LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: Noon, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Featuring Dr. Bryan Piazza, of the Nature Conservancy. (225) 336-4244.

LAGUNA BEACH CHARITY BIKE NIGHT: 4 p.m., Laguna Beach Daiquiris, 8028 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs. Join us for a night of games, food and raffles. Proceeds will go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital., (225) 667-3738.

DAGBR WINE TASTING EVENT: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sullivan's Steakhouse, 5252 Corporate Blvd. Featuring more than 15 wines, music, food and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit The Brighton School. Tickets $45 and $75per couple.

DEAR FRIEND: LETTERS FROM ACROSS AMERICA: 7 p.m., Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Performances of letters representing the different communities and perspectives that form the collective American story. Intended for adult audiences. Free., (225) 344-8558.

DISTILLERY TOUR: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Baton Rouge Distilling, 11616 Industriplex Blvd., Suite 21. A guided tour of the distillery. 21 and up.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., B'nai Israeli Synagogue, 3354 Kleinert Ave. New members welcome, no charge., (225) 756-5291. 

FAMILY DINNER IMPROV SHOW: 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Hang out with the Baton Rouge comedy troupe and enjoy live improv games. For ages 17 and up. $6 plus fees., (866) 451-2787.

CFMA CAJUN DANCE: 8 p.m., UCT Hall, 11175 Florida Blvd. Featuring Paul Daigle and Cajun Gold for a purple and gold dance. (225) 292-2778,


"FOOTLOOSE": 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. Cut loose and see this musical based on the 1984 movie. $20, tickets are sold out., (225) 924-6496,


DOG DAY AT THE SWAMP: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. All pets welcome, but they must be on a leash and have current vaccinations. All ages. General admission applies., (225) 757-8905.

STORY TIME IN THE GARDEN: 9 a.m. to noon, LSU Burden Museum & Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Join us for a creative way of mixing storytelling and imaginative, hands-on craft activities for children. Parents with children ages 3-8 are invited. Free.

HALFWAY TO ST. PAT'S DAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Overpass Merchant, 2904 Perkins Road. A $20 donation gets a free green beer and supports Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

"HUEY P. LONG'S MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS AND HIS CONNECTION TO THE LSU TIGER BAND": 10 a.m., Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Featuring a discussion from Frank B. Wickes, director emeritus, LSU Bands. Free. For more information, call (225) 925-8921.

PLANETARIUM FAMILY HOUR & STARGAZING: 10 a.m., Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Learn about stars and constellations in the local nighttime sky; planetarium show to follow. (225) 344-5272,

ENGINEER IT: DREAM BIG: 10 a.m. to noon, Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Featuring participatory activities with the American Society of Civil Engineers and special showings of "Dream Big: Engineering Our World." (225) 344-5272,

CONTRA DANCE: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., St. Alban's Chapel (corner of Dalrymple and Highland roads). Live music by Will & Heidi & Friends. All dances walked through and cued throughout. Beginners welcome. Short lesson at 4:45 p.m. $6 adults, $5 students, and free for ages 18 and under. (225) 803-9194.

RED STICK ROLLER DERBY: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Leo's Rollerland Skating Rink, 1717 N. Airway Drive. The Capital Defenders host the Capital City Roller Girls, and the All Stars host the Texas Rollergirls Firing Squad. $15 general admission; $12 for military/students/first responders with an ID; $8 for children ages 6-12; children 5 and under get in free.

TERRY PARRETT HYPNO-REALITY SHOW: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, 103 France St. A one-of-a-kind comedy hypnosis show that will leave you in stitches. General admission seating is free. VIP seating is $10 (includes 1 free drink)., (225) 242-2600.


REPTICON: Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. A reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise. $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 5 and under.

ARTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Perkins Rowe, corner of Perkins Road and Bluebonnet Blvd. Featuring many local artists exhibiting their works and crafts. Free.,


PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP: LINOCUTS (PART 2): 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Fifth Floor. Participants will have the opportunity to either choose from a pre-sketched design or create their own. $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers.

