Round up the family Saturday evening and head to BREC’s City Park Golf Course for its inaugural Father’s Day on the Fairway event. Activities are planned from 6 to 10 p.m., including a hole-in-one competition, a scavenger hunt, a putt-putt golf contest, canoe and kayak excursions, a car show and food trucks, plus an on-site photographer for complimentary family photos. The course is located at 1515 Dalrymple Drive. More event details can be found here.
Thanks to the BR Walls Project and a newly painted mural from Charles Barbier, visitors and residents will learn a little more about Baton Rouge's blues heritage. A celebration of the new mural displayed on Cash America Pawn (Map it!) starts tonight at 5 p.m. with a live blues jam, children's face painting, local food vendors and giveaways. For more weekend events around town, check out 225 Weekender here. —Matthew Sigur
Support restoration efforts for Grand Isle and nearby coastal areas this weekend at the third annual Uplifting the Coast Festival. The gates at the Baton Rouge Fairgrounds open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts vendors will be joining various bands for a music-filled day of fun. Festival goers can take part in a silent auction, face painting, "off the road" racing and more. Of course, Louisiana seafood will be served up in style. Visit the event website for further details.
Beat the heat this summer with after-hours fun at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo! Twilight Tours have resumed for the season. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening through July, zoo guests can tour the grounds and take in a beautiful sunset. The tram tour highlights the Otter Cabin and L'Aquarium de Louisiane, along with visits to the giraffes, zebras and flamingos. A private Wildlife Safari Amphitheatre show and evening snack round out the fun. Limited space is available, and pre-registration is required. To register, call 775-3877.
Summertime camps and lessons for lucky kids usually fall into one of two categories: athletic or artistic. The summer classes at Bath Junkie fall sweetly into the second category. Starting June 12, the Towne Center store will host workshops literally filled with good clean fun for children 8 and up. Participants will whip up their own Bath Junkie products, from bubble bath to scented lotion. The session fee includes a snack and drink. For all the details, click here.
Local music is alive and well in Baton Rouge. WHYR-FM hosts its annual festival fundraiser, Radiopalooza, this Saturday, with music kicking off at noon at North Boulevard Town Square. The free music event features performances from Righteous Buddha, Michael Foster Project, Denton Hatcher, Stagecoach Bandits, Rondo Hatton, Secret Annexe, Marcel P. Black and more. Though admission is free, merchandise will be available and the local radio station will be accepting donations to reach its fundraising goal. For more information on the event, visit whyr.org; and for more weekend happenings, check out 225 Weekender here.
Start June in style next week with 225 magazine! Hot Off the Press happens May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rock-n-Sake. Attend this exclusive party to enjoy delicious sushi, cocktails crafted by Donner-Peltier Distillers, and the tunes of DJ Matt C. And most important, be among the first to grab the June issue of 225, before it even hits newsstands. More information is available here; secure your spot on the guest list by emailing RSVP@225batonrouge.com.
Baton Rouge Gallery is the place to be Saturday night, as Movies & Music on the Lawn returns for its 2013 season. The popular summer film series begins this weekend with the 2011 Oscar-winning film The Artist. Bring the whole family to view this masterpiece broadcast on a towering outdoor screen. Paired with a live, never-before-heard score performed by jazz/funk fusion band Captain Green, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Admission is free for BRG members and just $5 for non-members, with complimentary popcorn for all. The fun begins at 8 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes last. For more information, click here.
Kick off summer in style at Hot Off the Press! This exclusive party is slated for May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rock-n-Sake. Sip on cocktails crafted by Donner-Peltier Distillers. Enjoy delicious sushi and the tunes of DJ Matt C. Sample Louisiana-made Rougaroux Full Moon Dark Rum and other premium liquors. And most important, be the first to get your hands on the June issue of 225. More HOP information is available here; secure your spot on the guest list by emailing RSVP@225batonrouge.com.
Tomorrow night, raise a glass and enjoy a bite to benefit Cancer Services. Food Truck Friday kicks off at 5, with festivities going until 9 p.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Co.’s location off Nicholson Drive. Live music will entertain everyone at this gathering of Baton Rouge food trucks, including Taco de Paco, Curbside, Pullin' Pork, Fleur de Licious, Dolce Vita, and Three Bones. The free event is open to the whole family, and those age 21 and over can enjoy freshly brewed Tin Roof Beer. Proceeds benefit those living with cancer in our area. For more details, click here.Photo by Frank McMains
Join the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra May 17 for a spectacular one-night-only performance by international actor-singer sensation Audra McDonald. The performance marks the finale of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Great Performers in Concert series. With a record-tying five Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards, McDonald has appeared on Broadway and alongside the world's leading orchestras. For tickets and more information, click here.
