This Week's Edition / October 15, 2014


Enjoy local food and more at Slow Food Fall Heat

Slow Food Baton Rouge puts the spotlight on local chefs in its second-ever farm-to-table showcase. The Slow Food Fall Heat event takes place Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Burden Center's new outdoor pavilion and grounds at the LSU AgCenter's Botanic Gardens (4560 Essen Lane). The event features a chef's cook-off, including seasonal dishes paired with beer from Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. in Hammond. Participating chefs include Scott Varnadoe of Restaurant IPO, Ryan Andr of the upcoming City Pork location on Jefferson Highway and many more. The Retro Duke will provide music, and the event also includes a sunset bonfire and a cupcake/dessert competition. Tickets are $75. Student discounts are available. Proceeds from Slow Food Fall Heat will benefit Slow Food Baton Rouge's programming. For more information, visit

Watch these 'Hunks in Heels' take downtown by storm

A group of local male celebrities will rock the runway for the second-ever Hunks in Heels this week. The event kicks off Thursday 7:30 p.m. at Hartley/Vey Studios. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $35 online. This year's participants include Baton Rouge Gallery's Jason Andreasen, attorney Barrington Neil, Fresh Junkie's Pat Fellows and Baton Rouge Area Chamber's Michael DiResto. The event benefits Baton Rouge's Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center (STAR). Whitney Vann and Leonard Augustus return as hosts. For more information, click here.


Hear the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra kick off its season

A local performing arts organization begins the season with help from a critically acclaimed guest performer. Violinist Yevgeny Kutik joins the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra for a Masterworks performance Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the River Center Theatre. Tickets start at $39. Kutik and the orchestra will perform works from Marschner, Bruch and Schumann. Though he calls Boston home, Kutik has toured the globe as a guest soloist, appearing with the Riverside Symphony in New York City, the Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble and the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. He made his debut with the Boston Pops in 2003 as the first prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition. In March, he released his second album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures. For more information, visit

See an all-star cast in ‘Mrs. Independent’

Robin Givens stars in Priest Tyaire's latest stage production, Mrs. Independent. The play will be performed at the River Center Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40.50. Mrs. Independent is based on a true story and focuses on role reversal in the household. Co-starring Christopher Williams, Dottie Peoples and Tony Grant, critics have called the play a "must-see." See a trailer for the play. For more information on the production, click here.


Have family fun at Boo at the Zoo

Get in the Halloween spirit at the Baton Rouge Zoo’s spooky event. The Capital City attraction begins its "merry-not-scary" trick-or-treat event Boo at the Zoo Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Treat stations will be placed throughout the zoo, and participants can come dressed in their favorite costumes. The zoo will also have a hay maze and a Safari Snapshot photo booth. Admission is $8.25 for adults and teens, $7.25 for seniors, $5.25 for children ages 2-12 and free for children 1 and younger. For more information, call 775-3877 or visit

Sing along with 'Shrek the Musical'

Everyone's favorite ogre is back. The Christian Youth Theatre of Baton Rouge presents Shrek the Musical this weekend. Performances take place at Baton Rouge Community Center's Magnolia Theatre (201 Community College Drive) Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. The play is based on the Oscar-winning animated film that tells the story of an ogre who rescues a feisty princess with the help of a loudmouth donkey and other fairy tale misfits. Tickets are $14 online and $18 at the door. Group and children discounts are available. For more information, click here.


See country sensation Clint Black

A multi-platinum, award-winning country artist visits the Capital City. Clint Black performs at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. You must be 21 or older to enter. For this show, Black will play an intimate acoustic set culled from his storied career, which includes No. 1 hits such as "Where Are You Now," "When My Ship Comes In" and "A Good Run of Bad Luck." Black broke out on the country music scene in the late '80s with a platinum-selling debut, Killin' Time, and is noted for his reliable hooks and golden country sound. Last year, he released When I Said I Do, an album available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and featuring two duets with his wife Lisa Hartman Black. For more information, visit

Hear folk music and more from The Steel Wheels

Get ready to hoot and holler at the Manship Theatre. The Steel Wheels, a folk band known for its acoustic roots music, performs at Manship Theatre Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Since releasing 2013's critically acclaimed No More Rain, the band has relentlessly toured, appearing at top festivals in the United States and Canada. Guitarist and vocalist Jay Lapp started the band with Virginia musician Trent Wagler around 2004. By 2010, the band had released five albums, including 2011's Red Wing, which received seven nominations from the Independent Music Awards. Check out more information on the band and hear some tunes at

See a full list of this week's shows.


See Brad Pitt in the World War II drama ‘Fury’

A five-man tanker crew goes on a deadly mission in this weekend's big release. Written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), Fury stars Brad Pitt as a battle-hardened war sergeant nicknamed "Wardaddy," who commands an outnumbered and out-gunned team in Germany during the Allies' final push in World War II. Logan Lerman stars as the rookie gunner who is thrown into the team at the last second. Fury co-stars Jon Berhnal, Michael Pea and Shia LaBeouf. Shot on location across the United Kingdom, previews make this film look like a gritty war drama in the vein of Saving Private Ryan. While Pitt's last film set during this time featured the actor as a Quentin Tarantino caricature in Inglorious Basterds, he could be seeing an Oscar nomination for a more serious take here. Rated R. View the trailer below.

This week's movies

The Best of Me (in theaters Friday)
Bring your Kleenex—it's another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. This one stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

The Book of Life (in theaters Friday)
An animated film featuring the voices of Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana. Rated PG. View the trailer.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Seriously, this is the best X-Men movie. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
An animated film featuring the voices of Ty Burrell, Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann. Rated PG. View the trailer.

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