Battle of New Orleans bicentennial scheduled

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve will salute the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans Jan. 7-10 in New Orleans and Chalmette.

More than 500 living-history re-enactors, musicians, dancers, speakers and authors will participate in the National Park Service events, which are free and open to the public.

The commemoration kicks off at 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at Jackson Square with a “call to arms.” Re-enactors will imitate the moment on Dec. 18, 1814, when Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson and his aide-de-camp, Edward Livingston, rallied New Orleanians against the invading British.

A commemoration ceremony will be Jan. 8 at Chalmette Battlefield, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette. The battlefield, one of Jean Lafitte Park’s six sites, was the site of the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815.

Starting at 9 a.m., the ceremony will include musical performances, a procession of memorial wreaths and remarks by dignitaries including Sir Peter Westmacott, British ambassador to the United States.

Music and panel discussions will follow at 12:15 p.m., including information about the role American Indians played in the battle and the history of the African-American community of Fazendeville, located on the site. Starting at 4 p.m., representatives of Tennessee will pay tribute to the Tennessee militiamen who helped save New Orleans and gave Tennessee its nickname of “The Volunteer State.”

On Jan. 9, nearly 2,500 students will participate in activities on Chalmette Battlefield, where living-history experts will dress as troops and civilians from 1815. More than 100 musicians, dancers and demonstrators of period crafts will show off their skills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Jan. 9 events will be repeated Jan. 10 until 3:30 p.m. A closing ceremony will then re-create the Jan. 23, 1815, victory celebration that honored Jackson and the American forces. The commemoration will end with cannon firings and music.

Complete event information is available at www.nps.gov/jela.

Dr. John to ring in New Year at Le Petit

Dr. John is slated to ring in the New Year on Wednesday at Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St.

The famous musician is the first artist to appear in a 2015 series of musical, comedic and dramatic performances, called the Intimate Evening Series at Le Petit Theatre.

Dickie Brennan and Co. is partnering with Canopy Entertainment to produce the inaugural performance.

Dr. John, a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is known around the world as a New Orleans musical legend. His career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on recordings by local artists Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.

Dr. John’s tribute album honoring Louis Armstrong, “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch,” recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz chart.

Tickets for his New Year’s Eve performance are $150 for general seating and $200 for premium seating. Doors open at 9 p.m., and Dr. John will begin his performance at 10 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at www.LePetitTheatre.com.

Mayor to volunteer at Nola for Life Day

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is inviting New Orleans residents to volunteer alongside him Jan. 10 for the ninth Nola for Life Day.

The event, part of the city’s campaign to reduce the murder rate in New Orleans, is slated for from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sampson Playground, 3101 Louisa St.

Volunteers are invited to participate in projects around the neighborhood, learn about free resources from local partners and enjoy food for the whole family.

Participants can sign up on the Nola for Life website. Those with questions may call (504) 658-4901 or email info@nolaforlife.org.