friday through sunday
Happy New Year: Tet
The Vietnamese New Year, Tet, keeps festivities rolling in the Crescent City after Carnival. With performances, games, raffles and a wide selection of cuisine, it’s a treat for all the senses. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, 14001 Dwyer Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 254-5660. www.maryqueenofvietnamparish.org.
Chinese New Year treats and traditions
Each month, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum offers Louisiana families a free Saturday to explore holiday traditions and goodies. The next is this Saturday, and children will learn about the celebration and have a treat to take home. 11 a.m. to noon, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 569-0405. www.southernfood.org.
‘Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History’
Warren Perrin has compiled 65 articles by 55 authors who tell the story of Acadians and Cajuns living today in the America states of Louisiana, Texas and Maine who can trace their history back to an original French settlement. Perrin will discuss and sign the book. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. (504) 897-6110. www.acadianmuseum.com.
‘Cookies and Cocktails’
What could be better than Girl Scout cookies? Try local chefs using the famous treats as the inspiration for appetizers, desserts and cocktails. The benefit event also features music, a silent auction and cookies. $60 or $100 per couple. Harrah’s Theater, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. (504) 355-5885. www.gsle.org.
Jazzy Vespers at Trinity
Jazz artists Charmaine Neville and Amasa Miller will open this 30-minute program of music and scripture, part of the Trinity Jazz Vespers series running through Lent. 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. (504) 522-0276. www.trinityartistseries.com.
Oscar Party and Screening
What better way to watch the celebration of the motion picture industry’s arts and sciences than on a big screen? With the comedic involvement of the Second Line Show Sketch Comedy Troupe, watch as Oscar gets taken home at this New Orleans Film Society event. $20 for NOFS members, $25 nonmembers. 6 p.m., Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. (504) 891-2787. www.theprytania.com.
tuesday and wednesday
Black History Month discussions
On Tuesday, Keith Weldon Medley discusses his books “We as Freemen — Plessy v. Ferguson” and “Black Life in Old New Orleans” during a Black History Month talk to discuses his book on 300 years of history, focusing on the African-American communities’ social, cultural and political issues. 7 p.m., New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave. (504) 596-2560. On Wenesday, Medley brings the discussion to Metairie, 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. (504) 889-8143.