Culturally Speaking for June 30

Culturally Speaking for Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Baton Rouge Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol, 1201 Capitol Access Road.

The band’s selection lineup will include “Louisiana Parish Sketches,” “Let Freedom Ring,” “The March from 1941,” “American Overture for Band,” “Battle Hymn” and “Blues for a Killed Kat.” The concert will end just as the fireworks display begins over the Mississippi River. Admission is free.

Arts Market set

The next Baton Rouge Arts Market is set for 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 6, at Fifth and Main streets. The market features free children’s activities from 9 a.m. to noon at the Arts Market’s Kids Booth and runs in conjunction with the weekly Red Stick Farmers Market and the Main Street Market. The markets will move to the Galvez Parking Garage, 500 Main St., in inclement weather. For more information, call (225) 344-8558.


At Baton Rouge Gallery

Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, will open exhibits by gallery members Frankie Gould, April Hammock, Ross Jahnke and Tom Richard on Sunday, June 30. The show will run through Thursday, Aug. 1, and a First Wednesday Reception is set for 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. Also, the gallery will host it monthly ARTiculate Artist Talk series at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 7. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 383-1470.


In West Baton Rouge

The exhibit, Hunt for Treasure, runs through Sunday, Sept. 15, at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Also showing is Scott Innes: West Baton Rouge’s Own Scooby-Doo, through Sunday, Aug. 25. Innes, collector, actor, musician and DJ, has provided a selection of items from his vast collection of ephemera from the long running and still popular cartoon, Scooby Doo. In conjunction with this exhibit, at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays in July stop by in pajamas with your pillow and blanket in hand to watch a different Scooby Doo movie. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (225) 336-2422.


Capitol Park series

The Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., will host two talks in July highlighting Louisiana’s Acadian, Cajun and Creole heritage. The free programs are “The Creole Trail: Genealogical Ties Unite Pointe Coupee, Avoyelles, Rapides and Natchitoches parishes” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11; and “Preserving the Heritage: Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana — Spirit of the Atchafalaya,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Refreshments will be provided by the Louisiana State Museum Friends beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, call (225) 342-5428 or email


At Ann Connelly

Benjamin Diller and Donna West are the featured artists at Ann Connelly Fine Art , 4221 Perkins Road, through Wednesday, July 31. For more information, call (225) 927-7676.


Summer Sounds set

Tickets are on sale for the fourth annual Summer Sounds at St. James Concert Series, which opens Wednesday, July 3, with the National World War II Museum’s Victory Belles. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the St. James Center for Spiritual Formation, 205 N. Fourth St. Other scheduled concerts are the Hot Club of New Orleans on Wednesday, July 10; Donna Angelle and the Zydeco Posse on Wednesday, July 17; baritone Stephen Rushing on Wednesday, July 24; and trombonist Chris Belleau on Wednesday, July 31. Season tickets are $30 for any four concerts, or $40 for all five concerts. Single concert tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, call (225) 387-5141 or visit the website.


Call for entries

The deadline is Wednesday, July 31, for entries to the Jackson Historic District Commission’s art show and contest. Artwork should depict events, places or persons significant to the history of the Town of Jackson accompanied by a brief statement. Prizes will be awarded. Entries should be delivered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, July 29-31, to the Historic District Commission, Bauten House, 1516 Charter St., Jackson, 70748. For more information, call (225) 634-7951, (504) 952-0611 or email

At Rosedown

Rosedown State Historic Site, 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville, continues its series of “Garden Tour Fridays” with a guided garden tour at 10 a.m. Friday, July 5. Tours are included with park admission, which is $10, adults, ages 18-61; $8, seniors, ages 62 and older; and $4, students, ages 6-17. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free. Garden only admission is $5, ages 18 and older. For more information, call (888) 376-1867 or (225) 635-3110.


Reid in Ireland

Denham Springs native and pianist David Reid will compete in the Dublin International Piano Festival in Dublin, Ireland, during the first week in August. Reid studies with Gregory Sioles at LSU and is an active performer and collaborator in the Baton Rouge area in piano, strings and voice. He also has won state, regional and national competition awards. For more information, email

In Plaquemine

The Iberville Museum, 57735 Main St., Plaquemine will feature artist Gene Seneca of Gross Tete from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Seneca will tell stories, show photographs and conduct carving demonstrations. His talk coincides with his exhibit Atchafalaya Lagniappe at the museum. The museum will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (225) 687-7197 or email

Jazz series announced

Tickets are on sale for the 2013-14 River City Masters Series presented by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in collaboration with the River City Jazz Coalition. There will be two performances on each concert night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Performers will be Roberto Fonseca on Thursday, Oct. 3; Karrin Allyson on Thursday ,Jan. 9, 2014; Gregory Porter on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, and “An Evening with Branford Marsalis” on Wednesday April 2, 2014. Tickets are $25 and $45. For tickets, call (225) 344-0334 or visit the website.