Join scores of art lovers Friday evening at Hot Art Cool Nights, the annual Mid City Merchants spring art hop. The free fun kicks off at 6 p.m. Shops along Government Street will be brimming with the works of well-known artists as well as those of emerging talents. Exhibits of original, local art will be on display at Circa 1857, Time Warp, Mosaic Garden and many more. Complimentary shuttle rides will be available to take patrons from stop to stop. For more information, including a full list of participants, click here. And for a full list of weekend happenings, check out 225 Weekender here. (Photo by Erin Parker)
The fourth annual HEAD2toe happens next weekend at Crowne Plaza—don't miss the motivational morning that will have everyone talking! Attendees with deluxe tickets will enjoy an inspiring presentation by nationally recognized speaker Vicki Hitzges, before noshing on healthy gourmet fare. Other perks include a mimosa bar, decadent gift bags, and raffle prizes valued at more than $500. After breakfast, attendees with both deluxe and general admission tickets can attend a variety of seminars, where Baton Rouge's leading health and beauty experts will dispense their best tips. The event is sponsored by Woman's, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, and The Fabre Group. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Grab your most fabulous hat and turn out in derby style this weekend for Junior League of Baton Rouge's annual Triple Crown, slated for Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Juban's. Attendees are invited to win, place, or show alongside those at the Kentucky Derby as the race is viewed live from televisions at the event. A red carpet, a haystack pull, a hat contest, and cigar rolling are all included in this year's festivities, rounded out with delicious food and entertainment. The annual event raises funds and awareness for the communitywide enrichment programs JLBR supports annually. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased here.
The day set aside to honor moms is around the corner, and selecting the perfect gift is on the mind of many. We've scoped out offerings to please every taste. For the outdoorsy woman, Louisiana Nursery has set up a special section at their Perkins Road location, brimming with sunhats, versatile summer scarves and other garden fare. At Custom Linens, Yves Delorme goods for bed and bath are discounted, along with many other notions. For the jewelry lover, The Silver Sun is stocked up on popular, interchangeable pieces from Kameleon, with a trunk show planned for Friday and Saturday.
Join the nonprofit Companion Animal Alliance at 6:30 p.m. May 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for what is sure to be a howlin' good time. The second annual Fur Ball, a pet-friendly black-tie gala, includes a Petz Plaza Spa, silent auction, cocktail buffet, and entertainment by Doc Holliday swing orchestra. Purchase tickets here.
Immerse yourself in sustainability this weekend at the Louisiana Earth Day celebration. In downtown Baton Rouge, the fun starts Sunday at noon. Events include performances by the Mulligan Brothers, Wayne Toups and Royal Southern Brotherhood, along with a recycled fashion show featuring inventive creations—including prom dresses—made by St. Joseph’s Academy students. For more details, click here.
Raise a glass to gorgeous weather and inspiring art tonight at the semi-annual Art, Wine, Design. From 6 until 9 p.m. on April 25th, the Southdowns Village Shopping Center holds its popular after-hours open house. Sensory delights abound, with wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres accompanying works by Baton Rouge's premier artists. Participating businesses include Ann Connelly Fine Art, Jeannie Frey Rhodes Photography, The Bulldog and Spectrum Fitness, among others. Admission is free, so drop by as it suits your schedule. Editor's note: This story has been changed since its original publication to include the date of Art, Wine, Design, which will be held on April 25th. Avenue Rouge regrets the error.
Dancers from Baton Rouge's only contemporary dance-theater company take the stage Thursday, April 25, for their final performance of the season. Of Moving Colors will present P.S. 425 at the Manship Theatre on a custom, interactive set designed by renowned sculptor and designer Peter Shire, artist in residence at LSU. A pre-performance champagne reception begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Glassell Gallery within the Shaw Center. Click here or call 344-0334 for more information. (Photo by David Humphreys)
This Sunday, delight in a casual afternoon of music, food and fellowship that benefits St. Andrew's Village, a planned community designed for adults with developmental disabilities. Proceeds from the Fresh Air Affair, which begins at 3 p.m., will support the new nonprofit that plans to break ground on the community later this year. For details, visit the website here.
This weekend, witness the transformation of Government Street at Better Block BR. The two-day demonstration will showcase what types of businesses, activities and infrastructure could exist on the Mid City corridor, with pop-up restaurants and shops, food trucks, a biergarten, an art sale, and more all slated for Saturday and Sunday. The event takes place on Government Street, between Bedford and Beverly drives, and is free and open to the public, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. At left is a shot from a similar Better Block project in Kansas City, Mo., in October, where locals constructed temporary crosswalks, pop-up shops, and green space. Learn more about the local event on the group's Facebook page, and get 225 Assistant Editor Benjamin Leger's take here.
On April 12, indulge in a fabulous dinner with farm-to-table sensibility. The Feast of Fields Gastronomical Gala takes place at the LSU AgCenter's Botanical Gardens, where a culinary team led by Chef Ryan André matches up local farmers, fishermen and chefs to create a five-course meal, replete with wine pairings. The business casual affair is set for 5:30 p.m. For more events taking place this month, check out the latest issue of inRegister here.
Grab a picnic blanket Sunday and head downtown for a live music experience like no other. The Sunday in the Park series returns this weekend, with the '70s soul, funk and R&B fusion of the band Space Capone. Bring family and friends to enjoy this uniquely Baton Rouge way to kick back, under stately oak trees on the lush Town Square lawn. This week's concert is slated for noon until 2 p.m. and coincides with the final day of the FestForAll art and music festival. A children's village will also be set up, with face painting, balloon animals and more. For more information, click here.
What do you get when you mix a love triangle soap opera with classic Motown sounds? The result is a Tony and Oscar award-winning production called Dreamgirls. The play centers on a fictional all-female group that makes it big in the '60s and '70s. Since its original Broadway run in the 1980s, Dreamgirls has catapulted to another level of popularity, thanks to the film adaptation, starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. If you've never seen the play or film, head to the River Center Saturday for a superb off-Broadway performance. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. For more information, click here, and for more events around Baton Rouge, check out 225 Weekender here.
The beautiful printed patterns of Vera Bradley are now available in clothing for even the smallest of fashionistas. A new baby collection has rolled out for spring, featuring the classic diaper bags that moms love, along with many new items for their tots. Ruffled onesies, three-piece layettes, blankets, booties and dresses with bloomers are just a few of the additions. Check them out locally at Sanctuary Home & Gifts and Pearson's Luggage & Gifts.
Next Thursday, join 225 downtown at Zolia Bistro | Enoteca for another can't-miss Hot Off the Press party! The evening will include delicious hors d'oeuvres, designer cocktails featuring Skyy Vodka, and live music. Of course, all attendees will get their hands on a copy of the April 225 issue before anyone else. Find more information here, and be sure to RSVP. Get on the list now by emailing RSVP@225batonrouge.com.
In welcoming spring, most parents also start looking ahead to summer and wonder: How will the children spend those long hot days? Find appealing answers at the annual Camp Fair & Summer Vacation Expo, slated for Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Paula G. Manship YMCA. Families will have the opportunity to meet with dozens of representatives from Capital Region camps, outdoor educational programs, summer schools, athletic organizations, travel programs, dance schools and more. Best of all, the expo offers fun for kids, with a scavenger hunt, bounce castle and zip line. Find additional information here.
Award-winning dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen is again in Baton Rouge this week for performances of a new production, “Derek's Song: Here's to Life.” The show honors the life of the late Derek Gordon, CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and features young local talent who have been trained by Allen during a dance residency that bears her name. Performances will be held March 14-17 at the Baton Rouge Community College's Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion. Tickets are $20. The show will run at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. There will be shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit manshiptheatre.org. Also, check out inRegister's March feature on Allen and her creative influence on Baton Rouge here.
Baton Rouge-born Suzanne Perron has made quite a name for herself in the bridal industry, from LSU to the Big Apple to the Big Easy. Now Capital City residents can get a close look at some of the designer's most breathtaking creations. “Revealed: Exquisite Gowns by Suzanne Perron” opens March 16 at the LSU Museum of Art and will be on display through July 28. The exhibit features 13 bridal and Mardi Gras gowns designed by Perron, including gowns worn by the queens of prominent New Orleans krewes. The collection also features some gowns pictured on the pages of Perron's recent book, Designing in Ivory and White, published by LSU Press in 2012. Find more information here.
A fun outing and way to check out the goods in Mid City takes place tonight at the third annual Art Thaw. The event will highlight more than 10 stores across a few blocks as well as show off local talents' latest works in each store. Participating stores include Abat-Jour Interiors, Artvark, Atomic Pop Shop, Brew Ha-Ha, Décor Rouge, Elizabethan Gallery, Gallery Bohemia, Gerard Furniture & Gallery, Mosaic Garden, Rue Cou Cou, and Circa 1857. There will be no sales tax on original art purchases. Read more from 225 Weekender here.
Through Sunday, bargain shop for a great cause at Inner Wheel Club's annual Attic Trash and Treasure Sale. Plum merchandise of all kinds has been gathered: home goods, clothing and furniture, to name a few. Held at the former Walmart in Baker, this sale benefits myriad causes: Hospice of Baton Rouge, Brave Heart Children in Need, and THRIVE Academy, among others. To learn more, visit the website.
Parents, now is the time to stock closets with warm-weather children’s attire. Lollipop Lane—a seasonal kids consignment market—opens today for its spring/summer sale. The event runs through Saturday at the former CVS on the corner of Perkins Road and Acadian Thruway. While there, take a peek as well at the collection of furnishings comprising Drago’s Antiques, a market happening in the same location during the same time. The quick sale includes English, French and American antique furniture and accessories. This dual market strikes us as wonderfully convenient: In one swoop you can ready your children's wardrobe for spring and gather pieces to revise the appeal of your home.
West Feliciana Historical Society invites visitors to experience some of the area’s fabulous homes and gardens during the 42nd annual Audubon Pilgrimage. Explore these St. Francisville properties March 15-17, while walking in the steps of renowned naturalist and artist John James Audubon. The spring festival offers day and evening events, including an antique show and a wine and cheese gala. For more information, visit the homepage here.
225 and its team of fashionistas and movie buffs will be live-tweeting throughout the red-carpet arrivals and the ensuing Oscars extravaganza on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. The program will be televised on ABC, whose local affiliate is WBRZ-TV. Everyone from local stylist Candra-Eloise Burges to Celtic Media Centre Director Patrick Mulhearn is on our team. Follow the hashtag #225Oscars for running commentary on Hollywood's biggest night of the year.
Gather a group of friends and spend a leisurely afternoon sipping tea and tasting pastries this Saturday from 2 until 4 p.m. at the LSU Rural Life Museum visitor center. The Rural Life Museum and the LSU Textile and Costume Museum have partnered to present Afternoon Tea, Fashion and Fancies. The event will offer a traditional English-style tea, a variety of door prizes, and a fashion show featuring unique Mardi Gras costumes. For more information, call 765-2437 or click here.
Join Baton Rouge Gallery this weekend for a special auditory Sundays@4 presentation of new and experimental live music from some of Baton Rouge’s most adventurous composers and musicians. Come hear exciting new compositions performed by such musicians as Nick Hwang, Bill Kelley, William Osborne, Will Conlin, Paul Geiss and many others. The event, which starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday, is free and open to the public. Discover more Baton Rouge happenings inside 225 Weekender.