LOUISIANA SINFONIETTA CONCERT: 2 p.m., LSU School of Music. Featuring Kurt Nikkanen and concert pianist Maria Asteriadou. $15 for adults, $5 students., (225) 766-3487, (225) 578-4010.


NO SHOW COMEDY: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., The Guru, 1857 Government St. Featuring Mary-Devon Dupuy from New Orleans. $8, or free if a NO SHOW shirt is worn.


QUICK AND DIRTY DEMOS: INDIAN SPICES: Noon to 1 p.m., Red Stick Spice Company, 660 Jefferson Highway. Join Anne Laiche Milneck & Lili Courtney in the demo kitchen for a whirlwind spice tour with delicious bites and delectable information. Tickets are $20 at, (225) 930-9967.


MAKE YOUR OWN JAMS & JELLIES: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Red Stick Spice Company, 660 Jefferson Highway. Learn the differences between jams, jellies and preserves. $45 at (225) 930-9967.

CANELAND DISTILLERY LAUNCH PARTY AND TASTING: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., The Radio Bar, 3079 Government St., Suite B. Radio Bar welcomes Caneland Distillery to Baton Rouge with a launch party and samples of their spirits. Free.,

ROSÉ WINE TASTING AND CHARCUTERIE BOARD: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Twine Market and Deli, 2921 Government St. Enjoy a generous charcuterie board made by owner Steve Diehl while a representative from Lirette Selections takes you on a magical Rosé journey. Tickets are $50 and are available at

WOMEN & WINE ON WEDNESDAYS: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., La Divina Cafe, Acadian Village Shopping Center, 3535 Perkins Road, No. 360. Enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with old friends or make some new ones. No dues or fees to participate.


LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: Noon, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Join Dean Wilson, Executive Director of Atchafalaya Basin Keeper, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the ecosystems within the Atchafalaya Basin. (225) 336-4244.

ROCK N ROWE: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10000 Perkins Rowe. Featuring a performance from The V-Tones.

TAILGATE GOES UPSCALE: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Red Stick Spice Company, 660 Jefferson Highway. We'll be tackling tailgate standards and giving them new, spiced-twists. Tickets are $55 at (225) 930-9967.

THIRD THURSDAY: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Fifth Floor. Baton Rouge-based rock band Ship of Fools will perform on the Rooftop Terrace while Pelican House Baton Rouge samples a variety of beers on tap. $5 for members, students and faculty with ID; $10 for general public.

BILL MURRAY'S BIRTHDAY BASH: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hayride Scandal, 5110 Corporate Blvd. Celebrate the actor's birthday with a movie marathon and drink specials.

NATIONAL BOURBON HERITAGE MONTH: 7 p.m., The Cove, 2561 Citiplace Court. Featuring bourbon specials, treats from Cupcake Allie and great giveaways. 


AT BATON ROUGE GALLERY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. All on display through Sept. 28. Featuring "Jamie Baldridge: Mortal Engines;" "Rosemary Goodell: New York Prints;" and "Isoko Onodera: Marble Run."

AT ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE: 427 Laurel St. Featuring "Arts Judicata" on display through Sept. 30.

AT FW GALLERY: 8501 Highland Road. Featuring "Julie Crews: The Everyday" on display through Oct. 31.

AT WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Highway, Port Allen. Featuring "Raw Sugar: Harvest in Black and White" on display through Dec. 31; "Water Trails of the Atchafalaya" on display through Oct. 29.

AT LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Featuring "When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan" through Sunday; and "Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection" through Oct. 1.

AT LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM: 100 S. River Road. Featuring "CANstruction: Rock-Can-Roll" through Sunday; "Alyce Simon: Atomic Art" through Dec. 3; “Saving Stories: A Playful Take on Recording Personal History” through Oct. 1; and Miss Trudy's Traveling Trunk Show 11 a.m. Saturdays.

AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 660 N. Fourth St. Featuring selections from the permanent collection.

Compiled by Kristie Bihm.