Shawne Major's "Hundredth Monkey," on display at the LSU Museum of Art, is the focus of Thursday's Cocktails in Color event.

Arts around town: White Light Night showcases local artisans, Broadmoor High hosts 42nd annual arts & crafts festival

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

Mid City Merchants will put on its annual White Light Night this Friday, November 18, from 6 until 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, allowing shoppers to view and purchase art from local artists. The event spans the length of Government Street, with various businesses keeping their doors open for the event and offering store discounts as well as food and beverages.

The 42nd annual Broadmoor High Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on the school campus this Friday, November 18, from 4 until 9 p.m., and Saturday, November 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Over 200 artists will be featured at the festival, showcasing works such as original paintings, pottery, jewelry and more. Admission is $3 per person for attendees 13 and over, and free for children 12 and under.

The LSU Museum of Art will host its Cocktails in Color event tonight, Thursday, November 17, from 6 until 8 p.m. The evening will start with a brief discussion of Shawne Major’s “Hundredth Monkey,” which is currently displayed in the 20th-century section of “Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection.” Afterward, attendees can partake in an activity that aims to recreate a collaborative mixed-media piece. Galatoire’s will provide light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $10 for LSU MOA members and $15 for non-members.

Capitol Park Museum will host the inaugural installment of My Louisiana, a speaker’s series that explores unique lives in Louisiana, tonight, Thursday, November 17, from 6 until 7 p.m. Smiley Anders, best known for his slice-of-life column for The Advocate, will start the series by talking about his career in journalism and his life in Baton Rouge.

Manship Theatre is showing Janis: Little Girl Blue, a movie about iconic rock n’ roll singer Janis Joplin, this Friday, November 18, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 and can be purchased online. The film is not rated.

The LSU Opera will perform The Threepenny Opera, a parody of the 18th-century opera Die Dreigroschenoper. There will be a performance this Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. and one Sunday, November 20, at  3 p.m. at the Claude L. Shaver Theatre. Tickets range from $11 to $19 and can be purchased online.

Ava Haymon, Poet Laureate of Louisiana from 2013-2015, is hosting a prose writing workshop, “Your Life as a Fairy Tale,” Monday, November 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Red Shoes Center on Government Street. The class focuses on fairy tales and deepening attendees’ writing. Tickets for the class are $60.

The Arts Council presents Volume 2 of PechaKucha Night at the Historic Firehouse Museum this Sunday, November 20, at 6 p.m. With a name stemming from the Japanese for “chit-chat,” PechaKucha invites local creatives and academics to make concise presentations on a subject of their choosing, but with only seconds per slide, which can include up to 20 images. This weekend’s lineup includes Greg Williams of New Venture Theatre, writer and dancer Ann Glaviano, John Gray of the Michael Foster Project, Mimosa Handcrafted Jewelry owner Madeline Ellis, Movement and Moving Pictures maker Meryl Murman, and state archeologist Chip McGimsey.