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May 2022

Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room

May 19

It's always a fun night at Henry Turner Jr.'s Listening Room, and when it's free, the deal is that much sweeter. Each free show features performances by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, and the Listening Room All-Stars, who may include Kelton ‘Nspire Harper, Larry LZ Dillon, comedian Eddie Cool, and more. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 8 pm until midnight. $10, which includes a soul food side dish. henryslisteningroom.com. Location: 2733 North Street Baton Rouge Louisiana

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Live Music at La Divina

May 19

Gelato, panini (or paninis, for you American types), and the frequent injections of heart and soul from Baton Rouge's singer-songwriter enclave? Divine doesn't even begin to cut it. Look forward to live music Thursdays–Saturdays, with Fridays being home to the "Original Music Gathering" hosted by Donald Gelpi, where up-and-comers can bring their original songs and sign up for a chance to play two to three songs on a first-come-first-served basis. Here's the live music that will accompany your dining at…

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Geaux Ride Bike Tours

May 19

Join the Geaux Ride Bicycle Boutique in Downtown Baton Rouge for a truly illuminated bicycling experience that combines nostalgia, wellness, and the latest technologies of the day. Every Friday and Saturday, Geaux Ride hosts scheduled forty-five minute tours of downtown Baton Rouge on their specialized glow-in-the-dark bikes. Held at 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm. Also: don't miss Geaux Ride's free weekly social rides on Thursdays, which invites local bicyclists to bring their own bikes (BYOB) or to rent…

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Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room

May 20

It's always a fun night at Henry Turner Jr.'s Listening Room, and when it's free, the deal is that much sweeter. Each free show features performances by Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, and the Listening Room All-Stars, who may include Kelton ‘Nspire Harper, Larry LZ Dillon, comedian Eddie Cool, and more. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 8 pm until midnight. $10, which includes a soul food side dish. henryslisteningroom.com. Location: 2733 North Street Baton Rouge Louisiana

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BREC Friday Night Lecture Series

May 20

For almost twenty-five years, BREC has hosted weekly meetings that explore mankind's histories and its futures, featuring skygazing tips, physics phenomena, space programs, and famous events. At the Highland Road Park Observatory from 7:30 pm–8:30 pm. Free. brec.org. Location: 13800 Highland Road Baton Rouge Louisiana

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Concerts at Bee Nice Music

May 20

Located in one of Baton Rouge's most charming neighborhoods, the backyard-turned-stage dubbed "Bee Nice Music" provides a casual space for listening to great local music. Just pull up your lawn chair. Here are the shows coming up: April 8: The Roebucks April 22: Eric Schmitt and friends May 6: Steve Judice with Michael O’Neal and Shad Blair May 20: Na Na Sha June 3: The Remnants June 17: Three Blind Mice 4205 Capital Heights. Visit facebook.com/beenicemusic for the latest info.…

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Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Ninth

May 20

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra presents a grand performance of Beethoven's Ninth, conducted by Maestro Timothy Muffitt. 7:30 pm–9:30 pm at the River Center Theatre. Tickets start at $35. brso.org. Location: 300 St. Louis Street Baton Rouge Louisiana

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KISS’s Ace Frehley at the Manship

May 20

KISS fans won't want to miss out on this one. Co-founding member of the iconic band and longtime lead guitarist—who played with the group from 1973 to 1982—Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is comng to the Manship stage this Friday. 7:30 pm. $65–$80. manshiptheatre.org. Location: 100 Lafayette Street Baton Rouge Louisiana

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Wine Down on False River

May 20

Surrounded by New Roads' distinct small-town charm, enjoy a weekend of wine tastings from Napa Valley, carefully-curated local cuisine, art, and live music. A sparkling wine reception will kick off the weekend on Friday from 5:30 pm–6:30 pm at the Poydras Museum. Guests will then enjoy a Winemaker's Dinner, hosted by Ma Mama's Kitchen and three private homes on the river—which will feature wine pairings with select menu items. 6:30 pm–9:30 pm. $250. Saturday's event will take visitors to Main…

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Historical Happy Hour

May 20

Your weekly happy hour just got happier, with an added dose of storytelling and local lore. For its regular Historical Happy Hour events, the West Baton Rouge Museum hosts a local musicians and storytellers, featuring intellectual discussions, music, panels, speakers, and—of course—drinks, though those are up to you. So pack up your favorite libations, and open your mind to the history of our community. This month's event focuses on "Tequila and Traditional Music," where Tequilier Roberto Carrillo will present a…

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