The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from August 5-10, 2011. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between.

FRIDAY, AUG. 5

PROJECT PURR: 5:30-8 p.m., Mall of Louisiana and Petsmart, Millerville Road. Kittens, cats will be half off regular adoption fee. http://www.projectpurrBR.org.

SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Walking tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

GODSPELL: 7 p.m., Studio Theatre, LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Musical produced by Swine Palace and Playmakers of Baton Rouge. $10. (225) 578-9277 or http://www.swinepalace.org.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Summer musical production by the Central Community Theatre. $20-$25. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Musical performance staged by the Center Stage Performing Arts Academy. $20. http://www.centerstagepaa.com.

LECTURE SERIES: 7:30 p.m., BREC/LSU/BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Evening sky viewing, 8:30 p.m. Free. (225) 768-9948.

SATURDAY, AUG. 6

BATON ROUGE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets downtown. Fresh seasonal vegetables and other homegrown and homemade food for sale. (225) 344-8558.

BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets downtown. Original, handmade works of art for sale from more than 50 Louisiana artists. (225) 344-8558

PROJECT PURR: 8 a.m.-noon, Arts Market downtown, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Petsmart, Millerville Road, and noon-4 p.m., Mall of Louisiana. Kittens, cats will be half off regular adoption fee. http://www.projectpurrBR.org.

CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Trade Mart A&B, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Gifts and general merchandise market. http://www.lamardixonexpocenter.com.

ST. MARGARET’S MARKET: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 12663 Perkins Road, across from Calandro’s supermarket. Produce, arts/crafts and technology products. (225) 747-0119.

BATTLE OF BATON ROUGE COMMEMORATION: 10-11 a.m., Historic Magnolia Cemetery, Main, North 19th, North 22nd and Florida streets. Commemoration ceremony to observe the anniversary of the Battle of Baton Rouge fought Aug. 5, 1862. A Foundation for Historical Louisiana event. http://www.fhl.org.

PARENTS MAGAZINE COVER KID EVENT: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Exerfit/Crawfish Aquatics, 7150 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge Parents Magazine conducts its 22nd annual Cover Kid event. Contest open to all children ages 18 months-17 years. Multiple categories. $15 for single entries, $25 for group entries. http://www.brparents.com.

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. http://www.caaws.org.

CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

MISS TRUDY’S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m., Adalié Brent Auditorium, Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Entertaining, interactive program for young children and families. Free for LASM members and is included in the general price of admission for nonmembers.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Summer musical production by the Central Community Theatre. $20.50 http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Walking tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

GODSPELL: 7 p.m., Studio Theatre, LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Musical produced by Swine Palace and Playmakers of Baton Rouge. $10. (225) 578-9277 or http://www.swinepalace.org.

EVENING SKY VIEWING: 7:30-10 p.m., BREC/LSU/BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Free. (225) 768-9948.

SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Musical performance staged by the Center Stage Performing Arts Academy. $20. http://www.centerstagepaa.com.

4TH ANNUAL STEPPIN’ IN THE BAYOU: 8 p.m., The Lyceum Ballroom, 124 Third St. Dance competition and silent auction benefits the YWCA Unity 6 Project. $25, Bayou Level; $50, VIP Level. (225) 270-9202 or http://www.steppininthebayou.com.

SATURDAY NIGHT BALLROOM: 8-11 p.m., American Legion, 151 S. Wooddale Blvd. Tropical islands dance party. $10, dancers/spectators; $5, with student ID. http://www.saturdaynightballroom.com.

SUNDAY, AUG. 7

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 1-5 p.m., Petsmart, 10527 S. Mall Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

FREE FIRST SUNDAY: 1-6 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, fifth floor, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Free admission.

FREE FIRST SUNDAY: Louisiana Art & Science Museum interactive children’s galleries, the Ancient Egypt Gallery, and the Solar System Gallery, 100 S. River Road. Free admission. http://www.lasm.org.

FREE FIRST SUNDAY: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial, 305 S. River Road. Free admission.

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH: 1-5 p.m., Full Gospel Baptist Church, 10148 Greenwell Springs Road. Food, school supplies, uniforms, three-on-three basketball tournament and haircuts. (225) 272-3029

PROJECT PURR: 1-4 p.m., Mall of Louisiana and Petsmart, Millerville Road. Kittens, cats with be half off regular adoption fee. http://www.projectpurrBR.org.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: 2 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Summer musical production by the Central Community Theatre. $20.50 http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL: 2 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Musical performance staged by the Center Stage Performing Arts Academy. $20. http://www.centerstagepaa.com.

GODSPELL: 2 p.m., Studio Theatre, LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Musical produced by Swine Palace and Playmakers of Baton Rouge. $10. (225) 578-9277 or http://www.swinepalace.org.

LIVIN’ FAT: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Upstage Theatre, 1713 Wooddale Blvd. Two-act comedy play examining religious faith and love. $15. http://www.upstagetheatre.biz.

