COOKING CLASS: 6 p.m., Atlas Foundation, 7712 Goodwood Blvd. Learn how to cook Turkish favorites in this hands-on class. $15 at

KING CAKE WORKSHOP: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Young Chefs Academy of Baton Rouge, 7960 Jefferson Highway, Suite E. Make miniature king cakes and cookies. Ages 3 and up. $40 with registration at

MOVIE NIGHT "LOVE AND BASKETBALL": 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., LSU Student Union. Take a trip back to 2000 with this free movie screening. 

MAKE IT A MOVIE NIGHT "THE PRINCESS BRIDE": 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., BREC's Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. Enjoy a free screening of the fairy tale adventure.

FAMILY DINNER IMPROV SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Hartley/Vey Theatres, 100 Lafayette St. Hang out with the comedy troupe and enjoy improv games. Ages 17 and up. $6 plus fees., (866) 451-2787.

LSU SYMPHONIC WINDS: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., LSU Band Hall. (225) 578-3261,


"SHE KILLS MONSTERS": 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. $25 general admission, $19 students at


CHILDREN'S GARDEN ACTIVITIES: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Learn how to care for feathery friends and create a craft. For ages 6-12. Register at with a $15 fee.

I HEART MY ZOO DAY: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. An action-packed safari amphitheater program featuring "affectionate animals."

MID-CITY MICRO-CON: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. A micro comic-book event, featuring panel discussions and cosplay.

BATON ROUGE MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Family-friendly festival with music, entertainment, vendor village and food. VIP tickets at

PLANETARIUM FAMILY HOUR AND STARGAZING: 10 a.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Learn about stars and constellations in the local night sky; planetarium show to follow. (225) 344-5272,

MAURICE SENDAK MOVIE MARATHON: 10 a.m., the Children's Room at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Screenings of movies from the popular children's author.

JUNIOR OAKS BAND FESTIVAL CONCERT: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., LSU Student Union Theater. (225) 578-3261,

MARDI GRAS PARTY: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Java Mama, 8645 Bluebonnet Blvd. Featuring face painting, king cake, and Mardi Gras theme canvas painting. $5-20 at

FORD PERFORMANCE MEET & GREET: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service, 9704 Airline Highway. Ford-only car and truck show.

LATIN NIGHT: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Spanish Moon, 3353 Highland Road. Dance to salsa, bachata, cumbia and merengue sounds. 


BASF KIDS' LAB — CHEMISTRY IS BANANAS!: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Explore what you have in common with a banana. (225) 344-5272,

CAMELLIA SHOW & SALE: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Featuring award-winning camellias. Free. 


"ROMANCE IN THE STARS": 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. A special performance that examines myths and legends of our nighttime sky. (225) 344-5272,


ARTICULATE ARTIST TALK: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Gallery for Contemporary Art, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Artist members share the stories and inspirations behind their works on display. Free.

BOW TIES AND DIAMONDS GALA: A BLACK TIE AFFAIR: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Reflections, Inc., 9230 Cortana Place. Featuring a live band, door prizes and food. $40 at

FRENCH KNIGHTS DIMANCHE SOIR MARDI GRAS EXTRAVAGANZA: 8 p.m. to midnight, Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, 103 France St. Featuring comedy and live music. Formal attire required. $30-350 at


A TASTE OF LOUISIANA CULINARY CLASS: 8 a.m. to noon, CrossFit, 3204 La. 19, Zachary. Learn how to prepare Louisiana classics and crafts in this hands-on class. For ages 5-8 and 9-13. $60 at

"PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC" PREMIERE: 9:30 p.m. to 11 a.m., Louisiana Public Broadcasting, 7733 Perkins Road. A free screening of the new animated series. To RSVP, visit

MARDI GRAS AT THE MUSEUM: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Knock Knock Children's Museum, 1900 Dalrymple Drive. Featuring Tremé Mardi Gras Indians, costume making, crafts and king cakes. $15 for nonmembers and $10 for members.


GEAUX FISH! CATFISH RODEO: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., BREC's N. Sherwood Forest Community Park, 3140 N. Sherwood Forest Drive. Free. Registration required at

ZOO & ME MORNING — MONKEY MARDI GRAS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Featuring a train ride, animal encounters, art projects and snacks. Ages 3-5. $18 for one child with parent. Registration required at (225) 775-3877, ext. 2.

