This Week's Edition / July 23, 2014

Events

Enjoy Movies and Music on the Lawn

Baton Rouge Gallery pairs local band Minos the Saint with the romantic silent film Sunrise for its latest edition of the outdoor film series. Kicking off Friday, the inventive summer series features a never-before-heard score from the local band as a backdrop to the F.W. Murnau drama. Sunrise tells the story of a woman who has an affair with a farmer while on vacation. The film won one of the first Academy Awards in 1929 and was selected in 1989 for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, which maintains films that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. The screening begins at 8 p.m. or sundown, whichever comes last. Admission is $5, which includes free bottomless popcorn. For more information, click here.

Put your paddle boarding skills to the test

The Muddy Water Paddle Battle returns this weekend. Whether you missed the last battle or just want to put your skills to the test again, this Saturday is your chance. The standup paddle boarding battle will be waged at Baton Rouge Beach at the Milford Wampold Memorial Park (901 Stanford Ave.) 7:30 a.m. until noon. Muddy Water Paddle Company hosts the event, and it includes one- and two-mile standup paddleboard races, a three-person relay and a kids' race. People of all skill levels are encouraged to register. Boards will be provided for those who do not own one. Registration starts at $35 and varies for different races. Get more information and register here.

Arts

Witness new life given to old materials at an invitational art show

LSU's Glassell Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts hosts "Rework!" The 13th annual summer invitational features work by more than 50 artists using recycled and repurposed materials. The exhibit opens today and will be on display until Aug. 3. The pieces are made of everything from Styrofoam to old chairs and offer viewers and artists alike a new perspective on art. The gallery is open 10 a.m-5 p.m Tuesday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free to the public. Call 389-7180 for more information about this exhibit or visit glassellgallery.org.

View authentic Egyptian tapestries

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum continues to offer exciting opportunities for history enthusiasts through its exhibits. An exhibit featuring tapestries made by Egyptian students of the Kunooz School in Harrania, a village near Cairo, will be on display, starting today. The school followed the philosophy and practices set by Ramses Wissa Wassef, whose experimental and creative techniques evolved into the highly acclaimed Wissa Wassef Art Center. A number of the tapestries date back to the 1970s. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is $7.25 for adults, $6.25 for children 2-12 and seniors 65 and older, and free for college students with ID and museum members. For more information, click here.

Family

Experiment with electricity at Kids' Lab

Have fun with the kids at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum this weekend. Kids' Lab will take place Saturday at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event is open to children ages 6-12 and features a hands-on event that is a great way for kids to learn more about the world of science. This time around, Kids' Lab will focus on generating electricity via produce. Each child will also receive an exciting prize at the end of the day. For more information, click here. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children ages 2-12.

See local children perform in ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Take a trip to Never Land as participants in the Disney's Peter Pan Jr. musical production camp perform this weekend. The production, based on the play by J.M. Barrie and the 1953 Disney film, will be performed entirely by the young participants (ages 8-13) of the 2014 Manship Theatre Musical Production camp. The fantasy adventure tells the story of a family taken to Never Land by Tinker Bell to help Peter Pan defeat the crooked Captain Hook. Since Disney adapted Barrie's tale, the story has been repurposed time and time again, most notably in 1991 by Steven Spielberg with the film Hook. Show times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 online.

Music

Hear jazz from George Bell and Friends

The Manship Theatre hosts another edition of George Bell and Friends' jazz concerts. The show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, features local trumpeter by night and hospital administrator by day George Bell performing summertime tunes with an incredible backing band, featuring Herman Jackson on drums, Roland Guerin on bass and many more. Though the previous concerts have been themed, Bell says this concert will feature cool jazz songs that would make for a break from the heat. Tickets are $30. For more information on the concert, click here or call 344-0334. Check out Red Stick Sounds Friday for a preview of the show and an interview with Bell by Matthew Sigur.

Local musicians 'Drop the Needle' on John Prine

Once a month, Baton Rouge musicians join forces to perform a classic album from start to finish. This month's record is John Prine's self-titled 1971 debut. The Drop the Needle concert kicks off Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Chelsea's Caf. Cover is $10. Ryan Harris, Clay Parker, Steve Judice and others will perform the album with the help of a backing band that includes Ben Herrington, Kasey Ball, Johnny Rossetti and many more. Prine's debut is considered one of the finest mixes of folk, rock and country and includes songs such as "Paradise" and "Angel from Montgomery." RSVP and get more information on the show.

See a full list of this week's shows.

Movies

See 'Hercules' in theaters now

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is ready to become a legend in this weekend's major release. Johnson plays the title character in Brett Ratner's retelling of the classic story of Hercules, a Greek demigod who has his life tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and Peter Mullan co-star. This is the second Hercules film to be released across the globe. Earlier this year, director Renny Harlin's The Legend of Hercules was a critical and commercial flop. Ratner, who hasn't been in the director's chair since 2011's Tower Heist, and Paramount Studios are hoping this one will fare better. However, competition is stiff this weekend as Scarlett Johansson's action thriller Lucy might dominate the box office. Rated PG-13. View the trailer below.

This week's movies

Lucy (in theaters Friday)
Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. Rated R. View the trailer.

And So It Goes (in theaters now)
Starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

Sabotage (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Olivia Williams. Rated R. View the trailer.

Transcendence (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Johnny Depp, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

Dom Hemingway (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Jude Law. Rated R. View the trailer.

Blue Ruin (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Macon Blair, Kevin Kolack, Devin Ratray and Amy Hargreaves. Rated R. View the trailer.

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