New Orleans area calendar for Oct. 4, 2013

New Orleans Ballet stages ‘Streetcar’

The New Orleans Ballet Association presents “A Streetcar Named Desire” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. All audience members are invited to join artistic director Christopher Hampson, choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and director Nancy Meckler at 7 p.m. upstairs on the Mezzanine, Level M2, of the theater for a pre-performance talk. Tickets are $20-$80. For more information, call (504) 522-0996.

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Opera highlights Stevie Wonder’s music

“Songs In The Key of Life-A Stevie Wonder Opera” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The show is directed by John Grimsley and based on Stevie Wonder’s 1976 recording. Tickets are $20. For details, call (504) 569-9070.

Tony Award winner performs at NOCCA

Tony Award winner and three-time Emmy nominee Jane Krakowski will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at Lupin Hall (NOCCA), 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. SiriusXM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky will serve as pianist and host. Tickets are $20-$100.

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New Orleans theme of six short plays

Mid City Theatre continues its 6X6 series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with six staged readings of six brand new 10-minute plays exploring themes close to the heart of New Orleans. The theater is located at 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Tickets available at the door.

Call (504) 488-1460 for more information.

House of Shock opens this weekend

The House of Shock Haunted House and Festival opens this weekend, 319 Butterworth St., Jefferson. The house is open each Friday and Saturday in October, and Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The outdoor festival and performances are free. Admission to the haunted house is $25; VIP tickets are $50.

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CAC hosts citywide art event, art tour

Art for Art’s Sake begins at 6 p.m. Saturday with a block party on the 300-600 blocks of Julia Street, New Orleans. The free event includes food, drinks, music and street installations by Cinema Reset. Art galleries around the city will also have opening receptions and special events throughout the evening. Visit CAC’s website for a map and full list of events.

Art Home New Orleans 2013 begins at noon Sunday at the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. Participants will explore the old American Sector by visiting studios of creative artists and producers, art-filled offices and incubators, and private residences.

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Gretna Heritage Festival begins today

The Gretna Heritage Festival starts at 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday in downtown Gretna. The family-oriented food and music festival includes performances by Chicago, ZZ Top, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

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Gentilly Fest begins with bike ride

The Pocket Aces Brass Band leads a second line 8-mile bicycle ride at 11 a.m. Saturday to kick off Gentilly Fest. The free festival takes place at Pontchartrain Park Playground, Prentiss Avenue and Press Drive, New Orleans. The event includes live music, drinks, children’s activities and food.

For more information, call (504) 861-4022.

Folk art fest includes live music

The Algiers Folk Art Fest takes place 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum, 207 LeBoeuf St., New Orleans. The free festival includes music by Little Freddie King, Desoto Street Band, and New Creations Brass Band plus a kids’ tent by Confetti Kids. For more information, call (504) 261-6231 or (504) 234-1703.

Opera House to host Vampire Soiree

The Marigny Opera House will host the cast and chorus of “The Vampire,” New Orleans Opera’s first production of the season at 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be a 90-minute concert of show excerpts and guests are urged to wear costumes. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $15. This is a family-friendly event.

Author, photographer discuss book

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the popular photo essay “New Orleans Elegance and Decadence,” local photographer Richard Sexton and essayist Randolph Delehanty will discuss their experiences making the book at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The free event will take place at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 529 Royal St., New Orleans.

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New garden, charity event at City Park

Fall Garden Festival 2013 celebrates the opening of the new Southern Shade Garden at City Park. The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and includes performances by aerialists, square dancing, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Admission is $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 5-12 and free for children younger than 5 and Friends of City Park members.

Reds, Whites and The Blues begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with food, wine and live music. Proceeds benefit The Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education. Tickets cost $60, advance; $70, door; $50, groups of six or more; $100, patron. City Park is located at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans. For more information, call (504) 483-3129.

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Art market Saturday in Covington

The Covington Art Market will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. Timothy Gates will provide live music and food will be by Beck N Call Cafe.

Compiled by Red staff