• BEATLES SIGN HABITAT AUCTION ITEM: An upright piano signed by the two remaining Beatles, Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney, is heating up the Charity Buzz auction block in a fundraiser to support the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity’s Veteran’s Build. Bidding has topped $30,000 and the estimated value of the fully restored 1908 Kingsbury piano, painted by St. Tammany artist Lori Gomez, is $100,000. Starr inscribed “Peace and Love/ Ringo” and McCartney inscribed “Cheers Paul McCartney ’14.” The community is invited to a countdown as the auction closes at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Carrettas, 137 Taos St. in Slidell. For bidding, visit www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/774800
  • “GOING TO THE CHAPEL”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The 1960s musical of Betty and her bridesmaids a week before the big day, suitable for all ages. Tickets $22 to $25 for adults and $16.50 for children at www.cuttingedgetheater.com or call (985) 649-3727.
  • “CURTAIN CALL” OPENING: 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 wine and cheese reception for “Curtain Call” is free to the public. On display through May 22, the invitational exhibit features work by Jessie Hornbrook, Martin Needom, Ben Netterville, Rosa Sand and Barbara Shaw. More than 22 artists have exhibited with OTAC at OFFstage Gallery throughout the course of the community theatre’s 2014-15 season. For information, email info@otacenter.com.

TREASURES FROM NOMA: Through Saturday, Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall, 2055 Second St. Louisiana artists from the New Orleans Museum of Art, including Slidell artist George Dunbar.

  • “STRONG YET FRIENDLY”: Through April, Cutting Edge Center for the Arts, 767 Robert Blvd. The Rough Edges gallery at CECA presents a display of art by Jean Flint. For information, visit www.cecaslidell.com or call (985) 649-3727 or (504) 579-2474.

Abita Springs

ABITA SPRINGS OPRY: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Performers include Chris Talley and Friends, Cassie Krebs and Dave Easley, Nola Bluegrass Band and Wasted Lives. Tickets are $18. For reserved seating, call Kathy at (985) 892-0711. Closed circuit TV available outside with free seating in the event of a sell-out.

BUSKERS FESTIVAL: Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Abita Springs Trail Head Museum Stage. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fifth annual Abita Springs Busker Festival. The free event include six one-hour acts featuring the Good Gollies, the Smoking Time Jazz Club, Wasted Lives, the Shotgun Jazz Band with singer Marla Dixon, The Deslondes and Tuba Skinny with Erika Lewis on vocals. Arts, crafts and food will be available, provided by the Abita Springs Museum Committee. Music provided by the Abita Springs Opry in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation.


ROCKIN’ THE RAILS: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. The Yat Pack plays the free outdoor concert. For information, call (985) 892-1873 or visit www.covla.com.

  • OLD FEED STORE MUSIC SERIES: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Marsolan’s Feed and Seed Store, 316 E. Gibson St. Jemini Venture plays a free concert, followed by an open jam.
  • CONVERGING STATES: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through April 27, Atrium Gallery at Christwood, 100 Christwood Blvd. “Converging States: Paintings by Linda Dautreuil” is a collection of paintings selected from several series that are both abstract in her approach to composition, form, and line and figurative in referencing non-linear stories.
  • THIRD SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES: 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New Hampshire St., Covington. The Southeastern Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe will perform as part of the Third Sunday Concert Series. All concerts in the Third Sunday Concert Series are free and open to the public, and are followed by a reception where the audience may meet the performers.
  • “THE ODD COUPLE”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 8-24 (except May 10), at Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road. The cast has been chosen for the female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” directed by Anne Pourciau. The players are Stephanie Smith as Sylvie, Jenny Killeen as Mickey, Kaytlynn Eddleman as Renee, Anysia Genre as Vera, Jill McGuire as Olive Madison, Megan Eddy as Florence Unger, Earl Mylie as Manolo Costazuela, and Ros Pogue as Jesus Costazuela. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. To reserve a seat, call (985) 893-1671 or visit www.playmakersinc.com.
  • MANDEVILLE LIVE: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. Enjoy John Boutte at the free outdoor concert. Gates 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.

FESTIVAL OF HOMES: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, Lakeside Village, 1 Sanctuary Blvd. The Lakeside Village Cottages Festival of Homes will benefit Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West. Participants will tour three new homes decorated by local interior designers Georgian Furnishing and Berger Home, St. Romain Interiors and The French Mix Interior Design. Tickets are $20 at habitatstw.org/donate/lsvcottages.

  • 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 rue@northlakenature.org.
  • BITES AND BREWS: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Old Rail Brewing Co., 639 Girod St. Bites and Brews, an event to benefit Mercy Family Center, will feature Lagniappe Brass Band and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and include food, beer, wine and soft drinks. Funds from this event will go towards behavioral health and educational services for children, youth and adults. For information, visit www.mercy.net/bitesandbrews Mercy Family Center offers compassionate outpatient counseling, psychiatry, educational services, and school based mental health programs to children, youth and adults in Mandeville.

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