ROCKIN’ THE RAILS: Thursday, April 2, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. Zion Harmonizers play the opening concert of the free April concert series. For information, call (985) 892-1873 or visit

COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St.; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. Norma Jean Marcon will prepare the Lenten dish Gumbo Z’Herbes to sample and sell for the Easter market. Music by Last Chance Bluegrass Band begins at 9:30 a.m.

OLD FEED STORE MUSIC SERIES: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Marsonlan’s Feed and Seed Store, 316 E. Gibson St. Last Chance Bluegrass Band plays the spring series, followed by an open jam.


MANDEVILLE LIVE: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. Singaroux’s rained out free concert has been rescheduled for Friday. Gates will open at 6 p.m. No outside food or drinks. Restaurant partners and the city of Mandeville will provide food and drinks. Call (985) 624-3147.

DEW DROP: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall, 430 Lamarque St. The duo Jimmy Robinson and Helen Gillet open at 6:30 p.m. Then, the Helen Gillet Ensemble plays from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Robinson is one of the premier guitarists and helped found Woodenhead. Gillet, a native of Belgium who has lived in New Orleans since 2002, is credited with keeping the cello a vital jazz instrument. The Helen Gillet Ensemble, what Gillet calls her “French big band,” celebrates the release of the new CD “Dusk In Wallonia.”

Great Louisiana BirdFest: Friday to Sunday, April 10-12. The 19th annual event of the Northlake Nature Center when many species of birds are migrating north through Louisiana from Mexico and South America. BirdFest trips will visit varied habitat including swamps, wetlands, pine savanna and hardwoods of southeast Louisiana. Additional information and registration available at

SUMMER MUSICAL AUDITIONS: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 30 by Ninety Theater, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” will be directed by Jason Leader, with musical direction by Thomas Braud, and will run June 12-28. There are roles for five women and two men. Those auditioning must prepare one show tune and one country music selection. To register for auditions, email Leader at

LIFE ON PAPER: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190. Mia Kaplan will lead a creative workshop for young artists ages 9 to 12. Working from the environment of the Northlake Nature Center, participants will develop their own point of view while learning different ways of documenting the world around them. The workshop is free, and materials are included. To register, call (985) 626-1238 or email


‘STRONG YET FRIENDLY’: 7 p.m. Friday, Cutting Edge Center for the Arts, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The Rough Edges gallery at CECA will hold an opening reception for a display of art by Jean Flint, who works with common materials to build forms whose relationship to the human body is strong yet friendly. The exhibit will be on display through April. For information, visit or call (985) 649-3727 or (504) 579-2474.

CAREY STREET CRAWL: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. The Carey Street Coalition presents artists, craftspeople, outdoor dining options, pet adoptions and live music on Carey and Cousin streets in Olde Towne Slidell. The monthly street fair is free.

‘GOING TO THE CHAPEL’: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 3-18, Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The 1960s musical tells the story of Betty and her bridesmaids a week before the big day and is suitable for all ages. Tickets range in price from $22 to $25 for adults, and are $16.50 for children. They may be purchased by visiting or calling (985) 649-3727.

‘FUlL MONTY’ AUDITIONS: 6 p.m. Sunday, Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive. Performances run May 1-17. “Full Monty” rehearsals are underway, but casting will be held for the following characters: Noah “Horse” Simmons; Harold Nichols; Molly MacGregor; Teddy Slaughter; Repo Men; Male Strippers; a minister; and others. For information, visit

‘CURTAIN CALL’: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, OFFstage Gallery at Slidell Little Theater, 2024 Nellie Drive. The Olde Towne Arts Center’s opening reception for the “Curtain Call” invitational art exhibition at the OFFstage Gallery. On display through May 22, the exhibit allows a final look at the works by the more than 22 artists who have exhibited with OTAC at OFFstage Gallery throughout the course of the community theatre’s 2014-15 season. For information, email

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