Us the Duo will play at the Manship next Wednesday, August 11.

Arts around town: Us the Duo and ‘Star Wars’ at the Manship; LASM’s new art exhibition; and more

A look at upcoming art events in Baton Rouge:

The Manship Theatre will screen 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope this Friday, August 5, and don’t expect an average movie experience. The film begins at 7 p.m., but come early for the 6 p.m. happy hour—sponsored by The Radio Bar—to catch appearances from the local 501st Legion and Rebel Legion in all their costumes, plus performances of Star Wars’ iconic music by the young musicians at Baton Rouge Music Studios. Just make sure you don’t trip over Baton Rouge’s very own R2D2 while you’re there! For tickets, visit

Also at the Manship, Us the Duo—a popular singer-songwriter couple who rose to fame with their 6-second musical covers and arrangements on Vine—will stop by the Baton Rouge stage next Wednesday, August 11, as part of their Just Love Tour with special guests The Gardiner Sisters. Once just two young, emerging solo artists from opposite coasts, Michael and Carissa met on the set of a music video, fell in love, married, and have been playing music as a duo ever since. They have already amassed over 3 million followers on Vine, created a popular YouTube channel and recently signed to Republic Records. They have also been featured by Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Business Insider, Buzzfeed and iHeartRadio, as well as on Good Morning America. To snag your chance to see these up-and-comers live, visit

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum will open its newest exhibition, Lovely as a Tree, this Saturday, August 6. Named for the opening verse of Joyce Kilmer’s poem Trees (“I think that I shall never see/A poem as lovely as a tree”), the exhibition includes an array of artwork from international artists who investigate the theme of trees in a variety of new perspectives, from their physical grandeur to the role they play in sustaining human life and spirit. The exhibition runs through November 27. For more information, visit

This Friday, August 5, The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge will host three performances by The Salvation Army Texas Divisional Band at Perkins Rowe. The 35-piece brass band will play three different sets in the park area in front of the movie theater at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will host its “Homemade” Pop-Up Museum this Friday, August 5, at the Arts Council’s offices. A temporary art show created by the artists themselves, this pop-up museum begins at 6 p.m. and involves—as the name implies—anything homemade. Light refreshments will be provided. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.