With milder temperatures expected this weekend, it's the perfect time to stroll through BREC's City-Brooks Park and see works from local artists. The annual community showcase Art in the Park kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday on the park grounds (1515 Dalrymple Dr.) The free, family-friendly event highlights local visual and performing artists and will feature theatrical, dance and musical performances at stages around the park. There will also be a "Picture Your Park" juried photography exhibit and Baton Rouge Gallery artists will demonstrate their techniques and offer a sale on some of their works. Children's art activities will also be on the schedule, including a sidewalk chalk drawing contest. For more information, call 383-1470 or click here.
The rock musical that ignited a generation comes to Baton Rouge. HAIR, the classic play that debuted in 1967, will be performed at the River Center Theatre Stage Thursday. The story follows The Tribe, a diverse group of free-spirited, politically active hippies who preach free love in a society riddled with hate and intolerance. Tickets start at $30 and are available online. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. This show contains language, adult situations and nudity. Parental discretion is advised. For more information on the production, click here.
The LSU Museum of Art celebrates the opening of a new exhibit, "The Visual Blues," with a reception Friday. The exhibit showcases the interaction between Harlem Renaissance artists and blues and jazz musicians from the South who moved north. Admission for the 6 p.m. reception is $10 for non-museum members and free for members. The exhibit will be on display through July 13. For more information, click here.
Manship Theatre hosts the eighth annual LSU Night of French Cinema Friday and Saturday. The all-night cinematic event includes screenings of La Grande Vadrouille, La Grande Illusion, Les Tontons Flingueurs and Le Mépris, all of which have been picked by LSU’s Center for French and Francophone Studios in an effort to show off the country’s unique culture. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and runs until 6 a.m. Saturday and will feature food and drink. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. Discounted tickets are available for students. For more information, click here.
Your favorite monster trucks are heading to Baton Rouge. The River Center hosts Monster Jam Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature Spider-Man, El Toro Loco, Xtermigator, Ice Cream Man and Fullboar trucks competing in a huge derby, performing stunts and more. Shows start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 online. For more information on Monster Jam, click here.
An exotic animal and reptile convention heads to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales (9039 S. St. Landry Ave.) this weekend. This exhibit includes a large display of snakes, bearded dragons, tarantulas and more wild animals from around the globe. The event kicks off Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Repticon will also be open Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger. For more information, click here.
The Arts Council's River City Jazz Masters series continues tonight with two performances from Grammy-nominated vocalist Gregory Porter. The jazz singer quickly became one of the top voices in the genre thanks to his captivating baritone. He was raised on the sounds of Nat King Cole and the Bakersfield Southern Gospel in California. You won't want to miss his intimate performances at Manship Theatre at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and are available online. For more information, click here.
Iconic guitarist Buddy Guy performs at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Saturday. The six-time Grammy award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is known for his blues skills and heavy influences on a wide range of artists, including Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. Last year, Guy released his 27th studio album, Rhythm & Blues, which featured collaborations with Keith Urban and Kid Rock. Doors for Saturday's show open at 7 p.m. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 online. For more information, click here.See a full list of this week's shows.
The Spartan army that was the focus of a 2006 summer hit is back for revenge. This weekend's big movie release is 300: Rise of an Empire, a sequel to the mega-popular and ultra-violent 300, which was based on Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's fictional comic book series. In Rise of an Empire, Greek general Themistocles leads the charge against Persian forces led by the powerful duo of Xerxes and Artemisia. The first film in the series made Gerard Butler and director Zack Snyder household names. This time around, director Noam Murro will get to show off his chops. Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro and Sullivan Stapleton lead the cast. Rated R. View the trailer below.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (in theaters Friday) Featuring the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann. Rated PG. View the trailer. 12 Years a Slave (new on DVD/Blu-ray) Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Alfre Woodard. Rated R. View the trailer. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (new on DVD/Blu-ray) Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rated PG-13. View the trailer. Oldboy (new on DVD/Blu-ray) Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley. Rated R. View the trailer.
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