kaplan lecture


Roberta Kaplan, the litigator who successfully argued for equal marriage, comes to New Orleans to discuss the landmark Supreme Court case and her book, “Then Comes Marriage — United States V. Windsor And The Defeat Of DOMA.” 7 p.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Octavia Books to sell. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

jazz in the park series begins


The annual series of concerts at the park named after jazz legend Louis Armstrong begins its nine-week run, with Amanda Shaw, plus Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through June 9; Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. pufap.org.

‘golden girls live’

Friday through Sunday

They are back at it: Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia, the spicy “Golden Girls,” only this time, they’re live — for three nights. Ricky Graham, Varla Jean Merman, Kevin Murphy and Kyle Daigrepont are in this hilarious sendup of the popular TV series. The three-episode staging is adult. Opening 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Rivertown Theatre for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. $26. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.

great louisiana birdfest

Friday through Sunday

Bird watchers and bird lovers have a chance to gather on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain to watch some of the Bayou State’s panoply of winged residents and visitors. The Great Louisiana Birdfest is an annual event that coincides with the migration patters of many flocks. Included in the fest are trips to various locales, workshops and food. Prices for individual events vary. 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday; Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190 East, Mandeville. northlakenature.org/birdfest.

‘the black experience in new orleans’


Three authors gather to discuss the experience of African-Americans in the Crescent City for “The Black Experience In New Orleans.”James B. Borders IV, author of “Marking Time, Making Place: An Essential Chronology of Blacks in New Orleans since 1718,” and Brenda Marie Oseby, former Louisiana poet laureate, will be introduced by former first lady Sybil Morial, author of “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment” for this two-hour discussion. Reservations are required. 2:30 p.m., Faulkner House, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans. faulkhouse@aol.com.

spring garden symposium


Dr. Allan Armitage brings his green thumb and sage wisdom as The New Orleans Botanical Garden holds its annual Spring Symposium. The event includes a reception, lecture on “Tales from the Garden,” book signing, plant and silent auctions. $45. 5 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., New Orleans. (504) 483-9473. symposium.nobotanicalgarden.com.