Since its arrival on the community-theater scene in 1946, Baton Rouge Little Theater has continued to flout its moniker with a seasonal audience of 30,000 and more than 150 theatrical performances, workshops, and classes each year. The upcoming season’s five main-stage productions promise a heaping dose of musical comedy and more drama than a high-school cafeteria. The curtain opens on September’s stage with Crazy for You, a frenetic comedy with toe-tapping dance numbers and songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Director Keith Dixon breathes new life into the sultry Southern airs of A Streetcar Named Desire, and Almost, Maine punctuates the holiday break with a story of love and loss that, unlike an amateur pole-vaulter, never falls short.
Helmed by Opera Louisiane music director Michael Borowitz, Chorus! soars through the sanctuary at First Baptist Church on the undulating sound waves of a 120-person choir and four soloists. Backed by a full orchestra, the Opera's own singers and those of the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus pay homage to instantly recognizable works including the "Humming Chorus" from Puccini's Madame Butterfly and "Toreador Song" from Bizet's Carmen, moving the audience through dreamy, sweeping refrains and bold exclamations throughout a program that runs just less than two hours. Audience members may find themselves humming along in surprise to songs they already know from movies, commercials, or the soundtracks dogs hear when chasing squirrels.
Lucy's laid-back staff chops, slices, and serves a mouthwatering mélange of Cajun, Californian, and Mexican cuisine from their eclectic menu. The Cali burger ($8.95) healthfully silences the stomach's high-pitched whale calls with a tender turkey patty nestled on a whole-wheat bun. Diners can also feast on surfer-inspired handhelds such as todos santos fish tacos ($10.95 for two), or dive into the fried-shrimp-and-spinach salad's sea of creole mustard vinaigrette ($9.95). Appetizers such as the Jamaican jerk chicken ($7.95) prepare teeth for cross-cultural chomping with four chicken-breast skewers drenched in tangy Pali sauce and dressed in matching mini swim trunks.
In addition to shaking up myriad specialty martinis, the staff at Duvic’s Martini Lounge piles plates with a slew of Cajun-inspired bar staples. Duck, crawfish, and pork cohabitate in savory boudin balls ($6), and spicy-bacon creole cream cheese oozes from fried louisiana shrimp ($7) like charm from a New England bed-and-breakfast. Duck-fat fries ($5) can accompany a half-pound burger, showcasing a brioche bun loaded with beef that's ground in-house ($7.50). Duvic’s signature martinis include the key lime pie, a blend of Stoli Vanil, melon liqueur, fresh lime, pineapple juice, and cream served in a graham-cracker-rimmed glass. Chocolaty drinks abound, such as the mint chocolate chip, chocolate raspberry, or white chocolate, and the Cajun martini tempts sippers with a mixture of tabasco, okra, and spicy green beans zesty enough to make maracas shake themselves.
Funny Bone Comedy Club gratifies audiences with a multifaceted lineup of talent, from hypnotically hilarious comedians to comically mesmerizing hypnotists. Patrick DeGuire does a two-night whistle stop on February 24 and 25 to regale audiences with off-the-cuff insights on family, Mexican food, and having to deal with his significantly impaired vision. Anthony Potmesil unleashes his adults-only brand of hypnotism on March 2 and 3, lulling volunteers into a trance using nothing more than a pocket watch and readings from Dame Judi Dench’s autobiography. Consult the club's robust schedule to scope out its assortment of visiting rib-ticklers, then enjoy the chucklefest while dousing your internal mirth inferno with a bucket of beers from the full-service bar. If VIP tickets are available (a $15 value/ticket), Groupon customers can sit in the VIP-designated tables near the stage. If not, customers will have general-admission seats (a $10 value/ticket). Call in advance to make a reservation.
Who's Who boasts a menu of signature cocktails and a sweeping selection of more than 25 spirits. The Above the Line lounge, tucked cozily behind a retail area offering wine and cigars, beckons to oenophiles and martiniphiles alike with leather couches, soft lighting, and slender pub tables on which patrons can sophisticatedly fill in their coloring books. While enjoying live music, creatures of the night can suck down a Vampire's Kiss ($10), a seductive combination of Absolut vodka, Chambord, lemon juice, and champagne. Technologically inclined tipplers can feast their eyes on two large flat-screen TVs while feasting their faces on the iMartini ($8), which finds Svedka Clementine, white-grape juice, sour, and confectionary pearls. Fine vodkas, whiskeys, and other spirits line the walls, awaiting their fates in neat tumblers or in watering cans to sprinkle on party-loving houseplants.