Art, dining will blend in 20th benefit event

ArtColumn.021013CUTLINESOUTHEASTERN FACULTY ART SHOW TO RUN THROUGH FEBRUARYHAMMOND  Southeastern Louisiana University graphic design student Danielle Cloern, right, steps back to view the wooden sculpture Show caption
ArtColumn.021013CUTLINESOUTHEASTERN FACULTY ART SHOW TO RUN THROUGH FEBRUARYHAMMOND Southeastern Louisiana University graphic design student Danielle Cloern, right, steps back to view the wooden sculpture "Altar of the Wetlands," as artist John Valentino provides details at the university's Faculty Art Exhibition at the show's opening Thursday (Jan. 31) night. At left is junior Naomi Rodger of Madisonville. Valentino's work is a prototype of a much larger sculpture he plans to display at the annual Burning Man Festival in August in Black Rock Desert, Nev. The free Faculty Art Exhibit is located in Southeastern's Contemporary Art Center and runs through February. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Tickets are on sale for The Fine Art of Dining, set for 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Baton Rouge Garden Center in Independence Park, 7950 Independence Blvd. The event will feature paintings and tablescape designs by the Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild and the Baton Rouge Garden Club, and proceeds will benefit a scholarship for a student majoring in landscape architecture, urban forestry or horticulture.

This is the garden club’s 20th year to stage the event. This year, the club’s designers will interpret paintings by guild members. Visitors at the show will view 23 paintings, each with one or more interpretations of functional or abstract table design. Viewers may vote for their favorite design and painting. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (225) 806-5377 or email cemoran83@gmail.com.

Figarova in BR

Reservations are being accepted for a performance by Azerbaijani jazz pianist Amina Figarova at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. The concert is part of the Listening Room series presented by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the River City Jazz Coalition. Reserved seats are $10. For reservations or more information, call (225) 344-8558.

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In West Baton Rouge

Registration is open for the family workshop, “Freedom is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance and the Underground Railroad,” set for 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen.

The workshop engages children and adults in exploring music on the CD series produced by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. The workshop is free and coincides with the museum’s exhibit, Color in Freedom: Journey Along the Underground Railroad, which runs through Saturday, March 23. To register or for more information, call (225) 336-2422.

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Ballet fundraiser set

Tickets are on sale for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s fourth annual fundraiser block party, “Dancin’ in the Streets,” set for 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Great Hall at Perkins Rowe. Live music will be provided by Phat Hat. Advance tickets are $25. Tickets are $35 at the door. Also, tickets will be sold at $30 for a drawing during the event. First price will be a game day experience with the LSU Tiger Marching Band. For tickets or more information, call (225) 766-8379 or visit the website.

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Allen production tickets

Broadway legend Debbie Allen’s production Derek’s Song — Here’s to Life, is set for Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17, at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College. Allen has created this new program to honor the life and accomplishments of nationally-known arts professional and Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge CEO Derek Gordon. For tickets, call (225) 344-0334 or (866) 451-2787 or visit the website.

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At BRLT

Tickets are on sale the concert, “Broadway Valentine,” by Ana Maria Andricain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Baton Rouge Little Theater, 7155 Florida Blvd. Concert proceeds will benefit the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Tickets are $35, individuals; $60, couples. Also, ticket are on sale for the theater’s upcoming musical, City of Angels, set for March 8-24. Tickets are $27, individual; $22, subscribers; $23, group rate; and $14, students. For tickets or more information, call (225) 924-6496 or visit the website.

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Opera tickets on sale

Opera Louisiane’s grand opera, Elixir of Love, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St. Tickets are $37-$102. Tickets are $2 for children age 18 and younger with an adult ticket purchase. Also, tickets are $50 for the pre-performance gala at the Baton Rouge River Center complex. For tickets, call (225) 377-2029 or visit the website.

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At LSU MOA

Several exhibits are showing at the LSU Museum of Art in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.:

  • The exhibit, Practically Absurd: Art and Design by Peter Shire, runs through Sunday, April 14.
  • The exhibit, Louisiana’s Artist: Clementine Hunter, runs through Sunday, March 31.
  • The exhibit, Once Upon a Time, runs through Sunday, Feb. 10.
  • The installation, Cascade of Color: Gabriel Dawe, shows through Sunday, April 7.

