BRLT plans auditions

Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd., will conduct auditions for its fall production of the musical Crazy for You Sunday through Wednesday, July 17-20. Vocal auditions will be by appointment only on Sunday and Monday. Dance auditions will be Tuesday, and callbacks will be Wednesday. Performances will run Sept. 9- 25.

Looking ahead, the theater has scheduled auditions for its production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Performances will run Oct. 28-Nov. 13.

To schedule appointments or for audition requirements and more information, call (225) 924-6496 or visit the website.


Livin’ Fat continues

The final performances for UpStage Theatre Company’s production of Judi Ann Mason’s comedy Livin’ Fat will be at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at UpStage Theatre, 1713 Wooddale Blvd. Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, call (225) 924-3774 or email


At Glassell Gallery

The 10th annual Summer Invitational Art Exhibition runs through Aug. 7 at the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. This year, works were inspired by the show’s theme “Decadence.”

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 389-7100.


Latin night canceled

Baton Rouge Gallery has canceled its event One Hot Latin Night, which was set for July 22.

The gallery continues to showcase work by artist members Rosemary Godell, Frankie Gould, April Hammock and Teresa Herrera through July 28, and will feature the Harold Lloyd film Safety First at its Movies & Music on the Lawn summer movie series at 8 p.m. July 30.

Admission to the gallery is free and $5 to Movies & Music on the Lawn. For more information, call (225) 383-1470.


At Elizabethan Gallery

Elizabethan Gallery, 680 Jefferson Highway, located in the Mid City Art and Design Cultural District, will open its annual summer show, Louisiana Legacies, with a reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

The show will feature new work for sale by members of Associated Women in the Arts and will run through Aug. 27. This year, the summer show will be part of a coordinated art opening, A Mid City Night’s Dream, with other art dealers who are members of the Mid City Merchants, on the same night. For more information, call (225) 924-6437.


At The Enchanted Mansion

The exhibit Guys Who Are Dolls will run through Aug. 13 at The Enchanted Mansion, A Doll Museum, 190 Lee Drive.

The show focuses on the male doll and his place in doll history with examples from the museum’s collection. There have always been male dolls, but not the number and variety available today as playthings and collector’s dolls.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is charged, with proceeds going to the T.D. Sedberry Foundation for the Handicapped. For more information, call (225) 769-0005.

Creel at the Archives

Local watercolor painter Yvette Creel joins a group of other whimsical artists at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, through July 29.

The show features a variety of artwork and photography by six artists: Creel, Pamela Soileau of Baton Rouge, Danny Izzo and Chase Innes of Lafayette, and Linda Marr and Maurice Stockton III of Metairie.

Creel is mostly known for her realistic nature scenes and intense texture representations. She has created a comedy series known as the Scary Little Bunnies.

The subjects of the works are known as Chaz and Whitman, an adventurous pair of rabbit-like puppets who adore spacecraft, literature, travel and games of strategy.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,


Dance camp

Registration is open for Of Moving Colors’ Dream & Dance Summer Arts Camp for Girls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 18-22, at Powell-Moise School of Dance, 2016 Perkins Road.

The camp is conducted in partnership with Girl Scouts Louisiana East and is open to all girls entering the first through sixth grades.

Tuition is $150 for Girl Scouts and $162 for non-Girl Scouts. To register or for more information, visit the website.


Crowns tickets

Tickets are on sale for New Venture Theatre’s reprisal of its spring production of the musical Crowns, which will run Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, at Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd.

Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, call (225) 216-0660 or visit the website.


At Highland Coffees

An exhibit featuring work by Spanish watercolor artist Manel Plana runs through Sept. 30 at Highland Coffees, 3350 Highland Road.

Plana is from Barcelona, Spain, and has received several awards for his work, including the 1980 Award from the National Watercolor Association from Spain and the 2002 Gold Medal Award from the Catalan Watercolor Association, also in Spain.

He has written two books about his work. His Baton Rouge show highlights recent work he did while visiting several regions in the north of Spain.


Student attends program

Episcopal High School student Addie Ritter was awarded a full-tuition, room and board scholarship to attend The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation 2011 Summer Seminar Program. Ritter attended Session 1 June 5-18.

Celebrating its 25th year, the Summer Seminar on the campus of The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo., is a national program designed as an art institute offering an intensive visual art studio program for gifted high school juniors.

Buttons in Chicago

St. Francisville-based Grandmother’s Buttons will show its work at the Beckman’s Handcrafted Show, from July 30 to Aug. 2, at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

Beckman’s is the most highly recognized handmade wholesale trade event in the gift industry.

Grandmother’s Buttons is known for its antique buttons transformed into one-of-kind jewelry. Grandmother’s Buttons will display their work alongside more than 100 other artists.


At Rosedown

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville, continues its “Lost Arts of the Nineteenth Century” living history demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, with the lost art of toy making and games.

For more information, call (225) 635-3110.


Giant Worlds

The Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette, has extended the Space Science Institute exhibit Giant Worlds: A Voyage to the Outer Solar System to Aug. 31.

