PULITZER WINNER SPEAKS: Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Tony Kushner will discuss his work with Jim O’Quinn, founding editor of American Theatre magazine, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event is free; to reserve a seat in the first five rows of the hall, visit presents.loyno.edu. Loyola's department of theater arts and dance and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society will collaborate on Kushner's 2004 musical, "Caroline, or Change," directed by department chair Laura Hope, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 5 at the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177A Sala Ave., Westwego. Tickets are $20 to $35 at jpas.org. For ticket information, call (504) 865-2074.
GIANTS OF JAZZ: Artist Emilie Rhys will discuss the process of visually interpreting music at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. The presentation will be followed at 7 p.m. by a performance by the Preservation All-Stars in the courtyard. The free event is presented in conjunction with THNOC's exhibition "Giants of Jazz: Art Posters and Lithographs by Waldemar Świerzy from the Daguillard Collection," which is on display through Dec. 30. To register for the Nov. 1 event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (504) 523-4662.
FINANCIAL LITERACY: A financial education workshop on planning for college will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the MLK Community Resource Center, 1042 31st St., Kenner. To register, call Rose Behan at the MLK Community Resource Center at (504) 466-0697.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT SINGERS: Volunteers are invited to sing with the St. Matthew's United Methodist Church choir and the New Orleans Civic Symphony when they present their Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie. The phone number for the church is (504) 888-1155.
ALGIERS KIWANIS: Key Clubs and Builders Clubs will be the focus when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: The official launch of Emerge Louisiana, which will recruit and train Democratic women to run for office, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, on the fourth floor of Basin Street Station, 501 Basin St., New Orleans. Emerge Louisiana is the 19th state affiliate in the Emerge America national network. Speakers at the launch celebration will include Andrea Dew Steele, the founder and president of Emerge America, and Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott, an Emerge Kentucky alumna. To register, contact Melanie Oubre at email@example.com or (504) 214-5215.
BLUE HORIZON AWARD BANQUET: Jefferson Parish Council member Mark Spears will be honored when the Jefferson Parish Democratic Executive Committee holds its Blue Horizon Award Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at The Four Columns, 3711 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. The featured speaker will be Robert "Tiger" Hammond III, president of the Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO. Tickets are $75 at Eventbrite.com.
BLOCK-LONG PO-BOY: Blue Plate Mayonnaise, Chisesi Brothers and Leidenheimer Baking Co. will collaborate to create a 350-foot po-boy at noon Friday, Nov. 3, in the 500 block of Royal Street. The longest po-boy ever created in New Orleans will be layered and dressed in celebration of National Sandwich Day. All are welcome to a share of the po-boy between noon and 2 p.m.; they will be directed to the courtyard of The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., for a free presentation on the history of New Orleans' most beloved sandwich, presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection interpretation assistant George Schindler IV. Presentations will take place at 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.
BOYS TOWN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Kernion, president of Cycle Construction Co. and a former chairman of the Covington Boys and Girls Club, will be honored along with his wife, Lynn, during the Moonlight on the Mississippi Retro ReProm fundraising gala benefiting Boys Town Louisiana. The gala will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the Grand Oaks Mansion venue at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Tickets are $100 each or $175 for a couple at www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana.
SPECIAL-EDUCATION RIGHTS: Laura S. Nata, of Families Helping Families of Jefferson, will lead a workshop, "Basic Rights in Special Education,” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The presentation will introduce parents of children with special needs to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To register for the free workshop, call (504) 888-9111.
TOUCH A TRUCK: Families will have the opportunity to interact with large vehicles used by construction workers and first responders during the Junior League of New Orleans' Touch a Truck event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, inside the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Advance tickets are $10, $40 for a pack of five. At the door, tickets will be $15, or $60 for a pack of five. For tickets, visit www.jlno.org/TouchaTruck or call (504) 891-5845.
FALL WILDFLOWER WALK: Learn basic botany and discover Louisiana’s wetlands wildflowers during the Bloomin' in the Bayou guided fall wildflower walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Participation is free; to register, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10.
AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: The American Association of Retired Persons Smart Driver class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The course is open to AARP members and nonmembers 50 and older. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for others. Participants completing the class will receive a workbook along with a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their automobile insurance company good for up to three years. To register and for more information, call Dr. Carl Drichta at (504) 302-1712.
SECOND HARVEST COMMUNITY KITCHEN: Demand for after-school meals for children has increased, creating a need for more than 70 additional regular volunteers in the Second Harvest Food Bank Community Kitchen, 700 Edwards Ave., Harahan. The volunteers will help prepare the Kids Cafe meals. Shifts are available Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and from noon to 2:30 p.m. A Friday shift is from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Vanessa Cave-Herazo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 729-2850.
INSPIRE TO EMPOWER: InspireNOLA will honor six people for their efforts to empower New Orleans groups and individuals during its Inspire to Empower gala from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the courtyard and atrium of Alice M. Harte Charter School, 5300 Berkley Drive, New Orleans. The honorees are state Sen. Troy Carter; Jaimmè Collins, partner, Adams and Reese; Civil District Court Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott; Lourdes Moran, a former Orleans Parish School Board member; Melissa Sawyer, executive director of the Youth Empowerment Project; and Jonathan Wilson, president of 100 Black Men. Tickets are $50 at bitly.com/inspiretoempower.
ODYSSEY BALL: The Odyssey Ball benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art will be from 8 p.m. to midnight Nov. 4 at the museum, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, in New Orleans City Park. The theme is "L’Odyssée: A Celebration 300 Years in the Making." It features NOMA’s fall exhibition "East of the Mississippi: 19th-Century American Landscape Photography." Tickets are $300, or $500 for patrons, who will be admitted at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit www.noma.org/event/odyssey-2017.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS: “A Salute to Coco Chanel: The First Feminist of Fashion,” a fashion gala benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans, will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Generations Hall, New Orleans, with a patron party beginning at 7 p.m. The event will feature an exhibition of mannequin displays celebrating the iconic styles of Coco Chanel from the top local fashion boutiques and designers. Proceeds from the gala will help Dress for Success meet its goal of suiting 425 women in 2017. Tickets are $85 or $150 for patrons. For tickets, visit www.501auctions.com/dressforsuccessnola. The Dress for Success boutique is at 6117 Magazine St., New Orleans, (504) 891-4337.
PREPARING FOR CHANGE: The Disaster Recovery Unit of the Louisiana Office of Community Development is holding community meetings to complete proposals for addressing increasing vulnerability to flooding in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes. Residents can review and provide feedback on draft strategies developed by the LA SAFE team after several rounds of collaborative meetings over the course of the year. For information, visit LASAFE.la.gov. The community meeting schedule includes:
- Nov. 6, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Vietnamese community meeting, Buras Community Center/YMCA, 36342 La. 11, Buras.
- Nov. 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Cambodian community meeting, Buras Community Center/YMCA, 36342 La. 11, Buras.
- Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Port Sulphur YMCA/Community Center, 278 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur.
MUSICAL HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: Michele Minor will present a lecture, "Musical History of the National Anthem," at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, as part of the Nunez History Lecture Series in the auditorium at Nunez Community College, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. For information, visit www.lahighered.org.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Officers will be elected when The Vernon N. Landry St. Bernard Chapter 1398 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meets at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Palms Too restaurant, 8001 St. Bernard Highway, Arabi.
FINANCES FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Jennifer A. Hyde and Tyler LeBlanc will lead a workshop, “Creating Financial Security for a Loved One with Special Needs,” from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The program will help parents with special-needs children prepare for two generations of financial security. To register, call Families Helping Families of Jefferson at (504) 888-9111.
VETERANS LUNCHEON: Retired Col. Jordan Jones of the Army National Guard will be the guest speaker when St. Charles Parish holds its annual Veterans Day luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. The National World War II Museum's Victory Belles vocal trio will entertain. All veterans residing in St. Charles Parish are invited. For information, call (985) 783-5183.
