This Week's Edition / September 17, 2014

Events

Visit local parking spots transformed into tiny parks for the day

Baton Rouge will take part in PARK(ing) Day, an annual global event where community members temporarily transform parking spaces into public places. The event runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, and the Center for Planning Excellence has partnered with several local businesses to create 16 parklets downtown and across the city. The idea behind the event is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, improving the quality of life for residents. Among some of the locations for PARK(ing) Day is the Radio Bar parking lot at 3079 Government St., which will have a parklet open until 7 p.m. Get more information and RSVP.

Visit the LSU Museum of Art after dark

Enjoy an evening of sports and art at the LSU Museum of Art. The museum hosts Museum After Dark Thursday at 6 p.m. The event features trivia on everything LSU sports as well as food from Heirloom Cuisine paired with beers from Tin Roof Brewing Company. Word on the street is that even a few LSU athletes will make an appearance. Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members. To purchase tickets, call 389-7210. The event is part of the gallery's exhibit, “Leroy Neiman: Action!,” which runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Get more information.

Arts

See comic works at The Arts Council’s ‘Frame by Frame’

The Arts Council hosts an exhibition of sequential art drawings and comic panels by local artist Daniel Strickland. A free opening reception takes place Thursday 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery at 427 Laurel St. The show is part of the gallery's growing exhibition programming. Strickland has been in love with comics since he was young, but his art panels don't just feature the violent superheroes and monsters of popular books like He-Man. Rather, Strickland draws inspiration from ancient cave paintings in Lascaux, France, roadside billboards and even assembly directions for IKEA furniture. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 10. For more information, call 344-8558 or visit artsbr.org.

View these exhibits before they are gone

It's your last chance to see two exhibits at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Herman Mire and Emilio Garcia's exhibit “The Art and Science of Shells” and “American Brilliant Period Cut Glass: A Silver Lining” end Wednesday, Sept. 24. For more information, click here. The museum gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6.25 for children ages 2-12 and seniors ages 65 and older.

Family

Have tea with the 'Mary Poppins' cast

Spend time with Mary Poppins, Burt, Jane and other beloved characters from the classic tale. Theatre Baton Rouge hosts “Tea with Mary Poppins” Saturday 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. At the event, children can enjoy tea, punch, cake balls and other goodies while doing arts and crafts and meeting the characters from the theatre company's production of Mary Poppins. Every child will leave with their own self-crafted parasol or kite. Admission is $35, which includes a ticket to a performance. Seating is limited. For more information and to get your tickets, visit theatrebr.org.

Party in your pajamas

The Strategic Learning Center/Joy of Deliverance Ministries (2835 Aubin Lane) hosts Kids' Night Out Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Parents can take the night off as the event will include games, crafts, pizza buffet dinner and a movie. The theme of the event is "Partying in our Pajamas," and those attending may wear appropriate pajamas or comfy clothes and bring a pillow. Concessions will also be available throughout the night. Registration is $15. For more information, click here or call 229-3396.

Music

Hear Southern rock and more at The Varsity

North Mississippi Allstars brings its brand of rock 'n' roll to the Capital City this weekend. The band performs Friday at The Varsity. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17 online and $20 at the door. New Orleans' own Dumpstaphunk opens. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson lead the North Mississippi Allstars. Sons of Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, the brothers and their band have paved their own path to success, earning a reputation as one of the most intriguing acts to emerge from the roots rock genre. In 2013, the band released World Boogie is Coming, a throwback to the folk-blues numbers the members learned from legends such as R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Get more information on the band.

See Allen Toussaint in an intimate performance

Manship Theatre kicks off its 10th anniversary seasons with a performance from New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint. The pianist takes the stage Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $85, and the performance is available only to members of the Manship Theatre. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the venue's gallery. Toussaint is known as the quintessential Crescent City pianist and has written dozens of hits, including "Southern Nights," "Working in the Coal Mine" and "Mother-in-Law." He has also collaborated with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Elvis Costello, just to name a few. For more information, click here or call 344-0334.

See a full list of this week's shows.

Movies

See the Baton Rouge-shot ‘The Maze Runner’

A cast of young actors headlines an adaptation of a best-seller that was filmed in the Capital City. The Maze Runner, which was filmed here and in Jackson, Louisiana, is based on the young adult novel by James Dashner about Thomas, a teen who is deposited into a maze with an entire community of boys. Like the rest of the group, Thomas' memory is erased. As the film proceeds, the guys join together, trying to find their way out of the maze. Dylan O'Brien (MTV's Teen Wolf) takes the lead role, and first-time director Wes Ball is behind the camera. While young adult adaptations are still popular thanks to The Hunger Games and this year's Divergent, other recent films such as The Giver and Vampire Academy have had a hard time developing an audience. With a production budget of $30 million, 20th Century Fox thinks it has a hit and has already started work on a sequel. Pre-production has already begun in New Mexico. Rated PG-13. View the trailer below.

This week’s movies

This Is Where I Leave You (in theaters Friday)
Starring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda. Rated R. View the trailer.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (in theaters Friday)
Starring Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens. Rated R. View the trailer.

Tusk (in theaters Friday)
Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks and Haley Joel Osment. Rated R. View the trailer.

Godzilla (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Aaron Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

The Fault in Our Stars (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Shailene Woodley, Sam Trammell and Laura Dern. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

Think Like a Man Too (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Starring Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

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