- LIVINGSTON COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Denham Springs Meal Site, 949 Government Drive. $6, person; $10, couple. (225) 664-9344
- THE WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Circa 1857, 857 Government St. Tasting glasses are $20. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Cancer Can Kiss My Cups. circa1857.com
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- DEBOSE NATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION: College Division: Friday, noon; Pre-college Division: Saturday 8 a.m., DeBose Music Building, Southern University campus. There will also be recitals throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., Scotlandville Magnet High School, 9870 Scotland Ave. thedebosefoundationinc.com
FRIDAY AND SUNDAY
- ‘HLAS LESA’ (‘VOICE OF THE FOREST’) AND ‘VESELOHRA NA MOSTE’ (‘COMEDY ON THE BRIDGE’): 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Claude L. Shaver Theatre, LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive on campus. An LSU Opera performance. $20. (225) 578-5128 or wp.music.lsu.edu/tickets
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 3
- “THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES”: 7:30 pm. Thursdays-Fridays 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. A New Venture Theatre production. $20; group rates available. (225) 588-7576 or newventuretheatre.org
- THE BOOK CLUB PLAY: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Reilly Thetare, Tower Drive, LSU. A Swine Palace production. $15-$30. (225) 578-3527 or swinepalace.org
- “RACY”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, HopKins Black Box Theatre, Coates Hall, LSU. An LSU Communication Studies Department presentation. Donations accepted. (225) 578-4172
- “BOEING-BOEING”: 7:30 p.m., Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. Set in Paris in the 1960’s, the comedy follows the flighty tale of Bernard, a jet-setting architect who is juggling three flight attendants with the help of his reluctant housekeeper. $25; $20 for students with ID. (225) 924-6496 or theatrebr.org
- MARCH OF DIMES MARCH FOR BABIES: Registration: 7:30 a.m., walk: 9:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color15 a.m., AZ Young Park, 755 Third St. To raise funds and awarenessText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color to help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. marchofdimes.org
- HAT RUN: 8 a.m., Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Hosted by The Lauren Savoy Olinde Foundation, the 5K and one-mile fun run promotes and benefits skin cancer awareness. Live music, crafts, food, children’s activities, a hat contest and more. Adults, $25 in advance; $30, at the gate; children, $15. thehatrun.com
- RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 5th and Main streets, downtown.
- OPEN CASTING CALL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Celtic Media Centre (Studios), 10000 Celtic Drive. Central Casting Louisiana is looking for actors for “The Magnificent 7” and “Hush.” (504) 684-2550
- FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS CELEBRATION: Noon-2:30 p.m., BREC LSU Lakes Beach. In celebration of placing 2,000 shelter dogs over the last five years. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
- INNER ARTIST WORKSHOP: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Rue Cou Cou, 1857 Government St. Artist Nanci Charpentier will walk participants through their alla prima (first attempt) at oil painting on birch panel. The discussion includes basic color mixing, choosing subject matter, composition, cropping images and balance of lights and darks. $95. ruecoucou.com
- LOUISIANA YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERT: 3 p.m., Baton Rouge Magnet High School auditorium, 2825 Government St. Free. (225) 383-0500 or brso.org
- DANCING FOR BIG BUDDY: 7 p.m., Pete Maravich Assembly Center, LSU. Baton Rouge’s version of “Dancing with the Stars” with local personalities competing, and proceeds benefitting the Big Buddy Program. $10.
- PUBLIC STAR PARTY: 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Landolt Astronomical Observatory, LSU campus. Patrons will be able to view the International Space Station flying overhead - 400 miles away with six people living aboard. If it is too cloudy, the event will happen on Sunday. (225) 578-0015 or phys.lsu.edu
- THE ART OF IKEBANA: noon- 4p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. Presented by Baton Rouge Chapter 42 of Ikebana International. Ikebana means Japanese flower arranging. The exhibit will include Japanese textiles, ceramics, and handicrafts. Refreshments served; free.
