“Under the Streetlamp”
A quartet of retro vocalists, “Under the Streetlamp” opens Thursday with classic hits from the American radio songbook by recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys,” about Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. 8 p.m. Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre. Through Saturday. 228 Poydras St. (504) 534-5959. www.harrahsneworleans.com.
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and other favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in a fantastical musical extravaganza. Part of the Summer Lagniappe children’s productions for children, by children. Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 24 at Rivertown Theaters, 325 Minor St., Kenner (504)461-9475. www.rivertowntheaters.com.
Sunset at the Landing Concert
Kicking off with Sweet Jones, the free sunset series features a host of local music. This week, Rick Trolsen and Gringo de Choro are on tap. Sponsored by the city of Covington, the Covington Farmers Market and St. Tammany Homestead. 6 p.m. At the foot of Columbia Street in Covington.
Friday & Saturday
Crimes of the Heart
Beth Henley’s hallmark play about a trio of Southern sisters coping with family drama. Peter J. Smith, Franny Harold, Joey Harmon, Amy Martinez, Emily Felps and Rebecca Meyers. 8 p.m. Aug. 15, 16, 22 and 23. Cutting Edge Theater, 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell, $20-$25.
Southern Sportsman’s Festival and Expo
Showcasing the latest in outdoor trends, including fishing, hunting, archery, camping, boating, grilling and sports. Friday Aug. 15, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alario Center, Segnette Blvd., Westwego. (504) 835-6383. Southernsportsmansfestival.com.
Tribute to Alvin Batiste
The tribute to former Armstrong Jazz Camp instructor, the late Alvin “Bat” Batiste, will include a performance by NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis, poetry by Batiste’s widow, Edith, other special guests and Armstrong Jazz Camp alumni. 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Roussel Hall at Loyola University. (504) 715-9295 www.armstrongjazzcamp.com.
Running of the ostriches
In addition to 10 Quarter Horse races, the Fair Grounds race track will feature the running of the ostriches, a zebra race event and a pony hop race. General admission is $5. Doors open at 2 p.m. Aug. 16 Post time is 4 p.m. Exotic races at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. (504) 944-5515. www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.
Free concert featuring the music of Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone and Seth Walker. Gates open at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. Botanical Gardens at City Park, 101 Victory Ave. In case of rain, the show continues at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. (504) 301-4602. Backbeatfoundation.org.
New Orleans Sushi Fest
The inaugural fest will include sushi creations from local restaurants, authentic Japanese goods for sale and entertainment by Bag of Donuts. Awards will be given out to participating chefs including People’s Choice Award and the Grand Champion. $10. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Mardi Gras World’s River City Ballroom. 1380 Port of New Orleans Place. Neworleanssushifest.com.