Culturally Speaking for Feb. 17

Talk will cover Stones’ blooming art; Irish Club plans brunch

By Robin Miller

Arts writer

The LSU Libraries will host “Looking at Late Bloomers,” a gallery talk and reception at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Hill Memorial Library on campus. The event marks the end of the exhibit, Late Bloomers, featuring Margaret Stones’ watercolor drawings of fall and winter blooming plants from the “Native Flora of Louisiana Collection.” Beginning at 5:15 p.m., LSU Chancellor Emeritus Paul Murrill will speak briefly about the project, which began during his administration, and introduce Lowell Urbatsch, LSU professor of botany and chief scientific collaborator for the project, who will share stories of collecting plant materials, talk about the plants and discuss how the Stones drawings are useful to botanists, contributing to the body of scientific knowledge. Admission is free. To reserve parking near the library for this free event, call (225) 578-6552 or (225) 578-2217 before noon Monday, Feb. 18.

Shamrocks and champagne

Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Irish Club’s Shamrocks and Champagne Brunch, set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Mansurs on the Boulevard, 5720 Corporate Blvd. Featured entertainment will be the McTeggart Irish Dancers and music by Robert Calmes. The Crystal Harp and Emerald Shamrock awards also will be presented. Tickets are $30, general admission; $25, club members in good standing. For tickets or more information, call (225) 924-6437 or (225) 978-0105.


The LSU School of Music has scheduled several events in coming weeks:

At the Burden Center

Registration is open for “The Art of Seeing Creatively” photography workshop by The Tripod Dede Lusk, Beverly Coates and Toni Goss, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane. The fee is $55, which includes lunch. Also, registration is open for the seminar, “Art Lovers and Artists’ by A.J. Shexnaydre, set for 9 a.m.-noon Friday, March 1, in the Burden Conference Center. Admission is $20. Finally, the third annual Brush with Burden Art Show will open with a reception set for 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Burden Orangerie. To register or for more information, call (225) 763-3990 or visit the website.


Rising Water tickets

Tickets are on sale for Swine Palace’s production of John Biguenet’s Rising Water, Friday-Sunday, March 8-17, at the Studio Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive on campus. The Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. All other performances begin at 7:30 p.m. There also will be a pay-what-you-can performance on Wednesday, March 6, and a sneak preview on Thursday, March 7. Tickets are $15-$28. Rising Water is the first in a trilogy of Biguenet plays. The second play, Shotgun, will run March 9-17, at Acting Unlimited in Lafayette, and the third, Mold, will run March 20-April 14, at Southern Repertory Theatre in New Orleans. For Swine Palace tickets, call (225) 578-3527 or visit For Acting Unlimited tickets, call (337) 484-0172 or visit For Southern Rep tickets, call (504) 522-6545 or visit

Bunny breakfast set

Registration is open for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, set for 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at The Enchanted Mansion, A Doll Museum, 190 Lee Drive. The cost is $18 per person and reservations are required. Also, the museum’s exhibit, Black History Month, runs through Saturday, March 9. To register or for more information, call (225) 769-0005.


Derek’s Song tickets

Tickets are on sale for the Debbie Allen production of Derek’s Song —Here’s to Life, set for Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17, at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion on the Baton Rouge Community College campus, 5310 Florida Blvd. Thursday and Friday performances begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both days. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, call (225) 344-0334 or visit the website.


At Rosedown

In recognition of Black History Month, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville, is presenting a special exhibit and programs honoring African Americans. The exhibit, displayed in the Rosedown Gift Shop Conference Room, showcases the lives and accomplishments of notable African Americans throughout history and will run through Thursday, Feb. 28. Also, at 11 a.m. Thursdays, site staff will present the program, “Enslaved Life at Rosedown,” an overview of the history of African-American enslavement. For more information, call (888) 376-1867 or (225) 635-3110.


LAAG events

The Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild has scheduled several events in coming weeks:


In New Roads

Tickets are on sale for a performance by the St. Michael’s High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kevin Andry, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Julien Poydras Museum Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. For tickets prices, tickets or more information, call (225) 936-6509 or (225) 638-6049.

In Covington

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


At AcA

Tickets are on sale for a performance by Sunjata Kamalenya, at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20-21, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. Tickets are $10, adults; $7, children. For tickets or more information, call (337) 233-7060 or visit the website.


At Golden Gallery

Registration is open for the program, “International Crochet — Ireland and Irish Crochet,” set for 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Rolland Golden Gallery, 419 Main St., Natchez, Miss. The fee is $25. To register or for more information, call (985) 273-9090 or email

Monty tickets

Tickets are on sale for Jefferson Performing Arts Association’s production of the Broadway musical, The Full Monty, which continues Sunday, Feb. 17, and Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox St., Metairie. Tickets also are on sale for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Tickets for the Metairie performances are $30, adults; $27, seniors age 65 and older and military; and $20, students with a valid ID. For tickets, call (504) 885-2000 or visit the website. Tickets for the Hammond performance are $32-$40. For tickets, call (985)

Ruble exhibit set

The Offing, an exhibit of new paper collages by New York-based artist Casey Ruble, will open with a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at The Foundation Gallery, 608 Julia St., New Orleans. The show will run through Saturday, April 20. Ruble lived in New Orleans during the mid 1990s. Her work is rooted in minimalist literature, documentary photography of the 1970s, and true-crime TV. Proceeds from the sale of artwork at The Foundation Gallery will be donated to the Lead Safe Louisiana program, which is sponsored by Michelle’s Earth. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call (504) 568-0955.


At the WWII Museum

The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, has scheduled several events in February: