Jan 18Robiola to Romano — The World of Italian Cheese7 p.m. WednesdaySt.
January 12Consider the Oyster6 p.m. ThursdayPress Street Station, 5 Press St., (504) 249-5622www.pressstreetstation.comInspired by M.K.F. Fisher's book Consider the Oyster, a four-course meal is prepared by chef Frank Brigtsen, Becky Wasden of Two Girls One Shuck and students in the NOCCA Culinary Arts program.
Local writers read from James Baldwin, Angela Davis and others Jan. 15
PEN America, a New York-based group championing free speech and human rights, has organized a day of readings across the country celebrating freedom of expression on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. In New Orleans, writers including Tom Piazza, Katy Simpson Smith (pictured), Maurice Ruffin, Zachary Lazar, Ladee Hubbard, Thomas Beller, Khaled Hegazzi and Gina Minor Allen will read from the works of King, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, Angela Davis and others.
DECEMBER 31New Year's Eve brunch8 a.m.-1 p.m. SaturdayDegas House, 2306 Esplanade Ave., (504) 821-5009www.degashouse.comThe brunch menu includes crawfish etouffee omelets, bananas Foster French toast, French Creole waffles with fruit, seafood gumbo and more.
December 21-23Royal Teddy Bear Tea11 a.m. Wednesday-FridayRoyal Sonesta New Orleans, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0300www.sonesta.comThe menu includes tea sandwiches with ham and cheese, pickled shrimp and other fillings, pastries, scones, brownies and more.
Parties, performances and more
BingOh! Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.barredux.com — This bingo night has a holiday sweater theme and features short bits by local comedians between games.
Dec 16Food truck roundup5 p.m.-8 p.m. FridayUrban South Brewery, 1645 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 267-4852www.urbansouthbrewery.comThe food truck roundup features Diva Dawg, Frencheeze
LUNA FeteWed.-Sat. Dec. 7-10 | The Arts Council of New Orleans' annual video and light projection project combines art and technology such as digital mapping to project large-scale images on notable buildings, plus other displays.
Dec. 8Tales of the Toddy6:30 p.m. ThursdayHyatt Regency New Orleans, Celestin Ballroom,
601 Loyola Ave., (504) 561-1234www.talesofthecocktail.comThe Tales of the Cocktail event features more than 50 local bartenders making holiday drinks, including nogs and toddies.
Shows at local galleries and museums for the annual festival
PhotoNOLA, New Orleans' annual photography festival, features more than 50 shows at local galleries and museums, and there are events across town. Shows range from an exhibit of Clarence John Laughlin and his contemporaries' work at the Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Research Center to a group show about second-line culture at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery to the Currents 2016 show of New Orleans Photo Alliance members' work at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Nov 29Dinner with a curator6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. TuesdayAmerican Sector Restaurant, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940www.nationalww2museum.orgTom Czekanski discusses Medal of Honor recipients from the defense of Pearl Harbor.
Live music and interviews at a release party Dec. 1
Jazz fans may know Danny Barker for his work with Cab Calloway or for training a generation of New Orleans jazz and brass band leaders as mentor of the Fairview Baptist Church Christian Band, which included Lucien Barbarin, Leroy Jones and others. Barker also spent much time communicating with musicians and compiling a history of jazz from their perspectives.