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MUSIC: Longtime Radiators guitarist Camile Baudoin, along with friends Reggie Scanlan, Frank Bua and John Fohl, will perform April 2 at the Dew Drop Inn from 6:30-9 p.m. . Soft drinks, water, beer and wine also on sale. Adult admission is $10 cash; free students and children. No food, drink or pets outside; bring lawn chairs to sit outside on the lot at 430 rue Lamarque in Mandeville.

MUSIC: The next Mandeville Live! The free concert on April 1 will feature Sugar Shaker at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte Street. Free live music 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs, but no food or drink. Concessions for sale on site. More information, (985) 624-3147.

ROCKIN: Where Y’acht will host a free concert April 7 at the Covington Trailhead as the city’s Rockin’ the Rails spring music series continues every Thursday night in April. The band, which identifies itself as a yacht rock cover band specializing in music from the late 70s and early 80s, will play from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but buy food and drink from vendors on site.


AIM: Archbishop Hannan High School Blackfriars presents “Mamma Mia!” at Fuhrman Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson St., Covington. A slew of cast members will keep the laughs and dance numbers coming as the musical tells the story of a young woman’s quest for her father in this musical jukebox written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on ABBA songs. Shows April 24-26 are at 7 p.m., with a special matinee at 2 p.m. on April 26. Tickets on, $15-$25. Ticket office opens at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

THE COMEDY: “How the other half loves”, a comedy about infidelity by Alan Ayckbourn, presented at the Playmakers Theater until April 10. Directed by Arden Allen Dufilho, the comedy features a womanizing husband who invites trouble when he makes up a story about a co-worker’s marital trouble story to cover up his own date with his employer’s wife. The play stars Evette Randolph, Chris Eberle, Jonah Boudreaux, Summer Kavalir, Tanner Tomingas and Peyton Wilson. The assistant director is Naomi Wilson. Tickets are $20 at Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

DREAM TEAM: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” through April 2 at the Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s first musical based on the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. only. Tickets on Eventbrite or get discounted tickets by calling (985) 285-6666. Tickets start at $30.

SONDHEIM: The artists and singers of the Cutting Edge Theater offer a weekend of musical theater on April 8 and 9 when they remember the great Stephen Sondheim with songs from West Side Story, Company, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and more . Two 8 p.m. shows; tickets $30-$45. Buy them through Eventbrite or save the fees online by texting (985) 285-6666 to order at no additional cost. Theater at 767, boul. Robert. at Slidell.


DUNBAR: The work of famous modern art pioneer George Dunbar is on display at the Slidell Cultural Center until April 22 in “George Dunbar – A Retrospective”. Dunbar’s art, which is displayed worldwide, can be viewed locally by appointment only during gallery hours Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Same-day visits will be possible, subject to availability. Call (985) 646-4375. The 2055 Second St. gallery is located in Slidell City Hall, a few miles from Dunbar’s longtime home on the shores of Bayou Bonfouca.

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ART: On April 9, Spring for Art returns with an evening of art and fun. From 6 to 9 p.m., the St. Tammany Art Association will host a party on Columbia Street with demonstrations, shopping, artists and an art market. Reserve a spot at


GERMAN TIME: A pub crawl midway through Oktoberfest on April 2 is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to raise money for A Rhea of ​​Hope to help Louisiana residents fight tract cancer and for the benefit of the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. Six Old Mandeville restaurants, mostly along Girod Street, will be Oktoberfest-themed and offer discounts on their German food or drink. Each location will have a German game, activity, contests, photo booth or music, as well as information about this cancer. Tickets to participate are $25; $40 a pair. Eventbrite. For more information, visit Northshore Oktoberfest through a Rhea of ​​Hope Facebook page.

BREAKFAST: The Slidell Noon Lions Club resumed its pancake breakfast “on the last Saturday of the month” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, sausages and drinks for $6 at Lions Den at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Carey Street. Proceeds are donated to Leader Dogs for the Blind, Louisiana Lions Summer Camp for Children with Disabilities and local organizations. Bingo follows at 11:30 a.m.

RABBIT TIME: The Northshore Mandeville Kiwanis Club presents Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Take-out available; pancakes and sausages, $5 donation. Fun activities for children and free photo with the rabbit. For more information, call Terry at (504) 236-3435.

PLAYER: The April Northlake Newcomers Lunch and Game Day will be held April 8 at the Beau Chene Country Club at 602 Beau Chene Drive in Mandeville. Play Bunco, Hand & Foot Canasta or Mah Jongg. Doors open at 10 a.m. Lunch is $17 for members or guests. Everyone is welcome ; reservations required. See


BIRDS: On April 8 from 6:30 a.m. to noon, take part in the “Bayous and Canals of the Marais Manchac” birdwatching by pontoon boat. From the boardwalk at Joyce Wildlife Area, watch migratory birds feasting in the marsh. Continue with a boat ride in ‘Stinking Bayou’ for a different habitat and more birding in areas where alligators are common. An experienced ornithological guide will identify migrating birds as they pass. Bring binoculars and cameras for a spectacular display of birds in flight. The cost is $45 for members, $50 for non-members. Limited space; register early by contacting or call (985) 626-1238.

NOCTURNAL BIRDS: More birding on April 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. during “Big Branch by Night & Red-cocarded Woodpeckers.” See nocturnal birds including owls, night herons, rails, bats, and common nighthawks, as well as frogs and other nocturnal creatures. Start early to see the endangered white-faced woodpecker return to its nests. At the Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge, biologists provided artificial nesting boxes carved from living pine trees for nesting and roosting cavities. Continue along a boardwalk over grass beds and then onto trails for easy access to other habitats. Experienced ornithologist guides will point out migrating birds. Free for Northshore Nature Center members; become a member and register early with or call (985) 626-1238.

MORE BIRDS: April 9 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., enjoy the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve, part of a 10,000-acre stretch of untouched flat pine wetlands in southeast Louisiana managed by The Nature Conservancy. Nearly 30 rare native plants identified in the area, as well as rare grassland birds such as Bachman’s sparrow and Henslow’s sparrow and numerous prothonotary warblers. Cost is $20 members; $25 non-members. The bird guide will accompany. Limited space; register early with or call (985) 626-1238.

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Sally J. Minick