In New Roads

The Nicholls Camereta will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in the auditorium of the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. The concert is part of the Pointe Coupee Parish Historical Society’s Pelican State Chamber Music Concerts. For more information, call (225) 718-6706 or (225) 240-3421.

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Corks n Canvas

Registration is open for Couple’s Nights on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, at Corks n Canvas’ locations, 711 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge; 2689 Florida St., Mandeville; 119 Focis St., Metairie; and 700 Dublin St., New Orleans. For more information, call (225) 927-7077, (985) 626-6272, (504) 832-5536 or (504) 861-5255.

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Brush with Burden

The opening and reception of the third annual Brush with Burden Art Show is set for 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Burden Orangerie, 4560 Essen Lane. Admission is free. The show is a juried art competition with more than 100 pieces of original art by Louisiana and other Southern artists. Blown glass and other sculptures are new this year, and refreshments will be provided. The show runs through Wednesday, March 6. For more information, call (225) 763-3990.

TEDxLSU tickets

Tickets are on sale for TEDxLSU 2013, an independently organized event based on the theme of evolution — generating new thought by connecting existing resources, set for 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Reilly Theatre, Tower Drive on the LSU campus. The event showcases innovative Louisianians who will each give the “talk of their life” around the power of ideas. Presenters include innovative thinkers, from both the university and the greater community, who will discuss their approaches to some of humanity’s fundamental concerns. TEDxLSU is presented by The Janice H. Pellar Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Project at the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. A limited number of tickets will be available due to the size of the venue; however, students and the general public will be invited to a live-stream viewing at the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive on campus. For tickets or more information, visit the website.

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Art at SLU

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Faculty Art Exhibit will run through Thursday, Feb. 28, at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Center on campus in Hammond. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, call (985) 549-5080.

Monty tickets

Tickets are on sale for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s production of the hit Broadway musical, The Full Monty, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Tickets are $32-$40. Tickets also are on sale for the musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Tickets are $32-$40. For tickets or more information, call (985) 543-4366 or visit the website.

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Monologues at Nicholls

Nicholls State University’s Office of Student Services will present The Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16. The Valentine’s Day show will include a three-course meal and will be performed in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union on campus in Thibodaux. Tickets for this show are $25. The Friday and Saturday performances will take place in the Mary M. Danos Theatre of Talbot Hall. Tickets are $10 for these shows and will be available at the door. For tickets to the Valentine’s Day show and dinner, call (985) 448-4080.

In Lafayette

Tickets are on sale for concerts by Suzanne Vega at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and David Wilcox at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the James D. Moncus Theater in the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. There is a 25 percent discount when tickets are purchased for both concerts.

The concerts are presented by the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana. For tickets or more information, call (337) 237-2787.

In Opelousas

The Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center, 315 N. Main St., Opelousas, is showing an exhibit by Alicia Johnson through Sunday, March 31, in commemoration of Black History Month. Johnson resides in New Orleans and obtained her bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in painting from McNeese State University. Her work was featured in a solo art show at the Black Heritage Gallery in October 2011. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (337) 948-2589.

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http://www.cityofopelousas.com

Masks and Mayhem

The exhibit, Masks and Mayhem II, featuring Mardi Gras artwork by Herb Roe, will run through Thursday, Feb. 28, at Nunu Arts & Culture Collective, 1510 Courtableau Road, Arnaudville. For more information, call (337) 453-3307 or email jillhackney@nunucollective.org.

At the Cabildo

Tickets are on sale for the Louisiana State Museum’s behind-the-scenes viewing of its Clementine Hunter Collection at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both Tuesday and Thursday, March 12 and 14, at the Louisiana State Museum’s Collection Storage Facility, 1000 Chartres St., in the French Quarter, New Orleans.

The tour is presented by the Friends of the Cabildo. Tickets are $20 or $15 for Friends of the Cabildo/Louisiana State Museum Foundation members. Reservations are required. For tickets, reservations or more information, call (504) 523-3939.