peter max — the world according to max

Thursday

The world-acclaimed artist will be in the Crescent City for one night at Angela King Gallery, 241 Royal St., New Orleans. Meet the artist who some describe as “a most welcome visitor” to the planet. RSVP. (504) 524-8211. www.angelakinggallery.com.

‘swan lake’

Thurday

The St. Petersburg Russian Ballet performs this classic ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, fashioned from folk tales, that tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. 7:30 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. (504) 287-0350. www.mahaliajacksontheater.com.

‘loyola opera scenes — a musical menagerie’

Thursday

Here’s an evening of animal-themed mix of opera, operetta and musical theater, with selections from “Turandot,” “Madama Butterfly,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “Orpheus in the Underworld,” “Guys & Dolls,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Into the Woods.” 7:30 p.m., Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. www.cmfa.loyno.edu/montage.

‘drawing the line’

Thursday

Alex Beard premieres his documentary about Kenya’s struggle to save wilderness and species. He will also be creating a piece of to be auctioned online for “The Watering Hole,” a foundation dedicated to saving wildlife, along with other artists’ work in May. 8 p.m. through May 3, 700 Frenchman St., New Orleans. www.wateringholefoundation.org.

jazz fest shabbat

Friday

The sounds of Jazz Fest and the ceremony of Shabbat blend for this annual service featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Panorama Jazz Band and the synagogue choir. The service is free. Patron event ticketed. 7:30 p.m., with 6 p.m. patron party, Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 895-4843. www.tourosynagogue.com.

avy week seafood cook off

Sunday

British, Canadian, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard chefs will partner with local chefs for a Battle Royale to see who cooks the best seafood dish during Navy Week. The event benefits organizations that serve the homeless and teach lifelong career skills. The U.S. Navy Band will be on hand for musical entertainment. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spanish Plaza, foot of Canal Street, New Orleans. www.nolanavyweek.com/event/seafood-cook-off-2.

instruments a comin’

Monday

The Tipitina’s Foundation slates this outdoor festival, battle of the bands and silent auction, with proceeds used to purchase new instruments for New Orleans area school band programs. $50. 6 p.m., Tipitina’s Uptown, 501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. (504) 895-8477. www.tipitinas.com.

piano night

Monday

This annual benefit of keyboards for WWOZ 90.7 FM features three stages of piano artists, auction of a George Rodrigue print signed by artists throughout the year at the station and live painting. $52 general admission. 5 p.m. patron party, 7 p.m. show, House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans (504) 310-4999. www.houseofblues.com.