The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Sept. 16-22, 2011. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 16

CUTTING HORSE CONTEST: 1 p.m., Arena B, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Louisiana Cutting Horse Association event. Free.

LIVE AFTER FIVE: 5-8 p.m., A.Z. Young Park, 755 Third St. Live music and entertainment throughout the fall. Music performed by the V-Tones. Free. http://www.liveafterfiveonline.com.

KIDS MAGIC NIGHT: 6-8 p.m., El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, 240 Range 12 Blvd. Magician performs magic tricks at tables. Free.

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.

THE ABDUCTION OF MOTHER GOOSE: 7:30 p.m., Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. A New Venture Theatre production. $20, ages 13 and older; $12, ages 12 and younger. (225) 216-0660 or http://www.newventuretheatre.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.

STUDIO DANCE: 8:30-10:30 p.m., Ric Seeling Dance Studio: 10776 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. Beginning Rumba dance class 7-8:30 p.m. (225) 928-2788.

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.

ANNUAL HUNTERS’ SIGHT-IN: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center, Woodside Drive. Free service for hunters to have their rifles checked and zeroed properly. Only hunting weapons eligible for this service. (225) 686-2241, ext. 701.

INAUGURAL BIKE RIDE: 8:30 a.m., Hotel Indigo, 200 Convention St. Bike rides comprise 5-mile, 15-mile and 25-mile. Refreshments and street party to follow. http://www.facebook.com/hotelindigobatonrouge.

CUTTING HORSE CONTEST: 9 a.m., Arena B, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Louisiana Cutting Horse Association event. Free.

PLAY DIRTY ADVENTURE TRAIL RUN: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Baton Rouge Fairgrounds. Three-mile obstacle course race. Registration http://www.playdirtyadventure.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.

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. http://www.caaws.org.

SEMINAR ON HISTORICAL SLAVE REBELLION: 10 a.m., Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. LSU graduate history student Nathan Buman provides a backdrop and context to the Louisiana slave rebellion of 1811. Baton Rouge Genealogical, Historical Society event. Free. http://batonrougegenealogy.org.

FALL CHESS: 10 a.m., Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Chess class for beginners ages 9-11. Registration required. (225) 231-3760.

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS: 10:30 a.m., The Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. A Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre production. For advanced dancers. (225) 767-5814.

HISPANIC HERITAGE ACTIVITIES: 11 a.m., Greenwell Springs Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Storytelling, craft making celebrating Hispanic Heritage month. Registration required. (225) 274-4460.

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

TAILGATE PARTY AND MUSEUM TOUR: The Enchanted Mansion, A Doll Museum, 190 Lee Drive. $15. Call for registration. (225) 769-0005.

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.

MRS. DOROTHY AND HER TRAVELING SHAKY EGG BAND: Noon-2 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Musical merriment designed for kids and fun for family.

TURKISH CULTURAL SEMINAR: Noon, Jones Creek Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Turkish culture, food, music, history and language will be discussed by Atlas Foundation Director Tevfik Akbulut. Registration required. (225) 756-1150.

THE ABDUCTION OF MOTHER GOOSE: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. A New Venture Theatre production. $20, ages 13 and older; $12, ages 12 and younger. (225) 216-0660 or http://www.newventuretheatre.com.

SCHOOL DAZE MEMO PAD: 2:30 p.m., Jones Creek Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Children’s program, ages 8-11, for designing memo pads. Registration required. (225) 756-1160.

OPEN CAR SHOW: 5-8:30 p.m., Tanger Factory Outlet, Gonzales. Includes ‘50s music, door prizes and concessions. (225) 773-2487.

SILENT AUCTION: A silent auction to benefit the Jazz Harp Academy and Concert at LSU will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Alban’s Chapel, Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road.The auction will feature meditative harp music, jazz and alternative music on the harp by “the Odyssey Project” and light refreshments will be available.

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.

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

AN EVENING OF DANCE: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Presented by Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet. $30, adults; $20, students/seniors/military. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

SWING DANCE: 8:30-10:30 p.m., Ric Seeling Dance Studio, 10776 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. Triple Rhythm East Coast Swing class, 7-8:30 p.m. (225) 928-2788.

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS: 12:45 p.m., The Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. A Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre production. For boys and girls 8-12. (225) 767-5814.

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

AN EVENING OF DANCE: 2 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Presented by Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet. $30, adults; $20, students/seniors/military. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

WOMEN’S LITERARY GROUP READING: 4-6 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Local women writers reading from original essays, fiction and poetry. (225) 753-4226.

