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

An opening reception for the Futures Fund’s first student photography exhibit is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Ann Connelly Fine Art, 4221 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. The show will feature the results of the organization’s pilot photography program and summer partnership with Love Our Community EBR. Student prints are $80 and all sales are split with the artists and 2016 programming fund. Free admission. For more information, call (225) 927-7676.

The exhibit, “Robert Malcolm Rucker,” featuring 26 works by the Louisiana impressionistic artist, runs through Monday, Nov. 30, in the Louisiana State Archives Gallery, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. The works are on loan from the Brian Fourroux Collection. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 922-1000.

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, will host artist discussions with Cheryl Savoy at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, and John Troutman at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. The museum is showing the exhibits, “Art Under the Big Sky,” organized by the Yellowstone Art Museum; “Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined;” and “Selections from the UL College of the Art Faculty.” For more information, call (337) 482-2278 or visit

FW Gallery, 8501 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, will feature work by artists Amanda Brown, Thérèse Murdza and Sarah Wiseman, along with jewelry by Minosa by Me, notecards and prints by Blackbird Letterpress, jam by Ashley Savoy and nosh by Southern Wild. The show opens during Highland Nights from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. For more information, call (225)769-0582 or email

The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, is showing “The Portrait, the Artist, and the Patron: 19th Century Portraiture in Louisiana,” through Jan. 17. The exhibit features master works from the Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana State Museum, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum and private collections. For more information, call (225) 336-2422 or visit

The LSU Jazz Band and LSU Jazz Ensemble will join guest saxophonist and LSU alumnus Brad Walker to perform works by Dave Holland, John Clayton, Dave Slonaker and other jazz composers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge. General admission tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, call (225) 578-3527 or visit

The interactive exhibit, “Tattered Covers and All-Night Reads: The Great Children’s Books Our Parents Loved,” runs through Dec. 8 at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 231-3760 or visit

The Lauren-Reilly Eliot Company is bringing “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” to the Theater 810 stage, 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Show times are 7 p.m. on Nov. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15. For tickets or more information, call (337) 484-0172 or visit or

— Robin Miller