bayou classic events

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

The Annual Bayou Classic pits Grambling State and Southern Universities in a fantastic football weekend but that’s not all: the game is just the centerpiece. The weekend is a whirlwind of events, starting with the parade on Thanksgiving Day, Career and College Fair Friday at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, the Battle of the Bands and Greek Step Show Friday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the gridiron matchup Saturday. And these are only some of the events.


Tuesday through Sunday, Dec. 6

Extra, extra — see all about it. That could be the chant for the latest national touring show to come to the Saenger Theatre. Disney’s “Newsies” is the Tony Award-winning musical about youngsters who hawked papers on the streets of New York until they united to fight for justice. The musical opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, Dec. 6; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. $40 and up. (504) 525-1052.

‘charles dickens’ a christmas carol’

Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 20

Indeed, to borrow from Mr. Dickens, “there is more of grave than of gravy” about the fantastic classic tale of ghosts, greed and good will for the holiday season. John “Spud” McConnell brings Ebenezer Scrooge to life in Southern Rep’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” the classic retelling of this heartwarming tale of redemption and spirit. The show opens Wednesday, through Sunday, Dec. 20; Nims Theatre, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. $15 and up.

luna fête

Sunday through Sunday, Dec. 5

Large-scale music and light displays, plus options for artworks in a bazaar are a great way to really get the holidays going in high gear. LUNA Fête is a multi-location visual, aural and community festival by the Arts Council of New Orleans. The excitement commences 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lafayette Square, St. Charles Avenue between north and south Maestri Streets, New Orleans; and Ashe Power House Theatre, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. The activities and markets run through Dec. 5. For more information on times and locations, see

‘tunes for toys’


A good time for a good cause: a magical Crescent City tradition. With headliner Trombone Shorty, the Tulane School of Liberal Arts and Gia Maione Prima Foundation present “Tunes for Toys.” The free concert is a community event geared to stuffing the stockings with toys, the only requirement for admission. Other groups include the New Breed Brass Band, Mailine and the Trombone Short Academy students. The show is at 8 p.m., McAlister Auditorium, Tulane University, 43 McAlister Drive, New Orleans.

latkes with a twist


Have a little nosh, a beverage and enjoy authentic music and merriment while raising money for a good cause is the thrust of Latkes With a Twist. The Jewish Children’s Regional Service sponsors this community-wide Hanukkah event that includes a latke bar, Israeli folk singer Eleanor Tallie and auction. 8 p.m., Bellocq, Hotel Modern, Lee Circle, 926 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. $25. (504) 828-6334.