Beaucoup Events Calendar for Jan. 3, 2013

THURSDAY

BAL DES ARTISTES: 7-11 p.m., Morning Call inside the old Casino building in City Park, New Orleans. The fundraising event for the Creative Alliance of New Orleans features live music, dancing, shopping, a fashion show and shopping as well as food and drink. The night’s fare includes gumbo, red beans and rice, etouffee, gator sausage, beignets and coffee. $75, includes admission to the ball as well as food and two drink tickets. Discounts are available to artists. A limited number of VIP seats are available for $550 per table of six at the “footlights” of the fashion show. Tickets are available by calling (504) 218-4807 or through the CANO office at 2326 Esplanade Ave., 2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

NORTH AMERICAN ANARCHIST STUDIES NETWORK CONFERENCE: 5 p.m., Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Hailey Blvd., New Orleans. Live, local music, panel discussions, workshops. http://www.zeitgeistinc.net or (504) 352-1150.

SATURDAY

COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. Music by Joe Barbara beginning at 9:30 a.m., fresh produce, seafood, meat and dairy products, herbs, baked goods, tamales, plants, crafts and more.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION & LOUISIANA: 2 p.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Lecture by a park ranger. Free. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10 or http://www.nps.gov/jela.

JAN. 10-13

NEW ORLEANS HISTORY & HERITAGE TOUR: National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Itinerary includes touring the galleries of the Museum, the Kushner Restoration Pavilion, the 4-D film “Beyond All Boundaries” and the American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop. Outside the Museum, participants will tour one of the nation’s most historic cities and enjoy world-famous New Orleans cuisine. Highlights include a dinner cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Natchez and shopping and exploring amidst the architectural treasures of the French Quarter. (504) 528-1943 or http://www.nationalww2museum.org.

JAN. 12

EXOTIC ANIMAL AND MASCOT RACES: 6 p.m., Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. The first zebra race ever in the South will be paired with the return of ostrich and mascot racing. The Miller Time Beer Garden will serve as a premium viewing area with a stellar vantage point near the start of the exotic animal races, plus DJ Rob Nice and access to some of the area’s food trucks and pop-up food vendors: BBQ and Some, Fry Bar NOLA, La Cocinita and Woody’s Fish Tacos. A mascot race featuring fuzzy friends from the sports world will pit Fair Grounds mascot Gentilly Billy and sister racetrack Churchill Downs mascot Churchill Charlie against the likes of Bones (New Orleans Voodoo), Havoc (Loyola University), Mojo (Voodoo) and Riptide (Tulane University). General admission will be $10 at the door. Clubhouse and Miller Time Beer Garden admission will be $15. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. For dining and box seat reservations, call (504) 943-2200. To book a party for groups of 25 or more, contact Group Sales at (504) 948-1285.