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

PennDesign’s Annette Fierro will lecture at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in Room 103, the LSU Design Building Auditorium, as part of the Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture Series. Kinder Baumgardner will lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, for the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Design Week Lecture, also in the auditorium. Admission is free. Visit

Auditions for New Venture Theatre’s production of “Rasheeda Speaking” are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, on the second floor of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Performance dates are March 19-20 in the LSU Studio Theatre. Also, auditions for New Venture’s production of “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds: A Children’s Musical” will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, also at the Arts Council. Performances dates are March 4-5. For more information, call (225) 588-7576 or email

Auditions for LA VOW Theater Company’s production of Joan Vail Thorne’s “The Exact Center of the Universe” are open by appointment. For an appointment and detailed information, call (225) 362-2847 or visit

Registration is open for the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee’s Watercolor Workshop by Louise Hansen, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the arts council’s annex room, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. The fee is $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers, and space is limited. To register, call (225) 638-6049 or (225) 718-1574 or email

The exhibit “Loving Louisiana” runs through March 20 at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge. The show features photography by Renae Friedley and Michael Styborski. Admission is free. Call (225) 342-0500.

Artwork and photos are on exhibit through Feb. 14 at River Community Church, 36367 Old Perkins Road, Prairieville. The pieces were submitted by members and friends of the church, both adults and children. Some of the art is available for purchase. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-noon Sundays and on weekdays when the church office is open. Admission is free. Call (225) 744-4367 or email

— Robin Miller