Holiday bonfire slated for Algiers Point

This year’s Algiers holiday bonfire and concert, called “A Riverfront Holiday Celebration,” is scheduled for Saturday.

Featuring performances by Diablo’s Horns, DJ Rik Ducci and Romy Kaye & the Mercy Buckets, it will start at 5 p.m. at the Algiers Point ferry landing.

The free celebration features food trucks, bounce houses and face painting for kids.

It is presented by the Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

Works of Erté to be featured at reception

The works of famous artist and designer Erté will be featured alongside those of artist and composer Mark Kostabi for an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St. The exhibit will run until Jan. 1.

Kostabi will be on hand to answer questions at the event.

Romain de Tirtoff, also known as Erté, was born in Russia in 1892. He moved to Paris in 1912 and soon began designing covers for Harper’s Bazaar, a job he continued for 22 years. His work influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as Art Deco. He also created original costume and fashion designs for renowned screen actresses and did extravagant set designs for productions at Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera, as well as for the Folies-Bergères and “George White’s Scandals.”

Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants. He studied drawing and painting before moving to New York. By 1984, Kostabi had become a leading figure of the East Village art scene. In 1988, he founded Kostabi World, a studio known for openly employing numerous painting assistants. His works have been widely exhibited in galleries worldwide.

Local SPCA to hold adoption events

The Louisiana SPCA is holding a series of special events and promotions designed to find more animals homes before the holidays.

Adoption fees will be reduced to $12 for adult cats, adult dogs and kittens through the end of the year.

The special fee applies to animals adopted at the SPCA offices, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., Algiers, and at off-site adoption events to be held during the promotional period.

“Mutts on Magazine Street,” the first off-site adoption event, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 10 locations: The Bulldog, 3236 Magazine St.; CC’s Coffee, 2917 Magazine St.; Dat Dog, 3336 Magazine St.; Dirty Coast, 5631 Magazine St.; Fleurty Girl, 3117 Magazine St.; NO Fleas Market, 4228 Magazine St.; Petcetera, 3205 Magazine St.; Pinkberry, 5601 Magazine St.; Tracey’s, 2604 Magazine St.; and Zen Pet Retail & Grooming, 4500 Magazine St.

On Dec. 13 and 14, more animals will be available for adoption during Winter Wonderfest at Christmas in the District, an event at 900 Convention Center Blvd. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on both days.

Finally, on Dec. 20, another adoption event will take place at Clearview Mall at 4436 Veterans Blvd. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For $75, the Louisiana SPCA will make special holiday home deliveries on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

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Wein Jazz & Heritage Center to open Dec. 12

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will celebrate the grand opening of the new George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center with a gala concert Dec. 12.

The event will feature music by saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan, who founded the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music in 1990. His four children — Kent, Marlon, Stephanie and Rachel Jordan — will join him onstage.

The center, at 1225 N. Rampart St., is opening after two years of renovations. It’s named in honor of George Wein and his late wife Joyce, the festival producers who helped launch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The Wein Jazz & Heritage Center will be the permanent home of the Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free program that has operated on local university campuses since its inception.

The site also will serve as a community center and host many programs and events produced by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, and it will be available for classes and events put on by other community arts organizations.

The building has seven classrooms, including dedicated labs for piano and drums, and a 200-seat performance hall.

The gala is to be held from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.