- JOURNEY TO THE EMERALD CITY: HEALTHY SWAPS & STOPS: 11 a.m., The Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. A Ballet for Children performance. $5, cash or check only. (225) 766-8379 or batonrougeballet.org
- JAMBALAYA SALE: noon-1:30 p.m., Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave. Cancer Services partnering with the Knights of Columbus Councils #3331 and #8878 in benefit for those living with cancer in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Jambalaya lunches are $10 and include salad, bread and dessert. Pre-order online at cancerservices.org or call (225) 927-2273. Free delivery on 20 orders or more.
- GOURMET IN THE GARDEN, A PROGRESSIVE DINNER IN THE GARDENS: 6:30 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden (formerly the Burden Center), 4560 Essen Lane. Guests will sample gastronomic delights created by local award-winning chefs and their eateries while supporting the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the Louisiana Culinary Institute. Must be 21 years of age. Casual cocktail attire requested. $70 at the door. burdenhorticulturesociety.com
- FASHION FOR A CAUSE: 6:30 p.m., Woman’s Club, 259 East Blvd. Women from the Connections for Life program and other Baton Rouge volunteers will model clothes and accessories from the organization’s thrift store. Door prizes will be given throughout the night and event attendees will bid on silent auction items donated by local businesses and boutiques. connectionsforlife.net
FRIDAY AND SUNDAY
- THE CRADLE WILL ROCK: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Claude L. Shaver Theatre, LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive. An LSU Opera produciton. $20. (225) 578-5128 or music.lsu.edu.
- ‘THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE’: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre, Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. A musical production by New Venture Theatre. $25. (225) 588-7576.
- ALEXIS’ ANGEL SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Colin and Rhonda Porta Household, 14340 Villar Road, Gonzales. Plants, arts, crafts, garage sale items and jambalaya will be sold. Proceeds go to Donate Life Louisiana to promote organ donor awareness. An on-site blood drive will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Jambalaya is $6 per plate from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. facebook.com/alexisangelsale
- RED STICK FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 501 Main St. Strawberry Jam with strawberry treats, giveaways and live music. Red Stick Sprouts tent for kids ages 12 and younger features a gardening activity. breada.org
- DEBOSE NATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION: DeBose Music Building, Southern University. 8 a.m., registration; 8:30 a.m., solo division; 9 a.m., duet division. Also, Keyboard Musicians & Community Recital, 1 p.m.; Student Honors Recital, 3 p.m.; Anniversary Recital, 6 p.m.; and Awards Recital Ceremony, 7:30 p.m., all at Scotlandville Magnet High School Auditorium.
- LABOR OF LOVE: 8:30 a.m., registration begins, Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine. Car, truck, motorcycle, ATV side-by-side show with food, drinks, sweet shop, live band, 50/50, live auction. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sponsored by the Baton Rouge Corvette Club and the Plaquemine Main Street Program. $40 per entry.
- ASCENSION PARISH CRAWFISH EATING CONTEST: 9 a.m., Galvez Hardware Store, 41049 La. 42, Prairieville. Hosted by Cajun Livin’ n Cookin’ and the River Parishes Jaycees. There will also be a crawfish boil-off among 15 contestants; judging at 11:30 a.m., when boiled crawfish will be available for purchase by the public. Contact Rodney Dupuy at (225) 328-6735 or stop by the store for more information.
- RISE UP AND FOLLOW: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., begins at the West Baton Rouge Parish Museum with tours and transportation to the LSU Museum of Art. Participants will visit mid-19th and 20th century plantation dwellings, a mercantile store and a mule barn to walk in the footsteps of theose who struggled with the decision to stay or rise up and go north to face the unknown with hopes of a better life. Afterwards, participants will travel by bus to the LSU Musem of Art for a box lunch and guided tour of the exhibit “Visual Blues.” Advance registration required. $20. (225) 389-7200.
- LAHOUSE OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2858 Gourrier Ave. Special focus on how to keep homes cool, dry and termite-protected through spring and summer. $5 donation. (225) 578-7913.
- CAWWS CAT ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Acadian Village Petco, 3535 Perkins Road. caaws.org.
- CAWWS DOG ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., CAAWS Shelter, 6357 Quinn Drive. caaws.org.
- GIRLS & PEARLS WORKSHOP: 2 p.m., Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. Swanky One Enterprises is hosting its first all-girls workshop designed to strengthen the bond between mother and daughter during the early to mid puberty stages. Free and open to the public and includes light refreshments, activities, games, and printed material with lessons from the book “The Care and Keeping of You: A Body Book for Girls.” RSVP to secure a space. (225) 663-8852 or email email@example.com.
- CONTRA DANCE: 5 p.m., St. Alban’s Chapel, corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive. Live music by the Laughing Lizards. No dance experience needed. Basics for beginners at 4:30 p.m. Fragrance free. $6. Sponsored by the Louisiana Contras & Squares. (225) 803-9194.
