OPENING THIS WEEK
- “... AND THE BALL AND ALL”: Opening 8 p.m. Thursdays, 2 p.m. Jan. 10, 6 p.m. Jan. 16; Rivertown Theatre for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Krewe of Terpsichore is at it again. Ricky Graham’s hilarious send-up of Carnival, Y’ats and the general fun and flavor of Mardi Gras in New Orleans will be live at the theater, featuring the talents of Becky Allen, Rebecca Taliancich, Mandy Zirkenbach, Gogo Borgerding and Amanda Hebert. $26. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheatres.com.
- BRIAN REGAN: Opening 7 p.m. Sunday, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. $39.50 and up. (504) 287-0350. mahaliajacksontheater.com.
- “FULL APERTURE — COLLECTED VISIONS”: 7 p.m. Friday, Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Short films showcase explorations of perception and vision in the American avant-garde. Presented entirely on 16mm film. $5. (504) 948-9998. marignyoperahouse.org.
- “MUCK DYNASTY”: 8 p.m. Sunday, also Jan. 17; Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Philip Melancon and Chris Champagne appear in a political satire surveying the local and state landscape in comedy and music. $15. (504) 3202-0986.
- “THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC”: 7 p.m. Saturday, Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. Screening of 1928 film on a restored vintage projector with original cello accompaniment by Lori Goldston, by Shotgun Cinema. $25, $20 students/seniors. (504) 948-9998. marignyoperahouse.org.
- “THE SNOW QUEEN”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Jesuit High School Theatre, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans. Jefferson Ballet Theatre presents an original two-act ballet by Kimberly and Kenneth Beck based on the classic fairy tale, with narration by Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant, featuring 45 dancers. $20, $15 seniors, $10 ages 11 and under. jeffersonballettheatre.com.
- “DITZYLAND!”: 8 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17; Café Istanbul, Healing Arts Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Varla Jean Merman skewers Walt Disney’s most treasured animated features, joining in this adult send-up of fairy tale madness by Sean Patterson, Ricky Graham and Jefferson Turner on piano. $25. ditzyland.eventbrite.com.
- “DUBLIN CAROL”: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. Sunday; Playhouse NOLA, 3214 Burgundy St., New Orleans. Conor McPherson’s deep, delicate story of forgiveness and redemption with Michael Martin, Mason Joiner and Viviane Wolfe. Donations at the door. Reservations email@example.com. (800) 383-4989.
- “THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 31; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents an encore production of their popular story of an American businessman in Tuscany in 1953. With the JPAS Symphony Orchestra. $40 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
- PATTON OSWALT: 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Patton Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment, from his Grammy-nominated comedy specials to his memorable guest roles on his favorite TV shows. $38 and up. (504) 525-1052. mahaliajacksontheater.com.
- “STAR TREK — THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE”: 8 p.m., Jan. 27, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. Lavish production includes a live orchestra and international soloists. Experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and popular musical achievements while the most iconic “Star Trek” film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen. $35 and up. (504) 525-1052. mahaliajacksontheater.com.
- “SWEET CHARITY”: Opening 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Thursdays to Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 31; Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. One of the perennial hits of Broadway, this Tony Award-winning musical tells of the ups and downs of the life of Charity Hope Valentine as she looks for love. “Big Spender,” “If they Could See Me Now” and “Rhythm of Life” are some of the mainstays of the American musical theater. $40; $38 seniors, $36 students/military. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheatres.com.
- “VAYNA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE”: Opening Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays; 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Tony winner for best play, middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home where they bicker and complain about their lives. Movie-star sister Masha, swoops in with boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare leading to threats to sell the house. Sassy maid Cassandra can predict the future and aspiring actress Nina’s prettiness worries the imperious Masha. (884) 843-3090. facebook.com/30byNinety.
- AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, La Nuit Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Comedy Sportz competitive, clean, all-ages improvisation. $12 adults, $8 kids under 18. (504) 390-4958. nolacomedy.com.
- COMEDY GUMBEAUX: 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Open mic with seasoned performers. comedygumbeaux.com.
- COMEDY NIGHT: 9 p.m., Saturdays, Twist of Lime, 2820 Lime St., Metairie. (504) 455-7775.
- COMEDYSPORTZ: 8 p.m. Saturdays, La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. All-ages improv comedy show.$10 advance, $13 door. (504) 231-7011. comedysportzneworleans.com.
- NEUTRAL GROUND POETRY FORUM: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Neutral Ground Coffee House, 5110 Danneel St., New Orleans. (504) 891-3381.
- NOLA COMEDY HOUR OPEN MIC: 8 p.m., Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave. (504) 945-4446.
- THINK YOU’RE FUNNY?: 9 p.m., Carrollton Station Bar and Music Club, 8140 Willow St., New Orleans. Sign-up at 8 p.m. (504) 865-9190.