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4000 Beta Students arrive in BR!
Baton Rouge is set to host the 2010 Louisiana State Beta Club Convention at the Baton Rouge River Center. 4000 students from around the state will converge on the city to celebrate their academic success and compete in various academic competitions. The convention has been held in Baton Rouge for the last three years. Please be advised, the convention begins at 7 a.m. both days. Traffic will be heavy and BR City Police will be on St. Louis St. for traffic control.

Weekend Events!
What's happening Downtown this weekend?
Check out our Weekend Events list to keep tab on what's hot downtown each week! For more info,
visit our site at the link below!

Stand-up Comic John Gass at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's!
Don't miss up and coming comic John Gass at Bou n' Tibs Saturday, January 23rd 8-10PM. John Gass makes his Family Guy debut in 2010, he has played Miranda's "Glazed Donut Boyfriend" on HBO's Sex and The City, and he is "The New Guy" at Kevin James' work on CBS's King of Queens! John was also recently featured on The Roasts of Gene Simmons and Tommy Lee! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at

Free live music after show with Letter in Red!

Red Stick Roller Derby Season Opener at the River Center
Catch the Red Stick Roller Derby Season Opener this Saturday, January 23, 7PM. Doors open at 6PM. The event will be held in the River Center Ballroom. Children get in FREE. General admission the day of is $14. Tickets avilable from TIcketmaster or River Center Box Office. Special pre-bout exhibition scrimmage by the RSRD Freshmeat Skaters! Half-time entertainment by The Bedlamville Triflers.

RSRD Team Fundraiser at Dalton's
Dalton's is hosting a fundraiser for the young athletes of the Red Stick Roller Derby this Friday afternoon, January 22 5:30-8:30PM, the eve of the team's first Baton Rouge bout of the season. The team must generate its own funds to stay on the track so come out for a great afternoon/evening of fun with The Bench Bar Boogie Band, meet the girls, and help support the league. There will be merchandise, give-aways, and derby bar games. If you can't attend, you can send donations to the Red Stick Roller Derby at P.O. Box 83821, Baton Rouge, LA 70884.

"Help for Haiti: Strength through Unity"
Local musicians and social activists will gather for a benefit concert on Wednesday, January 20, 2009, 8PM at the Lyceum Dean. Performances by The Mike Foster Project, The Juke Joint Band, Tyree Neal, Ernest Jackson, Ian Von, Arianne, Dane Carmouche, Marcel P Black, Xero, Anna West and more! Admission $10, $5 with a donation of water and/or canned goods.

'Who Dat' Saturday at the Market
Celebrate the Saints at the Markets this Saturday! Sign up to win special king cake or Saints themed giveaways at the Market hospitality booth! Join Chef Celeste Gill as she welcomes chefs from the Louisiana Culinary Institute for this week's Fresh from the Market show. They will offer local and seasonal suggestions for football party appetizers for the big game this weekend. The show starts at 10 AM in the North Street seating area to Main Street Market.

Lunch and Learn with John Sykes
Ever wondered about the pedigree of your home? Baton Rouge historian and Louisiana State Museum Baton Rouge education manager, John Sykes, covers the complete process from start to finish. Discover the true value and heritage of your property.

Thursday, January 21, 12:00PM
Old Governor's Mansion, 502 North Blvd.
Please RSVP at 387-2464 ext. 11

Sweet Honey in The Rock
Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, internationally renowned a cappella ensemble has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and in communities of conscience around the world.
Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation.

Monday, January 25, 7PM
First Baptist Church

Howdy Doody Day @ MOA
Andy Warhol's Myths series includes an image of television icon Howdy Doody. Although Howdy Doody was a staple for children growing up in the '40s and '50s, time has robbed his freckled face of the celebrity Warhol acknowledged in his 1981 print. During your visit to the exhibition Of People and Places, enjoy some "Howdy Doody Time" and discover how one little marionette achieved mythical status.

Sunday, January 24
LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St.

Mardi Gras 2010!
Check out our website for info on all parades and runs for the Mardi Gras season!

Krewe of Jupiter | Mystic Krewe of Mutts | Krewe of Artemis | Krewe Mystique de la Capitale
Krewe of Orion | Spanish Town Parade | Krewe of Poseidon | Amedisys Mardi Gras Mambo 10K

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

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