New Orleans Events Calendar for Aug. 15-21, 2013

THURSDAY

WALK THE WETLANDS: 10 a.m., Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Expore Louisiana swamp and marsh on a ranger-guided walk. Free. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10 or nps.gov/jela.

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 2:45 p.m., Chalmette Battlefield, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. (504) 281-0510 or nps.gov/jela.

FILM SCREENING-“ROAD TO MOROCCO”: 6 p.m., Solomon Victory Theater, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. nationalww2museum.org or (504) 528-1943.

INDIE FILM “THE SHOTGUN WALTZ” KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISER: 4 p.m.- 8 p.m., The Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St., New Orleans. DJ Neighborhood Threat will be spinning 60s garage and soul, punk, rock and roll, and there will be a raffle with prizes related to The Shotgun Waltz. Writer/director/producer Ji Un Choi will be in attendance as well as director of music Roland Guerin and the rest of the production team. Free. For more information, visit The Shotgun Waltz Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheShotgunWaltz. To donate to the Kickstarter campaign, visit http://kck.st/11faZHg.

RIFFTRAX LIVE-”STARSHIP TROOPERS”: 7 P.M., AMC ELMWOOD PALACE 20, 1200 ELMWOOD PARK BLVD., HARAHAN, MICHAEL J. NELSON, KEVIN MURPHY AND BILL CORBETT CRACK WISE ABOUT “STARSHIP TROOPERS.” HTTP://WWW.AMCTHEATRES.COM.

SATURDAY

NEW ORLEANS DAIQUIRI FESTIVAL: 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Michalopoulos Studios, 527 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. Featuring specialty daiquiris featuring local produce, Old New Orleans Rum, and Slow & Low Rock and Rye. Live music and local DJs spinning vinyl. $5, online; $8, door. www.ticket-e-split.com/en/buy/13868#plan.

WINNIE THE POOH’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: noon, Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Participate in special birthday activities, be a part of an exclusive Story Time with Winnie the Pooh, as well as a meet and greet with photo opportunities. Enjoy delicious birthday cake and ice cream. $20 per family up to four people. Additional tickets are $5 each. www.lcm.org.

BIG BAND HITS DINE & DANCE: 6 P.M, DINNER SEATING, 8 P.M. SHOW, NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM, 945 MAGAZINE ST., NEW ORLEANS. ENJOY DINING DELIGHTS BY CHEF JOHN BESH AND DANCE TO BIG BAND HITS WITH THE 17-PIECE VICTORY BIG BAND. WWW.STAGEDOORCANTEEN.ORG OR (504) 528-1943.

SUNDAY

SUNDAY SWING FEATURING THE PALMETTO BUG STOMPERS: 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Professional swing dancers will be on hand to provide coaching for dancers of all levels while local musicians play World War II era hits. No reservations are required for this free event. www.stagedoorcanteen.org or (504) 528-1943.

MONDAY

NOLA JAPAN CINEMA SERIES: 7 p.m., Cafe Istanbul (inside the Healing Arts Center), 2372 St Claude Ave., New Orleans. Screening of “Origin: Spirits of the Past”, known in Japan as “Gin-iro no kami no Agito”, an animated science fiction film set 300 years into the future. Arrive early and enjoy Japanese music videos from 6:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. Free.

TUESDAY

DINNER WITH A CURATOR: 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m., The American Sector, The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Eric Rivet presents “Star Wars: WWII in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.” www.american-sector.org or (504) 528-1944, ext. 213.

WEDNESDAY

LUNCHBOX LECTURE: noon, H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center, The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “How the Western Approaches Were Won: Anti-Submarine Technology in the Battle of the Atlantic” by Eric Rivet. (504) 528-1944, ext. 229.