This Week's Edition / October 01, 2014


Get in the Halloween spirit at Zombie Bash

Local dance troupe Of Moving Colors celebrates its fifth annual zombie-themed run and block party. The event kicks off Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Brickyard South at 174 South Blvd. Come dressed in costume as a zombie and participate in the event's 5K run/walk or the "Creepy Crawler" one-mile fun run. All races will take place along the historic River Road. Festivities end with a bash, including music, food, drinks and a moonlight performance of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance. Registration is $25 online. For more information, click here.

The Angola Prison Rodeo is back

One of fall's main attractions is the Angola Prison Rodeo. Started more than 40 years ago by a handful of rodeo-loving inmates, the event has become a business with its very own stadium, drawing record-breaking crowds each year. During the rodeo, riders compete bareback, in wild horse races and more. The event starts Sunday at the Louisiana State Penitentiary and will be hosted every Sunday in October. Tickets are $15. Gates open at 9 a.m. The rodeo begins at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event cover rodeo expenses and supplement the Louisiana State Penitentiary's inmate welfare fund, which provides educational and recreational supplies for inmates. For more information, call 655-2030, ext. 2607 or 2008, or visit


Party at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s gala

Have a good time for a good cause Friday during the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's 29th annual soiree. The event, dubbed "Party at the Pyramid," features food and drink from the area's top restaurants and caterers as well as live music from Ned Fasullo and The Fabulous Big Band Orchestra. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum's educational programming. The gala also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the museum's Ancient Egypt Gallery featuring the 2,300-year-old mummy. Tickets are $100 for members and $150 for non-members. To purchase tickets, call 344-5272, ext. 171. For more information, click here.

Swine Palace’s production of ‘Frankenstein’ starts tonight

LSU's theatrical company takes on Mary Shelley's classic tale just in time for Halloween. Swine Palace's production of Frankenstein starts tonight at the campus' Shaver Theatre. George Judy directs from a script by Victor Gialanella that is based on the popular horror novel. The story focuses on a young scientist who discovers the secret to generating life and creates a disturbing creature. For tickets and more information, call 578-3527 or visit


Head to Port Allen for the annual SugarFest

Enjoy food, music and more as part of the West Baton Rouge Museum's 19th annual festival. The free festival celebrates the sugar cane harvest and kicks off Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Named one of the top events by the Southeast Tourism Society, the fest features family-oriented activities, a sweets contest, mule-pulled wagon ride and music from Kenny Neal. For more information and a full schedule of events, click here. The museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave. in Port Allen.

See ‘Mary Poppins’ before time runs out

Theatre Baton Rouge concludes its run of Mary Poppins this weekend. The musical is based on the stories of P.I. Travers and the Walt Disney film of the same name. The supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production tells the story of Jane and Michael Banks, two out-of-control children who are in need of a new nanny. When a young woman named Mary Poppins shows up to take the job, the family finds the answers to their prayers in the most peculiar way. Read 225's article on the play. Tickets are $28. For more information and show times, click here.


Hear The Bad Plus perform an intimate set in the Jazz Listening Room

Sometimes, all you need is a piano, bass and drums. It's this type of ideology that has solidified The Bad Plus as one of the great experimental jazz trios in the nation. The band performs tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Hartley/Vey Studio as part of the Arts Council's Jazz Listening Room concert series. Tickets are $10. The Bad Plus might be most known for its cover of Aphex Twin's "Flim." Throughout its career, the band has smashed genre lines, combining everything from rock, pop and classical music into its own heady brew. For more information, visit

See Kacey Musgraves at The Varsity

A country singer and former Nashville Star contestant visits the Capital City this weekend. Kacey Musgraves performs at The Varsity Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. John & Jacob will open. Tickets are $30. Musgraves is touring behind her 2013 album Same Trailer Different Park, which includes the hit singles "Follow Your Arrow" and "Merry Go 'Round." While she doesn't think her subject matter is controversial, some have pointed out Musgraves' style is a bit rougher than other female country singers. Still, she's turning heads of country and non-country fans. For more information, visit

See a full list of this week's shows.


See the new David Fincher thriller 'Gone Girl'

The Louisiana International Film Festival hosts a pre-release screening of the Ben Affleck film based on a best-selling novel. In this weekend's big movie release Gone Girl, Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a man whose wife has gone missing. As the investigation intensifies, reporters become more intrigued with the case, and Dunne's portrait of a blissful marriage begins to crumble, making the public wonder if Dunne had anything to do with his wife's disappearance. The film is based on the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn and marks David Fincher's return to the director's chair after working on the Netflix series House of Cards and 2011's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While the latter was considered a disappointment at the box office, Fincher (Se7en, Zodiac) is best when he works in the mystery genre. While the movie officially hits theaters on Friday, the Louisiana International Film Festival will host a free screening of the film tonight. Seating starts at 7 p.m. The screening starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to register for the event, click here. Rated R. View the trailer below.

This week's movies

Annabelle (in theaters Friday)
The prequel to The Conjuring, which will probably be No. 1 at the box office, because bad horror films somehow attract the masses. Starring Alfre Woodard and Annabelle Wallis. Rated R. View the trailer.

Left Behind (in theaters Friday)
Starring Nicolas "Rage" Cage, Chad Michael Murray (guitar solo) and Lea Thompson. Rated PG-13. Holy moly, look at the trailer. Yes, it was filmed here.

Chef (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
The movie that made you pay attention to food trucks for a month. Starring Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo. Rated R. View the trailer.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Movies based on toys are still a thing. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

Cold in July (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
A movie you should probably watch, because the guy who sang "Heartbeat" stars in it. Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Rated R. View the trailer.

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