goes away: The two-part comedy “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue, is about visitors to a rural hunting lodge in Georgia, where Englishmen Froggy and Charlie also attend. But why is Charlie silent? And what scandalous things does he hear when those around him decide that he is a “foreign” who does not understand what they are saying? The show, directed by Sarah Pagons, will take place May 6-14 at Cutting Edge Theatre, 767 Robert Avenue, in Slidell. Buy tickets online or save fees by ordering directly at (985) 649-3727 or texting (985) 285-6666. For more, www.cuttingedgetheater.
comedy: Coming from May 28 to June 12, meet Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle, two well-seasoned hosts of cooking shows for access to cable who have hated each other since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other 30 years ago. And nothing has changed. When circumstances bring them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, insults fly. The show becomes ratings smashing as Dolly and Isobel top Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer. This comedy by Caroline Smith directed by Anysia Genre at Playmakers Theatre, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. Saturday shows at 7 pm, Sunday morning at 2 pm
“Mama Mia”: Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie St., continues. , with “Mamma Mia” until May 1, a music box set to the tunes of ABBA. The show tells the story of 20-year-old Sophie, who is trying to get to know her father – from three potential candidates – so he can walk her down her wedding aisle on a Greek island. Directed by Amber Ortiz and Kylie Ritter. Shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday morning at 2 pm. Tickets for students and seniors $22; All others, $28.
laugh cry: “Crimes of the Heart,” directed by Tonya Lagman, will be presented April 23 – May 8 with shows at 8pm and 2:30pm at 30 By Ninety Theater in Mandeville. While three sisters in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, await the imminent death of their grandfather, their problems–serious, but hilarious–carry out to the audience and others around them while they wait.
rails: Christian Serpas & Ghost Town will bring their party-style honky tonk rock ‘n’ roll to the Rockin’ the Rails party for the spring season on April 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. Not allowed Entry to the concert, but bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the show.
He lives: Next Mandeville Live! The free concert will be presented Friday, May 6 by Greg Martinez and Delta Kings at Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. The group will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs, but no food or drinks. Privileges for sale on site. More information, (985) 624-3147.
one woman squad: On April 28, The Lobby Lounge welcomes Ballet Volt to its stage for a show in which she sings, plays slide guitar, and plays drums with her feet. Critics have described her music as “a glorious, gritty sound…dirt-road blues with a common jock hop; utterly addictive.” Bar Chicz food and drinks are available for purchase, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets only at Eventbrite, $17 to $100.
in the fresh air: Over 20 local artists will present their work for sale at the “En Plein Air Gallery” in Abita Springs April 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet the artists on April 29 during a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy food, wine and Labeta beer. Reception and exhibition, both at the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum, 22044 Main Str. Free and open to the public. A portion of all sales are for the museum.
Participating artists include: Jo Ann Adams, Ben Benson III, David Blackwell, Al Champagne, Muriel Daughteriff, Josh Duncan, Claude Elender, Oksana Fogg, Christina Goodman, Carol Hallock, Diego Largia, Renee Mitchell, Marie Monk, Luis Morales, Judy Neumann, Osiklis Osoulis, Anne Pappas, John Pribel, Julia Rubin, Al Rufty Jr., Phil Sandusky, Big Osner, Helen Valenti and Hal Wilk.
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trucks: The Mandeville Food Truck Festival will take place on May 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mandeville Lions Club, 720 Lafitte St. in Mandeville. Free admission for good food and support for the Louisiana Camp for Disabled Children and the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation.
downtown: The free annual Columbia Street Block Party on April 29 will close 200 to 500 buildings on Columbia Street to create a fun pedestrian path lined with classic cars. Shopkeepers will distribute goodies; Local venues will feature live music; Shops and restaurants will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, the Kiwanis Club in Greater Covington will be out selling hamburgers, sausages, drinks and snacks to raise money for its many charitable efforts.
breakfast: Slidell Noon Lions Club resumed pancake breakfast “last Saturday of the month” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, sausages, and drinks for $6 at Lions Den, the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Carey Street. Proceeds benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Louisiana Lions summer camp for children with disabilities, and local organizations. Bingo follows at 11:30 a.m.
New arrivals: The Northlake Newcomers Club will assign new officers to the group luncheon on May 13 at Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, in Mandeville. Doors open at 10am, all welcome. Lunch costs $34 for members and guests, but reservations are required. See www.northlakenewcomers.com.
Fab: The Northlake Performing Arts Society will present a repertoire of The Beatles at its concerts on May 13 and May 15 at Christ Episcopal School Theatre, 80 Crestwood Street, in Covington. “Let it Be – A Beatles Tribute” concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. the following Sunday.
help: The two-part Juneteenth celebration in Covington will open June 12 with a fashion show at the Fuhrman Auditorium. Exhibitors between the ages of 8 and 18 can participate in this Juneteenth-inspired event between 4pm and 7pm. Next week, on June 18, 9am shows at 9am, followed by the main event with food, music, games and education at Reverend Peter Atkins Park at 702 Tyler Street This year’s theme is “One Love” and more help is needed. For more information or to volunteer, email [email protected]
salutation: The 7th Louisiana Veterans Festival, a one-day music festival and tribute to vets, will take place May 14 at Slidell Heritage Park. Music, fun, food from 4 pm to 10 pm, with a closing fireworks display. Outside food and drinks are not permitted, but ice boxes, tables, trays, and tents are permitted. Rainy or sunny, no refunds. $15 tickets at the gate; $12 for vets; Free children. Buy in advance at laveteransfestival.com. All proceeds go to East St Tammany Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Program, host of the festival.
the cars: NWA Jeeps on Mission/Cars for Cancer on the campus of St. Tammany Cancer Center in Covington on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a motoring show and prizes; Be Well and Ochsner Bloodmobile Bus; hot food, light balls and ice cream; and live music. The area will provide St. Tammany Fire District 13 Fun and fire safety tips with Sparky the Fire dog, inflatable safety house and fire truck. Free admission; Rainy or sunny; 900 Ochner Street.
boats: $5,000 will be withdrawn from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum on May 20. cocktails at 6 pm; 7 pm buffet; Retreat at 8 p.m. The winner does not have to be present, but participants must be over 21 years old. Tickets are $100 per couple. More information at (985) 845-9200. Go to www.lpbmm.org to get tickets.