New Orleans area calendar for May 30-June 5, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas -- Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte will free dive in Audubon Aquarium of the America’s Great Maya Reef exhibit at 11:30 a.m. Saturday during the aquarium's Oceanfest.

FRIDAY

  • NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM MEET THE VETERAN/LAGNIAPPE LECTURE ‘BEHIND ENEMY LINES’: 6 p.m., The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. In addition to his combat experience, WWII veteran Gerry Jones will discuss his 62-year career as an architectural designer. (504) 528-1944, ext. 229 or nationalww2museum.org
  • COLUMBIA STREET BLOCK PARTY: 6:30 p.m., Columbia St., downtown Covington. Car show, live music. Free. covla.com
  • FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS: 7 p.m., 1628 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Eight fights sanctioned by USA Boxing and seven different guest performances including a beauty contest. $15, advance; free, Loyola University students. (504) 895-1859.
  • COLIN JOST: 7 p.m., The Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., New Orleans. The comedian performs stand-up. Tickets start at $23. (504) 272-0865.
  • ‘TIGER TALES! A FOOTBALL JOURNEY’: 8 p.m., Mid City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. New Orleans native Ed Champagne, member of the Allstate BCS Sugarbowl Hall of Fame, stars in this multi-media show about his family. $15. (504) 488-1460

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

  • THE 3 CHARMERS OF NEW ORLEANS ARE GOING ON VACATION TO GRAND ISLE: 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Jodi Borrello, Becky Allen and Amanda Hebert present routines, skits and characters centering around a vacation without TV, cellphones or computers, but plenty of fishing, cooking, and being stung by the wandering jellyfish. $25. (504) 287-4707 or castle501.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Highway, Metairie. Orchids and related products for sale. Free. neworleansorchidsociety.org

‘THE ANDREWS BROTHERS’: 6 P.M. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AND 11 A.M. SUNDAY, THE STAGE DOOR CANTEEN AT THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM, 945 MAGAZINE ST., NEW ORLEANS. IT’S 1943 IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC AND THE ANDREWS SISTERS HEADLINE THE BIG USO SHOW. BUT WHEN A FLU OUTBREAK QUARANTINES THE GIRLS, STAGEHANDS MAX, LAWRENCE AND PATRICK, ALONG WITH PIN-UP GIRL PEGGY JONES, HATCH A PLAN TO SAVE THE DAY. DINING BY CHEF JOHN BESH AND THE AMERICAN SECTOR RESTAURANT AVAILABLE. $30, SHOW ONLY; $60, BRUNCH AND SHOW; $50, UNDER 12; $65 DINNER AND SHOW; $57, UNDER 12. (504) 528-1943 OR STAGEDOORCANTEEN.ORG

  • ‘BENT’: 11 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Mid City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. (504) 488-1460.

SATURDAY

  • FONTAINEBLEAU ADVENTURE RACE: 8 a.m., Fontainebleau State Park, 62883 La. 1089, Mandeville. gulfcoastadventure.com
  • FAT BOY 5K NEW ORLEANS: 8 a.m., LaSalle Park, 6600 Airline Drive, Metairie. Includes weight divisions for individual participants in the 5K. Get a team together to compete in the Boudreaux Challenge Team Division and win a Golden Boudreaux Award. Also featuring the Little Fat Boy 1/4 mile ramble for the kids. nolarunning.com
  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m., Palmer Park, Palmer Park in the Carrollton section of New Orleans (where South Claiborne and South Carrollton Avenues meet). Includes live music performances, food and beverage booths, and a Kids Tent with a creative show and crafts.
  • OCEANFEST: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Audubon Aquarium, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Lectures about the coastline, sustainable seafood, and manatees. Hands-on activities, shows and live animal encounters. Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte will free dive at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Maya Reef exhibit to advertise his upcoming Pacific Ocean crossing. auduboninstitute.org
  • BEER OLYMPICS: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., NOLA Brewing, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. Hosted by NOLA Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana. The entry fee is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. nolabeerolympics.eventbrite.com
  • TASTE AT THE LAKE: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., West Lakeshore Center, 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. Food from local restaurants and caterers, live music and more. $35, general in advance; $100, patron in advance. tasteatthelake.com
  • KOMENKA 34TH ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Loyola University-Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Featuring dance and music selections representing Azerbaijan, Bollywood/India, Hawaii, Hungary, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia and Scotland. $8-$15. (504) 529-4676

SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY

  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. The market offers local produce. On Saturday, Chompers BBQ will bring the rig and serve a sampling from their menu and The Last Chance Bluegrass Band will play at 9:30 a.m. (985) 892-1873

SUNDAY

  • SWAP MEET NOLA: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Margaret’s, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. New animal-friendly, mini-enterprise sponsored by the Humane Society of Louisiana offers items from more than 30 local vendors that range from original artwork, to indigenous plants to handmade organic/vegan soaps, lotions and shampoos. Proceeds from some of the market’s sales will help support the Humane Society humane programs around the state. swapmeetnola.com

TUESDAY

  • SOUTHERN REP CELEBRATES LOUISIANA: 6:30 p.m., Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., New Orleans. Live and silent auction, dinner, open bar, entertainment. southernrep.com

WEDNESDAY

  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m.-noon, The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Curator Eric Rivet leads a program on the uniforms and equipment used by American and German soldiers during World War II. Free with admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288 or Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colornationalww2museum.org
  • VICTORY BELLES’ ‘SPIRIT OF AMERICA’: 11:45 a.m., The Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Red, white and blue celebration featuring a potpourri of songs from the Great American Song Book. Includes dining by Chef John Besh and the American Sector restaurant. $40. (504) 528-1943 or stagedoorcanteen.org

ZOOBILATION APPRECIATION PARTY FOR AUDUBON MEMBERS: 4:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M., AUDUBON ZOO, 6500 MAGAZINE ST., NEW ORLEANS. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE ZOO AND SPECIAL EVENTS, INCLUDING LIVE MUSIC, KEEPER CHATS, ANIMAL FEEDINGS, EXHIBIT OPEN HOUSES AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES. ZOOBILATION IS OPEN TO ANYONE WITH A CURRENT MEMBERSHIP. ZOO VISITORS CAN SIGN UP TO BECOME A MEMBER ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. BLANKETS, LAWN CHAIRS AND WAGONS ARE WELCOME, BUT NO OUTSIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED. GUEST PASSES WILL NOT BE HONORED FOR THIS EVENT. AUDUBONINSTITUTE.ORG OR (504) 861-5105

THURSDAY

  • ‘HAIRSPRAY’: 7:30 p.m., Hahnville High School Auditorium, 200 Tiger Drive, Boutte. $15. (504) 331-0990
  • Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn