This Week's Edition / July 30, 2014

Events

See Theatre Baton Rouge’s ‘The Shape of Things’

Neil LaBute's controversial play comes to the Capital City. In The Shape of Things, LaBute explores how far a man goes for love. Theatre Baton Rouge's production of the hit play begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22. Additional performances take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday's show also includes a post-performance discussion. Additional performances run next weekend. LaBute's play is an R-rated retelling of the fall of man and revolves around a shy, insecure Adam who gets involved with the sexy, aggressive Evelyn. For more information, click here.

Help heal 'Little Hearts'

The Varsity plays host to Helping Heal Little Hearts, a fundraiser for the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation, Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

WJBO's Michael Berry will be the emcee for the event, which features music from The Captain Legendary Band and a live auction. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 online. Proceeds from the event benefit the foundation, which assists families in south central Louisiana who have a child suffering with congenital heart defects or heart disease. For more information, click here.

Arts

See LeRoy Neiman's dynamic sports paintings

Works from American artist and sports illustrator LeRoy Neiman will be on display at the LSU Museum of Art. This exhibit starts its run this weekend with a free opening reception Thursday at 6:45 p.m., and showcases Neiman's unique ability to transport action straight from the game to the canvas. More than 80 of his paintings, drawings and prints of some of the greatest American athletes will be on display. Admission is free to museum members, $5 for adults and youth 13 and older, and free for university students with ID and children 12 and younger. The museum is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Click here for more information.

Get fired up about local art

The River Region Art Association's local art showcase, the Red Hot Art Show, kicks off Friday at the RRAA Depot Gallery (1008 W. Hwy. 30, Gonzales, Louisiana). The public is invited to view submissions from local artists, all of which share the theme "red, hot and fiery." Awards will be given in different categories, which include paintings, drawings, digital art and three-dimensional art. Judging will be determined by people’s choice votes during the public reception. Art sales during the exhibit will benefit the artists as well as the RRAA, which is a non-profit organization. Call 644-8496 for more information or click here.

Family

Let your kids learn culinary skills

The Renaissance Hotel hosts its third annual culinary class for kids. This year, children will have the opportunity to create their own pizzas and watch the Disney film Ratatouille. The program starts Saturday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. is open to kids ages 3-12. Registration is $50 per child, unless the child has previously participated in the program and already owns a Renaissance Kids chef jacket, in which case it will cost $25. All proceeds from the program will go to Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that gives children and their families the opportunity to experience a storybook vacation in Kissimee, Florida, at the Give Kids the World Village. For more information, click here or call 215-7000.

Introduce your child to the world of art

The LSU Museum of Art will give children in pre-school and younger a chance to learn about art with its Stories in Art program Friday at 10 a.m. Children will listen to a story, then view art to see colors, shapes, animals and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to create art in the LSU Museum of Art’s kid-friendly art studio. The program is free to visitors of the museum. Call 225-389-7207 or visit lsumoa.org for more information.

Music

Hear What Made Milwaukee Famous at Chelsea's Cafe

An Austin, Texas, alt-rock band visits Baton Rouge this weekend. What Made Milwaukee Famous, which enjoyed success in the early aughts with albums such as Trying to Never Catch Up and What Doesn't Kill Us, will perform at Chelsea's Caf Saturday. Doors open at 9 p.m. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $10 at the door. Singer-songwriter A. Sinclair will open the show. The band is touring behind its self-released third studio album, You Can't Fall Off the Floor. In this week's edition of Red Stick Sounds, Matthew Sigur has an interview with the band's lead singer-songwriter Michael Kingcaid. RSVP to the show and get more information.

See rapper Curren$y next week

Enjoy New Orleans hip-hopper Curren$y as he performs at The Varsity next Monday with special guests James Jackson, Klyde Drexx and T-Ray The Violinist. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $25 online. VIP tickets are also available. The New Orleans rapper released a new mixtape this February, The Drive In Theatre, which features Action Bronson among others. Curren$y enjoyed critical success with his consistent output of material from 2009-2012 and is prepping material for an upcoming studio album, which is set to be third in the Pilot Talk series.

See a full list of this week's shows.

Movies

See Marvel's latest blockbuster 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

A ragtag group of superheroes takes over the silver screen this weekend. Marvel's latest production is of the cult comic Guardians of the Galaxy, which tells the story of an American pilot named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt). After stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace), Quill is hunted and must form an alliance with other mercenaries such as the space queen Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the muscular Drax (Dave Bautista), a tree (voiced by Vin Diesel) and a raccoon named Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper). One can imagine how the comic failed to catch on. However, the film has an excellent cast as well as direction from James Gunn, who earned critical acclaim for films such as Slither and Super. Being that this isn't a sequel, Guardians has been the most anticipated film of the summer. Early reviews suggest it's a crowd-pleasing romp, too. Rated PG-13. View the trailer below.

This week’s movies

Get On Up (in theaters Friday)
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

Noah (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

The Other Woman (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

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