Fresh spring apparel is popping up at Banbury Cross Children's Clothing. Bishop dresses, bloomers, shortalls and coordinating sets are just a few of the new arrivals at the Bluebonnet Boulevard store. Pastel ginghams, bright floral prints and preppy stripes will have kids covered through summer—for everything from church to birthday parties. Hop on over now to find an adorable Easter ensemble.
Parents, keep those little ones looking well-heeled with a sale running this week at Little Beaux Feet. on Jefferson Highway. Currently, the store is offering 40% off select shoes, including several pairs for girls. The stock includes everything from school-time kicks to dressy, bow-adorned flats. Even accessories are included, so it’s a good time to stock up on socks and tights as well.
Make plans now for the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon. Sport your most stylish scarlet attire, gather up the girls and join the fight against heart disease Feb. 22 at the Baton Rouge River Center’s Grand Ballroom. The day of fun, fashion and healthy fare starts at 9:30 a.m. and includes complimentary health screenings, a silent auction and a program including the stories of local women affected by heart disease. A delicious and heart-healthy lunch will top it all off. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. (Anne Harrison, Kerin Spears and Kelli Mendoza at last year’s luncheon.)
Internationally renowned designer Peter Shire’s bold, colorful chairs, tables, and other functional constructions have revolutionized the design of household objects. Don't miss your chance to see the whimsical art and designs of an artist who pushes the boundaries—and at times eliminates them altogether—at “Practically Absurd” at the LSU Museum of Art, beginning tomorrow and running through April 14. It’s one part of a three-part retrospective of Shire’s work over the course of four decades, and continues at the Glassell Gallery and LSU Union Art Gallery. For more information, visit the museum website as well as the new edition of 225 Weekender.
The Baton Rouge Smock Market is a great annual opportunity to update your little ones’ clothes. The sale kicks off today and lasts through Feb. 2. This year's event features a special Saturday appearance by beloved Disney princess Belle. Her visit includes a meet-and-greet from 10 to 11 a.m., then a special story time. Treats abound for parents, too: Find great deals on gently used clothing and gear that your kids can wear now or grow into! To learn more about the sale, visit the website.
Brides-to-be, grab your calendars, even if you’ve yet to choose the date of your big day! Two bridal expos are slated for the Capital City in the next couple of weeks. At the Baton Rouge Bridal Show, taking place Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. at the River Center, attendees can win door prizes, meet photographers, sample cakes and view wedding gowns up close. Another show, An Engaging Cocktail Party, is set for Feb. 6 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Old State Capitol. The event will cover all wedding day details in an intimate setting, ensuring a fun—not overwhelming—experience.
Baton Rouge Uncorked is bringing back its seasonal wine tasting competition Thursday, Jan. 31, at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. The featured wine will be Cabernet Sauvignon. Attendees form teams of up to three members to participate in the tasting competition. Each team will bring three identical bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, two of which will be bagged, tagged and offered to attendees for a blind tasting and scoring. The third bottle will go into the "pot," which will be awarded to the team whose offered wine garners the tasting score—so it behooves you to bring the best wine you can. Proceeds from the event will benefit local nonprofits Forum 35 and Inherit Baton Rouge. For more information, click here.
Called one of the hottest tickets in town, the seventh annual Jewish Film Festival has kicked off downtown at the Manship Theatre. Tonight’s feature is Torn, which explores the conflicted life of a Polish Catholic priest after discovering that he was born to Jewish parents. Shows continue through Sunday. For tickets and other show times, visit the festival website.
The fifth annual Surreal Salon at Baton Rouge Gallery, currently installed, will engage audiences in a multisensory art experience. The exhibition features works by 43 artists representing 18 different states, exploring the growing popularity and exceptional quality of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement. The show culminates in the annual Surreal Salon Soirée, which is slated for next Saturday, Jan. 26. It’s an evening filled with live music, dance performances, delicious fare and—famously—costumes both outlandish and imaginative. Visit the gallery’s website for more information.
If Christmas presents were light on clothes for the children in your life, some local sales may look especially attractive to you, while also pleasing your junior style spotters. Trendy tween offerings are marked down at Tangerine on Corporate Boulevard. Labels include Ugg, Splendid, Juicy Couture and Ella Moss. And at B Kids on Petroleum Drive, racks are full of merchandise marked down as much as 50%. For a double price break, check out the upscale consignment goods on sale at REFinery, on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard. Most winter merchandise is marked 25% off, with select items at deeper discounts.
Companion Animal Alliance has announced that the second annual Fur Ball, the area's premier pet-friendly gala, will happen May 4 at Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge. Guests can enjoy a cocktail buffet, dancing and live music while their furry friends are pampered at the Petz Plaza 'doggie spa.' For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. (Photo courtesy Christy Caparotta, Fur Love Photography)
The LSU AgCenter Food Science Incubator plans to open this spring. Veteran food consultant Gaye Sandoz, hired by the center to run the incubator, is now recruiting food entrepreneurs to create, cook, market and sell their products from there. The incubator will include industrial cooking facilities, packaging products and even bottling equipment. Check out a story in this month's issue of inRegister here.
Toast the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge at the 13th annual Laurel Street Palooza. The street party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, and will include lively bands and a flash mob (pictured), a silent auction, delicious fare and spirits, all benefiting the Arts Council. Advance tickets are $40 and must be purchased online or by phone by 11 a.m. the day of the event. Tickets are $45 at the door. Check out the Arts Council website for more information.
