tales of the cocktail
Thursday through Sunday
The cocktail (and New Orleans by extension) is celebrated and revered in the international Tales of the Cocktail event. With seminars, tastings, stylish parties and dining events, the packed schedule has more than 200 events spread over the week. (504) 948-0511. www.talesofthecocktail.com.
The classic story of “Peter Pan” opens Thursday in the Rivertown Theater. The musical adventure of the boy who never grew up and his nemesis Captain Hook features the likes of Tinker Bell, the crocodile, Indians and pirates. $37; $35, seniors; $32, students and active military. Performances continue through July 26 at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. (504) 461-9475. www.rivertowntheaters.com.
french film festival
Friday through July 23
A dozen classic and contemporary cinematic pieces are included in the New Orleans Film Society’s 2015 French Film Festival, including the Louisiana premiere of Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent.” Showtimes vary, but the event kicks off at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. $11 per screening; packages available. www.prytaniatheatreneworleans.com.
back to school rally and fun fest
With most of July gone, school bells will be ringing soon and the New Orleans Public Library will get everyone in the mood with a Back to School Rally and Fun Fest. Music and activities will be on the program, as well as food, health screenings and free school supplies. 10 a.m. to noon, the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. (504) 596-2565. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.
sounds of new orleans
With musicians like John Boutte, Bonerama, Paul Sanchez and Minimum Rage, the Sounds of New Orleans benefit for St. Jude Community Center will rock the house for a good cause. The concert unites an array of artists to celebrate the music and the culture of New Orleans. Tickets are available through the Saenger Box Office prior to Saturday. $40 and up. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. (504) 287-0351. soundsofneworleans.org.
obono preseason opener
The Young Leadership Council’s One Book One New Orleans starts a 100-day campaign with a reading and signing by author Brian Boyles. “New Orleans Boom and Blackout: One Hundred Days in America’s Coolest Hot Spot” will be the focal tome of the evening, in partnership with the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Louisiana State Museum. 5:30 p.m., The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans. ylcnola.org.