- ‘STEINBECK THE ART OF FICTION’ EXHIBIT: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Irish Cultural Museum, 933 Conti St., New Orleans. Exhibit of sculptor Lew Aytes and photographer Robert Nease. icmnola.com
- THE DISTILLERY ARTIST RESIDENCY SWAP MEET: 7 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. 15 to 20 minute performances by each participating fellow that showcase the artists’ process. Free. cacno.org
- WINE TASTING: 7 p.m.-9 p.m., American Italian Cultural Center, Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color537 SText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color. Peters, New Orleans. The tasting will feature wines from the regions of Piedmont, Lombardy and Tuscany in northern Italy.
- 2014: A STRAUSS ODYSSEY: 8 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St. (Louis Armstrong Park), New Orleans. Season-opening concert of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra featuring the works of Richard Strauss. Featured soloist Susannah Phillips. Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts. $20-$99 (504) 523-6530, www.lpomusic.com or www.facebook.com/lpomusic.
- MASQUERADE: 8 p.m.-midnight, The Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., New Orleans. Spanish-themed fundraiser for the New Orleans Opera. $75 in advance; $80 at the door. (504) 267-9527 or neworleansopera.org/junior-committee.html
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- ‘ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST’: 8 p.m, NOCCA’s Nims Black Box Theatre, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. A NOLA Project production. (504) 302-9117 or nolaproject.com
- ‘THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES - BOB HOPE AND HIS ALL-STAR PACIFIC TOUR’: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Reenactment variety show production. (504) 528-1943 or stagedoorcanteen.org
- ‘SHREK THE MUSICAL’: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Thursday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Based on the movie “Shrek,” it’s the story of an ogre who rescues a princess and falls in love. $38.50, adults; $36.50, seniors; and $33.50, students and active military. rivertowntheaters.com
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Colora.m.-noon, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St. covingtonfarmersmarket.org
- LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BEACH SWEEP: 9 a.m. Help clean up the lake basin. firstname.lastname@example.org
- FAMILY ART DAY: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans. Kid-friendly tour and hands-on activities inspired by current exhibitions. newcombartgallery.tulane.edu
- LIVING HISTORY CORPS: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Performance by the museum’s WWII re-enactors. (504) 528-1944 ext. 243
- PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982
- STORYQUEST ‘LATIN AMERICAN FOLKTALES’: 11:30 a.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. StoryQuest combines professional authors, actors and artists to bring the world of children’s literature to life at NOMA. Free with museum admission.
- KNIT-IN AT THE MUSEUM: Noon-3 p.m., U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Join area knitters and crocheters for an afternoon of knitting. (504) 528-1944 ext. 229 or nationalww2museum.org/knitting
- ‘VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE’: 8 p.m., Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. $30-$50. (504) 522-2081 or lepetittheatre.com
- SHAQ AT MASQUERADE NIGHTCLUB: 9 p.m., Harrah’s Casino, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. “Game Time,” an event featuring an appearance by former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal.
- MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS: 1:30 p.m., City Park Movement and Art, 4300 Dumaine St., New Orleans. For ages 4 to 6.
- DANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE FESTIVAL: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The city’s first outdoor, site-specific dance festival.
- ‘GREEN IN JUDGMENT; COLD IN BLOOD’ AUTHOR EVENT: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Peter Abadie will sign his book that looks at assassination and four sets of brothers whose desire to rule was paramount in most of their decisions: the Kennedys, the Bundys, the Castros and the Ngo Dinhs. gardendistrictbookshop.com
- 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
- TRIBUTE TO THE ANDREWS SISTERS: 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m., The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. The Victory Belles pay tribute to the famed WWII singing group. stagedoorcanteen.org or (504) 528-1943
- MEET THE AUTHOR: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Author presentation and book signing for “The Art of Gaman” by Delphine Hirasuna. (504) 528-1944 ext. 229
- HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION: 410 Chartres St. “From Cameo to Close Up: Louisiana in Film,” through Nov. 26. (504) 523-4662
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery: 400 Julia St., New Orleans. “No Dead Artists,” the 18th annual international juried exhibition of contemporary art, through Saturday, Sept. 27. (504) 522-5471
- NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “From Barbed Wire to Battlefields, Japanese American Experiences in WWII” exhibit. nationalww2museum.org
- NEWCOMB ART GALLERY, WOLDENBERG ART CENTER, TULANE UNIVERSITY: “Chakaia Booker, Eradication: A Form of Obsession” and “Katherine Taylor, One and Together,” through October. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Mondays. Free. (504) 865-5328 or newcombartgallery.tulane.edu
- NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 Collins Diboll Circle. “Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi,” through Sunday, Oct. 12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Mondays.
- OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART: 925 Camp Place, New Orleans. “Rolland Golden, An Alternate Vision”; “One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia”; “Louisiana Contemporary”; “Historic Black Colleges & Universities Art Showcase.” ogdenmuseum.org/index.html
- THE OLD U.S. MINT: 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. “Keeping Time: Extraordinary Images From Louisiana’s Musical Past.” 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Compiled by Leslie D. Rose