Learn to make delicious king cakes or discern between different grades of scotch with these cool food-themed classes from the LSU Union. Class prices range from $35 to $92. Click here to start pursuing your new passion.
With Baton Rouge's relatively warm and humid winters, the chances are nil for most of us ever getting to experience skating on an actual frozen river. Thank goodness, then, for the River Center's annual Skating on the River, which lets you strap on some blades and glide across the ice for an hour or two. A $12 ticket gets you refreshments, skates and an hour and a half of icy glee. Skating continues through Jan. 2. Click here for more information.
Charming holiday ensembles for kids are currently half off at REfinery Consignment. The South Sherwood Forest Boulevard store has Christmas jumpers, dresses, pajamas and more, in materials from velvet and velour to taffeta. And adorable little extras are available, too: shoes, headbands and bows, toys and baby gear.
Bop over to the Manship Theatre for Cangelosi Dance Project's eighth annual Holiday Mix Production, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. The company will present an enthralling mix of gospel, classic and contemporary choreographic works in celebration of the season. The performance includes everything from traditional favorites such as “The Nutcracker Suite” to unexpected selections such as “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Purchase tickets at the Manship Theatre website, or call 344-0334 for more information.
Catch the Christmas spirit in the Capital City! A variety of holiday events are planned for this weekend, starting with the final performances of A Christmas Carol at Baton Rouge Little Theater. An outstanding cast of local actors makes this Charles Dickens classic a heartwarming, engaging production. Performance times and ticket information can be found on BRLT's website. Also slated for this weekend is Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's Cajun-inspired ballet, The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou. Clara's enchanting journey unfolds with music played by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra during performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day in the River Center Theatre. To purchase tickets, call 766-8379. For a musical finale to your weekend, take part in the annual Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage on Sunday...
Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge has a gift for animal lovers this holiday season. CAA has launched The 12 Strays of Christmas Program, during which every adoptable animal in the shelter is available to qualified persons for the reduced fee of $12. From puppies and kittens to dogs and cats, all animals will be vetted, microchipped and spayed or neutered. This special ends with the month of December, so get a new pet in your arms without delay! Learn more here.
Revel in the holiday customs of yore during Magnolia Mound Plantation's French Creole Christmas celebration Dec. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. Traditional food and games will supplement live music, plantation tours and demonstrations from period craftsmen. The festivities culminate in a bonfire that the whole family can enjoy. Visit the website for more information.
The LSU AgCenter and the Junior League of Baton Rouge invite children ages 3 to 8 and their families to enjoy Story Time at Burden, next Saturday morning, Dec. 8. Readings and imagination-themed activities will take place in Windrush Gardens at Burden Center, off Essen Lane, every 30 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. The last storybook reading will begin at 11:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. For more information, contact Becky White at 578-3921.
Starting Saturday, you’re invited to visit the Baton Rouge Zoo for a stroll down the mile-long Zoo Lights trail. The sights include more than 50 illuminated animal and holiday sculptures. Hot chocolate will warm you and your little ones as you go. Baton Rouge Zoo Lights is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on select evenings through Dec. 30. Find more information on the website here.
Parents in need of solo shopping time on Black Friday are in luck. Young Chefs Academy on Jefferson Highway is offering a delicious way to keep kids occupied. Gingerbread House Workshops will be offered at two times, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Enterprising cooks will craft their own miniature gingerbread houses, enjoy snacks and complete crafts. For more information, click here.
North Boulevard Town Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland Nov. 30 during the downtown Festival of Lights, one of Baton Rouge’s oldest holiday traditions. A twinkling 25-foot Christmas tree and Forum 35’s Reindeer Run add to the merriment. Learn more about the festival by calling the Arts Council at 344-8558 and register for the Reindeer Run at reindeer-run.com.
Parents, now is the time to winnow out your children’s tired threads. B Kids is currently offering a denim recycling special that’s too good to pass up. Bring a pair—or two—of gently used children’s jeans to the Petroleum Drive store, and receive a 20% discount on a new pair. The pre-loved denim will be donated to a local charity, and your kids will walk away with a sharp new pair of blues.
You've broken out the wreaths, wrapping paper and cozy sweaters. What else could get you in the holiday spirit? White Light Night, of course! Dozens of art galleries, shops and cafés will host the annual art hop Friday evening in the Mid City Cultural District, from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy shopping, meeting local artists, sipping libations and sampling hors d'oeuvres while taking in the beauty of Government Street illuminated. Even better, purchases of original art are sales tax-free. For more information and a full list of participating venues, visit WLN's website here.
Interested in a job that will take you to the most sensational parties in town? inRegister magazine is searching for the right person to cover social, arts and other cultural events as a full-time community writer. If you have a strong inclination toward community involvement and possess excellent writing and communication skills, email your résumé and two writing samples to editor Ashley Sexton Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Next Friday, raise a glass and enjoy a bite to benefit Cancer Services. Food Truck Friday happens Nov. 16 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Co., located on Wyoming Street near Nicholson Drive.. The benefit will feature a gathering of Baton Rouge food trucks, including Taco de Paco, Curbside, Fresh, and Pullin' Pork. The free event is open to the whole family, and those over 21 can enjoy freshly brewed Tin Roof Beer. For more details, click here or contact Cancer Services at 927-2273. (Photo by Frank McMains)
A decadent spread of food and wine is yours to sample at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 10th annual Baton Rouge Wine Opener, slated for Nov. 18 at Sullivan's Steakhouse. The evening will feature entertainment by Ned Fasullo & The Fabulous Big Band Orchestra, a silent auction, a "stock your cellar" raffle, and a photo booth to document the merriment. For more information, click here.
