BASTILLE DAY WITH BRUCE DAIGREPONT: The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, during a Bastille Day celebration at the Folsom Branch Library, 82393 Railroad Ave., Folsom. To register, visit or call the Folsom Branch at (985) 796-9728.

DON VAPPIE ROCKIN’ THE RAILS: A lagniappe Rockin’ the Rails concert featuring Don Vappie and the Creole Serenaders will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire. For information, visit

KELSEY PARKER AT WWII MUSEUM: Pearl River High student Kelsey Webb will perform Tuesday at the Stage Door Idol competition with doors opening at 6 p.m. at the Stage Door Canteen in the WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. in New Orleans. She advanced from a capella competition in June to make the preliminary rounds being held every Tuesday in July. Each contestant has prepared a song that was written, recorded or is in the style of the 1940s, the WWII era. Finals will be Aug. 12. There are three judges and the audience gets to vote as well. Admission is $5.

ENCORE TRIO: The Encore trio will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 20, in the atrium at Christwood, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington. The concert is part of the Third Sunday Concert Series, while it is on summer hiatus from Christ Church.

The Encore trio comprises Denise Bayraktar, soprano; Kyle Jones, tenor; and Kristin Albarado, pianist. Its repertoire ranges from opera to folk songs, standards to music theatre, to Argentine tango.


COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Linnzi Zaorski will perform at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Farmers Market. Jubilee Farms will have watermelons for sampling and for sale. The market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St.


JURIED ART EXHIBIT: The opening reception for the St. Tammany Art Association’s 49th annual juried artists exhibit, “The Summer Show,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at 320 N. Columbia St., Covington.

The juror this year is Beth Batton, who serves as the curator of the collection at the Mississippi Museum of Art, where she has worked since 2005.

The show will be on view until Aug. 9, when STAA also will host a closing reception Art Talk with the juror and exhibiting artists.

FRIENDS OF NOLAN LEFORT: A Celebration Open House and Art Sale featuring the works of Nolan Lefort will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 330 East Pearl in Slidell. Hosted by the Friends of Nolan Lefort, the event will celebrate the artist and educator with a sale of paintings, sculpture and prints.

YOUNG ARTISTS: Ruth Ostarly will lead children ages 5-10 on a three-week journey of art at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, July 11, 18, and 25, at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The series of classes costs $15 per child for members and $30 for nonmembers. Registration is required. For information, contact or (985) 898-4435.

‘THE WETLANDS’: “The Wetlands,” an exhibit of the work of sculptor and painter Robert Warrens, will be on display through Aug. 30 in the Atrium Gallery at Christwood, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington. In February, Warrens was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the President’s Art Awards for 2013 presented by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs.

An opening reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 19 in the atrium. The free exhibit will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.


‘THE KING AND I’: There will be free champagne for the opening night of “The King and I” at 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington.

Roswell Pogue will be in the role of the king of Siam, who has summoned an English widow to his royal palace in Bangkok to tutor his many children and wives. The role of the widow, Anna Leonowens, will be played by Cara Williams. The directors are Joel and Paige Rainey.

The show will be staged through July 27, at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $28 for adults and $15 for students. To buy a ticket, call (985) 893-1671 or visit Season memberships are available during the show. For information, email

‘FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’: Casting has been completed for “Fiddler on the Roof,” which the Slidell Little Theatre will present Aug. 22 to Sept. 7. The actors include David Jacobs as Tevye; Sara Pagones as Golde; Martha Braud as Tzeitel; Alex Barron as Hodel; Hannah Jennings as Chava; Carla Constanza as Yente; Jamie Skiles as Spritze; Georgia Peck as Bielke; and Martin Booda as Lazar Wolf. For information on the Slidell Little Theatre, visit


PLAYMAKERS’ AUDITIONS: Auditions for a poignant story “The Trip To Bountiful” by Horton Foote and directed by Derek Thrush will be held at Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday

MANDEVILLE’S MARIGNY OCTOBERFEAST POSTER CONTEST: The city of Mandeville is seeking poster art to promote the third annual Mandeville’s Marigny OctoberFeast, which will take place Oct. 24-27.

A committee of judges will select the winning poster based on its design quality, marketability and its ability to most effectively display the concept of Mandeville’s Marigny OctoberFeast. The event celebrates both the bounty of food, wine and art in Mandeville, and the birthday of its founder, Bernard de Marigny.

The deadline for entries is July 18. All entries must be 11 by 17 inches or larger. Entries should be submitted to Alia Casborné at The Mandeville Trailhead Depot, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, LA 70448. For information, send email to or visit


CHRISTIAN SERPAS AND GHOST TOWN DEBUT NEW CD: The popular Mandeville-based band just played the Uncle Sam Jam in Kenner, then opened for Montgomery Gentry in Baton Rouge. But they’re “Revved Up and Ready to Go” with a new CD that showcases their talent with six original songs and a cover of their festival crowd pleaser “You Are My Sunshine.”

Christian Serpas leads on vocals on this, their sixth album, and plays acoustic guitar. Jeff Oteri is on drums and vocals, George Neyrey is on electric guitar and Don Williams and Brian Broussard are on bass guitar. The band plays a CD Release Party at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Old Point Bar, 545 Patterson St. in Algiers.

Serpas said the new CD projects the sound the band is dedicated to. They ‘road tested” five of the songs throughout the 2013 festival season, fine tuning them with audience response. “Revved Up and Ready to Go” typifies the energy of Ghost Town.

“They’re rockin’ little songs, and fun to play,” Serpas said. The band is about “good times” and “We like to launch a couple of rockets” when we come on stage, and that’s what people will hear on the CD, he said.

The band recorded at JT Studios and Balance Studios, in Mandeville. David Troia was producer.

The cover song is “kind of like an encore” and brings in Randy Lawshe for harmony. Lawshe had always said it was her favorite song, and it’s turned out to be a big sing-along song at shows, he said. They recorded it to sound like “people joining in at a crawfish boil in their back yard.”

“The albums are snapshots of what we’re doing,” Serpas said, and the new CD is “a concise and clear snapshot of what Ghost Town does.”

Serpas and Neyrey form a duo to play acoustic shows around St. Tammany beginning 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Abita Spring Cafe, 22132 Level St., Abita Springs; from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 18 at K. Gee’s, 2534 Florida St., Mandeville; and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 27 at the Beach House, 124 Girod St, Mandeville. The CD is available at the shows and on iTunes and at or visit

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