Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene:

James Alexander and the Nicholls State University Camerata, a student string orchestra, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. Free admission. Also, a Christmas bonfire will follow the New Roads Christmas Parade and tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Julien Poydras Center. The free event includes live music, food and beverages. For more information, call (225) 638-3998 or email

“Exotic Earth Elements,” an art show of pieces made from recycled materials, is on exhibit at Cajun Picasso Gallery, 104 Woodvale St., Lafayette. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays or by appointment. Call (337) 285-2435.

The St. Tammany Art Association’s membership exhibition, “Put Your Best Square Foot Forward,” runs through Dec. 5 at the association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call (985) 892-8650, email or visit

Tickets are on sale for UpStage Theater’s production of “It’s Ebony Scrooge,” a parody of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” running Friday through Sunday, Dec. 4-6, at the theater, 1713 Wooddale Blvd. Tickets are $20. Call (225) 924-3774 or visit

Tickets are on sale for Tri-Parish Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Suma Hall Conference Center, 28975 S. Satsuma Road, Livingston. Admission is a nonperishable food item for the Livingston Parish Food Pantry for the Saturday performance and $15 for the Sunday Performance. For tickets or more information, call (225) 665-3414.

Tickets are on sale for Theatre Baton Rouge’s annual holiday production, “A Christmas Carol,” opening Friday, Dec. 11, and running Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 20, at the theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Tickets are $25, individual; $20, students. Call (225) 924-6496 or visit

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is accepting public nominations for the 2016 Humanities Awards. Since 1985, the LEH has honored Louisianans who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities. Award recipients will be honored at the 2016 Bright Lights Awards Dinner on April 7 in New Orleans. Nominations must be received in the LEH office no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 18, and should be addressed to: Humanities Awards Committee, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 938 Lafayette St., Suite 300, New Orleans, LA 70113. Nominations also may be faxed to LEH (attention to Chair, Humanities Awards Committee) at (504) 529-2358 or emailed to For more information, visit

— Robin Miller