The Baton Rouge Arts Market, to be held Saturday, is an excellent one-stop shop to find unique, artistic Christmas gifts. With more than 70 artists from all over the South displaying wares from pottery to paintings and glassworks to quilts, you're sure to spot a great find. The market takes place next door to the Red Stick Farmers Market, but if this Saturday is anything but gorgeous, it will be inside the Galvez Parking Garage, 500 Main St. 8 a.m.-noon. Now in its 14th year, the arts market offers free activities for children to enjoy while you peruse the beautiful objets d'art for sale. Learn more here.
The Louisiana Book Festival returns to downtown on Saturday, and with it comes an opportunity to interact with more than 225 writers, poets and storytellers. You and your family can take in demonstrations, informative exhibitions, and workshops on myriad subjects, while enjoying refreshments and more the whole day long. The bookish fun begins at 10 a.m. downtown at the Louisiana State Capitol, the State Library of Louisiana and the Louisiana State Museum. Visit the website for more information.
Slow Food Baton Rouge’s Slow Food Socials allow guests to enjoy delicious fare while meeting new people that are passionate about supporting local, sustainable agriculture. The next social begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Juban’s Restaurant, where you can delight in featured menu items crafted from local ingredients. Slow Food USA’s mission is to effect lasting change in the current food system by reconnecting Americans with the people, traditions, animals, soils and waters that produce our food. Learn more about the Slow Food Social by visiting Slow Food Baton Rouge’s website.
Get geared up for an early Halloween at Boo at the Zoo! Costumed kids are welcome on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. Happily haunting activities include a merry-not-scary hay maze, sweet treats throughout the zoo and a Safari Snapshot photo booth. Boo at the Zoo is suitable for all ages of ghouls and boys. Be sure to check out their website for admission rates and more info.
Next weekend, the Capital City will be treated to an exclusive performance by country superstar Clint Black that’s not to be missed. The Southwestern-themed Black Out Rett Syndrome party happens Oct. 27 at Celtic Media Centre. The benefit will feature a live auction, along with Jose Cuervo margaritas and delicious fare by VooDoo BBQ. For tickets and more information, click here.
Celebrate Southern heritage and bask in the fall breeze through this weekend at the Natchez Fall Pilgrimage. History, architecture, antiques—it’s all less than two hours away. Explore the rarely seen interiors of private antebellum residences, relax during a horse-drawn carriage ride for the whole family, or take in a show at the Natchez Little Theatre Playhouse. The festivities wrap up Sunday, so don’t delay in checking out this getaway’s details here.
From fashion and food, to art, graphic design and daily motivation, members of the 225 team are now posting the photos that inspire them on the magazine's own Pinterest profile. Visit pinterest.com/225batonrouge to get updated looks at some of the dynamic images seen in 225's print edition as well as the inside track on what the magazine's editors, writers, photographers and designers find fascinating, new and noteworthy.
Tee up for a good time at Brave Heart Children in Need’s third annual Tea Time for Ladies! It happens Monday at Greystone Country Club. Following a round of golf, attendees will enjoy teatime with delicious drinks and edibles provided by Whole Foods. Floral arrangement and cooking demonstrations will also take place, along with an auction, door prize drawings and an awards ceremony. For more information and registration, click here.
Downtown will rock next Thursday as Capital Area United Way celebrates its 25th annual Jambalaya Jam. A three-band lineup will wow the crowd, and guests can sample jambalaya from more than 40 competing teams. It all happens at the intersection of Third and Main streets, from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. Can’t stay for all the fun? Swing by for Jam-to-go, via a $7 ticket that lets you pack a to-go box with as much jambalaya as will fit. Get all of the information here.
225 magazine is now accepting submissions for its annual Photo Contest for the December issue. 225 wants to publish strong images that tell stories—of the subject, of the photographer, or of the city of Baton Rouge. Categories include Community, Dedication, Food, Joy, Journey, Power, Refuge and Struggle. Two veteran photographers will choose winners in each of these categories as well as an overall "Best Photo" that has the chance to be on the cover of the December issue. The Oct. 1 deadline for submissions is fast approaching, so log onto the 225 website for full details. (Photo by Claire Alston)
Next Thursday, Oct. 4, savor a downtown dinner that leads to a major lifestyle enhancement for our canine buddies. Let the Dogs Out, a riverfront event atop the Hilton Capitol Center at the Viking Cooking School, will help raise money to complete outdoor play areas at Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests will enjoy cocktails and a stunning view of the sunset. A delectable meal, prepared right before your eyes by Chef Kelley McCann of Galatoire’s Restaurant, will follow. To purchase tickets, visit the CAA website here.
Put on your best crimson dress, and get ready to paint the town red! The 15th annual Red Cross Power of the Purse luncheon happens Sept. 27 at Boudreaux's on Government Street. Models clad in the latest fashions will walk the room, and enticing designer handbags will be on the auction block. At noon, lunch will be served as keynote speaker Anita Foster takes the stage, sharing her inspiring experiences of working with the Red Cross in response to various natural disasters nationwide. Tables of 10 are available, as are individual tickets, and all proceeds benefit the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter, which provides emergency relief across a 10-parish area. Click here for more information, or call 291-4533.
