New Orleans area calendar for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2015 _lowres

Contributed photo from Commander's Palace - Chef Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace gets in the holiday spirit for Reveillon time.


  • DISCOVER THE DINOSAURS: noon to 8 p.m., also 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Hands-on exhibit of up to 40 moving and replica museum-quality dinosaurs plus activities for kids of all ages. $18 and up. (504) 465-9985.
  • FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Art on the Spot, music by New Orleans Moonshiners and screening of the film “American Experience — Ansel Adams.” (504) 658-4100.



  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m., Covington City Hall, 609 North Columbia St., Covington. Poppy Tooker will be at the market signing her latest cookbook. The Steve Anderson Group will provide music.
  • IN THE SOFAB KITCHEN WITH CHEF TORY MCPHAIL: 1 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The executive chef at Commander’s Palace offers tastings of his new line of sauces. (504) 267-7490.
  • 2015 BAYOU CLASSIC — GRAMBLING VS. SOUTHERN: 4 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Come enjoy this annual event of one the country’s greatest college sports rivalries, which brings the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University.


  • A CAJUN CHRISTMAS WITH PAPA NÖEL: 11 a.m., Confetti Playground, Pelican and Verret Streets, New Orleans. Treats, coffee, story telling, letters and pictures with Santa. $15 children for photos with Santa, $5 adults. Reservations, toys are requested.
  • EXTRAORDINARY FORM: 12:30 p.m., St. Stephen Church, 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. The Mass Intention will be for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Renato Cellini, widow of the celebrated conductor and General Director and Conductor of the New Orleans Opera Association from 1954 to his untimely death in 1967, who recently went to her reward at the age of ninety-seven. For further information, please call (504) 899-1378.


  • TENTH ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE BALCONIES: 6 p.m., Royal Sonesta New Orleans, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Two young patients from Children’s Hospital will ceremoniously “flip the switch” to illuminate thousands of twinkling lights that adorn the property’s expansive wrought iron balconies. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call (504) 586-0300.
  • ‘NEWSIES’: Showtimes vary, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St. Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical about youngsters who hawked papers on the streets of New York comes to the Crescent City. Thursday’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. Additional shows will run throughout the weekend. Tickets are $40 and up. (504) 525-1052


  • 5 PRESS GALLERY: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 Press Gallery, 5 Press St., New Orleans.
  • AN ARCHITECT AND HIS CITY — HENRY HOWARD’S NEW ORLEANS, 1837-1884: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This exhibition gives special consideration to the city’s architecture, urban growth, and municipal improvements. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (504) 523-4662. Exhibit will run through April 3, 2016.
  • ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: 7:30 p.m., University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center, Robert E. Nims Theatre, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Come see this adaptation of the Dickens classic, with its gorgeous handbell choir, traditional holiday songs, and Victorian dances. Tickets for adults are $25. Children under 12 are $15. For more information, visit at or call (504) 522-6545.
  • THE KATRINA DECADE ‘IMAGES OF AN ALTERED CITY’: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art, 400 Chartres St., New Orleans. The display presents 77 photographs of New Orleans’s ongoing recovery, taken by David G. Spielman, and runs through Jan. 9, 2016.

Exhibition ‘It’s Only Natural Flora and Fauna in Louisiana Decorative Arts’: THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Nov. 28. Admission is free.

Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas: Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. 7 p.m. Dec. 4-13. A delightful holiday musical that will appeal to the whole family and feature young performers from around the metropolitan New Orleans area. General admission is $16. For more information, contact the box office at (504) 461-9475 or visit

Josephine Sacabo — Juana and the Structures of Reverie: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres St., New Orleans. On view through Jan. 1.

LUNA FÊTE: 6 p.m., The Arts Council New Orleans, 935 Gravier St. #850, New Orleans. A visionary initiative that merges contemporary light, motion graphics and video-mapping practices in a series of vibrant installations. Runs through Dec. 4. For more information call (504) 523-1465 or visit

National World War II Museum: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II,” will be shown through May 30, 2016, in the Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery.

OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART: 925 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 539-9650 or

THE PRESBYTERE: 751 Chartres St., New Orleans. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: Two Carnival Artists,” focuses on artists Helen Clark Warren and John Scheffler, both of whom lived and worked in New York.

Saturdays with yoga: 9 a.m.-10 a.m., Press Street Gardens, 7 Press St., New Orleans. Classes are $8 per person (with a small surcharge for credit card payments). Students should bring their own mats and anything else they like to use for their practice. Classes are led by Thomas Q. Sims, certified Jivamukti instructor, weather permitting.

Compiled by Marchaund Jones