‘Rent,’ reading and rubber ducks highlight weekend _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Having outgrown the Bayou Boogaloo, shown above in 2014, the Second Harvest Rubber Duck Derby has moved to a new weekend and a new location -- Saturday in City Park's Big Lagoon.


Thursday through Sunday

The Broadway sensation based on the bohemian life of New York City’s East Village during the HIV/AIDS crisis comes to life, presented by Empire Theatrics. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. $20. (504) 298-8676. www.oldmarquer.com.

Symphony Book Fair

Friday through Sunday

It’s a book bonanza, with books, art, sheet music, audio books, CDs, DVDs and more when the LPO Symphony Volunteers host their annual three-day Symphony Book Fair. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Human Performance Center, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. www.symphonyvolunteers.org.

A symphony of orchids

Friday through Sunday

The lyric lines of the exotic orchid are on display at this annual Orchid Show and Sale by the New Orleans Orchid society. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. www.neworleansorchidsociety.org.


Friday through Thursday

Celluloid devotees will have lots to see and talk about during the seven-day festival. FilmOrama features 19 films, 10 of which are Louisiana premieres. Films shown at various times throughout the festival. Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. (504) 309-6633. neworleansfilmsociety.org.

Taste at the Lake


Eat, drink and be merry at Lake Pontchartrain and help a good cause all at the same time. Taste at the Lake is the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s fundraiser for its “Lighting the Way” campaign, a move to light up the night along the New Basin Canal Park. $40 and up. 6:30 p.m., West Lakeshore Center, 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 233-4932. www.tasteatthelake.com.

Rubber Duck Derby


At press time, close to 18,000 of the sought-after 23,000 ducks had been committed by those interested in participating in this unique fundraiser that helps fight hunger in the community. The Rubber Duck Derby benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank offers a chance to provide food and win up to $5,000 (top prize) and a gaggle of other goodies, including a $1,000 Rouses’ gift certificate. Ducks start at $5, with discounts for multiples. 4 p.m., Big Lake, City Park, New Orleans. www.duckrace.com/nola.