Artists announced

The St. Tammany Art Association has announced the artists selected for the 48th National Juried Artists Exhibition, the Summer Show, which opens with a reception set for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the association’s Art House, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington. The show runs through Saturday, Aug. 10. Forty-two artists are scheduled, including 17 from St. Tammany Parish. Others are from Louisiana and the southeast, plus Illinois, California, Georgia, New Jersey and New Mexico.

Artists are Lisa C. Allen-Brook, Mary Ann Bonura, Carolyn Buslener, Chryl Casso Corizzo, Anne Cicero, William B. Crowell, Georgie Dussouy, Robert Dutruch, Michael Eddy, Michael Elliott-Smith, Carolyn Finnell, Claire Geary, Lou Haney, Peggy Hesse, David Horton, Gina Laguna, Ines Larajeira, Anthony Lazorko, Jr., Sadako Lewis, Pat Macaluso, Damon McArthur, Katie McGraw, Isoko Onodera, Jessica Pidcock, Shirley Rabé Masinter, Daniel Reinhold, Sylvia Schmidt, Erica Nellie Smith, Peg Usner, Mark Webster, Billie Whittington and Peggy Wyman.

For more information, call (985) 892-8650 or email


At Southeastern

The Contemporary Art Gallery at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond will feature dual exhibitions during the summer. The show will feature prints and paintings by California native Rosemary Goodell, along with paintings by Ann Nelson, an artist currently working in New Orleans. The gallery also is featuring a ceramics exhibition with pieces from local and national artists, coupled with designs created on campus as part of the Southeastern Louisiana University Fine Art Collection. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, call (985) 549-5080.

At Nicholls

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux will be rocking to the music of Disney’s High School Musical Jr. at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, when more than 40 Nicholls performing arts campers take the stage in the Mary M. Danos Theater in Talbot Hall on campus. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, call (985) 448-4444.



Registration is open for Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s master classes with Broadway professionals. Sessions are set for Mondays through Fridays, July 15-19, July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2. There also are technical theater sessions set for Monday through Friday, July 8-12. Also, the organization is offering a workshop with David Bologna of Broadway’s Billy Elliot on Saturday, July 20. To register or for fees, schedules and locations, call (504) 885-2000 or visit the website.


Concert series set

Tickets are on sale for the Twilight Concert Series at New Orleans’ City Park on Thursdays in July in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. Gates will open at 5 p.m., and performances begin at 6 p.m. Scheduled performances are Rocky’s Hot Fox Trot Orchestra on July 4; Phil Melancon on July 11; Cottonmouth Kings on July 18; and Tom Hook on July 25. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. For tickets, visit the website.



The New Orleans Museum of Art’s “Friday Nights at NOMA” is set for 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the museum, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. The evening includes art activities, live music, food and a film. Also, the museum hosts gallery talks at 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (504) 658-4100.


At Southern Rep

Tickets are on sale for Southern Repertory Theatre’s production of the world premiere of Freedom by Sean Patterson, Joyce Pulitzer, David Seelig and Kitty Greenberg, which opens Thursday, July 11, and runs through Sunday, July 28, at the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. Tickets are $25 with $5 from every ticket benefitting The Ancient Order of the Hibernians. For tickets or more information, call (504) 522-6545, email or visit the website.


Fest continues in N.O.

Tickets are on sale for the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), which continues at 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Wednesday, July 17, at the Lab Theater in McWilliams Hall on the Tulane University campus in New Orleans. General admission tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, call (504) 865-5106.

At the Ogden Museum

The exhibit, Blackglama: Photographs from the Collection of Peter Rogers, closes on Sunday, June 30, at the Odgen Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. Upcoming exhibits are Into the Light: Photographs from the Permanent Collection of the Odgen Museum and Will Henry Stevens: Selections from the Permanent Collection, both of which open Thursday, July 11; and Louisiana Contemporary, which opens Saturday, Aug. 3. Also, a Eudora Welty Panel Discussion and Gallery Walk-Through is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13. This coincides with the exhibit, Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s and ‘40s, which runs through Sunday, July 14. For more information, call (504) 539-9650.