New Orleans area calendar for April 11-17, 2014

Photo provided by The Historic New Orleans Collection  -- The exhibit 'Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans' is on view through Oct. 26 at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. Show caption
Photo provided by The Historic New Orleans Collection -- The exhibit 'Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans' is on view through Oct. 26 at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans.

FRIDAY

  • LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: 10 a.m., open rehearsal; 7:30 p.m., concert, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. (504) 523-6530 or mahaliajacksontheater.com.
  • COMEDIAN LEON BLANDA AND FRIENDS: 9 p.m., Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. A night of standup comedy featuring Duncan Pace, Vincent Zambon, Ariel Elias and Leon Blanda. $10. Castle501.com.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

  • 18TH ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COLLOQUIUM: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal (enter through the Cabildo at 701 Chartres St.), New Orleans. Free. noimc.org.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND THURSDAY

  • ‘THE NORMAL HEART’ BY LARRY KRAMER: 7:30 p.m., Allways Theatre, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. $18, Thursdays; $23, Fridays and Saturdays. brownpapertickets.com or (504) 758-5590.
  • JENNIFER PAGAN’S “SHOEBOX LOUNGE:” 8 p.m. Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. $12, general admission; $10, students with ID. theshadowboxtheatre.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • GREAT LOUISIANA BIRDFEST: various locations and hours, north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The event coincides with the migration of numerous bird species passing through Louisiana on their way from Mexico and South America. $20-$60 per event. Sponsored by the Northlake Nature Center, 2315 U.S. 190 East, Mandeville. (985) 626-1238.
  • BIG BOOK SALE: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd. (at the lake), Kenner. Used book sale featuring 65,000 titles and loads of gardening and home decorating volumes, sponsored by the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library. Free. (504) 455-2665, friendsJPL@yahoo.com.
  • A TASTE OF COVINGTON: various locations in Covington. Wine, music and shopping event featuring nine vintners’ dinners, a grand tasting, and high-end tasting, a jazz brunch and the annual Spring for Art block party in downtown Covington. Admission varies. (504) 439-2543 or atasteofcovington.com.
  • ‘PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL’: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon and 2 p.m. Sunday, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. $16.50. (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221 or RivertownTheaters.com.
  • ‘IMPRESSIONS, THE NATURE OF LANDSCAPE’: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, The Dodwell House, 1519 Esplanade, New Orleans. The play uses French impressionism as a lens to explore environmental conditions in Louisiana. $20, general admission; $12, students and seniors. hatchfund.org.
  • PUPPET FEST: 8 p.m., Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” by The Mudlark Puppeteers. Guest performances, a gallery of puppetry and an adults-only lineup on the Fridays and Saturdays of the Fest at The Mudlark Public Theatre. $15-$25. (504) 948-9998 or marignyoperahouse.org.
  • ‘REFLECTIONS 2’: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Anthony Bean Community Theater and Acting School, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. $20, adults; $18, students and seniors. (504) 862-7529 or anthonybeantheater.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY AND THURSDAY

  • ‘THE GOLDEN GIRLS RETURN’: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Mid City Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans, $30. (504) 488-1460.

SATURDAY

  • CRESCENT CITY HOMEBREWERS’ PIG ROAST AND SWAP MEET: 9 a.m., Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie. Tickets must be bought in advance: $20. (504) 737-4309 or deutscheshaus.org.
  • OCH MARKET: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Indoor/outdoor market featuring arts and crafts, with a focus this month on student art. Free. (985) 250-0278, ochartmarket@gmail.com.
  • CITY PARK EASTER EGG HUNT: 10 a.m., City Park, 1 Palm Dr., New Orleans. Visit with the Easter bunny, face painting and entertainment. For children ages 8 and younger. $4 per person; free, children age 1 and younger. neworleanscitypark.com.

CELEBRATION OF THE YOUNG CHILD: 11 A.M.-3 P.M., DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CITY PARK CAMPUS, MARCONI DRIVE, NEW ORLEANS. HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, FACE PAINTING AND FUN. LOCAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS WILL ENTERTAIN WITH MUSIC AND DANCE SELECTIONS. CELEBRATIONOFTHEYOUNGCHILD.COM OR (504) 896-9591.

PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 A.M.-4 P.M., 612 PIETY ST., NEW ORLEANS. INDOOR/OUTDOOR MARKET FEATURING ARTS, CRAFTS, FLEA, VINTAGE, FOOD, AND MUSIC. FREE. (504) 269-3982.

  • FRENCH QUARTER FEST AT JEAN LAFITTE: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., French Quarter Visitor Center-Jean Lafitte, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. Gumbo-making demonstration and a look at handmade accordions. Free. (504) 689-2636, ext. 1, or nps.gov/jela.
  • FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL KIDS FEST: noon, Hermann-Grima House, 820 St. Louis St., New Orleans. Organizations from around the community will be in the courtyard offering activities for families. hgghh.org.
  • ‘A CATFISH TALE’ BOOK SIGNING, READING: 1:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Children’s author Whitney Stewart of New Orleans presents and signs “A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife.” (504) 899-7323 or octaviabooks.com.
  • RICKEY E. PITTMAN PRESENTS IRISH STORYTELLING AND MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNG AT HEART: 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans, 933 Conti St., New Orleans. The Monroe performer will share excerpts from his “Irish Alphabet Book” and other works. There will be arts and crafts activities, plus face painting for children. $5, adults; free, museum members and children ages 12 and younger. icmnola.com.

NOCCA’S VOCAL MUSIC DIVISION PRESENTS ‘DIDO AND AENEAS’ BY HENRY PURCELL: 7:30 P.M., NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS, 2800 CHARTRES ST., NEW ORLEANS. NOCCA.COM.

  • EW ORLEANS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT: 7:30 p.m., Roussel Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola University, New Orleans. Descents of Solomon Northup, the man portrayed in “12 Years a Slave” will gather at the concert commemorating the former slave’s story and the people who worked to preserve it. loyno.edu.

GG’S 504 COMEDY HOUR: 8 P.M., CASTLE THEATRE, 501 WILLIAMS BLVD., KENNER. GINA GOMEZ IS BACK TO HOST GG’S COMEDY HOUR WITH UP-AND-COMING COMEDIANS. $15. CASTLE501.COM.

  • BETTER THAN EZRA FOUNDATION’S BENEFIT CONCERT: 8 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. The after-school program at Bethune Elementary School in Hollygrove will be the beneficiary. Along with Better Than Ezra, the concert will feature Matt Nathanson and J.T. Hodges. Tickets to the Ezra Open’s Casino Night patron party and benefit concert are available at houseofblues.com/tickets.
  • BIG EASY ROLLERGIRLS SEASON OPENER DOUBLE HEADER: 5 p.m., UNO, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. This season-opening double header will feature both the Big Easy AllStars and the Big Easy Crescent Wenches battling two teams from Yellow Rose. Food trucks outside and a cash bar inside. The game-day charity partner is the Audubon Nature Institute. After party is at Shamrock. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at door; $5 for kids 7-12 and college students; free for kids 6 and younger. crawfishmambo.com.

SUNDAY

  • FLEA MARKET, ART MARKET AND FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m., St. Margaret’s Daughters Home parking lot, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Louisiana. Email SwapMeetNola@gmail.com or swapmeetnola.com.

MONDAY

  • AUTHOR EVENT: 7 p.m., Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Greg Alexander, a local author who lives and works in Metairie, will discuss his new book, “The Holy Mark.”

TUESDAY

  • CAROLYN KOLB TALK AND BOOK SIGNING: 7 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Carolyn Kolb will discuss her book, “New Orleans Memories: One Writer’s City,” which will be for sale at the event. Call (504) 596-2625.

WEDNESDAY

  • SARAH VOWELL LECTURE AT TULANE UNIVERSITY: 6 p.m., Tulane University, Woldenberg Arts Center/Freeman Auditorium, 7 McAlister Place, New Orleans. Vowell is a New York Times best-selling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture. Free and open to the public, with a book signing and reception to follow. Email donuts@tulane.edu or call (504) 865-5728.
  • ACCALIA AND THE SWAMP MONSTER: 6 p.m., Old US Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Kelli Scott discusses her book. Sponsored by The Louisiana State Museum.

ONGOING

  • “SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT! THE BOSWELL SISTERS OF NEW ORLEANS”: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. Exhibition on view through Oct. 26. Gallery hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662.

Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn