This Week's Edition / April 16, 2014


Get colorful with the ‘Happiest 5K on the Planet’

Head downtown in a white shirt and prepare to have colorful fun at this weekend's Color Run. The 5K kicks off at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at 301 Lafayette St. in the parking lot next to the downtown Hilton Hotel. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m. Founded in 2012, The Color Run is less about running to get your fastest time and more about having the time of your life. At each kilometer, runners will be doused in color. At the end of the festival, there will be a big party with music, dancing and massive color throws. The event is $45 for solo runners, and $40 for team runners. Check out The Color Run's Baton Rouge race guide for more information.

Heads up: MPAC is almost here

225 and inRegister will introduce an exciting event to Baton Rouge in just a few weeks. 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 so much more across all five floors of the downtown venue. You can sample culinary delights by Stab's Steak & Seafood, Tallulah, The Little Village and many more. Groove to the tunes of The Michael Foster Project and legendary '80s cover band Werewolf. Early bird $50 tickets are available until April 24. For more information, check out this promo video.


Enjoy art, music and more at Southdowns Village

Art Wine Design celebrates its sixth year Thursday. The free, semi-annual neighborhood merchant event from the Perkins Road Art District kicks off at 6 p.m. at Ann Connelly Fine Art (4221 Perkins Rd.). The evening includes fine art, local wine and innovative design from merchants such as Bella Bridesmaid, Home by Rogers & McDaniel and many more. Local R&B band Speakeasy will perform outside at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public. RSVP here.

City Pork hosts an evening of poetry, art and food

Some of South Louisiana's best spoken-word poets and live painters come together for “Lassiez-Faire” at City Pork Deli Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The theme of the evening is Louisiana Pride and will feature poetry from Tony Wilson and Ari Unwritten and live painting from Huey and ole Blaine A Skywalker Production RSVP here. Call 300-4550 for more information.


Engineer it at LASM

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts a hands-on engineering workshop this weekend. The museum's Engineer It program kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday and features activities that are fun for the entire family. The event includes bridge building and more engineering concepts such as force, balance and stability, and teaching participants creative problem solving strategies. Engineer It is designed for children ages 6-12. Space is limited, and participation is offered on a first come, first served basis. Sign-in is at 10 a.m. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children.

BREC hosts Spring Art Camp at Baton Rouge Gallery

Celebrate the season with the arts at Baton Rouge Gallery‘s Spring Art Camp. The activity-filled week begins next Monday and runs through Friday, April 25. Participants will create art using everything from watercolor to acrylics and even do some sculpting. The camp’s hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and it is designed for children ages 7-12. Admission is $110 for the week for East Baton Rouge Parish residents, and $132 for the week for out-of-parish residents. More information is available here or call 383-1470.


Hear singer-songwriter Todd Snider this weekend

Portland's Todd Snider visits Baton Rouge Saturday for a folk-heavy set. The singer-songwriter will perform at Manship Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Gina Forsyth will open the show. Snider has had quite the career. In 1994, his MCA debut Songs for the Daily Planet received critical acclaim, thanks in part to the minor hit "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," a folk song about the early '90s grunge scene. In 2012, he released Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, which was included in Rolling Stone's top 50 albums list, labeling the songwriter as one of the sharpest storytellers in rock.

Local stores celebrate Record Store Day

Conceived in 2007, Record Store Day is a holiday of sorts for the thousands of independently owned record stores in the United States. Record stores' staff, customers and musicians come together and celebrate the culture of the shop with special CD and vinyl releases issued exclusively for the day. This year, Record Store Day kicks off Saturday across the country. In Baton Rouge, Lagniappe Records and Atomic Pop Shop will be celebrating with in-store performances, giveaways and sales. Lagniappe will open at 10 a.m., and musical performances start at noon with Night Janitor and continue throughout the day with Listen, Earth, Della, The Chambers and Young Fathers. Atomic Pop Shop will host music at noon from Hot Llamas, Painted Hands at 2 p.m. and special acoustic sets from Clay Parker throughout the day.

See a full list of this week's shows.


See Johnny Depp's new futuristic thriller

Wally Pfister, the cinematographer for Christopher Nolan, makes his directorial debut with the help of Johnny Depp in Thursday's Transcendence. Depp stars as terminally ill scientist Dr. Will Caster who uploads his mind to a computer and becomes more powerful than imagined. Like Nolan, Pfister has an incredible cast at his disposal, including Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara. Also like Nolan's non-Batman films, Transcendence is not a franchise blockbuster. Instead, Pfister's debut is a thought-provoking piece on technology's modern muscle. Read Jeff Roedel's preview. Rated PG-13. View the trailer below.

This week's movies

A Haunted House 2 (in theaters Friday)
Starring Marlon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer and Jaime Pressly. Rated R. View the trailer.

Bears (in theaters Friday)
John C. Reilly narrates this wildlife documentary. Rated G. View the trailer.

Philomena (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

Ride Along (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott. Rated PG. View the trailer.

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