Does Mozart make you manic? Can’t distinguish a Puccini from a Rossini? Recognize Falstaff as a long-lost local beer?

Whether you sing like a nightingale or bellow like a bull frog, you are invited to the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association’s annual Summer Party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the historic Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St.

The “Bows and Beaus” theme celebrates the art of being southern, and Junior Committee Board co-chairwoman Summer Duperon is asking gents to dandy up their best summer attire with a bow tie and ladies to add bows to their hair or outfit.

This year’s event is chaired by Sarah Harbison, and Ralph Brennan Catering and Events will provide light bites while guests sip summer cocktails. Chatter is certain to include news of the upcoming opera season, opening Oct. 9 with Giuseppe Verdi’s “La traviata.”

Tickets are $25 for Junior Committee members and $35 for nonmembers if purchased before August. Ticket holders will be entered into a raffle for a bow tie, courtesy of NOLA Couture. For tickets, visit For information, visit new

Tax rolls open for review

If you are an Orleans Parish property owner who thinks your taxable assessment is wrong due to estimations on its size, comparable sales or market values; then take advantage of the assessor’s Open Rolls period from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Monday, Aug. 17, at the following locations:

City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., fourth floor

Algiers Courthouse, 225 Morgan St., first floor

Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Drive, second floor

New Orleans East Satellite, 5555 Bullard Ave., Suite 103

To contest an assessment, bring an assessment letter and documentation to support your claim, such as a recent appraisal, a builder’s contract, photos and insurance information, Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll Williams said.

No appointment is necessary and discussions with Assessor’s Office officials are considered informal appeals. Formal appeals may be filed with the Orleans Parish Board of Review online at Go to the home page and click the E-File link in the left column then click Appeal of Taxable Valuation. This link is available July 22 through Aug. 20.

Party on the West Bank

Dance to the music at Wednesdays on the Point from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Hump Day through Aug. 5 at the Algiers Ferry Landing.

The free summer concert series will feature Bag of Donuts on Wednesday; Amanda Shaw and the Vettes on July 29; and Rebirth Brass Band on Aug. 5. For information, visit

Neutral ground art

For the past few years, a nonprofit group called Community Visions Unlimited has been commissioning artists to create neighborhood scenes on neutral-ground utility boxes around New Orleans. The group is looking for artists living in Bywater or Marigny who would like to paint boxes on St. Roch Avenue. For information, visit, email or call (504) 957-5542.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensen