New Orleans Events Calendar April 9-16, 2015 _lowres

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- A.J. Guttierrez throws the bocce ball during The New Orleans Bocce Club league night in Metairie, La. Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The New Orleans Bocce Club, a repository of Italian culture, is struggling to survive as its members get older. The club is trying to revitalize the authentic heritage by encouraging younger people to play the sport and draw in members from all generations.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

  • FRENCH QUARTER FEST KICKOFF PARADE: 10 a.m., 100 block of Bourbon Street, French Quarter, New Orleans. The official start of the four-day festival, featuring the music of the Orleans Brass Band. www.fqfi.org.
  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-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. hollygrovemarket.com.
  • BUDDY BREAK: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lafayette Square, St. Charles Avenue at Maestri Street, Central Business District, New Orleans. Jefferson SPCA event pairs office-bound workers with shelter dogs for midday exercise with no commitments or strings. (504-931-4777. www.jeffersonspca.org.
  • HOLY NAME OF JESUS GATOR GOLF CLASSIC AND 19TH HOLE: 11:30 a.m. registration, lunch; 1:30 p.m. golf; 5:30 p.m. 19th Hole, Audubon Park Golf Course, 6500 Magazine St., and Audubon Shelter No. 10, New Orleans. Four-person scramble fundraiser for Holy Name of Jesus Men’s Club. $115 men, $100 women; 19th Hole $15. www.hnjmen.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.
  • BELLS ACROSS THE LAND — A NATION REMEMBERS APPOMATTOX: 2:15 p.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Part of nation-wide remembrance for the end of the Civil War when the generals ended the surrender meeting in Virginia. (504) 689-3690 x 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. 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.
  • YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., also 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Benson Cancer Center, Ochsner Medical Center, 1515 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. Open to all cancer survivors. (504) 842-3910. ochsner.org/ochsner_cancer_institute/healing_yoga.
  • “THE ENDANGERED HISTORIC INTERIOR”: 5 p.m., Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, Building 1, Delgado Community College City Park Campus, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Peter Dedek, ASID, will present perspectives on preserving these unique environments while allowing function and creativity. (504) 866-7795. www.asidneworleans.org.
  • “THE ART OF THE GREAT PITCH”: 5:30 p.m., Danna Center, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Idea Village co-founder Tim Williamson speaks on the development of entrepreneurship. (504) 865-3622. studentaffairs.loyno.edu.
  • “NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR — RACE, POLITICS AND A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM” BOOK EVENT: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Loyola historian Justin Nystrom presents and signs his book about the Crescent City following the war. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

INTEGRATING NEW ORLEANS — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL: 6 P.M., CABILDO, LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM, 701 CHARTRES ST., NEW ORLEANS. DRAWING ON ORAL HISTORIES, YEARBOOKS AND NEWSPAPERS, AUTHOR GRAHAM COOPER WILL EXPLORE THE EXPERIENCES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN’S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS. (504) 568-2123. WWW.LOUISIANASTATEMUSEUM.ORG.

  • VINTER’S DINNERS: 6:30 p.m., selected restaurants by reservation only, Covington. Part of the Covington Business Association’s “A Taste of Covington” food and wine event, four-course paired dinners. $80. www.atasteofcovington.com.
  • “BOOM AND BLACKOUT”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Author Brian W. Boyles unearths the conflicts, ambitions and secret histories that defined the city as it prepared for Super Bowl XLVII. (504) 838-1190. www.jefferson.lib.la.us.
  • OPEN BOCCE NIGHT: 7 p.m., Italian American Bocce Club, 2340 Severn Ave., Metairie. Learn the game, practice and play. Teaching available. $5. (504) 975-9173. nolabocce@gmail.com.
  • DUKE ELLINGTON — THE NEW ORLEANS CONNECTION: 7 p.m., Administration Building Auditorium, Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans. Dr. Michael White and the Xavier University Jazz Ensemble headline a discussion and performance about Ellington. (504) 520-7525. www.xula.edu.
  • PFLAG NEW ORLEANS MEETING: 7:30 p.m., Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Monthly support meeting for parents, family, friends and members of the LGBTQ community. (504) 862-5912. www.pflagno.org.

DOWNTON GOES TO THE RACES: 8 P.M., FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE, 1751 GENTILLY BLVD., NEW ORLEANS. BENEFIT GALA FOR WYES WITH ENTERTAINMENT, DANCING AND HORSE RACING. PERIOD OR DERBY ATTIRE PREFERRED. $250, $100 AGES 21-35. (504) 486-5511. WWW.WYES.ORG/EVENT/RACES.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10

  • GREAT LOUISIANA BIRDFEST: 6:15 a.m., with events through Sunday, Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190 East, Mandeville. Annual spring collection of events when many bird species are migrating north through Louisiana from Mexico and South America. Includes tours, watching, birding and workshops. (985) 626-1238. www.northlakenature.org.
  • INDY GRAND PRIX OF LOUISIANA: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., also Saturday and Sunday, NOLA Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale. First-ever event that includes six racing series. In addition to qualifying and race events, look for autograph sessions, a family fun zone and an IndyCar Fan Village. $15 and up for adults, $5 and up juniors; packages available. www.gpofnola.com.
  • NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COLLOQUIUM: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., also 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Cabildo, Louisiana State Museum, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans. “New Light on Old Mysteries: Worlds, Bands and Indians” is the theme for this event that includes discussions on how indigenous peoples shaped music and ethnic influences. www.noimc.org.

