‘celebrating music’ exhibit opening
Iconic artist George Rodrigue often based his work on the plethora of music makers from Louisiana and the world. An exhibit at the gallery that bears his name will feature a variety of works, including a signed grand piano, that have a musical message. The exhibition opens at 6 p.m. Thursday. His wife, Wendy Rodrigue, and son Jacques Rodrigue are slated to attend. Through May 15. 730 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 581-4244. georgerodrigue.com.
gumbo, gumbo, chili
Friday and Saturday
Whether your taste buds are hungry for a delicious bowl of gumbo or a caliente cup of chili, New Orleans-area residents have lots to pick and choose from this weekend. “Got Gumbo” cook-off is the 5 p.m. Friday event at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter to benefit the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Chili in the Channel starts at 11 a.m. at Jackson Avenue and Annunciation Street in New Orleans in support of ReNEW Schools. Teams compete for various honors. $5, tasting tickets $2. And you’ll roux the day if you miss the Northshore Gumbo Cook-off at 11 a.m. at Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, to benefit community youth programs. $10 gate. unitedwayselea.org; nolachili.com; and facebook.com/NorthshoreGumboCookOff.
The Gretna Jubilee celebrates 10 years of raising funds for West Bank magnet schools with a festival in the heart of the city, filled with music, munchies and a good time. More than 35 restaurants and several musicians, including Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, will be on hand to raise funds for Gretna No. 2, Ruppel and Thomas Jefferson schools. Held at the Gretna Farmers Market, the event is usually a sellout. $60. facebook.com/GretnaJubilee.
julliard students performance
Twenty dance, drama and music students from The Juilliard School in New York will present a benefit concert at Trinity Episcopal Church featuring an eclectic program of dance, opera, classical music, jazz, spoken word and theater as part of Juilliard student organization ARTreach’s 10th annual New Orleans Service Project. Proceeds will benefit Shalom Zone Community, a nonprofit organization of First Street United Methodist Church. 5 p.m. Sunday, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. (504) 670-2520. trinityartistseries.com.
wednesday at the square
Lafayette Square after 5 p.m. will be the place to be downtown for the next 12 weeks as the Young Leadership Council hosts its annual roundup of music and food and beverage vendors. Royal Teeth and Naughty Professor will kick off the calendar that will include Marcia Ball, Anders Osborne, Kermit Ruffins, Amanda Shaw and more through May 18. The concerts are free and held in the square bordered by St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street. 602 Camp St., New Orleans. wednesdayatthesquare.com.