Culturally Speaking for April 7

Concerto event will include touring piano, benefit LSU School of Music

By Robin Miller

Arts writer

As a part of the Jindal family’s initiative to feature young artists, Louisiana’s first lady Supriya Jindal has announced the artwork selected for display in the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion for April.

In 2008, the Jindal family dedicated a wall of the mansion to children’s artwork. Every month a new group of art is displayed to pay tribute to Louisiana’s young artists.

“This month we are thrilled to feature some talented young artists who found inspiration from their surroundings in our great state,” she said. “ From their interpretation of Louisiana’s state seal to their portrayal of Louisiana’s wildlife, this month’s art will delight all who visit.”

Featured artists for April are: Autumn Morman, fourth grade and Schley Barnes, first grade, both of Herndon Magnet School, Belcher; Caroline Dalton, fourth grade and Maya Hernandez, first grade, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Slidell; Cheyenne Johnson, Mia Delahoussaye, Jacob Billings, Justin Pearson, Mason Matte, all fifth graders of Mire Elementary School, Rayne; Vivian Nguyen and Mack Moncla, both sixth graders of Our Lady of Fatima School, Lafayette; and Chesney Nguyen and Brennan Marie Roberts, both sixth graders at Cedar Creek School, Ruston.

For more information, call (225) 342-5855.

At Runnels

The Runnels School’s annual Spring Art Show is set for 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the Runnels Gym, 17255 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road. There will be refreshments and live music. For more information, call (225) 751-2192.

Rhodes exhibit set

The exhibit, A Day In The Life (Version 2), featuring Jeannie Frey Rhodes’ photographs of life inside Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, will run through Wednesday, May 22, in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. For more information, call (225) 765-8665.


Fundraiser at LSU

Tickets are on sale for a crawfish boil fundraiser from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, under the oaks in front of the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive on campus. Proceeds will benefit the LSU Performing Arts Academy, the community programs division of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. There will be live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $50, adults; $10, ages 17 and younger. For tickets or more information, visit the website.


Hampton to speak

Studio artist Ant Hampton will present the talk, “Autoteatro, Rotozaza and Unrehearsed Performance (1999-2012),” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Room 108 of the LSU Design Building on campus. The lecture is part of the LSU College of Art & Design’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 578-5865 or email


Sunday In the Park

The next performance in the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Sunday In the Park series of free concerts is set for noon-2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, on the North Boulevard Town Square. The concert coincides with the Louisiana Earth Day celebration and will feature The Mulligan Brothers.


At the Grapevine

The exhibit, Rebirth, featuring work by Hannah Lane will run through Sunday, May 26, at the Grapevine Cafe and Gallery, 211 Railroad Ave., Donaldsonville. For more information, call (225) 473-8463.


Photography workshop set

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



Tickets are on sale for the LSU Jazz Ensemble final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre, Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive on campus. Brian Shaw is the director, and Sasha Masakowski will be the guest soloist. Tickets are $20, general admission; $17, seniors and LSU faculty and staff; and $12, LSU students. For tickets or more information, call (225) 578-5128 or visit the website.


Last Friday films

The Pointe Coupee Historical Society has scheduled its Last Friday film series in the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads:

Admission is free, and popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, call (225) 240-3421 or (225) 718-6706.


Comedy in Pointe Coupee

Tickets are on sale for the “Boudreaux’s Family and Friends Comedy Variety Show,” set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. For ticket prices, tickets or more information, call (225) 638-3998, (843) 283-2621 or (225) 618-8257.

Winners announced

Winning artworks were recognized April 14 at the Art Extravaganza party that opened River Community Church’s second annual children’s community art and photography show. Thirty-two artworks from area artists age 5-13 were entered in the show. The show was judged by Karin Rittvo, an elementary school art teacher in the East Baton Rouge School System. Those receiving ribbons were:

The exhibit will run through Sunday, May 12, at the church, 36367 Old Perkins Road, Prairieville. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. For more information, email

Art camp set

Registration is open for the River Region Summer Art Camp 2013 for ages 6-15 at the St. Amant Recreation Center, 45404 Stringer Bridge Road, St. Amant. Four sessions are set for Mondays through Fridays, June 3-7, June 10-14, July 8-12 and July 15-19. The small classes are divided by age level and art interest. The cost is $60 per session. For more information, call (225) 235-0070 or email To register, visit the website.


In Covington

St. Tammany Art Association’s annual En Plein Air Exhibition will run Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, at the Abita Trailhead Pavilion, 22049 Main St., Covington. A reception is set for 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, April 26. For more information, call (985) 893-2418.

Let’s Talk: Art

Timothy Silva, Southeastern Louisiana University instructor of art history, will deliver the next lecture of the free series “Let’s Talk: Art” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond. For more information, call (985) 549-3962.

SLU art show set

The artwork of Southeastern Louisiana University graduating seniors will be on display from Thursday, April 25, to Wednesday, May 15, at the university’s Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium, Hammond. A reception is set for 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The Spring 2013 Senior Exhibition features work by 32 graduating seniors of the department. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (985) 549-5080.

Orchestra concert set

The University of Louisiana, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert, featuring student soloists and guest composer Stephen Dankner at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Angelle Hall Auditorium on campus in Lafayette.


Jazz at Hilliard

Tickets are on sale for the University of Louisiana, Lafayette Faculty Jazz Combo’s concert benefiting Chorale Acadienne and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, on the museum’s plaza, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette. The jazz combo will be made up of Paul Morton, trumpet; Bob Luckey, saxophone; Jeff George, guitar; Garth Alper, keyboard; Troy Breaux, drums; and bassist Robert Nash with a special appearance by guest vocalist Patsy Bienvenu. Tickets are $25 each or $200 for a reserved table seating four. Admission includes cocktails and wine. For tickets or more information, call (337) 482-0817, email or visit the website.


Festival continues

The Region VI AACTFest 2013, featuring community theater production by groups from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, continues Sunday, April 21, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. For a schedule or more information, visit the website.


Summer camp registration

Registration is open for the Walter Anderson Museum’s 2013 summer camp, at the museum, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, Miss. The camp will run for four weeks. For dates, pricing or more information, email

In Natchez

An exhibit of 20th century Native American jewelry is showing at M. Schon Gallery, 415 Main St., Natchez, Miss. For more information, call (601) 304-9684 or (228) 424-7274.


In Alexandria

The exhibit, An Adventure in the Arts: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Guild Hall, will run through Saturday, June 15, at the Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second St., Alexandria. The exhibit features works by such artists as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Koonig, Chuck Close and Roy Lichtenstein. For more information, call (318) 443-3458.



The exhibit, Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts from the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939, featuring more than 200 objects from nearly a dozen countries that celebrate the achievements in decorative arts at the world’s fairs, will run through Sunday, Aug. 4, at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans.


At the Ogden

The exhibit, When You’re Lost, Everything’s A Sign: Self-Taught Art from The House of Blues, featuring more than 100 pieces from the House of Blues art collection, will open with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. The show will run through Sunday, July 21. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays and 6-8 p.m. Thursdays evenings for Ogden After Hours. For more information, call (504) 539-9600.


At the WWII museum

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

At the Old Mint

Join the Friends of the Cabildo and the New Orleans Film Society as the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of seven different 16mm film reels from the first Jazz Fest will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Old U.S. Mint, Third Floor Performance Space, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Charles Chamberlain will moderate the event, and the Band-In-A-Pocket Jazz Trio will perform in sections that do not have sound. Tickets are a donation of $10 or $7.50 for Friends of the Cabildo/Louisiana Museum Foundation/New Orleans Film Society Members. There will be a cash bar for drinks and reservations are limited. For reservations, call (504) 523-3939.



Gallery RHINO, 333 Canal Place Mall, New Orleans, has scheduled several events in coming weeks:

For times, details, to register or more information, call (504) 523-7945, (504) 669-2780 or email

Art & Soul set

Tickets are on sale for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts’ 2013 Art & Soul gala, set for 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the center, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Patron tickets are $250 and include admission to the patron party and gala. Gala tickets are $100. For tickets, call (504) 940-2900 or visit the website.


At Loyola

Tickets are on sale for a performance by the Loyola Ballet at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola University New Orleans’ main campus. Tickets are $12, general admission, and $8, all students, seniors, children and Loyola faculty and staff. For tickets, call (504) 865-2074 or visit the website.


Birbochukov to perform

Pianist Hristo Birbochukov will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Nims Black Box Theatre at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Admission is free. For more information, call (504) 940-2900.