New Orleans Vintage Fashion and Lifestyle Expo
The pre-party to The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival, with a fashion show at 8 p.m. featuring vintage clothing collectors with models walking to live music by The Shotgun Jazz Band, followed by dancing. 7 p.m. The Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. (504)568-6993. www.nolavintageexpo.com.
Gretna Heritage Festival
The annual music fest kicks off Friday, with two stages, arts and crafts, food, a beer garden and more, all centered on old Gretna, on Huey P. Long Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets. Friday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Continues Saturday and Sunday. $20 per day, $50 for a weekend pass, 12 and younger free.
Ellis Marsalis Trio tribute to Duke Ellington with Germaine Bazzle
Ellis Marsalis is joined by the grande dame of New Orleans jazz singers, Germaine Bazzle, to pay tribute to Duke Ellington. $40. Shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sung Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen St., New Orleans. (504) 949-0696. www.snugjazz.com.
Art for Art’s Sake
Created by the Contemporary Arts Center in 1980, this annual event has become a world-class attraction. Gallery openings and special events fill the day, starting with PARK(ing) Day Art Installations at noon in the 300-600 blocks of Julia Street and through the Downtown Art Walk in the Arts District from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. CAC, 900 Camp St., New Orleans (504) 528-3805. www.cacno.org/afas.
“A Voice Still Heard: Medieval Sephardic Music”
Musica da Camera opens its 2014-15 season with a program featuring eight songs from the 12th through 16th centuries, using instruments appropriate to the era. 3 p.m. The National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Ursuline Academy, 2791 State St., New Orleans. Also Oct. 12 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. www.nomdc.org.
Monday and Tuesday
Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars
The 2014 edition of the “World’s Largest Circus Under the Big Top” continues the tradition of entertaining families as it has for more than a century, reprising legendary acts of the past with new techniques. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. (985) 781-3650. www.gotothecircus.com.
Tuesday through Sunday
“Chicago” The Musical
The roaring return of “Chicago” features John O’Hurley as Billy Flynn. The John Kander and Fred Ebb Broadway hit transports audiences to the Roaring ’20s Chicago when murder, greed, corruption and violence were the stuff of legends and life. 7:30 p.m. (times vary). Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans (504) 525-1052. neworleans.broadway.com.