Harken back to 19th-century rural Louisiana at this weekend's Harvest Days. The 16th annual event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, will bring pastoral Louisiana to life at the LSU Rural Life Museum for the pleasure and edification of one and all. Historical demonstrations, old-fashioned games and a primer on plantation-style living all add up to fun for the whole family. History buffs will find an extra treat this year, as a re-enactment of the Battle of Baton Rouge will commemorate its 150th anniversary. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop to peruse the stock of handmade and folk items. For more information, call 765-2437 or check out the website.
If you didn't snag a ticket to the Avenue Rouge Runway show, there's good news: One lucky reader will win two VIP tickets to the sold-out show on Sept. 27 at Celtic Studios! Each weekday leading up to the event, we'll pose a new fall fashion question on our website and Facebook page. Submit your photo and a brief response to the question every day to up your chances of winning the tix! One entry per person per day will be counted, and a winner will be selected at random and notified on Sept. 26. Today's question is: How do you transition your outfit from day to night? Below, see an answer by Michele Percy, co-owner of NK Boutique and online store Eve's Apple.
Lollipop Lane—a seasonal kids consignment market—is returning for its fall sale. Consigners can drop off gently used fall and winter clothing, toys, books and gear on Sunday and Monday. The market opens to the public on Wednesday. With a large array of upscale children’s clothing, this bazaar is a win-win situation for families: clear out the clutter, and nab adorable outfits at budget prices. Various incentives are available for parents who volunteer to work the sale, so check out the specifics here.
Five local artists—Betty Lee, Randy Roussel, Nancy Smitherman, Jane Chapman and Lou DeAngelo Sr.—are teaming up with Zolia Bistro to bring you Zoliart, an event celebrating Baton Rouge’s vibrant arts community. The free exhibit opens tonight, with a reception from 4:30 until 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy an array of delicious food and wine along with live music by Anthony Kumse. The installation will last for a month.
U Silly Goose children's boutique is closing its doors, but not before offering one last sale. Make your way to the Jefferson Highway store to take a gander at markdowns as much as 75% off. The stock includes darling special occasion outfits, casual clothing for playtime and adorable accessories, bows and shoes. U Silly Goose is closed today, and plans to reopen at 10 a.m. Friday. Be sure to call ahead for more information at 922-9997.
One of the city's most anticipated culinary events, Cancer Services' Capital Chefs' Showcase, commences next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the River Center. The 30th annual exhibition will kick off with a silent auction preview party, featuring tantalizing items like an African safari along with original artwork and home accessories by Dixon Smith and McMillin Interiors. A vast presentation of fabulous fare by area restaurants and caterers will follow. For ticket information, click here.
Take in beautiful sights and beautiful music simultaneously at Opera Under the Oaks on Sunday. Held at the picturesque Nottoway Plantation, this brunch outing will benefit the LSU Opera program, which is preparing for its 2012-13 season. The enticing meal begins at 1:00 p.m., accompanied by the sounds of classical arias and Broadway favorites. Reservations are required; learn more here.
Hey, parents! Saturday is a stellar day to head to Barnes & Noble CitiPlace. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Barnes & Noble Bookfair is scheduled, with proceeds benefiting the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. The LASM staff will be on hand to lead the fun with games, art projects and a very special treat—shows in LASM’s portable planetarium, the Discovery Dome. For more information, check out LASM’s website here.
Next week, celebrate south Louisiana’s vibrant food and wine culture at Fête Rouge, the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society’s signature annual event. The fun begins Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Crowne Plaza with the sixth Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Award dinner, honoring wine expert Tullio Saffiotti. The night includes live entertainment, memorable wine sampling, and a delicious seven-course dinner specially prepared by some of the city’s finest chefs. The celebration continues Friday at 6 p.m. with a chef competition, a silent auction, and hundreds of wines from around the globe. For tickets and more information, visit the website here.
B Kids is currently offering a sale that will have kids looking good while leaving your budget intact. Through Sunday, drop by the Petroleum Drive store for their 3 + 1 sale. Buy three items by Tea, and the fourth is on the house. The designs include charming tees, pants, sweaters, dresses and more. Best of all, each collection is designed to mix and match easily, so the resulting outfits are versatile enough to keep up with kids on the go.
This weekend, don’t miss the American Cancer Society’s premier summer bash, Jamaica Me Crazy! The party begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Riverview Ballroom at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Groove to live music by the V-Tones, play party games to win fabulous prizes, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and sip on refreshing cocktails. And don’t forget to enter your bid for one-of-a-kind silent auction items: boxing lessons, original framed artwork, designer sunglasses and stunning jewelry, to name a few. Proceeds benefit the fight against cancer. For ticket information, call 767-7197 or click here.
Capital City kids are heading back to school this week and dutifully donning uniforms. But don’t let that stop you from scooping up some off-duty duds for playtime and weekends alike. Right now, children’s boutiques are offering attractive prices on all manner of clothing. U Silly Goose on Jefferson Highway is giving shoppers 10% off all purchases through Saturday, and down the street at Oh Baby the sale rack is full of deals under $25. There’s something for ’tweens, too, at Tangerine on Corporate Boulevard. There, stylish brands are on sale, with select items discounted three for $25 (pictured).
