Here's what's happening this week in the area arts and cultural scene:

  • Tickets are on sale for a performance by The Walrus, a group of musicians who showcase their mutual love of The Beatles, at 7 p.m. Jan. 20, in the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 Main St., New Roads. Tickets are $26, members; $28, nonmembers; $8, student members; and $10, student nonmembers. Tax is added to all tickets, which can be purchased by calling (225) 638-6049 or visiting artscouncilofpointecoupee.org.

  • LSU art history professor Darius Spieth will lead a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Jan. 18, in the LSU Museum of Art in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., followed by stargazing with the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society and sake tasting with Tsunami on the Pennington Rooftop Terrace. Admission is $10, general public, and free for members, students and faculty with ID. For more information, call (225) 389-7200 or visit lsumoa.org.

  • A new year of "Creative Conversations" begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 17, at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette with art historian and physicist Philip Palmedo speaking on "Lin Emery and the Appeal of Kinetic Sculpture." For more information, call (337) 482‐0811 or visit hilliardmuseum.org.

  • Registration is open for New Venture Theatre's auditions for Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16, at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. To register, visit NVTArts.org.
  • The application deadline is Feb. 23 for ArtSpark, an individual artist funding program offered by Acadiana Center for the Arts and Lafayette Economic Development Authority. For more information, call (337) 233-7060 or visit acadianacenterforthearts.org.

  • Registration is open for for Southeastern Louisiana Univerity's Community Music School, which begins Jan. 22. Registration will remain open throughout the semester; however, registrations received after Jan. 15 will incur a $20 late fee. For more information, call (985) 549-5502, email cms@southeastern.edu, or southeastern.edu/cms.

  • Tickets are on sale for Lightwire Theatre's production, "Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey," at 2 p.m. Jan. 21, and Irnternational Guitar Night at 7 p.m. Jan. 30, both at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. For tickets, call (225) 344-0334 or visit manshiptheatre.org.

  • Tickets are on sale for Theatre Baton Rouge's production, of "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Story," opening Jan. 19 on the Main Stage, 7155 Florida Blvd. For tickets, call (225) 924-6496 or visit theatrebr.org.

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