FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the Spot family activity, music by Kettle Black, gallery talk with E. John Bullard on his ceramics collection on display and Bestoff Sculpture Expansion presentation by Susan Taylor, plus "Adele's Wish," part of the Collect-O-Mania Film Series. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
BIG WIG BALL "HAIRAJUKU": 7 p.m., Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., New Orleans. Sweets, Champagne, music, a raffle and a wig contest to crown New Orleans’ official “Big Wig 2018.” Guests are encouraged to don their biggest, most elaborate wigs, cocktail or costume attire. Wig required. $50 and up. (504) 529-2278. neworleansopera.org.
FINE WINES FOR CANINES: 7 p.m., Annadele's Plantation, 71518 Chesnutt St., Covington. Dinner and wine pairings to benefit the St. Tammany Humane Society features five-course tasting and auctions. $100. interland3.donorperfect.net.
"BRAHMS' FIRST SYMPHONY": 7:30 p.m., also Saturday; Orpheum Theatre, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto, present some famous firsts. $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.org.
"BLACK & BLUE — THE YVONNE BECHET THEATER PROJECT": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Cook Theater, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. The Center for Restorative Approaches stages the two-act drama about the life and career of one of the first black women to join the New Orleans Police Department. Ages 14 and up. Runs through Jan. 28 $15, $5 NOPD and 21 and under. thecra.net/events.
"MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET": 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Musical based on famed Sun Records session of 1956 blending Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Runs through Jan. 28. $36 and up. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
PIETY STREET CARNIVAL MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. Kick off the season with array of costumes, masks, decor and seasonal festoonery. (504) 505-4113. facebook.com/piety-street-market-129068507204822.
LIBRARY CON: Noon to 4:30 p.m., Madisonville Library, 1123 Main St., Madisonville. Free all-fandoms convention for comic, fantasy and sci-fi fans. Costumes encouraged, with a talk for parents and kids on "Gamesplain" for tabletop and pencil games. Crafts, activities and more are slated. (985) 845-4819. sttammanylibrary.org.
AN EVENT FIT FOR A KING GALA: 8 p.m., Crystal Palace, 10020 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans. Friends of King School District benefit with silent auction, food and entertainment. $100. (504) 940-2243.
ZULU MAYOR FLAG RAISING AND SECOND-LINE: 1:30 p.m., 1212 Dorgenois St., New Orleans. Mayor Zululand, Rodney P. Mason Jr., will parade to the Zulu Clubhouse at 732 N. Broad St. to raise his flag signifying the Mayor has arrived. kreweofzulu.org.
NEW ORLEANS ARTISTS AGAINST HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS CONCERT: 7 p.m., Rock 'N' Bowl, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Live music with Marcia Ball and Deacon John and the Ivories, plus bowling, silent auction and more celebrate Allen Toussaint's Legacy of Caring. $30. noaahh.org.
CITY OF NEW ORLEANS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY CELEBRATION PROGRAM: 9 a.m., A.L. Davis Park, 2600 Lasalle St., New Orleans. Commemoration of Dr. King's birthday. 2018nola.com.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE AND PROGRAM: 10 a.m., the Rev. P.S. Atkins Park, 701 N. Tyler St., Covington. Parade begins at the park, followed by program at Fuhrmann Auditorium at 128 W. 23rd St., with music, games and food at the park. (985) 249-1094 or (985) 276-4710.
MLK BASKETBALL CLASSIC: 1 p.m., Xavier University Convocation Center, 7910 Stroelitz St., New Orleans. Inspire NOLA Charter Schools sponsors a slate of high school basketball matchups, with music by school bands. $10 advance, $15 door. (504) 227-3057. inspirenolacharterschools.org.
CAMP SOULGROW: 5 p.m., MoPho Restaurant, 514 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Fundraiser for enrichment charity for children, with activities, silent auction food for children and adults, prizes and SoulGrow Gear for purchase. campsoulgrow.org.
SOFAB WINE GROUP: 5:30 p.m., Rouses Culinary Innovation Center, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 M.L.K. Blvd., New Orleans. Kickoff meeting of monthly wine lovers with programs about the beverage. Sommelier Gabriel Senette will conduct a guided tasting. $25 advance, $30 door; $20 advance members, $25 door. (504) 267-7490. natfab.org.
GALATOIRE'S MARDI GRAS TABLE AUCTION: 5:30 p.m., Galatoire's Restaurant, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans. The Galatoire's Foundation hosts a live auction for cherished seats at the French Quarter eatery on the Friday before Fat Tuesday. Food and drink served. $25 and up. (504) 525-2021. galatoires.com.
NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING CONCERT: 7 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Foundation for Louisiana presents Jazz and gospel artist Lizz Wright, plus local guest performers and speakers. foundationforlouisiana.org.
"MARDI GRAS AT HOME AT THE WILLIAMS RESIDENCE" AND "RITES, RITUALS, REVELRY": Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. A Carnival-themed tour through Feb. 8, decorations through Feb. 25. $5 tours. (504) 523-4662. hnoc.org.
"NEW ORLEANS 300 — A GRACEFUL CURVE OF THE RIVER & MAKING GROCERIES": 6 p.m., Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Geographer Richard Campanella, of the Tulane School of Architecture, and notarial archivist Sally Reeves discuss the development of city's distinctive character through architecture and culinary consumerism. (504) 596-2625, nolalibrary.org.
Visit theadvocate.com/new_orleans for more events and a complete listing of what's going on this weekend.
Compiled by Marchaund Jones