City officials invite residents to coffee on Freret Street

Coffee on Your Corner, a program that brings city officials to meet with residents in their own neighborhoods, will be held at Village Coffee on Freret Street on Tuesday morning. 

Residents of District B are invited to attend this program at Village Coffee House at 5335 Freret Street. It will be at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28. This discussion will allow people to hear directly from their representatives about their plans for the city.

Loyola alum who opened museum about slavery to give talk

John Cummings, Loyola alumnus and retired lawyer, will speak at Loyola about the Whitney Plantation Museum he owns and the role of slavery in Louisiana. This talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 in Nunemaker Auditorium in Loyola’s Monroe Hall. Cummings created and owns the the Whitney Plantation Museum, the first museum that focuses on the history of American slavery. It is located in Wallace, Louisiana, and once housed the Haydels, one of the largest slaveholding families in the state. Cummings will be joined by Ibrahima Seck, director of research at the museum.

Loyola to host ballet performances

On Friday, The Loyola University New Orleans Ballet will perform “An Evening of Divertissements”, a program of 19th century ballet, coupled with character dances and original work by local artists. The performances, directed by Laura Zambrano, will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 in Roussel Hall on Loyola’s campus. General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for students, seniors, children and Loyola faculty and staff are $8. To purchase tickets, call (504) 865-2074 or visit

Junior League to tour New Orleans kitchens for tenth year

The Junior League of New Orleans will host its tenth annual kitchen tour next weekend, showcasing 12 different kitchens in the Uptown area to raise money for the organization’s programs supporting local families. 

The kitchen tour will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2. It is self-guided, but tour check-in and hospitality will be offered at the JLNO Headquarters at 4319 Carondelet Street. One of the 12 kitchens on the tour will be the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. The JLNO Headquarters will also show their own newly-renovated kitchen during the tour as well. Tickets are $40 in advance, or $45 on the day of the event.

Egyptologist to discuss animal mummies in lecture at Tulane

Dr. Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo, will give a lecture about the relationship between humans and animals, as seen through ancient Egyptian mummies. 

“Sacred Creatures, Beloved Pets: Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies” will be held in 102 Dinwiddie Hall on Tulane’s campus. This event will begin with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, and the lecture will follow at 6 p.m.

During this lecture, Ikram will explain the different types of animal mummies, what they mean and how they depict the ancient Egyptians’ relationship with animals. This event is free and open to the public.

Palmer Park to host Earth Day celebration

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade will celebrate Earth Day festivities in New Orleans this weekend with a festival and Solar Derby in Carrollton’s Palmer Park. 

The free event will be start at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Palmer Park at the corner of South Carrollton and South Claiborne Avenues. There will be performances by musicians such as Theresa Andersson, EarPhunk, Mia Borders, The Stooges Brass Band and Africa Brass. This event will also remember the five year anniversary of the BP oil spill and reflect on the importance of protecting the planet.

Herb Society to hold plant sale fundraiser

The New Orleans unit of the Herb Society of America will hold its annual spring plant sale this weekend to benefit the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, Longue Vue Gardens and the Herb Society of America. 

The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at 2202 General Pershing Street. Those who attend are to enter through the gate on Loyola Avenue, off of Napoleon Avenue. The location of the sale at a private residence allows participants to observe plants growing. Unusual varieties, as well as butterfly plants, herbs, annuals and perennials, will be for sale. Local Herb Society members will be at the sale to help people select plants.

Hitchcock classic “Vertigo” set for outdoor showing at Latter Library

The New Orleans Film Society will hold a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Vertigo” on the grounds of Latter Library on Saturday evening as the spring 2015 series of Moonlight Movies begins. “Though dismissed when first released, audiences and critics alike have since heralded Vertigo, recently replacing Citizen Kane at the top of Sight and Sound’s poll of ‘The Greatest Films of All Time,'” according to a synopsis of the film at the New Orleans Film Society website. “The film stars James Stewart and Kim Novack, and to quote industry mogul Marco Mueller, ‘paranoia and obsession have never looked better.'”

If necessary, the rain date for Vertigo is April 23. The Moonlight Movies series actually begins Friday, April 17, with a screening of Purple Rain in the Bywater, and continues with other events around the city. The other Uptown-area entry in the series is Grease, planned for June 6 at Coliseum Square.

Southern Food and Beverage Museum to celebrate re-opening with gala, free events

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will celebrate its re-opening of the the finished museum, as well as the Museum of the American Cocktail’s New Orleans collection, with a gala Friday night and free demonstrations Saturday and Sunday focusing on fish, barbecue and pastries. 

The three-day event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, and will continue through Sunday, April 19. The museum is located at 1609 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. A gala celebrating the re-opening will kick off the weekend at 7 p.m. April 17. Patron tickets are $200 per person and these ticket holders will be invited to a reception at 6 p.m. before the gala begins. General tickets for the gala are $125 for members and $145 for non-members.

Bicycle commuters ride together from Uptown or Broadmoor on Wednesday for Bike to Work Week

On Wednesday morning, bicycle commuters can ride with others from Uptown or Broadmoor to a meetup in the Central Business District as part of this year’s Bike to Work Week in New Orleans. The week of Monday, April 13, to Friday, April 17, has been proclaimed Bike to Work Week by City Hall. Sponsored by Entergy, NiteRider and Bike Law Louisiana, this week aims to encourage people to try commuting on their bicycles. The events for the week will begin on Monday with the Bike Easy Commute Challenge. Participants will receive an email daily after signing up to record if they rode their bike that day.