Orchestra to perform family concert at Hynes: The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a football-themed concert aimed at families at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hynes Charter School, 990 Harrison Ave.

Let’s Go LPO! is part of LPO’s annual Young People’s Concerts series. Guest conductor David Torns will lead the orchestra, along with NOLA Project actors A.J. Allegra and James Bartelle, who will demonstrate how musicians work together as a team, as do football players.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the concert during pieces such as Reich’s “Clapping Music,” Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Torns is the assistant conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony and music director of the Louisiana Youth Orchestras.

Tickets are free for children 12 and under, $10 for all others and are available online at or by calling (504) 523-6530. Tickets are also available at the door.

Memorial held for shooting victims: St. Dominic Church dedicated its Dec. 28 evening Mass to the victims of violence in Newtown, Conn., and in every community. Knights of Columbus and Men’s Club members attended.

Parishioners marked the Feast of the Holy Innocents in the wake of the birth of Christ, noting that the solemn memorial carried extra significance in the wake of the shooting that took the lives of 28 people, 20 of them children, in Newtown on Dec. 14.


NEWCOMB CONNECTIONS DISCUSSED: Bobbie Malone and Earl Retif, two contributors to the Newcomb anthology, “Newcomb College: 1886-2006” will discuss connections between Newcomb College and the city, highlighting especially the place of Jewish and Creole students, the work of women artists and their own work on Newcomb-educated women, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Anna Many Lounge, Caroline Richardson building, Tulane University.

The anthology’s co-editors, Susan Tucker and Beth Willinger, will also be available to discuss the book. To attend, respond to Susan Tucker at or by phone at (504) 865-5239.

French Quarter

Graffiti Cleanup: The French Quarter Business Association and the Vieux Carre Graffiti Abatement Program invite volunteers to help clean up graffiti in the French Quarter from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Volunteers will meet at the 8th District Police Station, 334 Royal St., for cleanup materials and T-shirts. Creole Cuisine will provide lunch after the cleanup.

FQBA and other French Quarter groups implemented the Vieux Carre Graffiti Abatement Program or VC-GAP in the summer of 2010. VC-GAP hopes to eradicate French Quarter structures of the illegal graffiti.

The graffiti problem is not as insurmountable as once presumed and VC-GAP is working to help those victimized by offering information and solutions.

Graffiti is a real community issue that businesses, activists, residents and volunteers are willing to face head on.

To volunteer or donate, contact the FQBA office at (504) 309-1423 or email

OFFICER INSTALLATION AND AWARD DINNER: Reservations are required by Monday for the French Quarter Business Association’s annual officers’ installation and award dinner Jan. 17 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Tickets are $75; tables are available.

The committee is accepting nominations for the annual FQBA Awards: the Fleur De Lis Award, given to an individual or organization for their extraordinary dedication to the French Quarter; and the Ambassador Award, recognizing an individual or organization that represents the spirit of the French Quarter through their hard work and positive energy.

Call (504) 309-1423 or visit httP:// for more information.


LIBRARY PROGRAMS RESUME: Programs have resumed at the Rosa Keller Library and Community Center for the New Year.

The center is offering homework help, along with classes on learning Spanish, how to use digital devices, English as a second language, martial arts, ballet, strings lessons, Zumba and more.

Call (504) 309-2561 for more information on Broadmoor programming or go to

Warehouse District

COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE: The Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St., is hosting Cocktails for a Cause featuring the Louisiana SPCA on Thursday.

The event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with 20 percent of proceeds from the night donated to the LA/SPCA.

Foodie Call, a local food truck, will be onsite serving dishes from all around the culinary world, including Parmesan garlic truffle fries and arancini, among others.

The Rusty Nail is a dog-friendly establishment, so patrons are encouraged to bring their pets out for a night of food, fun, and drinks. For more information, call (504) 525-5515.

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