Baton Rouge area calendar for April 11-17, 2014


  • KAMIKAZE ATTACK REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: 1:55 p.m., USS Kidd fantail, 305 S. River Road. Ceremony commemorating the exact time the starboard side of the vessel was struck by a suicide plane during the kamikaze attack of April 11, 1945, off the coast of Okinawa. Free.
  • KIDS’ NIGHT OUT AT THE SWAMP: 6 p.m.-10 p.m., BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway. Parents’ night out with hikes, games, crafts and animal encounters will focus on nocturnal critters and themes. Dinner will be provided. Participants should wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes and also bring a flashlight and insect repellent. $20, in-parish residents; $24, out-of-parish residents.
  • RELAY FOR LIFE: 6 p.m., Zachary Community Park, 20055 Scenic Highway, Zachary. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
  • SPLATTER EFFECT ART BAZAAR: 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road. A pop art event providing a new outlet for artists of all disciplines to bring their goods to the community. Live music and a DJ. $7. (225) 772-9745 or email


  • DIXIE AFRICAN VIOLET SHOW/CONVENTION: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mariott Hotel, 5500 Hilton. Hosted by Sundowners African Violet Society of Baton Rouge. Free. Email Robbie McMeel:
  • MIRROR OF GRACE OUTREACH FISH FRY FUNDRAISER: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 921 N. Lobdell Blvd., Suite E. Dinner includes catfish, potato salad, peas, bread and cake.


  • ‘FROST/NIXON’: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre Baton Rouge, 7155 Florida Blvd. In the television age, image is king and both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president’s legacy. $20, individual; $17, groups of 10 or more; $14, student advance. (225) 924-6496 or


  • RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m., Red Stick Farmers Market, 501 Main St.
  • EASTER FOR KIDS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, 5500 Stumberg Lane. Children from preschool-5th grade are invited to come for crafts, a guitar sing-along, and an egg hunt. Free. (225) 752-5503.
  • SATURDAY ARTS FOR FAMILIES MONOPRINTS: 10:30 a.m., LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Printmaking played an important role during the Harlem Renaissance and into the WPA era. Attendees will explore the exhibition learning about different print forms and honing their print connoisseur skills. Free. (225) 389-7200 or
  • TAG SALE: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Magnolia Mound Plantation, 2161 Nicholson Drive. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Magnolia Mound Plantation. (225) 343-4955.
  • STICK HORSE RODEO: 9 a.m., registration; 10 a.m.-noon, competition, BREC’s Farr Park Equestrian Center, 6402 River Road. Children ages 2-7 will saddle up on their stick horses and compete in a variety of contests. Petting zoo, face painting and other activities will also be available. $5 per event or $20 for all five events. (225) 769-7805 or
  • EIGHBORHOOD PAINT DAY: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., 5141 Greenwell Springs. The Baton Rouge Walls Project will be rehabilitating the facade of the former Bonfanti Marine warehouse. All ages and skill levels welcome. The Walls project is also looking for artists. Submissions will be accepted beginning Friday.
  • LYFC CAR SHOW: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 865 Hatchell Lane, Denham Springs. Car show, lunch of pastalaya or jambalaya and soft drinks and raffle for four LSU vs. Alabama baseball tickets. Sponsored by Livingston Youth and Family Counseling. (225) 590-4634 or email
  • GEAUX TEAL OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS WALK: 9:30 a.m., LSU Tiger Park, Skip Bertman Drive. Opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 2-mile walk starts at 10 a.m. $30. (225) 715-0987 or
  • DEDICATION DAY: 10:30 a.m., Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Children ages 2-11 are invited to enjoy Mary Jo Kelly the Book Doctor at 10:30 a.m., Silly Nilly at 2 p.m. and Harvey Rabbit & Friends at 2:30 p.m. (225) 231-3760.
  • ARTS COUNCIL OF LIVINGSTON PARISH OPENING RECEPTION: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Arts Council Gallery, 133 Hummell St., Denham Springs. A reception for featured artists R.C. Davis and Roddy Hurst. Exhibit will be on display through April 30.
  • CAWWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road.
  • CAWWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive.
  • PET ADOPTIONS: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., PetSmart, 8660 Airline Highway. Northside Humane Society offers kittens, cats, puppies and dogs for adoption. (225) 964-6992.
  • KIDCAM SUMMER CAMP-REGISTRATION OPEN: noon, Kidcam of Baton Rouge, 13441 Tiger Bend Road. Hands-on fun all summer with all-day activities such as science experiments, computers, field trips, swimming, water slides, arts/crafts, games, talent shows and so much more. Ages 3-13.
  • NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS PROJECT: 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Gardere Initiative, 8435 Ned Ave. The LSU Museum of Art takes the Neighborhood Arts Project out to a new community in Gardere, a new proposed site for summer 2014’s NAP. An afternoon of free art making and community fun. (225) 389-7200.
  • AUTHOR’S ROW: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Local authors will discuss their works and hold book signings. (225) 756-1150.


  • DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10107 Park Rowe Circle. The block party will feature live music by Phat Hat and food and drinks from Perkins Rowe vendors and local restaurants. Proceeds benefit Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. $35, advance; $45, door. or (225) 766.8379.
  • TABBY’S BLUES BOX: 9:30 p.m., Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre at Shaw Performing Arts Center, 100 Lafayette St. Immediately following the last song at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, walk over to Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre at Manship Theatre to continue the party with Chris Thomas King and Friends.


  • CHILDREN’S AUDITIONS FOR ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’: noon-5 p.m., Pasqua Theatre, 823 Felicity St., Gonzales. Ascension Community Theatre’s summer musical. (225) 647-1230.
  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square, downtown. Music by Larry Garner. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Free. (225) 344-8558.
  • FAMILY OF FAITH, SBC ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Family of Faith, 10748 Perkins Road. Open to families with children through 3rd grade. Event includes egg hunts, bounce houses, face painting, pony rides, snocones, hot dogs and more. Free. (225) 769-4783.
  • LOUISIANA SINFONIETTA, GRAND FINALE: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., LSU School of Music Recital Hall, Dalrymple and Infirmary drives. Featured soloists will include Johanna Cox on English horn, Arisia Gilmore on French horn, Lin He on violin, and Gabriela Werries on harp, performing pieces by Barber, Schoenberger, Haydn, Zervas, Mahler and Constantinides. $15, adults; $5, students. (225) 578-4010 (day); (225) 766-3487 (evenings).
  • MARGARET STONES’ FLORA OF BATON ROUGE: 3 p.m.-5 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. A tour beginning with an investigation of Stones’ watercolors at the museum followed by a walking tour on the grounds of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum. $10. (225) 389-7210.
  • BATON ROUGE CONCERT BAND SPRING CONCERT: 3 p.m., BREC Independence Park Theater, 7800 Independence Blvd. Free.
  • LOUISIANA YOUTH ORCHESTRAS CONCERT: 3 p.m., Baton Rouge Magnet High School, 2825 Government St.


  • MARS CLOSEST APPROACH AND LUNAR ECLIPSE VIEWING: 8 p.m.-mdinight Monday, and midnight-4 a.m. Tuesday, BREC’s Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Also, games for kids and displays. Free. (225) 768-9948 or


  • THE WORLD OF EGYPTOLOGY LECTURE: 5:30 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S. Free. Egypt Gallery will also be open for viewing.
  • ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY SPRING CONCERT 2014: 6:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. The St. Joseph’s Academy dance department will perform classical, contemporary, jazz dance with students enrolled in dance from Catholic High School under SJA faculty Kris Cangelosi. $8. (225) 344-0334 or


  • ‘TIED UP IN KNOTTS’: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library (Livingston Parish Libraries), 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs (225) 665-8118; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Ascension Parish Main Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales, (225) 647-3955. A stage show created and performed by Karen Knotts about growing up with her famously funny father Don Knotts. Free.


  • WOMEN AND WINE ON WEDNESDAYS: 5:30 p.m., J Alexander’s. 6457 Bluebonnet Blvd. Social networking with free food and wine specials.


  • ROCK N ROWE: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10107 Park Rowe Circle. Family-friendly event with music by Chase Tyler Band. Free. (225) 767-2000.


  • NARI WARD: ROOTED COMMUNITIES: LSU Museum of Art in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. An exhibit of New York-based artist Nari Ward’s work coinciding with his rotating residency with the LSU School of Art. Through Aug. 10. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $5, ages 13 and older. University faculty, staff, students with ID and children age 12 and younger are admitted free. (225) 389-7200 or

National Compact Competition and Exhibition: LSU Student Union Art Gallery, Raphael Semmes Road. Featuring the works of 60 artists from 19 different states. On view through May 16. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. (225) 578-5162.

brec splash pads: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., City-Brooks, Forest and Greenwood Community Parks. Open through October.

Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn