The BR Area calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from August 19-25, 2011. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between.

To submit event and entertainment items for the Bon Temps calendar, email details to or fax to (225) 388-0351. Deadline is at noon Monday.


MUSINGS OF AN ARTIST’S WIFE: LUNCH WITH WENDY RODRIGUE: noon, Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center, 201 Lafayette St. In conjunction with the George Rodrigue exhibit Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River at the LSU Museum of Art. $40, museum members; $50, nonmembers. (225) 389-7210.

SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Walking tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

POLE FITNESS PERFORMANCE: 7-9 p.m., Baton Pole Fitness Studio, 9269 Florida Blvd. Inaugural member showcase event demonstrating pole fitness routines. Free.

GREEN PARADISE: 7-10 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Highway. Baton Rouge Green hosts its 3rd annual fundraiser. With country music star Kershaw, a chuck-wagon barbecue, cold drinks, silent auction and a display of Arabian horses. Tickets available at

LECTURE SERIES: 7:30 p.m., BREC/LSU/BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Evening sky viewing, 8:30 p.m. Free. (225) 768-9948.


BATON ROUGE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Fifth and Main streets downtown. Fresh seasonal vegetables and other homegrown and homemade food for sale. (225) 344-8558.

ST. MARGARET’S MARKET: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 12663 Perkins Road, across from Calandro’s Supermarket. Produce, arts/crafts and technology products. (225) 747-0119.

MISSIONARIES, AMERICAN FRONTIER LECTURE: 10 a.m., Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Professor Michael Pasquier lectures on the role of Catholic missionaries and priests on the American frontier. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Genealogical, Historical Society. Free.

BATON ROUGE CHILDREN CHORUS AUDITIONS: by appointment, Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Open to all boys and girls in grades 4-10. No experience necessary; no charge to audition. To schedule audition: or (225) 755-8057.

CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway.

CAAWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.

MISS TRUDY’S TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW: 11 a.m., Adalié Brent Auditorium, Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Entertaining, interactive program for young children and families. Free for LASM members and is included in the general price of admission for nonmembers.

IN THE KITCHEN WITH CHEF PRUDHOMME, ARTIST RODRIGUE: 1 p.m., Manship Gallery, 2nd Floor, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Chef Paul Prudhomme and Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue mix up Cajun talk, culture and appear for book signings. Free event with regular museum admission.

OPEN CAR SHOW: 5-8:30 p.m., Tanger Factory Outlet, Gonzales. Also includes ‘50s music, door prizes and concessions. (225) 773-2487.

SAFARI NIGHT: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m. the next morning, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. Walking tours, hands-on activities, animal encounters. Designed for groups; 15-person minimum. Pre-registration required. (225) 775-3877.

DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS: 7-10 p.m., Great Hall, Perkins Rowe. Dance party/fundraiser presented by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. Live music, raffles, food and dancing. $25, in advance; $35, at the door.

EVENING SKY VIEWING: 7:30-10 p.m., BREC/LSU/BRAS Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Free. (225) 768-9948.

ECLECTIC MUSICIAN DAX RIGGS: 8 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Louisiana musician Dax Riggs performs “all roots music,” doom metal and glam-punk poetry. $12.

DREAMS COME TRUE DANCE: 8-midnight, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Featuring 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s show and dance band Na Na Sha. $10. Purchase tickets at LeBlanc’s or Matherne’s food stores. (225) 673-8777.


CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 1-5 p.m., Petsmart, 10527 S. Mall Drive.

AGAINST THE TIDE: THE STORY OF THE CAJUN PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA: 2 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Film traces the Cajun people’s first appearance in North America, and later their exile from Nova Scotia to south Louisiana. Stories told by direct descendants including director Pat Mire, host/narrator Zachary Richard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette historian Carl Brasseaux and folklorist Barry Ancelet. Free event with regular museum admission.


CAAWS CAT AND KITTEN ADOPTIONS: 6-8 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.


MUSIC AT MID-DAY: noon, fourth floor terrace, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Lunchtime concert. Free.

COUNTRY CLASSICS: 7 p.m., Jones Creek Regional Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Country music is featured from early artists Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and others. (225) 756-1150.


FETE ROUGE DINNER: 6-10 p.m., Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave. Lifetime Achievement Award dinner honoring Chef John Folse. Tickets:

STEEL MAGNOLIA AUDITIONS: 7 p.m., Arts Council of Livingston Parish, 133 N. Hummell St., Denham Springs. First production by Spotlight Theater.




BATON ROUGE AUDUBON SOCIETY: Robert McLaughlin, (225) 926-2223 (call between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.).


BATON ROUGE BIKE CLUB: (225) 963-8616 or Ride your bike this weekend (social group rides, intermediates and advanced) in both the city and countryside. Call for details or go to the website for weekend ride information.

BATON ROUGE HASH HOUSE HARRIERS: (225) 603-8467. Call for details of special events.


ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE: 437 Laurel St., (225) 344-8558. Reticulation, new works by Rachel LeGarde Bordelon, through Sept. 16.

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY: Through August: Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Pelican Woodcarvers Guild members exhibit samplings of their art; Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, St. Martha’s Senior Art Colony displays latest works containing mixed media paintings; Jones Creek Regional Branch, Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild displays selection of quilts from exhibit Kaleidoscope of Quilts II; Eden Park Branch, abstract works of art by Pamela Woodard; Zachary Branch, Baton Rouge Bead Society displays its bead collections.

THE ENCHANTED MANSION, A DOLL MUSEUM: 190 Lee Drive, (225) 769-0005. Rotating exhibits of collector dolls. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission charged, with proceeds going to the T.D. Sedberry Foundation for the Handicapped.

ELIZABETHAN GALLERY: 680 Jefferson Highway. Louisiana Legacy, new work for sale by members of the Associated Women in the Arts, through Aug. 27.

THE GHOST OF THE CASTLE: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. A theatrical presentation depicting Civil War-era figure Sarah Morgan telling of the history of the building. Will run daily during business hours.

LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM & IRENE PENNINGTON PLANETARIUM: Old Methods, New Visions: Three Louisiana Artists social art display, through Oct. 12; Birds in Art from the Permanent Collection, artwork display of John J. Audubon, wildlife photographer Julia Sims, and contemporary artists Michael Crespo and Hunt Slonem, through Oct. 2.

LOUISIANA ART AND ARTISTS’ GUILD: 2490 Silverest Ave. Baton Rouge. Annual Summer Judged Show on display at Independence Park Theatre Gallery until Sept. 15. New guild artwork on display at the Forum Salon, 7425 Corporate Blvd. at Towne Center, until Nov. 21.

LOUISIANA VETERANS HALL OF HONOR: permanent exhibit, USS Kidd, River Road downtown. Dedicated to those service men and women who have had outstanding military careers. Each person is a Louisiana native. (225) 342-1942.

LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Blue Dogs and Cajuns of the River: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art and Other Collections, through Sept. 18.

LSU SCHOOL OF ART: Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Elise Toups exhibition of paintings, drawings and photography project, through Aug. 26. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m. weekends.

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. (225)336-2422 or Morley, the Vanished Lumber Town, display featuring artifacts discovered in an area just west of Brusly that once thrived as West Baton Rouge Parish’s premier lumber town of Morley, 1907-1927, through Oct. 16. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday.


BROADMOOR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SINGLES: Friday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m., dinner, dancing at Superior Grill on Government Street; Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 p.m., dancing at Studio 7 on River Road; Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7:15 p.m., volleyball in the BUMC gym.

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE (MANDEVILLE) SINGLES: (985) 656-1953 or (985) 863-7492.

SINGLE ADULT FRIENDS ENCOURAGE: For singles 50+ in the Hammond area. (985) 340-3015.

SLIDELL CHRISTIAN SINGLES: or (985) 646-1953 or (985) 590-1063.