UpStage will open ‘Fishers of Men’

“Fishers of Men” opens Friday at UpStage Theatre Company, 1713 Wooddale Blvd.

The play by Harold Ellis Clark is for mature audiences only; no one younger than 13 will be admitted.

Curtain time is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15. Call (225) 924-3774 or go to

Women to network at Mexican restaurant

Women and Wine on Wednesdays will be held Wednesday at Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Restaurant, 2323 S. Acadian Thruway. Women are welcome to attend this free event for networking and socializing.


Swine Palace season begins with comedy

Swine Palace’s season begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with a pay-what-you-can performance of “Clybourne Park.” Preview night is Thursday and the play officially opens Friday. Performances run through Sept. 29. Tickets cost $15 for students; $19 for seniors, faculty and staff and $28, general admission.


Magazine holds kid cover contest

Fifty children ages 18 months-17 years will be selected to appear on covers and in editorial layouts for the magazine during Parents Magazine’s Cover Kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (225) 292-0032.


Bar seeks tater tot eating record

Bar Louie locations around the country will host “Rock the Tot” beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday as they attempt to break the world record for most tater tots eaten simultaneously. The event will feature relay tater tot eating, live music and prizes for most tots eaten. Costumes are encouraged. The Baton Rouge location is at 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd., #720. Register on the website.


Chef headlines Irish Club fundraiser

Fans of everything Irish are invited to the Baton Rouge Irish Club’s Food and Wine Experience featuring past “Chopped” winner chef Matthew Murphy of the Irish House in New Orleans. The event starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Celtic Media Centre, 10000 Celtic Drive. The fundraiser for the Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival will also include live music by North Channel and a silent auction. Admission is $35 for general admission and $30 for Irish Club members.


Gaming day benefits young women

On Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 30 percent of all gaming proceeds from bowling, billiards, arcade games and laser tag at The Quarters, 4530 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will benefit the Cinderella Project.


Local artists created 100 works

Frameworks Gallery, 8501 Highland Road, will hold an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday for an exhibit showcasing work from eight local artists. Each selected an object and made 100 pieces of art using their object as stimulus over the course of one year. The work will hang through Oct. 12. Call (225) 769-0582 for more information.

Families to make alphabet art

Families with children of all ages are invited to learn about the artist Walter Anderson’s life and passions, including his alphabet books, and then create alphabet prints of their favorite letter. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the fifth floor, LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Call (225) 389-7200 for details.


WBR Museum presents tobacco photos, hunt

A seek-and-find activity at 6:30 p.m. Friday will be followed by a screening of the movie “National Treasure” at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen. In conjunction with the exhibit “Perique Mystique: Photographs by Charles Martin,” on view through Nov. 3, the photographer will talk about his work and the unique Perique tobacco plant at noon on Wednesday.


Poet Laureate holds book launch

Ava Leavell Haymon will read from her latest collection, “Eldest Daughter,” at the LSU School of Music Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call (225) 578-8282.


LSU star party set at observatory

The public is invited to Landolt Astronomical Observatory on the roof of Nicholson Hall on the LSU campus at 8 p.m. Sunday to view the waxing Gibbous moon, the Double-Double and the Ring Nebula. For more information, call (225) 578-2261.

Art film, discussion features local artists

An episode of Art 21’s program “Art in the Twenty-First Century” will be shown at 8 p.m. on Thursday in the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s auditorium. The event is free.


Stock cars races set for Saturday

Racing starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge Raceway, 17700 Plank Road, Baker. For details, call (225) 774-4524.


Group plans pirate scavenger hunt

The 10/31 Consortium, which organizes the annual Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, will hold a pirate scavenger hunt at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Gerry Lane Chevrolet. For more information, go to

Pet adoption events planned this week

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will feature animals from SPCA of Livingston, Project Purr, Feliciana Animal Welfare Society, Yelp! and Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Petsmart, 1652 Millerville Road. For more information, call (225) 788-6940.

The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society will host cat adoptions 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway, and 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. The society also holds dog adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the CAAWS Shelter. For more information, go to

The Northside Humane Society will hold cat and kittens adoptions 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, also at Petsmart on Airline. All black, gold, or black and gold adults cats are $9 in celebration of the Saints win on Sunday (“9” is quarterback Drew Brees’ number).

The Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge holds pet adoptions at 2680 Progress Road, and hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. For more information, call (225) 774-7701 or go to

The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, is open 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Compiled by RED staff