Duran Duran in BR

The band that defined the MTV generation, Duran Duran, is coming to the Baton Rouge River Center on Oct. 7. Tickets for the concert, which will surely feature hits like 'Rio' and 'Hungry Like the Wolf,' go on sale Saturday, Aug. 13. Call (225) 389-4940.

Fairs, fests time

FUN will again publish its fall guide to fairs and festivals in the area on Sept. 2.

If your town, church, school or other group is planning a fair or festival in the next few months, email us all the details to fun@theadvocate.com or fax to (225) 388-0351. All submissions are due by Aug. 26.

Book signing

A reception and book signing with former Gov. Edwin Edwards will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hemingbough in St. Francisville. A special commemorative edition of Leo Honeycutt's biography of Edwards will be available for purchase. For more information, call (225) 635-6617.

Jay-Z and Kanye

Tickets are now on sale for the Dec. 3 concert featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West. The two will perform at the New Orleans Arena. Call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

WWII tribute

The USS Kidd will commemorate the 66th anniversary of the end of WWII on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The day will feature an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Old State Capitol, a speech by Mayor Kip Holden and live music. The event, part of the national Keep the Spirit of ?45 Alive, is free.

Cathartic Art

Don't forget to visit the current exhibit at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen. Cathartic Art: Remembering September 11th will be on display through Sept. 18. Call (225) 336-2422 for more information.

Opera chorus

If you love opera, the new Opera Louisiane Community Chorus needs you. Auditions will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, at the LSU Recital Hall. To schedule an appointment, call (225) 377-2029.

Dancin' event

Dancin' in the Streets will take place 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Perkins Rowe. Hosted by the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, the event features live music from Phat Hat and a raffle to win the 'Ultimate Tiger Band Game Day Experience.' Tickets are $25 in advance, or $35 at the door. Call (225) 766-8379.

Bull riding event

Don't miss the Gerry Lane Professional Bull Riders event Aug. 26 and 27 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Louisiana native Chris Shivers will host. For tickets, call (800) 745-3000.

Jewelry classes

The Baton Rouge Bead Company brings jewelry artist Lauren Tobey from New Mexico to her hometown of Baton Rouge to conduct several metals classes Aug. 18-21.

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Children's chorus

Auditions for the Greater Baton Rouge Children's Chorus will take place at Baton Rouge Little Theater on Saturday, Aug. 20. Auditions are open to boys and girls in grades 4-10, and are by appointment only. Call (225) 755-8057.

Audition notice

Auditions for New Venture Theatre's The Abduction of Mother Goose will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Independence Park Theatre. For details, send an email to Info@newventuretheatre.org.

If you have an item for Check It Out, send an email to Lisa Tramontana at Ltramontana@theadvocate.com. Deadline is at noon every Monday.