FRIDAY

  • FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle. Art on the Spot, music by Amanda Walker, lecture on photorealism, book signing by Stephen Maitland-Lewis and “The Science of Sleep” film. (504) 658-4100 or noma.org
  • ‘JERRY LEE LEWIS: HIS OWN STORY’ AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Rick Bragg signs and talks about his book on the Ferriday native and his impact on music. (504) 899-7323
  • A NIGHT FOR THE DOGS: 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Southport Music Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., Jefferson. Benefit for NOLA Lab Rescue. $50. (504) 235-8956 or nolalabrescue.org
  • A VINTAGE AFFAIR: 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. Benefit for National Multiple Sclerosis Society. $95. (504) 322-3790 or nationalmssociety.org
  • CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS PREVIEW PARTY: 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m., New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, 1 Palm Drive. An adult holiday party. $100, advance; $120, door; and $90, Friends of City Park. CelebrationintheOaks.com

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

  • LOYOLA BALLET FALL CONCERT: 8 p.m., Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, Loyola University, New Orleans. $12.
  • ‘ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS’: 8 p.m., Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Directed by comedian Ricky Graham, it is the story of the fictional Francis Henshall looking to make his mark. $37, adults; $35, seniors; $32 students/active military. (504) 461-9475 or RivertownTheaters.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

  • NEW ORLEANS FRINGE FESTIVAL: various venues, New Orleans. Original theater; $99 all-access pass. (504) 941-3640 or nofringe.org
  • MISTLETOE MARKETPLACE: French Market, French Quarter. fqba.org
  • WORDS AND MUSIC 2014: Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., and other venues throughout the city. Music and literary event featuring writers, performances and workshops, including book signings and author presentations. wordsandmusic.org
  • MYSTERIOUS WISTERIAS: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Stage Door Canteen, The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. A murder mystery event starring Ricky Graham. (504) 528-1943 or stagedoorcanteen.org

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL — ‘VAREKAI’: 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 4 P.M. SATURDAY, AND 1:30 P.M. AND 5 P.M. SUNDAY, SMOOTHIE KING CENTER, 1501 DAVE DIXON DRIVE. CIRQUEDUSOLEIL.COM

SATURDAY

  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873 or covingtonfarmersmarket.org
  • RECYCLING FOR THE BIRDS: 10 a.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Master Naturalist Anita Merrigan will coach participants through bird facts and crafting birdfeeders with recycled materials. $5 or free to members. Reservations required. (985) 626-1238 or Rue@northlakenature.org
  • BIRD PARAPHERNALIA SWAP: 10 a.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Donate, swap or shop bird belongings. $5.
  • AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 523-1357 or lcm.org
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982
  • NIGHT VISION, A JOURNEY IN THE DARK: 4:45 p.m., Fairview-Riverside State Park, La. 22, near Madisonville. A program to explore the science of night vision. Designed for ages 8 and older. $2. (985) 792-4652
  • CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS JINGLE BELLS AND BEER: 7 p.m., Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, City Park, New Orleans. Inaugural event with music, food and rides in a relaxed atmosphere. Must be 21 or older. $40 in advance; $45 door. (504) 483-9415 or neworleanscitypark.com
  • FUR DE LIS COSTUME BALL - MEOWLIN ROUGE: 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave. Benefit for Humane Society of Louisiana. (504) 525-2951 or 501auctions.com/furdeliscostumeball
  • LPO PRESENTS FINCKEL AND MOZART: 7:30 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, Armstrong Park, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Cellist David Finckel joins the symphony for Mozart, Haydn and Respighi. $20. (504) 523-6530 or lpomusic.com

SUNDAY

  • BIG EASY RUNNING FESTIVAL: 7 a.m. for half marathon; 9:45 a.m. for mini and 10:30 a.m. for mile. Half starts at Oakwood Center, others at Smoothie King Center. bigeasyrunfest.com
  • ICE SKATING AT AUDUBON ZOO: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St. Synthetic ice with DJ, sleigh for photos and characters. $17.50, adults; $12, children. (504) 581-4629 or auduboninstitute.org

MOONLIGHT HIKE AND MARSHMALLOW MELT: 4:50 P.M., NORTHLAKE NATURE CENTER, 23135 U.S. 190, MANDEVILLE. BRING YOUR OWN FLASHLIGHT. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $5 OR FREE TO MEMBERS. (985) 626-1238 OR RUE@NORTHLAKENATURE.ORG

  • CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS FAMILY PARTY: 6 p.m., Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, City Park, New Orleans. Child-friendly party with food, entertainment and appearances by “Frozen” characters. $25 and up. (504) 483-9415 or neworleanscitypark.com
  • TULANE ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT: 6 p.m., Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Maxim Samarov conducts. (504) 862-3214 or tulane.edu/liberal-arts/music

MONDAY

  • ‘INSIDE A REFUGEE CRISIS - MY TIME IN SOUTH SUDAN’ AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St., New Orleans. Epidemiologist Sandy Althomsons discusses her stories about her time with Doctors Without Borders. (504) 866-4916
  • TULANE JAZZ COMBO CONCERT: 7 p.m., Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 862-3214 or tulane.edu/liberal-arts/music

TUESDAY

  • CANAL STREET HOLIDAY LIGHTING: 5:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter, 739 Canal St., New Orleans. Flipping the switch, plus beverages, cookies and Santa in the hotel. (504) 561-8927 or canalstreetholiday.com

WEDNESDAY

  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m.-noon, The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Curator Eric Rivet leads the program on the uniforms and equipment used by American and German soldiers during World War II. Free with general admission. (504) 528-1944 ext. 288

ONGOING

  • CALLAN CONTEMPORARY: 519 Julia St., New Orleans. New paintings and sculpture by George Dunbar.
  • HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION: 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. “From Cameo to Close Up: Louisiana in Film,” through Wednesday and “Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans,” through March 29. (504) 523-4662
  • THE JOAN MITCHELL CENTER: 1000 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. “JMC@Prospect.3” exhibit to showcase biennial artists McArthur Binion, Los Jaichackers, Akosua Adoma Owusu and Hayal Pozanti. Ends Jan. 25. joanmitchellfoundation.org
  • LOUISIANA LANDMARKS SOCIETY AND PILOT HOUSE: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays, 1440 Moss St., New Orleans. Special tours: 19th Century Mourning & Interment Customs. Until Friday. $30. (504) 482-0312
  • NEW ORLEANS ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS: 5256 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Annual Miniature Exhibition,” until Dec. 17. (504) 899-8111 or noafa.com
  • NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “From Barbed Wire to Battlefields, Japanese American Experiences in WWII” exhibit. “Manufacturing Victory - The Arsenal of Democracy”. The exhibit examines how the unprecedented drive of great leaders and industry brought America out of the Great Depression and united citizens on the Home Front. Through May 31, 2015. nationalww2museum.org
  • Compiled by Leslie D. Rose