‘the blak code series’
New Orleans photographer Gus Bennett Jr.’s intriguing visual images are the subject of an exhibit at Delgado Community College. “The Blak Code Series” opens with a reception at 5 p.m. and will be on view at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery through Feb. 25. 5 p.m. Thursday unveiling. 615 City Park Ave., Delgado Community College, Building 1, New Orleans. (504) 931-1915. dcc.edu.
From the Dr. Pepper commercial jingle to “Copacabana,” Barry Manilow has put tunes in peoples minds (and mouths) for years, including his own on his “One Last Time” tour. The man that writes the songs takes to the road for a show, with 13 musicians and singers. In honor of this first chart-topping hit’s year, tickets start at $19.75. 7:30 p.m., Smoothie King Center, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. smoothiekingcenter.com.
Friday through Sunday
Jefferson Parish celebrates Carnival in a big way with three days of music, parades and fun for the entire family. “Family Gras” gears up Friday with such musical luminaries as Dr. John, Amanda Shaw, the Monkee’s 50th anniversary tour, the Imagination Movers, Andy Grammer, Johnny Rivers, Rodney Atkins, the Band Perry and Remedy. The VIP three-day weekend Royal Pass is available for $99 per person. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. On the neutral ground across from Lakeside Shopping Center, 3300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. familygras.com
adja salerno-sonnenberg and mark o’connor
Two of the nation’s best violinists resin up their bows at Loyola University New Orleans, as the violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and fiddler Mark O’Connor team up with the Loyola Symphony Orchestra for a one-of-a-kind concert described as “a musical gumbo.” Fusing classical and American folk music, the duo will perform under the direction of Loyola conductor Jean Montes. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave. (504) 865-2074 cmfa.loyno.edu/montage.
carnival costume bazaar
Want to stay anonymous or join in the fun of Mardi Gras masking? Have no fear: the annual Carnival costume bazaar provides a smorgasbord of styles, shapes and fashions for Fat Tuesday (or any other day you choose). Look for masks, accessories, costumes, hats, headdresses and more for Mardi Gras merriment. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. facebook.com/events/579978918823107/