MLK WORSHIP SERVICE: The Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger, senior pastor of The Faith Community of Saint Sabina in Chicago, will be the guest preacher for the Martin Luther King Jr. worship service at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Lawless Memorial Chapel at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans.
Since 1968, Pfleger has lived and ministered in the black community on the west and south sides of Chicago. In 1975, he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was appointed pastor of St. Sabina Church in 1981 and became the youngest full pastor in the diocese at 31.
Pfleger’s outspoken condemnation of violence was portrayed by John Cusack as Father Mike Corridan in “Chi-Raq,” a 2015 movie by Spike Lee. One of Pfleger’s biggest issues has been gun access and the violence toward children across the country.
PFLEGER IS THE FIRST OF FOUR SPEAKERS IN THE SPRING 2016 BRAIN FOOD LECTURE SERIES. THE OTHER LECTURERS WILL BE LAWRENCE ROSS, AUTHOR OF “BLACKBALLED: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses,” on Feb. 23; Mara Brock Akil, creator and producer of “Girlfriends, The Game” and “Being Mary Jane,” on March 8; and Michael Eric Dyson, author of “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America,” on April 4.
“ROMÉO ET JULIETTE”: The Loyola University New Orleans Opera Theatre will present Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. Tickets are $40 for preferred seating; $25 for reserved seating; and $15 for Loyola students, faculty and staff. For tickets, visit cmfa.loyno.edu/montage/music-events or call the Loyola box office at (504) 865-2074.
The operatic adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays will be performed in French with English subtitles. It is one of several Shakespeare-related events planned for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. New York stage director and choreographer Bill Fabris will direct, and Carol Rausch will serve as musical director and conductor. The fight choreographer is Erick Wolfe, and sets are provided by the New Orleans Opera Scenic Studio.