Author and jazz critic Stanley Crouch leads the latest installment of the Tom Dent Congo Square Lecture Series, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Crouch's groundbreaking work, Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker, follows the famed saxophonist from his precocious youth to the Harlem ballrooms of New York City. The book delves into Parker's personal relationships and troubles, including his romance with Rebecca Ruffin at the heart of the story. Crouch will speak on Kansas City Lightning, the first in an projected two-volume history of Parker, 6:30 pm at the UNO Performing Arts Recital Hall. Free. jazzandheritage.org.