Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend

Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend 5/17-5/19


1. Audra McDonald at Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra – 5/17

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is bringing in one of Broadway’s best this evening for a special encore of its Great Performers in Concert series. Five-time Tony Award winner and Grammy Award winner Audra McDonald will perform alongside the orchestra in the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Price: Starts at $30
Time: 7 pm
River Center Theatre
275 River Road South

Cinderella's_Carriage2. Storybook Ball – 5/18

Tomorrow evening, twelve storybooks come to life in an enchanted wonderland with activities for the entire family. The Storybook Ball will feature the Jungle Book, Princess and the Frog, Where the Wild Things Are and several others. There will be an activity for children at each storybook, a vintage carriage for photo shoots, raffles, a live auction, music, and fanciful food and drinks. Proceeds go to Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, which provides a wide range of support services to local families. Cocktail or storybook costume attire.

Price: Starts at $20
Time: 5 pm-8pm
Baton Rouge River Center Ballroom

home063. Abita Springs Opry – 5/18

The Abita Springs Opry’s spring series finishes up this month. Come early and join those who’ve made a ritual of enjoying the front porch concerts, food and homemade pastries. It all adds up the good ole’ family atmosphere that the Opry strives for. After the show, head to the Abita Brew Pub for a post-show jam session.

Price: $12 kids, $15 adults
Time: 5:45 pm
Abita Springs Town Hall
22161 Level Street
Abita Springs, Louisiana 70420

garden4. Tour of Ponds and Gardens – 5/18-19

The annual Baton Rouge Area Tour of Ponds and Gardens is a paean to the beauty and the pleasures of water-gardening. Presented by Harb’s Oasis and the Deep South Koi and Pond Society, this tour visits the private ponds of homeowners in the Baton Rouge area as they open their backyards to show off their waterscapes. Since the tour’s inception, more than $110,000 has been raised and given back to the community. This year, proceeds will benefit Brave Heart–Children in Need and Yelp!BR.

Price: $15
Time: 10 am Sat; 12 pm Sun
Contact: 225.756.2720

balloon animal5. Balloon Artistry – 5/22

It’ll be a veritable balloon bonanza at Bluebonnet Library on Sunday. Bring the kids to watch balloon artist Chris Pierce twist and tie balloons into all sorts of creatures. (By the way, a Google Image search of “balloon animal” yields fairly terrifying results.)

Time: 4 pm
Children’s Room Bluebonnet Library
9200 Bluebonnet Blvd

Baton Rouge Greek Festival

On Saturday I rescued my adorable, yet slightly ill friend, Tulley (it’s her last name), from her home-style prison and took her to the Greek Festival. They fulfilled every promise they made: dancing, incredible food, fantastic artistic wares, etc. We hopped around from booth to booth people-watching and convincing ourselves we didn’t need to buy everything they were selling (that was pretty difficult).

The festival was set for North Boulevard Town Square, but, with the formidable weather forecast, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church moved it indoors to the Belle of Baton Rouge.

DSC_0408Told you she’s adorable.

DSC_0421Don’t tell Arzi, but this may have been the best chicken gyro I’ve ever had.

DSC_0427From the moment I saw these girls, I knew being at that festival made us cool. (Don’t you wish you had gone, now?)

DSC_0446How adorable is this blouse? I mean, really. Look at those buttons!DSC_0451The sleeves are my favorite. Obviously.

Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend


hacn-banner1. Hot Art, Cool Nights – 5/10

Assuming this is similar to White Light Night, this art show of sorts is destined to be completely fantastic. Thousands come out to enjoy exhibits of original, local art by well-known artists and new talents. Mediums include painting, sculpture, jewelry design, art photography and more. The Hop will include free shuttles to ferry art enthusiasts from stop to stop.

Price: Free
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Government St.

6028747719_97e73f073d2. Baton Rouge Greek Festival – 5/11

Greek food, Greek dancing, Greek hair braiding . . . we all know where I’ll be on Saturday. The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is hosting the 2013 Baton Rouge Greek Festival downtown. The festival will feature Greek massages, music, market items (yay alliteration!), and a toga 5k. How can anyone not want to go?

Price: Free
Time: 11 am – 10 pm
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino
103 France St

Ruletka - Kasyno - Hazard3. Beat the Odds at Casino Night – 5/11

The Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge is taking over the Capitol Park Welcome Center and bringing in the glitz and glam for the third annual “Beat the Odds” Casino Night and Silent Auction. Go for gaming, food, drinks and prizes. All proceeds will support programs and services for individuals with mental illness and substance addiction in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Price: $75
Time: 7 pm
Location: Capitol Park Welcome Center

4. Arts for Families – 5/11

The LSU Museum of Art will honor Mother’s Day with this special family arts program, “Portraits of Love: Mom.” Participants will gather insipiration from the renderings of women in paintings, sculptures and drawings, then create their own portraits of leading ladies in their lives.

Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
LSU Museum of Art
100 Lafayette St

mother's day clip art 20135. Spend time with Mom – 5/12


Happy Mother’s Day to my own fantastic Mama (shout-out: Gayle Brown), and to all the sweet, loving, doting mothers.

May Produce

As you go about shopping this weekend, keep these super fresh fruits and veggies in mind.

Collard Greens
Fava Beans
Green Beans
Green Onions
New Potatoes
Pea Greens
Snap/Snow Peas
Summer Squash

Carolina Moon

Caro Moon 2NOLA girl (and LSU alumna) Camille Harrington Quintana recently established Carolina Moon, a trendy, posh boutique which currently exists completely online. I got to meet Camille this past weekend at her house in the Crescent City.

Between the furniture, racks of clothes and a friendly giant (Lucy the dog), there’s not much room for anything else in her living room, but southern hospitality runs through her veins. She instantly makes you feel at ease and at home. It might be her greatest natural talent . . . apart from choosing beautiful clothes, of course.

Caro MoonI’ve already worn the three blouses (here, here and here) I bought Saturday, and have enjoyed the multiple showers of compliments thoroughly. What makes Carolina Moon unique, though, isn’t the adorable clothing options. Without a physical storefront, Camille welcomes shoppers into her home and offers a personal, in-your-home styling service where she helps you reinvent your wardrobe with pieces you already have.

Sadly, this offer isn’t in Baton Rouge yet. le sigh. But, a girl can dream, right?

(Read LSU’s story on the e-boutique here.)


Top 5 Things To Do This Weekend


As always, Baton Rouge has a ton of options for your weekend activities. Of course, we only list five. But, this is stinking Cinco de Mayo weekend! In the spirit of celebrating non-US holidays simply as an excuse to get drunk and eat terrible food, your weekend should be lively. Let us know how your weekend was at or in the comments.


1. Viewing & Doing Art – 5/4

A perfect Saturday activity for the family, head to LASM to visit an art gallery, discuss the artwork, then let your kids (ages 6-12) express themselves through a hands-on art project. Sign begins at 10 am and is first come, first serve.

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm
100 River Road South


2. Swan Lake – 5/4

Oh, hellz yeah. If it weren’t my unrelenting budget, y’all know I would be all over this. I mean, this is the first time Swan Lake will be performed, in its entirety, in Baton Rouge history. Or, so I’ve heard. The Russian National Ballet Theatre comes to the LSU Union Theatre Saturday evening to perform Tchaikovsky’s treasured, and freaking awesome, ballet. “It’s eternal love, en pointe.”

Price: Begins at $36
Time: 7:30 pm
LSU Union Theatre


3.  Girls on the Run 5K – 5/4

Normally, we don’t list every single run on our “Top 5,” because that would be ridiculous. But this one is just so darn amazing.

Nonprofit organization Girls on the Run of Greater Baton Rouge served more than 1,200 girls in 2013 at public and private schools throughout Greater Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. The ten-week program features after school sessions in which third through eighth grade girls engage in lessons, running games and activities that help them create healthy habits, make positive choices, stand up for themselves and serve as leaders in the community.

The program culminates in a non-competitive 5K on the grounds of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The run is open to men, women, boys and girls of all ages who will run alongside 500 local girls celebrating the end of their 10-weeks. After the race, look forward to music, games and food.

Time: 7:30 am
6400 Perkins Road

4. Louisiana Youth Orchestras – 5/5

Come hear the disciplined young musicians of the Louisiana Youth Orchestras, whose skills range from beginner to pre-professional, and know that classical music will be around for a long time to come.

Price: Free
Time: 3 pm
BRCC Magnolia Pavilion
301 Community College Dr.


5. Of Montreal – 5/5

Known for their wildly theatrical live performances, Of Montreal will be at The Varsity Sunday evening. With nearly a dozen albums to their name, the band continues to release entertaining, though sometimes unpredictable, music. Their latest album, Paralytic Stalks, features horns, woodwinds and piano and sounds “more refined” according to NPR Music. Judge for yourself.

Price: $17
Time: 7 pm
The Varsity
3353 Highland Rd.

What will you do this weekend?

Perkins Road Park Photos

We all know I love a good park, and Perkins Road Park is absolutely fantastic.

Don’t worry, kids. I’ll tell you all about it eventually. For now, enjoy my creeper photo shoot tease.

(Seriously. Those poor skateboarders must have been so creeped out by a random lady in a maxi dress taking their pictures. At the same time, I think they enjoyed it. They kind of gravitated to me.)