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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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"Elmo's Healthy Heroes"
When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene - all in a quest to put the "super" back in Super Grover. It's Elmo's Healthy Heroes to the rescue! Buy tickets

Baton Rouge River Center
March 17-20

Broadway Presents Mamma Mia!
Over 32 million people all around the world have fallen in love with Mamma Mia!! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father's identity brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the Greek island they last visited 20 years ago. The magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Every night everyone's having the time of their life with Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show!
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River Center
March 18 & 19

Blind Boys of Alabama
Formed some six and a half decades ago, the Blind Boys of Alabama are the "Iron Men" of the music industry. Even in their 70s, they remain at the top of the gospel charts, earning impressive honors and winning consecutive Grammy awards. Buy tickets

Manship Theatre
Friday, March 18 @ 8PM

St. Patty's at Happy's
Happy's will hold their Annual St. Patty's Day Celebration on March 17, 2011. Get your Green Beer, Green Hooligans, and Car Bomb Toast every hour! Live entertainment by David Borne and Jason Martin from 5PM-9PM & Furr from 10PM-2AM.

Free lunch hour lecture series at Louisiana State Museum
Lunchtime Lagniappe, a weekly series of lively presentations on local history will run at the Louisiana State Museum on March 16, 23, & 30. Designed for downtown workers on a break, the free hourlong programs are held at noon each Wednesday. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and may come and go as their schedules require. The Louisiana State Museum Friends make refreshments available for a small donation.

March 16 at noon: LSU, American Renaissance
J. Michael Desmond
, professor of architecture at LSU, discusses the Renaissance inspiration behind campus building and landscape design.

This week at the Market
Get the luck of the Irish with fresh, seasonal vegetables at the Market this week. Green veggies this Saturday will include cabbage, spinach, cucumbers, asparagus, arugula, Swiss chard, kale and a variety of winter greens. This Saturday's Fresh from the Market cooking demonstration will feature a Mediterranean inspired dish from Ender Metin of Red Stick vendor Nur's Kitchen. The cooking demonstration begins at 10 AM in the North Street seating area of Main Street Market. Mel Chavis will be entertaining shoppers with zydeco tunes outside, while the Lagniappe Dulcimers perform inside Main Street Market. The Red Stick Farmer's Market is every Saturday from 8AM -12PM at Fifth & Main Streets.

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
Starts this Friday, March 11

Choosing Color for Your Home: Historic or Not?
Mary Youngblood Cooper is a native New Orleanian whose interior and exterior color work can be found in Southern Accents, The World of Interiors, French Elle, Cottage Living, and German Architectural Digest, as well as many coffee table books.

Old Governor's Mansion
Thursday, March 17 @ 6PM

Happy's 5000 3rd Annual Downtown Spectacular 5000 Meter Road Race on March 26
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!

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Updates for Strand's Cafe'
Strand's at 226 Laurel Street would like to announce changes to their hours. They will now be closed on Mondays, and starting on March 18 they will be open on Friday nights until 10PM. On Friday the 18, they will feature music by Finding Faith from 7-9PM. Also, on March 26 they will hold another Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Call 225-344-5346 to reserve your spot!

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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