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The Thea Foundation is putting on the dog next week to celebrate its upcoming benefit with New Orleans artist George Rodrigue. Blue Dog Week kicks off Monday, Nov. 1, with events for kids through Nov. 4 and the fund-raiser at the Clinton Presidential Center Nov. 5. Kids who come to the Thea Foundation (401 Main St., NLR) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday will get a free Blue Dog face painting, coloring page and a treat. Parents who bring in their kids will receive a Thea Foundation lithograph.

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George Rodrigue, who created the beloved Blue Dog paintings — part pop, part outsider, part abstract — will paint a Blue Dog masterpiece during the fund-raiser, “A Taste of New Orleans,” to be auctioned off at the end of the night. The benefit begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall; Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers will perform. Tickets are $150. To purchase, go to www.theafoundation.org or to the Thea Center at 401 Main St.

For more information contact the THEA Foundation Center for the Arts 501-379-9512.

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