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

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, is showing “Too Close/Not Close Enough: New Work by Emily LaCour” through Aug. 14 in its Firehouse Gallery. It’s 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Admission is free. Call (225) 344-8558 or visit

Tickets are on sale for Theatre Baton Rouge’s musical “Next to Normal,” opening Aug. 7 on its Main Stage, 7155 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge. For tickets, call (225) 924-6496 or visit

Tickets are on sale for Playmakers of Baton Rouge’s musical “Tom Sawyer,” opening Aug. 21 in the Reilly Theatre, Tower Drive on the LSU campus. For tickets, call (225) 578-6996 or visit

The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, will host a lecture and demonstration, “Furling the Flag: The Soldiers Come Home,” by historian Richard Holloway at 1 p.m. Aug. 1. The museum also is showing the exhibit, “Holding Out and Hanging On: 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina,” featuring the photography of retired LSU professor and first responder Thomas Neff through Sept. 13. Call (225) 336-2422 or visit

Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Irish Club’s Dinner Theatre production of Christian O’Reilly’s “Chapatti,” set for Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 21-22 at Café Americain Restaurant, 7521 Jefferson Highway. Advance tickets for the play are $10 and $15. For tickets and dinner reservations, call (225) 924-9841.

— Robin Miller