• “DUKE ELLINGTON’S SOPHISTICATED LADIES”: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. A presentation of New Venture Theatre. Rated PG-13. $25. (225) 588-7576 or



  • “EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT GENEALOGICAL DNA”: 10 a.m., Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Presented by genealogical expert Dr. Robert Noles. Free. (225) 924-8921
  • “BUILDING BLOCKS - IF KIDS RULED THE CITY”: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St. An interactive architect and construction inspired event where children ages 7-11 will build a small-scale version of their ideal city.
  • KIDD KEYNOTES: 1 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Museum, 305 S. River Road. In recognition of American Heart Month, the lecture will address the importance of heart health. Patrons are encouraged to wear red. A blood drive will follow. Free. (225) 342-1942
  • CONTRA DANCE: basics 4:45 p.m.; dance 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., St. Alban’s Chapel, corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive, LSU campus. Live music by Gravois Coulee Band. $6. (225) 803-9194


  • THE FINE ART OF DINING: Saturday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday noon-3 p.m., Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. A display of more than 20 exhibits with functional or abstract table designs by LSU Lab School artists and members of the Baton Rouge Garden Club. Refreshments will be served. $5. (225) 806-5377


  • BRIDAL SHOW: 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m., White Oak Plantation, 17660 George O’Neal Road. More than 30 wedding and bridal service providers, fashion show at 3:30 p.m., champagne, samples of wedding cuisine, door prizes. $10. (225) 751-1882 or
  • THE WORDS OF WOMEN: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. A celebration of local female writers as they read from their recent works of essays, poems and short stories. Readers include Renée Bacher, Claire Boudreaux Bateman, Dorothy Early Davis, Laurie Lynn Drummond, Ava Leavell Haymon, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Claire Dixon and others.
  • SUNDAYS @ 4: 4 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1552 Dalrymple Drive. Opera Louisiana directors and singers will discuss keeping opera contemporary in advance of its next production, “Madama Butterfly.’ Brief performance, discussion and Q&A. Free.


  • LSU CINEMA FOR THE EARS: 7:30 p.m., LSU Digital Media Center, 340 E. Parker Blvd. Free.


  • AN EVENING WITH DR. CALVIN MACKIE: 1 p.m., Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion, 201 Community College Drive, BRCC campus. (225) 216-8432 or
  • “AFTERNOON IN THE ARCHIVES” : 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Hill Memorial Library, LSU. In recognition of Black History Month, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections will feature a sampling of publications, documents and photographs that span more than 200 years of African-American history. Free.
  • THE BABY DOLLS: 6:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales Branch, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. A telling of Mardi Gras’ segregated history by Xavier University of Louisiana professor Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, author of “Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition”. (225) 647-3955
  • LSU SYMPHONIC WINDS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., LSU Union Theatre, LSU campus. The concert will feature works from cartoons. $20, general; $15, faculty/staff/seniors; and $5, LSU students. (225) 578-5128
  • THE ECLECTIC TRUTH SLAM AND OPEN MIC POETRY READING: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Baton Rouge Music Studios, 9327 Burbank Drive. Grand slam finals to select the 2015 National Poetry Slam team. There will be no open mic. $7


  • JAZZ WORKSHOP WITH STEPHANIE JORDAN AND ERIC BASKIN: 1 p.m., Recital Hall, Governors Building, Baton Rouge Community College. 225) 216-8432 or



  • DEBOSE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL SERIES: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive. A visual and performing arts showcase.
  • LECTURE: Noon, The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. A presentation by Dr. Thomas Durant and Dr. Jonathan Roberts, authors of “History of the Charity Hospitals of Louisiana: A Study of Poverty, Politics, Public Health and the Public Interest.” (225) 336-2422
  • RECEPTION, LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. Author Andi Eaton will discuss and sign the book “New Orleans Style”. Free. (225) 342-0500
  • STEPHANIE JORDAN’S TRIBUTE TO LENA HORNE: 6 p.m., Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion, Baton Rouge Community College. (225) 216-8432 or
  • THE BASICS OF VEGETABLE AND FRUIT GARDENING: 6:30 p.m., Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., Zachary. A presentation of the LSU AgCenter.
  • CAN YOU NAME THAT TEA?: 6:30 p.m., The Orangerie at Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. A presentation of the Herb Society of America - Baton Rouge Unit. $5. There will be a pretty/unusual mug contest. (225) 939-2885


