Louisiana music and art is the theme of an exhibition and panel discussion at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, during Black History Month.

The exhibit, Louisiana Music: An Artistic Tribute, will run from Monday, Feb. 4, through Tuesday, Feb. 26, with paintings, sculpture, collages and fine art by Frederick Brown, John Scott, Emerson Bell, Addie Dawon-Euba, Jacquelyn Hughes-Mooney, Kimberly Lewis, Charles Siler, Irene Tucker, Randell Henry and Cheryl McKay Dixon.

There will be a closing reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, highlighted by an interactive panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. on “Neo-Synthesis in Southern Louisiana Music and Art.” The panel will be moderated by Eloise E. Johnson and will feature Joseph Pearson, Dennis Paul Williams, Clifton Webb, Martin Payton, Marcus Akinlana and AumRa Frezel. The exhibit is organized by Cultural Crossroads, Inc., in conjunction with Baton Rouge Collects. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 922-1000.



Little Rhody

National speaker Roberta Humble will present the talk, “Little Rhody and the Other 49,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane. The presentation takes a look at some of the fascinating about 49 of the country’s states. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 922-2015.



River Road winners

The Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild has announced the winners of its 43rd Annual River Road Show. Receiving the first place ribbon and cash award from Judge/Juror Sam Corso was local artist Marla Hoppenstedt for her oil painting, “Aubade.” The second place ribbon was awarded to Cindy Brabec-King for her watercolor painting, “Silk Tatters.” Third place was awarded to David Horton for his oil painting “All Along the Watchtower.” Merit awards were given to Rhonda Craven, Marge Champane, Natalie Smythe, Maureen Killaby, Darla Bostick and Peter Hay. Receiving honorable mentions were Larry Downs, Mary Heckman, Carol Ordogne, Gail Postal and Herb Roe. The River Road Show is an annual national juried exhibition sponsored by Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild. The show was on exhibit at the Louisiana State Archives.



In Denham Springs

Denham Springs Fine Art Association’s February meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Old City Hall, 115 Mattie St. in the Antiques District, Denham Springs. Bill Baltas will be the guest speaker. He and his wife. Alla, are owners of Alla’s Fine Art and Framing in Baton Rouge.




Symphony, Mozart tickets

Tickets are on sale for the sixth concert in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Investar Bank Masterworks series, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. The concert will feature soprano Kristi Bulot, mezzo-soprano Gwendolyn Jones, tenor Michael Hendrick, baritone Vincent Turregano, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus directed by Chorus Master David Shaler. Tickets are $25-$55.

Also, tickets are on sale for the symphony’s annual Mozart on the Lake, set for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation, 17660 George O’Neal Road. Tickets are $135.

For tickets or more information, call (225) 383-0500, ext. 100, or visit the website.



At the libraries

Several exhibits are showing in February at East Baton Rouge Parish libraries:

  • Historical photos from the Willie Harris Collection chronicling life in Scotlandville and at Southern University, Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. For more information, call (225) 763-2240.
  • Art for the Heart, a personal collection of handmade crafts and artwork by Ruth L. Williams, Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St. For more information, call (225) 389-7440.
  • Artistic Expressions of Brandon Lewis, Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. For more information, call (225) 231-3240.
  • African American History Month Display, and Landscapes by Michael Guinn, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. For more information, call (225) 274-4440.
  • An exhibit of handmade clown dolls is showing at the River Center Branch Library, 120 St. Louis St. For more information, call (225) 389-4967.

Dance auditions set

Auditions for Lenore’Kamere’s 2013 dance production, Evolution of Dance: Dancing through the Decades, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Those auditioning will need to make up a 60-second solo routine, so remember to bring a CD or iPOD. Those who are chosen will have to learn and perform three audition pieces taught by two of the company’s choreographers. For more information, visit the website.



Play auditions set

Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd., will conduct auditions for the play, Run for Your Wife, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the theater. Callbacks will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Rehearsals are set for 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. weekdays. Auditions will consist of a 60-second comedic monologue and cold readings from the script. Performances will be Thursday through Sunday, April 11-14. For more information or to schedule an audition, call (225) 216-0660 or visit the website.



At the Manship

The Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., has scheduled several performances in February:

  • 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, music performance, Sweet Honey in The Rock. Tickets are $43.50-$93.50.
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, music performance, The Travelin’ McCourys. Tickets are $33.50.
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, theatrical performance, Aquila Theatre presentsThe Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. Tickets are $38.50.

