The Foto Sisters. Photo by Old South Photography.

Arts around town: Christmas concerts by The Foto Sisters, Michael McDowell and more

A look at art-related events in the area this week:

The Foto Sisters, a string and vocal trio, and Gordon Mote will perform a Christmas concert at the Florida Boulevard Baptist Church next Friday, December 16, at 7 p.m., as part of their statewide tour. For a refresher on the sisters and their history as a trio of musicians, check out our cover story from the February 2016 issue of inRegister.

Manship Theatre is offering a host of holiday events this week, including George Bell & Friends Present: An Evening of Holiday Jazz at 7:30 p.m. this Sunday, December 11.

Younger crowds will enjoy Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas next Tuesday, December 13, at 7 p.m. Based on the New York Times bestselling picture book by Jane O’Connor, this show follows Nancy as she tries to create the perfect Christmas, even when things don’t go to plan.

Manship Theatre will also host Michael McDowell’s annual red carpet orchestral concert experience, Michael McDowell’s Christmas Spectacular, next Wednesday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. McDowell may only be 21 years old but already has a history composing for ensembles and this time presents, with The Edge Orchestra, his own unique take on Christmas songs you know and love.

The LSUMOA will host “River Views and Vibes” today, Thursday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music from Magnolia Strings and refreshments from Capital City Grill while admiring “Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection.” Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The Christian Youth Theatre will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast starting today, Thursday, December 8, through Sunday, December 11, at LSU’s Shaver Theatre. Visit to see the six show times and to purchase tickets.

Theatre Baton Rouge begins its run of A Christmas Carol tomorrow, December 9, and will continue through Sunday, December 18. The theatre’s traditional performance follows the famed story by Charles Dickens, in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge must face the Christmas ghosts of his past, present and future. For more showtimes and ticket options, including the gingerbread decorating workshop after the December 11 show, visit

Playmakers of Baton Rouge will present Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf starting this Friday, December 9, and running through Sunday, December 18. A kid-friendly comedy written by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer, the musical follows the story of Eubie the Elf, who wants to spread Christmas cheer by introducing Bluesville to the joys of jazz.