Culturally Speaking for March 24

Monterey Jazz tour will stop in BR; Event to mark Kress sit-in

By Robin Miller

Arts writer

The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary Celebration, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter and Ambrose Akinmusire will take the stage at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world. This exclusive presentation is part of the River City Jazz Series presented by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in collaboration with the River City Jazz Coalition. Tickets are $25 and $45. For tickets, all (225) 344-0334 or visit the website.


Luncheon at Kress

A luncheon commemorating the March 28, 1960, sit-in by Southern University students at the Kress lunch counter will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Kress Gallery, 447 Third St., Suite 200. The luncheon will end at 1:30 p.m. and will mark the final day for the Kress Gallery exhibit, History and Innovation, featuring artwork by African-American artists Randell Henry, Taufeeq Muhammad, Christopher Turner and Eric J. Brown. The exhibit is free, and gallery hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment. Stroube’s Chophouse will provide the food for the luncheon, and the documentary film, Taking a Seat for Justice: The 1960 Baton Rouge Sit-In will be shown. Also, Muhammad will unveil his original painting honoring the sit-in. Tickets are $35. For tickets, call (225) 931-0134 or email


The LSU School of Music has scheduled several upcoming events:

The Funnies

Tickets are on sale for New Venture Theatre’s production of The Funnies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at BREC Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. Tickets are $20. For tickets, call (225) 588-7576 or visit the website.


King’s Men tickets

Tickets are on sale for Swine Palace’s production of All The King’s Men, which opens Wednesday, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 5, in the Reilly Theatre, Tower Drive, LSU campus. Tickets are $28, adults; $19, seniors, faculty and staff; and $15, students. For tickets, call (225) 578-3527 or visit the website.


McDonald tickets on sale

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Pennington Great Performers Series concert will feature Tony Award winner Audra McDonald on Friday, May 17, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. Tickets are $30-$85. For tickets, call (225) 383-0500, ext. 100, or visit the website.


Hit Men tickets

The Hit Men will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Members from several of the superstar acts that were behind hundreds of hits in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s have come together after decades of performing behind the scenes to form this group. Tickets are $40-$55. For tickets, call (225) 344-0334 or visit the website.


At Southern

Southern University’s Visual Arts Student Exhibition will open with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Visual Arts Gallery, Frank Hayden Hall, Southern University campus. The show runs through Thursday, May 2. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 771-4103.

At the Union Gallery

The LSU Student Union Gallery’s annual LSU Juried Student Art Show will run through Tuesday, March 26, at the gallery, Raphael Semmes Drive on campus. The show features 32 pieces chosen from 123 entries. Cash and gift certificate prizes totaling $2,100 were awarded to Jonathan Wagner of Baton Rouge, first place, for his ceramic work, “Claire-May;” Katie Kostelka of Bossier City, second place, for her lithograph and screen print, “Beginnings and Ends;” and Andrew Hill of Ocean Springs, Miss., third place, for his ceramic work, “Home Alone.” The Co-Op Bookstore gift certificate was awarded to Derek Bonvillain of Lafayette, for his untitled photo lithograph, silkscreen, and watercolor inkjet work.

Also, the exhibit, Slice of Life in South Louisiana 1890-1920, will open Wednesday, April 10, and run through Sunday, May 19.

Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 578-5162 or email

Workshop set

Registration is open for “The Art of Seeing Creatively,” an interactive photography workshop presented by The Tripod, Dede Lusk, Beverly Coates and Toni Goss, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Burden Botanical Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. The fee is $55 and includes lunch. To register or for more information, call (225) 763-3990 or visit the website.


At Louis DeAngelo Gallery

An exhibit of photography by Ken Steward, Randy Roussel, Paulo Steven Diniz and Chelsi McMorris will run through Thursday, March 28, at Louis DeAngelo Gallery, 16645 Highland Road, Suite F. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (225) 250-7750.

River Region events

The River Region Art Association has scheduled several events in coming weeks:

To register or for more information, call (225) 235-0070 or email

Guitar fest set

Music from a variety of cultures and historical eras, as well as music from Louisiana composers, will be the focus of this year’s Southeastern Louisiana University Guitar Festival, which runs through Wednesday, April 24, in Hammond:

Admission is free. For further information, call (985) 549-2886 or email pkerber

Chamber orchestra tickets

Tickets are on sale for the spring performance of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Chamber Orchestra, featuring the Kaleidos Duo, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Yakov Voldman is the conductor. Tickets are $10, adults; $5, seniors, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. For tickets or more information, call (985) 543-4371.

Call for submissions

Submissions are being accepted for the Southern Gardenia Artists’ Art Show and Competition, which opens Monday, April 1, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5705 Johnston St., Lafayette. The show will run through Saturday, April 27. The entry fee is $15 per piece, with a limit of six pieces per artist. Accepted mediums are oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil and pastel, and all must be framed or on wrapped canvas. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, call (337) 856-7369 or (337) 280-6918.

At AcA

Tickets are on sale for “Zachary Richard — An Acadian Homecoming,” set for two performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, in the James Moncus Theatre at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. For tickets or more information, call (337) 233-7060.

At Walter Anderson

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art’s Gala 2013 is set for Saturday, April 20, at the museum, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, Miss. The gala will feature an auction of works by Gulf Coast artists. Artists interested in donating are asked to bring their pieces to the museum during the Artist Party, set for 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Artists donating work will be admitted free to the party. Finally, registration is open for an overnight Nature Art Workshop presented by the museum with the National Estuarine Research Reserve Friday and Saturday, May 3-4. For tickets, to register or for more information, call (228) 872-3164.

Quezergue concert in N.O.

A concert featuring composer Wardell Quezergue’s “Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ” will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Corpus Christi-Epiphany Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans. The concert will feature performers of the Prytania Chamber Orchestra, members of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and area jazz musicians. Admission is free. For more information, call (504) 945-8931.

At the WWII Museum

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

At Jonathan Ferrara

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400a Julia St., New Orleans, is showing the exhibit, Dark Matter: New Work by Brian Borrello, through Saturday, March 30. The exhibit Goddesses and Monsters: New Work by Monica Zeringue, will open Monday, April 1, and run through Friday, April 23. Finally, submissions to the gallery’s 17th annual No Dead Artists National Juried Exhibition will be accepted through Saturday, June 15. For more information, call (504) 522-5471 or email

At the Ogden Museum

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, will host a gallery walk-through with photographer Deborah Luster at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Luster will speak about her exhibit, With Tooth For an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish. Also, tickets are on sale for “Sippin’ in Seersucker,” set for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, May 10, at The Shops at Canal Place.

For more information, call (504) 539-9650 or (504) 539-9616.