FRIDAY

  • GLORY AND GUMBO: 12:05 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent, St. James Center for Spiritual Formation, 205 N. Fourth St. Ministers from various religious traditions are scheduled to speak during St. James’ gumbo lunch sales.
  • KATFISH FOR CASA: 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority House, 4030 W. Lakeshore Drive. A fried catfish dinner, live music and silent auction to benefit Capital Area CASA. $10, advance; $12, door. casabr.org or dkthetacmo@gmail.com
  • EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS BENEFIT CONCERT: 7 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Showcasing the musical talent of students and faculty in East Baton Rouge Parish.$15-$30. (225) 344-0334 or manshiptheatre.org

FRIDAY, SATURDAY

  • 64TH ANNUAL GRIDIRON SHOW: doors open, 6:30 p.m.; curtain rises, 7:45 p.m., Nicholson Post American Legion Hall, 151 S. Wooddale Blvd. Production presented by the statewide Capitol Correspondents, who poke fun at political figures in short skits and musical numbers. $25. gridironshowbr@yahoo.com
  • MARCH MADNESS: 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday, Baton Rouge Raceway, 17700 Plank Road. Featuring Cajun Sprint cars and SUPR Late Models. $5-$20 admission; $30-$35 pits. batonrougeraceway.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • ‘OKLAHOMA!’: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre Baton Rouge’s Studio Theatre, 7155 Florida Blvd. The Theatre Baton Rouge Young Actors Program’s production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. $18. (225) 924-6496 or theatrebr.org
  • BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Claude L. Shaver Theatre, LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive. Third production in the LSU Opera’s 2014-15 season. $15-$30. (225) 578-3527 or music.lsu.edu

SATURDAY

  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 5th and Main streets, downtown.
  • MARCH FOR BABIES: 7 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. event, Fire Department, 724 W. Orice Roth Road, Gonzales. To benefit the March of Dimes. (225) 295-0655.
  • HEADHUNTER TRAIL RACE: 8:30 a.m., BREC’s Hooper Road Park, 6261 Guynell Drive. There will be a one-mile fun run, 5K, 10K and half marathon. There will also be a parasite jazz funeral featuring a live brass band. (225) 774-7701 or caabr.org
  • CAR SHOW: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Blvd. Walker. A program of the Livingston Parish Automotive Service Technology Program. The show will feature a variety of antique cars and trucks, and motorcycles. There will also be a car simulator and open house tour of the automotive center. $10. (225) 667-5268
  • WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Museum, 305 S River Road. A tribute to a group of veterans who did not receive recognition when they returned home from war. Maj. General Ron Richard, USMC retiree, will be the keynote speaker. usskidd.com
  • ART AND APRON CELEBRATION: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. There will be visual and performing arts and the travelling exhibit, “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections.” (225) 336-2422 ext. 15 or westbatonrougemuseum.com
  • BELK KIDFEST FASHION SHOW: 3 p.m., Juban Crossing, Denham Springs. An in-store event that includes runway fashion shows featuring local children as models. There will be activities, entertainment, refreshments, music, games and prizes. belk.com
  • PUBLIC STAR PARTY: 8 p.m.-9 p.m., Landolt Astronomical Observatory, LSU campus. (225) 578-0015 or phys.lsu.edu

SATURDAY, SUNDAY

  • 35TH ANNUAL AFRICAN VIOLET FLOWER SHOW AND SALE: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. The show will feature more than 100 violets and designs using violets. A violet-growing workshop is 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. (985) 518-8788
  • “DREAM WALKER”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, also 2 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre, Music and Dramatic Arts Building, LSU. A dark comedy about brothers, self-destruction and the power of dreams. $10, door only. (225) 578-4174 or theatre.lsu.edu

PRO BASS CHALLENGE: 4 P.M., ALBERTSON’S PARKING LOT, GEORGE O’NEAL AT COURSEY AND JONES CREEK. THERE WILL BE LIVE MUSIC, DOOR PRIZES, FOOD AND MORE. PROBASSCHALLENGE.COM

MONDAY

  • TERRACON GOLF BENEFIT FOR CASA: registration, 9:30 a.m.; tee-off, 11 a.m., University Club, 15333 Memorial Tower Drive. (225) 239-2644 or casabr.org

TUESDAY

  • 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.

WEDNESDAY

  • FLORAL ARRANGING 101 - GETTING STARTED: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Main Library, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. Janis Poche, with the Gonzales Garden Club and a licensed florist, will demonstrate the basics of floral arrangements. (225) 647-3955
  • LOUISIANA’S SACRED PLACES - CHURCHES, CEMETERIES AND VOODOO: Noon-1 p.m., Senate Chamber, Louisiana Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. A lunch lecture with author and photographer Deborah Burst. Bring a bag lunch. Free.
  • BOOK TALK: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd. The Books of Life study group will present Gary L. Stewart speaking on “The Most Dangerous Animal of All.” Free. (225) 753-4226

THURSDAY

  • DOG TRAINING CLASS: Registration, 6:30 p.m.; class, 7 p.m., parking lot of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Complex, Bluebonnet Boulevard. Presented by Louisiana Capital City Obedience Club. A six-week course presented by experienced teachers for puppies, beginners, advanced level dogs and rally. $100. LCCOC.org

ONGOING

  • ARTS COUNCIL OF BATON ROUGE’S FIREHOUSE GALLERY: 427 Laurel St. “Succeeding Surface: Works by Liz Coffey & M. Robin Wall,” through April 10.

BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Free. (225) 383-1470 or batonrougegallery.org

  • BREC’S BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER: 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, adults; $2, children ages 3-17; and $2.50, seniors 65 and older. (225) 757-8905
  • 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. The society also holds adoption events 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Siegen Marketplace and the Acadian Village Petco. (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 Enchanted Mansion: A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive. $4.50, adults; $3.50, seniors; $2, children. Children younger than age 2 are admitted free. (225) 769-0005 or enchantedmansion.org

The Gallery at Manship Theatre: 100 Lafayette St. “VINTAGE,” an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Baton Rouge artist Gary Noel. Through May 20. Reception, 6 p.m-8 p.m. April 24. manshiptheatre.org

  • FRAMEWORKS GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Unnamed exhibit showcases the work of brother-sister duo Janene Grodesky and Scott Grodesky, through April 21. (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,” a spotlight of public art in Baton Rouge, through June 28. “Emerson Bell: A Tribute,” an exhibition acknowledging the spirit of Bell, a noted painter and sculpter raised in south Baton Rouge. Runs through June 21.

Louisiana State Archives: 3851 Essen Lane. Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. Free. (225) 922-1000. “The Endangered Cemetery Exhibit,” a showcase of research documented by Jessica H. Schexnayder with the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at LSU and Mary Manhein with the LSU FACES Lab. Through March. usgulfcoaststatesgeotourism.com

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: 100 North Blvd. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. (225) 342-0500. “Alligators:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Dragons in ParadiseText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color,” a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Florida History TREX program, is a potpourri of fact and fantasy that explores the enduring fascination with the alligator and the alligator’s symbolic and sociological role in the Southeast. Through June 6.

  • LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “An American in Venice: James McNeill Whistler and His Legacy” and “Venice Traces: The Art of Sandra Russell Clark,” through April 19. “Margaret Evangeline: ON WAR,” through Aug. 2. lsumoa.org

LSU Student Union Art Gallery: LSU campus. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. (225) 578-5162. Juried art show featuring 48 works from 34 artists. The competition accepted entries from all part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate LSU students.

LSU School of Art’s Glassell Gallery: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Free. “Graphic Guts:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color The Art of Luba LukovaText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color,” through Thursday, April 2. (225) 389-7180 or glassellgallery.org

Oschner medical center - Tom Wallace art wall: 17000 Medical Center Drive. An exhibit of art by Bonnie Smith Williams titled “Familiar Subjects - New and Old,” through Saturday. Each piece of art tells a story or is done in a different technique.

  • PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. The society also offers adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Acadian Village Petco. 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. The organization also offers adoptions noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org
  • WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson, Port Allen. “Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard,” an exhibit to mark the last year of the U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial, through Sunday. “Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections,” a pairing of stories collected by author and curator EllynAnne Geisel with portraits by Kristina Loggia, through April 5. “Talented Art Student Exhibition,” annual exhibit to showcase the work of West Baton Rouge elementary through high school students. Through April 30. (225) 336-2422, ext. 15
  • Compiled by Leslie D. Rose