New Orleans events, Feb. 11-18, 2016 _lowres

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Music, TV star and now author Big Freedia, The Queen Diva of New Orleans Bounce, will discuss and sign her new book 'Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!' Saturday, 2 p.m., at the New Orleans Public Library.

EVENTS

THURSDAY

  • MUSIC AND MOVEMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN: 10:30 a.m., Mandeville Branch, 844 Girod St., Mandeville. (985) 626-4293.
  • BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 11:30 a.m. daily except Sunday and Monday, Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela.
  • “LITTLE RED MEETS THE THREE LITTLE PIGS”: 2 p.m., Killona Community Center, 201 La. 3141, Killona. Alberta Helmes Dunn reads and signs her book. stcharlesgov.net.
  • THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. Topsy Chapman and the Solid Harmony perform in this series. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • THE POWER OF LOVE YOGA JAM: 6:15 p.m., City of Love, 8601 Palmetto St., New Orleans. Gathering for free night of yoga to bring the community together with music and philanthropy. Donations of dry red beans or city requested. (504) 931-6020.

FRIDAY

  • FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Art on the Spot, music by Bruce Daigrepont, genealogy lecture and information. noma.org.
  • “YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Sunil Yapa reads and signs this debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle’s 1999 WTO protests. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • MURDER MYSTERY PARTY EN FRANCAISE: 6 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Alliance and Tulane’s French and Italian Department host an interactive evening with like music. Attire from the 1920s. $10, $5 members, students. (504) 568-0770.
  • VALENTINE’S DANCE PARTY: 7 p.m., The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans. A retro 1960s dance party with refreshments, cash bar. $20 VIP include a tour of the cupola. $5 general admission. (504) 568-6968.

SATURDAY

  • 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. noma.org.
  • BACK TO NATURE HEART WALK: 9 a.m., Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans. Friends of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park and New Orleans East Hospital event. $30. (504) 427-2596. friendsofjoewbrownpark.org.
  • SUPER SATURDAY VOLUNTEER DAY: 9 a.m., City Park Volunteer Center, 1009 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Groups, individuals and more gather to take part in keeping the park up to snuff. Work begins at 9. Bring close-toed shoes, water, sunscreen. (504) 483-9459. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • ONE BILLION RISING: 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1724 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. One day of dancing, massage, speaking, poetry and healing as part of the 1 Billion Rising global movement to end rape and sexual violence against women. (504) 569-9070. ashecac.org.
  • GROWING GARDENERS: 10 a.m., Botanical Gardens, City Park, New Orleans. For ages 6-9. $15 per class, or $12 if all six taken. (504) 483-9470. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • SCHOOLS EXPO: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. The Urban League of Greater New Orleans hosts a free public event to provide families with information on resources in the community. (504) 620-2332. elgno.com.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. nationalww2museum.org.
  • “A BAYOU HOME — THE ADVENTURES OF SWAMPMASTER BEJEAUX”: 11:30 a.m. Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Nancy Backus Roniger reads and signs her book about the swamps and bayous of South Louisiana. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
  • PET ADOPTION: noon, Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., New Orleans. Louisiana SPCA counselors, pets and volunteers on hand to find pets a new home. (504) 368-5191. la-spac.org.
  • “THEN COMES MARRIAGE — UNITED STATES V. WINDSOR AND THE DEFEAT OF DOMA”: 2 p.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Litigator Roberta Kaplan discusses her book about the historic case. Octavia Books to sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • COOKING DEMONSTRATION: 2 p.m., Rouses Culinary Innovation Center, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Chef Erik Loos of Pigeon & Prince catering will prepare slow-cooked Two Run Farm lamb and herb pasta ragout. Free with museum admission. (504) 267-7490. natfab.org.
  • “GOD SAVE THE QUEEN DIVA”: 2 p.m., New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Big Freedia, “Queen of Bounce,” discusses and signs her book about her music and future plans. (504) 596-2560. neworleanspubliclibrary.org.
  • CRITTER CINEMA: 6 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Movie, pizza, PJs and snacks, plus a chance to visit the animals. Ages 5-10. Preregistration required. $35. (504) 368-5191 x 207. la-spca.org/crittercinema.