Also, the Manship Theatre has scheduled several films in February:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, The Big Picture, newly released French film and frontrunner for Best Foreign Language Oscar. Tickets are $8.50, public; and $6.50 for seniors and students.
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Oscar-nominated short documentaries. Tickets are $8.50, public; and $6.50 children, seniors and students.
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Central Park 5.Tickets are $8.50, public; $6.50, seniors and students.
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Pretty in Pink, followed by live music and a prom-themed party in the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5, film; $5, party; and $10, package of film and party.
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Kurosawa Retrospecive: Seven Samurai. Tickets are $8.50, public; $6.50, seniors and students.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Opera in Cinema: La Boheme, Royal Opera House, performed on Jan. 10. Tickets are $16.50, public; $12, seniors and students.
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Oscar-nominated short films. Tickets are $8.50, public; $6.50, seniors, students and children.
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Ballet in Cinema: Royal Ballet’s LaFille Mal Gardee, performed on May 16, 2012. Tickets are $16.50, public; $12, seniors and students.
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Kurosawa Retrospective: Rashomon. Tickets are $8.50, public; $6.50, seniors and students.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Oscar-nominated short films. Tickets are $8.50, public; $6.50, seniors, students and children.
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, The Oscars. Free, but tickets should be reserved.

For tickets or more information, call (225) 344-0334 or visit the website.



Hall of Champions

Baton Rouge visual artist Christopher Turner made history in 2012 as the first live painter in Final Four history, when he created a NCAA Final Four-inspired painting from court side in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Turner’s painting now is on exhibit through Tuesday, April 30, in the NCAA Hall of Champions Museum in Indianapolis. To view the painting, visit the website.




Jazz concert set

Tickets are on sale for a performance by Kevin Andry and the St. Michael’s High School Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Julien Poydras Museum Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. Tickets are $28, adults; $10, students. For tickets or more information, call (225) 936-6509 or (225) 638-6049.

In West Baton Rouge

The exhibit, Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad, runs through Sunday, March 24, at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. The show includes 49 paintings, etchings and drawings by American artist Joseph Holston and is presented in honor of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as Black History Month in February. The exhibit was developed by University of Maryland University College and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. For more information, call (225) 336-2422, ext. 15.



OperaGram orders

Opera Louisiane is taking orders for its Valentine’s Day OperaGrams. For $50, one of the company’s singers will perform an operatic or American songbook classic, present a card with a personalized message, along with a choice of a rose or chocolates. For more information, call (225) 377-2029.



At the Grapevine

The Grapevine Gallery and Cafe, 211 Railroad Ave., Donaldsonville, is showing an exhibit of photographs by Kathy Scherer, acting director of Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge from Monday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, March 31. Scherer took the photos while in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.



Fairy Tales tickets

Tickets are on sale for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, Fairy Tales, featuring productions of Hansel & Gretel and Cendrillon, or Cinderella, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7-8, in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond.

Tickets are $21, adults; $16, seniors, Southeastern faculty, staff and non-Southeastern students; and $4, children age 12 and younger. Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID. For tickets, call (985) 543-4366 or visit the website.



Faculty exhibit at SLU

Members of the Southeastern Louisiana University art faculty are exhibiting their work throughout February in the annual Faculty Exhibition at the university’s Contemporary Art Center in East Strawberry Stadium on campus in Hammond. The show features various works and styles of art contributed by members of the faculty of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Admission is free. For more information, call (985) 549-5080.

Evening with Batiste

Louisiana primitive artist Alvin Batiste will be featured at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Galvez Branch Library, 40300 La. 42 at Autumn Leaves Drive, Prairieville. Batiste will present a painting demonstration and visit with patrons. Also, the library will feature an exhibit of Batiste’s work through Thursday, Feb. 28. For more information, call (985) 622-3339.

At Golden Gallery

The Second Saturday celebration at Rolland Golden Gallery, 419 Main St., Natchez, Miss., features New Orleans jazz musicians and French Quarter scene reproductions from the early 1960s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Wine, cheese and cookies will be served. For more information, call (601) 304-5500 or email rollandgolden@aol.com.