ST. ROCH MARKET GRAND OPENING: 10 A.M. RIBBON CUTTING, ALSO SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, ST. ROCH MARKET, 2381 ST. CLAUDE AVE., NEW ORLEANS. NEW MARKET WILL OFFER A RANGE OF FRESH AND PREPARED FOODS AND BEVERAGES. OPENING EVENTS INCLUDE VARIOUS LIVE PERFORMANCES. (504) 408-2080. WWW.STROCHMARKET.COM.

“STORIES OF A RIVER TOWN — COVINGTON, LOUISIANA AT 200 YEARS”: 4 P.M., SOUTHERN HOTEL, 419 N. NEW HAMPSHIRE ST., COVINGTON. C. HOWARD NICHOLS SIGNS HIS BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS ST. TAMMANY TOWN. PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFITS THE COVINGTON HERITAGE FOUNDATION. WWW.COVINGTONHERITAGEFOUNDATION.COM.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Art on the Spot, performance by the NOCCA Chorus, gallery talk with artist Radcliffe Bailey and Dawn DeDeaux. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.

“MILLION DOLLAR ARM”: 6 P.M., ST. ROCH PARK, 1800 ST. ROCH AVE., NEW ORLEANS. NORDC MOVIES IN THE PARK PROGRAM FEATURING A DISNEY MOVIE ABOUT A SPORTS AGENT WHO STAGES AN UNCONVENTIONAL RECRUITMENT STRATEGY TO GET TALENTED INDIAN CRICKET PLAYERS TO PLAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. FIELD GAMES AT 6 P.M., FITNESS ACTIVITIES AT 6:30 P.M., FILM AT 7:15 P.M. WWW.NOLA.GOV/NORDC/MOVIES-IN-THE-PARK.

  • GRAND TASTING: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Acquistapace’s Supermarket, 125 E. 21st Ave., Covington. Two tents of wine and food, part of “A Taste of Covington” event. $40. www.atasteofcovington.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

  • “HUNGRY FOR LOUISIANA — AN OMNIVORE’S JOURNEY”: 8 a.m., Crescent City Farmers Market, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. Maggie Heyn Richardson signs her book about how deeply food informs the identity of Louisiana’s residents. Garden District Book Shop. (504) 895-2266. www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.
  • BRENDA OWENS MEMORIAL WELLNESS WALK: 8 a.m., Joe Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority sponsors a 5K run/walk to support the American Lung Association. $25. www.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Coloralphabetaomega.org/upcomingText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color.
  • YOGA IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m., also Monday evening. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106. noma.org.
  • 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. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
  • 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. gretnafarmersmarket.com.
  • NEW ORLEANS SPRING GARDEN SHOW: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, 3 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Explore the garden, more than 50 horticultural exhibits, family-friendly activities, lectures, plant and garden product sales, a Plant Health Clinic, the Children’s Discovery Zone, an art market and live music. $8 adults, $4 kids 5-12. Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colorwww.neworleanscitypark.com/events/spring-garden-show.
  • MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD COMMUNITY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. (985) 624-3147. mandevilletrailheadmarket.com.
  • OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 922 Teche St., Algiers. oldalgiersharvestfreshmarket.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. growdatyouthfarm.org.
  • KITCHEN GARDENS TALK: 10 a.m., greenhouse sales 9 a.m. to noon, Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St., New Orleans. Talk by Piedad Scanlan, of the Latino Farmers; co-op on growing kitchen gardens and sales of plants and trees. Free. (504) 620-2224. www.parkwaypartnersnola.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.
  • 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. nationalww2museum.org. MADE FROM THE MARKET: 11 a.m., Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Chef Raymond Signal, of the kitchens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Smoothie King Center and Champions Square, will demonstrate one of his favorite dishes. (504) 569-0405. southernfood.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. swapmeetnola.com.
  • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors of food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds. freretmarket.org.
  • “WINGS OVER NEW ORLEANS”: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville. John Taylor discusses his book of photography about Wings while the group was working at Allen Toussaint’s studio. (985) 626-8884. www.barnesandnoble.com.
  • “GUMBO” TASTING AND AUTHOR EVENT: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Food editor and author Dale Curry presents, signs and offers tastings from her “Savor the South” book about this quintessential Louisiana dish. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.
  • FESTA DEL VINO: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Southern Hotel, 428 E. Boston St., Covington. Mayor Mike Cooper presents tastings and hors d’oeuvres as part of “A Taste of Covington” event. Limited tickets, online only. $60. www.atasteofcovington.com.
  • “SPRING FOR ART”: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Covington. St. Tammany Art Association sponsors evening stroll with art, shopping music and wine. www.sttammanyartassociation.org.
  • “HUNGER GAMES — MOCKINGJAY PART 1”: 6 p.m., Burke Playground, 2524 Annunciation St., New Orleans. NORDC Movies in the Park program, featuring the latest in the series of the exploits of Katniss Everdeen. Field games at 6 p.m., fitness activities at 6:30 p.m., film at 7:15 p.m. www.nola.gov/nordc/movies-in-the-park.
  • SYNERGY DANCE PRODUCTION GALA: 7 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Fundraising evening of food, wine and dance in support of the arts. $20. www.syngergydancepro.eventbrite.com.
  • “THE ART OF ASKING — HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LET PEOPLE HELP ME”: 9 p.m., Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., New Orleans. Singer, pianist and writer Amanda Palmer will perform then sign books at this event. $30 for the show, book not included. Purchase books through Octavia Books. (504) 899-7323. www.octaviabooks.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12