Make your way tonight to the Manship Theatre for the 7 p.m. opening of Thoroughly Modern Millie. This high-spirited musical romp, which runs through Sunday, has all of New York dancing the Charleston. Set in 1922, the plot centers on unassuming Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life. From frisky flappers to dashing leading men and a villainous dragon-lady that audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is the perfect choice for an evening of merriment. Click here to purchase tickets.
Save the date for Wine Gala to benefit Swine Palace, next Thursday, Aug. 9. The evening commences with a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Reilly Theatre on the LSU campus, followed by scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a sampling of 24 champagne and wine varietals. Live music by The Brad Walker Quartet will round out this epicurean fête. Visit Swine Palace’s website for ticket information.
The Baton Rouge Irish Club's fifth annual Irish Film Festival takes place Saturday. Show times are slated for four highly acclaimed films, including The Secret of Kells, The Boxer and Holy Water. Performances by the McTeggart Irish Dancers of Louisiana and popular singer Danny O'Flaherty will round out this event of cultural immersion. Enjoy screenings and entertainment from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Manship Theatre. For ticket information, click here.
Future brides often end up with a to-do list longer than a cathedral-length veil. If you're one of these busy ladies, or know one, take note of an event happening downtown this weekend. The Baton Rouge Bridal Show is Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the River Center. The event boasts a long vendor list, making this an afternoon of efficiency for anyone with much to plan. Door prizes—diamonds, a luxurious honeymoon and indulgent spa packages—sweeten the deal. For ticket information, visit the Facebook page. (Image courtesy Danielle Aucoin Photography)
Baton Rouge Green's fourth annual Green Paradise fundraising party is a few short weeks away—so make plans to attend. Entertainment on tap includes a performance by the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band, as well as a specially choreographed performance by Of Moving Colors Productions. Mouthwatering fare and ice cold drinks will be served while you survey silent auction items, like James Avery jewelry and a landscape design plan by McKnight Landscape Architects. This event is scheduled for Aug. 11 at the Baton Rouge Gallery. For more details, check out the website.
Have a case of overflowing closets? Winnow down your wardrobe and help a good cause by donating articles this weekend to the Friends of LSU Textile & Costume Museum. In preparation for the Your Friends Closet Sale, which is slated for October, the nonprofit will hold a collection day this weekend. On Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., the public is invited to drop off goods at College Drive Mini Storage, located at 4866 Revere Drive. All manner of gently used clothing and accessories will be accepted, from men’s and women’s professional attire to children’s play clothing. With this event, doing good work is in the bag.
This weekend, settle into the cool comfort of the LSU School of Music Recital Hall to enjoy the season finale of Hot Summer Nights & Cool Jazz. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., renowned saxophonist Clarence Johnson III will accompany the Hot Summer Nights Band. Johnson has performed and recorded with the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and Gladys Knight. And tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., audiences will be treated to a different show by a sensational family duo: jazz guitarist Steve Masakowski, accompanied by his daughter, Sasha Masakowski. Tickets and more information are available here.
Get ready for a dazzling weekend in downtown Baton Rouge! The ninth annual Art Melt is on. This can’t-miss event, the largest juried art exhibit in the state, begins tomorrow night with a preview party from 7 until 11 p.m. at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Attendees will get to mingle with artists, sip cocktails from the open bar, nosh on delicious fare by Bravo, and—most importantly—purchase their favorite pieces, as all works on display are typically spoken for by the end of the party. The fun continues Saturday, when the exhibit is open to the public from 5 until 11 p.m., along with performance art, live music, casual gourmet food and a cash bar. For all of the details, click here.
Meet and greet some of Baton Rouge's most buzzed-about artists and be the first to view fresh gallery installations at the second annual Mid City Night's Dream, slated for next Thursday, July 12, from 5:30 till 8:30 p.m. Stroll along the eclectic streets of the Mid City Cultural District and hit each of the event's eight stops. Participating venues include Artvark, Atomic Pop Shop, Brew Ha Ha!, Elizabethan Gallery, Mosaic Garden, Rue Cou Cou, Circa 1857 and Ty Larkins Interiors. Ample refreshments and live entertainment by Ben Bell and the Stardust Boys will sweeten the deal for this enlightening outing. Prudent guests will be prepared to purchase the available art that grabs them, knowing that all original art is tax-free in this designated cultural district. Find out more here. (Pictured at left, Dying for One More Cup of Coffee by Keith Morris.)
It's time once again to choose the local face that will grace 225's September fashion issue! Click here to meet the five contenders. Read a Q&A with each model, by clicking on her photo, then cast your vote by clicking “LIKE” next to your favorite. The top three contenders will appear in a fashion-filled editorial spread in the September issue of 225. Consider the choices with care; the model with the highest tally could appear on the cover! Voting will be closed Monday, July 9, at 5 p.m. CDT. Seize your chance to participate and vote now!
Next weekend, Christmas comes early—Christmas shopping, to be exact. Jolly Jingles Market, a semiannual gift and craft show, takes place at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center July 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. More than 75 vendors will be on-site, so shoppers can whittle down their gift lists or simply stock up on sundry supplies. The merchandise includes home décor items, small furniture, jewelry, candles and football season supplies, as well as apparel and accessories for kids and adults alike. This family-friendly event allows strollers and also admits kids under 12 for free. Tickets for all others are $3. Check out the show homepage for more details.