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7:00 PM19:00

Mid-Century Modernism in Baton Rouge @ Main Library

Louisiana State University Art History professor Dr. Darius Spieth will talk about mid-century modernist architecture used in the design of local buildings. Modernist architecture was a style that emerged in the first half of the 20th century and became dominant after World War II. One classic example is the old Baton Rouge Savings and Loan Association Building on North Boulevard. It was built in 1955 and today is a Holiday Inn Express.
Spieth not only is an Art History professor at LSU but also is a specialist in modernism. In 2006, he conducted a survey of modernist buildings on Florida Street and Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge to be considered for inscription on the National Register of Historic Places.

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6:30 PM18:30

Cajun Dance Series @ MidCity Ballroom

Join Mid City Ballroom for the first series of lessons at The Mid-City Ballroom. This 4 week series will focus on the basics of Cajun Dance, including waltz, two-step, and jitterbug. Open to all levels and no need to have a partner. $60 per person for the series. Allons Danser! Register by messaging at Space is limited. Feel free to message  with any questions.
Presented by Louisiana Folk Roots

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6:00 PM18:00

Baton Rouge Traditions: How We Worship and Diversify

With Baton Rouge’s 200th Anniversary in full swing, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of Cultural Development will host the first in a series of four panels highlighting aspects of the Baton Rouge Traditions project. The first panel, titled Baton Rouge Traditions: How We Worship and Diversify, will be held Wednesday, Sept 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Mid-City Ballroom, 136 S. Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge’s Mid-City neighborhood.

The event, a collaboration with The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, will have Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Chief Diversity Officer at Louisiana State University, leading a panel discussion of Religious leaders from our city. It will also feature Sri Santosh Kumar Acharya Samudrala with Datta Temple giving a Hindu worship puja demonstration followed by tabla drumming by Dandina Rao with Ramnik Modha and other bhajan singers. The event will end with a performance of Negro spirituals by Heritage led by Rev. Clarence Jones. The panel and events are free and open to the public.

Quilters from The Giving Quilt and Wasted Women Quilting Bee will be at present inviting attendees to participate in making quilt squares. The quilters will make a commemorative quilt that will travel with the Baton Rouge Traditions exhibit.

The project of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and an Archie Green Fellowship to Maida Owens and the Louisiana Folklore Society from the Library of Congress. The documentation is also deposited in the Library of Congress. The online book can be accessed You can learn about all Baton Rouge Bicentennial events by visiting

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Illustration credit: Majed Bou Ghanem

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10:30 AM10:30

The history of Spanish Town and the Capitol Park with Foundation for Historical Louisiana

Preserve Louisiana and Capitol Park Museum present a FREE LECTURE on the history of Spanish Town and the Capitol Park areas. Matt Isch, author of Images of America: Capitol Park and Spanish Town (Arcadia Publishing, 2016) and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne will discuss the historic neighborhood of Spanish Town, the oldest neighborhood in Baton Rouge, and the surrounding Capitol Park area.

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5:00 PM17:00

A Night in Havana @ Foundation for Historical Louisiana

Preserve Louisiana partnered with the Louisiana Architectural Foundation to bring you A Night in Havana at the Capitol Park Museum. There will be a film screening of "Unfinished Spaces" and a panel discussion led by Phil Boggan, SHPO; Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development. Cocktails will be served along with a Cuban-style buffet.

Tickets are $35 online & $40 at the door.

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