This Week's Edition / October 22, 2014

Events

Enjoy rides, music and more at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

A Baton Rouge tradition returns this week. The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair celebrates its 29th year and kicks off Thursday. The fun takes place at the fairgrounds on Airline Highway (16072 Airline Hwy.) and features carnival rides, a petting zoo, racing pigs and concessions. Festival attendees can also enjoy an appearance from magician Tim Spinosa and music from Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor on Thursday, David St. Romain on Friday, Justin Garner on Saturday and many more. The event runs through Nov. 2. and will be open 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Proceeds from the event will be donated back into the community through grants to organizations focusing on children and families. Gate admission is $5. Ride wristbands will be available for $25. Buy tickets online. For more information, visit gbrsf.com.

Theatre Baton Rouge brings new musical ‘Spring Awakening’ to the stage

A local theater company tackles a Tony award-winning Broadway hit. Theatre Baton Rouge hosts performances of Spring Awakening starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. The R-rated play is part of the company's Turner-Fischer City Series and explores the journey to adulthood in 19th century Germany. Tickets are $28 and $24 for subscribers. Group rates and student discounts are available. The rock musical is based on the controversial German play of the same name and features music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Steven Sater. Performances will run through Nov. 2. For more information, click here.

Heads up: 225 celebrates Halloween with another #movienightbr event next Wednesday, Oct. 29. The free event will feature a screening of the comedy Hocus Pocus at North Boulevard's Town Square. Festivities start at 6 p.m. RSVP and get more information.

Arts

See local artists' works in the Capital City Contemporary exhibit

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum honors local and regional artists in a new series. Capital City Contemporary hosts works from artists who are contributing to the vitality of the state's current art scene, and the first exhibit opens today at the downtown museum. The new show features two-dimensional abstract works from Baton Rouge artists, including Ed Pramuk, Paul Dean, Rosemary Goodell, Kathleen Lemoine and many more. The exhibit runs through Feb. 15. The 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, $6.25 for children ages 2-12 and seniors 65 or older. For more information, click here.

Sing along and witness the drama in 'Choir Boy'

New Venture Theatre is bringing a critically acclaimed play to the Capital City. The local theater company will perform Choir Boy at Hartley/Vey Theatres, starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20. The play revolves around the Charles R. Drew Prep School of Boys' choir. The protagonist, Pharus, wants nothing more than to be the leader of the group, but when he sings the classics differently, he's finding the job more difficult than he imagined. Choir Boy is for mature audiences only. No one under the age of 12 will be allowed in the theater. Get a sneak peek of the performance in the video below.

Family

Have a 'Yappy Halloween' with YelpBR!

YelpBR! will get in on the holiday fun with a little help from four-legged friends. The local organization hosts its fifth annual Yappy Halloween Spook 5K and one-mile costume stroll at North Boulevard's Town Square Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event features a costume contest as well as adoptable dogs and local vendors. Registration costs vary. To register for the 5K or one-mile run, click here. Proceeds from the event will help YelpBR!'s vision of finding loving homes for dogs. Last year's event attracted 100 participants and raised $9,000. For more information, read Adrian Hirsch's latest blog post.

Enjoy Halloween fun with BREC

A BREC park celebrates Halloween early this week with BREC-A-Boo. The event will be held at the North Sherwood Forest Community Park (3140 N. Sherwood Forest Drive) Friday 6 p.m.-8 p.m. There, families and children can enjoy carnival games, ghostly visitors, a costume contest and more. Concessions will be available for purchase. The event is free, but a haunted house hike will take place for $2. To get more information about this hauntingly good time, visit brec.org.

Music

See local musicians 'Drop the Needle' on J.J. Cale

Clay Parker, Jamye St. Romain, Denton Hatcher and many more celebrate J.J. Cale's 1972 classic Naturally this week. The show will be Drop the Needle's final performance inside Chelsea's Caf's side bar and takes place Thursday 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. After this show, the monthly concert series will move to Hartley/Vey Theatres in November for a performance of The Beatles' White Album Friday, Nov. 28. This week's show includes an ensemble featuring Bill Romano, Ben Herrington, Jessica Ottaviano and other local musicians. Naturally is the debut album from Cale and includes classic songs such as "After Midnight," "Call Me the Breeze" and "Clyde." RSVP and get more information.

Are you 'Desperately Wanting' some Better Than Ezra?

The band that remembers running through the wet grass visits Baton Rouge this weekend. Better Than Ezra is bringing its '90s rock glory to L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 online. Patrons must be 21 or older to enter. Last month, the Louisiana band released its eighth studio album, All Together Now. The album's lead-off single, "Crazy Lucky," peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, and All Together Now debuted in the top 50 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in its first week. For more information on Better Than Ezra, click here or remember the times they played The Varsity when you were in college and didn't have kids.

See a full list of this week's shows.

Movies

See Keanu Reeves in the new action flick 'John Wick'

The actor best known for his role in The Matrix is on the comeback trail. Keanu Reeves stars as the title character in this weekend's movie, John Wick. In the film, Reeves plays an aging ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to take out the gangsters who took everything from him. Since The Matrix, Reeves hasn't had a box office hit. While he has dabbled in directing with the critically-acclaimed/academic Side By Side documentary about the role of digital media in filmmaking, his more recent acting gigs have seen less praise. Last year's 47 Ronin couldn't even wheeze its way to $40 million domestically against a production budget of $175 million. Also last year, Reeves directed and starred in the little-seen, yet fun Man on Tai Chi. While John Wick was on no one's radar earlier this year, the movie has been touted as a surprisingly enjoyable action flick that should put him back on the map. Willem Dafoe and Michael Nyquist co-star. Rated R. View the trailer below.

This week's movies

Ouija (in theaters Friday)
They made a movie about the board game. The apocalypse should be upon us at any moment. Rated PG-13. View the trailer.

Earth to Echo (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
A family film starring Teo Halm, Astro and Reese Hartwig. Rated PG. View the trailer.

The Purge: Anarchy (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Here's the sequel to a movie that wasn't nearly as good as its trailer. Rated R. View the trailer.

Sex Tape (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal star in a flop about a couple making a—you guessed it—sex tape. Rated R. View the trailer.

Snowpiercer (new on DVD/Blu-ray)
Chris Evans and Ed Harris star in one of the best science fiction action films of the year. Rated R. View the trailer.

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