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Valentines Day Downtown
Downtown establishments are taking reservations for Valentines Day. Beat the rush and secure your spot at one of Downtown's many fabulous restaurants and eateries. Click for a list of Restaurants taking reservations for Valentines Day.

Don't forget about Downtown's own flower shop Fleur Du Jour, and the many opportunities for gift buying at our local shops and markets. Check our Merchant Listing for all your Valentines Day needs and use our Interactive Map to get around and explore!

Downtown Merchant Listing
Interactive Map

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!

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Randy Newman at Manship Theatre
With 16 Oscar nominations for his work with Pixar, Disney, and other recordings, Randy Newman has long been one of the most musically and lyrically ambitious singer-songwriters ever to be at play in the fields of popular music. Buy tickets

Friday, February 11 @ 7:30pm

Also coming to Manship Theatre...The Clayton Brother Quintet on Wednesday and Thursday & Martin Short on Valentines Day.

Passion of Mythic Proportions
Based on a epic poem by Alexander Pushkin, the BRSO performs the Overture from Mikail Ivanovich Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla. This torturous tale of love, sorcery and restoration is followed by the dramatic Piano Concerto by Robert Schumann. Marking her sixth appearance with the BRSO, Constance Carroll performs the Schumann Concerto. The budding seeds of early Romanticism are celebrated as the Orchestra performs Haydn's Symphony No. 49 "La Passione," followed by selections from Richard Wagner's powerful Ring Cycle, a legendary collection of Teutonic Lore concerning a magic ring that grants the power to rule the world.

River Center
Thursday, February 10

4 Times the Fun with the Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters, who have contributed more innovations to the game of basketball than any other team in history, have implemented the first-ever 4-point shot as part of all of its games on the team's 2011 "4 Times the Fun" North American tour. This game-changing innovation will be on display when the Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals at Baton Rouge River Center on Friday, February 11 @ 7:00PM. Buy tickets

Mia Borders with Special Guest DJ Otto at Roux House
New Orleans-based Mia Borders has captured both local and national audiences, with Offbeat Magazine's Alex Rawls writing "Note to self: Pay more attention to Mia Borders" and USA Today naming the "young soul strutter" as one of the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's hidden surprises. Mia Borders and her band have gained incredible momentum for their energetic blend of funk and soul with a contemporary songwriting style, and were, subsequently, branded "New Orleans' hottest buzz band" by Where Y'at Magazine.

Thursday, February 10 @ 10PM

Largely Ironic Karaoke at Red Star
Spill everything you've got on the mic for the enjoyment of your friends, fans, fellow karaoke'ers. The point isn't to sound good, it is to sound pathetic. So come on down every Wednesday at 8PM to the Red Star and sing like the rest of the sappy, drunken, lonely karaoke'ers.

Antique and Collectibles Sale
The 100+ year old renovated "St. Charles House" will play host to the largest antique and collectibles sale that Downtown Baton Rouge has ever seen! Come, be the first to browse over 6,500 square feet of French and English Antiques just in from Europe. Explore room after room of exquisite furniture, crystal, china, Persian rugs, top quality oil paintings and much, much more!

201 St. Charles Street (2 blocks behind the Old Governor's Mansion)

Friday, February 11th, 11AM-5PM
Saturday, February 12th, 8AM-5PM
Sunday, February 13th, 11AM-5PM

For more information call: 225-445-3314

Valentine's Day Gifts at the Market
The Market is your one stop shop for unique Valentine's Day gifts. Shop this Thursday through Saturday with Main Street Market businesses including special guest vendors. Chocolate covered Louisiana pecans, artisan chocolates, handmade jewelry, and other gift items will be available for your sweetheart. Shoppers can also stop by the Market appreciation booth this Wednesday and sign up for a chance to win great Valentine's Day prizes. On Saturday, the Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature Scott Rogers, host of The Around Town Show. The cooking demonstration begins at 10 AM in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market.

August Wilson's Radio Golf
St. James Episcopal presents: Radio Golf by two-time Pulitzer prize-winning playwright August Wilson on Sunday, February 13 at 6PM. Radio Golf, directed by Ava Brewster-Turner, Ph. D. was a Tony Award Nominee for Best Play and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Catch this great performance in Bishops Hall at St. James Episcopal. General admission is $10 and $5 for students.

Music at Mid-Day
Free lunchtime concerts beginning at noon each Wednesday will feature local musicians, student ensembles, professional musicians and a wide variety of music from Classical to Standards, Blues, Jazz and Americana. Downtown patrons interested in attending can bring their own lunch or order takeout from any downtown area restaurant.

The concerts take place on the Fourth Floor Terrace of the Shaw Center for the Arts. Call 225-389-7170 for more info.

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

227 Florida St.  |  Baton Rouge, LA 70801  |  (225) 389-5520 Office (225) 389-5523 Fax  |  8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F

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