh Franks, Ravelle Reed, Jessica Degate, Brant Patout, Philippe Callais, Adam Pettus, Liv Urbus and Kyle Comeaux. Jeremy Arceneaux of the Arceneaux Construction Group aided the design team in the design and construction process.

At the Hilliard Museum

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, has scheduled several events in coming weeks:

•Five paintings by artist Hunt Slonem have been installed in the museum’s atrium. The 9-by-9-inch paintings were created for the 2010 On the Bayou exhibition.

•The exhibits American and European Painting and Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum are showing in the museum’s galleries.

•The exhibit Fabulous Flatware: Non-traditional Tools of the Table from the William P. Hood Jr. Collection will open Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Betty Pfankuch Ramsey Atrium. The show runs through Dec. 17, and Hood will give a lecture at 1 p.m. Saturday.

•The New Orleans Museum of Art’s traveling exhibit Copley to Warhol runs through Sept. 17. The exhibit celebrates the New Orleans Museum of Art’s 100th anniversary.

•Tickets are on sale for the Acadiana Wine and Food Festival, set for Oct. 27-29, on the museum’s grounds.

Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For tickets or more information, call (337) 482-2278.


At AcA

The Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, has scheduled several events in August:

•The exhibit Artaffair: A 55-Year Retrospective by Andree and Mike Stansbury is showing in Main Gallery through Oct. 8.

•The exhibit Silk Patchworks by Megan Barras in the Vault Gallery runs through Oct. 8.

•The exhibit Nineneuf9 by George Marks in the Side Gallery runs through Sept. 10.

•The exhibit Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story by Kody Chamberlain in the Mallia Gallery is on display through Sept. 10.

•The Southern Circuit tour of independent filmmakers in the James Devin Moncus Theater: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Concrete, Steel and Paint; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, The Wise Kids; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Welcome to Shelbyville; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012, The Toe Tactic; 7:30 p.m. March 7, 2012, A Good Man; 7:30 p.m. April 11, 2012, My Perestroika. For tickets, call (337) 233-7060.

•The Metropolitan Opera in HD in the James D. Moncus Theater, noon Oct. 15, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena; noon Oct. 30, encore presentation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni; noon Nov. 6, encore presentation of Wagner’s Siegfried; noon Nov. 19, Glass’ Satyagraha; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Handel’s Rodelinda; noon Dec. 10, Gounod’s Faust; noon Jan. 21, 2012, world premier, The Enchanted Island; 11 a.m. Feb. 11, 2012, Wagner’s Gotterdammerung; noon Feb. 25, 2012, Verdi’s Ernani; 11 a.m. April 7, 2012, Massenet’s Manon; noon April 14, 2012, Verdi’s La Traviata.

Series tickets are $150 for Acadiana Center for the Arts members, $170 for nonmembers, $100 for children and $130 for seniors and students. Individual tickets are $16, members; $18, nonmembers; $10, children; $14, seniors and students. For tickets, call (337) 233-7060.

•Tickets are on sale for a performance by The Tokyo String Quartet presented by Iberiabank at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the James Moncus Theater. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and there will be a question and answer session with the artists at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55 for members and $45-$65 for nonmembers. For tickets, call (337) 233-7060.


At the WWII Museum

Tickets are on sale for the first in a series of five conferences commemorating the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, set for Dec. 7, at the National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. For a full schedule, ticket prices or more information, visit the web site.


At Jonathan Ferrara

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400a Julia St., New Orleans, is showing the exhibits Anarcadia by Generic Art Solutions and Closer To Nothingness by Stephen Collier. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (504) 522-5471.


At NuNu’s

Several August events have been scheduled at NuNu’s Art and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau, La. 93 East, and Frederick l’Ecole des Arts, 1013 Neblett Road at the junction of La. 93 and La. 31, Arnaudville:

•6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 5, Life Drawing Sessions with Ashley Stone at Frederick l’Ecole des Arts. The cost per session is $10 for Frederick members and $12 for nonmembers.

•Art Immersion Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, Workshop No. 1, Getting Hot - Encaustic from the ground up; 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, Workshop No. 2, Art of Light and Reflection.

•9 a.m.-noon Aug. 27, La Table Fran?aise d’Arnaudville, at NuNu’s.

To register, for workshop fees or more information, call (337) 754-7724.

Student project

Students Creating Art to Recognize Diversity, or SCARD, is a traveling in-school digital storytelling project led by the Education Department at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Miss.

The SCARD project is an interdisciplinary project that exposes students to digital arts and technology, while strengthening their writing, public speaking and visual arts skills. Each project culminates with a film festival, to which parents, teachers, friends and loved ones are invited to view the videos and partake in the general discussion to end bullying in American schools. To view videos, visit the website.