Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Yellow Pocahontas Flag Boy Belden Batiste, left, 3rd Chief Merlin Armstrong, Jr., and Big Chief Darryl Montana come out on St. Joseph's night outside Tootie Montana's former home on N. Villere Street in New Orleans. Wednesday, March 19, Chuck Perkins leads the discussion on the history and cultural significance of the Mardi Gras Indians at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St, as part of the NOAC Winter Lectures series. (504) 525-2375. www.neworleansathleticclub.com.

THURSDAY, JAN. 22

  • BRIDGE LESSONS: 9 a.m., Wes Busby Bridge Center, 2709 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. (504) 889-0869.
  • MORNING BIRDING: 9 a.m., Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego. Ranger-led activity. (504) 736-7140. www.lastateparks.com.
  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays, to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce. Walk-ins welcome. (504) 483-7037. www.hollygrovemarket.com.
  • RANGERS CHOICE TALK: 2 p.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Wednesdays through Sundays. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10. www.nps.gov/jela.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
  • MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 901 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Food, music and arts and crafts market. (504) 684-5410. icdnola.org.
  • YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., also Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Benson Cancer Center, Ochsner Medical Center, 1515 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. Open to all cancer survivors. (504) 842-3910. www.ochsner.org/ochsner_cancer_institute/healing_yoga.
  • TASTE+PAIR — ITALIAN CARNIVAL: 6 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Pop-up garden-to-table tasting club with food from Three Muses and Swirl Wine Bar. $45. (504) 293-4724. www.longuevue.com.
  • “MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. Carnival authority Arthur Hardy signs his book on the magic, mystery and mayhem of the celebration. (504) 866-4916.
  • MLK CONVOCATION: 6:30 p.m., University Center Ballroom, Drexel Drive and Broadway Street, New Orleans. Presentation of Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award and the Community Service Awards. Michael Skolnick will speak on “New Faces of the Dream: Moving from Apathy to Activism.” www.mlkweek4peace.org.
  • MISSISSIPPI STEAMBOAT HISTORY: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Christina Vella talks about the history of the boats, including the races on the river. (504) 889-8143. www.jplibrary.net.
  • MARDI GRAS INDIANS PANEL DISCUSSION: 7 p.m., New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Chuck Perkins leads the discussion on the history and cultural significance of the groups. Part of the NOAC Winter Lectures series (504) 525-2375. www.neworleansathleticclub.com.
  • “THE QUEER SOUTH” BOOK LAUNCH, READINGS: 7 p.m., Press Street, 3718 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Anthology of poetry and prose by LGBTQ writers. (504) 298-3161. www.press-street.org.
  • FRIDAY, JAN. 23

    HOLIDAY SPECIALS — DECORATING DOUGHNUT KING CAKES: 11 A.M., SOUTHERN FOOD AND BEVERAGE INSTITUTE, 1609 ORETHA C. HALEY BLVD., NEW ORLEANS. SOFAB LAUNCHES CARNIVAL WITH A HANDS-ON DEMO FOR LOUISIANA KIDS AND FAMILIES, SPONSORED BY DOMINO FOODS. FREE ADMISSION FOR THE DAY. (504) 569-0405. WWW.SOFABINSTITUTE.ORG.

    • HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO: Noon to 6 p.m., also Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. In conjunction with Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon; open to the public. www.runrocknroll.competitor.com/new-orleans.
    • WESTWEGO FARMERS AND FISHERIES MARKET: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Ave., Westwego. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (504) 341-9803.
    • FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Prospect.3 curator Franklin Sirmans leads discussion, Daria Dzurik and the Hip Drops, film on Chuck Close. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
    • ARTS & ACTION GALA: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet St., New Orleans. Benefit for Community Works Louisiana with food, music and art. $25 and up. (504) 522-2667. www.communityworksla.org.

    SYMPOSIUM — WAR OF 1812: 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M., ALSO SATURDAY 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M., HOTEL MONTELEONE, 214 ROYAL ST., NEW ORLEANS. THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION ANNUAL WILLIAMS RESEARCH CENTER SYMPOSIUM LECTURES WILL EXPLORE THE WAR’S IMPACT ON THE SOUTH, PARTICULARLY THE GULF COAST AND NEW ORLEANS. KEYNOTE LECTURE ON FRIDAY WILL LOOK AT ANDREW JACKSON.

    • EXPRESSION OF UNITY AND STEP OFF FOR THE DREAM: 7 p.m., McAlister Auditorium, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Step teams from local universities compete in showcase of song, dance and spoken word. A reception will follow for students in the Qatar Ballroom. www.mlkweek4peace.org.

