“Love Will Lift Us Higher”

Shades of Praise, the New Orleans interracial gospel choir, will hold an evening under the stars at its gala concert and fundraiser. With the Zulu Ensemble Men’s Gospel Choir, the Jones Sisters, an auction, appetizers and wine bar. $35 at the door. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bea Field Alumni House, Tulane University, 6319 Willow St., New Orleans.


“And the Winner Is ... An Evening of Award-Winning Movie Music”

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents classic cinema sounds such as “West Side Story,” “Gone With The Wind” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” $20 and up. 7:30 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1914 Basin St., New Orleans. (504) 287-0350.

Julia Jump

Preservation Resource Center’s annual fundraiser features culinary and liquid creations, raffle, auction and the Wisegusy. Tickets $75-$125 and up. Patrons’ party 7 p.m., gala 8 p.m., Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St., New Orleans. (504) 581-7032.

friday and saturday

New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival

Films, workshops and more are on tap at the New Orleans Film Society and the New Orleans Public Library’s joint venture for the entire family. Included on the bill are three full-length features and dozens of short films. All screenings are free. New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. (504) 596-2570. or

friday through sunday

The Boat Show

Hundreds of aquatic craft plus exhibits from recreational vehicle, marine and pool suppliers. $8, children under 12 free. At the Superdome from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. (504) 376-3679.

saturday and sunday

Soul Fest

Irvin Mayfield and a host of musical acts, food and fun are planned at the annual event where Audubon Zoo is the backdrop. Soul Rebels, Zena Moses and Rue Fiya, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown and more. Regular zoo admission. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. (504) 581-4629.

Los Isleños Fiesta

The food, music and dance of the Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish come alive at this annual two-day event. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Los Isleños Museum Complex, 1357 Bayou Road, St. Bernard. (504) 722-4681.

saturday through March 29

“Suddenly Last Summer”

Southern Rep Theatre uses the new space at Ashé Cultural Arts Center to stage one of Tennessee Williams’ most dynamic works. Previews Thursday and Friday. $40 with a variety of discounts. 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Ashé Powerhouse Theater, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. (504) 522-6545.