Don’t Miss events for New Orleans, July 18-24, 2013

Photo provided by the CAC -- Ali Duffey talks next to a projection of moving images from 'Desire Without End' by Elizabeth Perrin at A WOMAN'S WORK exhibit in PressPlay gallery at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.
Photo provided by the CAC -- Ali Duffey talks next to a projection of moving images from 'Desire Without End' by Elizabeth Perrin at A WOMAN'S WORK exhibit in PressPlay gallery at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

Cocktails with the Drunken Botanist

Amy Stewart, author of “The Drunken Botanist,” discusses the many plants that have given their all to become alcoholic beverages for people to enjoy. Stewart’s lecture, “The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks,” takes an intoxicating perspective on leaves, bark, seeds and berries. In the Playhouse at Longue Vue House and Gardens, Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. $45 includes cocktail tasting. (504) 488-5488.

Thursday Night Swingin’

Davell Crawford brings his jazzy piano sound to the neighborhood with “Thursday Night Swingin” at the Prime Example Jazz Club, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday. 1909 N. Broad St., New Orleans. $15. Call (504) 944-0940 or visit primeexamplejazz@yahoo.com.

A celebration of wine and cycling

Celebrate wine and cycling (maybe not at the same time) with tastings of seven wines from regions in this year’s Tour de France. Proceeds aid the Peter Mayer Spokespeople Bike MS Team for Bike MS Louisiana 2013. Thursday, 7 p.m., at Faubourg Wines, 2805 St. Claude Ave. $25. http://main.nationalmssociety.org

Women in Film and Television gallery talk

The public is invited to view “A Woman’s Work” and hear brief talks by several of the women whose works are excerpted in the exhibit. Sunday, 4 p.m., at the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. New Orleans. (504) 528-3805.

A night of music to aid opera

Soprano Elizabeth Futral, a Mandeville native and singer with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera and others, will perform Sunday at 4 p.m. in Loyola University’s Roussel Hall. The recital, followed by a patron party, will benefit Amici and the Gulf Coast Region of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Recital, $25; patron party, $250. Call (504) 282-9655.