By Tara Bennett
Arts and culture is becoming a huge attraction in Baton Rouge. It’s present at every scale from budding art collectives to the face of the city itself with murals painted across multiple buildings. Additionally, talented local artists set up shop on a weekly basis and there is a show to see practically every night of the week. Of course, after-hours events aren’t limited to museums and galleries. For those who crave more performance-based art, they can look no further to the local theatre scene in Baton Rouge. During the daytime, it’s easy to find plenty to do in the city, but there is also plenty to do at night as many arts and culture establishments hold nightly events for visiting art enthusiasts. Take a look to see what’s coming up.
LSU Museum of Art
LSU Museum of Art is considered to be one of the best art museums in the South. Sprawling the entire fifth floor of the Shaw Center, the museum showcases rotating historical and contemporary exhibitions, with selections from the permanent collection always on display. The LSU Museum of Art usually will extends its hours for special programming held in conjunction with the current exhibition.
Currently, the museum is presenting a series of culinary evenings in conjunction with the Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 exhibition. On Oct. 15, guests can enjoy French wine with food pairings from Louisiana Culinary Institute guided by chefs from local French restaurants. After dinner, guests will be allowed to view the exhibition. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and is $35 members/$40 non-members.
The Capitol Park Museum
The Capitol Park Museum is dedicated to manifesting the diverse aspects of Louisiana history, industry, and culture through its exhibitions. Coming up in October is a special preview of the historic exhibit “Keeping Time: Extraordinary Images from Louisiana’s Musical Past.” The preview will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5-7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
This historic exhibit features more than 50 photographs from the museum’s music collection and showcases the musicians who made Louisiana music famous across the globe with subjects ranging from early jazz innovators Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet to zydeco accordionist Boozoo Chavis and jazz and funk master Trombone Shorty.
Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility
The Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility, located in the heart of City Park, hosts nightly opening receptions on the first Wednesday of every month for its featured artists. The gallery will be hosting its next First Wednesday opening reception for Mary Ann Caffery, Samuel J. Corso, David DuBose and Steve Schmidt from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 7.
The Arts Council and the LSU Museum of Art are teaming up by inviting artists to become part of a special exhibition at the Firehouse Gallery as part of the LSU:MOA exhibition, Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris, 1880-1910.
Inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec, participating artists will create artwork “in situ” at local cafés, theatres, and parks to produce original works of art. This work will be exhibited in a group show at the Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery with a public reception held on Friday, Oct. 9 from 6-8pm.
Modeled after the style of classic European opera houses, the Manship Theatre is one of the most beautifully intimate theatres nestled in the heart of downtown. Beauty aside, the Manship also offers a diverse array of events practically every night of the week. This Friday the Manship will host the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival and next week you can catch Dinner and a Movie featuring the classic hit film Ghostbusters as well as two nights of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If that’s not enough for you, you can check out their full calendar at manshiptheatre.org.
Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre
Located inside the Shaw Center for the Arts is the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre. Whether it be a cult classic film, trivia nights, or experimental theatre, the Hartley/Vey always has something to enjoy. Up next on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. will be Family Dinner Improv Comedy Night, who will make you laugh yourself silly. The show is rated R with $5 admission.
New Venture Theatre
New Venture Theatre’s productions have delighted audiences for seven years, and they’re going to keep on with their next production of “SOUL.” Directed and Choreographed by Jeoffery Harris, Jr., SOUL presents itself as a story of music through dance beginning with the 1960s and evolving to present date. SOUL captures some of our nation’s largest milestones that have made huge impact to society. Catch the show at the Independence Park Theatre, located at 7800 Independence Blvd., on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission.
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
BRSO offers multiple event concerts from September through May. For October, BRSO presents the next installment of its Masterworks series featuring Gary Hoffman. Hoffman will present a concert featuring two monumental post-romantic composers and their works. The concert will be held on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center.