Community events in Baton Rouge area for Jan. 5-11, 2024 | Entertainment/Life

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The following is a calendar of community events in the Baton Rouge area from Friday through Thursday, January 11.


FRIDAY EVENING LECTURE SERIES: 7:30 p.m., Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road. Series covering sky observing tips, physical phenomena, space programs, famous events, celestial stories and possible futures. Evening sky observations follow at 8:30 p.m.; Also, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For ages 14 and up. Free.


BATON ROUGE ARTS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Fifth and Main Street, downtown. Vendors sell a variety of unique and original artwork including pottery, woodwork, textiles, glass, paintings, sculptures, photographs, artisan soaps, handmade toys, jewelry and much more.

BATON ROUGE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Fifth and Main Street, downtown. Farm fresh produce, merchandise, cooking demonstrations and much more.

THE MARKET AT THE OASIS: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 13827 Coursey Blvd. Vendors selling farm-grown produce, artisan goods, baked goods and more.

STARGAZING: 10 a.m., Irene W. Pennington Planetarium at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Discover the stars and constellations in the local night sky, followed by a show for all ages. Included in regular admission.

CAJUN DANCE CLASSES: 6:45 p.m., Ric Seeling Dance Studio, 10776 N. Harrells Ferry Road. Free with paid entry to the Dance of the French Cajun Music Association at 7:30 p.m. $10, CFMA members; $12, non-members; $7, students with ID; children 12 and under, free.


FIRST SUNDAY FREE: Louisiana Museum of Arts and Sciences, 100 S. River Road; Magnolia Mound Plantation, 2161 Nicholson Drive; LSU Art Museum, 100 Lafayette St.; and LSU Center for River Studies, 100 Terrace Ave. Free admission to all exhibits and installations, plus free admission to shows and exhibits at LASM's Irene Pennington Planetarium.

VISIT TO THE CAMELLIA GARDEN: 2 p.m., Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium at Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road. Hosted by the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum and includes a lecture by Dr. Wayne Stromeyer. $20.


TRIVIA EVENING: 6:30 p.m., Burgersmith, 18303 Perkins Road East. Free.


TRIVIA EVENING: 6:30 p.m., Burgersmith, 27350 Crossing Circle, Suite 150, Denham Springs. Free.


BATON ROUGE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road. Farm fresh produce, goods and more.


FINE ARTS BY ANN CONNELLY: 1670 Lobdell Ave., Exhibition of new works by Mary Singleton, including her latest figurative pieces. Hours are Tuesday by appointment and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Free. (225) 927-7676 or

LOUISIANA GUILD OF ARTS: Independence Park Theater, 7800 Independence Blvd. “Twelve Days of Christmas” until Thursday January 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

BACKWOODS GALLERY: 11931, rue Ferdinand, Saint-Francisville. Oils and acrylics by Olivia Pass. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. (225) 721-1736.

BATON ROUGE GALLERY CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER: 1515 Dalrymple Drive. “Surrealist Salon 16.”

CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM: 660 N. Fourth St. “The Foundations of Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation,” “Living Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America,” and “Louisiana Mythologies.” (225) 342-5428 or

ÉLISABÉTHANE GALLERY: 680 Jefferson Highway. “Autumn and Christmas Show.” Call (225) 924-6437 or follow the gallery's Facebook page.

LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF ART AND SCIENCE: 100 S. River Road. “The Art of Looking Up: Following the Stars, From Ancient Cultures to the Webb,” through April 21, in the second-floor main gallery. “Celestial Imaginings: Artists Exploring the Galaxies”, The Republic Finance Gallery, until January 28. “Artistry and Accuracy: Botanical Illustrations by Margaret Stones,” until March 3. “Pinpointing the Stars”, Universe Gallery, until August 1. (225) 344-5272 or

LSU ART MUSEUM: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Andy Warhol/Friends & Frenemies: Prints from the Cochran Collection,” opening Thursday, January 11. “Mirror Mirror” by Daniel Rozin. “Arts in Louisiana: views on the collection”, in progress. “What is engraving?” in Family Gallery, in progress. (225) 389-7200 or

LSU GLASSELL GALLERY: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. “Where I End, We Begin Angela Dufresne and Mala Iqbal,” through Jan. 21. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

LSU TEXTILE AND COSTUME MUSEUM: Human Ecology Building, Tower Drive, LSU Campus. “Women Fashioning Women”, until March 28. (225) 578-5992 or by email

MAGNOLIA MOUND: 2161 Nicholson Drive. Guided and free tours. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

OLD GOVERNOR’S HOUSE: 502 North Boulevard. Open to visits. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. FREE ENTRANCE.

OLD STATE CAPITOL: 100 North Boulevard. The facility will be closed for cyclical maintenance until January 15.

USS KIDD VETERANS MUSEUM: 305 S. River Road. “Pirates!” The story of the Pacific pirate”, permanent exhibition.

WEST BATON ROUGE MUSEUM: 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. “Little wonders: insects in brief”, until Sunday January 14. (225) 336-2422 or

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