Bayou Bell Choir to play songs from movies and Broadway at St. Andrew’s church

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will host the Bayou Bell Choir from Lake Charles on Saturday afternoon, playing over 18 selections of songs from favorite films and Broadway stages. The free hour program will be followed by a brief question and answer period and reception with refreshments. The performance by the Bayou Bell Choir starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 South Carrollton Avenue.

Nonprofit seeks volunteers for clean-up of historic Valence street cemetery Tuesday

The nonprofit Save Our Cemeteries will be supervising the community clean-up Tuesday of the historic Valence Cemetery in the Freret neighborhood by trimming ferns, clipping invasive vegetation, and removing trash. Those who would like to volunteer from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at the cemetery at 2000 Valence Street can contact Saving Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email with subject line “Valence Cemetery Clean-up.” More information can be found at The Valence Cemetery was established in 1867.

Tipitina’s community event to feature block party, battle of the bands

Tipitina’s will host a family-friendly, free outdoor block party, as well as an indoor concert, this Monday, April 25 for their annual benefit and community festival event Instruments A Comin’. The outdoor block party will include performances by Donald Harrison, Jr. & The Tips Interns, The Roots of Music, Mary D. Coghill Charter School, and a battle of the marching bands featuring Edna Karr High School and Sophie B. Wright Charter School.The free outdoor block party starts at 6 p.m. at Tipitina’s, located on 501 Napoleon Avenue, and the indoor concert that follows starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here. The indoor concert lineup includes the following:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Anders Osborne
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters
Bo Dollis Jr & The Wild Magnolias
Honey Island Swamp Band
The Nth Power
New Orleans Suspects

Proceeds from the benefit are used in purchasing new music instruments for New Orleans-area school band programs.

Alma Peters Park schedules maintenance day

Alma Peters Park area residents who maintain the park will be painting and cleaning the park this Saturday, April 16, and for their maintenance projects this year, area residents are looking for donations for equipment and supplies, as well as volunteers. The park will not be available for use on this maintenance day and possibly longer, so the paint can dry. Alma Peters Park is located at the corner of Eleonore and Annunciation Streets. If it rains on April 16, the maintenance date will be changed to Saturday, May 7. The maintenance project is in need of donations for the purchase of a large mower and materials to:

Refurbish park benches
Restore the picnic table
Repair and paint the swings
Purchase supplies for the edger
Purchase garbage bags
Gas money for the mower/edger

Area residents are also looking for help in deconstructing and replacing all the wood on the playground’s benches.

Audubon Park hosts spring walk for Crohn and Colitis research

The Crohn and Colitis Take Steps Walk will take place this Saturday, April 16 at Audubon Park. Proceeds will benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Disease research. The event is open to patients, family members, caregivers, and community members. Check-in and festival activities for the event will take place at 2 p.m. at Audubon Park, located on 6500 Magazine Street. The walk starts at 3pm, and registration is available here. Participants can donate, walk with a team, or walk as an individual.

Broadmoor Improvement Association to host annual benefit and food truck-round up

The Broadmoor Improvement Association will be hosting both their annual Metamorphosis benefit event and their annual Eatmoor food truck round-up event at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center this month. The Eatmoor event will take place from from 5 to 8 p.m. today, April 12, at Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, located at 4300 South Broad Street. The Metamorphosis benefit takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. this Saturday, April 16. Broadmoor Improvement Association’s Metamorphosis benefit will feature music by Ms. Charmaine Neville and a silent auction. Click here to buy general admission tickets for the event for $35.

Super Sunday 2016 to feature Mardi Gras Indians, live music

This year’s Super Sunday event will take place this Sunday, March 20 with a festival at A.L. Davis Park and a parade route. New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians tribes and special guests with live music performances will be featured. The festival will begin at 11 a.m. at A.L. Davis Park. located on Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street. The parade route begins there at 1 p.m., and according to Mardi Gras Indian Council Chief Howard Miller, it will move onto Simon Bolivar Avenue, turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, turn left onto Claiborne Ave, turn left onto Washington Avenue, and culminate at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street.

NORDC starts spring season of Movies in the Park

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will be hosting its 2016 spring season of Movies in the Park with starting tonight, March 4. The free, family-friendly movie screenings will also feature fitness activities before the showings start at sunset. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms, weapons, smoking, or cooking will be allowed during the event. All movies will begin at sunset, between 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., weather permitting. The movie for tonight is Annie (2014), and the expected start time is 6:05 p.m.

See below for dates and locations of the followings screenings:

April 8 42 at Carver Playground, located on 7410 Prytania Street and hosted by NORDC

April 15 The Good Dinosaur at Burke Playground, located on 2524 Annunciation Street and hosted by Lyons-Burke Boosters

April 22 Inside Out at Norwood Thompson, located on 7200 Forshey Street and hosted by Norwood Thompson Booster Club

April 29 Hotel Transylvania 2 at Taylor Playground, located on 2600 S. Roman Street and hosted by Taylor Park Booster Club

Neighborhood leaders to host roundtable on public safety

A neighborhood leaders roundtable on public safety this Saturday, March 5 will feature Chief Michael Harrison speaking about the NOPD’s new deployment strategy to place 94 more officers on New Orleans streets. The public safety millage on the ballot for voter consideration on April 9 will also be addressed because proceeds from the millage could be used to hire and pay for additional police officers, as well as to pay firefighters pension fund.The public safety meeting will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Registration for the meeting can be completed here.  

Loyola to host free symposium about opera that addresses death penalty

The Loyola University College of Law will be hosting a free symposium this Thursday, March 3, about the Dead Man Walking opera that is premiering in Louisiana on Friday, March 4, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. The symposium’s panelists will feature Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty author Sister Helen Prejean and New Orleans Opera General & Artistic Director Robert Lyall. The symposium will take place Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in room 308 of Loyola University’s College of Law Broadway Campus, located on 526 Pine Street. Published in 1993, author Prejean’s book was made into an award-winning film in 1995 and an opera in 2000.  The opera has been produced 47 times, and tickets can be purchased to see the Louisiana premiere here.