Thumbalina at the Columbia Theatre

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene:

Joseph Savell, owner of Backwoods Gallery, 11931 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville, will open a show of his new tonalistic landscape paintings with a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (225) 721-1736.

The new Rolland Golden Gallery, 325 Lockwood St., Covington, will mark its grand opening with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call (985) 888-6588, email or visit

Walk-in and scheduled tours of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s six-acre campus, 845 Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, are now available in French. The museum has bilingual tour guides available most days and has included a printed French tour booklet covering its permanently installed exhibitions. Call (225) 336-2422 or visit

Tickets are on sale for Theatre Baton Rouge’s production of “The Miracle Worker,” which opens Oct. 30. Also, the theater is compiling a waiting list for possible extra performances of its sold out fundraiser production of “The Rocky Horror Show.” For tickets or the waiting list, call (225) 924-6496 or visit

Professional contemporary music duo Amy O’Dell and Caleb Herron will perform a concert of modern music for piano and percussion at Southeastern Louisiana University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Pottle Music Auditorium on the Hammond campus. Free.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will begin accepting crafts applications for its Congo Square Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts area and Louisiana Marketplace on Friday, Oct. 9. For more information, visit or

— Robin Miller