Baton Rouge calendar for Sept. 27, 2013

Photo provided by WALLACE MCKENZIE -- Antique cars such as this 1936 Ford Phaeton will be on display around the Old State Capitol Saturday. It's part of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America's annual tour. Show caption
Photo provided by WALLACE MCKENZIE -- Antique cars such as this 1936 Ford Phaeton will be on display around the Old State Capitol Saturday. It's part of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America's annual tour.

Buffalo Festival in Baker continues

The 21st Baker Buffalo Festival continues through Saturday, with amusement rides, live music, vendors selling food and three races.

The three-day festival, being held at Baker City Park, 3325 Groom Road, ends at 10 p.m. Saturday.

The band UR4RIA will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the parade starts at 10 a.m. on La. 19 and ends at Baker City Park. The parade grand marshal this year is WBRZ news anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon. The Running of the Buffaloes races will begin at 8 a.m. at BRECs Greenwood Park. Registration for the three races begins at 7 a.m. The races include a 5K run/walk for ages 9 and older; a one-mile run/walk for ages 8 and younger; and a one-half mile run/walk for those with special needs.

The registration fee is $12 for adults and $6 for students.

Following the festival’s opening ceremony at 11 a.m., sponsor ExxonMobil will give away two laptop computers at 11:30 a.m. The band Phat Hat will play from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and magician Chris Miller will perform at 2:15 p.m. Another music act, Mellow Band, will play from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The rides cost $20 for 24 rides or $1.25 per ride.

Harvest Days at LSU Rural Life Museum

The LSU Rural Life Museum will hold its 18th annual Harvest Days 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the museum grounds, 4560 Essen Lane (at I-10).

The event interprets life in 19th century rural Louisiana during the fall harvest. There will be living history demonstrations and activities, children’s games, and food and drinks available for sale. Battles commemorating the 151st anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $9, adults; $8, seniors and children 6-11; and free, children 5 and younger.

The LSU Ag Center at the Burden Center on the site will have a corn maze, face painting, produce market and pumpkin patch for an additional $5 per person, with children under 5 admitted free.

Sweet Adelines present ‘Glee for Grown-up Gals’

Women are invited to learn how to sing in barbershop style with the Baton Rouge Chorus of Sweet Adelines International 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10925 Florida Blvd. The program is in conjunction with the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s “Women’s Week.” For more information or to RSVP, call (225) 715-8056.

PlantFest 2013 ‘teaser,’ sale set at arboretum

Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter associate professor in consumer horticulture, will discuss PlantFest 2013 at 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

The fall plant sale will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5 and noon-4 p.m. Oct. 6. A diverse collection of plants representing 600 different species will be available and volunteers will share their knowledge of horticulture. Vendors will sell books, garden tools, ironwork, woodcrafts and more. Proceeds will go toward the arboretum’s educational programs and projects.

Both events will be held at LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 767-6916.


New Venture Theatre presents horror spoof

New Venture Theatre will perform “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 6. Tickets are $20. For details, call (225) 588-7576.


Folk music, jazz, drama at Manship Theatre

Opéra Louisiane presents a condensed version of Wagner’s epic drama “The Ring,” complete with winged helmets, a powerful ring, murder, lust and greed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The performance will be sung in German with English supertitles.

Folk musician Leon Redbone will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $40.

The River City Jazz Masters Series kicks off its new season Thursday with Havana-born pianist Roberto Fonseca performing two shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and $45.

The Manship Theatre is located in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. For details about all events call the box office at (225) 344-0334 or visit the website.


‘Nutcracker’ auditions set for Saturday, Sunday

Boys and girls ages 7 and older are needed for the Tri-Parish Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Auditions will be hold Saturday at Odyssey Academy of Dance, 31342 La. 16, Denham Springs. Audition times are: 12:30 p.m., boys ages 7 and older; 1 p.m., girls ages 7-9; 2 p.m., girls ages 10-11; 3 p.m., girls ages 12-14 and 3:45 p.m., all advanced dancers. Arrive 15 minutes early to warm up and fill out audition form. Girls should wear a black leotard, tights, ballet shoes and hair in a bun. Boys should wear clothes they can move in. There is a $5 audition fee. For details, call (225) 665-3414 or email

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre looking for dancers for its production of “The Nutcracker- A Tale from the Bayou.” Auditions for advanced dancers who have been on pointe for at least two years will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and for Party Parents at 1 p.m. Children ages 8-12 will audition on Sunday.

The schedule is as follows: noon, boys ages 8 and older; Girls: 1 p.m., 8-year-olds; 2:15 p.m., 9- year-olds; 3:30 p.m., 10-year-olds; 4:45 p.m., 11 to 12-year-olds. All dancers should arrive 15 minutes early. Girls should wear a leotard and tights. There is a $5 audition fee. For more information, call (225) 766-8379.

Louisiana Sinfonietta opens 31st season

The Louisiana Sinfonietta performs pieces by Handel, Sibelios, Mozard, Lifchitz, Dvorak and more at 2 p.m. Sunday at the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Darlymple Drive, LSU. Tickets cost $15.


Museum showcases multiple free events

A reception for the opening of “The Louisiana Photographs of Robert Tebbs” will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Park Museum. The exhibition will be in display until June 2014.

Cheryl McKay Dixon will share stories of Baton Rouge collectors of African-American art as part of the Lunchtime Lagniappe series at noon on Wednesday.

Bobby Horton will perform “Songs and Stories of the Civil War” outside the museum at 6 p.m. Thursday. Food trucks and beverage stands will open at 5:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs.

All events are free. The Capitol Park Museum is located at 660 N. Fourth St. and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.


Women artists present original works

The Associated Women in the Arts is holding its “Fall Art Show” Oct. 1-30 at the Louisiana State Archives. Viewing hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. A reception is planned for 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 17 with artists present to greet guests.


Pet adoption events planned this week

The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society will host cat adoptions 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Petsmart, 8660 Airline Highway, and 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. The society also holds dog adoptions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the CAAWS Shelter. For more information, go to

The Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge offers pet adoptions at its shelter located at 2680 Progress Road, and hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations.

For more information, call (225) 774-7701 or go to

The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, is open 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. For more information, check

Antique vehicles on display Saturday

The Baton Rouge chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will hold its annual tour Friday and Saturday.

The public is invited to check out some 65 cars from all over the state 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday around the Old State Capitol. The cars are from the 1930s through the 1980s.

Compiled by Red staff