New Orleans Events Calendar, May 5-11, 2016 _lowres

Photo by Audubon Zoo Zoo-To-Do, the annual black-tie and white linen affair, draws a capacity crowd for an evening of merriment and music at the zoological gardens. Restaurants and bars from the greater New Orleans area purvey delicacies for the swank crowd as they raise funds for the zoo, plus a raffle for a Lexus. $110 and up. (504) 212-5374.


  • DIABETES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: 10 a.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Dr. Kathy Carstarphen discusses self-management skills. (504) 838-1190.
  • BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510.
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: Noon, St. Charles Parish Courthouse, 1504 River Road, Hahnville. The public is invited.
  • CAMPUS-WIDE ALUMNI WEEK BLOCK PARTY: 4 p.m., Kabacoff Plaza, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Kickoff for week of alumni events, with food, music and fun.
  • “BILL CLINTON — NEW GILDED AGE PRESIDENT”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Patrick Maney discusses and signs his book about the president from Hope, Arkansas. (504) 899-7323.
  • “A SONG FOR BELLAFORTUNA” AND “TEMPESTA’S DREAM — A STORY OF LOVE, FRIENDSHIP AND OPERA”: 6 p.m., American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Vincent LoCoco discusses his novels. (504) 522-7294.


  • STROKE SCREENINGS AND ASSESSMENTS: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fonseca Auditorium, West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Screenings, speakers and education. Certain tests have a small fee. RSVP required for some screenings. (504) 349-1789.
  • BUGBLITZ: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barataria Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Marrero. Insect exploration and Biodiversity University Science and Nature Festival with exhibits, activities and music. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10.
  • NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY AT LONGUE VUE: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Free admission for grounds. Coupon at (504) 293-4701.
  • PINK BRA RUN: 10 a.m., 545 Patterson Road, Algiers Point, New Orleans. 5k run along the levee from The Point to Gretna in bedazzled foundation garments to benefit Tulane Cancer Center and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $25.
  • SUITS AND SALADS LUNCHEON: 11 a.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Dress for Success New Orleans fundraiser, with silent auction, fashion show, speakers, Volunteer of the Year presentation and raffle. $85. (504) 891-4337.
  • TALKIN’ PARKS: 1 p.m., French Quarter Visitor Center, Jean Lafitte National Park, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. Rangers discuss untold stories of the War of 1812 and Battle of New Orleans.
  • FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the spot, music by DJ Kazoo with special guests, screening of “James Castle: Portrait of an Artist.” (504) 658-4100.
  • “PEARLS AND LACE —CELEBRATING MOTHERS AND OTHERS”: 6 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 1534 Seventh St., Slidell. Dinner, music and silent auction benefit. Reservations required. $20. (985) 643-4531.
  • UNA NOCHE EN ARGENTINA — VIVA EL MALAMBO!: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization fundraiser, with dinner, music and performance by Argentine dancers Che Malambo. $250 and up. (504) 522-0996.
  • ZOO-TO-DO: 8 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Annual black tie or white linen suit fundraiser for zoo, with music, food and raffle for a Lexus. $110 and up. (504) 212-5374.
  • TREME ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: Also Saturday and Sunday; Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. New three-day music and food festival to celebrate Jazz in the Park series.


  • NOVO COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m., St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, 7100 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra requesting items for donation and offerings for sale.
  • PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m., also 6 p.m. Monday; New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106.
  • PELICAN GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, off Henry Thomas Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Wide variety of plants including annuals, perennials, herbs, roses, gingers and other plants. (504) 483-9464.
  • JANE JACOBS WALK: 10 a.m., Dryades Public Market, 1307 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchant & Business Association, Ashe Cultural Arts Center and Concordia sponsor in honor of author’s 100th birthday.
  • MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cajun Village Thrift Store, 13432 U.S. 90, Boutte. Arc of St. Charles host author Shirley Parram Sims, with pampering and prizes for moms. (985) 785-0971, ext. 207.
  • PET ADOPTION: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Petco, 3500 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Pets and volunteers from Louisiana SPCA on hand. (504) 368-5191.
  • NOLA VEGGIE FEST: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., also noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St., New Orleans. Food, product vendors, demonstrations and more to benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana.
  • CRAWFISH MAMBO: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., UNO Sandbar and The Cove, Founders Road, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. A cooking contest and all-you-can-eat benefit staged by the UNO International Alumni Association, with music and more. $20 advance, $25 gate.
  • COMMUNITY CRAWFISH BOIL: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pride of Algiers Masonic Temple, 922 Teche St., New Orleans. All-you-can-eat event to raise funds for Old Algiers Main Street Corporation and Pride of Algiers Booster Club. $25 advance, $30 at gate. (504) 908-8476.
  • IN THE SOFAB KITCHEN: Noon, Rouses Culinary Innovation Center, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Cookbook author Tonya Jacob will demonstrate Navy beans with ham and shrimp, plus Grandma’s Bread Pudding with pecan rum sauce.
  • LA BROCANTE DE L’ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE: 2 p.m., Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Rummage sale throughout the school, plus activities.
  • MELLOW BREW FEST: 4 p.m., Mellow Mushroom, 1645 U.S. 190, Mandeville; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; 8227 Oak St., New Orleans. Competition, beer garden, crawfish and concert to benefit St. Tammany Humane Society. $20 advance, $25 gate.
  • MAGAZINE STREET CHAMPAGNE STROLL: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Magazine Street, New Orleans. Merchants association and more than 100 members sponsor evening of sparkling wine, deals, sales and trunk shows.