  • OLD GARDEN ROSE SOCIETY SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Sale offering 300 antique roses, most of which not available in nurseries, for $10 each. Sponsored by the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society. (504) 831-0525. www.neworleans-oldrose.com.
  • STAINED GLASS TOUR — WINDOWS ON THE GULF: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., departs Lakeside Shoppiong Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Preservation Resource Center’s bus tour of four churches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Church parishioners and Stained Glass Art in Sacred Places Committee members will discuss the art, and a catered lunch will be served at St. Thomas the Apostle. $85. RSVP required. (504) 636-3040. www.prcno.org.
  • NOLA CHESS CLUB: Noon, Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Free, open to the public. nolachessclub.yolasite.com.
  • BACH AT THE ORGAN: 3 p.m., Rayne United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Loyola professor and local organist Dr. Marcus St. Julien performs as part of the Montage Fine and Performing Arts series in celebration of the 140th anniversary of the church. www.montage.loyno.edu.
  • NICKEL-A-DANCE WITH DAVELL CRAWFORD AND THE CREOLE JAZZ MEN: 4 p.m., The Maison on Frenchmen Street, 508 Frenchmen St., New Orleans. Weekly concert series during March sponsored by New Orleans Jazz Celebration. nojc.org/nickel.
  • MONDAY, April 13
  • ACES AGAINST ANEURYSMS WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT: Pelican Athletic Club, 1170 Meadowbrook Blvd., Mandeville. Benefit tennis tournament for patient education materials for aneurysm survivors and their families. $50 registration. Men’s tournament April 27. bfisher@thepac.com. www.brainsupportnola.com.
  • “HOT PURSUIT” BOOK EVENT: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Stuart Woods reads and signs his latest book in the Stone Barrington series. (504) 899-7323.
  • 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., music room, Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (504) 442-7449 or (985) 898-0951. crescentcitysound.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14

  • VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGEMENT TRAINING: 9 a.m., and April 21; Louisiana Heart Hospital, 64030 La. 434, Lacombe. Six-part (two each day) series presented by DOVIA New Orleans, with emphasis on steps to successful volunteer program development, recruitment, supervision and improving existing programs. Sessions may be attended individually. $125 members, $200 nonmembers. (985) 624-3514. www.dovianeworleans.org.

CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M., 200 BROADWAY ST., NEW ORLEANS. CRESCENTCITYFARMERSMARKET.ORG.

  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
  • SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. sankofanola.org.

RENOVATE RIGHT: 6 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M., PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER, 923 TCHOUPITOULAS ST., NEW ORLEANS. THE PRC STAFF AND TRUSTED EXPERTS EXPLAIN THE INS AND OUTS OF PLANNING AND MANAGING A SUCCESSFUL RENOVATION PROJECT. THE CLASS CONTINUES AT THE SAME TIMES APRIL 21, A TOTAL 7 HOURS AND 30 MINUTES OF INSTRUCTION. $65 WITH PREREGISTRATION. (504) 581-7032. WWW.PRCNO.ORG.

ORGAN AND LABYRINTH AND CANDLELIGHT: 6 P.M., TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1329 JACKSON AVE., NEW ORLEANS. MUSIC DIRECTOR ALBINAS PRIZGINTAS PERFORMS CLASSICAL TO ROCK TO POP ON THE 5,000-PIPE ORGAN. (504) 670-2520. ALBINAS.ORG.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

  • 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.

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. 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. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.

WEdnesday at the square: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lafayette Square, between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street across from Gallier Hall, New Orleans. Twelve-week series put on by Young Leadership Council. Food and beverages for purchase help support the event. (504) 585-1500. wednesdayatthesquare.com.

“Russell Long — A life in politics”: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. UL-Lafayette professor Michael Martin discusses his book about the former U.S. senator. (504) 889-8143.