Visitors are able to explore the giant planets orbiting the sun and learn what the planets tell about the formation of the solar system.

Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (337) 291-5544.


At AcA

Tickets are on sale for the Acadian Wind Symphony’s performance of “Iberian Escapades” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette.

Also, tickets are on sale for the center’s annual fundraiser, Gulf Brew 2011, set for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette.

For tickets or more information, call (337) 233-7060.


Auditions in Abbeville

The Abbey Players will conduct auditions for its upcoming production of the musical The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and 6 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Abby Players Theatre, 200 S. State St., Abbeville.

For more information, call (337) 893-2442.


Summer art classes

Registration is open for several classes offered by the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington:

•9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 11-15, Children’s Summer Theater Camp: Pinocchio. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, in Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington. The fee is $175 for association members and $185 for nonmembers. To register, call (985) 892-8650.

•10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 23-24, Encaustic Workshop with Jessica Danby. The fee is $135 for members and $145 for nonmembers.

•5-7 p.m. each Friday, Friday Night Clay Night. The fee is $20.

•9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17-19, Color of Light Workshop with Elayne Kuehler. The fee is $200 for members and $225 for nonmembers.

Also, artists selected for the association’s 46th national juried artists exhibition, which runs through Aug. 13, are Mary Andersson, Andrew Boyd, Elizabeth A. Chase, Muriel Dauterive, Stephen Delatte, Leslie Elliott-Smith, Michael Elliott-Smith, Uta-Maria Krapf, K.C. Kuhnert, Charles E. Leche, Patrick Luber, Reece McCance, Maggie McConnell, Carol Ordoyne, Izzy Percy, Shirley Rab? Masinter, William Schuette, Michael Secor, Sky Shineman, Craig Taylor, Caleb Thompson, Robert Viosca, Miguel Viter and Tom Wegrzynowski. The juror was Lee A. Gray, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

To register or for more information, call (985) 892-8650


In Jefferson Parish

Tickets are on sale for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s productions of Seussical Jr. at 7:30 p.m. July 22-23 and 2 p.m. July 24 at the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego; and Guys and Dolls at 7:30 p.m. July 29-30, and 2 p.m. July 31, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, East Jefferson High School Auditorium, 400 Phlox Ave., Metairie.

Tickets for both productions are $15, adults; $12, students with an ID; and $10 for children age 12 and younger. For tickets or more information, call (504) 885-2000.


At the Ogden Museum

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, has scheduled several events in July:

•6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, panel discussion, “Haiti: After the Earthquake.”

Admission is free for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. This coincides with the exhibit Haiti: After the Earthquake - Photographs by Julie Dermansky, which runs through July 24. For reservations or more information, call (504) 539-9650.

•The exhibit One World, Two Artists, featuring the work of John Alexander and Walter Anderson runs through July 24.

•The exhibit Birney Imes: Juke Joint, featuring the photography of Birney Imes, runs through Sunday, July 17.

•The exhibit Art & Jazz: Preservation Hall at 50, featuring photographs, paintings, musical instruments and posters, runs through July 24.

For more information, call (504) 539-9600.


At the WWII Museum

The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, has scheduled several events this week:

•5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 12, 19 and 16, Stage Door Idol, Stage Door Canteen.

•6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, film screening, Days of Glory, Stage Door Canteen.

•Noon-1 p.m. Friday, July 15, Lagniappe Lecture, Chan Rogers presents “Liberation of Dachau - My Experiences.”

•6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 15, 16, 29 and 30, dinner seating, 8 p.m. show only, Victory Big Band presents “Glenn Miller: In the Mood,” Stage Door Canteen.

•11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, Living History Corps

•11 a.m. Sundays, July 17 and 31, brunch seating, Victory Big Band presents “Glenn Miller: In the Mood,” Stage Door Canteen.

•1-2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, free dance lessons; 2-4 p.m. Sunday Swing, featuring The Settle Down with Thais Clark.

For tickets or more information, call (504) 527-6012.



Tickets are on sale for the event “Love in the Garden,” set for 7-11 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Diboll Circle, New Orleans.

For tickets or more information, call (504) 658-4100 or visit the website.

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NOBA’s new season

Tickets are on sale for the New Orleans Ballet Association’s 2011-2012 season.

In the lineup are the Mark Morris Dance Group at 8 p.m. Oct. 22; Jacoby & Pronk Dance Artists at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 12; Shen Wei Dance Arts at 8 p.m. Jan. 21, 2012; Stephen Petronio Company at 8 p.m. March 2, 2012, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 3, 2012; Complexions Contemporary Ballet at 8 p.m. April 21, 2012; and the Joffrey Ballet at 8 p.m. May 12, 2012.

For ticket prices or tickets or more information, call (504) 522-0996, extension 201.


Exhibit wins award

The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: Espa?a y los Estados Unidos), an exhibition on view at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans, received the 2011 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

The award, given by the group’s Leadership in History Awards Committee, is part of the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognizing achievement in state and local history.

The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, July 10, 2011, at 533 Royal St. Admission is free, and gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday.