LSU's various choirs will perform in their holiday-themed Candlelight Concert this weekend.

Arts around town: Holiday music at Manship Theatre, LSU choirs combine for Candlelight Concert

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

Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts will host a few holiday events this week:

Enjoy authentic Cajun French music at the Cajun Christmas concert today, Thursday, December 1. Grammy-nominated band Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, along with special guests Wayne Toups and Pelican 212, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

The Lightwire Theater will present A Very Electric Christmas at Manship Theatre Sunday, December 4, at 4 p.m. Guests will sit in complete darkness while electroluminescent sculptures tell the story of a young bird’s journey home from the North Pole. All ages are welcome, and tickets are $18.

Join Manship Theatre for its fifth annual Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz concerts next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday favorites from Bill Grimes, Willis Delony and several other artists. Purchase tickets for $15 to $35 from

LSU’s A Cappella Choir, Tiger Glee Club, Women’s Chorale and Symphony Orchestra will perform holiday pieces at their Candlelight Concert tomorrow, Friday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Theater. Tickets are $17 for the general public and LSU faculty/staff and $10 for LSU students with ID.

The LSU Museum of Art also has several events this week on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts:

The LSU Museum of Art will host “Stories in Art” tomorrow, Friday, December 2, at 10:30 a.m. This free event for children up to six years old will use creativity and storytelling to foster early literacy.

Admission to LSUMOA will be free this Sunday, December 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. as part of Baton Rouge’s First Free Sunday event that also offers free admission at other participating museums including the U.S.S. Kidd and LASM.

Enjoy a brown bag lunch while curator Courtney Taylor discusses art by women in the Art in Louisiana exhibition next Wednesday, December 7, from 12 to 1 p.m. Taylor will place a special focus on Nicole Charbonnet’s Wonder Woman. The lunch discussion is free, and regular museum admission applies if you choose to tour.

The LSUMOA will host “River Views and Vibes” next 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.

Sweet Honey in the Rock will “Celebrate the Holydays” with a concert tomorrow, Friday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Independence Park Theatre. Purchase general admission tickets for $30 to $45.

The Louisiana Art and Science Museum will feature paintings by renowned American artists for its exhibition “Contemporary Old Masters.” These paintings show how today’s artists respond to the traditions of Old Masters, like da Vinci and Raphael. The exhibition will be on display beginning this Saturday, December 3, and running through February 26 in the first-floor main gallery.

The museum will also open an exhibition of drawings by McNeese State professor Gerry Wubben tilted “Passages of Time.” His realistic charcoal works are typically around 7 feet high. Visit the second-floor main gallery beginning this Saturday, December 3, to see these monumentally scaled portraits.

Join the West Baton Rouge Museum for its annual Holiday Open House this Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music, holiday treats and ornament making, and storytelling for kids. The event is free to the public.