SCORE FOR UNITY: Free performances of a jazz composition commissioned to commemorate the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial will take place April 23 and April 29 in New Orleans.
The National Park Service commissioned creation of “Score for Unity” by Michael Rihner, who will conduct the performances by the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Jazz Ensemble at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans; and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in Lupin Hall at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.
The work draws on the musical traditions of the battle’s participants and depicts the New Orleans campaign by sharing history through music. Accompanying the performances are narration by a Chalmette Battlefield park ranger and an exhibit on the battle created by graduate students of the University of New Orleans history department and Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies. For information, call (504) 281-0510 or www.nps.gov/jela.
CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS: As part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25, a candlelight memorial for victims of crime will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the New Orleans Police Department headquarters, 715 S. Broad St., New Orleans. People who have experienced the death of a loved one as a result of violence are asked to bring an 8-by-10-inch framed picture of the victim.
There will be a crime victim outreach and resource fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office, 819 S. Broad St., New Orleans. A brief ceremony will honor families affected by violence.
GIVENOLA DAY FIESTA: Mexican food and a margarita and beer happy hour will lend a Cinco de Mayo flair to GiveNOLA Day events from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at Lafayette Square, 600 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.
GiveNOLA Day is a project of the Greater New Orleans Foundation that promotes online giving to nonprofit organizations that strengthen the New Orleans area. There will be entertainment and a donation station for online giving. There will be food from Juan’s Flying Burrito from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Every dollar donated on www.GiveNOLA.org on May 5 will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and GiveNOLA Day sponsors. Nonprofits will also have the opportunity to earn awards and hourly prizes.