- MUSIC AND MUDBUGS: 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Robert A. Bogan Fire Museum, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge Building, 427 Laurel St. Beer, crawfish, live music by Wheels, silent auction. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the museum. $35. (225) 892-6891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- BECKER ON THE BAYOU: 6 p.m., Burden Museum and Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane. Performance by comedian Kristen Becker to help fight for passage of HB 199, the Louisiana Nondiscrimination Act, also known as Lana. The measure guarantees equal access in employment, housing, and public accommodations for all LGBT people in Louisiana. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. $35. eventbrite.com
- DANCING FOR BIG BUDDY: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Pete Maravich Assembly Center, North Stadium Road and Nicholson Drive, LSU. This gala and show will feature community leaders and prominent residents presenting their ballroom dance performances along with their professional dance partners. Proceeds benefit the Big Buddy Program. bigbuddyprogram.net or (225) 388-9737
- SUPR LATE MODEL CARS: 8 p.m., Baton Rouge Raceway, 17700 Plank Road, Baker. Stock car racing on dirt. $15, adults; $5, children ages 7-12; free, children ages 6 and younger. (225) 774-4524 or batonrougeraceway.com
- SUNDAY IN THE PARK: 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square. Featuring Sol Driven Train. (225) 344-8558.
- H.O.P.E. IN BATON ROUGE-A BENEFIT TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER THOSE WITH SICKLE CELL: 2 p.m., Whos Who, 10330 Airline Highway. An afternoon filled with food, drinks, and music. All proceeds go to the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation. Email email@example.com.
- LOUISIANA READS, REMEMBERING POET WILMER HASTINGS MILLS: 3 p.m., Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., Zachary, Listen to poetry by the late author. (225) 658-1870.
- ‘FANCY NANCY’: 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday, Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St. Performance by Vital Theatre Company of New York City. $20, school shows: $10, teachers/students; $15, chaperones. manshiptheatre.org
- ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS AND DANCING: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Lessons and dancing are held every Monday. Free tango fundamentals for beginners lesson 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m., tango intermediate lesson $5 from 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. followed by an open dancing/practice from 8:15 p.m.-9:45 p.m. $2 admission. (225) 819-7007.
- LSU JAZZ LAB BAND: 7:30 p.m., LSU Union Theater. For tickets, call (225) 578-5128 or visit music.lsu.edu.
- SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY ANNUAL CHANCELLOR’S CONCERT: 7 p.m., Cotillion Ballroom, Southern. Featuring the Southern University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Free.
LSU JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 7:30 P.M., LSU UNION THEATER. FOR TICKETS, CALL (225) 578-5128 OR VISIT MUSIC.LSU.EDU.
- LUNCHTIME LECTURE ‘U.S. CIVIL WAR AND THE LAWS OF THE WAR’: noon, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Presented by LSU history professor Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean. (225) 336-2422. westbatonrougemuseum.com
- SONGFEST COMPETITION: 3 p.m., Pete Maravich Assembly Center, LSU. Sponsored by the LSU Greek Board of Directors. A dancing competition and fundraiser. $11, advance; $15, door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or (337) 254-7480.
- “PHINEAS & FERB” MOTHER’S DAY TEA: 6 p.m., Dutchtown Library, 13273 La. 73, Geismar. Children and their mothers, grandmothers and aunts will enjoy tea and cake while listening to a “Phineas and Ferb” story, play pin the tail on the donkey and paint a present for Mother’s Day. To register, call (225) 622-3339.
- ROCK N ROWE: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10107 Park Rowe Circle. Family-friendly event featuring the Justin Adams Band. Free. (225) 767-2000.
- MUSIC PEOPLE ART COMMUNITY: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Live music, food, drinks and art. Performance by the Kids Orchestra at 7 p.m. White attire. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Baton Rouge. $50. mpacbr.com
- BATON ROUGE GALLERY: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. “Real-Life Experience: Juried High School Exhibition.” More than 40 works of original art by East Baton Rouge Parish public and private high school students, through May 1.
- BEAUREGARD GALLERY AND BISTRO: 715 Europe St. LSU BFA graduates will showcase their latest work Thursday-May 31. Email email@example.com.
- LSU MUSEUM OF ART: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Margaret Stones’ Flora of Louisiana: The Baton Rouge Connection” on display through Aug. 3. “Nari Ward: Rooted Communities” through Aug. 10. lsumoa.org.
- BREC SPLASH PADS: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., City-Brooks, Forest and Greenwood Community Parks. Open through October.
- ASSOCIATED WOMEN IN THE ARTS EXHIBIT: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd., New paintings by the exhibiting members of the Associated Women in the Arts will be on view until May 4. Free. sos.louisiana.gov/osc.
- PET ADOPTIONS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Companion Animal Alliance, 2680 Progress Road. Prices include spay/neuter, microchip and all vaccinations. For more information, call (225) 774-7701.
- CAT ADOPTIONS: noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Cat Haven Adoption Center, 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road. The society also holds adoption events at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the PetSmart in Siegen Marketplace and the Petco at Acadian and Perkins. Call (225) 636-2680.
- PET ADOPTIONS: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, The Friends of the Animals Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road. The organization also offers adoptions noon-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe, Bluebonnet at Perkins Road. friendsoftheanimalsbr.org.
- LINCOLN, THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CIVIL WAR: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. On display through June 1. (225) 336-2422.
Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn