Shakespeare-inspired Mardi Gras ball invitations, dance cards and parade bulletins dating from 1870 to 1932 are on view through March 30 at Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection. “Welcome Merry Shrovetide: Shakespeare on Parade” includes designs from past Carnival organizations and some that are still with us, along with pins and medals. Jones Hall, Room 200, Monday-Saturday. Free. Call (504) 865-5685.


Don’t miss, literally, when you throw your beads back for recyling to the Arc “Catch and Release” trailer after two suburban Carnival parades this weekend. Beads are repackaged and sold to provide jobs and financing for programs operated by The Arc to benefit the disabled. The trailer will follow the Krewe of Alla on the West Bank at noon Saturday, and the Knights of Nemesis at 1 p.m. in Chalmette.


The Watoto Children’s Choir, made up of children from orphanages in Africa, brings its high-energy gospel to Metairie for a concert titled “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.” Free. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Celebration Church, 2001 Airline Drive, Metairie.

jazz underground

Wendell Brunious, acclaimed trumpeter and jazz great, continues the Jazz Underground Series at Loyola University New Orleans in Satchmo’s, in the basement of the Danna Student Center on the university’s main campus. Brunious’ performance will reflect both traditional New Orleans jazz and modern stylings. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $10. Call (504) 865-2074.