THE ABDUCTION OF MOTHER GOOSE: 7:30 p.m., Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. A New Venture Theatre production. $20, ages 13 and older; $12, ages 12 and younger. (225) 216-0660 or http://www.newventuretheatre.com.

ARMSTRONG BOOK SIGNING: 10 a.m., Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Annabelle Armstrong speaks and signs her book Historic Neighborhoods of Baton Rouge during meeting of the John James Audubon Chapter. (225) 924-3708.

ROSE: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Olympia Dukakis reprises her Broadway role as Rose, examining her life events, which include escaping Nazis, emigration to U.S., and travels to Israel. $60-$90. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

LSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., LSU Student Union Theater, LSU campus. Tickets available at the LSU Union Theater box office. (225) 578-5128.

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

MUSICAL WINDOW TO THE WORLD: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd. The second annual Peace Day concert to benefit the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center. (225) 756-4123.

ROSE: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Olympia Dukakis reprises her Broadway role as Rose, examining her life events, which include escaping Nazis, emigration to U.S., and travels to Israel. $60-$90. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

COPENHAGEN: 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Building, LSU. Performance as part of SciArt, LSU Theatre’s new conversation series where art meets science. $10. (225) 578-4174.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21

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

WOMEN & WINE WEDNESDAY: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hotel Indigo, 200 Convention St. Social, professional networking for women. http://www.womenwinewednesday.com.

RIVER CITY JAZZ MASTERS SERIES: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring the McCoy Tyner Quartet. $25-$45. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

COPENHAGEN: 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Building, LSU. Performance as part of SciArt, LSU Theatre’s new conversation series where art meets science. $10. (225) 578-4174.

SHAPESHIFTER: 7:30 p.m., Claude L. Shaver Theatre, LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building. Presented by LSU Theatre. Pay-what-you-can preview opening. http://www.theatre.lsu.edu.

CAT HAVEN ADOPTION CENTER OPEN HOUSE: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. Open house event. (225) 773-9540.

ABDUCTION OF MOTHER GOOSE: 7:30 p.m., Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. A New Venture Theatre production from new play written by Baton Rouge writer Alvin A. Temple. $20, general admission; $12, ages 13 and under. http://www.newventurethreatre.com.

SHAPESHIFTER: 7:30 p.m., Claude L. Shaver Theatre, LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building. Sneak preview, $12. http://www.theatre.lsu.edu.

BATON ROUGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre. $25-$55. An opening night dinner gala at 5 p.m. at Stroube’s Chophouse, 107 Third St. $45 per person. (225) 383-0500. http://www.brso.org.

COPENHAGEN: 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Building, LSU. Performance as part of SciArt, LSU Theatre’s new conversation series where art meets science. $10. (225) 578-4174.

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

ANN CONNELLY FINE ART: 4221 Perkins Road. New works by gallery artist George Marks, through Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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

THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Original or Reproduction, exhibit detailing how to identify dolls through markings, characteristics. Exhibit runs through Oct. 1. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission charged, with proceeds going to the T.D. Sedberry Foundation for the Handicapped.

- Investor fraud awareness seminar. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call for reservations.

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.

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM: Old Methods, New Visions: Three Louisiana Artists social art display, through 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, through Oct. 2. “CanStruction” competition, local architectural firms and teams build sculptures from cans and non-perishable food items, through Sept. 18. All food will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. http://www.lasm.org/.

LOUISIANA ART AND ARTISTS’ GUILD: 2490 Silverest Ave. Baton Rouge. http://www.laagbr@laag-site.org. Annual Summer Judged Show on display at Independence Park Theatre Gallery until Sept. 15. New guild artwork on display at the Forum Salon, 7425 Corporate Blvd. at Towne Center, until Nov. 21.

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 Artistic Tradition, LSU Art: Past, Present gallery, featuring Leanne McClurg Cambric, Alex Harvie, Kathryn Hunter, Chris Smith and Elise Toups. Opens Sept. 17.

LSU SCHOOL OF ART: LSU School of Art Gallery - Foster Hall, LSU campus; Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Work on porcelain: Mary Louise Carter and Andy Shaw. Through October 14. Free.

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.

BROADMOOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SINGLES: Friday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m., dancing, American Legion Hall, 151 S. Wooddale Blvd.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., newcomers dinner, Dempsey’s, Coursey Blvd.

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. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, Ciruti Fellowship Hall, 2200 Rue Denise, Hammond. Topic for this meeting, “Christianity vs Islam.” Open to everyone.

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.