Photo provided by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum -- A cartonnage mummy mask in the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's "Ancient Egyptian Gallery." The museum is celebrating the gallery's 50th anniversary at its annual gala on Friday, Oct. 3.

Tickets are on sale for the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s 29th annual fundraising gala, “Party at the Pyramid,” from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the museum, 100 S. River Road, Baton Rouge.

This year’s theme will honor 50 years of ancient Egypt at the museum. In 1964, the museum acquired a 2,300-year old mummy, and, since then, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum has been home to one of the few permanent displays in the Gulf South dedicated to the art, science and culture of ancient Egypt. In celebration of this milestone, this year’s theme draws inspiration from the Ancient Egypt Gallery.

Festivities include a buffet showcasing Baton Rouge restaurants and caterers, including Boudreaux’s Catering, Heirloom Cuisine, Kona Grill, Ruffino’s, Sullivan’s Steakhouse and The Pelican House. Music will be provided by Ned Fasullo and The Fabulous Big Band Orchestra, and the gala also will include a silent auction and a raffle, featuring a Marco Bicego, hand-engraved, 18K yellow-gold Lunaria necklace donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

Those attending the gala also will be the first to see completed on-site work by Jason Hackenwerth, Heather Hansen and Holton Rower for the exhibit “Art In Action: Inflate, Draw, Pour,” which opens Saturday, Oct. 4, and runs through Jan. 4.

Hackenwerth inflates thousands of brightly colored latex balloons to create sculptural forms measuring more than 30 feet tall. Stretching and twisting her body while drawing, Hansen captures her motions on oversize canvases while Rower pours up to 50 gallons of paint onto a single piece of plywood, one cup at a time, creating kaleidoscopic shapes.

Cocktail attire is recommended, and all proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programming.

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