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Weekend Events!
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Art Melt 2010
The seventh annual Art Melt will take place on the evening of Friday, July 16 from 6:30-10pm at the Louisiana State Museum, Fourth @ Spanish Town Rd, and will include other activities outside the building on the Capital Park Grounds. The works selected for the show will hang in the Louisiana State Museum for six weeks. The Art Melt has grown to become the largest multi-media, juried exhibit in the state of Louisiana and helps promote professional artists within the Greater Baton Rouge community. FREE CATS shuttle will run from 6:30 - 10:30 Friday night. It will pick up patrons at the corner of Convention & Third (convenient parking in the State Garage at Third and Convention) and drop off at the Art Melt. The State Galvez Garage at North St and Fifth will also extend their hours to 11PM for Art Melt patrons with convenient walking right to the event. Don't miss this extraordinary event!

The 2010 Art Melt Preview Party is set for Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the Louisiana State Museum from 6:30pm to 10pm. Click for tickets.

Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival
A full day of entertainment with four highly acclaimed films about Ireland and the Irish plus live entertainment by McTeggart school of dance, Drowsy Maggie, Na Cait Dugh Bagpipers & North Channel. Great food and cash bar. Visit their website below for film info and schedule.

Saturday, July 17th, Noon to 10:30PM
Manship Theatre

Kelli Scarr w/ The Shivers
From the sounds of her creaky upright piano and midnight acoustic recordings to the whimpers of her son waking up from a nap in the next room, Kelli Scarr's new album "Piece" (recorded with help from Moby) captures an extremely personal journey, providing a photo album's worth of lush images. Catch this talented female artist and The Shivers on Wednesday the 14th at Red Star.

Sound of Summer Concert Series
The Sounds of Summer concert series is part of a parish-wide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of East Baton Rouge Parish. Friday concerts are from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Galvez Plaza. This week is After 8 (R&B / Funk) on Friday, July 16th.

Visit the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge online for additional info and a full schedule of artist.

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Downtown Sunset Yoga Class
As part of 2010 WVLA's "Losing in Louisiana" series. Yoga Bliss is holding a free community sunset yoga class on the terrace of the Shaw Center at Tsunami July 14 from 7-8:15PM. The activities, led by Kim Matsko, owner of yoga bliss, are open to the public. There will be a live DJ spinning yoga music. Salute the sun and enjoy the amazing experience.

Visit Yoga Bliss on Facebook

Bayou Bijou: Movies Made in Louisiana
Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will share an entertaining summary of the top 50 famous movies filmed in Louisiana. Dardenne is recognized for his lively and colorful presentations on Louisiana's culture, demography, history, music and politics. Also, Amy Mitchell-Smith will make a brief presentation on movies currently underway in Louisiana.

Thursday, July 15, 6:30PM
Old Governor's mansion

Beat the Heat Comedy Show
The Baton Rouge comedy company, Salami Vice, is back with another hilarious stand-up comedy show featuring some of the funniest people in southeast Louisiana. The troupe stages one big monthly show at Bou n' Thibs. The July show, called, BEAT THE HEAT, will feature several new comics from their bi-monthly Stand-Up Open Mic night. Cover $5, 18 and over until 10PM.

Thursday, July 15, 8-10PM
Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's

Professional Networking Happy Hour at Roux House
On Thursday, July 15th from 4:00- 8:00pm The Roux House will continue their Professional Networking Happy Hour. It will be every third Thursday of the month. They have extended the time of the complimentary drinks from 4:00- 6:00pm. This will also include complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Bring your business cards and win $50 for collecting the most. The company that brings the most employees walks away with $100 tab towards a private function at the Roux House.

Melon Mania
Look for cantaloupe, crenshaw, sugar baby and yellow and red varieties of watermelons this Saturday as the Markets celebrate Melon Mania! Chefs from the Louisiana Culinary Institute will showcase the versatility of melons during the Fresh from the Market cooking show at 10 AM inside Main Street Market. Musical entertainment will include the Lagniappe Dulcimers inside Main Street Market beginning at 8:30 AM. We are also excited to welcome a capella singers from Center Stage in Ascension Parish who will entertain shoppers with pieces from their current production "The Spelling Bee."

Walk this way!
How walkable is your neighborhood? Downtown's neighborhoods are VERY walkable according to Walk Score. Walkable neighborhoods offer surprising benefits to the environment, our health, our finances, and our communities. What makes a neighborhood walkable?
  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Click to find out your Walkable Score!

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

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