New Orleans events calendar for Jan. 24-31, 2013

  • THURSDAY, JAN. 24
  • BOOK CLUB - IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, BY ERIK LARSON: 6 p.m., Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Discuss Erik Larson’s New York Times bestseller about the rise of Hitler. Told through the eyes of Ambassador William Dodd and his daughter Martha, the book gives remarkable insight into the early years of Hitler’s regime and addresses some of the reasons the world outside of Berlin did not recognize the threat Hitler posed. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations requested. For more information, call 504-528-1944 x 229. http://www.nationalww2museum.org.
  • MARDI GRAS INDIAN MUSIC AND TRADITION: 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Ogden After Hours, 925 Camp Street New Orleans. 101 Drummers with special guest War Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Comanches. Lionel Batiste Jr., Ajay Mallory, Boubacaar Cisokko and Chris Jones. Exhibition opening reception: Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s Treme. With an emphasis on the exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits from the series, the exhibition will also include Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches and film stills. Kid’s activities. Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering. $10 at the door. (504) 539-9600.
  • FRIDAY, JAN. 25
  • SOAP UP SUPERBOWL 2013: 9 a.m., First Baptist Church New Orleans, 5290 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. Fight human trafficking with soap distributed in area hotels. This outreach is funded solely on donations from people to buy the soap and printing costs. Donations to cover the cost of the brunch are greatly appreciated and can be made online at www.domaconnection.org/donate or www.traffickfree.com.
  • KREWE OF FRERET ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BALL: 9:30 p.m., Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port St., New Orleans. $125. http://thebukuproject.com.
  • FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JAN. 25-27
  • NEW ORLEANS WINTER GEM, JEWELRY AND BEAD SHOW: Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Featuring fine jewelry, gasion jewelry, beads, beading supplies, pearls, findings, silver and more. Beading classes by MeMe’s. $5 for the weekend. (504) 265-8830.
  • SATURDAY, JAN. 26
  • ARTHUR HARDY’S MARDI GUIDE GRAS SIGNING: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Winn-Dixie Store No 1329, 2511 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. To help shoppers prepare for Mardi Gras with guidance, the Metairie Winn-Dixie is hosting Arthur Hardy author of Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide. Copies of the guide will be available on-site for purchase. Free. (504) 831-8544
  • ST. TAMMANY ART ASSOCIATION MASQUE BALL: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., 320 N. Columbia St. Local artists will create one-of-a-kind masks to be auctioned at this gala event. A variety of masks will be presented that can be worn during Carnival or be put on display at your home or business. Event will include live music, hors d’oevures, signature cocktail and a cash bar. Costumes encouraged. $25 per person. (985) 892-8650 or email info@sttammanyartassociation.org.
  • SUNDAY, JAN. 27
  • NOLA DESIGNER COSTUME BAZAAR: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. More than 20 of New Orleans’ most creative designers, hatters, costumers and mask-makers will showcase their one-of-a kind creations.
  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30
  • CAPTURE THE NIGHT WITH DIJON AND FRIENDS FUNDRAISER: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Dijon, 1379 Annunciation St., New Orleans. Food, wine, cocktails and live musical entertainment. Proceeds benefit Caps for Kids. $50, advance; $65, door. (504) 896-9346 or email kmcculla@capsforkids.org.ONGOING
  • NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Gridiron Glory Exhibition. A new traveling exhibition detailing pro football’s history in America with special sections devoted to the game’s World War II history and the New Orleans Saints. Opens Jan. 26. On display through May 5. (504) 528-1943 or http://www.nationalww2museum.org.
  • ONGOING
  • NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Gridiron Glory Exhibition. A new traveling exhibition detailing pro football’s history in America with special sections devoted to the game’s World War II history and the New Orleans Saints. Opens Jan. 26. On display through May 5. (504) 528-1943 or http://www.nationalww2museum.org.