Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- The Rev. Lois Dejean, left, sings with Dr. Milly Charles in the crowd during 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' an annual concert honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. The community-sing featured African-American liberation music, as well as freedom and healing songs from the Civil Rights Era. Songstress Michaela Harrison assembles a slate of amazing local artists and musicians to share their musical testimonies.

Central City’s cultural and artistic venues continue to expand, as the Ashé Cultural Arts Center announces the opening of Power House.

Located at 1731 Baronne St. in the Central City Historic District, Power House is a $7.4 million community impact development of Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in a former New Orleans Public Service streetcar switching station. The facility includes a performing arts center and gallery.

Events surrounding the opening include a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27.

“A Grand Evening” will be the highlight Friday, a $50-per-person fete with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Dale Baxter and Jupiter Funk, plus appearances by Troi Bechet, Sharon Martin and Hannibal Lokumbe. Attire is “Crescent City sharp,” and the event is 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Bless This House” starts Saturday with a blessing of the building at 10 a.m., with tours and performances until 6 p.m. Slated are the Kuumba Institute Youth, Sistahs Making a Change, Movers and Groovers, Barbershop Men and the Creative Team.

Saturday’s highlight will be the Uptown Saturday Night Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with Tank and Bangas, DJ Chris Stylez and the live artwork of Beats and Brushstrokes. Admission is $10.

For more information, call (504) 569-9070 or