This Week's Edition / August 27, 2014


Show off your style at Hot Off the Press

Celebrate the release of the September issue of 225 in style Wednesday at our latest Hot Off the Press event. Festivities kick off at 7 p.m. at Portico in Southdowns Village at 4205 Perkins Road. The event will let attendees grab the first copies of 225's annual fashion issue. Come dressed in your best '50s or '60s attire and show off your "Mad Style." The party is free and for ages 21 and older, but you must register to attend. Click here to register and get more information.

Head to the Mighty Mississippi for the Big River Regional

Paddlers, kayakers and adventurers will be launching into the river from downtown this weekend for the second-ever Big River Regional Stand Up Paddle and Kayak Race. The event kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m. at Hotel Indigo. For participants, mandatory check-in is 6 a.m.-7:15 a.m., followed by gear and safety checks. The race runs 13 miles along the Mississippi River and will end by L'Auberge Casino & Hotel. Other festivities include a performance from Soul Jukeboxx at 10:30 a.m., raffles and food and an after party hosted at L'Auberge's Stadium Sports Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. Registration is $99. For more information, visit


Enjoy Movies and Music on the Lawn

Baton Rouge Gallery pairs an iconic silent film with a never-before-heard live soundtrack in the Movies and Music on the Lawn series. In this edition, local electro-pop duo England in 1819 will provide the live soundtrack for Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger Friday. The screening begins around 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes free bottomless popcorn. The film stars Ivor Novello as a quiet, secretive young man whose arrival in a London boarding house coincides with the terrifying actions of Jack the Ripper. For more information, click here.

See works from local artists at Frameworks Gallery

Frameworks Gallery (8501 Highland Road) hosts a free opening reception Friday 6 p.m.-9 p.m. for a new exhibit featuring works from Jovann Armstrong, Meichi Lee and Mitchell Long. The collection shows off each artist's knack for traditional and contemporary south Louisiana landscape painting. Works will be displayed through Oct. 7 and can be viewed at the gallery Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Get more information and RSVP.


Don't miss the CANstruction Competition

Teams of designers, builders and other groups are putting the final touches on their structures for the annual competition at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. The structures are made entirely from cans of nonperishable food items. The exhibit kicks off its run Thursday with an award reception 7 p.m.-9 p.m. For tickets call 936-5215. The display will be open through Sept. 12. Once the display closes, all food will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information, click here.

See asteroids and comets at Highland Road Park Observatory

Discover minor planets and visitors from the icy outer regions of the solar system in this week's edition of Science Academy. The program takes place at the Highland Road Park Observatory (13800 Highland Road) Saturday 10 a.m.-noon. At the event, participants can observe asteroids and comets while learning clues to Earth's beginnings. The cost to participate is $5-$6. To register, call 768-9948 or visit


Hear the gonzo tunes of Man Man

A fearlessly unique band out of Philadelphia comes to the Capital City. Man Man, a band known for jazzy, experimental rock, performs Thursday at Spanish Moon. Doors open at 9 p.m. The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 online. Landlady opens. Man Man hopped onto the scene around 2003, making a name for itself with a peculiar brand of rock akin to Frank Zappa and Tom Waits. Over the course of the past two years, the band dissolved into a two-piece. Last year, the band released its fifth album, On Oni Pond. RSVP and get more information.

Locals tackle The Rolling Stones' 'Beggars Banquet'

Some of Baton Rouge's finest musicians will perform a classic album Thursday for the monthly Drop the Needle concert. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at Chelsea's Caf. Cover is $10. For this month's show, local musicians will perform The Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet from start to finish as well as a few other of the band's classic tracks. Released in 1968, Beggars Banquet is considered one of the greatest albums of all time and marked a shift in the Stones' sound. The album starts with "Sympathy for the Devil" and also features "Street Fighting Man," both of which have become staples on classic rock radio. RSVP and get more information.

See a full list of this week's shows.


Watch ‘The November Man’ in theaters now

Pierce Brosnan returns to the genre that made him a star. The actor who played James Bond in the late ’90s in hits such as GoldenEye will take another swing at action in the new movie The November Man. Brosnan plays an ex-CIA operative who finds himself pitted against his former pupil. Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey co-star. Roger Donaldson, who filmed Brosnan in the 1997 volcano thriller Dante's Peak, is in the director's chair. If successful, The November Man could give Brosnan and Donaldson's careers a boost. The former hasn't made a splash since 2005's The Matador, and the latter's last film was the straight-to-DVD Seeking Justice starring Nicolas Cage. Rated R. View the trailer below.

This week’s movies

As Above, So Below (in theaters Friday)
Starring Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge. Rated R. View the trailer.

Blended (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and Joel McHale. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

The Double (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Rated R. View the trailer.

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