- NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM 2014 WHITNEY BANK VICTORY BALL: 5 p.m.-midnight, The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. This black tie-optional event features an exclusive Patron Party, an elegant dinner by Chef John Besh, followed by Otto Candies’ How Sweet It Is! Dessert and Dancing Soirée featuring delectable delights in the Stage Door Canteen. $35 in advance; $45 at the door. (504) 528-1944, ext. 334. nationalww2museum.org
- CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD: 6 p.m.-8 p.m., The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. Live music by Vivàz, beer and wine. $10. (504) 523-4662 or hnoc.org.
- CHELSEA HANDLER: 8 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Comedy. Tickets start at $45. (504) 525-1052.
- RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION 2014: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Grand Ballroom-Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., New Orleans. Workshops and giveaways for writers, readers, booksellers and librarians. Meet bestselling authors Heather Graham, Brenda Jackson, Francine Rivers, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and more. Library patrons get in free to the Book Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday with library card. Authors representing all genres, including E.L. James, Lee Child and Debbie Macomber, will be available to talk to fans and autograph books during the fair. (919) 412-1102.
- SAINTS AND SINNERS LITERARY FESTIVAL: Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans. A LGBT literary event with panel discussions, workshops, author readings and writing contests. (504) 523-3341.
- ‘WAR HORSE’: 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. saengernola.com.
STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S ‘MARRY ME, A LITTLE’: 8 P.M. THURSDAY, 9 P.M. FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AND 8:30 P.M. SUNDAY, MID CITY THEATRE, 3540 TOULOUSE ST., NEW ORLEANS. $25. (504) 488-1460.
‘KISS ME KATE’: 8 P.M. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, AND 2 P.M. SUNDAY, SLIDELL LITTLE THEATRE, 2024 NELLIE DRIVE, SLIDELL. (985) 641-0324.
- ‘ALMOST, MAINE’: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Playmakers Theater, 1916 Playmakers Road (off Lee Road), Covington. $15, adults; $10, students. (985) 893-1671.
- ‘YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN’: 8 p.m., Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. $38.50; $36.50 for seniors; $33.50 for students/active military. rivertowntheaters.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY AND THURSDAY
- ‘ ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND’: 7 p.m., Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. The NOLA Project gives viewers the option to follow the Red Queen and her walking story, the Cheshire Cat and her fast-moving story or the Mad Hatter and his stationary story. Continues through May 23. $18, adults; $12, members, students and children ages 7-17. Children under 7 not permitted. (504) 658-4100.
- CYSTIC FIBROSIS WALK: 9 a.m., Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. (504) 581-4629. cff.org.
- NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM FAMILY WORKSHOP VICTORY GARDEN: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Kids and parents will explore the Victory Garden and work with Louisiana Master Gardeners using plants from the garden to make a special treat. Workshops are designed for children ages 8-12. Pre-registration is required. Reserve online or email email@example.com. One adult per three kids required. (504) 528-1944, ext. 304 or nationalww2museum.org.
- SECOND CITYWIDE AUDITION SESSION : 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The auditions will be attended by local theatee companies and independent producers. Please note that children under 18 will NOT be seen. Sponsored by Southern Rep, Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum, and Rivertown Theatres. southernrep.com.
- WESTWEGO FARMERS AND FISHERIES MARKET CRAWFISH COOK-OFF: 11 a.m., Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, Sala Avenue at Fourth Street, Westwego.
- CRAWFISH COOKIN’ FOR A CAUSE: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mandeville Lakefront Harbor, Lakeshore Drive and Jackson, Mandeville. Benefit for Project Red Light for Hope and Mary Payton’s Miracle Foundation. Tickets start at $25.
- CRAWFISH RUMBLE: 5 p.m., St. Ann School, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie. Crawfish, hot dogs, soda and beer are available. $20, ages 16 and older; $10, ages 10 to 15; free, ages 9. crawfishrumble.org or (504) 455-8383.
- THIRD SUNDAY MAY CONCERT: 5 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New Hampshire St., Covington. Performance by Don Vappie’s Creole Jazz Quintet.
- GREEN ROOM GALA: 6 p.m., The Old Church on Felicity, 1220 Felicity St., New Orleans. Fundraiser for The Nola Project. Don your finest green cocktail attire for an evening filled with food and spirits from some of the city’s restaurants, live entertainment and the announcement of The Nola Project’s 2014-15 theatrical season.
- ‘GISELLE’: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, 1118 Clearview Parkway, Metairie. Ballet performance. Tickets start at $15. (504) 885-2000.
SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. The market offers local produce. Saturday market features samples from Lola Deux Food Truck and music by Vintage Jazz beginning at 9:30 a.m. (985) 892-1873
- SWAP MEET NOLA: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Margaret’s, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. New animal-friendly, mini-enterprise sponsored by the Humane Society of Louisiana offers items from more than 30 local vendors that range from original artwork, to indigenous plants to handmade organic/vegan soaps, lotions and shampoos. Proceeds from some of the market’s sales will help support the Humane Society humane programs around the state. swapmeetnola.com.
- BEHIND THE WALLS OF THE VIEUX CARRÉ TOUR: 4 p.m.-7 p.m., French Quarter, New Orleans. A selection of fascinating homes and courtyards in the Vieux Carré. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Cabildo. $40. (504) 523-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- THE 2014 ART & SOUL GALA: 6 p.m., NOCCA-New Orleans Center For Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. A gala fundraiser for The NOCCA Institute sponsored by The Lupin Foundation. Live entertainment, food, libations, mobile auction bidding, a NOCCA Marketplace and more. nocca.com.
- NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM DINNER WITH A CURATOR “WHEN BASEBALL WENT TO WAR”: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Education Programs Coordinator Lauren Handley will discuss the relationship between baseball and the war for spectators and athletes, as well as American society as a whole. Dinners catered by Chef John Besh at the American Sector restaurant. Reservations required. (504) 528-1944 or nationalww2museum.org.
- WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m.-noon, The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Curator Eric Rivet leads a program on the uniforms and equipment used by American and German soldiers during World War II. Free with admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288 or ddaymuseum.org.
Victory Belles’ ‘Spirit of America’: 11:45 a.m., The Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Red, white and blue celebration featuring a potpourri of songs from the Great American Song Book. Includes dining by Chef John Besh and the American Sector restaurant. $40. (504) 528-1943 or stagedoorcanteen.org.
- LUNCHBOX LECTURE: noon-1 p.m., The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Eric Rivet presents “A Tale of Two Torpedoes: The Battleship Bismarck” in the H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center. (504) 528-1944, ext. 229 or nationalww2museum.org.
- ‘RAGTIME THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT’: 7 p.m., NOCCA Riverfront Lupin Hall, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Presented by NOCCA, Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school students. $15. nocca.org.
‘BENT’: 8 p.m., Mid City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. (504) 488-1460.
Compiled by Emily Beck Cogburn