Third Thursday at Carriage Factory Art Gallery will feature a combination of Kansas art and a New Orleans flavor from 6 to 8 p.m.  Jan. 18  at the gallery, 128 East Sixth Street.

The sounds and tastes of New Orleans will be featured in the music and food for the evening. Doug Everingham, Lady Dee, and Charles Nida, all of the Wichita area, will play jazz, blues, Cajun-flavor and country music.

In celebration of the Carnival season, red beans and rice will be provided for a donation. There will also be a traditional New Orleans dessert, and other snacks will be available. The red beans and rice will be prepared by Joe Gilliam, a self-trained cook whose recipes are heavily influenced by the many years he lived on the Gulf Coast. Gilliam is currently writing a cookbook with his wife, Dena Bisnette, who will provide a short presentation about Mardi Gras and how it relates to food.

The featured art exhibits are “Kansas Through The Eyes Of An Artist,” featuring 50 works by 34 artists in the main gallery and "Dirty Laundry," an exhibit opening in the mezzanine gallery of portfolio prints featuring area artists whose work is carved into linoleum blocks and then printed onto paper made from dryer lint.

For more information, contact Carriage Factory Art Gallery at 316-284-2749 from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday or 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.