MONDAY, AUG. 8

B.J. BARHAM WITH SPECIAL GUEST ADAM DALE: 8 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. $10. (225) 344-0334 or http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

TUESDAY, AUG. 9

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 6-8 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. http://www.caaws.org.

JONATHAN PERRY “THE CAJUN AMBASSADOR”: 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Comedy show. $21.50. (225) 344-0334 or http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

MERLE HAGGARD IN CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., River Center. $35-$55. http://www.ticketmaster.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10

MUSIC AT MID-DAY: noon, fourth floor terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Lunchtime concert. Free.

THURSDAY, AUG. 11

OUTDOORS

BRAMBA (BATON ROUGE AREA MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION): http://www.bramba.org.

BATON ROUGE TRIKKE CLUB: http://www.brtrikke.com, email brtrikke@cox.net.

BATON ROUGE AUDUBON SOCIETY: Robert McLaughlin, (225) 926-2223 (call between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.).

BAYOU HAYSTACKERS PADDLING CLUB: (225) 387-3717 or http://www.bayouhaystackers.com.

BATON ROUGE BIKE CLUB: (225) 963-8616 or http://www.batonrougebikeclub.com. Ride your bike this weekend (social group rides, intermediates and advanced) in both the city and countryside. Call for details or go to the website for weekend ride information.

BATON ROUGE HASH HOUSE HARRIERS: (225) 603-8467. Call for details of special events.

ONGOING

ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE: 437 Laurel St., (225) 344-8558. Reticulation, new works by Rachel LeGarde Bordelon, through Sept. 16.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY: Through August: Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Pelican Woodcarvers Guild members exhibit samplings of their art; Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, St. Martha’s Senior Art Colony displays latest works containing mixed media paintings; Jones Creek Regional Branch, Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild displays selection of quilts from exhibit Kaleidoscope of Quilts II; Eden Park Branch, abstract works of art by Pamela Woodard; Zachary Branch, Baton Rouge Bead Society displays its bead collections.

THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Guys Who Are Dolls, exhibit focusing on the male doll and his place in history, through Aug. 13. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission charged, with proceeds going to the T.D. Sedberry Foundation for the Handicapped.

ELIZABETHAN GALLERY: 680 Jefferson Highway. Louisiana Legacy, new work for sale by members of the Associated Women in the Arts, through Aug. 27. http://www.batonrougebikeclub.com.

THE GHOST OF THE CASTLE: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. A theatrical presentation depicting Civil War-era figure Sarah Morgan telling of the history of the building. Will run daily during business hours.

GUILD ARTWORK: Atelier Rouge Salon, mezzanine level, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel, 201 Lafayette St. Artwork created by members of the Louisiana Art & Artists’ Guild on display.

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM: Old Methods, New Visions: Three Louisiana Artists social art display, Aug. 10-Oct. 12; Birds in Art from the Permanent Collection, artwork display of John J. Audubon; wildlife photographer Julia Sims, and contemporary artists Michael Crespo and Hunt Slonem, Aug. 10-Oct. 2. http://www.lasm.org/.

LOUISIANA ART AND ARTISTS’ GUILD: 2490 Silverest Ave. Baton Rouge. http://www.laagbr@laag-site.org. Summer Annual Judged Show on display at Independence Park Theatre Gallery until Sept. 15. Reception 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

LOUISIANA VETERANS HALL OF HONOR: permanent exhibit, USS Kidd, River Road downtown. Dedicated to those service men and women who have had outstanding military careers. Each person is a Louisiana native. (225) 342-1942.

LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Blue Dogs and Cajuns of the River: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art and Other Collections, through Sept. 18.

LSU SCHOOL OF ART: Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Tenth Annual Summer Invitational Art Exhibition: Decadence, through Sunday, Aug. 7. Group show features art in all medias and genres, interpreted by the common starting point of “decadence.”

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. (225)336-2422 or http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. Morley, the Vanished Lumber Town, display featuring artifacts discovered in an area just west of Brusly that once thrived as West Baton Rouge Parish’s premier lumber town of Morley, 1907-1927, through Oct. 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

SINGLES EVENTS

BROADMOOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SINGLES: Saturday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., dinner at Brunet’s followed by dancing, Florida at Flannery; Sunday, Aug. 7, 4 p.m., dancing at VFW Hall, 13214 Choctaw; Monday, Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m., ladies newcomer night, 16725 Bristoe, (225) 405-7862.

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE (MANDEVILLE) SINGLES: (985) 656-1953 or (985) 863-7492.

SINGLE ADULT FRIENDS ENCOURAGE: For singles 50+ in the Hammond area. (985) 340-3015.

SLIDELL CHRISTIAN SINGLES: http://www.scsingles.eboard.com or (985) 646-1953 or (985) 590-1063.

TAMMANY CHRISTIAN SINGLES: tammanysingles@yahoo.com.

TANGI CHRISTIAN RE-SINGLES: (225) 567-9567.

To submit event and entertainment items for the Bon Temps calendar, email details to fun@theadvocate.com or fax to (225) 388-0351. Deadline is at noon Monday.