The legendary rockers ZZ Top bring their “Grooves and Gravy Tour” to New Orleans, along with special guests Blackberry Smoke and Goodbye June. Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, LaSalle Street at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans. $25.50 and up. zztop.com.
Thursdays through Sundays
The story of the queen who lost her head is the subject of this New Orleans premiere performance, casting Marie as the equivalent of the reality star of her day. 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 20, Nims Black Box Theatre, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Pre-show dinner available at Press Street Station. $20 and up. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com.
Thursday through Monday
Parades, performances and plenty of partying will be the order of the day for all four days of Southern Decadence, billed as the largest gay event in the Crescent City. Most of the events take place in the French Quarter, including street parties, circuit parties in many of the clubs and the parades that wind through the area. This year, the 44th, is “Swimmin’ with the Gods and Goddesses.” A float parade takes to the streets 7:30 p.m. Friday, with the 2 p.m. Sunday walking parade led by the grand marshals. southerndecadence.net.
‘no dead artists’ exhibit opening
“No Dead Artists” is an international juried exhibition of 12 contemporary artists. The 19th annual installment includes works by John Anderson, Rebecca Kuzemchak, Rachel Borgman, Michelle Ramin, Justin Gaffrey, Kim Rice, Richelle Gribble, Herb Roe, Teri Havens, Beth Waldman, Joo Lee Kang and Margi Weir. Opening reception, 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Sept. 26. Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 522-5471. jonathanferraragallery.com.
25 years of fintastic memories
Saturday through Monday
Celebrate a quarter-century of underwater fun as the Aquarium of the Americas hosts 25 years of Fintastic Memories. Special hours, discount admissions, freebies, second-lines, mermaids and ninja turtles are just a sampling of the specials and activities slated. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. 1 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 565-3033. auduboninstitute.org/aquarium.