ALGIERS KIWANIS: Retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. David Callahan will discuss the work of the Coast Guard during Hurricane Harvey when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
ST. BERNARD ART GUILD: Luis Colmenares won the best-in-show award for "Da Fish in Da Parish" during the St. Bernard Art Guild Members Show held Oct. 14-21 at Studio Inferno in Arabi. The judge was Hayden Reilly. Other winners are:
- Art under glass: Claire Pescay, first; Darlene Johnson, second; and Lynn Battle, third
- Art not under glass: Jim Sohr, first; Darlene Johnson, second; and Jim Sohr, third
- Photography: Victoria Graves, first; Donald Crais, second; and Angela Comeaux, third
- Three-dimensional: John Zeringue, first; Christian De Los Reyes, second; Linda Berman, third
- Specialty awards went to Janet Attaway, landscape; Victoria Graves, maritime; Donald Crais, spiritual; Zeno Pimentel, children; Elaine Hodges, floral; Claire Pescay, portrait; Victoria Graves, wildlife; John Zeringue, abstract; Renee Drescher Zeitzer, still life; and Victoria Graves, St. Bernard theme.
PERRY'S POSSE: The St. John Sheriff's Office Employees Club recently donated nearly $800 to Perry's Posse, a nonprofit organization formed in 2014 to help cancer patients in the River Parishes. Tanya Roccaforte formed the posse in 2014 in honor of her godson Perry Levet, who died from leukemia in 2014.
WESTWEGO CYPRESS SWAMP FESTIVAL: The Westwego Cypress Swamp Festival will be Nov. 10-12 at the Westwego Farmers Market, 484 Sala Ave. Performers will include the Danny Alexander Blues Band on Friday, The Trent Bourgeois Band on Saturday, and Brad Sapia with Brandon Foret & The 504 Horns on Sunday. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Call the market at (504) 341-9083.
KNICKERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Westbank ARC will be the beneficiary of the Gretna Green Knickers golf tournament and 1960s Feeling Groovy Clubhouse Affaire on Friday, Nov. 10, at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberland Drive, Gretna. Tickets are $85 for the luncheon, $25 for the after party. For information, call (504) 367-5010.
LOUISIANA SPCA: The Howling Success gala benefiting the Louisiana SPCA will begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 10, in the Empire Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, with a patron party beginning at 7 p.m. The theme will be "Out of This World," and themed attire is encouraged. Nita Hemeter will receive the SPCA's 2017 Dorothy Dorsett Brown Humanitarian Award for her commitment to the trap-neuter-return program. The organization will also honor the Gia Maione Prima Foundation for its annual support of NO Fleas Market. Tickets are $125, or $250 for patrons. For tickets, visit www.la-spca.org/howlingsuccess.
FORESTIVAL: The FORESTival celebration of art and nature will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at A Studio in the Woods, 13401 Patterson Road, New Orleans. There will be music from The Asylum Chorus, Byron Asher and Guests, Confetti Park Players and Make Music NOLA; art activities for all ages; guided walks through the woods; and food and beverage vendors. There is a $10 suggested donation per adult.
WHITE ELEPHANT SALE: The Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré will hold a white elephant sale and auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Homer A. Plessy School, 721 St. Philip St., New Orleans; the auction will begin at noon. French Quarter shops, restaurants, hotels and art galleries donate gift certificates and specialty items for this event. The sale is the primary fundraiser for Caroling in Jackson Square, which will be Dec. 17.
CENTER CELEBRATION: "J is Jazzed" will be the theme of the Center Celebration fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center, which will be from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the center's Uptown location, 5342 St. Charles Ave. The center will showcase its expanded and updated facilities, including new indoor and outdoor pools and state-of-the-art fitness spaces. Tickets are $150, or $250 for patrons, at www.nojcc.org.
START THE ADVENTURE IN READING: Prospective volunteer tutors for Start the Adventure in Reading can complete training at any one of several 2½-hour training sessions in the next few months. To become a volunteer tutor, register for a free training session at www.stairnola.org/how-to-help; email Margo Price, volunteer coordinator, at email@example.com; or call (504) 899-0820. Training sessions include:
- Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., The Land Building, 1535 State St., New Orleans.
- Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m., The Land Building, 1535 State St., New Orleans.
P.G.T. BEAUREGARD: Curtis Manning will present a lecture on the history of St. Bernard Parish from 1865 to 1919, with a special emphasis on St. Bernard native P.G.T. Beauregard, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, as part of the St. Bernard History Lecture Series at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. For information, visit www.lahighered.org.
