George Bell headlines a show full of romantic jazz at Manship Theatre this Saturday, February 4. Photo courtesy Manship Theatre.

Arts around town: Arts Council’s PechaKucha Night returns, plus quilts, jazz and more

A look at art-related events in the area:

The Red Stick Farmers Market hosts its monthly Baton Rouge Arts Market this Saturday, February 4. The open-air market is located at 5th and Main Streets from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Local artists will feature pottery, jewelry, handmade soaps, furniture and more. Admission is free.

The DeBose Fine Arts Festival launches their visual arts exhibition today, Thursday, February 2, at the East Baton Rouge Public Library main branch. Works of two- and three-dimensional art were submitted by teachers of students grades 1-12 who have shown a strong interest in visual arts. The exhibition will remain at the library until March 4. Admission is free.

George Bell presents an Evening of Romantic Jazz on Saturday, February 4, at Manship Theatre. Bell and a lineup of jazz musicians will put on a show perfect for getting audience members in the Valentine’s mood. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale for $38.50.

Sung in Monteverdi’s original Italian, Opéra Louisiane presents Ulysses: An American Mythology at the Manship Theatre next Friday and Sunday, February 10 and 12. Set in the 1960s South, Ulysses puts a gospel and R&B orchestra twist on a classic tale of homecoming and redemption. Tickets range from $18 to $88.

The Swine Palace presents Love and Information, a fast-moving play that follows more than 100 characters, beginning next Wednesday, February 8. The show analyzes how stories are told through human’s “data inspired obsessions” rather than older forms of communication with human contact. The show will run through February 19 at the Shaver Theatre. Season tickets are available for purchase online.

This Friday, February 3, at 7 p.m., the Baton Rouge Arts Council will host the third installment of PechaKucha Night, featuring a lineup of community leaders in arts and culture, media and literature. Each speaker will show 20 images in 400 seconds in order to grab your attention, make you laugh or teach you something new. The $10 admission includes wine and food. Check out the week’s lineup at

Visit your favorite local museums for free this weekend! The Louisiana Art and Science Museum is offering free admission and discounted planetarium shows this Sunday, February 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of First Free Sundays. As part of this monthly event, the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial Museum will also offer free admission and a special “Carnival at the Kidd” this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with music, arts and crafts and more to get visitors in the Mardi Gras spirit. And BREC’s Magnolia Mound Plantation will offer free guided tours and family activities this Sunday and the first Sunday each month this year as part of its “Bicentennial Sundays” initiative.

The Giving Quilt Inc. will hold its 4th Biennial Quilt Show this Saturday, February 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, February 5, from 12-4 p.m., where almost 600 quilts on display will be donated to individuals in 38 charitable organizations. The event will also include activities and demonstrations for adults and children, and will end with a “Quilt of Valor” presentation to local military personnel and veterans.

RE/MAX Miracles at Mardi Gras happens next Thursday, February 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center lobby. The event will feature food and drinks from BRQ Restaurant, Umami Japanese Bistro, Ruffino’s, Drusilla Seafood and more, along with live music by The Allison Collins Band and silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.