The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from July 22-28, 2011. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between.

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FRIDAY, JULY 22

AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: 6 p.m., Academy Sports, 10808 Industriplex Blvd., off Siegen Lane. Part of the Score Big with Books program featuring Glen “Big Baby” Davis, former LSU and present NBA basketball star.

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.

ANNIE: 7 p.m., Pasqua Theatre, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales. Summer musical presented by Ascension Community Theatre. $15-$30. (225) 647-1230.

HAIRSPRAY: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. $29. (225) 924-6496 or 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.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, COOL JAZZ: 7:30 p.m., LSU School of Music Recital Hall. Summer finale. LSU Faculty Jazz Trio Willis Delony, Brian Shaw and Bill Grimes, with a chamber orchestra. $20, general admission; $10, students, faculty and staff. Tickets on sale at Union Theater Box office. (225) 578-5128.

DIG BIG INTO LITERACY EVENT: 8 p.m., Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Part of the library’s Score Big with Books weekend featuring former LSU and present NBA basketball star Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Tickets required.

SWING DANCE: 8:30-10:30 p.m., Ric Seeling Dance Studio, 10776 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. $7. Also, nightclub 2-step dance class, 7-8:30 p.m. $12, members; $18, nonmembers. (225) 928-2788 or http://www.ricseeling.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 23

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.

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.

CHILDREN’S READING EVENT: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Cortana Mall. American Heart Association event. A collection of children’s reading workshop activities to stimulate reading skills for upcoming school year. Former LSU and current NBA player Glen Davis is scheduled to appear. (225) 927-6747.

LAHOUSE SUMMER SATURDAY: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LSU Ag Center’s LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center, 2858 Gourrier Ave. Open house showcasing building and landscaping solutions for the Gulf region. Free, although a $5 donation is requested to support LaHouse programs. http://www.lsuagcenter.com/lahouse

KIDS DAY: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Circa 1857, 1857 Government St. Children participate in group painting project. Finished artwork will be auctioned, with proceeds being donated to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

REPTILE SHOW: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Trade Mart A, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Herpetorama - Repticon reptile show. $10, adults; $5, children ages 5-12.

ARE YOU BLUE DOG’S FRIEND?: 11 a.m., Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center. Artist George Rodrigue shows how to create a Blue Dog portrait, then Wendy Rodrigue reads Are You Blue Dog’s Friend? For tickets, call (225) 389-7210.

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.

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.

GEORGE RODRIGUE BOOK SIGNING: 1 p.m., Shaw Center for the Arts Atrium, 100 Lafayette St.

CATHARTIC ART: REMEMBERING 9/11 ART EXHIBITION RECEPTION: 2 p.m., West Baton Rouge Parish Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Free. http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com

CROWNS: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. Musical presented by New Venture Theatre. $20. http://www.newventuretheatre.com

HAIRSPRAY: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. $29. (225) 924-6496 or http://www.brlt.org.

BACK TO SCHOOL EXPO: 3 p.m., Leo S. Butler Center, 950 E. Washington St. Sponsored by Councilwoman Tara Wicker. Former LSU and current NBA player Glen Davis is scheduled to appear.

MEMORIES 'N SONG JAZZ PERFORMANCE: 5-8 p.m., Whole Foods Market in Towne Center. Dorothy C. LeBlanc will perform.

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.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT 5K AND 1 MILE FUN WALK/RUN: 6 p.m., Lafayette Park, across from the Shaw Center, 100 Lafayette St. Event benefits Operation Smile children’s charity.

STUDENT SHOWCASE AND DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m., Ric Seeling Dance Studio, 10776 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. $25, reserved seating, hors d’oeuvres. Show 8-9 p.m., followed by general dancing. (225) 928-2788 or http://www.ricseeling.com.

ANNIE: 7 p.m., Pasqua Theatre, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales. Summer musical presented by Ascension Community Theatre. $15-$30. (225) 647-1230.

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

SUNDAY, JULY 24

REPTILE SHOW: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Trade Mart A, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Herpetorama - Repticon reptile show. $10, adults; $5, children ages 5-12.

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

CROWNS: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. Musical presented by New Venture Theatre. $20. http://www.newventuretheatre.com

HAIRSPRAY: 2 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. $29. (225) 924-6496 or http://www.brlt.org.

GEORGE RODRIGUE, THE ARTIST AT WORK: 2 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The artist will create a new Blue Dog work as Wendy Rodrigue offers insight into his career. Book signing will follow.

ANNIE: 2 p.m., Pasqua Theatre, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales. Summer musical presented by Ascension Community Theatre. $15-$30. (225) 647-1230.

TUESDAY, JULY 26

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

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

THURSDAY, JULY 28

SWINE PALACE BENEFIT: 6:30 p.m., Reilly Theatre stage, Tower Drive, LSU Campus. Champagne reception, wine tasting event that benefits the Swine Palace mainstage productions. $40, in advance; $50, at the door. http://www.swinepalace.org.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION: 7 p.m., Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes, corner of Fieldhouse and North Stadium drives, LSU. With Pete Earley, author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. Free.

HAIRSPRAY: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. $29. (225) 924-6496 or http://www.brlt.org.

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. Visual Arts Summer invitational, co-presented by Brunner Gallery.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY: Through July: Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Red, White and Blue in the Archives, World War II materials and other patriotic items; and Our Flag, Our Heritage, American flag exhibit by Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the Revolution; Greenwell Springs Regional Branch, abstract murals, handmade jewelry by Baton Rouge Bead Society and paintings by Felicia Hunt; Jones Creek Regional Branch, Red Stick Smocking Guild displays handmade wardrobe for the 2011 American Girl doll and abstract art by Irma Alexander; Scotlandville Branch, Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine, exhibit describes African-American men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the U.S. Civil War.

THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Guys Who Are Dolls, exhibit focusing on the male doll and his place in history, through Aug. 13. 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 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.

GUILD ARTWORK: Atelier Rouge Salon, mezzanine level, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Hotel, 201 Lafayette St. Artwork created by members of the Louisiana Art & Artists’ Guild on display.

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM: River Road downtown. Sky shows, art exhibits, special programs, gala events, gift shop and more. In the art galleries: Volcanoes of the Deep Blue Sea exhibit; in the planetarium: Hurricane on the Bayou, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon; Volcanoes of the Deep Sea; SpacePark 360; Earth, Moon & Sun; Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions and Digital Universe; CUT! Costume and the Cinema, major touring exhibition of 43 movie made costumes and accessories, through July 31. http://www.lasm.org/.

LOUISIANA ART AND ARTISTS’ GUILD: 2490 Silverest Ave. Baton Rouge. http://www.laagbr@laag-site.org. Summer Annual Judged Show on display at Independence Park Theatre Gallery until Sept. 15. Reception 2-4 p.m. Aug. 7.

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 SCHOOL OF ART: Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Tenth Annual Summer Invitational Art Exhibition: Decadence, through Aug. 7. Group show features art in all medias and genres, interpreted by the common starting point of “decadence.”

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: Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m., Tangi Singles Dance, Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, Springfield; Sunday, July 24, 12:15 p.m., lunch at Franks Restaurant on Airline Highway; 7 p.m., Coffee Call, College Drive; Wednesday, July 27, 7:15 p.m., volleyball in the BUMC gym.

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. Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.-midnight, dance, Springfield Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 32280 Terry Drive, Springfield. Open to singles and couples. (red, white, & blue theme). Admission, $10.