TERRYTOWN GARDEN CLUB: The next meeting of the Terrytown Garden Club will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 14. For information, call club President Reba Mackey at (504) 394-0038. At its October meeting, club members learned about Holland tulips from member Tricia Ortalano, and brought tulip bulbs home with instructions on how to plant for spring.
HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., The Phunky Monkeys and Armando Leduc y Salsa Royal will perform during "Playing it Back: Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert," a fundraiser for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. Proceeds will benefit Cajun Navy Relief and the diaper bank of the Junior League New Orleans. Tickets are $20 at ticketfly.com. For information, visit www.playingitback.org.
"THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME": Pianist Karol Mossakowski will provide live accompaniment for a screening of the 1923 silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St. Mossakowski was formerly artist in residence at St. Louis Cathedral. The event is part of the Les Comédiens Français lecture series. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call (504) 523-4662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A's AND ACES: A progressive-party fundraiser for A's and Aces, with the theme "Going to State," will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, with an hour each at three private homes on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of State Street in New Orleans. A's and Aces benefits New Orleans public school children through academic assistance, a life skills curriculum and tennis. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. To register, visit www.asandaces.org.
WESTBANK QUARTERBACK CLUB: Bobby Barbier, an Archbishop Shaw High School graduate and head baseball coach at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, will be the guest speaker when the Westbank Quarterback Club opens its 2017-18 season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at The Four Columns, 3711 Westbank Expressway, Harvey.
ALGIERS KIWANIS: Artist Terrance Osborne will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA: Rhythm and blues performing and recording artists Tony! Toni! Toné and comedian Lavar Walker will be the headliners for Xavier University of Louisiana’s benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the university’s Convocation Center, 7910 Stroelitz St., New Orleans. Proceeds will support scholarships and other programs that directly benefit Xavier students. Tickets are on sale for $50 and $100 through xulatix.com.
HOLIDAY MARKET: The St. Matthew the Apostle Home and School Association will hold its holiday market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Monsignor Bendix Center, 10021 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The market is for ages 10 and above; admission is $5.
LEONARDO DA VINCI BIOGRAPHY: Walter Isaacson, university professor of history at Tulane University and a former editor of Time magazine, will discuss and sign copies of his new biography of Leonardo da Vinci at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in Henson Auditorium at Isidore Newman School, 5333 Danneel St., New Orleans. Isaacson's appearance is sponsored by the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., where the book is available for $35. Copies may also be purchased at the event. At both locations, a portion of the proceeds will go to Newman.
TWERKSGIVING HOLIDAY CAMP: Queen of Bounce Big Freedia will be the featured instructor during the Twerksgiving holiday camp for ages 4-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20-21 at Upturn Arts, 1719 Toledano St., New Orleans. Campers will also participate in music, dance, visual arts and theater with artists such as songwriter Kristin Diable and drag queen Laveau Contraire, who will lead story time on Monday. The cost for both days is $120. To register, visit upturnarts.org or call (504) 390.8399.
MEETING THE PRESS: Betsy Fischer Martin and Jonathan Martin will be the featured speakers when the Bureau of Governmental Research holds its annual lunch at noon Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St. The theme will be "Meeting the Press in an Era of Fake News, Partisan Politics and High-Stakes Elections." Betsy Martin is an executive in residence at American University and Emmy-winning former producer of "Meet the Press." Jonathan Martin is the national political correspondent for The New York Times and former National Review reporter. The moderator will be Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute. For tickets, $125, contact Amanda Kaiser, communications and development manager, at (504) 525.4152, ext. 108, or email@example.com.
NEW ORLEANS MISSION: Novelist Ron Hall, author of "Same Kind of Different as Me," will offer remarks during the "Changing the Face of Homelessness" gala benefiting the New Orleans Mission from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. There will also be music from Christian pop artist Jonny Diaz. Tickets are $150 at www.neworleansmission.org. For sponsorship information, contact Gary Crosby at (504) 287-1814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: An AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Ochsner/Elmwood Fitness Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan. Those completing the course will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a car insurance discount. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, call (504) 828-3962.