Neighborhood group to host holiday party

The East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission will hold its fifth annual Christmas Extravaganza on Friday.

The fundraising event will begin at 8 p.m. at the Crystal Palace, 10020 Chef Menteur Highway.

The party will celebrate the relationship between East New Orleans residents and business owners, organizers said. Musicians James Rivers, Stephanie Jordan, Michael Ward, James “Satchmo” Andrews and the New Birth Brass Band will perform.

General admission tickets are $75 per person and can be bought through Brenda Badon at (504) 650-4683.

Athletic club to hold Wine & Sign event

The New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St., will hold a Wine & Sign event on Thursday. Noted local authors will autograph and sell their works at the event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press will sponsor a table with books at discounted prices.

Author Eddie Boyd will be signing “African American Home Remedies,” James Nolan will be autographing “You Don’t Know Me” and Richard Campanella will sign his works “Geographies of New Orleans,” “Bienville’s Dilemma” and “Lincoln in New Orleans.”

Michael Marshall will sign “Gallant Creoles,” Freddi Evans will present “Congo Square,” Jason Berry will autograph “Up from the Cradle of Jazz” and Marty Mulé will autograph “Game Changers.” Morgan Molthrop will sign both “Jackson’s Playbook” and “Artist Spaces.”

WWOZ Radio celebrates birthday at Tipitina’s

WWOZ Radio will celebrate its 34th birthday at 9 p.m. Friday at Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., with “Behind the Curtain,” an event exploring three chapters in the station’s history: the Tipitina’s era, the Armstrong Park era and the French Market era.

Brothers Jerry and Walter Brock founded WWOZ as a community radio station in 1980 at Tipitina’s. The station was designed to pay homage to local musicians and chronicle the culture found in the streets and music venues across the city. At that time, WWOZ created relationships with such artists as James Booker, Dave Bartholomew and Ernie K-Doe. The celebration will kick off with a tribute to Booker by Davell Crawford.

Ivan Neville will celebrate the station’s Armstrong Park era, which began in 1984 when WWOZ moved to Louis Armstrong Park. Ivan Neville, who is the son of Aaron Neville, forged his own path with his band Dumpstaphunk, but on Friday he will stick more closely to the sounds of the Neville Brothers.

WWOZ entered the French Market era after Hurricane Katrina forced the station to relocate. At the market, it has expanded digitally and become the primary exporter of New Orleans musical culture to the world. The French Market era will be celebrated with the music of popular show host DJ Soul Sister.

Tickets are $19 in advance and $21 on the day of the show. A limited number of VIP patron tickets, available for $51, grant access to an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and balcony viewing. Tickets are on sale at Tipitina’s box office or at www.tipitinas.com. For information, call (504) 568-1239 or visit www.wwoz.org.

Christmas in Tremé benefit concert planned

Holy Faith Temple will present the annual benefit concert Christmas in Tremé at 7 p.m. Saturday at 1325 Gov. Nicholls St.

The event features Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr., Christian Scott, Davell Crawford and Edward Jackson and Friends. The Bridge Trio and the Holy Faith Temple Choir also will perform.

The annual concert helps fund the church’s outreach programs such as summer camp, an after-school tutoring program and a food and grocery outreach ministry.

Suggested donation is $15.

Central City church hosts live Nativity scene

Israelite Baptist Church of Central City will present a live Nativity scene from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23.

The event, held in partnership with the NOPD’s 6th Police District, the Central City Partnership Inc. and the Young Men Olympians Benevolent Association, features costumed actors and live music.

Community members, especially those from the Central City neighborhood, are invited to attend. Outdoor seating will be provided at the church, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.