  • A DOLL’S HOUSE: 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Pasqua Theatre, 523 Felicity St., Gonzales. First production in Ascension Community Theatre’s 2015 season. $15-$30. (225) 647-1230 or


  • ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE FIREHOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY: 427 Laurel St. (225) 344-8558. “I On The Road Connecting Us,” artworks in response to a walk in the neighborhood by Sheryl Southwick. Show runs through Feb. 27.
  • BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, (225) 383-1470. Exhibition featuring Jamie Baldridge in his debut as a BRG artist member, Kathryn Hunter and Kelli Scott Kelley, through Feb. 26.
  • BREC’S BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER: 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. “American Decoy Exhibit,” through Feb. 28. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, adults; $2, children ages 3-17; and $2.50, seniors 65 and older. (225) 757-8905
  • CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road.
  • CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.
  • CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 660 N. 4th St. “Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn,” exhibit of art and history spanning the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including Napoleon Bonparte’s death mask, through Feb. 28.
  • CAT ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. The society also holds adoption events 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Siegen Marketplace and the Acadian Village Petco. (225) 636-2680
  • DOG ADOPTIONS: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. $125 adoption fee. Sponsored by Yelp! BR. (225) 485-9200
  • THE ENCHANTED MANSION: A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive. “Angels,” an exhibit of angel dolls from the museum’s collection, through Saturday, Feb. 28. Museum is open by appointment only through February. $4.50, adults; $3.50, seniors; $2, children. Children younger than age 2 are admitted free. (225) 769-0005 or
  • THE GALLERY AT THE MANSHIP THEATRE: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Illuminations & Spring,’ painting series by Ed Pramuk, presented by Ann Connelly Fine Art, through Tuesday. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Free. (225) 927-7676 or

Louisiana art & science museum: 100 River Road S. “Capital City Contemporary” exhibit, local and regional artists, through Sunday. “A World of Dreams: Landscapes by Tula Telfair,” Main Gallery; and “Manchac: In the Wake of North Pass, An Installation by Megan Singleton,” SoupCon Gallery, both through March 15. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Louisiana State Archives: 3851 Essen Lane. Highland Road Artists’ 35th anniversary exhibit, through Saturday, Feb. 28. Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Free. (225) 922-1000

  • DOG TRAINING CLASSES: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Blue Cross Blue Shield parking lot, 5525 Reitz Ave. A one-hour per week, six-week course facilitated by the Louisiana Capital City Obedience Club. Experienced teachers offer training for puppy, beginner and advanced classes. All breeds accepted. Proceeds to benefit LCCOC. $100.
  • LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler and His Legacy”; and “Venice Traces: The Art of Sandra Russell Clark,” through April 19.
  • LSU SCHOOL OF ART’S GLASSELL GALLERY: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Freedom of a Different Kind: The Art of Michael Triegel,” through Sunday, March 1. Free. (225) 389-7180 or
  • LIVINGSTON PARISH CHILDREN’S CHOIR OPEN ENROLLMENT: Enrollment for the spring semester. $150. (225) 247-8555 or
  • OSCHNER MEDICAL CENTER - TOM WALLACE ART WALL: 17000 Medical Center Drive. An exhibit of art by Bonnie Smith Williams titled “Familiar Subjects - New and Old,” through March 28. Each piece of art tells a story or is done in a different technique.
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. The society also offers adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Acadian Village Petco. For more information, call (225) 774-7701.
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, PetSmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs available from the Northside Humane Society. (225) 964-6992
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road. The organization also offers adoptions noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe.
  • SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY VISUAL ARTS GALLERY: 801 Harding Blvd. (225) 771-4109. “Irvin Jones Collection of African-American Art,” through March 5.
  • WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. “Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard,” an exhibit to mark the last year of the U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial, through March 22. “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections,” a pairing of stories collected by author and curator EllynAnne Geisel with portraits by Kristina Loggia, through April 5. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15

Compiled by Leslie D. Rose