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Matherne's Market Open House
Matherne's Market at 440 on Third, a full-service market located in the heart of downtown, is hosting an OPEN HOUSE for a peek inside this historic milestone! This Wednesday, January 21st from 6PM-8PM the Matherne's family will open their doors for downtown supporters to experience and taste Matherne's unique food offerings! There will be a short presentation at 7PM to highlight the historical significance of this downtown supermarket opening in what has been a food desert for over 50 years.
January 21st, 6PM-8PM
440 Third Street

Restaurant Week Baton Rouge
This week long event will feature some of the city's best restaurants who come together to offer special meals at big discounts and provide much-need cash to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Restaurants will offer 3-course meals which generally include an appetizer, entree and dessert at fixed prices from $15-$35 per person. The offers will reflect a substantial discount from regular menu pricing in hopes of enticing new customers and showing appreciation to existing ones. Please support all of the participating downtown restaurants!

January 19th - 24th

Producer's Talk: Dark Universe
Dr. Carter Emmart, Producer of Dark Universe and director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space, will present a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the most accurate three-dimensional mapping data of the universe was used to create the show's beautiful visual effects. Following the talk, enjoy a screening of Dark Universe as well as a question and answer session with Dr. Emmart. Regular admission rates apply.

Thursday, January 22nd, 7PM
100 River Road South

8th Annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana's revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its eighth year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging black fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. The annual award of a $10,000 cash prize is to support the writer and help enable her/him to focus on her/his art of writing.

Thursday, January 22nd, 6:30PM
100 Lafayette Street

61 BULLETS at the Manship Theatre
Fresh off the film's premier at the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize! Night. September 8th, 1935. Bullets ricochet through the marble corridors of the Louisiana State Capitol. When the shooting stops, two men have been fatally wounded. 75 years later, in a search for closure, Weiss's son and his family delve into a painful past to question the official story. Both personal and political, 61 BULLETS is a Louisiana mystery revealed through one family's emotional journey.

Friday, January 23rd, 7PM
100 Lafayette Street

Steve Tyrell at the Manship Theatre
Everyone loves a good story that is well-told. These stories inspire us by helping us find meaning in our own lives. With this in mind, The Jewish Film Festival has put together the 9th annual Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival. They are bringing you a series of films that inspire, inform, and entertain; above all they reflect the long history and engaging culture of the Jewish experience. Select the link for show times and tickets.

Sunday, January 25th, 7PM
100 Lafayette Street

Brian Regan Live Comedy Tour at the River Center Theatre
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country.The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Don't miss this hilarious show at the River Center Theatre!

Sunday, January 25th, 7PM
275 S. River Road

BRSO Masterworks IV
Stephen Paulus' "Age of American Passions" was written on a commission from the BRSO to celebrate the 50th anniversary in 1999. Now in its 66th season, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will bring this work back to the River Center where it received its premiere.

Thursday, January 22nd, 7:30PM
275 S. River Road

Something Old Something New
For those who are recently engaged or have any interest in booking a future wedding or any other event at the Old Governor's Mansion, be sure to preregister for the annual bridal show Something Old, Something New! They will be hosting a mock ceremony and rehearsal! Cocktails will be served!

Thursday, January 22nd, 6PM - 9PM
502 North Boulevard

Winter Veggies at the Market
Find an assortment of winter vegetables from local farmers at the Market this Saturday including citrus, strawberries, greens, root vegetables and cabbage. Locally sourced pork, beef and seafood can also be found along with milk, cheese and honey. The Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature Lisa Buquoi of Supper Solutions with samples of her recipes which are available as frozen meals to-go each Saturday inside Main Street Market.

Every Saturday, 8AM - 12PM
Corner of 5th Street & Main Street

For a full listing of upcoming events, visit our website.

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