Transportation topic of Sierra Club meeting

The Orleans Sierra Club will present a discussion of “The State of Transportation in Southeast Louisiana” Sunday evening in the Audubon Zoo’s Dominion Auditorium.

James Amdal, of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, and Matthew Hendrickson, of Ride New Orleans, will speak about the prospects for a light rail route to Baton Rouge, the state of the local transit system and other transportation issues.

The free program will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Call (504) 307-0187 for information.

Gentilly commercial incentives to be subject

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and City Councilman Jared Brossett will host a community meeting Monday evening to provide information about the Gentilly Commercial Revitalization Program.

The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Joseph N. Bartholomew Golf Course Clubhouse, 6514 Congress Drive.

NORA officials will discuss the application process for Commercial Corridor Gap Financing loans for catalytic economic development projects and the Facade Renew matching grant program for storefront improvements along Chef Menteur Highway and Old Gentilly Road.

The Commercial Corridor Gap Financing and Facade Renew programs are for commercial projects only.

For information and to RSVP, contact Jasmine Haralson at (504) 658-4421.

Loyola program to feature jazz musicians

Loyola University will present an evening of jazz Tuesday featuring internationally known vibraphonist and composer Thomas van der Geld and Sanford Hinderlie, a jazz pianist and Loyola professor of music.

Van der Geld and Hinderlie will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Free parking is available in the West Road Parking Garage.

Van der Geld is known for his solo work and group recordings for the German label ECM/JAPO. Hinderlie has performed throughout the world, including in the Far East, Russia, the Middle East, Europe and throughout the United States.

“We are always seeking opportunities to expose our students, faculty and staff to new ideas, new sounds, new techniques and new ways of thinking about music,” said Anthony Decuir, interim dean of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. “Bringing international talent to Loyola to work and perform side by side with our talented faculty and students is a blessing for not only the campus community but the greater New Orleans community.”

Van der Geld was born in Boston but has lived in Europe since 1974. He has performed at nearly all the major European jazz festivals. His group Children at Play has recorded four albums.

Hinderlie teaches contemporary music and serves as director of Loyola’s new Popular and Commercial Music bachelor’s degree program. He built the first recording studio at Loyola in the 1980s and has been responsible for the building of technology labs in the College of Music and Fine Arts. A composer and performer of electronic music, he also is busy as a composer for television, radio and films.