TEA AND CHOCOLATE PAIRINGS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Red Stick Spice Company, 660 Jefferson Highway. Valentine's Day will never be the same after this exploration of tea and dark, milk and white chocolate. $30 at


VALENTINE'S SWEETHEART LUNCH: Noon, The Pearl at Jamestown, 14443 Perkins Road. Join your valentine for a lunch and learn how to arrange roses. Must RSVP at (225) 443-8090. $15.

LOUISIANA-THEMED PAINT POP-UP FOR KIDS: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Crown: A Royal Bistro, 16016 Perkins Road. Have your kids join local artist, Adrienne Clement, in creating a streetcar painting. Ages 6 and up. $35 at

VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Pelican House, 2572 Citiplace Court. Featuring a special three-course menu. $45 per couple. Call for reservations at (225) 456-5200.

VALENTINE'S AT THE BRASSERIE: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., City Pork Brasserie & Bar, 7321 Jefferson Highway. Featuring a three-course menu of your choice. $80 per couple, $99 per couple with a bottle of wine. Reservations at (225) 615-8880.

VALENTINE'S AT BERNADETTE'S TABLE: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Bernadette's Table, 5405 La. 44, Gonzales. Chefs Joshua Hebert and Adam Reeson host a five-course dinner. $200 per couple at

MLK PERFORMING ARTS NIGHT: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., LSU Student Union Theater. Join us for a night of extraordinary talent celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free.


"ARCADIA": 7:30 p.m. both nights, Shaver Theatre, Dalrymple Drive. Go back to 1809 and research a possible scandal with the Coverly descendants in this theater classic. Wednesday is pay-what-you-can night. $14-29 at


YOGA POSES & PINTS ON THE PATIO: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Corporate Brew & Draft, 2561 Citiplace Court, Suite 300. Complimentary pours and pint specials following class. 

GALENTINE'S DAY: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Pelican House, 2572 Citiplace Court. Grab your girl gang and celebrate with drink specials and delicious food. 

THIRD THURSDAY: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St., Fifth floor. Take a gallery tour with surrealist-inspired hors-d'oeuvres, followed by surreal film screening of "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" at Manship Theatre. $8 for members, $11 for nonmembers.

"WATER TRAILS OF THE ATCHAFALAYA" GALLERY RECEPTION: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Celebrate Louisiana’s greatest natural resource through art and lifestyle it inspires. Free. 

SURREAL FILM SHOWCASE "THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN": 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. A screening of Terry Gilliman's file about the travels and experiences of Baron Munchausen and his band of misfits. $9.50 at or (866) 451-2787.

LSU JAZZ SHOWCASE: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., LSU Union Theatre. Featuring the LSU Jazz Ensemble alongside numerous other groups. $18 at


RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Main and Fifth streets. Featuring local produce and seasonal vegetables as well as a cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. inside the Main Street Market.

AT ROSEDOWN PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville. Featuring a special exhibit and program honoring African-Americans located in the site's Gift Shop Conference Room. On display throughout February. 

AT BREC'S BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER: 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Featuring Fiber Art Show — "Native Animals" on display through Feb. 18. 

AT THE MAIN LIBRARY AT GOODWOOD: 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Featuring the "Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibit" in the children's room through Feb. 25.

AT WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Featuring "Creoles Du Monde" on display through May 6; and "Mardi Gras Indians: By J. Nash Porter" on display through Feb. 25.

AT LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring "Bonjour: Au Revoir Surréalisme: Prints from the Atelier of Georges Visat" on display through March 25; and "Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection."

AT LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 S. River Road. Featuring "The Art of Chaos & Order: Sam Losavio" through Feb. 25; "Alyce Simon: Atomic Art" through Feb. 18; and Miss Trudy's Traveling Trunk Show 11 a.m. Saturdays.

AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 660 N. Fourth St. Featuring "For Home and Country: Louisiana in the Great War" on display through June 9; and selections from the permanent collection.

Compiled by Kristie Bihm.