    ARTS AND ACTIVISM EVENT WITH KELWIN COLEMAN: 7 P.M., THE FOUNDATION GALLERY, 1109 ROYAL ST., NEW ORLEANS. CELEBRATION AND DIALOGUE ABOUT POWER OF ART, MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE TO DRIVE SOCIAL CHANGE. (504) 568-0955. WWW.ARTISTCAUSE.ORG.

    • SWEET 610 DEBUTANTE BALL: 8 p.m., Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. 610 Stompers’ annual fundraiser to benefit the Youth Empowerment Project. Food, libation, entertainment and costume contests (’80s superhero attire encouraged). $50 in advance; $60 at door; $100 patron tickets. www.610Stompers.com.

    SATURDAY, JAN. 24

    • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. camelliacitymarket.org.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762.
    • KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.
    • VOICES FOR TRANSPORTATION CHOICES: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans. Citywide community conversation on transportation priorities hosted by Ride New Orleans. RSVP. (504) 345-8350. www.rideneworleans.org.
    • GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna. gretnafarmersmarket.com.
    • OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 922 Teche St., Algiers. www.oldalgiersharvestfreshmarket.com.
    • CLOSING CELEBRATION FOR PROSPECT.3: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. A 12-hour marathon to bid adieu to the three exhibitions hosted in conjunction with the citywide Prospect.3. Tours, films, dancing, food and more for all ages. (504) 539-9606. www.ogdenmuseum.org.
    • FERAL CAT TNR WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. to noon, LA/SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Free basics and beyond education for trap, neuter and return program for cats. (504) 762-3306. www.la-spca.org.
    • FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Also Wednesday.
    • FAMILY DAY AT NOMA: 10 a.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Visual and performing arts, workshops and activities throughout the day. Included with museum admission. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
    • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. www.nationalww2museum.org.
    • A CHILDREN’S SECOND LINE: 10:30 a.m., The Presbytere, Jackson Square, 751 Chartres St., New Orleans. Kids 5 to 13 learn history, traditions and make props for second line at the Louisiana State Museum. (504) 568-2123. www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-museum.
    • NEIGHBORHOOD PET ADOPTION AND BAKE SALE: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Blvd., Metairie. LA/SPCA counselors will assist with adoptions. (504) 368-5191. www.la-spca.org.
    • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. Indoor-outdoor market. (504) 269-3982.
    • SWAP MEET NOLA: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. An all-in-one farmers market, bakers market, arts and crafts market and flea market. (504) 813-5370. www.swapmeetnola.com.
    • Y’HEARD ME MUSIC INDUSTRY SUMMIT: noon, Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, 1901 Bartholomew St., New Orleans. Learning opportunity for local musicians with music industry professionals. (504) 940-3400. www.yheardme.splashthat.com.
    • CAMELLIA SHOW: 12:30 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, 3315 Maine Ave., Kenner. Camellia Club of New Orleans holds 75th annual show and sale. Entries for contest at 8 a.m., sale at 11:30 a.m. (985) 726-5187 or (504) 616-4378.
    • 7TH WARD NEIGHBORHOOD WATER WISE WORKSHOP: 1 p.m., St. Augustine High School cafeteria, 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., New Orleans. Learn how to collectively improve drainage by managing water where it falls. (504) 525-2121. www.nolawise.org.
    • “MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS”: 2 p.m., Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, 631 N. Carrollton Ave. Carnival authority Arthur Hardy signs his book on the magic, mystery and mayhem of the celebration. (504) 598-5536.
    • “AFROFUTURISM”: 4 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Ytasha Womak discusses and signs her book about the world of black sci-fi and fantasy culture. (504) 569-9070. www.ashecac.org.
    • STARRY NIGHT: 6 p.m., Palm Court Jazz Cafe, 1204 Decatur St., New Orleans. Benefit for Waldorf School of New Orleans, features live music, silent auction, food and cash bar. $45 individual, $80 couple. (504) 525-2420. www.waldorfnola.org.
    • HOMECOMING AFFAIR — A DECADE OF DIFFERENCE: 7 p.m., First NBC Bank, 210 Barrone St., New Orleans. Benefit for Project Homecoming. Food, drink, live music, auction and raffle. $50. (504) 942-0444. www.projecthomecoming.net.
    • SUNDAY, JAN. 25

    ROCK ’N’ ROLL MARATHON: 7 A.M., MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON AND RELAY START AT POYDRAS AND CAMP STREETS; 10K STARTS AT ST. CHARLES AVENUE AND SOUTH MAESTRI STREET; ALL FINISH AT ROOSEVELT MALL, CITY PARK, NEW ORLEANS. WWW.RUNROCKNROLL.COMPETITOR.COM/NEW-ORLEANS.

