The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2011. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between.

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

FRIDAY, AUG. 26

FETE ROUGE: 6-10 p.m., Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution. Local chefs prepare their best dishes in competition. Entertainment, silent auction, raffle, wine tasting. (225) 773-4889 or http://www.bresbr.com

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.

FIDDLER ON ROOF: 7 p.m., Runnels Theater for the Performing Arts, 17255 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road. $15, in advance; $12, students; $20, at the door. (225) 751-2192.

STAGED READING OF AUNTIE MAME: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Comedy spoof performed by BRLT actors delivering a staged reading. $30, includes one drink. http://www.brlt.org.

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.

SATURDAY, AUG. 27

ZOO ZOOM 5K RUN: 7:45 a.m., BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Half-mile fun run begins at 7:45 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:15 a.m,.Online registration $15 for club members; $17 for non-club members. Registration $20 on day of race. Children can pre-register for $12, or $17 on the day of the race. A portion of proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation programs. http://www.active.com.

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.

PLANTFEST: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Margaret Holmes Brown Pavilion, Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road. $10, members; $15, non-members. Register online at http://hilltop.lsu.edu/hilltop

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.

NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGER AUDITIONS: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 115, LSU School of Music building. (225) 578-6884.

LSU PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building. Free, live performances, open workshops and demonstrations, guided tours and “instrument petting zoo.” (225) 578-3531.

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway. http://www.caaws.org.

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

BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. (225) 344-5272.

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.

TAILGATE PARTY, RIB EATING CONTEST: noon-2 p.m., Suckers Grill-Market-Smokehouse, 3151 College Drive. Live music, rib eating contest. http://www.suckersfoodproducts.com

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND AUDITIONS: 5 p.m., Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. A New Venture Theatre musical based on “The Little Mermaid” fable. http://www.newventuretheatre.com

TASTE OF TIGER TAILGATING: 5-8 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Annual tailgating party with food, drinks, music, and all types of LSU merchandise available. Tickets available through http://www.ticketmaster.com.

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.

FIDDLER ON ROOF: 7 p.m., Runnels Theater for the Performing Arts, 17255 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road. $15, in advance; $12, students; $20, at the door. (225) 751-2192.

CHRIS SHIVERS INVITATIONAL: 7:30-10 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center. Professional bull riders compete. Tickets available at the River Center Box office or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

STAGED READING OF AUNTIE MAME: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Comedy spoof with BRLT actors delivering a staged reading. $30, includes one drink. http://www.brlt.org.

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

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL: 8-11 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Screening of classic Monty Python film. $10. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

MOVIES AND MUSIC ON THE LAWN: 8-10 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Screening of Harry Langdon’s silent film The Strong Man, along with live music from local musicians. http://www.batonrougegallery.org

SUNDAY, AUG. 28

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

FIDDLER ON ROOF: 2 p.m., Runnels Theater for the Performing Arts, 17255 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road. $15, in advance; $12, students; $20, at the door. (225) 751-2192.

STAGED READING OF AUNTIE MAME: 2 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Comedy spoof with BRLT actors delivering a staged reading. $30, includes one drink. http://www.brlt.org.

RABBIT HOLE AUDITIONS: 3-6 p.m., Pasqua Theater, 823 N. Felicity Ave., Gonzales. An Ascension Community Theatre drama production. Five characters will be cast. http://www.ascensioncommunitytheatre.org.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL AUDITIONS: 6:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Open to adults (ages 15 and up); children’s auditions will be at a later date. http://www.brlt.org.

MONDAY, AUG. 29

RABBIT HOLE AUDITIONS: 6-8 p.m., Pasqua Theater, 823 N. Felicity Ave., Gonzales. Ascension Community Theatre drama production. Five characters will be cast. http://www.ascensioncommunitytheatre.org.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL AUDITIONS: 7 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Open to adults (ages 15 and up); children’s auditions will be at a later date. http://www.brlt.org.

TUESDAY, AUG. 30

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

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31

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

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1

FOOTBALL FRENZY: 4 p.m., Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road. Participants will make paper footballs and talk about Southern and LSU football.

OUTDOORS

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

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

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY: Through August: Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Pelican Woodcarvers Guild members exhibit samplings of their art; Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, St. Martha’s Senior Art Colony displays latest works containing mixed media paintings; Jones Creek Regional Branch, Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild displays selection of quilts from exhibit Kaleidoscope of Quilts II; Eden Park Branch, abstract works of art by Pamela Woodard; Zachary Branch, Baton Rouge Bead Society displays its bead collections.

THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Rotating exhibits of collector dolls. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission charged, with proceeds going to the T.D. Sedberry Foundation for the Handicapped.

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

http://www.elizabethangallery.com.

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. http://www.lasm.org/.

LOUISIANA ART AND ARTISTS’ GUILD: 2490 Silverest Ave. Baton Rouge. http://www.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: Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Elise Toups exhibition of paintings, drawings and photography project, through Friday, Aug. 26. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m. weekends.

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.

SINGLES EVENTS

BROADMOOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SINGLES: Friday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m., newcomer’s dinner, Lagniappe Restaurant, 9990 Perkins Road; Saturday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m., dinner/dancing, George’s Restaurant, George O’Neal Road; Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m., dinner/dancing, Phil Brady’s, Government Street.

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: 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.