Add some fun to your week with these happenings around town! From book signings and receptions to a concert featuring Tank and the Bangas to an amazing volunteer opportunity, there is plenty to add to your calendar. 

Thursday, January 13 - House Dressing Book Signing at The Garden District Book Shop

Join The Garden District Book Shop for an evening celebrating the release of Janie Molster's House Dressing on Thursday, January 13. The Southern designer's book features her lively collection of interiors and advice for colorful living through hues, pattern, texture, and more. The event is open to the public and will be begin at 6 p.m. with a welcome reception featuring wine and light bites. The designer will share insights into her work, lead a Q&A, and personalize books.

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The Garden District Book Shop is located in The Rink at 2727 Prytania Street

Friday, January 14 - Tank and the Bangas with the LPO

New Orleans' own Grammy-nominated band, Tank and the Bangas, are back in the Orpheum this Friday night! The group known for their sounds of soul, R&B, and hip hop will perform alongside the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, January 14. The show will also feature special guest PJ Morton and tickets are available to purchase online (some start at just $25!). Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours are required for entry and masks are mandatory for the performance.

The Orpheum is located at 129 Roosevelt Way

Saturday, January 15 - The Big Book of King Cake Event at The Garden District Book Shop

King cake season is in full swing and The Garden District Book Shop is getting in on some of the fun! The shop is hosting an event celebrating the release of Matt Haines' The Big Book of King Cake on Saturday, January 15 at 11 a.m. The book is perfect for anyone who loves food, history, culture, New Orleans, and Mardi Gras! During the event, visitors can chat with the book's author and photographer Randy Krause Schmidt while enjoying king cake samples by some of the featured bakers. Books will also be available for purchase!

The Garden District Book Shop is located in The Rink at 2727 Prytania Street

Monday, January 17 - Annual Day of Service at City Park

Join New Orleans City Park for a park-wide volunteer event on Monday, January 17. The Annual Day of Service in City Park kicks off this year and coincides with the National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Lend a hand to beautify the community's green space by cleaning, weeding, painting, planting, and more through approximately two-hour shifts.

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"In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we acknowledge and encourage all New Orleanians to volunteer to improve their community on January 17 — by participating in a 'day on, not day off,'" said Stephanie Bell, executive director of Friends of City Park. "Dr. King worked resolutely to build a culture that values the worth and dignity of every human being — principles shared by Friends of City Park. He also recognized the power of service to build communities. By committing to a service project on this day, you along with hundreds of your neighbors will be investing in the social cohesion of our city."

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Friends of City Park will connect individuals to a small group of volunteers spread throughout the park. The goal for 2022 is to have 400 volunteers on this special day to help improve and transform City Park. A full list of volunteer opportunities throughout the day can be found online and all volunteers must register in advance.

Volunteer check-in will take place at 1 Palm Drive