‘black angels over tuskegee’

Friday through Sunday

The fascinating story of the airmen from Tuskegee, Alabama, comes to life in this award-winning historical docudrama narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first black aviators in the U.S. Army Air Forces during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism in 20th century America. BB’s Stage Door Canteen presents “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” currently one of the longest-running productions off-Broadway. The show opens Friday and runs through Sunday, with 6 p.m. dinner nightly, 7:30 p.m. show; and Sunday 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. show; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. $65. (504) 528-1944, ext. 273. nationalww2museum.org.

‘get yah praise on’


In celebration of Black History Month, Audubon Nature Institute hosts the eighth annual “Get Yah Praise On” at Audubon Zoo. The event is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time for the entire family. This gospel music showcase will feature a soul-stirring lineup of local and regional performers. Highlighting this year’s event is headliner Bishop William Murphy III, known for “Praise Is What I Do,” “My God Reigns,” “It’s Working” and “You Are My Strength.” Other performers include gospel rap artist Zeeda, Souled Out, ARC Singers and Collage. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Capital One Stage and Field, Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. auduboninstitute.org.

monster jam


The roar and rumble of monster trucks will fill the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when Monster Jam packs the place with fun for the entire family. The giant vehicles will jump, roar and soar through the air, with such favorites as Big Kahuna, driven by Shane England; Barbarian, driven by Devin Jones; Captain’s Curse, driven by Alex Blackwell; and Doomsday and El Toro Loco, driven by Marc McDonald. Tickets start at $10. 7 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. monsterjam.com/events/new-orleans-la

china lights

Tuesday through May 1

More than 30 extraordinary, blazingly bright silk-covered structures will fill the Botanical Garden, opening Tuesday, Feb. 23. Picture a glowing, 192-foot-long dragon or a three-story, lit-from-within pagoda towering high enough to be seen from almost any vantage point. Plus the festival will include live entertainment and Chinese food with New Orleans flair — think muffuletta egg rolls! See dozens of dazzling and colorful lighted displays created at City Park by a team of 100 artisans and technical staff from Sichuan Tianyu, located in Zigong, China. $18, $12 ages 3-12. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Oscar J. Tolmas Center, 5 Victory Ave., New Orleans. cityparkpresentschinalights.com.

heart health fair


A day of activities, including a celebrity jump rope competition, are in store to keep your heart in good shape when West Jefferson Medical Center holds its annual Heart Health Fair. The West Bank health care facility will offer free EKG, blood pressure, glucose and BMI screenings from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, with a break from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fasting cholesterol screenings offered from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. only, for $5. Screenings require an RSVP. West Jefferson Medical Center Auditorium, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. (504) 349-1789. wjmc.org/heart.

fred hersch trio


Join the NOCCA Institute for an evening with celebrated pianist Fred Hersch. Called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, Hersch will appear with his trio that includes John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. $32. noccainstitute.com.