- COLUMBIA ST. BLOCK PARTY: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., City of Covington, 419 N. New Hampshire St. For more information, visit louisiananorthshore.com.
- “WINGS AND WINE”: 7 p.m., Wild Bird Center, 2033 N. Highway 190, Covington. A showcase of the store’s third annual wings slideshow of our local birds and their toys. Limited $25 reservation fee includes etched wine glass. All proceeds benefit the Northlake Nature Center. Register online at northlakenature.org/wings-and-wine. Call (985) 626-1238 for more details.
- LOVE IN THE GARDEN: 7 p.m.-midnight, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Honoring New Orleans artists Dawn DeDeaux, Tina Freeman, Susan Gisleson Delaney Martin, Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun. Patron Party starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 members and $150 non-members. The garden party starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 for members and $100 for non-members. The late night party starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 for members and non-members. For more information, visit noma.org.
- COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 609 N. Columbia St. This week’s market features music by Reed Allleman and cooking by Chomper’s BBQ.
- HELPING HANDS FOR AMERICA’S LANDS: 9:30 a.m., Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Scheduled volunteer projects include trail maintenance and trash pickup at the Barataria Preserve and clean-up and fix-up at the historic Malus-Beauregard House at Chalmette Battlefield. All ages are welcome; children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a refillable water bottle and wear clothes that can get dirty. For registration and more information, call (504) 689-3690 ext. 10.
- MYSTERY WRITING CONFERENCE: 10 a.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Crime writer and crime fighter O’Neil De Noux will open the conference with a presentation titled “New Orleans as a Partner in Crime” that focuses on the mysteries that have occurred in the city, but also explores the city as a character in its own right.
- AUDITIONS FOR ‘THE SNOW QUEEN’: Noon, The Jefferson Ballet Theatre, 3621 Florida Ave., Kenner. The Jefferson Ballet Theatre and its junior company will hold auditions for membership and for the winter production of “The Snow Queen.” Boys and girls ages 9-12 will audition from noon-1:30 p.m. Male and female dancers who are 13 years of age or older will audition from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact director Kimberly Matulich Beck through the theatre website jeffersonballettheatre.com/ or by calling (504) 468-1231.
- 17TH ANNUAL ACCLAIM AWARDS GALA: 5 p.m., Westin New Orleans, 100 Iberville St., New Orleans. A night that celebrates and honors those that are building a state of equality in Louisiana. The event starts with a champagne reception for patrons at 5 p.m. The cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m., which will lead into an awards ceremony and seated dinner starting at 7:30 p.m.
- 12TH ANNUAL REFRIGERATOR ART AUCTION & GALA: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. The event benefits the International School of Louisiana (ISL). General admission tickets are $75 each or $140 per couple, inclusive of music, food, open bar, and silent auction. Reserved seating with bar service also available. Admission to Metro Night Club following the gala is included. To purchase your ticket or for more information go to isl-edu.org.
- DAVID BORGERDING “RECENT SCULPTURE” EXHIBITION: 10 a.m. Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St., New Orleans. Runs from Oct. 1-Oct. 31. An artist’s reception is Saturday Oct. 3, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in conjunction with Art for Art’s Sake. In his third solo exhibition with Callan Contemporary, David Borgerding presents a collection of fabricated bonze sculptures that marry intricate planning and detail with a sense of spontaneity, lyricism, and freedom.
- RICKY GRAHAM’S “I’M STILL STILL HERE, ME”: 8 p.m., Oct. 1-3, 2 p.m., Oct. 4, Rivertown Theaters, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The show celebrates the crazy cross-section of society and the city’s resilience in times of trouble. Admission is $20.
- 5 PRESS GALLERY: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 Press Gallery, 5 Press St., New Orleans. Brandan Odums brings common themes of his murals into a gallery context. In addition to painting, the exhibition will focus on artworks created on the spray cans used for his street art installations. The exhibit runs through November 7th.
- “BE A NEW ORLEANIAN — A SWEARING IN CEREMONY”: 8 p.m., Thursdays to Saturdays, through Sept. 26, The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Jim Fitzmorris’ comic ride through what it takes to be a citizen of the Crescent City. (504) 638-6326.
- THE KATRINA DECADE “IMAGES OF AN ALTERED CITY”: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art, 400 Chartres St., New Orleans. The display presents 77 photographs of New Orleans’s ongoing recovery, taken by David G. Spielman, and runs through Jan. 9, 2016. hnoc.org
- EXHIBITION “IT’S ONLY NATURAL FLORA AND FAUNA IN LOUISIANA DECORATIVE ARTS”: THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Nov. 28. Admission is free. Curator-led tours will take place at noon each Tuesday during the run of the exhibition.
- CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER “REVERB PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE”: 900 Camp St., New Orleans. This exhibition runs through Nov. 1 and features local artists exploring the evolution of art and artistic practices in New Orleans and its surrounding region over the last decade. Admission is $8-$10. (504) 528-3805 or cacno.org
- THE BOTANICAL GARDEN THURSDAYS AT TWILIGHT: 5 p.m., Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park, New Orleans. Concert series. Gates open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Parking is free.
- HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION: 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. “From Winnfield to Washington: The Life and Career of Huey P. Long” runs through Oct. 11 and is an exhibit of more than 140 documents, maps, objects and photographs from THNOC’s holdings, including several never-before-exhibited items. (504) 523-4662 or hnoc.org
- MARTINE CHAISSON GALLERY: 727 Camp St., New Orleans. “Knocking from Inside,” by Mallory Page, through Sept. 26. martinechaissongallery.com
- NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II,” through May 30, 2016, in the Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery. nationalww2museum.org
- OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART: 925 Camp St., New Orleans. “Self-Taught, Outsider & Visionary Art from the Permanent Collection” runs through Nov. 7. (504) 539-9650 or ogdenmuseum.org
- THE PRESBYTERE: 751 Chartres St., New Orleans. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: Two Carnival Artists,” focuses on artists Helen Clark Warren and John Scheffler, both of whom lived and worked in New York. The exhibit runs through Dec. 4, 2016.
- “THE PRODUCERS”: 8 p.m. Fridays to Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; through Sept. 27, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Mel Brooks classic stage and screen musical smash comes to Rivertown under the direction of Ricky Graham to open the playhouse’s season. $36 and up. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
- “STAGE KISS” BY SARAH RUHL: 8 p.m., Thursdays to Saturdays, 3 p.m., on Sundays, through Oct. 10. Ashé Power House, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. A charming play-within-a-play, “Stage Kiss” reveals a frisky insider’s view of how love can unexpectedly happen both on and off the stage. Special Events will include Ladies Night, where ladies enjoy a glass of champagne on the house on Oct. 2. Tickets can be purchased online at www.southernrep.com
Compiled by Marchaund Jones