Thursday through Sunday
The famous French queen comes to life in this Nola Project production of “Marie Antoinette,” with the point of view that the royal was the reality star of her day. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 20, Nims Black Box Theatre, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Preshow dinner available at Press Street Station. $20 and up. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com.
curtain call ball
With musical performances, dinner and an evening of celebrating local theater, the inaugural Curtain Call Ball will raise funds for Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré. Dickie Brennan’s Tableau will provide the noshes, while a host of local talent will provide the music and merriment. 7 p.m., 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Silent auction at 9 p.m. $250 and up; $75 late-night entry for open bar and dessert at 9 p.m.(504) 522-2081. lepetittheatre.com.
wendell pierce and phyllis montana-leblanc
“Treme” star Wendell Pierce will be interviewed by fellow HBO series actor Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc to discuss his new book, the show and the city. Pierce will sign “The Wind In The Reeds — A Storm, A Play, And The City That Would Not Be Broken.” $5 and up admission. 7 p.m., Historic Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
Saturday and Sunday
An opera about the Katrina experience and a family’s struggles will see its New Orleans premiere when “Wading Home” takes to the stage at Loyola. The free local premiere of the opera by Mary Alice Rich is based on Rosalyn Story’s novel and was first presented in Dallas. The original cast from the Dallas premiere, including Louisiana native and Grammy Award-winner Donnie Ray Albert, will perform with Chalmette High School Voices and Giovanna Joseph, founder of OperaCreole. 7:30 p.m., also 3 p.m. Sunday, Roussel Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 865-2074. loyno.edu