- STORIES IN ART: 10:30 a.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St. A session inspired by author, illustrator, artist Ezra Jack Keats. There will be a reading of “The Snowy Day” followed by a children’s craft session.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- THE CELEBRATION OF THE TREES: Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Annual display of Christmas trees with area business, clubs, churches and schools creating themes.
- ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: various times, Baton Rouge River Center. 75-minute sessions most days. $12 per person, with special group or birthday packages. (225) 389-3030 or ticketmaster.com
- CLASSIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: USS Kidd Museum, 305 S. River Road. Classic Christmas movie screenings. Free with museum admission.
- A WALK WITH THE BIRDS: 7 a.m.-9 a.m., BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Led by a member of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society. General admission.
- RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth Street between Main and Laurel streets, downtown. Homegrown produce and other homemade products. (225) 267-5060
- AUDITIONS FOR DUKE ELLINGTON’S ‘SOPHISTICATED LADIES’: 1 p.m., general auditions; 3 p.m., movement and dance auditions, Hartley/Vey Workshop Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. A New Venture Theatre production. newventuretheatre.com
- FIRST FREE SUNDAY: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., USS Kidd Veterans Memorial & Museum, 305 S. River Road. There will be free, self-guided tours of both the ship and museum, games, coloring stations, music, movies in theatre and fall crafts. (225) 342-1942 or usskidd.com
FREE FIRST SUNDAY: 1 P.M.-5 P.M., FIFTH FLOOR, LSU MUSEUM OF ART, 100 LAFAYETTE ST. ALSO, FAMILY FUN ARTBOX:TEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLOR ABSTRACT ART SESSION, 1 P.M.
- FIRST SUNDAY: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Free general admission and discounted planetarium rates.
- RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. (parking lot of Unitarian Church).
- THE ECLECTIC TRUTH SLAM AND OPEN MIC POETRY READING: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Firehouse Gallery, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. $7.
- OLLI AT LSU LAGNIAPPE CHAPTER PRESENTATION: 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 8484 Old Hammond Highway. Presentation by Michael Rubin to provide a fast-paced multi-media look into the historical context for his new Louisiana-based legal thriller. (225) 578-2500
- LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Noon, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. The lecture is timed to help close the “Landscape Painting” exhibition. Free. (225) 336-2422 ext. 14
- AROUND THE WORLD AT LUNCH: Noon-1 p.m., Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. James McNeill Whistler in Venice. $10 or $5 for museum members. lsumoa.org
- TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE AND THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION: 6 p.m., Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. Dr. Phillipe Girard will present the story as part of the “Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn” exhibit on display until Feb. 28. Free. crt.state.la.us/museum
- FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre. Musical celebrating the 30th anniversary of the feature film which tells the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. $42-$67, plus fees. rivercenter.com
- ELVIS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring a performance by Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue. Also a talk by Barbara Barnes Sims, author of “The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records.”
- BREC’S BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER: 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. “American Decoy Exhibit,” through Feb. 28. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, adults; $2, children ages 3-17; and $2.50, seniors 65 and older. (225) 757-8905.
- CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. CAAWS.org
- CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. CAAWS.org
- CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 660 N. 4th St. “Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn,” exhibit of art and history spanning the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Napoleon Bonparte’s death mask. Through Feb. 28.
- CAT ADOPTIONS: noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. The society also holds adoption events 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Siegen Marketplace and the Acadian Village Petco. (225) 636-2680
- DOG ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. $125 adoption fee. Sponsored by Yelp! BR. (225) 485-9200
- LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 River Road S. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Main Gallery feature: “Art in Action: Inflate. Draw. Pour,” an exhibit presented in honor of Prospect 3+, an international contemporary art biennial. Soupcon Gallery features “Peter de Francia: An Italianate in Britain,” an exhibit to showcase the distinctive paintings of the British writer and teacher. Through Saturday.
- LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Installation of Silas Breaux, through Jan. 25. “LeRoy Neiman: Action!,” exhibit of work by the American artist and sports illustrator, through Jan. 17. “Rooted Communities” by Nari Ward, through Jan. 18. “Accalia and the Swamp Monster” by Kelli Scott Kelley, through Jan. 25. lsumoa.org
- LIVINGSTON PARISH CHILDREN’S CHOIR OPEN ENROLLMENT: Enrollment for the spring semester. $150. Winter choir camp registration now open. Camp runs Monday-Friday. $50. (225) 247-8555 or LPCCsing.org
- PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. The society also offers adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Acadian Village Petco. For more information, call (225) 774-7701.
- PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs available from the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992
- PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road. The organization also offers adoptions noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
- WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting,” through Wednesday; and “War of 1812 Quilt Challenge” until Sunday, Jan. 11. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15
Compiled by Leslie D. Rose