Things to do in Baton Rouge this week: LASM gala, free concerts and more

Tour the ‘Green Book’ exhibit Thursday with the Arts Ambassadors

The Arts Ambassadors group, supporting the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, hosts a viewing of “The Negro Motorist Green Book” this Thursday, Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m., at the Capitol Park Museum.

During the event, members and prospective members will explore the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, which documents what the annual “Green Book” travel guide meant to Black travelers during the time of Jim Crow laws. Attendees will hear talks about the Civil Rights Trail and Civil Rights Museum. Wine provided by BY DAY Commercial + Residential Architecture will be served following the event.

RSVP here. Read more about Arts Ambassadors program here, and more about the “Green Book” exhibit here. Capitol Park Museum is at 660 N. Fourth St.

Head to the Sparkle Soiree on Thursday for a mini market and artist showcase

Capital City Lighting celebrates two years in business during The Sparkle Soirée this Thursday, Oct. 7, 4-8 p.m.

The open house event will feature an artist showcase and mini makers market with local vendors like Wanderlust by Abby, Mimosa Handcrafted, Geaux Clear Collection, Truly Haute Candles and many more.

Find more info here. Capital City Lighting is at 6951 Exchequer Drive.

LASM’s gala brings a night of virtual fun and art Friday

Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s 36th Annual Gala will be streamed live this Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.

Themed around the museum’s current “Iridescence” exhibit, the virtual presentation will feature a curator-guided tour of the exhibition; a silent auction and raffle with unique art, fine jewelry and spirits up for grabs; cocktail and craft demonstrations and more.

Watch the gala at lasm.org/gala or on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and WAFB+.

Rock out at Live After Five Friday

After postponements throughout 2020 and 2021, Live After Five finally returned last week.

The Downtown Business Association’s weekly outdoor concert series continues this Friday, Oct. 8, with the Shaun Ward Xperience’s funky, soulful hip-hop, R&B and rock.

Live After Five is free, held every Friday, 5-8 p.m., now through Nov. 5 at the Galvez Stage at Rhorer Plaza in downtown Baton Rouge. Find more info and the full lineup here.

Find your next tailgate outfit Sunday at the Boutique Blowout Sale

Southern Flair Blog hosts more than 20 boutiques at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center & Hotel this Sunday, Oct. 10, for the 7th annual Baton Rouge Boutique Blowout Sale.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ballroom will be full of clothing racks with apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry and gifts. Admission is free.

Find more info here. The Crowne Plaza is at 4728 Constitution Ave.

Dance to a free show at Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s outdoor live music series, continues downtown this Sunday, Oct. 10.

Nouveaux Cajun Xpress Band takes the stage at the Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza, bringing its signature blend of Cajun, zydeco, Louisiana swamp pop, blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

The concerts are free and continue through Nov. 14 with a different artist each week. (Find the rest of the lineup here.) The Shaw Center for the Arts Plaza is at 100 Lafayette St.