John Prine with Brandy Clark

Folk singer-songwriter John Prine, author of sardonic and tender classics like “Sam Stone,” “Illegal Smile,” “Angel from Montgomery” and “Paradise,” performs. Brandy Clark is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter whose first album, “12 Stories,” was recently released. Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, at the Civic Theater, 510 O’Keefe Ave., New Orleans. Tickets start at $65. (504) 272-0865 or www.civicnola.com.

Dragon Boat Festival

Teams of paddlers race colorful boats, whose designs originate in China. Arts and crafts, food vendors, demonstrations and awards are also featured. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. Teams raise money for charity. www.gwndragonboat.com.

‘Marry Me, a Little’

Promethean Theatre Co. presents an evening featuring the work of composer Stephen Sondheim, telling a tale of love, loneliness and survival as a single young person living in contemporary New Orleans. Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 18. Mid-City Theater, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Tickets start at $25. Call (504) 488-1460 or www.midcitytheatre.com.