Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene:
Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Idol concert, featuring “American Idol” finalists LaKisha Jones, Haley Scarnato and Matt Giraud, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the LSU Rural Life Museum, 4600 Essen Lane. Lawn seating tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; $10 for children. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free. Single table seats are $100. Patrons are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Call (225) 383-0500 or visit brso.org.
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s free Sunday in the Park concert series continues 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, with Minos the Saint on the North Boulevard Town Square. For information, call (225) 344-8558 or visit artsbr.org.
The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, is showing the exhibit, “When the Cannons Fell Silent,” through Aug. 16. Coinciding with this event, the museum will host Paul Paskoff for the lunchtime lecture, “War Time Destruction and Post War Politics in the South 1861-1867,” at noon Thursday, May 7. Also, beginning Saturday, May 9, the museum will pay tribute to Raful Neal “Godfather of Baton Rouge Blues” and his talented family with the exhibition Neal Family Blues. For more information, call (225) 336-2422 or visit westbatonrougemuseum.com.
Tickets are on sale for ART-ini 2015, set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. This is the fourth year for the Art Auction and Martini Competition, which features a silent auction of items donated by Louisiana artists. Proceeds will benefit the Baton Rouge Symphony League. Tickets are $40 online and $50 at the door. Call (225) 383-0500 or visit artinibr.org.
The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra will present “Delony Plays Shostakovich” for its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Guest artist will be Willis Delony. General admission tickets are $10; Southeastern students are admitted free with ID. Call ((985) 543-4371 or visit columbiatheatre.org.
— Robin Miller email@example.com