tales of the toddy

Thursday

Get your drink on in a festive, holiday fashion when the 10th anniversary of Tales of the Toddy starts sipping. The younger sibling to the internationally known Tales of the Cocktail, this one-day-only affair blends beverages, food, music and more for a seasonal shot of good cheer. 5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. $49 and up. talesofthecocktail.com.

bowl concert

Friday

Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will rock in preparation of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl when REO Speedwagon and Big Sam’s Funky Nation perform as a prelude to festivities for the annual football matchup. Saturday’s game features Louisiana Tech on the field against Arkansas State. 7 p.m., Champions Square, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. neworleansbowl.org.

‘a john waters christmas’

Thursday

Just in time to keep all that sugary holiday excess in check comes “A John Waters Christmas.” The cult filmmaker and friend to the late Divine — who brought to life such stellar selections as “Hairspray,” “Lust in the Dust” and “Pink Flamingos” — comes to the Crescent City with a one-man show filled with his special brand of adult-appropriate humor. 7 p.m., Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., New Orleans. $35 and up. dreamlandnews.com.

‘christmas without tears’

Wednesday

Harry Shearer and Judith Owens put an irreverent spin on the holiday happenings in “Christmas Without Tears ­— Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?” and are joined by John Goodman, John Boutte, Tom McDermott, Aurora Nealand, Matt Perrine, Debbie Davis, Helen Gillet, Topsy Chapman’s Solid Harmony, Phil Dugruy, Davell Crawford and Evan Christopher. The event benefits Le Petit Theatre. $35 and up. 7:30 p.m., Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2081. lepetittheatre.com.

‘rock my nola soul’

Friday

Anders Osborne is joined by Luther Dickinson, Paul Barrere, Billy Isuo, John Gros, Johnny Sansone and more at his second annual holiday spectacular at Tipitina’s, certain to be a night of musical merriment. 9 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. tipitinas.com.