Throw me somethin’: Jazz concert will help send Warren Easton band to Cuba _lowres

Actor Anthony Mackie will MC the Jazz Celebration Concert.

Actor and New Orleans native Anthony Mackie will emcee a Jazz Celebration Concert featuring the Stooges and Hot 8 brass bands, the Warren Easton jazz band and Tonya Boyd-Cannon of “The Voice” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Warren Easton Charter High School auditorium, 3019 Canal St.

The adults-only event will raise money to help Easton’s jazz band travel to Cuba as part of a three-year music and art cultural-exchange program with students from the Conservatorio Esteban Salas in Santiago de Cuba.

Concertgoers must be 21 or older, and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments will be sold.

“As we are looking ahead to our city’s tricentennial, here is a tremendously creative way for our students to learn about their history,” said Easton board President David Garland.

More than 20 Easton students and teachers are participating in the three-year initiative and will travel to Cuba in May and in July 2017 for the Festival del Caribe. Cuban students in the initiative will visit New Orleans in April 2017 and during the 2018 tricentennial celebration.

“Our music students have done an amazing job with traditional New Orleans jazz and are so excited to expand their knowledge of how that music came to be,” said Easton band director Asia Muhaimin. “They have been studying and rehearsing and are prepared to exchange musical styles with their Cuban counterparts to see how the musical cultures influence each other.”

Partners and sponsors for the initiative include CubaNOLA Arts Collective, Barry Kern of Kern Studios, The Trombone Shorty Foundation, Life is Good, WWOZ, Cembell Industries, N.O. Music Exchange, Parkway Bakery and the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization.

The Easton band is raising money to cover additional expenses for the trip. For information, visit,, or call (504) 324-7436.

Dress for Success sale

You may have visited the Dress for Success New Orleans boutique at 6117 Magazine St., but here’s a first-time opportunity to visit its West Bank warehouse during the Shop for Change sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Mudbugs Self Storage, 2024 Belle Chasse Highway.

Parking is free, and all profits will benefit programs promoting economic independence for women in the community, including clothing for job interviews and career development support.

“This is the first sale of this type for us, and we’re excited to be able to offer this additional inventory of clothing and accessories to the public,” said Diane Riche, president of the board of directors for Dress for Success New Orleans.

Riche said the not-for-profit organization receives “name brand items from generous donors.” Some items “are not appropriate for our clients to wear during interviews or to work, and in some cases, we are overstocked in certain sizes,” she said. These items will be available for sale on Saturday.

“We encourage everyone to come out for great clothes, great bargains and great fun while supporting a very worthy cause,” Riche added.

Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded worldwide to more than 135 cities, helping more than 550,000 women work toward self-sufficiency. For information, visit or email

Backstairs at Longue Vue

Forget upstairs and downstairs. Time to peek backstairs to see how Longue Vue House and Gardens’ butler’s pantry, servants’ hall and kitchens appeared before the area was converted into exhibition space. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 Bamboo Road. Photos, cookbooks, dishes and select items will be on display through June.

A special backstairs family day, including activities for children, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit

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