New Orleans events calendar for March 21-27, 2013

THURSDAY

MEET THE AUTHOR: 5 p.m. reception; 6 p.m. presentation; 7 p.m. book signing, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Craig B. Smith will discuss his book “Counting the Days.” http://www.nationalww2museum.org.

DINING INTERNATIONALLY AT RIO MAR: 8 p.m., Rio Mar, 800 St. Peters St., New Orleans. World Affairs Council of New Orleans presents a tasting menu specially prepared by the chef. Dinner will be family style, guided by a speaker who will engage and enlighten our group about the origin of each dish. $55, members; $60, nonmembers (tasting menu, tax, tip, sodas and coffee included). RSVP (504) 525-3474 or http://www.riomarseafood.com.

MARCH GREEN SCREEN-BAG IT!: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Green Project, 2831 Marais St., New Orleans, Asks the question, “How plastic is your life?” Free; donations accepted. Light dinner fare provided. http://www.bagitmovie.com (504) 945-0240.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL: Speakers, panels, readings and walking tours that focus on Williams’ life, work and world. Visit http://www.tennesseewilliams.net for ticket information and schedule.

NEW ORLEANS HISTORY AND HERITAGE TOUR: National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Tour the galleries and the museum, shop and explore in historic New Orleans and sample the world-famous cuisine. Dinner cruise on the Mississippi River on the Steamboat Natchez. http://www.nationalww2museum.org.

LOUISIANA CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., Downtown Chalmette, Main St., Belle Chasse. Crawfish dishes, boiled crawfish, all kinds of food dishes. Free live music, rides, family fun!

FRIDAY

KAYAKING THE BAYOU: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.,Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Take a trip down Bayou Castine in a kayak. Trip is two hours long and starts and ends at the canoe launch. Free, members; $5, nonmembers. Reservations required. (985) 626-1238 or email rue@northlakenature.org.

COLUMBIA STREET BLOCK PARTY: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., downtown Covington. Email gottaluvcov@covla.com.

BALL IN THE CITY: 7 p.m., VIP Parton Party; 9 p.m., live concert, Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. Guest speakers, silent auction, live music. Proceeds benefit the United Negro College Fund. http://www.uncf.org.

FRIDAY-SATUDAY

HOGS FOR THE CAUSE: 4 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m., Saturday, City Park, New Orleans. Live music, BBQ contest, food. Proceeds benefit the aid and relief of expenses families face when their children are being treated for pediatric brain cancer. http://www.hogsforthecause.org.

SATURDAY

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

GARDEN TOUR AND HISTORIC OAK TREES: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Convington. Proceeds benefit Keep Covington Beautiful. $15. (985) 867-3562 or email kcb@covla.com.

BRITISH CAR DAY: 9 a.m., Delgado Community College, City Park Campus, New Orleans. Hosted by British Motoring Club New Orleans. All British cars and bikes welcome. Registration from 9 a.m.-noon with popular choice judging from noon-2 p.m. and awards at 3 p.m. No charge for spectators. http://www.bmcno.org.

CLEARVIEW MALL EASTER EGG HUNT: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Easter egg hunt, face painting, & more. Free. (504) 885-0202, ext. 8190.

EASTER CELEBATION: 9:30 a.m., The Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. The Easter Bunny is comin’ to town and he is bringing Peter Cottontail with him! The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Easter eggs followed by holiday crafts for the kids. This will all be accompanied by Peter Cottontail and the Easter Bunny on the Big Screen. $5.75.

EGG ROLLIN’ AT THE COVINGTON TRAILHEAD: 10 a.m.-noon, 419 North New Hampshire, downtown Covington. Magic, balloon animals, egg rolling contest, Easter basket decorating, sing-along entertaiment. Free. http://www.covla.com or (985) 892-1873.

FÊTE FRANÇAISE!: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 821 General Pershing St., New Orleans. Presented by Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans. Experience French cuisine, music, children’s games and an arts and crafts market. Free.

LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF THE 85TH BIRTHDAY OF EDGAR “DOOKY” CHASE JR. WITH A JAZZ/CLASSICAL FUSION LUNCHEON: 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. Featuring music by Victor Atkins, Derek Douget, Eric Lucero, Cara McCool, Faina Lushtak, Leah Chase, Ellis Marsalis, Michael Pellera, Jee Yeoun, Ko Khari, Allen Lee and more. The luncheon includes a buffet lunch provided by Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Proceeds will benefit the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and the Preservation Resource Center’s Heritage Education, Jazz House, and African American Heritage Preservation programs. Tickets start at $85. (504) 581-7032 or http://www.prcno.org.

CREOLE QUEEN’S “HOPPIN’ DOWN THE RIVER WITH BOURGEOIS THE BUNNY” CRUISE: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Spring menu and children’s activities including face painting, balloon sculptures, a magical magician, storytelling, pin the cotton tail on the bunny, and dancing the Bunny Hop. $49 for adults; $34 for children 2-12 years old (children under 2 are free). Advance tickets required. (504) 529-4567.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

150TH SESQUECENTENNIAL BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Port Hudson State Historic Site, Siege of Port Hudson, 236 La. 61, Jackson. 25th annual battle re-enactment at Port Hudson State Historic Site! Confederate and Federal re-enacting units will be on site all weekend demonstrating everything from camp life to drills, skirmishes and Battles. Sutlers (merchants) will also be there to sell their wares to both re-enactors and visitors. (888) 677-3400 or (225) 654-3775.

CONGO SQUARE NEW WORLD RHYTHMS FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., Armstrong Park, New Orleans. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the brassy “bhangra funk” band Red Baraat and Cuban percussionist/singer Pedrito Martinez and more. http://www.jazzandheritage.org.

SUNDAY

WYES CHOCOLATE SUNDAY: Harrah’s Casino Theatre, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. Bakeries, caterers, restaurants and more will help guests achieve chocolate nirvana with the sweetest,most chocolaty treats — everything from milk chocolate covered pretzels to White Russian cotton candy. Also, be sure to grab a photo with Elmer Wabbit and catch a performance from the Muff-ALottas dance troupe. Benefits WYES. Go to wyes.org or call WYES at (504) 486-5511 for tickets. Prices, in advance, are $50 for the VIP Hour, $35 general admission, $30 for groups of 6 or more and seniors 55-or-older. At the door tickets are $40.

CHILDREN’S PARTY: 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Guild Home, 2504 Prytania Street, New Orleans. Hosted by The Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association’s Women’s Guild and sponsored by NOLABABY. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children. (504) 529-2278, ext. 227 or http://childrensparty2013.eventbrite.com.

JANE AUSTEN-THEMED TEA: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. The Daughters of the British Empire host a tea with a Jane Austen theme. Tea will be served by costumed members, and guests will enjoy sandwiches, scones and other homemade delicacies. $30. (504) 367-4116.

BIRD WALK THRU THE WOODS: 8 a.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Guided hike through the nature center. Bring your own binoculars, telescopes and cameras. Free, members; $5, nonmembers. Reservations required. (985) 626-1238 or email rue@northlakenature.org.