Movies & Music on the Lawn. Photo courtesy Christopher Pilant.

Arts around town: LSU summer art show, Outdoor movie and music, Ballroom dance championship, and more

Take a look at some of the art-related events Baton Rouge has to offer this weekend:

The LSU College of Art & Design opens its 15th annual Summer Invitational Art Exhibition this Saturday, June 25. Inspired by the floods and storms that accompany life near the Mississippi River, How High’s the Water, Mama? showcases the works of more than 50 artists challenged to sculpt, paint, print, pot, weave, collage and photograph their interpretations of the subject. The juried exhibition will feature pieces by artists including Edward Pramuk, Jonathan Mayers, Sissy Albertine, Evan Gomez and Charles Barbier. One will receive the Michael Crespo Prize for Excellence, sponsored by Libby Johnson, at a July 16 reception. The show runs through August 14.

The Baton Rouge Gallery will host its Movies & Music on the Lawn event this Saturday, June 25, beginning at 8 p.m. (or sundown). For a $7 admission fee that includes free bottomless popcorn, stop by BREC’s City Park for a showing of The Artist, the 2012 Oscar-winning silent film, with its score performed by local band Captain Green.

Explore a controversial era in American history as the West Baton Rouge Museum opens its nationally touring exhibition Spirited: Prohibition in America this Saturday, June 25. The show highlights the time when the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol was illegal, and flappers and bootleggers (plus suffragists and temperance lobbyists) dominated the culture. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host a free matinee screening of the 2013 film version of The Great Gatsby this Sunday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m.

The Gumbo DanceSports Championships will take place this Friday through Sunday, June 24-26, at the Crowne Plaza. For the 12th year in a row, Louisiana DanceSport and Chapter 5031 of USA Dance will host this National Qualifying Event for the 2017 National Championships. Competitive events will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, June 24, and continue into the evening. After the daytime competition Saturday, June 25, a happy hour with cash bar takes place in the hotel atrium area, followed by championship-level competition events. Tickets for spectator events are still available at the door. Check out the spectator page for more information.

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum will host BASF Kids’ Lab: The pHun Factor, this Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26. From lemons to vinegar, bananas to baking soda, kids age 6 to 12 can discover what these weird pairings have in common by exploring the pH scale using fun scientific methods. Each child will also receive a backpack with surprises inside. BASF Kids’ Lab requires adult participation and is offered on a first come, first served basis with registration beginning the morning of the program. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended by emailing [email protected]. Check out their website for lab times.

Local “social painting studio” Painting and Pinot will host a free event open to the public to celebrate its move into a larger, updated space, still within the Perkins Palms shopping center at 7248 Perkins Rd. Stop by Monday, June 27, between 6 and 7:30 p.m. for drinks, food and painting for everyone in attendance.