The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Sept. 2-8, 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, SEPT. 2

STABBED IN ART: 6-9 p.m., 1284 Perkins Road. Drinks, food and art. All art sales go to local artists. Free admission. (225) 346-4790.

OPENING RECEPTION: 6-9 p.m., VanGuard Gallery, inside Stephen Wilson Stained Glass Studio, 1469 Laurel St. Works created by Regina Lach-Elvert. (225) 343-2211.

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.

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, SEPT. 3

FARMER’S MARKET: 7 a.m.-noon, New Covenant Church parking lot, Florida Boulevard, Denham Springs. Produce, food and crafts for sale. (225) 505-3993.

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.

BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 5th and Main streets, downtown. Original, handmade works of art for sale by more that 50 Southern artists. (225) 344-8558.

2ND ANNUAL ORPHAN ANIMAL FUN DAY: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Punk Smith Park, 12925 Burgess Ave., Walker. Cats and dogs from the Walker Animal Shelter will be available for adoption at reduced fees. (225) 665-8990.

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.

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.

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.

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

HERMAN JACKSON AND HIS BIG BAND: 8 p.m., HartleyVey Studio Theatre, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Collection of the greatest Motown hits of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. $20. http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

SATURDAY NIGHT BALLROOM DANCE PARTY: 8-11 p.m., American Legion Hall, 151 S. Wooddale Blvd. Saturday Night Ballroom’s 14th Anniversary “Puttin’ on the Ritz” dance party. $10, dancers/spectators; $5, with student ID. http://www.saturdaynightballroom.com.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4

FIRST SUNDAYS AT MUSEUMS: 1-5 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, and USS Kidd downtown. Free admission on first Sundays of the month.

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

STAR GAZING: 8:30-9:30 p.m., Landolt Astronomical Observatory, Nicholson Hall roof, LSU campus. Expect views of quarter moon, double-double and Albireo. Free. http://www.phys.lsu.edu/newwebsite/news/observatory.html.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 6

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

ELECTRA: 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Building, LSU campus. Classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Tickets $10, at the door. http://www.theatre.lsu.edu.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7

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

JAPANESE CULTURE ACTIVITIES: 4 p.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales. Japanese Culture Club, Kokusaika, participates in Japanese activities such as gomoku, folding origami, and writing haiku. Open to teens ages 12-18. (225) 647-3955.

ELECTRA: 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Building, LSU campus. Classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Tickets $10, purchase at the door. http://www.theatre.lsu.edu.

NEW ORLEANS BALLET PERFORMANCE: 8 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Program includes George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Patriotism. $30, adults; $20, children, students and senior citizens.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 8

BIKE BOOK READING: 5 p.m., Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road. Reading of DW Rides Again by Marc Brown. After reading, children will make a simple booklet about their own bicycle. For ages 3-6. Registration required: (225) 778-5960.

OPERA LOUISIANE’S FETE WITH FAUST: 7:30 p.m., Old State Capitol. A 6 p.m. fete precedes the performance of Faust. $25-$85, performance; $35, Fete (sold separately). http://www.operalouisiane.com.

ELECTRA: 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Building, LSU campus. Classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Tickets $10, at the door. http://www.theatre.lsu.edu.

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

ANN CONNELLY FINE ART: 4221 Perkins Road. New works by gallery artist George Marks, Sept. 6-20.

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

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.

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. “CanStruction” competition, local architectural firms and teams build sculptures from cans and non-perishable food items, Sept. 3-18. All food will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. http://www.lasm.org/.

LOUISIANA ART AND ARTISTS’ GUILD: 2490 Silverest Ave. Baton Rouge. http://www.laagbr@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.

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, Sept 2, 7 p.m., dancing, VFW Hall, 13214 Choctaw, $5 cover charge; Saturday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., LSU vs. Oregon football game, Brewbachers, Bluebonnet Boulevard; Sunday, Sept. 4, 12:30 p.m., lunch, El Rancho, Florida Boulevard.

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.