Benefit for Lower 9th Ward Village

A benefit concert for the Lower 9th Ward Village will be held Friday at the Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St.

The event will feature dinner, jazz, the spoken word, dance, music and comedy. It will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 11 p.m.

Kali Red will be the honorary host, and musical guests will be the Treme Brass Band, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, the TBC Brass Band and others.

Since 2007, the Lower 9th Ward Village has been a community hub helping residents to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina.

The village is now on the verge of foreclosure. All proceeds will go to the village.

Tickets for the dinner and the show are $25 at the door or $20 if purchased ahead of time. Tickets to the show are $15 at the door or $10 ahead of time.

To offer assistance or for more information, call (504) 302-1920 or email lower9th

70th anniversary D-Day Ball to be held

The 70th anniversary D-Day Ball will be held June 5 at the National World War II Museum, 1043 Magazine St.

The event will be co-hosted by Army Week NOLA and the nonprofit group Bastion. WDSU-TV anchor Norman Robinson will be the master of ceremonies. The Warrior Spirit Band will perform.

A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by presentation of the Soldier for Life Award to John P. Laborde in recognition of his service to Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his 50 years of dedication, leadership and philanthropy in New Orleans.

Tickets to the ball are $150 per person and can be purchased at Corporate sponsorships also are available. Part of the proceeds will go to Bastion, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services to veterans with permanent, life-altering injuries.

For more information, visit

610 Stompers Ball Crawl set for June 7

The fifth annual 610 Stompers Ball Crawl is scheduled for June 7. The event will benefit Animal Rescue New Orleans.

The Saved by the Ball Crawl will start at 1 p.m. at Grit’s Bar, 530 Lyons St. It will make stops at the Kingpin, F&M’s, Fat Harry’s, Superior Seafood and Le Bon Temps. There will be dance-offs, contests and prizes.

Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased at Grit’s Bar or online at Participants must be 21 or older and must sign a waiver to be part of the event.

Douglas Redd Cultural Summit set for May 31

The sixth annual Douglas Redd Cultural Summit will be held May 31 at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. The event is inspired by the legacy of visual artist Douglas Redd, who died in 2007.

The all-day event will include panel discussions, networking and workforce development for artists. Musicians, dancers, museum workers, actors, poets, photographers and other artists are invited to attend.

The event is sponsored by Efforts of Grace Inc. and the City of New Orleans Office for the Cultural Economy.

For more information, go to or call (504) 569-9070.