‘clown bar’

Thursday, Friday, Sunday

The NOLA Project takes a walk on the wacky side with a new production that is certain to bring “the tears of clown.” “Clown Bar” is an immersing experience about murder, a club that caters to clowns and the search for the killer. At once funny, bizarre and mysterious, the production is part of the Faux/Real New Orleans Festival of the Arts. Audience members are invited to take the plunge and dress appropriately to “enter the seedy clown underworld.” 8 p.m., also Oct. 28-30, Nov. 3-6. $25. Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St., New Orleans. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com.

ghosts in the oaks

Friday through Sunday

It’s a ghoulish good time for all ages when City Park’s Carousel Gardens Amusement Park has treats for all at Ghosts in the Oaks. Trick-or-treating, stories, face painting, rides and more are in store for the happy Halloween special. $20 early admission; $15; kids younger than 3 enter free. Sunday early admission 5 p.m. neworleanscitypark.com.


Friday and Sunday

Grand opera takes its place on the stage of the new Jefferson Performing Arts Center when Jefferson Performing Arts Society stages “Rigoletto.” The Guiseppe Verdi masterpiece, based on a Victor Hugo play, revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his court jester Rigoletto and the jester’s beautiful daughter Gilda. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

WWII airpower expo

Friday through Sunday

An expansive fleet of vintage WWII aircraft, including the only flying B-29 Superfortress, will be at Lakefront Airport for the National World War II Museum’s WWII AirPower Expo 2015. Visitors will enjoy expanded access to the planes plus a chance to ride in some of the aircraft. Lt. Col. Richard Cole, a co-pilot in the famous Doolittle Raid, will be on hand. All-access passes are available in advance, with general admission tickets at the gate each day. Ride tickets will be sold on-site, as well. $15 and up, $75 all access. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 528-1944. ww2airpowerexpo.org.

krewe of boo


A holiday in New Orleans without a parade? As if! Krewe of Boo takes to the streets Saturday as it rolls through the “Boo Carre” with traditional Crescent City characters and creatures. A host of events will precede the parade for the members, but the parade is a public spectacle, with Sidney Torres IV ruling the ghouls. Starting on Elysian Fields in the Marigny, the floats will head over to the French Quarter on Decatur to South Peters, over to Canal, with a U-turn at Royal, back to South Peters, over to Poydras, up to Tchoupitoulas, down St. Joseph to Convention Center then on to Mardi Gras World for the after-party Monster Mash. 6:30 p.m. parade, 8 p.m. party, $30 and up, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. kreweofboo.com.

o what a night! gala


The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is the spot for an evening of art, music, food and auctions for the annual O What A Night! gala. The event highlights the important mission of the museum and focuses on the presentation of the Opus Award, this year to David A. Kerstein, of the Helis Foundation. The patron party will be Thursday. $500. 6 p.m., 925 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 539-9650. ogendemuseum.org.

ikita mndoyants


Nikita Mndoyants was a finalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — a prize his father won more than three decades ago. The younger Russian talent brings his virtuosity to UNO for a concert as part of the university’s “Musical Excursions” series. $15, $10 seniors/faculty/staff, $5 non-UNO students. 7:30 p.m., UNO Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. (504) 280-6381. musicalexcusions.uno.edu.