  • PFLAG ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION: 6 p.m., Homer Hitt Alumni Center, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Presentation of scholarships and fundraiser. $30.


  • MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH: 11 a.m., Woodward Way breeezeway, Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Sit-down brunch, tour of pottery collection, two museum exhibitions, copy of “The Arts & Crafts of Newcomb Pottery.” $75.
  • RUN FOR SIGHT: 6:30 a.m., Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Fundraiser for ASCRS Foundation, 5k and 1 mile.
  • MOTHER’S DAY AT AUDUBON ZOO: 10 a.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Irma Thomas headlines at 2:30 p.m. for annual event, with complimentary admission for mothers, food, music and family fun.
  • ROOMS IN A ROW — A SHOTGUN TOUR: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Mandeville. Six historic structures on tour. $20, $12 students.


  • REACTIVE ROVER WORKSHOP: 1:30 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Humans-only workshop on why dogs do what they do. Registration required. $25.
  • “THE GENERALS —PATTON, MACARTHUR, MARSHALL AND THE WINNING OF WORLD WAR II”: 5 p.m., U.S. Freedom Pavilion, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Winston Groom presents and signs his book about the trio of top brass. RSVP suggested. (504) 528-1944, ext. 412.
  • ASHLEY KELLY SWIM PROGRAM: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., through Friday, May 13; Loyola University’s Recreational Sports Complex, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation sponsors a 40-minute session of swim instruction for ages 5 and over.
  • 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.
  • CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (601) 550-0983.


  • LANO CONNECTS: 4:30 p.m., Urban South Brewery, 1645 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations brings individuals and leaders together with businesses.
  • “HOLY WATER”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Dr. Robert Schwab discusses and signs his novel about a young physician and his experiences in the Crescent City. (504) 895-2266.
  • “PUBLIC SPACES, PRIVATE GARDENS — A HISTORY OF DESIGNED LANDSCAPES IN NEW ORLEANS”: 7 p.m., Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Ave., Metairie. Dr. Lake Douglas discusses and signs his book about gardens. $5 food service at 6 p.m. (504) 522-8014.


  • 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.
  • JAZZ PILATES: Noon to 1 p.m., New Orleans National Historical Park Visitor Center, Dutch Alley, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Stephanie Jordan leads a free class; participants bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841.
  • GENEALOGY SERIES FOR BEGINNERS: 1 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sal Serio, American Italian Research Library curator, leads a series on basic research. (504) 889-8143.
  • PET ADOPTION: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lafayette Square, St. Charles Avenue across from Gallier Hall, New Orleans. Louisiana SPCA pets and counselors on hand at Wednesday in the Square. (504) 368-5191.
  • ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASS: 6:30 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoelon Ave., Metairie. Alessandro Steinhaus, director of Language and Cultural Programs at the American Italian Cultural Center, will lead Wednesdays through June 29. (504) 889-8143.


  • “LOST PLANTATIONS OF THE SOUTH”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Dr. Marc Matrana discusses this book and his other “Lost Plantation” book. (504) 889-8143.


  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. 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.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans.
  • 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.


  • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans.
  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873.
  • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762.
  • KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.
  • GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna.
  • GROW DAT FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youth. (504) 598-2743.
  • ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi.
  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne avenues). Arts and crafts vendors plus food, music and a kids tent. (504) 523-1465.
  • SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Weekly market featuring produce, seafood, preserves, breads and baked goods. (504) 522-2621.
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982.
  • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors. Food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds.


  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans.
  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037.
  • SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214.


  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
  • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., St. Charles Plaza, 12715 U.S. 90, Luling. (985) 764-9762.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621.

    • Thursday to Sunday
    • CONTRABAND DAYS: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles. Celebrating Jean Lafitte and his hidden treasures, the events are held at and around the Lake Charles Civic Center and include crawfish races, Cajun Days, boat races and pirates capturing the city of Lake Charles.


    • MAYFEST: Downtown Leesville. The two-day event features live music, demonstrating artists and children’s activities, plus food, a gospel tent and pancake breakfast.
    • ZWOLLE LOGGERS & FORESTRY FESTIVAL: Zwolle Festival Grounds, South Main Street, Zwolle. The festival was started to celebrate the community’s logging history. There are arts and crafts, food, rides, music and the famous “mudbog.”


    • BAYOU CAJUN FEST: Larose Civic Center, Larose. Come out for the pirogue races; stay for the music, food, dancing and sports tournaments. The festival promotes cultural, educational and leisure activities.
    • BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: Parc Hardy, 2090 Rees St., Breaux Bridge. The Crawfish Capitol of the World’s festival has crawfish-based dishes, crawfish races, crawfish-eating contest, a crawfish étouffée cook-off and Cajun and Zydeco dance contest, as well as arts and crafts booths and carnival rides.


    • HERB AND GARDEN FESTIVAL: Marie Street, Sunset. The festival offers over 75 vendors selling fresh herbs, herbal products, yard art, and native plants and flowers. Guest speakers and book signings are also slated.


    • RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL: Gossen Memorial Park, Rayne. Signature events like frog racing and jumping and the selection of the Frog Derby Queen are accented by carnival rides, live entertainment, and an arts and crafts show.


    • COCHON DE LAIT FESTIVAL: Downtown Mansura. Celebration of the roast suckling pig, with music, a vast array of contests, carnival rides, arts and crafts and ending with a grand feast.