Jazz Gala to raise funds for conservatory concert series

Going PlacesCThe Taylor Conservatory Foundation will celebrate the jazz, art and culture of New Orleans Feb. 18 at a Mardi Gras Jazz Gala to be held at the elegant Bentley Banquet and Conference Center in Wyandotte, the former Italian American Club before a million-dollar renovation. The party, a winter kickoff and fundraiser for the foundation’s annual summer Art in the Garden concert series and other programs, will start at 6 p.m. and include a strolling dinner, dancing, a parade, and prizes for those wearing the best costume and mask. In addition, a Café du Monde will offer specialty coffees and desserts. Also planned are silent auctions, raffles, fortune telling and entertainment by acrobats and contortionists. Music for dancing will be provided by Dave Tatrow’s Dixieland All-Stars featuring Dave Bennett and Doug Cobb. Tickets, $65, including a premium open bar, are available by calling Erin Dobbins at 734-558-3228 or emailing erindobbins@gmail.com or going to taylorconservatory.org. The Bentley is at 646 Biddle. Patty Donahue, foundation executive director, said that as a non-profit organization the foundation depends on fundraisers for support. “This year, we expect over 20,000 visitors to enjoy the gardens and programs as we further our mission to promote the importance of horticulture, art and nature in our lives,” she said. Mardi Gras buffet slated A Mardi Gras seafood buffet with the theme “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (“Let the good times roll”) is planned for Feb. 15 in the Fifty-One O One student-run restaurant at Henry Ford Community College. The meal will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase after 5 p.m. The buffet will start with seafood gumbo, peel-and-eat shrimp, crab pasta salad and smoked whitefish pate. An omelet station will be available at the first seating only. Among the main-course items will be broiled tilapia, beer-battered cod, Cajun pork loin and chicken Oscar. Desserts will be red velvet cake peanut butter pie, bread pudding and crepes Suzette. The cost is $15.95. For reservations, call 313-206-5101. The restaurant is at 5101 Evergreen Road in Dearborn. Red carpet party set Tickets are available for the Southgate Community Players’ annual Red Carpet Extravaganza featuring a live broadcast of the Academy Awards Feb. 26 at the MJR Digital Cinema 20 in Southgate. The fundraiser, scheduled for 7 p.m., will offer appetizers provided by Downriver restaurants, wine, champagne, a 50/50 raffle and an opportunity to win four one-day park-hopper passes for Disneyworld, a flat-screen television set and other prizes. Among the participating restaurants and caterers are Crystal Gardens, Joli Treats, Buffalo Wild Wings, Logan’s Roadhouse, Tubby’s Subs, Chili’s, Smokies, Old Chicago, Applebee’s and Famous Dave’s. Others are Sweet Arrangements, Applewood Nursing, Bourbon’s, Portofino’s on the River, Tijuana’s Mexican Kitchen, Serendipity Cakery, Rivergate Nursing, Walmart Deli and All-American Buffet. For tickets, $25, call 734-282-4727 or go to scponstage.com. Coming up . . . Feb. 17, 18 — Play, “Annie,” at the Fox Theatre; tickets, $30, $45, 55 and $70, are available at all Ticketmaster locations and www.Ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000. Feb. 21-March 5 — Play, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” at the Fisher Theatre; tickets, starting at $39, including parking, are available at all Ticketmaster locations, 800-983-2787 and www.Broadwayindetorit.com and www.ticketmaster.com.