    • KIRK FRANKLIN PRESENTS GOSPEL BRUNCH: 10 a.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. Weekly presentation of local talent. (504) 310-4999. www.houseofblues.com/neworleans.
    • KING CAKE FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Champion Square at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, LaSalle Street, New Orleans. Music, costume contests, tastings from several local establishments and voting for the best. Benefits babies and children at Ochsner. www.kingcakefestival.org.
    • NOLA CHESS CLUB: noon, Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Free, open to the public. www.nolachessclub.yolasite.com.
    • “FROM NEWTON, EINSTEIN, TO GOD”: 1 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Leong Ying signs and discusses his memoir set in verse, part of Cosmic Coffee. (504) 895-2266.
    • “THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL — SEARCHING FOR MY FATHER . . . AND FINDING THE ZODIAC KILLER”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd. Gary Stewart signs his book. (504) 455-4929.
    • TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Ivan Griffin, bass/baritone, with pianist Michael Borowitz, sings American songs and spirituals. (504) 522-0276. www.trinityartistseries.com.
    • REAL MEN OF ST. TAMMANY GALA: 6 p.m., North Shore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. Benefit for Safe Habor domestic violence shelter where top vote-getter is crowned. (985) 781-3650. www.safeharbornorthshore.org.
    • “HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS” SCREENING: 10 p.m., also Wednesday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. Second in the series of films about the boy wizard. $10. (504) 891-2787. www.prytaniatheatreneworleans.com.

    MONDAY, JAN. 26

    • LINCOLN CENTER DIRECTOR TALK: 2 p.m., Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Russel Granet speaks as part of a Young Audiences of Louisiana’s professional development seminar for teachers. RSVP. (504) 523-3525.
    • TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000. www.noma.org.
    • BRAIN FOOD LECTURE WITH JASON RILEY: 7 p.m., Georges Auditorium, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. “Please Stop Helping Us — How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed” will be topic of the lecture. Riley also will sign copies of his same-titled book. (504) 816-4800. www.dillard.edu.
    • CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., Music room, Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Auditions for new members of local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (504) 442-7449 or (985) 898-0951. www.crescentcitysound.com.

    TUESDAY, JAN. 27

    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway St., New Orleans. www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
    • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. www.hollygrovemarket.com.
    • SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower Ninth Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. www.sankofanola.org.
    • “GENIUS FILES #5 — LICENSE TO THRILL”: 4:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Dan Gutman reads and signs the final installment in his series about twins and their action-packed adventures. (504) 899-7323.
    • POLICE CONSENT DECREE INFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY MEETING: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The latest news on the decree. (504) 569-9070. www.ashecac.org.
    • “THE UP-DOWN”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Barry Gifford reads and signs his novel of violence, love and introspection. (504) 895-2266. ORGAN AND LABYRINTH: 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1320 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. (504) 522-0276. www.albinas.org.
    • YLC MEMBERSHIP MIXER: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1724 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Event open to YLC members and those interested in learning more. (504) 585-1500. www.ylcnola.org.
    • “STANDING IN THE SHADOWS (NO MORE)” QUILTING WORKSHOP: 6 p.m., Ashé Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Exhibited in March and April. (504) 569-9070 www.ashecac.org.
    • “NEW ORLEANS HISTORIC HOTELS”: 7 p.m. East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. Paul Oswell tells the stories of famous inns in New Orleans. (504) 889-8143.
    • DISHCRAWL — ONLY ON OAK: 7 p.m., also Wednesday, Oak Street, New Orleans. Explore three dishes at three Oak Street restaurants each night. $45. www.dishcrawl.com.

    WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28

    • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction uniforms and more. Free with museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288. www.nationalww2museum.org.
    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead at East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621. www.frenchmarket.org.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET WEST BANK: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 12715 U.S. 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Luling. (504) 782-8517. www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
    • “THE WAR OF 1812 — CONFLICT AND DECEPTION” AND “ANDREW JACKSON’S PLAYBOOK” AUTHORS EVENT: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. Authors Ronald Drez and Morgan Molthrop read and sign their respective books tied in with the historic Battle of New Orleans. (504) 866-4916.
    • DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS INFO SESSION: 7 p.m., Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Learn about the organization’s pool of aid workers and how to participate. www.doctorswithoutborders.org.