Wine tasting

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 Thursday, July 28. Tickets are $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Call (225) 578-9277 for details.

Pizza fundraiser

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.

Meet artist Rodrigue

Don’t miss a special book signing Saturday, July 23, at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue will sign copies of his book (available at the LSU Museum of Art store) at 1 p.m.

Smithfield Fair

The Baton Rouge-based family trio Smithfield Fair will perform at The Grapevine Café from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 22. The performance is part of the Friday Evening Concert series.

Literacy event

“Dig Big into Literacy” is a special event that allows you to donate to a good cause while enjoying great food and music, and the chance to meet one of the city’s most recognized athletes - Glen “Big Baby” Davis. The event takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Shaw Center for the Arts. For details, call (225) 344-0334.

Cathartic Art exhibit

The West Baton Rouge Museum hosts an opening reception for the exhibit Cathartic Art: Remembering 9/11. Featured speaker is Karin Batten of NYC, who lost her studio, which was on the 91st floor of the south tower. The reception takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and is free.

Savannah trip

A trip to Savannah, Ga., Jekyll Island and Beaufort, S.C., is being planned for Nov. 6-12. The trip, designed for seniors, is $539 per person. Call Kirk Brown at (225) 751-7136 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.



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.

Audition notice

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

Women’s softball

A noncompetitive 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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