The weekend of events begins with two kickoff parties: the first at House of Blues followed by a parade to the second at Harrah’s Masquerade. 7 p.m. -10 p.m. at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. (504) 310-4999. 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. at Masquerade Club at Harrah’s New Orleans, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. (504) 533-6000. www.southerndecadence.net. See story, page 12.
“Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans”
Paul Sanchez’s musical adaptation of Dan Baum’s book, “Nine Lives,” commemorates the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Featuring a cast of 17, the show musically depicts the personal stories of a diverse selection of New Orleanians. 8 p.m. Aug. 28-29, Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. (504) 524-9027. www.lepetittheatre.com.
John “Spud” McConnell brings to life legendary Louisiana politician Huey P. Long in this one-man show. $65 per person; $80 for VIP preferred seating. 7 p.m. Aug. 29. The Blue Room of the Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. (504) 335-3129. therooseveltneworleans.com.
“The Cincinnati Kid”
Starring Steve McQueen, Ann-Margaret and Edward G. Robinson. In 1930s New Orleans, the Cincinnati Kid, a young poker player who travels from one big game to the next, is pitted against the champion in a high-stakes game. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30. The Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. (504) 523-4662. www.hnoc.org/film-series.
“Great Poets in Song”
Trinity Artist Series presents a program of musical settings of classic poetry from the Renaissance to the present, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Songs of Travel” and Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott.” 5 p.m. Aug. 31. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. (504) 522-0276. www.trinityartistseries.com.
Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam, featuring the music of Miles Davis
Trumpeter Mayfield harnesses the energy of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on the longest-running jazz jam in the city. 8 p.m. Sept. 2. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. (504) 552-2270. www.irvinmayfield.com.
Tuesday and Thursday
“Hidden Treasures of the Louisiana State Museum: Restaurants Edition”
Presented by Friends of the Cabildo, the museum’s collection of menus, cookbooks and restaurant artifacts from eateries such as Galatoire’s, Antoine’s and Commander’s Palace are examined in a behind-the-scenes viewing. Reservations are required. 6 p.m. Sept. 2 and 4. Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. (504) 523-3939. www.friendsofthecabildo.org.