The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from July 1-7, 2011. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between.

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


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.

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.

FILMS AT THE MANSHIP: 8 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Screening of Jaws. $5. (225) 344-0334 or


BATON ROUGE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets downtown. This week’s theme is “Star Spangled Saturday.” Patriotic music by John Gray, canning demonstration at 10 a.m., flags and patriotic sunglasses for children. 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 works of art in a variety of mediums on sale. Event held in conjunction with the Farmers market. (225) 344-8558.

ST. MARGARET’S MARKET: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 12663 Perkins Road, across from Calandro’s supermarket. New outdoor farmer’s market held every Saturday selling produce, arts/crafts, and technology products. (225) 747-0119.

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway.

CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.

MISS TRUDY’S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m., Adali? 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.

INDEPENDENCE DAY PICNIC: noon-2 p.m., Enchanted Mansion, A Doll Museum, 190 Lee Drive. Indoor picnic with hotdogs and hamburgers. $18. Admission charge proceeds go to T.D. Seberry Foundation for the Handicapped. (225) 769-0005.

WALKER CITYFEST: 3 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park. Activities for kids, jambalaya, snow balls, fireworks.

OPEN CRUISE NIGHT: 5-8 p.m., Don’s Seafood and Cabela’s parking lot, Gonzales. Car show, rock-n-roll music, soft drinks and door prices. (225) 773-2487.

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.

STOCK CAR RACING: 7 p.m., Baton Rouge Raceway, 17700 Plank Road, Baker. Cajun Sprint Cars race. $15, general admission; $30, pits area.

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

BALLROOM, RED, WHITE, BLUE: 8-11 p.m., American Legion Hall, 151 S. Wooddale. Saturday Night Ballroom’s Red, White, and Blue dance party. $10, dancers/spectators; $5, with student ID.


CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 1-5 p.m., Petsmart, 10527 S. Mall Drive.

39TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: 6 p.m., through Kenilworth Subdivision. Grand marshal is Gen. Russel Honor?. Route begins and ends at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, traveling on Boone Drive just east of Kenilworth Parkway.


STAR-SPANGLED CELEBRATION: starting at noon, downtown area around the USS Kidd. Music, food, mock air-sea battle, hot air balloon liftoff. Free.

PLAQUEMINE CELEBRATION: Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park. Family-oriented activities, music, boat parade, free admission to the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site and the Iberville Museum, fireworks. (225) 687-3116.

RED, WHITE AND BLUE DOG: 6 p.m., Bert & Sue Turner Gallery, 3rd Floor, Shaw Center for the Arts, downtown. Friends of the LSU Museum of Art’s 7th annual July fundraising event. Food and drinks, rooftop dancing at the W. Pennington Rooftop Terrace until 11 p.m. $125, museum members; $150, non-members. Event open to patrons 21 years of age and older. (225) 389-7212.

MANSHIP’S FOURTH ON THE 4TH: 6-10 p.m., fourth floor, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Food and drinks; view of the fireworks show. $50, adults; $25, children 12 and younger. (225) 344-0334 or

BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND JULY 4TH CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., steps of the State Capitol. Annual July 4th concert featuring marches, patriotic songs and other familiar tunes. Free.

FIREWORKS ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 9 p.m., levee areas, downtown Baton Rouge. Annual July 4th fireworks display over the Mississippi River. Event staged by WBRZ-TV and The Advocate. Free.


CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 6-8 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.


CINDERELLA: 10:30 a.m., Eden Park Library, and 2 p.m., Delmont Gardens Branch Library. Presented by the Tri-Parish Ballet.

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


CINDERELLA: 10 a.m., Scotlandville Branch Library, and 2:30 p.m., Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library. Presented by the Tri-Parish Ballet.

ANNIE: 7 p.m., Pasqua Theatre, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales. Summer musical presented by Ascension Community Theatre. Opening night. $15-$30. (225) 647-1230.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS COOL JAZZ CONCERT SERIES: 7:30 p.m., LSU School of Music Recital Hall. Featuring Willis Delony, Brian Shaw, Bill Grimes and Troy Davis, along with bebop alto saxophonist Dave Glasser. $20, general admission; $10, students, faculty and staff. Tickets on sale at Union Theater Box office. (225) 578-5128.




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


BATON ROUGE BIKE CLUB: (225) 963-8616 or 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.


ACADIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, (337) 233-7060. Southern Open art exhibition, through July 9. Juried exhibition featuring artists from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE: 437 Laurel St. Visual Arts Summer invitational, co-presented by Brunner Gallery.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY: Through July: Bluebonnet Regional Branch, World War II materials, and other patriotic items, Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the Revolution present American flag exhibit; Greenwell Springs Regional Branch, abstract murals; Baton Rouge Bead Society displays hand-made jewelry; Jones Creek Regional Branch, Red Stick Smocking Guild displays handmade wardrobe for the 2011 American Girl doll; Scotlandville Branch, African Americans in Civil War Medicine, exhibit describes African-American men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the U.S. Civil War.

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

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.

IBERVILLE MUSEUM: 57735 Main St., Plaquemine. The French of Iberville, through July 15. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (225) 687-7197 or email

INDEPENDENCE PARK THEATRE GALLERY: Independence Boulevard. Artwork by Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild members made during various workshops and classes, through July 14.

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM: River Road downtown. Sky shows, art exhibits, special programs, gala events, gift shop and more. In the art galleries: Volcanoes of the Deep Blue Sea exhibit; in the planetarium: Hurricane on the Bayou, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon; Volcanoes of the Deep Sea; SpacePark 360; Earth, Moon & Sun; Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions and Digital Universe; CUT! Costume and the Cinema, major touring exhibition of 43 movie made costumes and accessories, through July 31.

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. 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, through July 10, 5th Floor. (225) 389-7206.

PIERRE PART BRANCH LIBRARY: Pierre Part. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War, traveling exhibition, through July 15. (985) 369-7070, (985) 252-4220 or

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. (225)336-2422 or Portraits in Gray, 70 photographs of Civil War soldiers, stories of local Louisiana militia groups and battlefield artifacts and weaponry give insights into the human toll of the U.S. Civil War, through Saturday, July 2. 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: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, bowling at All Star Lanes, Airline Highway; 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, newcomer night at Brunet’s with dancing and fellowship; 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, volleyball in the church gym.

CATHOLIC SINGLES BATON ROUGE: send email to or call (225) 223-6509.

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: or (985) 646-1953 or (985) 590-1063.