‘i’m still still here, me’
Thursday through Sunday
Stage powerhouse Ricky Graham hits the boards with a show bursting with local flavor. “I’m STILL Still Here, Me” has the performer/writer/director bringing to life some of the Crescent City’s most endearing and enduring types in observance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Jefferson Turner joins him on piano. $28. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221. rivertowntheaters.com.
gretna heritage fest
Friday through Sunday
Gretna Heritage Festival brings out the big guns for fun, music and amazing good times in this Jefferson Parish West Bank community. With such luminaries as Hank Williams Jr., Kid Rock, Bret Michaels, Amanda Shaw, Cowboy Mouth and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters on five stages, there’s plenty to see for everyone. The three-day festival encompasses 25 city blocks, with live music, rides, arts and crafts, food, Italian village and German beer garden. The action kicks off Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., also noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, downtown Gretna. $20 single day, $47.50 and up weekend pass. (504) 361-7758. gretnafest.com.
Friday through Sunday
A world premiere performance of “Orfeo” kicks off the second season of the Marginy Opera Ballet. Choreographed by Maya Taylor, the ballet presents an interpretation of the Greek myths of Orpheus and Eurydice, with an original score by Tucker Fuller. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Marigny Opera Ballet opens second season with world premiere contemporary ballet by Maya Taylor. (504) 948-9998. marignyoperahouse.org.
blues in da parish
Music, food, silent auction, workshops and activities for kids are just part of this St. Bernard Parish celebration. Look for the Chalmette High School Jazz Band, Oscar and the Blue Cats, Mark and the Pentones, Danny Alexander Blues Band and Connie G plus more at this free festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. (504) 281-2514. facebook.com/BluesInDaParish.
art for art’s sake
Art for Arts’ Sake is a whirlwind of openings and entertainment for the eyes, ears and palate that celebrates the culture of the city. Throughout the Arts District in downtown New Orleans, the Central Business District and the Magazine shopping corridor, galleries will have special openings to celebrate the event.
The historic St. Augustine Catholic Church is the reason and the location for this festival that will celebrate one of the Crescent City’s most robust and visible neighborhoods. The Historic Faubourg Treme Association will host the event as a fundraiser for needed repairs. Food, crafts, children’s activities and a host of performers, including John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars and the Tremé Brass Band. A second-line procession by the Roots of Music will feature the Zulu Connection and Stilt Walkers and Drummers. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., St. Augustine Catholic Church, corner of Henriette Delille and Gov. Nicholls streets. remefest.com.
cirque de cuisine
Sip and nibble your way through private French Quarter kitchens when the Southern Food and Beverage Museum sponsors Cirque de Cuisine. Start off with a special cocktail and opening nosh at Tableau and receive a wristband for the tour of 10 private home kitchens, with food from Compère Lapin, Shaya, Cane & Table, Johnny Sanchez, Salon by Sucré, Grand Isle, Primitivo, Purloo and more. Sips and bites at each stop. $40, $35 Southern Food and Beverage Museum members. Noon, Tableau, 616 S. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 267-7490. sofabinstitute.org/events/cirque-de-cuisine.