Spice up your day on Aug. 3 with a visit to California Pizza Kitchen at Perkins Rowe. It’s a family-friendly fundraiser for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Youth Ballet. Call (225) 766-8379 for details.
Hip hop festival
A three-day hip hop festival will take place Aug. 12-14 at the Manship Theatre and Shaw Center for the Arts. Highlights include a touring urban art exhibit, hip hop fashion show, live music, break dance battle, and performances of poetry and dance.
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Engarde! The first Highland Broadsword seminar and Scottish sword fighting workshop will be held Aug. 5-7 at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church. The event is sponsored by the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge. Call (225) 278-1577 to register.
Irish Film Festival
Don’t miss the 2011 Irish Film Festival this weekend at the Manship Theatre. The festival features four highly acclaimed films about Ireland and the Irish people. Complimentary refreshments will be available between each full-length film along with a cash bar. For tickets, call (225) 344-0334.
Auditions for Goose
Auditions for New Venture Theatre’s The Abduction of Mother Goose will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at Independence Park Theatre. For details, email Info@newventuretheatre.org.
Volcano sky show
Don’t miss your chance to see Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, a sky show at the Irene Pennington Planetarium. Viewers will follow a team of scientists as they explore the ocean at a depth of 12,000 feet. Call (225) 344-5272 for show times.
Help support LSU’s Swine Palace while enjoying a night of fine wines and hors d’oeuvres at a special wine tasting at Reilly Theatre on July 28. Tickets are $40 in advance/$50 at the door. Call (225) 578-9277 for details.
Mt. Rushmore trip
A senior citizen trip to Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills of South Dakota is being planned for Sept. 30-Oct. 10. Total cost is $879. For details, call Leslie Tassin at (225) 769-5872.
Blue Dog exhibit
The LSU Museum of Art will host an exhibit titled Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art and Other Collections. The exhibit will be run July 23-Sept. 18. Rodrigue recently unveiled an original painting of an LSU-clad Blue Dog titled “A Number One Tiger Fan.” Proceeds from sales of that print will benefit the Tiger Athletic Foundation.
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A non-competitive softball group for women ages 45 and older is being formed in the Gonzales area. There is no fee and the location is to be determined. Sessions would be 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 7 a.m. Saturdays. For more information, call Rosie at (225) 715-0929.
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