This Week's Edition / April 23, 2014

Events

'Escape' from zombies at this River Center event

The virus is spreading and zombies are taking over downtown Baton Rouge. OK, not really, but Skybound EXP is debuting its obstacle course-like event, The Walking Dead: Escape Thursday at 6 p.m. at the River Center. Those interested can buy tickets to be a spectator, walker (zombie) or a survivor. The latter will go through the course, trying to avoid infections from the walkers, who haunt assigned areas as brainlessly and brutally as possible. The survivor must make it through the course without any contact with the walkers as infection is spread by touch. Read 225's preview.

Heads up: One week until MPAC

225 and inRegister will introduce an exciting event to Baton Rouge. MPAC—Music, People, Art and Community—kicks off Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Shaw Center for the Arts. The event features music, food and much more across all five floors of the downtown venue. You can sample culinary delights from Stab's Steak & Seafood, Tallulah, The Little Village and many more. Groove to the tunes of The Michael Foster Project, '80s cover band Werewolf and other musical acts. Early bird $50 tickets are available until this Thursday. For more information, check out this promo video.

Arts

Get a dose of science fiction fun

If you love science fiction, cosplay and entertainment that lives on the fringe, you won't want to miss the LaSciFi Costume & Film Festival this weekend. The "unconventional convention" kicks off Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel (4914 Constitution Ave.) and features a screening and party for the classic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Throughout the weekend, there will be panel discussions, a film festival, an appearance from Jack Stauffer of Battlestar Galactica and costume contests. Weekend pass tickets are $30. Other ticket options are available.

Also this week

LSU Opera presents The Cradle Will Rock at Shaver Theatre Friday at 7:30 p.m. and next Monday at 3 p.m. The performance celebrates the 50th anniversary of Marc Blitzstein's death and is directed by Dugg McDonough and features musical direction by Michael Borowitz. Tickets are $20.

The Red Shoes (2303 Government St.) hosts Womanly Words, a poetry event focusing on the female perspective Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Special guests include Cynthia "Tha Gospel Diva" Berry and Rosalind "The Poetic Princess." Sylvia, a.k.a. Sincere Scribe, hosts the event.

Family

Celebrate Earth Day in Baton Rouge

Head downtown Sunday for the 2014 Louisiana Earth Day festivities. The event kicks off at noon with educational and children's activities along North Boulevard. This year's theme is "We Protect What We Love" and encourages individual and corporate environmental awareness and conservation and includes musical performances across two stages. Among the musical performers is Grammy-winner Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience at 7 p.m. at Galvez Plaza. Get the full schedule and more information here.

‘Fancy Nancy’ comes to the Capital City

A musical based on the popular children's books Fancy Nancy hits the Manship Theatre stage Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. The play revolves around Nancy and her friend Bree, who are both positive that they will be picked to play mermaids in a fictional performance of "Deep Sea Dances." However, Nancy is stuck playing a tree and must find a way to bring flair to her role. Vital Theatre Company of New York City will bring the show to life.

Music

Catch a live performance from Damien Jurado

An Americana singer-songwriter brings his stories to Mud and Water tonight. Seattle's Damien Jurado will perform at 9 p.m. Luke Ash and Jodi James will open. Tickets are $15. Tonight's show is Jurado's only Louisiana appearance on the tour in support of his latest album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, which is a "semi-sequel" to his 2012 release Maraqopa. Throughout his career, Jurado enjoyed a cult following, thanks to his steady release of lo-fi cassettes in the mid '90s. He then partnered with producers such as Pedro the Lion's David Bazan and Richard Swift, honing his indie rock sound and gaining more fans with each release. Critics are calling Jurado's latest his strongest work to date. Get more information on the show and RSVP.

Post-rockers Mogwai play Baton Rouge this weekend

Hot off the release of studio album No. 8, Rave Tapes, Mogwai will bring its post-rock sounds to The Varsity Saturday. Majeure will open. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Mogwai, a Scottish band that specializes in fuzzed-out crescendos and soundscapes, released its first album in 1997, the critically-acclaimed Young Team. In 2003, the group released Happy Songs for Happy People, which peaked in the U.S. Billboard Top 200 album charts. This year's release, its second with Sub Pop, marked the band's highest Billboard charting. It features more electronic elements and even flirts with Krautrock.

See a full list of this week's shows.

Movies

See what 'The Other Woman' is all about

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton team up to take on their cheating beau in a new romantic comedy. The Other Woman finds the three women caught in a web of lies as they are all dating Mark King, played by Game of Thrones's Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Oddly enough, the women become friends as they plot their mutual revenge on the three-timing Mark. Nick Cassavetes directs from a script by Melissa Stack. This is the first starring role for Upton, who you may know from various cover shoots with Sports Illustrated and GQ. She is one of many featured in Jeff Roedel's latest article on models who made the jump to the silver screen. Rated PG-13. View the trailer below.

This week's movies

Brick Mansions (in theaters Friday)
Starring Paul Walker and The RZA. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

The Quiet Ones (in theaters Friday)
Starring Jared Harris, Olivia Cooke and Erin Richards. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

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