At the Grand Opera House

Tickets are on sale for several events at The Grand Opera House of the South, 505 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, Aaron Nigel Smith’s “Call To Action” to get kids moving.
  • Friday through Sunday, March 1-3, Crowley High School Darma Club’s production of the musical Aladdin, produced by special arrangement with LifeHouse Production, Inc.
  • Thursday, April 4, The Hit Men.
  • Thursday, April 11, The Rainbow Fish by ArtsPower.
  • Saturday, April 20, American Tapestry.

For tickets or more information, call (337) 785-0440.



Carpenter/Colvin tickets

Tickets are on sale for an acoustic performance by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 College Road, Lafayette. The concert is presented by the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana and Cox Communications. For tickets or more information, visit the website.



Mardi Gras exhibit

The exhibit, Masks and Mayhem II — The Courir de Mardi Gras by Lafayette artist Herb Roe, will run through Thursday, Feb. 28, at Nunu’s Arts & Culture Collective, 1500 Courtableau Road, which also is La. 93 East, Arnaudville. The exhibit features oil paintings, hand-colored linoleum block prints and graphite drawings depicting the colorful costumes, music and revelry of the rural Mardi Gras runs, which are the traditional pre-Lenten celebration of the Cajun and Creole people of Louisiana prairies. Admission is free. For more information, call (337) 453-3307.

At the Cabildo

Tickets are on sale for the Louisiana State Museum’s behind-the-scenes viewing of its Clementine Hunter Collection at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both Tuesday and Thursday, March 12 and 14, at the Louisiana State Museum’s Collection Storage Facility, 1000 Chartres St., in the French Quarter, New Orleans.

The tour is presented by the Friends of the Cabildo. Tickets are $20 or $15 for Friends of the Cabildo/Louisiana State Museum Foundation members. Reservations are required. For tickets, reservations or more information, call (504) 523-3939.



Auditions, Grease

Auditions for the musicals Gypsy and Spamalot are set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at on the Main Stage at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Gypsy will run May 10-26, and Spamalot will run June 14-30.

Also, tickets are on sale for the final performance of Grease School Edition, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, on the Main Stage. Tickets are $15.

For audition requirements, tickets or more information, call (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221.



At The Front

The exhibit, Glitter Chariot, by Nicholas des Cognets will open with a reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and will run through Sunday, March 3, at The Front, 4100 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The show features drawings and paintings, and des Cognets will perform with Get Us Through the Night at the reception. Also, gallery member Angela Berry will show her photographs. For more information, call (504) 920-3980.



At the WWII Museum

The exhibit, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, runs through Sunday, May 5, in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion at the National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. The exhibit is organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is a cornerstone of its multi-year celebration of its 50th anniversary. For more information, call (504) 528-1944 or email info@nationalww2museum.org.



Piety Street Market

The next Piety Street Market is set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St., New Orleans. The market will feature art, crafts, vintage items, flea market items, Mardi Gras costumes and accessories, food and live music. Admission is free. For more information, email creemccree@gmail.com.

At Callan Contemporary

The exhibit Zelma by Mitchell Lonas is showing through Saturday, March 30, at Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St., New Orleans. Lonas evolves his series depicting bird nests and floating feathers and debuts a new body of work devoted to the power of serenity and waterfalls. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (504) 525-0518.



Children’s workshop

Reservations are being accepted for the Second Saturday Children’s Workshop, set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at RHINO Contemporary Craft Gallery on the second level of The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. This month’s theme is “Valentines and Mardi Gras Masks.” Reservations are recommended. There is a suggested $5 donation for materials. To make a reservation, call (504) 523-7945 or email artboxRHINO@gmail.com.



At Delgado

The exhibit, Rhythmic Souls, by New Orleans artist Carl Joe Williams runs through Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, third floor, Isaac Delgado Hall, on the Delgado Community College City Park campus in New Orleans. For more information, call (504) 671-6377 or email bhaneg@dcc.edu.

At the Ogden Museum

The exhibit, Southern Abstraction from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, is showing at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. For more information, call (504) 539-9650.



Redd Linen Night

Tickets are on sale for Redd Linen Night, “A Visual Arts Event With a Twist,” set for 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle-Haley Blvd., New Orleans.

Advance tickets are $20 and $25 at the door. Tickets are $10 for students age 12 and younger. For tickets or more information, call (504) 569-9070 or visit the website.