Don’t Miss events in New Orleans for April 16-22, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Musica de Camera -- The early music ensemble Musica de Camera opens its season Sunday at St. Joseph Abbey in Benedict with a program of music from the medieval Sephardic tradition. The concert will be reprised at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and the Ursuline Chapel uptown in October.

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Friday through Sunday

A musical theater version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, “The Ugly Duckling” comes to life at Rivertown Theatres in this children’s production. Ugly, who cannot quack or swim like other ducklings, doesn’t fit in because he is “different.” A journey of rediscovery brings Ugly back home. $15. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon Sunday, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. (504) 461-9475.

earth day festival and solar derby


This joint event by Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Arts Council will mark the 2010 BP disaster, environmental justice and the monthly arts market. The market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Palmer Park, South Carrollton and South Claiborne Avenues, New Orleans. (504) 523-1465.

caribbean-style family workshop


Steel drum performance and demonstration plus weaving workshop to craft Caribbean style fans, coasters and other items. $15 adults, $10 ages 6-18, $10 adults members, $5 ages 6-18 members. 11 a.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 528-3800.

opus ball


What black-tie event could go wrong with the sounds of Kermit Ruffins playing Louis Armstrong’s music in the Armstrong Ballroom, backed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra? Add a patrons’ party, seated dinner and dancing and it’s the LPO’s annual gala. Plus, a live auction will keep things hopping. $250 and up. Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 523-6530.

“maiden, mother, muse — the women in the cantigas of alfonso x”


New Orleans Musica da Camera announces its final concerts for the 49th season of early music performances. Maiden, Mother, Muse is a program about the women in the Cantigas of Alfonso X (1221-84). These stories of miracles attributed to the Virgin Mary, join literary, musical and visual arts. The concert will feature eight of the 400 miracle songs with instrumental selections of melodies of a few more. 3 p.m., St. Joseph Abbey Church, 75376 River Road, St. Benedict (near Covington). The concert will be repeated in New Orleans on April 26 and in Algiers on May 3. (504) 895-1972.

nick offerman and megan mullaly


The “Summer of 69 — No Apostrophe” tour yanks the britches right off of this duo’s marriage, exposing the salacious details of their fiery union for all the world to enjoy, featuring songs, funny talking, heavy ribaldry, light petting and an astonishing final act of completion. $39.50. 7 p.m., Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. (504) 287-0350.