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Weekend Events!
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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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Happy's 5000 3rd Annual Downtown Spectacular 5000 Meter Road Race
A NIGHTLIFE Series Event Presented by BROOKS. Text your running partner, tweet your followers, facebook update your friends--yes, it's time to get ready for the 3rd installment of the Happy's 5000. It's more than just a's a cultural event!

100 block of Third Street
Saturday, March 26

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Buckwheat Zydeco & The Ils Sont Partis Band at Manship Theatre
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr.'s legacy as a soulful bandleader, arranger, showman, vocalist and organist par excellence was already secure before he became a cornerstone of Clifton Chenier's classic Red Hot Louisiana Band lineup in 1976, grafting funk and gospel influences to the Zydeco King's virtuosic boogie. In 1986, Dural's new namesake band, Buckwheat Zydeco, made history as the first zydeco ensemble to release an album on a major label, and subsequent sessions with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, David Hidalgo and many other artists have been icing on the musical cake topped with a 2010 GRAMMY Award. Buy tickets

Thursday, March 24 @ 7PM

Portland Cello Project
Classically-trained cellists rethink their tradition, performing Guns and Roses, solemn religious songs, the Star Trek theme and Abba's Dancing Queen in unusual-and beautiful-arrangements. "A group of cello-wielding maniacs," says Spacelab Magazine. Buy tickets

Manship Theatre
Friday, March 25 @ 8PM

LASM after Hours
Kick back after work while taking in the current exhibition Recording America: Printmaking 1900-1950 from the Herbert D. Halpern Collection. LASM curator Elizabeth Weinstein will present an informal discussion about the prints on view and how they reflect the changing face of America in the first half of the 20th century. Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres with admission: members free, nonmembers $7. This program is sponsored by 100.7 The Tiger.

Thursday, March 25 @ 5:30PM

Spank the Monkey at Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's
Spank the Monkey has been playing its own brand of hard hitting rock & roll since 1995. Rising from the fog covered swamps of southern Louisiana, they have created their own style of music that lead to the creation of their first album, self titled, Spank the Monkey, followed by their second release, White Trash Lullabies, then onto their third release, "3".

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux's
Friday, March 25 @ 9PM

Beyond Black: A Panel Discussion
Arts professionals from a variety of disciplines will discuss their thoughts on working within and "beyond" the African American tradition in each of those disciplines. Have these disciplines developed, retained, and/or moved beyond a "black" tradition? How does living and working in the South impact on those traditions? Derek Gordon, CEO for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, will mediate. Panelists include: musician John Gray, visual artist Clifton Webb, performance poet Chancelier "xero" Skidmore, and the Director of New Venture Theater, Greg Williams, Jr.

LSU Museum of Art
Sunday, March 27 @ 12:30PM

The Great American Clean-up
Join Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful in the 2011 Great American Cleanup on Saturday, March 26. The designated site in Downtown Baton Rouge will be in front of the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M. and the clean up runs until Noon. KBRB can provide supplies, trash bags and gloves for volunteers.

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This week at the Market
Celebrate the beginning of Spring this weekend with fresh, seasonal vegetables from the Red Stick Farmers Market from 8AM-12PM at Fifth and Main Streets. Shoppers can find leeks, asparagus, cucumbers, sprouts and other Spring vegetables this weekend. A variety of edible plant seedlings will also be available to begin planting Spring gardens. This Saturday's Fresh from the Market cooking show will feature Advocate food editor Stephanie Riegel and her sister Tracey Koch. The cooking demonstration begins at 10 AM in the North Street seating area to Main Street Market. Musical entertainment this Saturday will include The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz entertaining shoppers outside at the Farmers Market.

Gumbo at St. James
Call 225-387-5141 between 8AM and 10AM to place your order for drive-thru or inside pickup. Dine-in is open from 11AM -1PM. Shrimp or Chicken & Sausage Gumbo Lunch includes steamed rice, sensation salad, homemade bread, dessert and (dine-in only) coffee or tea - $10 - Bishops Hall at St. James Episcopal Church - Fourth at Florida Streets.

Every Friday during Lent

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

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