Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, will close its 2014 “Movies & Music on the Lawn” series on Friday with Buster Keaton’s 1928 classic, “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”
The movie will begin either at 8 p.m. or sundown, whichever comes last, and the $5 admission fee includes free, limitless popcorn.
Movies & Music on the Lawn pairs up some of the most iconic silent films of the 1920s and ’30s with local, contemporary bands. The band performs a never-before-heard score for the film, which is projected on a huge inflatable screen on the lawn behind the gallery.
With more than 10 years playing together, local band The Fugitive Poets will perform Friday night. The group offers an eclectic fusion of folk, rock, blues, swing, old time and bluegrass.
“Steamboat Bill, Jr.” arguably is one of Keaton’s most action-packed and gasp-worthy films. Keaton, as William Canning Jr., makes good on a promise to his mother by going to River Junction to meet his father, who he hasn’t seen since he was a child.
The younger Canning is not quite what the elder was expecting but he has bigger problems. His rival, J.J. King, who has recently introduced a luxurious new paddle wheel steamboat, is putting him and his more modest vessel, The Stonewall Jackson, out of business.
Keaton’s character and the daughter of his father’s rival take a liking to each other much to the dismay of both of their fathers. When a fierce storm hits River Junction, Bill Jr. is forced to save Kitty and both their fathers through a series of heroic and dangerous feats.
For more information, call (225) 383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.