Book signing: 6:30 p.m., Healing Center Maple Street Book Store, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. “Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz” by John McCusker, The Advocate photographer and jazz tour guide.
lenten fish fry: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph’s Church, 1803 Gravier St., New Orleans. Fried catfish, macaroni, bread, corn salad, bread pudding and a beverage. $10. Call for pre-order and pickup information. (504) 273-5573, Ext. 116.
Starlight Racing: 5 p.m., Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Horse racing under the lights featuring music by The Mixed Nuts in the Clubhouse and DVDJ Crush in the Miller Time Beer Garden. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., $5 general admission, $10 Clubhouse and Miller Time Beer Garden. (504) 955-5515. http://www.fgno.com.
COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. Music by Linnzi Zaorski at 9:30 a.m., fresh produce, seafood, meat and dairy products, herbs, baked goods, tamales, plants, crafts and more. http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
freret market: noon-5 p.m., corner of Feret and Napoleon Streets, New Orleans. Free live music, 90 local vendors with food, produce, art, jewelry, gifts and collectibles. Pet adoptions by Zeus’ Place. http://www.freretmarket.com.
The 7th Annual Laugh Out Loud! Comedy for a Cause: 7:30 doors open; 8:30 showtime, The Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. The show features standup comedians Jodi Borrello, J.D. Sledge, James Cusimano and Leon Blanda. Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. $25. http://www.laughoutloudnola.com.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
SOUL FEST: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Soul food, children’s activities, music and wellness information from local health organizations. $17.50 adults; $12 children ages 2-12; $13 seniors. Audubon Nature Institute members admitted free. http://www.auduboninstitute.org or (504) 581-4629.
ride to recovery-gulf coast challenge: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans. More than 200 injured veterans and their supporters will begin a 375-mile trek from New Orleans to Tallahassee, Fla. Leading the cyclists will be retired Saints player Stever Gleason. http://www.ride2recovery.com.
ED RENWICK LECTURE SERIES: 7 p.m., Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola University, New Orleans. Featured speaker Donna Brazile. Free. http://www.facebook.com/loyno.
author event!: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 Napoleon Ave., Metairie. N.S. Patrick will discuss and sign copies of his book The Mysteries of Jack the Ripper. (504) 889-8143.
An Evening with Alison Bechdel at Tulane University: 7 p.m., Tulane University-Lavin-Bernick Center, 6329 Freret St., New Orleans. Alison Bechdel, author of the critically acclaimed graphic novels “Fun Home” and “Are You My Mother?” and the syndicated comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” will give a multimedia presentation on her work and process, redefining race and gender roles along the way. Free. (504) 865-5539.
Chaos Cooking: 7 p.m. A stalwart citizen opens his kitchen for a 150-person cooking party where everyone is a cook. There will be seven cooking stations including 2 food trucks, a chandelier wok, indoor kitchen and plenty of grills. Each attendee brings ingredients and everyone cooks together. Dishes are passed around and there’s plenty of Brooklyn beer to enjoy. For location details, go to http://www.ChaosCooking.com.
The Historic New orleans collection: 533 Royal St., New Orleans. “Seeking the Unknown: Natural History Observations in Louisiana, 1698–1840” relives the romance and mystery of Louisiana’s early scientific expeditions. The more than 100 items on display include centuries-old plant and animal specimens native to Louisiana and collected by various explorers and scientists, and several reptile specimens in jars that were collected in the 1830s. Detailed drawings, watercolors and illustrated folios — including several by John James Audubon — also will be on display. The exhibition will remain on view through June 2. The galleries are open to the public 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tuesdays–Saturdays and 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sundays.
National World War II Museum: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Gridiron Glory Exhibition,” a new traveling exhibition detailing pro football’s history in America with special sections devoted to the game’s World War II history and the New Orleans Saints, through May 5. (504) 528-1943 or http://www.nationalww2museum.org.
New Orleans’ Original Red Light Tour: 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, Erin Rose Bar, 811 Conti St., New Orleans. New Orleans’ Original Red Light Tour takes you on a journey through ribald tales of Storyville, the Tango Belt, The Last Madame’s house and much more. $20. (504) 523-8619.