FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the Spot, music by Ben Redwine, "Celebrating the Senses" lecture by Vanessa Schmid, film "David Hackney — A Bigger Picture." (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
JAZZ AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: 7 p.m., Lawless Memorial Chapel, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Soul jazz legend Houston Person headlines the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Martin Luther King birthday weekend concert, with Herlin Riley and special guest singer Leah Chase. jazzandheritage.org
PRISCILLA AND ELVIS' 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: 8 p.m., The Willow, 8200 Williow St., New Orleans. The Krewe of Rolling Elvi gather for a bit of matrimonial madness and to celebrate Priscilla and Elvis Presley's 50th wedding anniversary with a party, cake and Champagne. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. $10. thewillowuptown.com
INTER-KREWE-LACTIC KING CAKE PARTY: 8 p.m., Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 4321 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Join the Krewe of Dreux and the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus for a spectacular king cake party to kick off the season. Costumes are not mandatory but are highly encouraged. Tickets are $13. kingcakeparty.brownpapertickets.com
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK: 10:30 a.m., Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Mike Murphree leads excursions through the preserve. Reservations required. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10. nps.gov/jela.
NINTH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ART EXHIBIT — THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW: 2 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Enjoy student and teachers as they use their creativity to connect with King's speeches.
MÉLANGE: 7 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. Including films and recent works on paper, as well as the artist’s vogue performance, "Mélange" assembly of genre-bending works frames both New Orleans native Rashaad Newsome’s live performance and studio practice through the history of collage.
THE VAUDEVILLIANS: 7:30 p.m., Lupin Hall, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Jinkx Monsoon (Jerick Hoffer), the Season 5 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" reprises her role as Kitty Witless for this one-night-only performance with Major Scales (Richard Andriessen) at the piano in "The Vaudevillians." $35 and up. broadwaynola.com.
THE BOURBON BALL: 8 p.m., Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Enjoy a night of dancing and bourbon tasting. The event is semiformal and attendees can be denied entry if you are not dressed appropriately. Ages 21 and up. Must have ticket to enter. eventbrite.com
LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING: 3 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. This community-sing features a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., African-American liberation music, as well as freedom and healing songs, from the Civil Rights Era.
LADIES CHOICE — JOE, DRU HILL AND JAGGED EDGE: 8 p.m., UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans. R&B Superstar Joe along with Dru Hill and Jagged Edge serenade the beautiful ladies with love songs. ticketmaster.com
MLK DAY CAMP: 9 a.m., Upturn Arts, 1719 Toledano St., New Orleans. The camp will focus on the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., and encourage young artists to visualize their own dreams through classes in visual arts, dance, theater and music. $65. campscui.active.com
HONORING MLK "PAY WHAT YOU CAN DAY": 11 a.m., Café Reconcile, 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Join in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The cafe will offer a special menu, including one of MLK's favorite dishes, chicken and collard greens.
"BILLY ELLIOT": Opening 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Jan. 26, through Jan. 29; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The stage version of the motion picture is a singing, dancing extravaganza about a young English lad who'd rather dance than box. $36 an up. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
"BOOK OF LOVE — BACK TO THE CHAPEL": 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 28; Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Betty, Ginger, Marla and Margo of "Book of Love" return for the musical comedy adventures of Marla's wedding, filled with tunes from the 1960s and early 1970s. $22.50 and up. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
"THE LION KING": Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The Disney animated classic comes to life in a groundbreaking production of actors and puppetry that will have the savannas waving in the breeze while elephants, antelope and zebras roam the plains and sing Elton John's memorable music. $39 and up. Through Jan. 29, various times. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com
OTIS HOUSE MUSEUM — STITCHES IN TIME TOUR: 9 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Otis House Museum, 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville. This special tour will offer a bit of history on each of the patterns shared or what was happening in the country that inspired that particular pattern. $4 per persons 13 and up, free for persons ages 12 and younger. For more information call (985) 792-4652 or visit lastateparks.com. Through Jan. 31.
"RITES, RITUALS AND REVELRY: THE HISTORY OF MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS": Starting 11 a.m. Saturday, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. THNOC’s docents will lead visitors on a journey through time to discover the city’s Carnival traditions. $5, free for THNOC members. hnoc.org. Through Feb. 24.
For more events and information, visit The New Orleans Advocate at theadvocate.com/new_orleans.
Compiled by Marchaund Jones.