- YELP! BLOCK PARTY: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., BREC’s Forest Community Park, 13900 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road. There will be pet adoptions, food, live music, a blessing of the animals, family photos, a flea market, face painting, games, prizes and more. Free. yelpbr.com
- BINGO FOR BIG BUDDY: 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Holliday Forum, Journalism Building, LSU campus. To benefit the purhase of a van for Big Buddy Program’s mentoring service unit. $10, includes one bingo card and refreshments. bigbuddyprogram.net
- BUTTERFLY AND BEE DAY: 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. Hosted by the Baton Rouge Garden Club, there will be guest presenters and children’s activities. Costumes are encouraged. Adults $2; children $1. (225) 953-0260
- SUNDAY IN THE PARK: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Featuring music by Swamp Thing. acgbr.com
MUSIC IN THE PARK: 2 P.M.-5 P.M., JAMBALAYA PARK, GONZALES. HOSTED BY THE CITY OF GONZALES AND THE MAYOR’S COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS. THE CHRIS LEBLANC BAND FEATURING LUTHER KENT WILL PERFORM. FREE.
- SHINE THE LIGHT: 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. An event of awareness art and performances hosted collaboratively by STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) and HAART (HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two). brstar.org or haartinc.org
- RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE’S “GISELLE:” 7:30 p.m., LSU Student Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drive. $15-$60. (225) 578-5128 or as.lsu.edu/home-parallax/union/union-theater
- THE ECLECTIC TRUTH SLAM AND OPEN MIC POETRY READING: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Firehouse Gallery, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. $7.
- KIDS’ NIGHT: 5 p.m.-7 p.m., La Davina Italian Cafe, 3535 Perkins Road. Weekly event featuring local children’s authors. No purchase required.
- DINING FOR LIFE: Various locations, Baton Rouge. Nine local restaurants will donate 25 percent of the cost of meals purchased to HAART to benefit the fight against HIV/AIDS. diningoutforlife.com/batonrouge
PENNINGTON: TEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLORRED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 A.M.-NOON, BEHIND PENNINGTON BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER (ENTER FROM KENILWORTH BOULEVARD). SEASONAL PRODUCE AND BAKED GOODS.
- HERITAGE LECTURE: 6:30 p.m., East Room, Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. Author Leo Honeycutt will present his book “Nice Guys Finish First: The Clarke Williams Story - How One Man’s Belief in the Golden Rule Transformed a Small Phone Company into CenturyLink”. $10. fhl.org
- ALL CITY TEEN POETRY SLAM FESTIVAL PRELIMS: 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Magnolia Theatre & Performing Arts Pavilion, Baton Rouge Community College campus, 201 Community College Drive. Poets ages 13-19 will compete in teams formed through schools and youth groups in south Louisiana for the oportunity to compete at Grand Slam Finals on May 9. Free. forwardarts.org
- ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH MOTHER’S DAY TEA: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2021 Tara Blvd. $17. Call (225) 766-0340 for reservations.
- ARTS COUNCIL OF BATON ROUGE’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY: 427 Laurel St.
- BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. “The Real-life Experience Juried High School Exhibition,” through April 30. Free. (225) 383-1470 or batonrougegallery.org
- CAAWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. CAAWS.org
- CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. CAAWS.org
- CAT ADOPTIONS: Noon-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. (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 GALLERY AT MANSHIP THEATRE: 100 Lafayette St. “VINTAGE,” an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Baton Rouge artist Gary Noel, through May 20. manshiptheatre.org
- FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. (225) 769-0582 or fwgallery.net
- LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 River Road S. 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. “Monuments & Metaphors: Art in Public Spaces,” through June 28. “Emerson Bell: A Tribute,” through June 21.
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: 100 North Blvd. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. (225) 342-0500. “Associated Women in the Arts,” art show and sale, through May 3. “Alligators: Dragons in Paradise,” through June 6.
lsu museum of art: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,” through Aug. 2. lsumoa.org
pet adoptions: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. 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. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
- WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. “Talented Art Student Exhibition,” through April 30. “When the Cannons Fell Silent,” exhibit commemorating the sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War, through Aug. 16.
Compiled by Leslie D. Rose