Join the fun in Central City when Upturn Arts hosts its fifth annual Appetite for Art dinner event from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, first at the Dryades Public Market, 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., and then continues at Toups South, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

The one-of-a-kind culinary experience raises money to help bring the arts to all children of New Orleans. The event includes a patron party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and features food from restaurants including Atchafalaya, Boucherie, Le Citron Bistro and Toups. The Upturn Art’s Youth Percussion Ensemble will perform with musician and educator Boyanna Trayanova.

After a fun-filled welcome at the Dryades venue, the event becomes a movable feast at 7:30 p.m. as guests can join a secondline led by Dancing Man 504 and the Red Hot Brass Band to Toups South for a four-course meal with wine, a cash bar and music.

“Upturn Arts has thrived ... due to our continued community support,” said the organization’s executive director Dana Reed. “Our city is known for its creative culture, and it is important for our youth to experience it first hand.”

Upturn Arts programs and events include local artists, students, families and the community, Reed said. The Appetite for Art dinner is “a fun way to raise scholarship funds so more New Orleans children can experience the arts.”

Tickets for the dinner are $150 a person, $275 for a couple, and $1,750 for a patron table of 10. Dinner includes a live auction featuring vacations, artwork and one-of-a-kind experiences. Tickets are available through Monday, Oct. 23 at

Founded in 2010, Upturn Arts is a nonprofit organization located at 1719 Toledano St. It provides multi-discipline arts education to children on a sliding scale or scholarship basis. For information, visit

Oui for Success

“A Salute to Coco Chanel: The First Feminist of Fashion” is the theme of this year’s Dress for Success fashion gala from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrews Higgins Blvd. A patron party will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The gala, presented by Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, will showcase local boutiques and restaurants, with music by the Jenn Howard Band and a silent auction. Cocktail attire is encouraged, and there will be a Chanel auction courtesy of Vintage 329.

Dress for Success helps women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools. General admission tickets for the gala are $85. For information, visit

Help children fight cancer

Children’s Hospital will host its ninth annual Jazz Half Marathon & 5K from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Lafayette Square, 602 Camp St.

A post-race party will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the square, including music, jambalaya and red beans and rice.

The marathon benefits the LaNasa-Greco Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, which treats more than 1,100 children each year. To register for the race, or for information and sponsorships, visit

People of Eland

The C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans will present “The Eland People: Striving for Wholeness” with South African Jungian analyst Lynne Radomsky at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave.

The event is free for members, $10 for students and $15 for others. For information, visit

Barbecue competition

The St. Dominic men’s club and mothers’ club will present their annual “Cue in the View” celebration from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the St. Dominic schoolyard, 6326 Memphis St., in Lakeview.

The family barbecue is a qualifier for Hogs for the Cause, and the overall winner will earn a chance to compete in the 2018 event. The event will include inflatables for children and viewing of the LSU game. For information, visit

Brews and Boos

Halloween fun for grownup ghoul lovers 21 and older will take place on two nights, starting at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, at the City Park’s Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland.

General admission for Brews and Boos is $30; VIP tickets are $50. Separate tickets must be purchased for each night. There will be food, drinks and a costume contest. For information, visit

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at