New Orleans area events for Sept. 20, 2013

Sculptor will discuss art at Tulane Thursday

The Newcomb Art Department and the Sandra Garrard Memorial Lecture Series will host a presentation by Chicago sculptor Jessica Stockholder at 7 p.m. Thursday. The free lecture will take place at the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.


Radio host Crouere hosts roundtable

Politics with a Punch will be held Thursday at Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and continue with dinner and the show at 8 p.m.

This fast-paced discussion of local and national politics will feature local comedians and politicians. Tickets cost $20 for a single ticket and $35 per couple at the door or $15 per person and $25 per couple when purchased online. For more information, call (504) 669-6076.


Burlesque festival features variety of acts

The New Orleans Burlesque Festival takes place Friday and Saturday at various locations including Harrah’s New Orleans and the House of Blues. Workshops will be offered as well as the opportunity to see live performances by dancers from all over the world. Check the website for event schedule.



Zombies chase runners at 5K on Saturday

Z-Day at Laketown, 5000 Williams Blvd., Kenner, will include a zombie-infested 5K run and obstacle course as well as a festival celebrating New Orleans music, food and subculture. Proceeds benefit the SPCAs of Louisiana and Jefferson Parish. The run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and festivities continue until 6 p.m. Registration is $65. (504) 358-8662.

Paganism celebrated at festival Saturday

Pagan Pride Day 2013 runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The festival features guest of honor Wiccan Priestess Selena Fox and live performances by Ginger Doss, Darwin Prophet, Fishbird and others. Lectures, drum circles, psychic readers, belly dancers, reiki demonstrations, tai chi and special classes will also be held. Food, arts and craft vendors will be on site.



Children learn about gardens at Longue Vue

Children ages 18 months-3 years and their accompanying adults are invited to explore the world of gardens 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Kinder Garden, Back to School in the Garden includes activities such as plant care, crafts, plantings, singing and digging for worms. Program fee covers one child and one adult. The class costs $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $5 for additional adult. Siblings will receive a discounted rate. For more details, call (504) 293-4722.


Local authors discuss and sign their novels

Cassandra King will discuss and sign her book “Moonrise” 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday and Lee Smith will sign copies of his novel “Guests on Earth” 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans.

Mystery writers Mary Manhein and Chuck Hustmyre will discuss their books and the writing process at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.


Covington Bicentennial time capsule closed

The New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra will perform 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., to celebrate the closing of the Bicentennial Time Capsule.


Comedians lambast mayor’s legacy

Chris Champagne and Philip Melancon revive Ray Nagin: The Going Away Party at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at the Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Admission is $15. For reservations, call (504) 220-9117.

Brides crawl for a cause, attempt record

The Creativity Collection will attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of brides and raise money for Cafe Reconcile beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Brides will congregate for the official world record count at 3 p.m. in Jackson Square in New Orleans. All participants must be wearing veils and traditional wedding dresses. Complimentary champagne or a cocktail will be provided. After the count, brides will proceed in a pub crawl through the French Quarter. Tickers are $20 each or $35 per pair in advance or $25 at the door.


Shorty Rossi to appear at Pet Expo

The 2013 New Orleans Pet Expo will feature a special appearance by Shorty Rossi, star of “Pit Boss,” and his pit bull, Hercules, over 165 pet-friendly exhibitors, live demos, low-cost vaccinations, giveaways, discounts on pet products, contests, retailers and more. More than 300 pets will be available for adoption. The free event takes place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday at the Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego. Call (800) 977-3609 for details.