opening night — the lpo’s return to the orpheum

Thursday through Saturday

The grandeur of the recently renovated Orpheum Theater will be the backdrop for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s opening night concert. Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto will lead the musical ensemble’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” Soprano Susannah Biller and mezzo Sasha Cooke vocalize with NOVA Masterworks and Loyola University Chorale. While the Thursday 7:30 p.m. concert is sold out as of press time, LPO will perform the program again Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Covington at First Baptist Church and again Saturday at 7:30 p.m. back in the Orpheum. Prieto leads a discussion of the work Friday at 6:30 p.m. $20 and up. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. First Baptist Church, 16333 La. 1085, Covington. (504) 523-6530.

page to stage — a new play festival

Thursday to Sunday

Lux et Umbra theater company stages two new works by local authors. “Errata” by Michael Allen Zell runs each night at 7 p.m. “Vivarium” by Logan Faust will run at 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. The shows are presented in technical simplicity in various stages of script development. $10 per show. Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. (504) 298-8676.

justice for all ball


The Pro Bono Project is flying high for its annual Justice For All Ball. Honorary Chairwoman Gayle Benson will help the Pro Bono Project score a touchdown at the Saints Indoor Practice Facility with a patron party on the court of the Pelicans Practice Facility will preceding the main event. $75 and up. 5800 Airline Drive, New Orleans. (504) 581-4043.

martini madness


Shaken, stirred or just enjoyed — that’s the theme for the annual Martini Madness. The Friends of City Park event, with a limited number of tickets, will benefit the new Marconi Drive bike path. The evening includes “25 of the most daring” martinis, food from local restaurants and raffles. It all starts at 8 p.m., Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, City Park, 12 Magnolia Drive, New Orleans. 21 and older only. $50 and up. (504) 483-9376.

‘the producers’

Friday through Sunday

The Mel Brooks classic stage and screen musical “The Producers” comes to Rivertown under the direction of Ricky Graham with Gary Rucker and Sean Patterson in the title roles. The show marks the opening of the playhouse’s season. 8 p.m. Fridays to Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. $36 and up. (504) 461-9475.

algiers fall festival


Federal City is the spot for a new celebration on the West Bank when the Algiers Fall Festival kicks off. Look for a variety of musical acts, including the Marine Corps Band, Chubby Carrier and Bayou Swamp Band, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Bucktown Allstars and Little Freddie King. The fest and parking are free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Federal City, 2500 Gen. Meyer Ave., Algiers. (504) 367-3331.