Culturally Speaking for Jan. 13

Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for professional troupes

By Robin Miller

Arts writer

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will host professional intensive program auditions for the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Workshop San Antonio at its Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. The American Ballet Theatre auditions will be on Sunday, Jan. 27; Joffrey auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 2. All auditions are open to the public, and audition applicants must pay a registration fee and submit a photograph showing first arabesque in center in order to register. Each company has a specific set of dance level requirements. To register and for specific times and requirements, call (225) 766-8379 or email or


Surreal Salon Soiree

Tickets are on sale for Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Arts’ fifth annual Surreal Salon Soiree, set for 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. This will be an evening of visual art, live musical performances, surrealist games and costumed attendees channeling their own pop-surreal visions. Featured entertainment will be The New Orleans Bingo! Show and local electronic musician Matt.Cee.

The Elevator Projects will be constructing a one-of-a-kind outdoor installation for the event and Of Moving Colors will be performing as guests arrive. Tickets are $20 for those in costume and $25 for those who aren’t. For tickets or more information, call (225) 388-383-1470.

For more information, visit the website.


Forum sold out

Tickets are sold out for the Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation’s 14th annual Petite Antiques Forum set for Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane.


Angels tickets

Tickets are on sale for Baton Rouge Little Theater’s production of the musical City of Angels, which opens Friday, March 8, on the theater’s Mainstage, 7155 Florida Blvd., and runs Thursdays through Sundays until Sunday, March 24. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $27, individual; $22, subscribers; $23, group rate; and $14, students. For tickets or more information, call (225) 924-6496 or visit the website.


Seven tickets

Tickets are on sale for The Seven: A New Musical set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 24-26, on the Baton Rouge Little Theater’s Second Stage, 7155 Florida Blvd. This is an original musical by LSU senior Michael Braud and directed by LSU alumnus Lance Bordelon. It is supported and sponsored by LSU School of Music Professional-in-Residence Terry Patrick-Harris and follows the journey of Scott, a young man abandoned on the New York City subway “7” train as a child. General admission seating tickets are $18, individual and $15, students. For tickets or more information, call (225) 924-6496 or visit the website.


Young Actors auditions

Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd., is conducting auditions for the Young Actors Program of Godspell Jr. at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. The program and production are under the direction of the theater’s educational director Jack Lampert. The Young Actors Program welcomes kids ages 7-18. Auditions are by appointment only. To make an appointment or for more information, call (225) 924-6496.


In West Baton Rouge

The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, has scheduled several events in January:

For more information, call (225) 336-2422.


Lilly tickets

Tickets are on sale for Playmakers of Baton Rouge’s production of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. There will be a pay-what-you-can performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, followed by regular performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Reilly Theatre, Tower Drive, LSU campus. Tickets are $15. For Tickets or more information, call (225) 578-6996 or visit the website.


Icons at Burden

The exhibit, Byzantine Icons — a Window to Heaven by local iconographers will run 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the Orangerie at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. The show will include the Rev. Donald Blanchard’s photographic demonstration of the artistic process. Also, selected works will be offered for sale to benefit Burden Horticulture Society. Admission is $5. For more information, call (225) 763-3990.

LAAG events

The Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild, 2490 Silverest Ave., has scheduled several events in coming weeks:


Photo Society meeting

The next Louisiana Photographic Society meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. The guest speaker will be club field trip coordinator Ken Wilson. All photo enthusiasts are invited. Also, the 2012 Louisiana Photographic Society Photographers of the Year are Gene Bachman for black and white; Kathy Reeves for digital projection level A; Cathy Smart for digital projection level B; and Renee Pierce for color prints level B. Reeves also won overall photographer of the year. For more information, call (225) 769-4654.

Jazz trio concert

The LSU Faculty Jazz Trio will be featured in the Third Sunday Concert Series at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New Hampshire St., Covington. For more information, call (985) 892-3177.

In Covington

The St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, has scheduled several events in January:

To register for workshops or classes or for more information, call (985) 8650 or visit the website.


At the Columbia Theatre

Tickets are on sale for the multi-media entertainment event, Ricky Nelson Remembered, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Tickets are $28-$32. Also, tickets are on sale for the Southeastern Louisiana University Opera Workshop’s production of Fairy Tales: Hansel & Gretel and Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Tickets are $21, adults; $16, seniors, faculty and staff and non-Southeastern students; and $4, children age 12 and younger. Southeastern students are admitted free. For tickets, call (985) 543-4371.


Watercolor workshop

Registration is open for the “Watercolor Painting Workshop” with master artist Annie Stack Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, in Madisonville. The fee is $125. For specific times and location and to register, call (985) 845-8292 or email, For more information on Stack, visit the websites.


At the Hilliard Museum

The exhibits Contemporary Folk Art from the Permanent Collection and John Buck: C’est Magnifique will open Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Paul and Lulu University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (337) 482-2278.


At A&E Gallery

A&E Gallery, 335 W. St. Peter St., New Iberia, will host “A Midwinter Poetry Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The evening will feature Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane, along with two local poets, Clare Martin and Dianne Moore. Area poets are welcome to read at open mic. Admission is free. Also new “Happy Mardi Gras” products are available at the gallery. For more information, email

At Golden Gallery

Registration is open for the program, “International Crochet — Turkey and the ‘Oya,’” set for 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Rolland Golden Gallery, 415 Main St., Natchez, Miss. This is a hands-on program, and refreshments will be served. Preregistration is $25, and anyone who signs up for the Oya classes offered Tuesdays, Jan. 22, 29 and March 5, will receive a $10 credit toward the classes. To register or for more information, call (985) 9090 or email

Moulin Rouge tickets

Tickets are on sale for the musical Moulin Rouge, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette. Tickets start at $45. The performance is presented by the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana. For tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit the website.


Millie at Hahnville High

Tickets are on sale for the Hahnville High School Theatre and Music Department’s production of the hit Broadway musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, set for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Hahnville High School Auditorium, 200 Tiger Drive, Boutte. The production is directed by Lucas Harms with musical direction by Craig Matherne. Megan Harms is assisting with artistic direction, and choreography is by Kate Pendergast and Kaci Cazenave. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, email For tickets, visit the website.


In Jefferson Parish

Tickets are on sale for Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s production of the hit Broadway musical, Avenue Q, Sunday, Jan. 13 and Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 19-20, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox St., Metairie. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. The production also will run Friday through Sunday, Jan. 25-27, at the North Star Theatre, 347 Girod St., Mandeville. The Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. All other performances are at 7:30 p.m. The story contains adult themes and strong language, and no one under age 17 will be admitted. Tickets are $30, adults; $27, military and seniors age 65 and older; and $20, students. For tickets, call (504) 885-2000.


Normandy Academy

Registration is open for “Normandy Academy — D-Day: Stories of Service and Sacrifice,” set for July 8-21, at the National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. This collaboration between the museum and National History Day was designed as an opportunity for students in the 10th through 12 grades to prepare for college while developing valuable research skills and an appreciation for the service and sacrifices of Americans in World War II. To register or for more information, call (504) 528-1944 or email

At Newcomb Gallery

Newcomb Gallery, in the Woldenberg Art Center, Building 81 on the Tulane University campus in New Orleans will host a reception for the exhibits, Sandra Pani: De Ser Arbol, Las Delicias: The Drawings of William Spratling, Artist and Entrepreneur curated by Mignon Faget and Treasures of Darkness: Spanish Colonial Silver from the Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University on Thursday, Jan. 17. The members’ preview is set for 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; the reception for the general public is set for 6 p.m.-8 p.m. For more information, email for more information.

At the Ogden

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, is showing several exhibits:

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


At Loyola

Tickets are on sale for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola University New Orleans’ production of Aristophanes’ final comedy Wealth, at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, in the Lower Depths Theater in the Communications/Music Complex on campus. Tickets are $12, general admission; $8, Loyola faculty, staff, students and seniors. For tickets, call (504) 865-2074 or visit the website.


Southern Rep auditions

Auditions for Southern Repertory Theatre’s production of the musical Next to Normal will be 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the rehearsal hall at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. Callbacks are set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. The production will run May 18-June 9 at the Contemporary Arts Center. For roles, audition requirements and more information, call (504) 523-9857.


New play program

Tickets are on sale for Southern Repertory Theatre’s New Play Program, 3X3: The One Acts by Kerry Cahill, Michael Santos and Jon Broder, at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14-15, at Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. The three plays are Landings by Cahill, Eve’s Misbegotten by Santos and Color & Tone by Broder. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For more information, visit the website.


Winter edition release

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will celebrate the release of the Winter 2013 issue of its quarterly magazine, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, with a publication party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St., New Orleans. Admission is free. For more information, call (504) 620-2632 or email