The weekend of Sept. 16 will prove to be one of fun and amazement. Baton Rouge hosts quite a few bands as well as a hypnotist, while New Orleans introduces Cirque du Soliel: Dralion. Also, be sure to wrap-up the weekend with a ballet at the Manship Theatre.

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion

New Orleans isn’t too far to travel for the amazing Cirque du Soleil show, Dralion. The name explains exactly what this show represents, a mixture of Eastern and Western culture. The dragon represents the East and the lion represents the West. The show includes props like trampolines and jump ropes, but the acrobats make these simple childhood games into an incredible act. Watch in amazement as a human pyramid skips rope.

The show takes place at the New Orleans Arena on both Saturday and Sunday. It starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are available starting at $50 on www.cirquedusoleil.com

Wade Reeves

This southern rock/country singer from Minden, La. mixes upbeat tempos with fun lyrics. His song “Trashy Turns Me On” is funny, and a great song for dancing. Wade Reeves also has sensitive songs such as “Last Night in Baton Rouge,” which tells the story of a man sharing his last night in town with the woman he loves. Come out to Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's this Friday, Sept. 16, to experience this soon-to-be country star.

The show starts at 7 p.m., and there is no cover.

Hypnotist Gary Conrad

The Funny Bone Comedy Club presents Gary Conrad, a hypnotist originally from New York City. Conrad started out with a clinical practice at the World Trade Center, but has now moved on to entertaining audiences by letting them be a part of his show. He has performed at venues around the country, and has even been a guest on “The View.” Not only entertaining, Conrad adds suggestions for weight loss, excelling in school, and giving up smoking into his hypnotic act.

The entertainment starts at 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.funnybonebatonrouge.com

The Molly Ringwalds

Head to Varsity Theatre this Friday, Sept. 16, to relive the 80’s with The Molly Ringwalds. This local cover band has impressed audiences with their unique costume choices and entertaining energy. Get ready to dance the night away with a few drinks and some great music.

The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 at www.varsitytheatre.com

Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet: An Evening of Dance

With so many things to do on Friday night, take Saturday as an opportunity to experience the creative arts with the Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet as they present “An Evening of Dance.” Enjoy classical ballet as well as contemporary works while being amazed with the talented dancers. Four works will be displayed, all telling different stories through dance.

This cultural show starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Manship Theatre. Tickets are available starting at $20 on www.manshiptheatre.org.