SUNDAY

  • VALENTINE’S DAY BLOOD DRIVE: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Jude Hall, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 411 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. O-negative and B-negative are in demand. (504) 241-1892. thebloodcenter.org.
  • YOGA IN THE GARDEN: 9 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. $5 suggested donation. (504) 293-4721. longuevue.com.
  • MY FURREVER VALENTINE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., PetSmart, 2900 S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. All adoptions on Valentine’s Day are $14. Also updating pets with vaccines, microchipping. la-spca.org.
  • TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. New Orleans Pianist Manuel Matarrita of Costa Rica, with mezzo Stacy L. Chamblin, violist Ray Gomez, perform works by Brahms, Granados, Pignoni and Matarrita. (504) 670-2520. trinityartistseries.com.
  • LENTEN JAZZ VESPERS: 9 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. James Singleton on the string bass leads the brief meditation during the season. (504) 670-2520. trinityartistseries.com.

MONDAY

  • 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. noma.org.
  • 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. crescentcitysound.com.

TUESDAY

  • “HAITI AND THE MUSIC OF CONGO SQUARE”: 11 a.m., Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library, Southern University, 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans. Documentary screening and discussion of one of the most sacred sites of African-American memory and community with Freddi Williams-Evans. (504) 286-5225.
  • “THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Melanie Benjamin reads and signs her book about the 1950s and the friendship of Truman Capote and Babe Paley. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • FRUITS AND VEGGIES NUTRITION CLASS: 7 p.m., Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Karen Walker, LSU AgCenter, offers class and makes rise and shine cobbler. Part of a series. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
  • CONSERVATION DISCUSSION: 7 p.m., Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis, New Orleans. Michael Seymour, ornithologist with the La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fishers, will discuss the Natural Heritage Program’s botanical and zoological conservation efforts. (504) 671-6371.

WEDNESDAY

  • 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. nationalww2museum.org.
  • 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. nps.gov/jazz.
  • GENEALOGY SERIES: 1 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sal Serio, American Italian Research Library, offers courses. Introduction to family research and different types of forms used is first. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
  • “AFTON VILLA — THE BIRTH AND REBIRTH OF A 19TH-CENTURY LOUISIANA GARDEN”: 5 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park, New Orleans. Author Gen Trimble will read and sign her new book about her restoration of the historic garden. (504) 483-9473. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • “FIVE DOLLARS AND A PORK CHOP SANDWICH — VOTE BUYING AND THE CORRUPTION OF DEMOCRACY”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Mary Frances Berry reads and signs her book about voter manipulation and electoral corruption. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • ESSENCE OF STYLE DESIGNER RECEPTION: 6 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Author Suzanne Rheinstein speaks and mingles at a reception at a private local residence. $125. (504) 293-4723. longuevue.com.
  • “JOY OF THE GOSPEL” LECTURE: 7 p.m., Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Fr. Fred Kammer of the Jesuit Social Research Institute kicks off the Lenten lecture series. loyno.edu.

FEB. 18

  • ESSENCE OF STYLE DESIGN SYMPOSIUM: 10 a.m., Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Author Suzanne Rheinstein speaks on style, her new book at the Longue Vue House and Gardens annual event. Lunch, a private auction and book signing to follow. $125, $100 members. (504) 293-4723. longuevue.com.
  • THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 6 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. The Yat Pack perform in this series. $10. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • “FREE MEN”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Katy Simpson Smith launches and signs her book about an escaped slave, a white orphan and a Creek Indian who are being tracked down for murder. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “DEATH EMBRACED — NEW ORLEANS TOMBS AND BURIAL CUSTOMS”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Author and historian Mary Lacoste asks readers to ponder issues that should not be avoided. (504) 889-8143. jplibrary.net.
  • MARKETS

    THURSDAY

    • 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. www.hollygrovemarket.com.
    • 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. www.icdnola.org.

    SATURDAY

    • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. www. 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. www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
    • 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. www.gretnafarmersmarket.com.
    • 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. www.growdatyouthfarm.org.
    • ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi. www.visitstbernard.com.
    • 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. www.artsneworleans.org.
    • 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. www.frenchmarket.org.
    • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (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.
    • 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. www.freretmarket.org.

    TUESDAY

    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., 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 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. www.sankofanola.org.?
    • WEDNesday
    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 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.